Hey, thanks for visiting. Seriously. We’re new at camper-trailering, and we’re sharing our journey here. It could be a fun read — or not. Let’s revisit that after a few months. In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to add your voice, or wisdom, or what have you, to these pages. Please comment! Toto needs the love.
So who are we?
Toto is the trailer. He is an Escape 21, built in British Columbia, and he was built at our request. (This is the only way you can get an Escape trailer–ask for it. Oh and you have to give them money, too.) Toto was hatched in 2014.
TinMan is the truck. We love him, but there is some controversy around his Purpose.
Tyler, the senior Cairn Terrier on the team, hails from Kent, Washington, USA, and we met just a few weeks after his birth in February of 2007. He has the personality of an English vicar (according to a longtime friend of ours who also grooms dogs), and the good looks of movie star. His favorite things to do: sleep on the living room recliner, eat, go for walks. If you leave the house for more than five minutes he greets your return as if you’d been lost for months and presumed dead. Like all Cairns, his coloring changes over time; he started as a light red brindle and is progressing toward grizzled black. He is among the finest creatures ever born.
Wally (aka Cairngorm Wallace, aka cutie-pie, aka Mister Wobbles) became mortal in July, 2008 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, also in the USA. He is the alpha personality on the team. Born with a birth defect that prevents normal walking and running, he is nonetheless irrepressible. Fail to pay him enough attention and he’ll perform the physically challenged Cairn Terrier version of tapping you on the shoulder (you’ll feel it somewhere between your insteps and your shins). Everyone who meets Wally–even people who don’t like dogs–loves him. We do too. If there is any purpose for which any of us are born, and I’m not saying there is, but if there is, mine is to take care of Wally. It’s a joy, not a burden. No, that’s not right–sometimes it’s a burden, because I have to carry him around. But I don’t mind.
The human-being part of Team Toto includes Sooz, a retired IT analyst/project lead/manager/executive. Her storied career took her from Silicon Valley key entry sweatshops to offshore Apple Computer factories to corner offices in Santa Cruz, California and beyond. She is highly organized. Tyler loves her beyond all understanding.
Doug, writer of marketing drivel and the sole economic engine, rounds out the team.
Between forays into the wilderness, the team resides in Gig Harbor, Washington, USA, a fishing village (with a still-active commercial fleet of purse-seiners) that also serves as a bedroom community for folks with jobs in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and the Kitsap Peninsula. It’s a fun place to live if you like your natural beauty seasoned with convenient take-out food places. So far, they haven’t cut down all the trees. They’re working on it, though.Sharing is caring!
Following is daring.