New (old) Pop Up Camper

We recently acquired a 2001 Coleman Westlake Popup Camper. Paula and I had been talking planning for a trip to the Grand Canyon next summer and when this camper became available we couldn’t pass it up. So, now that we have the camper we can move ahead with our plans to visit the Grand Canyon! The camper needs some work and we’ll be documenting all that we do to it here on our website, in addition to our planning for our trip across country.

NYC High Line Adventure

This past Sunday the family and I took a trip into the city to check out the High Line. The High Line is a NYC Park tht was developed from an old abandoned elevated freight line that ran through Manhattan. It had sat unused for years and was slowly being taken over by nature. Some local residents formed a group called “Friends of the High Line” and they petitioned to convert it into a park. The end result is a mile and a half long stretch of green space that runs from Gansevort St to the Hudson Yards.
We took a train into the city and had a late lunch down in Chelsea before walking up onto the high line for a nice walk. The weather was perfect and there were a lot of people with the same idea. Even though it was “crowded” it was still very enjoyable. The boys liked the different sections and their art exhibits. I just enjoyed seeing a part of Manhattan that I wouldn’t normally get to see. The flowers and plants are all pretty much dormant now so I think we’ll have to plan on comjng back in the spring or summer. Even though it was still very pretty the way it was set up.

Classic Car Show

We recently attended the Vanderbilt Race Centennial Celebration and car show at the Cradle of Aviation museum. Alex really enjoyed looking at all the old cars and hearing a few of them race around the course they set up in the parking lot. They were doing some time trials and they even had the 1909 Alco-6 Racer, called Bete Noir “Black Beast”. It was really cool to hear that roar as it went by.
Nicholas enjoyed the museum and all their exhibits. His favorites were the World War II planes and the exhibits of the Aircraft Carriers. We learned a lot and I hope to go to the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC soon.

Nicholas’ new bedroom

Today Paula officially finished redecorating Nicholas’ bedroom. He wanted an underwater theme so she painted the ceiling light blue to look like the sky and then the walls a darker blue like being underwater. She made waves at the top and accented them to look like real waves. Then the boys had fun placing all sorts of wall stickies of sharks and fish and coral.

Redecorating Alex’s Bedroom

For the past two weeks we’ve been working on Alex’s room. I ripped out all the drywall from the two exterior walls and then re-insulated them. I put up new drywall, spackled.
Next we’ll paint and put up a new wallpaper border and decorate the room. He wants a sort of ‘surf’ theme with beach colors and surf boards and tiki huts. I’ll post pictures as soon as its finished.