Are you Ready?

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LAUNCH!

AND THEY ARE OFF!
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Yup, we did it. We finally hit the road! With a lot of help from our friends and family, of course. We were very fortunate to have Mama AwesomeSauce, Michael the Painter, and Sir Christopher Knight and Mews Guard of House Fluffington to see us off. We cracked a bottle of champagne (we would have broken it over the hull, but we were scared of what that would do to the engine, and tires, and street, and what nots), toasted to our travels, then the AwesomeSauce Duo and Mews HIT THE ROAD! It was a tearful farewell…so many emotions! Sad to say goodbye – Saucy G has lived in Colorado her whole life! Scared of what was ahead (terrified, if truth be told). Excited to finally be on the road after years of planning and hoping and saving and and and…

We pulled ourselves together, and headed west! Our first stop? The KOA at Cripple Creek, Colorado. I know, not very far for our maiden voyage, however we had a few reasons for the semi-close to home stop. We wanted to make sure our first day of driving wasn’t too long and strenuous for us, and mostly for the Mews. We wanted to see how the A’Tuin would handle the road, and we wanted to be able to test out all of our hoses, connections and everything else in a park that was sort of familiar. We have never been to a KOA before, but we had been to Cripple Creek, so if something went horribly wrong, at least we would be in familiar surroundings, and close enough to “home” that if the rig blew up we could get back ok. It was sort of a security blanket stop, as well as a test run before we “got serious” and left the state.

Boy are we glad we did! We didn’t have any major disasters, thank goodness, but that first day was a learning experience! First, just because it looks cute while you are parked does NOT mean that the decorations or whatevers you have are practical while driving. Items shift while in transit (we should have listened during all the in flight safety talks), and those items WILL find a way to the floor. Or will move to against the door of the cabinet, like a booby trap in a kids Christmas movie.
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Adventure Tip– Secure ALL THE THINGS. Seriously stuff will move around.

Secondly, no matter how much you plan, and prepare, something will go wrong and/or possibly break. We made sure we had solar for when we weren’t plugged in, we checked our roof, we made places for Mews to sleep and hide, we had two different inspections on the rig itself JUST to make sure everything was ready to go. Feeling smug and secure, we plugged into our first ever site, got the water and electricity going, and settled into a “normal” house. We washed our hands, a lot, we cooked in our fancy new cookware (this stuff is truly amazing, more on that later), and we did dishes.

Then…it happened. Like a scene out of a horror movie. It crept. It slowly seeped its way into the kitchen. The unsuspecting couple, minding their own business, living life unawares of the threat that lurked around the corner….

A LEAK!
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WHERE?! WHAT! WHY?! Where was the water coming from? What is going on? Why won’t it stop? AHHHHH!

We quickly shut everything off, sopped up what we could get to, then went hunting for the Moist Menace. We ended up ripping out part of our cabinet under the sink to get to the problem. It was HORRIFYING! There is was. A HUGE CRACK in our drain pipe going to our grey tank. HUGE. How did it get there? Was it from winterization? Perhaps when the big box company was installing the new toilet, they cut the pipe without noticing? Or goblins snuck into the rig and sliced the pipe, just for a laugh (I KNEW I should have burnt some sage before we left). Whatever the cause, there it was. Now the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink were inoperable until we get it fixed.

Worry not! We didn’t let this get us down. Until we can fix it, or get it fixed, we have come up with a solution. Tubs! There are three tubs, one for each sink. When we wash dishes we have a soap tub, and a rinse tub. There is one it the bathroom for catching water, also. Luckily the shower seems to have its own drain into the grey tank, so we end up emptying our tubs into the shower after use.

After that frighten, we checked every other connection we could find! Pipes, hoses, (almost) everything.

Again, we missed a spot. Later, when we were leaving our second KOA stop, we, well, couldn’t leave. The engine wouldn’t start! OH NO! DISASTER! Where do we get a new battery? Is it the battery? Is it the alternator? Is it some deep engine problem that Saucy G knows nothing about? AHHHHHHH!
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Nope. It was a loose connection on the battery. A VERY nice man at the Santa Fe KOA (our second stop) found the problem, tightened the connection, jumped our battery, and sent us on our way.

SO, as the old saying goes, something something mice and men, planning…and…err…um….

You and never plan for everything ever, because something will come up. Turns out this Full Time Lifestyle has a whole new way of life to learn! So many new things, new problems, new solutions, new new new! Who knew?! The best part is that it is all worth it. The leaks, the creaks, the battery, all of it are worth it for the adventures.

Speaking of…

Are you Ready for an Adventure?

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Better safe than smelly

First off, the AwesomeSauce Team would like to congratulate Saucy G and Awesome K on their upcoming wedding! We couldn’t be happier (even our Mews Matilda seems OK with it!), and we look forward to many more adventures, and posts, from the happy couple.

Second…off….The AwesomeSauce Team is a pretty positive group (we like to think). Hardly ever shall we write a negative review, or blog, because negativity takes a lot of time and energy. Energy that could be used on more awesomeness! However, once in a while a negative review might pop in here and there – not because we are trying to be nasty – but because we feel you should know before you go.

WHEW! OK, now lets get to the blog post, shall we?

Recently the AwesomeSauce Duo took a quick trip to Las Vegas, you know, like they do. The two day trip was for a couple of batteries that needed some recharging, some smallish poker tournaments, and, most importantly, to do some recon on wedding chapels!

Awesome K has been working as a poker dealer in Blackhawk, Colorado, for about six months now. He LOVES his new job, getting to do exactly what he loves. Not only does he get to interact with people everyday, he is learning more and more about poker. The only downside of his job is that he can’t play any tournaments now – as his casino is basically the only one with any tournament action. He never gets to put his new tournament knowledge to use! His main goal of the mini adventure was to stretch his poker legs, and try out his “new game.” Saucy G was, of course, along for the tournaments and the action. She was fully ready to be K’s cheerleader as he “shipped” all the tournaments he could cram in to two days. G was ready for a few of her own, though, having studied all the material she could get her hands on. Well…she read a couple magazines, and part of a book…

The first stop was the Aria Poker Room, for the daily 1pm tournament. Both G and K entered, but only one made it to the final table…IT WAS SAUCY G! With over 120 entries, the tournament was one of the largest that Saucy G has participated in, and the second tournament she has cashed in! She played a solid game, made smart decisions, and was able to stay patient and wait for the cards when she needed to. Awesome K was an excellent cheerleader, and coach, keeping an eye on the game as best as he could from a safe distance away. Saucy G ended up coming in 9th! Congratulations on a great tournament G!

Later that evening, after eating the best burger in the world (part victory, part amazing food!) in the Paris casino, the duo headed over to the Flamingo for a midnight tournament. With a $50 buy in, the duo both entered. A much smaller tournament, with only two tables, but the competition was still fierce! The duo was on fire, with another final table and cash win! The 3rd place midnight tournament winner was…SAUCY G! That’s right, two tournament final tables/cashes in ONE DAY! YAY! Awesome K was, again, a wonderful coach and cheerleader, beaming with pride as his “protege” shipped it in Vegas. Nice work team!

Day 2 was all about wedding recon. Not surprisingly, the duo plan to wed in Las Vegas!

Earlier this year, with the help of Mama AwesomeSauce, the duo thought they had found the perfect little chapel for an intimate ceremony. The pictures on the website were stunning, and the whole team felt like it was going to be a perfect fit. A deposit was paid, and everyone thought they were ready to go! All from the amazing website!

Saucy G needed to see the space in person, just to be sure it was perfect. Boy is she glad they checked it out ahead of time! Whoever took the pictures for the website should get an award, because the reality of the space was VERY different in person. The chapel was not in a very nice part of town (wedding row, as the team lovingly calls it, really isn’t a safe neighborhood), with it being sketchy in daylight – there is no way you would catch G walking that sidewalk after dark. Next to the chapel is an abandoned lot, filled with trash and who knows whats. Inside, the space was very tight, uncomfortable, and uninviting. The space offered two options for a ceremony, the indoor hall, and the outdoor gazebo, both of which are stunning online. In person, the indoor chapel looked very neglected. The “silk” flowers were covered with dust and dirt, the “candles” looked like dollar store rejects, and there was a distinct odor to the space that did not invoke feelings of everlasting love. The “bridal suite” was nothing more than an electrical closet, painted to look like an outdoor garden – that looked as though it had also been neglected. The paint was peeling, and the odor was getting stronger.

Once outside, headed to the gazebo area (that the duo had reserved), our guide showed us the route the bride would take. The route backed to an alley, complete with homeless men, trash, and the strongest odor of cat urine G has ever smelled (and she has had cats her whole life). It was all G could do to not start crying – and not tears of joy. The guide must have taken as joy, because she pressed on. After winding her way over the cobbles, passing the dumpster and homeless man, the bride walks into the gazebo area. Rickety benches, full of splinters and sadness, adorn either side of the aisle – leading to the gazebo. Words escape us. The gazebo looked as though it was about to topple over, taking its fake dirt plants with it. Surrounded by the sounds of traffic, the smells of pee, underneath power lines and a fire hazard, the duo decided that this was NOT the place for them to start their lives together. The left as quickly as they could, canceling their reservation as soon as possible, happily fore-fitting their deposit if it meant never setting foot in there again.

The moral of this story? ALWAYS tour the venue first, no matter what the reviews say or the pictures look like. If you are getting married, renting or buying a house, or really any reason, please please PLEASE check it out in advance. You don’t want to be out $100, cause yourself undo stress, and potentially get married in an alley. Better safe than smelly, I say!

The Intern

Recently we lost our Head of Logistics. It has been a very troubling time here at AwesomeSauce Headquarters, both with the mourning of Secret Agent Sam, and with not having a leader!

While no one has been promoted to Head of Logistics yet, Miss Matilda Pants (Trip Coordinator and Mews), and Sir Archer Funnyfoot (P.R Manager and Mews) have been working hard to fill his shoes. All that work, though, has lead to a very tired, and slightly stressed AwesomeSauce Team. After a few meetings, budget analysis, and grueling recruitment process, we have officially welcomed a new intern to Headquarters!

Lady Lana Miss Fits of House Fluffington

 

We would like everyone to give a warm welcome to Lady Lana Miss Fits of House Fluffington (Lana for short). Lana has a background in government relations, having served time working for the Kitty FBI. She also worked as a contractor operating mainly in RECON and undercover ops. She and Archer both trained at C.C.S, which is one of the main reasons she was hired as an intern here (under the strong recommendation of Archer).

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Archer and Lana in a business meeting

 

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We would tell you more, but of course it’s classified. Lana has joined the team as a Mews, and is currently interning with our P.R Manager. Talk in the camp is that Archer will be promoted to Logistics, once Lana has learned the duties of P.R Manager, and feels comfortable taking over the role.

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Lana is a shining light here at Headquarters! She is spunky, upbeat, tough (she doesn’t take any guff from her bosses!), and, of course, adventurous! We are very lucky to have her join our team! LanaContemplating

Welcome Aboard Lana! Here is to working together for many years to come!

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Team AwesomeSauce

 

Secret Agent Sam

There has been a large cap in between posts, and we here at AwesomeSauce Headquarters apologize for leaving you without any adventures for the past few months.

Ready to write!

One of the main reasons our adventures have been on hold is due to the loss of our Head of Logistics – and mews – Secret Agent Sam. Sam had been battling an illness off and on for a few months, and Team AwesomeSauce wanted to focus on the health of one of our key members. Romantic Sam

Unfortunately, time and tide wait for no cat. Sam passed on to the greatest adventure on November 5th, 2014. He was 13 years old. Worlds Most Handsome Cat

SnugsWe would like to write the story of Sam, but unfortunately a lot of that information is still classified. When we get the go ahead from his previous agencies, we will share some of Sam’s greatest adventures with you.

He was so important to this team, to this family. We here at AwesomeSauce were grateful for the time we spent with him, the world may never see his like again.

Sweet Sam So Snoozy  Contemplating Life

AwesomeSauce Team….ASSEMBLE!

Here at AwesomeSauce Headquarters, we work (fairly) hard to bring the world some adventure! Between planning trips, researching routes, and, of course, eventually writing about our shenanigans, there is a lot that goes in to our overall Awesomeness. Luckily the authors, Awesome K and G-Sauce, are not alone! Let us introduce you to our dedicated team of Adventures!

los pollos hermanosHead Writer – Lead Cat Herder – CFO of Shenanigans – Director of Fantastical Operations – G Sauce (aka Saucy G, Nenner)

G Sauce has been adventuring for over 25 years, traveling the globe in search of all things Awesome. In 2001, she and Secret Agent Sam starting forming what would become the AwesomeSauce Team, eventually adding Miss Matilda Pants in 2002, Awesome K in 2012, and most recently adding Mr. Foots in 2013. Prior to becoming CFO of Shenanigans at Team AwesomeSauce, she, along with Sam and Miss Pants, earned her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has worked a number of interesting jobs, everything from Dog Groomer to Probation Officer, G Sauce has done a little of everything. G Sauce is currently Head Writer for the Team, as well as being Director of Fantastical Operations, and consults regularly with Trip Coordinator, Miss Pants, on where to go and what to do next. When she is not off exploring all the world has to offer with Awesome K, G Sauce enjoys reading, fly fishing, treading water at the poker table, and all things geek/nerd/awesome related.

A.K keeps an eye out for the feds while I play on the swingsDirector of Logistical Inevitabilities – CEO of Shenanigans – Lead Editor – Writer – Craft Beer Devotee – Awesome K (aka The Kevin, Mr. Sweetheart, S, Sir Kevin S )

Awesome K began interning at AwesomeSauce Headquarters in August of 2012. After a lot of hard work, dedication, and a well deserved recommendation from then CEO Secret Agent Sam, Awesome K was officially added to the AwesomeSauce Team, finally completing the AwesomeSauce Duo. Since then, Awesome K has worked as Head Chef, Lead of Support, Writer, and has been recently named as Director of Logistical Inevitabilities (congratulations Awesome K!). In 2013, Awesome K hired Mr. Foots to manage P.R, and since then the two have been inseparable, always working together on new ideas and ways to further the AwesomeSauce goals. When Awesome K is not hard at work at AwesomeSauce Headquarters, he can be founding slinging beer at Arvada Beer Company, swinging golf clubs, flinging cards at the poker tables, and singing the songs of his peoples.

 

Secret Agent SamHead of Logistics – Mews – Secret Agent Sam (aka Sweetie Thai Prince, Sir Samwise PuddinBuns of House Fluffington, Sam, Mama’s Puddin’)

Before joining the AwesomeSauce Team in 2001, Sam was a decorated Secret Agent. While much of his past is still classified, it is rumored that he had a paw in hundreds of covert and secret cases. After retiring with honor from the Secret Service, Sam joined G-Sauce to form the first stages of AwesomeSauce. As a founding member, Sam has had many roles on the team, as well as a variety of side businesses and ventures. From Head of Security, to Sous Chef, Sam has done it all for the AwesomeSauce Team. In 2007, both he and Miss Pants earned their Bachelor of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminalisitics from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. Sam has also been the founder and CEO of a few Clubs, restaurants, and other smaller side businesses. After Miss Pants was found to be involved in an embezzling scandal, stealing from Sam’s various Clubs with attempts to run to Venezuela, Sam decided to retire from CEO-dom, and decided to focus solely on the AwesomeSauce adventures. He has taken Mr. Foots under his wing, and has helped cultivate the AwesomeSauce Team to be the success that it is today. With amble time to relax, Sam has turned his attentions to gardening, cat-bed-testing, and enjoys carpet swimming and watching television. His favorite shows include HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.All BusinessSweetie Thai Prince

 

Coordinator Matilla the HunTrip Coordinator – Mews – Miss Matilda Pants (aka Madam Pantalones of House Fluffington, Miss Pants, Matilla the Hun)

After defecting from the KGB, Miss Pants led a life on the run. She went deep into hiding, living with squirrels, eating off the land, and fighting for survival. Finally she was able to find asylum in a place she had previously staked out for the KGB, the AwesomeSauce Headquarters. She moved in during the fall of 2002, and quickly adapted to her new life as Trip Coordinator, Mews, and Queen of All the Things. Miss Pants is a dedicated member of the AwesomeSauce team, working on trip planning of all sorts, and can often be found meditating on maps in order to find the best routes for the Duo to travel. In recent years she has taken a more relaxed approach to life, retiring from her role as Neighborhood Watch President so that she can focus on her rigid nap routines. She still enjoys communicating with the squirrel community, attending the annual Squirrels of the World convention. She no longer plots to run to Venezuela. Or run Venezuela, thankfully.

Squirrel TalkerSerious Business

 

P.R Manager P.R Manager – Mews – Sir Archer Funnyfoot Wobblesworth of House Fluffington (aka Archer, Mr. Foots, Sweet Beebee)

Archer is a recent member of the AwesomeSauce Adventure Team, being hired in September of 2013. Prior to joining the AwesomeSauce Team, Mr. Foots was a reckless and wild Secret Agent, but after getting his burn notice, he was forced into a very early retirement. Secret Agent Sam, being a former Agent himself, agreed to bring the young gun onto the team, after being hired as an intern by Awesome K. Though young, Mr. Foots has proven to be a versatile member of the team! Whether working hard to promote the AwesomeSauce Duo, researching social media outlets and marketing campaigns, being a one cat Ad Man, or being a mews to the writers, Mr. Foots is always ready to do whatever is needed, and is willing to put in long hours helping at the computer. When not working diligently as our P.R Manager, Mr. Foots enjoys gardening, running, and hunting bugs. He currently holds the record for Most Bugs Caught in a Single Day!

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