Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dusting off Nellie for 2018

This year marks Nellies 10yr anniversary since she found her way to us!
Four years of restoration, six years of adventures  and 18,000 miles!

We have been dreaming and planning for our time on the road for the coming year.  We will be taking another extended trip this spring, almost 4 weeks long, can't wait! We are heading back to the Southwest again, not exactly sure where yet but hopefully towards Colorado Springs and the Great Sand Dunes National park, We will be following the nice weather.  We loved our trip last year and dream of a time when trips don't have to end!

The snow in Wisconsin has been flying way to much for this time of year!

Blizzard of Apr.14th- 14" and 40mph winds

Of coarse we had to go out to eat with friends, it wasn't to busy in Baldwin! Surprised the were open!
7 days later it's sunny and 50+ degrees and most of this white stuff is gone!

Jan and I have both had many changes to our jobs some very good and some a little more challenging:-) Jan has more time to concentrate on 4 little grand munchkins ages 6mo.-5yrs and I am adjusting to a new climate at work, it's hard to change my old ways of doing things
but I'n getting there!

Our travel preparations this year have included our normal spring cleanup, washing everything inside
 and reorganizing. Seems every year we take out more things, I always think I will have more time to just sit and read a magazine or carve a stick but we always seam to fill our days with endless exploring/hiking-can't seem to get enough of it!

Another option this year to make sure we can get out of Wisconsin!!!
Snowboards on the tires!
Hope the snow melts fast!

Last year we picked up a propane fired generator and carried an extra propane tank for it. This year we updated the 20# steel tanks that were mounted on the front of Nellie to 30# polished aluminum tanks. So the tanks look nice and should have enough capacity for the trailer and the generator if needed.

Also added a new Burkey water tank/filter that will give us good water wherever we are!

Each of the last 6 years I have removed a small box of "what if this happens fix-it parts"knock on wood we have been very fortunate for not having troubles. Every spring I go through all mechanical parts:wheels,tires,bearings and water/electric systems before hitting the road,
So far so good!

Last fall I picked up a new tow vehicle, a 1998 Chevy 3/4 ton suburban with a 454 engine. Over the
winter I had everything gone through. I think we are ready for the back country of Utah!
It will be interesting to see how the "Burbanator" performs!

This is before we got another 14" of snow!

It's time to leave the barn and find new adventures and friends down the road!

Jake and Henry are ready to go!


  1. 10 years already! It doesn't feel that long ago that Isaac and I volunteered to go pick the pop can up! Who would have guessed the adventures it would take you on.

  2. She has provided lots of fun and met many people! Also has become our trademark and has taken care of all that spare time I have:-)

  3. I look forward to this years adventures...

    1. Sorry Frank, just saw your comment from May, we had a great trip out west. Hope all things are good with you! I miss seeing your trailer projects, you do great work. Hope your new adventures are going well!