Day 9 Austin, TX


It is freaking cold here in Austin. So what to do to heat our bones up? We cooked ALL day. Great thing about cooking in the RV, it is an easy way to heat up the trailer without using the furnace. Bad thing about cooking in the RV…..Bacon.


Cooking bacon in a regular house means that shit will linger for at least a few days. Cooking in the RV…..that means everything smells of BACON. Zoe’s hair smelled of bacon all day. mmmmmm sweet smell of baby and bacon. 🙂

Derek cooked an amazing Beef Bourguignon (said in my best french accent) with garlicky mashed potatoes. The perfect meal for a very cold day. It was a commitment and he proved we can still cook about anything in our little kitchen.

Later that night, I made a quick break to the corner store to pick up some salsa and smelled this weird sewer smell. Thought maybe it was time to dump the black tank. “Shitter is full” I have been wanting to say that for a long time. Derek checked our tank and it was only 2/3 full. So what was that weird smell? About an hour later we got a knock at our door. Another RVer was walking by and smelled the same thing, thought it might be coming from our neighbor. Derek checked his propane tank, since they were out for the evening and discovered that one of their valves on their propane tank was busted. Once our neighbor came home and discovered the propane tank was pretty much empty, and it was supposed to get below freezing that night, we offered to let him have one of our tanks. We have two, we could spare one for the NIGHT…..or so we thought.

All day cooking meant a very warm trailer and a great warm slumber until 5 AM. Zoe woke up especially early today and that meant I have to get up too. I stuck my foot out of the bunk and it immediately turned to ice. Oh No….. the furnace was blowing cold air. I went to the stove top to light it to make a cup of coffee…….no flame. We were out of propane! No good deed goes unpunished.

I woke up Derek and he had a great idea. I grabbed Zoe, wrapped her and I in a blanket and sleeping bag and sat down to watch Sesame Street. Meanwhile, Derek ran to a 24 hour Wal-mart and bought us a space heater. We desperately needed one, we were just dragging our feet in going to Wal-mart to get one. Daddy to the rescue, he came home with a SAFE to touch space heater, coffee AND breakfast.

Note to blog:

Cooking is a great way to heat up the RV without using a lot of propane.

A 20 lb tank of propane lasts us about a week.

It cost us right around $15.00 to fill up the tank. Need to put this in our budget.

I leave you with a video of Zoe, one of the great things about the RV, Zoe can take a bath while I finish doing dishes.

Zoe’s bath time.

7 thoughts on “Day 9 Austin, TX

  1. Dave says:

    Thank you from preventing our rig from becoming the Towering Inferno while we were out…on the other hand, it would have been a great way to warm up….

  2. Amanda says:

    so jealous of your tub. that was the one thing i really wanted but we fell in love with an rv that didn’t have it. sooooo jealous.

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