Project Discover Week #19

Project Discover Week 19

Hey Phoenix, we're back!

Well sort of. Tonight is Boise, tomorrow Provo, Sunday Vegas (baby!) and Monday Phoenix!

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Portland, it's been fun. Not really.

That's you I'm seeing in my rearview!

Rearview Mirror

It's funny, the more people I talk to about Portland, the more it seems like it is an amazing place to visit, but not that awesome for living. Or for at least for the Misadventures profile. We didn't like it much at all.

Or for at least for the Misadventures profile. We didn't like it much at all.

Now, I know we didn't exactly stay in Portland during the best time of year, far from it. But we've known winters and we've known rain. But the past few months have been difficult with all the rain because this type of weather is just not optimal for living in an RV, particularly one without a lot of natural light.

So, we're moving on. Heading back to Phoenix. We are prepping the RV to sell it. Mr. Misadventures and I are planners, and we never had any intention of keeping the motorcoach forever. The best time to sell the particular model we have is between year 2 and 3, and we are approaching that sweet spot.

Our RV

Our decision has been on slow burn for awhile. With more and more of our job opportunities potential being in other parts of the United States, we decided to get back to our “home base”. The West Coast is beautiful, and truly a wonderful place to visit. And for those who can afford it, an amazing place to live, but Mr. Misadventures and I want to take our work experience and skillset to more underserved markets where the cost of living is far lower than California, Washington, and Oregon.

So this week we found ourselves prepping for our departure. And in true Portland style, it rained the two days before we left making shifting cargo and repacking the rig none too pleasurable.

We're also planning for the next two weeks, which is about as far as we can plan these days! I've got BlogHouse coming up in Indianapolis next week as well, something I am really looking forward to, despite the now bad timing. The Universe doesn't always ask us what we think!

I had such a great time the last time I was in Indy, it is such a great town and it's going to be fun to rexplore it!

NCAA Basketball Tournament in Indy April 2015.

The hero image this week is a bowl of cherries, because life it truly a bowl of cherries, not quite round, you try to forget about the nasty pit and enjoy the sweetness.

And also, I bought some for my cheat day. Washington cherries, in season? Not passing that up!

Health and fitness-wise we made the low carb salmon chowder again, we tried it with artic char, I think it was better with the Atlantic salmon plus we didn't use enough cauliflower so it wasn't as thick as last time. Third time will be the charm on that one. I still want to try making a cream of broccoli soup with the same method, but given the fact that it is set to be around 115-120 in Phoenix, I might hold on to that for a bit!

I also grilled a pork roast that I marinated the same way I did for tandoori chicken, it turned out like heaven, I have a post coming up on that experience next week.

Knowing that we would be in an RV for 4 days straight, I pushed for us to exercise as many days as possible this week. Right now the salmon sashimi at the Japanese market it particularly good so I also made sure we had sashimi one more time, who knows when I'll get that again!

Salmon sashimi

I didn't lose any weight or gain any weight this week. I believe I have reached a plateau on the weight loss, so I need to change things up a bit, up my exercise. I'm pretty sure I'll sweat out a few pounds in Phoenix!

On the blog front I have been plugging along updating old posts, creating Pinterest images and doing a lot of pinning and re-pinning. Mr. Misadventures will be helping a bit on that front so I hope to see some traction. Also hoping for a lot next week at BlogHouse, I'll let you know how that goes.

Thanks to everyone who supported my guest-poster Shane who wrote about 6 useful travel photography tips for beginners. I've got an awesome guest poster next Wednesday from a blog I discovered a few weeks ago.

That’s been my week, what have you been up to?

Project Discover is my weekly series inspired by my 2017 word of the year, discover. Besides looking for a job I am focused on three things:

  1. Discover(ing) Portland
  2. Discover(ing) Exercise
  3. (re)Discover My Blogging Mojo

You can follow along every week in my Project Discover Weekly Updates.



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  1. I love this idea of the bowl of cherries being a metaphor for life! Can’t wait to see where you end up!

  2. Kelly Kimmell says:

    The pork roast sounds delicious.

  3. Oh wow! Looking forward to seeing how you make the transition from constantly roaming with the RV to new lifestyle. I’m thinking that might help us better figure out our transition from island life to east coast life, because even a year in, we’re still trying to figure this s*it out!!

  4. pork yummy
    I am hungry now after reading the post 🙂

  5. So you’re leaving the Pacific Northwest during the BEST part of the year and heading to Phoenix in the summer?! I know you’re doing what’s right for you but I don’t think you could pay me enough to go to AZ this time of year — especially once July/August hit. 😉 Best of luck, Andi! The Universe is leading you where it needs you to be. Everything will work out!

  6. Life IS a bowl of cherries!
    I almost never gain weight on trips, despite eating. It’s the exercise or the sweat – as you said!
    I’ve never been to BlogHouse, or heard of it, but it sounds awesome. I’m envious of your awesome travel plans!

  7. Life is just a bowl of cherries 🙂

  8. I love everything about this post! I’ve never been to Portland, but I refuse to believe that it’s as great as people say it is. I would like to go to see what it’s like for myself, but I don’t think I would want to live there. What a great adventure living in your RV.

  9. Wow!! What a great new adventure. Yes, Arizona is super hot this week. My in laws live in Phoenix and they are gearing up for ways to stay cool through this week. Good luck with all of your selling and movement. Cant wait to hear how it all goes. Also, those cherries look amazing.

  10. I would love to have a motor coach so that we can pick up and travel with the whole family. My parents used to own one like this. It’s a great way to see our beautiful country. Love your photos.

  11. I’ve always wanted a motor coach, I miss those days when my dad had one. Oh and cherries, all I can say is pass the bowl for I love cherries. Great pictures!

  12. Love the bowl of cherries metaphor! My aunt and uncle spend at least 6 months of they year traveling around the country visiting family. They absolutely love it. How sweet of your hubby to help with the blog (mine does too, and I love him extra for it). And your comment about not promoting your bundle anymore made me laugh! We can all relate. Many, many happy trails ..

  13. Ronald Gagnon says:

    Come to Alberta, Canada and give a series of seminars…I gaurantee you they will be well attended

  14. There are so many places on my list of places to see someday and Orgeon is on it. I have never been to the state but I would have to visit Portland if I did make it there. Colorado was on the list and now I am heading there so it may still be in then cards. I have never heard either way about the city but photos make the whole state look amazing.

  15. I’d love to visit Portland! I love reading your blog when you post a new blog post of your travels

  16. I know Ty hey Ty (you took a picture with her in Indy for Final 4 in 2015). Thanks for being honest about Portland i am not hyped to go anytime soon. I think its awesome you are going on roadtrips in the RV I have always wanted to do this!

  17. Washington cherries are the best!!!! I sure do miss living there :(. Good luck on your transition and I hope it’s a smooth one.

  18. Peter Korchnak says:

    And just as our 10 months of rain come to an end, no less.

  19. I agree with the other person above who noted that Oregon is on their list of places they must visit in future. ME TOO> I love Arizona and feel like I could live there but maybe not right now with politics being the way they are. This is an interesting post and I also love the picture and the bowl and the metaphor about cherries. I do gain weight on trips because the trips I go on are always these fam trips were they feed you until you burst!!!

  20. Wow what a trip I miss the West Coast did you go to Grand Canyon that place is nice for RVing. My husband and I saving up some money for our retirement we wanted to buy an RV to travel across every state. We love to travel and do some road trip he re and there. We love Vegas too so many things to do and sight to see. Valley of Fire is one of my favorite.

  21. Loving the bowl of cherries as a metaphor! Also, can’t wait to read more on your move! Such a beautiful RV!

  22. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    It sounds like you have had a wonderful journey. I have really appreciated all that you share. So much beauty. I will miss you writing on your travels. Thank you so much for sharing

  23. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Such great opportunities. I have been to Portland once and it was beautiful. I definitely would not want to live there because of all the rain. God Bless

  24. Calvin F. says:

    Cool stuff, definitely enjoy nice food.