So I mentioned previously that our shelter fell. We found a nice 5th wheel RV that we are going to make a permanent fixture on our property. In order to make it permanent, we needed to start with a concrete pad for it to sit on. This will help keep it from settling out. We started with detailed drawings of the dimensions so we would know where to put the pads.
The previous weekend, the whole family was out at Waterfall digging holes, placing forms, mixing and pouring concrete. It was such hard work, that we didn’t take any photos. There is nothing like mixing over 1,000 pounds of concrete by hand in a bucket and pouring it to make you too tired to take photos. In addition to all of the concrete, we cut out a ton of brush and trimmed a tree. I knew that if the guy driving the delivery truck didn’t like the conditions, they would just turn around and I wasn’t having any of that.
It took many tries of back and forth before the delivery guy got the camper placed 95% of where we wanted it. From there, we put down the supports and disconnected it. This is the permanent home as its not ever moving again. We have nothing to move it with and as time goes on, it’ll be more obvious that the camper is a landmark!
We didn’t take long to enjoy it before heading back to work for the day, but I did manage to take out a light bulb to figure out what size it was. Since we’ll be off the grid, I want to get more efficient LED bulbs to save power!
I know I’m cheating time a bit, but here are some photos after it was a bit more setup.
Seibert Park is located in Manchester, MO (14448 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011) just west of highway 141. It was hand dug into the hill to keep beer cool during the brewing process. I had a quick visit with the kids.
After the shelter fell, we took a few days to think what our next plan was. We decided to look into a RV trailer. After lots of looking and research, we ended up buying this 5th wheel.
Buying it was the easy part. But we then had to take numerous measurements to figure out how it was going to fit on our property. This one is a 5th Wheel, and we have nothing to pull it with and no plans to ever buy a truck that large. Now we had about 2 weeks to get out to Waterfall and pour concrete pads to support this monster. Cause once it gets delivered, its never moving!
Every year, Avery Elementary takes their 5th grade class on a field trip to Hidden Valley to ski. I did this two years ago with Corvin. I told Danelle she had to take Sonora cause I don’t like skiing much. Fast forward two years later and Danelle is teaching school and can’t get time off to take Sonora. So I took the day off of work and headed out to be with her.
I was hoping that Sonora would take the lessons and have enough of skiing. But she wanted to continue after the lesson, so I bought a lift ticket to go with her. I went up the super easy slopes as many times as she wanted to trying to build up my own confidence. This isn’t like riding a bike (that is fun) and I didn’t get any better in the two years since my last skiing.
Eventually we went down to the “bigger” easy area with the rope lift. Sonora did great her first try going all the way to the top and I followed right behind. Once at the top, we both looked at each other with a medium amount of fear. I started after her and watched helpless as she went straight down gaining speed and terror. I attempted to plow my way down going faster and my fear growing as well. I remember thinking “I HATE THIS” over and over again till I finally started slowing down at the bottom. When I eventually caught up to Sonora, she was crying from fear. I asked her if she wanted to leave (hoping she would say yes), but she said we could stay and try something different.
There was one super short lift that we ended up going on multiple times and she eventually was able to get off at the end without falling.
Like all nightmares, they eventually come to an end (unfortunately this one was real). Sonora and I went to Panara Bread company for dinner before finally ending a day of bonding. This day makes me glad I only have 2 kids! With luck I’ll never have to ski again!
We made a trip out to Waterfall as we had not been there in over a month. There were mixed emotions as we pulled up to our shelter being knocked down.
I had mixed emotions about the shelter being knocked down. I wasn’t sure how we were ever going to make it stable. There were many things about the design I learned after messing it up and constructing it. One of the neighbors came over to tell us that 50mph winds came up the hill and knocked it right over. Its better that it fell down before we had any more effort into it. Here are some more photos of what the wind did to our creation.
We didn’t have any tools when we were out. So Corvin and I went out the next day to disassemble all of the wood and stack it up. Its a lot of money invested in the lumber and we vowed to find another use for it at Waterfall.