lisztomania

Posted on June 18th, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.


It’s senior superlative day here at Ambrose Manor. Here are some of the best, worse, faves, non-faves, etc. from our 9+ months on the road.

Drumroll….

THINGS WE COULDN’T HAVE LIVED WITHOUT
- smart wool socks — the best for hiking and for cold cold nights
- all of the amazing mix CDs our friends made for us
- coffee (or, having coffee for like 2 hours every morning)
- florida, for keeping us warmish all winter

WORST RV PARKS
- that one in Guernville, CA (wine-ish country) that didn’t have working showers, and on the second morning i walked into one of the two stalls and there was brown stuff smeared all over the toilet seat.
- that one early on in the trip in southwestern pennsylvania where the joads from grapes of wrath squeaked and bounced up in their jalopy with all their belongings, their rig shuddering to a halt 10 feet from Ambrose Manor; as we contemplated our future on the road, we wondered if we were going to witness this scene daily. in the end, our neighbors were just fine (who are we to judge? look at Ambrose Manor!); it was the exposed-cinderblock bathroom that was this campground’s doing-in.

BEST CAMPGROUNDS (aka, rv parks suck, campgrounds rock)
- calf creek, escalante national monument, utah (tiny campground on a rushing creek; the campground hosts got us new propane after we ran out, and they wished us good luck on our “real marriage” after we returned home! we also met an awesome couple of ladies who shared wine that their friends had made, and told us about their cute lives in a small town just east of the cascades in washington.)
- anastasia state park, st. augustine, florida (the first place we stayed in florida, after rushing through ‘bama and ’ssippi. it was heavenly compared to what we had just fled.)
- olympic national park, washington (elk chillin’ in our backyard)
- canyonlands national park, utah (so quiet, peaceful, unpopulated, and there was an awesome jr ranger who gave a very unresearched talk about mountain goats and mountain lions; it was more of an ad libbed guessimate of what mountain lions and mountain goats do.)

BEST BEER
- fort george, astoria, oregon (goonie town!)
- schlafly, st. louis, missouri
- front street brewery, wilmington, north carolina
- new belgium brewery, fort collins, colorado
- bill’s tavern and brewhouse, cannon beach, oregon

BEST CITIES (not including places we’ve lived, aka MPLS, DC, N.O., NYC, because they are obviously totally rad and we’ve talked about them enough-ish)
- portland
- austin
- oakland (jaime) / san francisco (jacob)
- raleigh (but most likely it has to do with brian lips)

BEST BACKYARD
- brian lips, raleigh, north carolina (also doubled as jacob’s bathroom)

BEST FRONT YARD
- avery thatcher, portland, oregon (if i weren’t trailer-weary, i’d convince jake to drive back to this front yard and we’d call it home)

FAVE NATIONAL PARKS
- canyonlands, utah
- glacier, montana
- capitol reef, utah
- big bend, texas

BIGGEST SURPRISE PLACES (as in we never thought we’d go there, or love it there…)
- astoria, oregon
- jim thorpe, pennsylvania
- pittsburgh, pennsylvania
- traverse city, michigan
- reno, nevada
- fargo, north dakota

BEST & WORST DRINKING WATER (can you guess which is which?)
- glacier national park
- foote’s rest, pennsylvania

BANDS WE’LL LISTEN TO IN MINNESOTA THAT WILL MAKE US REMEMBER OUR TRIP AND CRY
- hot lava
- death vessel
- jumbling towers
- vampire hands
- santigold

THINGS WE ARE DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO MISS ABOUT OUR TRIP
- sharing bathrooms; for jaime, not only sharing bathrooms, but having dudes come into the women’s restroom because it’s so much nicer and ripping really loud gross ones
- koa kampgrounds, because they start every word that should begin with a “c” with a “k” instead. there is a kuntry kookout this weekend here, i cid you not. at least the bathrooms are clean.
- spiders lurking in all of the storage spaces in our tiny home
- rain, because we have leaks
- diesel engines that wake you up at all hours

BEST GUEST ACCOMODATIONS
this is an unfair category because we are so thankful to all of our friends who put us up, and if we start listing places and people, we’ll inevitably forget someone and feel bad. but I would like to suggest to Jim & Leslie and Eric & Jill that you should go into the hotel biz. wait, didn’t E&J already own and operate one?



2 Responses to “lisztomania”

  1. cheryl Says:

    CUTE!
    thank you for letting me live vicariously through visits and stop-ins and sharing your awesome trailer with me, so that i could be trailer trash if but for a few days.

  2. Matte Black Says:

    The fun continues…I’ll see you two at the next rest stop.