Justifiable Expense

When you lose everything, it’s hard to know where to start. When your life goal and new “career” was to be an adventurer, and someone steals and destroys your house, it is very hard to know what to do next.

We are so blessed, and so lucky to have such an incredible support network. Friends, family, and a vast new network of people who believe in your dream, and are pulling for you. Our friend, and official AwesomeSauce Geek, Jason Hart, set up a Go Fund Me to help us rebuild after The Thief ruined everything. (Yeah, still hoping you read this blog, although now I believe you don’t know how to read. Or understand big words. Jerkface.) Anyhoo, we were overwhelmed with generosity, love, and support. Between Paypal and GoFundMe, we were suddenly no longer desperate to survive!

This, however, brings us to our current worry. Well, mine, let’s be fair (Saucy G here, Professional Worrier). What if we go on adventures, and we offend people who have supported us? Our savings did get depleted while we were in Vegas. Vegas is expensive, and sucks you in. One week in Vegas is a LOOOOONG time, two weeks is an eternity. We didn’t have a real fridge, or way to cook food in Vegas, so we ended up eating out a lot. That right there drains one’s account very quickly. Let alone trying to replace things (pillows, soaps, dishes for cat food, etc). That all adds up quickly. Thankfully the funds donated helped us get back to feeling ok, and not “oh God what do we do.” It got us back to feeling like we could do what we do best, adventure.

This was, and is, a huge dilemma for us. What if people who donated to our cause despise how we use the funds? Loathe us for going back out and doing what we planned to do with our lives, adventure? Do we post about adventures? Do we “check in” on social media and talk about things we are doing? What do people expect of us; adventure, or hiding out in a room? Granted, I have basically a PhD in Hiding Inside, but I was hoping to broaden my repertoire, and add outside to the list of places that we/I go. Is adventure a justifiable expense?

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Here is what we have decided.

ADVENTURE!

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It is in our blood. It is in our nature. It IS what we are!

We will also be VERY frugal. For a number of reasons. We STILL don’t have any word on the RV, other than “it will be looked at soon.” Looked at. Not worked on. Looked at. It could be well over a month before we can even get in it again, IF they don’t total it. There are hints that it might just be totaled. So we are saving many pennies in case that happens (most of the Funds, actually, if not all). We are also not really replacing anything. At all. Not only because we have no place to put anything, but because we don’t know where we are going next in our lives. So we are saving to see where the road takes us, and what we need to supply for that adventure.

With all of the saving, and not replacing, we now have a reserve of monies for adventures. So we are going to do just that! ADVENTURE! We are going to check in at places, we are going to see the things, we are going to try the noms, we are going to do what we do best. Well, what we think we do pretty well, anyway.

We hope against hope that we are not offending any of our supporters, but we also believe that some of the support was to get us outside again. No one wants to read a blog about not ever leaving the house (well, they might. I hope they do, actually, because there are going to be MisAdventureous Agoraphobe posts, and it would be a bummer if no one read them).

So, that’s that then.

Are YOU ready for more adventure?

 

 

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UPDATE! Found and Lost, and What Now?

Today has been a crazy whirlwind day! This is on top of a crazy whirlwind week!

A couple of days ago we found out that the Worlds Greatest RV had been stolen from where we parked it behind Bally’s. We weren’t even supposed to have parked behind Bally’s, but due to A/C issues, and melting Mews’, we had to get a hotel room. So there we were. Us and the Mews’ in the hotel room, and the World’s Greatest RV in the East Parking Lot, under a light and a camera, with security driving periodically through the lot.

We reported our loss to Bally’s security. Metro PD. Most importantly we reported to you. The wonderful world of social networking! Thank you! Your sharing of our story, your keeping your eyes peeled and ears to the ground (not literally, it is 1000 degrees outside). A wonderful person out there FOUND our BABY! Metro was alerted, and officers responded. Without you, it might not have been found. Certainly not as quickly. Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you!

It was found in what looks like a residential neighborhood close to the Sam’s Town Casino. I don’t think Metro asked around to any of the houses, but who knows. Maybe they did. IF they did, no one mentioned it to us. Anyhoo…Before we could get to it, the World’s Greatest RV was towed. At first we were upset, but it turns out that it is a LOT safer in the tow yard than it is anywhere else. The lot has barbed wire, electric fences, and 24/7 security. It LOOKS like RV jail, but it should be safe there.

So, we rallied ourselves together, and headed down to the tow yard to assess the damage. We were honored to have Michael Burton of Action News Las Vegas on scene with us, covering our story! Michael and his crew mate (who was amazingly nice, but we don’t remember his name) did a very good story on our blight for the evening news. It didn’t really have the happy ending they, or we, were hoping for.

Seeing the RV was terrifying, wonderful, and nerve-wracking. Going inside was sickening. Violating. We felt/feel defiled. Our home was destroyed. You hear about places getting “tossed,” but until you see it for yourself, you don’t really get the devastation. Every drawer was pulled out and emptied. Every cabinet thrown open. Literally thrown, some of the hinges were pulled off. What little furniture there was, was literally thrown around. A stranger, a “Bad Guy” literally touched, and destroyed everything we own. Most of the stuff was taken. Again, you hear anything not nailed down and don’t think about it, until you realize that most of the stuff wasn’t nailed down. If the couch wasn’t literally bolted to the floor, it probably would have been taken, too. Which would haven been fine, it’s not a comfortable couch.

A lot of the stuff we expected to be gone. The 400 DVD’s and Blu-Rays. The 100 or so video games. The PS2, PS3, and PS4, and original Nintendo were, of course, taken. The flat screen TV’s (the 32″, and the backup little 12″). Our printer/scanner/all in one fancy thingy was taken. Obviously, it was a fancy thingy. Jokes on them! That thing is nasty to connect to! HA! Take THAT BAD GUYS! *ahem* Anyway. They took our fancy new pots and pans that we had used only once. It was our first ever “big kid” set of pots and pans. They took dishes. They took shoes. Clothes. Our ottoman from Amazon. ALL of my fly-fishing stuff (four fly rods, some Abel fly reels ((one that was engraved with Saucy G’s name, and info from when she was on the Junior USA Fly Fishing Team)), flies – some that G’s Old Man had tied. They tossed books. They turned over the medicine cabinet. Everything was defiled.

The most heartbreaking, gut wrenching, disgusting part is that they torn open and ransacked our parents.

There were seven urns in the RV. Why? Why so many ashes? That seems morbid. Well. G’s great grandparents passed, and their ashes went to G’s grandparents. Then they passed before the ashes could be spread. The ashes went to G’s mother.
She was diagnosed with cancer, and passed before she could spread them. The ashes of five people were then passed to Saucy G to spread them.
She has her great grandparents, grandparents, her mother, and her cat, Secret Agent Sam. Awesome K has his father’s ashes.

One of our stops was to spread them in Catalina, CA, and Reno, NV. Looks like some of them are stuck in Vegas. Maybe some ashes got on the Bad Guys, and it freaked them out. Maybe now they will be haunted by a VERY angry Marine. Who knows? Mostly it hurts because we know they were looking for valuables, and the urns are boxes, but the urns are also clearly marked with their names, and their death dates. Now they are all over the RV. 

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After we found all the urns and tried to clean them up as best we could. 

The Bad Guys stole our home. They tossed it. They took everything we own (even some souvenirs, like crushed pennies from each of our stops), and what they didn’t take, they destroyed. The police treated this as a stolen vehicle, not as a robbed home. It’s true, it is a vehicle, but it was our lives. Our goals. Our dreams. Our family. Everything.

So here we are. We are staying at Bally’s until Saturday, then we don’t know where we are going. Next week is the 4th of July, which is a huge holiday. We won’t be able to be in the RV, so we have to find a place to stay in Vegas. We would take the RV, but the window was smashed, the ignition trashed, and who knows what else was damaged. We aren’t sure it is even driveable, and if it IS drivable it isn’t safe until we get things repaired. Even AFTER it is fixed, it still feels…wrong. Someone was in our home. Someone touched all our things. They sized us up and took what they wanted. They destroyed what they didn’t want and they destroyed our sense of safety; our sense of trust. People talk about feeling fear when they enter their home after it was robbed, and we feel fear. What if it happens again? What happened while they had it? There is so much uncertainty. There is so much missing. For goodness sakes they took socks. SOCKS!

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So that is where we are at. Insurance probably can’t cover the thousands and thousands of dollars (roughly 40k) worth of missing things. No one can replace the urns and the missing bits of our parents.

We will figure out what to do next, and keep you updated. Thank you for sticking with us, and for helping us getting our home back. Hopefully the Bad Guy gets caught, but we doubt it. This guy seemed to be a pro, or ballsy. He took our home at 10:45am. Either way.

So here we are. In shock. Tired. Confused. But we are safe. The Mews are safe (they even took the cat beds. CAT BEDS! WHO DOES THAT?!). For now we will wash the clothes we have, put some food in our bellies, and be thankful that no one was hurt.

Here is the story that 13 Action News ran on us:

“Couple heartbroken after RV stolen in Las Vegas”

AwesomeSauce Rating: 

This is a High Card. They say they worst hand is poker is 7, 2, two different suits. This is that hand. If there could be a worse hand, this would be it.

Thank you again to everyone who shared our story! You got our RV BACK! You got our story out there. Without you, we wouldn’t have even gotten our home back. Thank you. We are humbled and honored to be a part of such a wonderful community of people. Thank you for the love and support. We love you, too. 

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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Here we are.

Sitting in an (almost) empty house. The Worlds Greatest RV, Trailer, and Smart Car are on the street, (almost) ready to go.

It is such a strange feeling! Being so ready to hit the road we could burst, while at the same time being so terrified we could feel sick. Terror, Jubilation, Anxiety, Excitement! It’s such a mix of emotions!

Tomorrow is it. We hit the road. Two people, three cats, probably too much stuff, and a lot of hope. Hope that the adventure is as amazing as we have been dreaming it could be. Hope that the engine doesn’t fall out of the RV. Hope that the cats don’t explode. Hope that we can actually do this. Thankfully we have found some AMAZING people on forums, which have given us  a lot of encouragement. That, and the planning planning planning, we should at least last a week or two. Probably longer. Hopefully a lot longer.

Matilda Pants and Archer Funnyfoot couldn’t be more ready. Matilda has been planning this adventure for years, and she can’t wait to get it started. Archer just wants to go where Awesome K goes. Lana, on the other hand, is nonplussed. I have a feeling Awesome K and I won’t be sleeping tonight. In a lot of ways, this is the night before Christmas. You know you should sleep, but you can’t because tomorrow is filled with wonder and delight, and you can’t wait to see it.

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So. For now we will get ourselves ready for the morning, and try to get some sleep tonight.

T Minus 13 Hours to Launch.

 

Frustrations and Fears

This whole “let’s buy an RV and hit the road for the adventure of a lifetime” thing has been quite the undertaking. I mean, duh, right? It’s a total 180 from the life we’ve been living; a lifestyle change from top to bottom. But, man, nobody can prepare you for what you actually go through.

The Plan:

  1. Buy an RV
  2. Remodel RV to our liking
  3. Hit the road

Seems pretty simple, right? Here’s how it actually went down:

  1. Buy an RV. Oh, you mean this RV? Well, this one doesn’t actually have an engine that works, but it’s right in your price range. How about this one? It has 150,000 miles and the oil’s never been changed. This one? It’s seven feet shorter than what you want. That one? That’s a van. How about over there? It’s the right length, has the right mileage, but it’s double what you want to spend. And this one? It’s got a leaky roof, but the toilet works like a charm. Fine, what about that one? The dinette was replaced by a bunk bed made for a 4-year old, every nook and cranny is filled with moth balls that have been there for two months, the dome over the shower isn’t finished, and the back-up camera has been removed. Perfect, we’ll take it!
  2. Remodel RV to our liking. Sure, not a problem we’ll just get you on the schedule and the work should be done in about two days. Oh, wait, sorry, I meant to say two plus two plus two days. There are your solar panels and there are your new batteries and they’re hooked up to the inverter and the watts and the amps and the volts should all work, okay, see you, bye. Was that English? The interior painting you want done? Well, because the other work took two plus two plus two days, the painting will have to be rescheduled, and now it’ll take four days instead of three. Okay, that’s fine, we’ll just do some light handy work in the meantime. I mean, no we won’t because we don’t know what we want to do until we start moving in and we can’t start moving in until the painting is done.
  3. Fine, fine. Let’s investigate alternate modes of transportation so we don’t have to drive the rig into major metropolitan areas. Bikes! Won’t it be wonderful to be able to bike the trails in Yellowstone? We can put a basket on the front for groceries. What if we want to drive Going-To-The-Sun Road? It’s 50 miles and two lanes. How about a scooter? Do they have two person scooters? Not in your price range. Do they have trailers for scooters? They’re all too heavy. Besides, what if it’s raining and we have to go to the store? Alright, let’s look at cars. Too big, too heavy. SmartCar! You really don’t want to pull that behind with all four wheels on the ground. You really don’t want to tow that with only two wheels on the ground. Let’s get a trailer! Sure, you can get a trailer made for a SmartCar…if you live in Europe. Found one! Yes, we custom made this trailer for a SmartCar, but we didn’t put any d-rings on it for tire straps, but you should be able to just drill a hole and install them yourself. Oh, and we used a 7-pin plug on this and you’ll need a brake controller.
  4. The painting is done and looks amazing! Sweet, lets start moving in. Well, now that you need to get the hitch on your rig re-wired, maybe you don’t move all the way in, because where will you sleep?
  5. Cool, let’s start figuring out how things work. Look, RV forums on the interwebs! We’re saved! “Make sure you have some water in your black tank so sticky stuff doesn’t stay sticky.” Ok, how much water should we put in our black tank? “Make sure you have some water in your black tank so sticky stuff doesn’t stay sticky.” Thanks, we got that part, but how much water? A cup? A gallon? Should we just leave the hose permanently attached? “Make sure you have some water in your black-” Never mind! How about pets? Do any of you have pets and utilize pet tracking devices? “I can’t condone you letting your pets run about freely outside, especially since they’re cats.” We aren’t thinking of letting them run about freely outside. “Because if you let them out they could get eaten by predators.” We know, we’re thinking about tracking devices JUST IN CASE they happen to get outside. Do you have any suggestions? “Oh, I don’t have any pets.”
  6. Uh-oh, our permit for parking on the street is about to expire. Let me just email and ask for an extension. No response. I’ll call and talk to the guy. Voicemail. Voicemail. Voicemail.
  7. Hit the road. Results pending…..

And now here we are. We were supposed to leave today. We were moments away from starting this adventure. But moments have turned into more moments which have snowballed into more moments. These aren’t the moments we were looking for.

We want sunrises through the trees and sunsets over an ocean. We want roadside attractions and festivals and Christmas on a beach. We’re pretty sure we’ll get there. I mean, we’ve sold a condo and bought an RV, so what choice do we have? We knew going into this there would be frustrations, but we also thought we’d encounter them on the road, not while sitting in a living room staring at our rig that’s parked on the street.

Deep breath. Everything will be okay. And if something goes wrong, we’ll deal with it. Because that’s what we’ve so far and that’s what we’ll continue to do.

And THAT is part of the adventure.

 

That time we changed our lives

As previously mentioned, we bought an RV.

Not just any RV, but the GREATEST RV IN ALL THE WORLD!

Ok, well, maybe not, but it is to us.

How did we end up with the Greatest RV in ALL THE WORLD? Well, it wasn’t easy. We (Awesome K and I), had to change a lot of things in our lives, so that we could change our entire lives. We sold off everything we owned – which is actually a lot harder than people would lead you to believe. I found I had an emotional attachment to a lot of things. THINGS. I had to keep telling myself that these were just things. The Grandfather clock was NOT my Grandfather, and letting it go didn’t mean I was letting him go. Just sending the clock off to a better home. These things, while wonderful, were just things.

Now, to be clear, there are some things that we are keeping forever, because they cannot be replaced. I have a family chair that a relative rode to the New World on, Awesome K as medals that his father earned in Vietnam, and we have a TON of pictures and other things we are hanging onto. Mostly everything else, though, was sold! Or donated! Soooooo much stuff was donated. It is really eye opening and shocking to see just how much STUFF gets accumulated, and how most of it you don’t need. Ever.

Just Un-Stuffing was a huge change, and a huge relief in a lot of ways. I still find myself wanting stuff, just to have it. It’s a major life change to get out of the shopping, wanting, having lifestyle! There is always some new thing I think I can’t live without, before I snap back into realizing that I don’t, and that it won’t fit. That, for me, has been one of the biggest things that has changed. “Will this even fit in the RV?” No. It won’t. Whatever it is. You know why? There is only about 180sqft to work with.

Selling everything we ever owned wasn’t enough to get an RV, but it was a start. Another thing we did was we registered for one for our wedding. Instead of pots and pans, napkin holders, a blender, and all the other things new couples register for, we opted for something different. We already had all that stuff (and soon we would be getting rid of a lot of it), so we started a wedding registry for the things we really needed, an RV Registry! We went to Honeyfund.com, and were able to quickly and easily create a registry that was perfect for us: http://www.honeyfund.com/wedding/kevinandgen

So when we say we wouldn’t have gotten the RV without help from our friends and family, we mean it! We were very lucky to get many “gifts” that helped us toward our eventual RV purchase.

Finally we had one last thing to sell. Our condo. Luckily, the housing market in Colorado is CRAZY, and it took less than 24hours to get an offer. Talk about stressful, though! Selling your home is one thing, selling your home to move into an RV is another thing totally. It’s madness! IT’S SPARTA! Oh…wait…that’s something else. (pic - Story) Persian Wars - This is Sparta

In addition to saving all the pennies we had, we got very lucky in a lot of ways, through selling the condo, a LOT of help, and good ol’ fashioned determination.

Now what do we do? What are we doing? What is going on?!

First off, we are making some upgrades and renovations to the RV. While she is the Greatest RV in the World, we are out to make her a little bit greater. We are adding a full solar upgrade, so that we can truly “live off the grid,” and still have power. We are also making sure we have a tire pressure monitoring system, because driving with ten tires is bananas. We also plan to trade in our car for a much, much smaller version. I REALLY want a Smart Car, but we’ll see how that goes. We are also going to paint, make places for cats to hide, add some flavor, and maybe a decal or two. You know, make it ours. We are going to be living in it, after all.

Wait. What? Living in it? Like. All the time? This is the number one reaction we have been getting. When we tell anyone that we are going to hit the road in a super sweet RV, everyone sort of assumes it’s for the weekend, or for when we can. They ask what we are going to go do, and when we tell them everything, we often get a “deer-in-the-headlights” expression. This is so outside the norm that it literally does not compute.

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That is what we are doing. We are becoming “full timers.” We are moving into a 31ft Class C RV, and will live in it full time. When I say we, I mean the entire staff here at AwesomeSauce Adventure. Granted, that staff is two humans and three cats, but still.

When we say we are going to see all there is to see, we mean it. The tentative plan is to have no plan at all, but to sort of go where the wind takes us. There are some things we really want to do during specific times, like be in Salem for Halloween, or the Florida Keys for Christmas, but other than that we are mostly going to follow the weather, and drive around the country. Probably for a couple of years.

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Sounds pretty Awesome, if you ask me. Terrifying, amazing, life changing, but most of all Awesome.

We’re ALMOST ready for our adventure. Are you ready?

 

Getting Ready for Something Epic

Everyone has something they wish they could be doing.

A dream, a passion, a something other than this.

If you are on social media at all, and I have to assume you are because, well, here you are, undoubtedly you have seen some of those inspirational pictures flying around.

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Or something along those lines.

I have always felt there was more to life than what I was seeing. Once upon a time, a baby G-Sauce would break free from the confines and constraints of life, and would escape on epic adventures. Some called it “running away,” others called it “reckless,” and still others called the cops on the toddler waddling down the road towards unknown adventure. I just knew there was more to see, more to do, more to smell, more to touch, more of everything than the everyday. Well, baby G-Sauce didn’t think of it in so many terms, it was more of “I want to go out!”

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The chair was meant to be a barricade

In the past, I have had a few times to “go out” on adventures. Life changing adventures, scary adventures, and even one or two that were sort of meh – but at least they were adventures. A lot of the adventures I went on, I went on with my “Old Man,” my Grandfather Pete Parker (yes my Grandfather was Spider Man, but more on my super hero lineage in another post). He and I traveled everywhere, and most of the time it was in an old ’76 Dodge RV. He called it the “Parker Princess.” If we were ever wondering where he was, it was always “spending time with the Princess.” I also spent a lot of time with the “Princess,” even when we weren’t on the road. I would just sit in the tiny dining room (that could convert into a big bed), and daydream about adventure. Where I would go. What I would do. How I would just live in the RV with a couple of cats and see all the things.

Eventually we had to sell the RV, and that broke my heart. I was positive that the “Princess” would be in my life forever, and that she and I would hit the road someday. I vowed that I would own my own RV, and that we would hit the road together. I had already plotted where I wanted to go first, how I was going to survive on the road (you’re looking at it), and how long I was going to run away for (forever). It started to feel like it was only ever going to be a dream, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it! I had bills to pay, and cats to feed, and no way of getting out.

Little did I know, there was a man out there that wanted exactly what I wanted (well, almost)! Awesome K had been dreaming the same dreams I had been dreaming! All he wanted to do was to get an RV, travel the country, and write about his adventures. He was going to see every baseball stadium (including minor league), he was going to see weird stuff, he was going to see all the things! Taste all the tastes! Smell all the smells! He was going to go on all the adventures! He had already been on some sweet adventures, but like me, had a need and a dream for more. Like me, though, he also didn’t know how to get out.

 

Years went by. Work happened, then didn’t happen, then happened again. People came and went. There was loss, a lot of loss. All the while we each dreamed of an RV and our eventual adventures.

Awesome K calls it Serendipity, I call it luck and a push from the universe, but whatever it was, we finally found each other! (cue the Aww Track) In addition to finding out that we were perfect for each other (Aww), we also found out that we had been dreaming the same dream! Wishing the same wish! Hoping the same….well, you get it.

Together, we set out to make it happen. We plotted, planned, saved all our pennies, assembled the most awesome team known to man, made some magic happen, had a little (a lot) of help from friends and family, and then…

WE BOUGHT AN RV!

VICTORY!

Honestly, there was a lot more work than two sentences, but that’s beyond the point (and probably a different blog post altogether). The point is, it’s happening. It’s actually happening!

This is so exciting, and terrifying, and awesome, and weird, and and and…

There is so much to do! So much to share! SO MUCH AWESOME!

Too much awesome for one post, actually. So, stayed tuned! There is A LOT happening, and a lot more to come!

 

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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.

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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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Looking for Adventure!

Here at AwesomeSauce Headquarters, we are always plotting and planning our next adventure. Whether it be a trip to the local breweries, a jaunt to the far reaches of the state, or on a road-trip, we are always looking for things to see and do!

We gain inspiration for a variety of sources. One of G-Sauce’s favorite websites in particular, Roadside America, is a treasure trove of adventure ideas! Often while planning an excursion, G-Sauce will check there first, to see if there is anything worth finding, such as a giant Muffler Man, or the World’s Largest Pistachio Nut.

Do you have any recommendations? Any wacky, crazy, awesome, and perhaps little known pocket of awesome that you want to share? Tell us all about it!