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Joseph Stewart State Park, Set 5: Morning Light and Fall Magic (+11 insets!)

Joseph Stewart State Park, Set 5: Morning Light and Fall Magic (+11 insets!)
(+11 insets!) (Please scroll down to "Today's Pictures for inset information)

Trip Talk: Little Upgrades and the First Two Projects: Our Bedrooms!

Our new trailer is going to be a perfect way to travel around the country! That being said, we need to upgrade some things before we are satisfied with its current state. Steve's done lots of little additions around the place, such as adding felt dots and rubber bumpers to doors so they close quietly and don't bang into walls. We noticed they neglected to put caps on the recessed screw holes here and there so we got those. Lots of things like that. But also, there are four projects that we planned on right away: our beds, the coffee bar/charging center, and our computer/gaming stations. Today I'll cover the beds!

The Beds: Steve's (You can see the location on Inset 1 and look at "A")
First off, we needed to upgrade the sleeping situation. The first and easiest fix was the master bedroom. It came with a king-sized mattress stuffed into a queen-sized space, ugh! How ridiculous to stand in there trying to find room next to that silly bed! Steve quickly fixed this by sawing down the bed's platform to a proper size. When we put a queen-sized mattress in place of the ginormous king-sized bed, suddenly it was like a breath of fresh air! For the first time since we've owned the coach, the master bedroom FEELS like a master bedroom! Sheesh. We are astonished by the propensity of people who want everything to be LARGER. What type of person would WANT a king-sized bed? They are entirely too HUGE!

The Beds: Janet's (See Inset 1: "B")
The second part of this equation was my bed. The Avalanche has a new and rare layout called a "mid-house bunk room." Ordinarily this is a double-decker platform ("bunk house") located in the back of the coach, which is what our Grey Wolf had. I used the bottom bunk as my private little nest and I loved it in the beginning. However, by the time we got back from our six-week Vancouver Island trip, I was DONE. All of the sideways wriggling in and out of the foot-accessible-only bed got to be intolerable, especially at three in the morning when I needed to make a bathroom run. I couldn't even sit up completely unless I wanted to bang my head. No amount of coziness could make up for that cramped and totally annoying sleeping situation. This became a defining criteria for choosing our full-timing rig.

The perfectly tiny bunk room in the Avalanche is located half-way between the back and front of the coach and is even has *gasp* actual doors (as opposed to curtains)! It came with an attractive couch which folded out to entirely fill the room with a classic, uncomfortable, temporary bed. No thanks. I did sleep on it when we stayed at Joseph Stewart State Park but we also put a gel-foam topper on it to make it reasonably comfortable. No worries...we had a plan!

We took out the couch and in its place, Steve built a platform to fit the 38" x 72" space. When completed, there will be three spacious drawers underneath, but for now the frame is in place and it's absolutely perfect!

What about the Mattress?
At first we were at a loss. Custom-made anything almost always means sky-high prices and that's all we could find as we combed the search results. Finally I found pay-dirt! The Military Supply House makes mattresses of any size with a zillion options, all at a totally affordable price. We paid about $230 to get mine made and when it arrived, we were both totally blown away. It's gorgeous, soft but supportive, impeccably made and sewn, and best of all, it is EXACTLY the right size! We were so impressed that we're ordering another one in queen size for Steve's mattress! (The temporary mattress in place right now was borrowed from our guest bedroom so we could go to Joseph Stewart.)

A Perfect Room for Janet
The difference in that petite room is amazing. It's no longer an awkward nook with a little sofa in it that folds out. Now it's got an exactly-sized bed with lots of room to move around. There's a spacious countertop on the opposite side and I'll be able to add a chair to sit and use my laptop. With this arrangement I'll be able to write and work on my photography without distraction. What an upgrade!!

The situation I had in the Grey Wolf quickly began to drive me crazy. I'd wriggle into my lower bunk bed, crawl into place, turn over to sit down, drag my computer onto my lap, position my mouse next to me and finally I'd open the laptop. It was such an ordeal to get everything properly set up that getting back out again was really annoying. Granted, it was a wonderful, cozy place to hang out but once I was there, I didn't want to move...it was too much effort! So you can see why I'm so over-the-moon with my wonderful little bedroom in the Avalanche!

(Note: you may wonder why I'm in the little room and Steve is in the master bedroom. This is because Steve is 6'2 and I am 5'4. He cannot fit into that little bed but it's the perfect length for me. I also wanted to have my own space for writing and creating without being disturbed. The master bedroom doesn't have a desk area. The situation is absolutely ideal for us! Oh, and in case you didn't know this yet, we sleep apart because Steve snores and we prefer restful nights!)

Today's Pictures
It's another installment from Joseph Stewart State Park! The main picture was the view we saw from our coach every morning, can you believe it?! Stepping just outside, I took this picture of gorgeous light and shadows streaming through the trees that surrounded our trailer. How amazing it was to be here, and yet the park is a mere 45 minutes away!!

The first inset today is a graphic to show the layout of our Avalanche 365MB with areas noted for the projects we're working on. (I'll talk about the other projects in a later blog.) The rest of the insets are more subjects that I found while I was blissfully wandering around with my camera. You will notice lots of lovely fall leaves, but also mushrooms and even a ridiculous sign on a path sprayed on by someone who has dyslexia! ENJOY!

Pam, today it's such a bright and beautiful day, I can't stop smiling when thinking about the hopeful situation for you that's coming up. There is nothing like hope. Now there is a large sprig to grasp onto and I'm so glad!! Have you recovered from your procedure and feeling better? I'm wishing the best for you and sending lots of *HUGS* your way!

Explored on 12/02/19; highest placement #7.

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38 comments - The latest ones
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Inconmensurable. Gran trabajo y feliz resultado.
19 months ago.
 Frank J Casella
Frank J Casella
Wonderful depth and shadow play, Janet.
19 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome series!

Admired in:
19 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

19 months ago.
uwschu club
Herrlicher Ausblick, so kann der Tag beginnen.
Viel Spaß beim Umbau eures fahrbaren Wohnzimmer :-)
19 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
D'ombre et de lumiere...Admirable.
19 months ago.
.Krisonteme club
Superbe jeu de lumière et d’ombre
Le traducteur a eu quelques difficultés mais j’a pu lire et participer à votre vie :-0))
19 months ago.
Annemarie club
also each of the insets is wonderful!

Happy week:) Janet
19 months ago.
 Vijay Uppar
Vijay Uppar
Most superb photography with your talent is awesome very cam atmospheric place.
19 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Gorgeous autumn pictures, Janet!
Your RV project will certainly keep you busy for a while. :)
19 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Wow that RV certainly looks and sounds great. I can fully understand why sleeping in the lower bunk would irritate you somewhat when you spent so long doing it. I'd go mad, methinks. This new arrangement looks absolutely perfect for you. Especially giving you room for a desk etc to enable you to write your blogs, and sort out the pictures.

That is one gorgeous view from your RV. It would be wonderful to wake up to that every morning. I love the other pictures - and yet again more mushrooms. Everyone seems to have found loads of mushrooms this year - maybe because of the wet weather we've all been having.

It's gone really cold here - radiator and gas fire on at the same time to take the chill off the air. Soon be time for hot water bottle and throw-over for the lap!!!!
19 months ago.
LutzP club
...lovely details well lighted!
19 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A fascinating read on the ongoing alterations to your trailer. It seems that it's getting near to perfection now! You're very lucky that Steve is such a talented "do it yourself" person otherwise it would cost you a fortune to have people in to do the work. He deserves a long rest now :-)

Ok, the photos............I just love the main image. What a magnificent view to wake up to every day. You've captured it perfectly in gorgeous light and detail. I particularly like the long shadows.

The insets are all excellent (as always). My faves are the 3rd one with the gorgeous golden and yellow leaves with wonderful bokeh. I also love the 6th one with the solo golden coloured leaf and more super bokeh. The 8th one is beautifully composed and the light is glorious. Special mentions to the 2nd and 5th fungi images..!!

That's it for now...........take care folks.
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Well done !!
Have a great new week.
19 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Awesome backlit image and abslolutely breathtaking autumn PiP's.
19 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo nature avec notes. Nicole.
19 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Keystone Avelanche 365 MB is super en ik heb er een hele tijd voor moeten gaan zitten hahaha klasse hoe je op dat idee gekomen bent te gek....:-) Top pips vindt ik met uitspringend de muhrooms (paddestoelen NL) alle met een interesante Bokeh...
dat is wat ik vindt er van ,,,,,Slaap je wel goed ZO Ver van Steve Verwijdert ?! :-))))LOL
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
cammino club
A really stunning and exciting view!!!
19 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Another beautiful series, Janet ! Wish you a very nice week !
19 months ago.
 Citoyen du Monde
Citoyen du Monde club
superbe prise Janet !
19 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful series.
Seems the painter had problems using their stencils ;-)
And have fun wih your RV!
19 months ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Another fab series -so good Janet its a pleasure to look at them
19 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Oh what a fabulous series of images Janet, like then all!

Thank you for posting in the group
19 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A lovely woodland scene
19 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
j' aime beaucoup tes notes janet !!
19 months ago.
tiabunna club
Great images, Janet. Afraid I'm short on time. :-)
19 months ago.
 Eva Lewitus
Eva Lewitus club
Beautiful photos, beautiful description, and writing. Thank you so much!!
19 months ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
si paisible et beau
19 months ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
magnifique reportage Janet ! bravo**********************
have a nice day ! kiss♫
19 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Wonderful capture Great time of day shadow and light effects. Well done Janet Regards Tess.
19 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Back to say Congratulations in Explore. Well deserved for this image.
19 months ago.
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
Que des merveilles
19 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Die Schatten werden länger, Janet.
Ein wunderschönes Titelbild mit einer herrlichen Serie von Herbstbildern.
Freundliche Grüße und einen guten Morgen.
19 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Very nice Janet, a great capture of the shadows!

19 months ago.
 Blue rubber octopus
Blue rubber octopus club
I'm too long even for a king sized bed, lol!
19 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Wonderful autumn shots :))
19 months ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
"Bound by the beauty" =)

And that trailer is amazing! =O
18 months ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
Delighful and beautiful images! Sounds like a great way to travel and explore the world!!
6 months ago.

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