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Son of Perdition - tales from the darkside

  1. #181
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lara View Post
    Trade...I sure hope your salmon turned out alright or I'll feel responsible.
    I did it at 400 for 15 minutes and it came out fine. But to be honest, I couldn't tell any difference from my usual method, so I'll go back to baking it at 350. I use 350 almost all the time because it's the default setting. All I have to do is hit bake, then start and it takes 7-8 minutes to preheat. But yesterday when I set it for 400 it took 15 minutes to pre-heat. So it took as long to get from 350-400 as it did to get from room temperature to 350. Seems like a waste of energy to get that extra 50 degrees.
    "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!"
    Yogi Berra

  2. #182
    Back in my earlier days of my semi-forced retirement in 2009, I approached my wife with the idea to join the 'snow-bird' movement. We lived in N Utah, we had a large (2,700 sq ft) home, too much for her & I to care for. We wanted desperately to downsize & move to a more hospitable climate (her want). I on the other hand wanted to keep on the move, never putting down roots, we had done that! I wasn't into gardening, hoarding (my term, hers collecting), hanging onto memories. I just wanted to experience new. Only problem was my health, I knew something was amiss. Little did I know what the next 5 years would hold. Surgery, chemo, Type II, change of lifestyle (diet, weight loss & getting healthy).

    Now 8 years later & much healthier, normal weight I still have my feet planted in albeit a new spot but with the same old thoughts & routines. She still loves her garden, smaller cheaper home. Our space rent like everybody else's is rising. We are paying (with all our utilities), upkeep & rent now about what I was paying monthly for my old house payment including taxes/int. My new taxes are very very low compared to what I would be paying on the older home. All my children & grand children are coping with life without much help, thanks to their persistence. I'm in a good spot financially, not rich but able to meet all my bills, save a little & even go to a movie now & then.

    I jumped into the Van Dwelling with both feet & no thoughts about the outcome. I been camping locally testing the waters, haven't lost my enthusiasm for 'moving on' but been having new thoughts about my approach. Looking at all the configurations RV's, truck & camper, van (mini's & cargo), tiny homes, even how do the car campers do it. I have come away with what I hope is a doable solution to my dreams. A heavy duty pickup/shell & smaller self-contained travel trailer. I could carry excess cargo in my pickup, pull my living quarter's behind me, park it, unhook & use my pickup for shopping, sight seeing & mobility. There are some inherent problems with any configuration, as there is with home ownership.

    My wife, oldest daughter (whom just sold her home & going to homestead somewhere) & I were discussing the homeless, housing crunch & associated costs. That fruit didn't fall from that tree! She likes gardening but isn't married to it, has about a 5 year attention span so the nomadic life is very attractive to her. My grandson just graduated from college & is relocating to the Southwest, his father & mother (divorced) still live in areas around N Utah. My divorced grand-daughter is talking about moving her & her 2 children to CA. My youngest daughter lives near us but her husband is capable & has the skills for working almost anywhere & has moved a few times for work. In other words my family, the typical American family will be spread all over the west. We don't have roots, just places we live.

    I know a few of the problems associated with 'snow-birding' & think I can live with them. My wife has her SS income & with her share of my pension is quite capable of living in her home & park. According to my perception & thoughts on the matter going nomadic is a possibility for me. No ties, no tangible memories only what's in my mind. I can & have toured many places in our small travel trailers, my only issue is backing the damn things. But practice makes perfect. I have my 'Senior' pass that gets me 50% off at most of the campgrounds. I'm not afraid to boon-dock on BLM land for free nights. One can in theory live in the USFS campgrounds on less than $300 a month, that cost includes utilities, even power, flush toilets, drinkable (potable) water, garbage, sewer, gray water dumps, some even have personal waste dumps.

    You can stay for 14 days/nights in any campground. When you have to move you need to relocate more than 25 miles from your previous site. Following the sun so to speak. Pacific NW in summers & into the fall, SW NV/AZ in the winters into the springs & on the road during the late springs/late falls. Gas (?), insurance, food (you have to eat anyway), don't need wifi when you have McDonald's, Starbucks, Libraries, Free wifi spots. Cell service for emergencies, no text or data just talk. All the costs are things you need now so what's different on the road. I can stay in 26 different camps throughout the year, meet new people & if they bother me I can move on. I have lived without cable for 6 months & it gets easier on a daily basis. Tomorrow I'm off for a few days at Bogus Creek campground.

  3. #183
    Today I bought me one of the last items I thought I'd EVER need. After my 'hypothermia' camping trip my wife suggested I get me a pair of long johns or PJ bottoms, I normally do wear a t-shirt most nights. I bought a pair of PJ bottoms this morning for tomorrow's journey couple that with a warm pair of socks, my Mr Heater (Buddy), by golly! I'm ready for whatever Mother Nature can throw at me. I haven't had a pair since I can remember when, my mother would be able to tell if she was still here.

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  5. #185
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    Picture? Please?

  6. #186
    Quote Originally Posted by NancyNGA View Post
    Picture? Please?
    If you're talking about the PJs I don't think either one of us want to see that! Maybe 50 years ago. Besides I just loaded all my clothing & canned food in the van under the bed. It does take about 5 times banging your head on the roof to remember it's there.

  7. #187
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    OK, Son. Hope you have a great time camping.

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    Happy trails to you, Son!

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