Allure Flooring Update

It’s been over a year since we had our unexpected flooring project, so we wanted to share how it has held up.

View of the RV while the slides are in
View of the RV while the slides are in

Happily, way better than expected!

The only real problem we have is scratches where the living room slide comes in & out. We were concerned about this from the get go, but decided we would try to minimize the damage since we couldn’t adjust the slides. Initially we opened & closed the slides with a towel to try & save the floor from damage, but that proved to be ineffective. What we do instead is make sure to do a thorough sweep of the areas near the slides, so that pebbles, dust & dirt don’t make their way under the slide.

Scratches from the slide
Scratches from the slide

Other than that, that is the only wear we have encountered, which given the travels it’s had since Oregon, we’re pretty pleased. It’s handled 100 degree temperatures and below freezing temperatures like a champ. It’s handled thousands of miles of road movement. It’s handled us!

View of the flooring with the slides out
View of the flooring with the slides out

Keith installed the flooring upright in the stairwell, this is contrary to the instructions, but was necessary for our floor to look reasonably normal. Even this part has held up, it’s glued in place with Liquid Nails and finished at the top with some 90 degree trim. The trim is real wood (pine) and of all the flooring has held up the worst. It’s such a soft material and it gets stepped on every day as we enter and leave. It’s not hard to hit it with another coat of stain and it looks fine.

It’s been MUCH easier to clear than carpeting, and it has reduced the ‘stink’ an RV can easily get when carpeted, especially when you are traveling with animals. Wet dog smell doesn’t seem to linger as long, which is welcome.

Keith came up with a braided effect to cover the doghouse, which isn’t my favorite part of the flooring job, but it still looks decent.

While it wasn’t a project we were expecting, the floor has performed well & still looks good!

 

Bear Week in Provincetown

So how does a straight girl end up going to Provincetown during Bear Week anyway? My friends Lucas & Joe had rented a house and some of their friends dropped out at the last minute. This provided me a perfect opportunity to test how well working remote in locations where I wanted to be out & about instead of working would go.

Turns out, I really can work from anywhere & I am ready for Keith to snag a remote job as well so we can really start to travel!

The week was a lot of fun and Provincetown is a beautiful seaside town. Commercial street has so many great shops and restaurants and I spent many of my off hours walking around & eating (and drinking) too much! I also learned so much of the culture of “bears” and I had an amazing time.

My favorite outing had to be Screen & Scene night at the Crown & Anchor. Anyplace that plays constant clips of showtunes & Tony performances where everyone sings along is #1 in my book. It was so packed & hot & sweaty that by the end of the night I was rocking a look like Hedwig, streaked mascara & all.

I can’t share the stories of the week (no, really – I can’t!), but I will share the pictures of this beautiful spot – enjoy!

 

View of the harbor
View of the harbor
View of Commercial Street in the early morning
View of Commercial Street in the early morning
Crouton
Crouton
View of the Pilgrim Monument from the graveyard
View of the Pilgrim Monument from the graveyard
Sunset at Race Point Beach
Sunset at Race Point Beach
House in Provincetown
House in Provincetown
Low Tide
Low Tide
Provincetown
Provincetown

Oh yes! On the trip back to New Hampshire, we stopped so I could see Plymouth Rock. In case you’re wondering, the structure AROUND the rock is more impressive than the rock itself.

Looking down on Plymouth Rock
Looking down on Plymouth Rock
The structure around Plymouth Rock
The structure around Plymouth Rock

Hello Wisconsin!

We slowed things down a bit when we hit Wisconsin. All the driving was starting to take its toll and when we landed in Green Bay, we were rather exhausted. We were warned about Green Bay not being very dog friendly and it ended up being the case, so instead of watching the World Cup at a restaurant, we watched it in the hotel room. We attempted to go to a county park and even there dogs weren’t allowed!

Barns Galore!
Barns Galore!

So, we did do some driving around, and if you have a thing for barns, Wisconsin fits the bill. My poor instagram feed was suffering from barn overload, but there were just so many in different colors & conditions I had to keep snapping.

Another Barn!
Another Barn!

We saw Lambeau field and it was so not how I pictured it -much farther away from the downtown area. We had a few pints at Stone Cellar Brewpub and had breakfast but mostly just took it easy. We did also visit Seymour, Wisconsin which was a one stoplight town outside of Green Bay. We really need to put the other ‘Seymour’ towns on our wandering map!

Seymour in Seymour, WI!
A Seymour in Seymour, WI!

As we drove away from Green Bay, I noticed that Madison wasn’t too far of a detour from our final destination of Milwaukee. We really enjoyed a few hours walking around downtown Madison and checking another capitol off our list.

Wisconsin Capital
Wisconsin Capitol

It was then time to head to Milwaukee and what a great city we found it to be. We spent an entire afternoon walking around, taking in the RiverWalk and visiting the lake.

View from the Riverwalk in Milwaukee
View from the Riverwalk in Milwaukee

We found a great dog friendly brewery in Horny Goat Hideaway and enjoyed happy hour. We also got a chance to visit an old friend & meet the kids. I worked with Mare back in Las Vegas & we hadn’t seen each other in almost 20 years. It was a great visit & always nice to see familiar faces during our travels.

As we were heading for the state line we thought about cheese. Wisconsin is known for it and we had previously toured the plant at Tillamook, OR. They showed the history of the dairy and the valley. We really expected to see the dairies in Wisconsin to  have similar tasting rooms, but we didn’t see a one.

It was a great trip, if not a tad exhausting due to all the driving. We were both happy to finally cross two more states off our list & now we only have 2 more until we’ve seen all 50!

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