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Son of Perdition - tales from the darkside

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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!"
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  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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    Picture? Please?

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    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.

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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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    The latest camping trip was a success in most ways, but there were a few downsides. 1. I will need to use a decent set of pots n pans. Eggs, done ok, hobo dinners were good, got real tired of nothing but canned chicken. I'm NOT destitute so why am I skimping on the main course. A steak now & again is not going to do me under at this late stage of life. I can't have hot dogs (my pre diabetes favorite), but I think I can have a burger sans bun or a T-bone once in awhile. 2. Beans, good - sweet potatoes, very good - carrots too raw, need to get them closer to the fire. Apple sauce still a mainstay @ 10PM. 3. DON'T forget the mosquito spray next time. I had to sacrifice the mornings & after 6PM to the little critters. Yesterday I was watching a real life scene on what certain insects do to other insects, I would slap the pests around my neck, face & hands (I was wearing heavy clothing) brush them off then watch as the busy little ants would haul them off to their lair. Over pine needles, what ever was in their path. It don't take much to entertain me.

    4. The 'Mr Heater' (Buddy) worked great, turned it on before turning in, again at my 2 AM rising, then just before getting dressed in the AM to begin my mosquito recon. 5. The 'cowboy' coffee was fantastic, did have to let it boil a little longer since I was up about 3000 ft. 6. The new heavy iron fire pit grill worked great, didn't lose my hobo dinners through the government grills that have 4 inch spaces. I just laid it across those & tossed the foil wrapped dinner on top, 30 minutes later I was playing 'hot potato' with them trying to get them unwrapped.

    My camp I chose was called Bogus Creek Campground on 138 E of Glide, OR (see pics), 138 is the main W 2 E approach to Crater Lake Oregon. Been there a few times. Decided 2 nights/3 days is about all the dirt & grime - no shower that I can stand. This trip 4 days 3 nights I was starting to get a little 'gamey'. A shower was the first order of business.

    boguscreekcamp1.jpgboguscreekcamp2.jpgboguscreekcamp3.jpgboguscreekcamp4.jpgboguscreekcamp5.jpg
    Didn't have a lot of neighbors, I stayed in the first one (pic). Of the 14 spots only 3 were occupied more than one night, mine, camp host & a friendly pair who willed me all their ready firewood when they left. I still getting rid of things I found I don't need. Down to 4 crates, cooler, clothing & bedding. Next jaunt will be around the 18th of July. Hate to compete on the 4th with all the others.

  9. #189
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    Sounds like a nice camping trip Son, you're right about the steak, they taste so good made over a fire. Oregon's pretty country to enjoy outdoors.

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    Thanks for the nice pictures Son. Glad your trip was a success.

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    Beautiful photos...clear and pretty colors of nature. Nice clean campsite. Love the sunlight coming through the trees.

    If I get bit by a mosquito I scrub it with soap ASAP, dry it, apply pure coconut oil, leave it a few minutes while it itches even more, wipe it off, apply a fresh application of the pure coconut oil...done. It stops itching for good. Probably because coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.

    A natural solution for mosquito repellant is to add a few drops of lavender oil to pure coconut oil...if you don't mind smelling like a girl lol
    Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    I am the 'LINUX' camper, some are Windows campers, (trucks, travel trailers & campers) while the elite of the camper realm are the Apple campers. Fancy motorhomes, self contained, satellite dishes, microwaves, TVs - Class 'A', 'B' or 'C'. Can't agree that's much of a camping experience. You need to get dirty, grimy & smell like a forest fire. That's camping. This AM I did relent about my resolve to avoid doing dishes, I bought me 2 'Lodge' cast iron skillets, one 10" & one 8", should be able to fry my eggs & ham or steak whatever I decide. I can then turn them face down on the fire pit grill to let the pit purify them. Got to thinking about all the foreign material we consume daily from whatever we eat. Rodent dropping in your coffee grounds, the FDA allows so much. You read everyday about something recalled for health reasons or things that shouldn't be in your meals but is.

    You can wipe the pans out but what does it hurt to have a few lumps from breakfast mixed into you burgers at noon? Have you ever stopped at McDonald's, I have and had a few friends that worked there, nuff said. Another friend worked at Oscar Mayer's in Ohio for a few years, to this day he will not allow his 4 offspring & now his grandchildren to consume hot dogs. We live in the US or other civilized countries, but do you realize what many of the residents of other countries are consuming on a daily basis? Check out one of the delicacies that Cambodians go into the forest to hunt. With 6 billion humans inhabiting the earth do you think that everyone eats Carl's Jr, Burger King or French cuisine? Think again. Andrew Zimmerman's show proved that belief was false.

    Back to my planning for my next journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son_of_Perdition View Post
    ... I bought me 2 'Lodge' cast iron skillets, one 10" & one 8", should be able to fry my eggs & ham or steak whatever I decide. I can then turn them face down on the fire pit grill to let the pit purify them. ...
    I like your kind of skillet cleaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyNGA View Post
    I like your kind of skillet cleaning.
    I'm sorry if I came across too strong, but I remember camping with my father. We eat things that didn't start out in the mix. We used cast iron dutch ovens for roasts, breads, stews,,,etc. My mom would just wipe them out, turn them over in the fire for a few minutes then store them. It brought to mind last Sunday my wife wanted a hamburger on the charcoal burner, fire it up, wipe it a little, slap a burger on. No fuss, the flames sterilized the grate. She washes those once or twice during the summer but usually just let the flames & paper towels clean them. You're not susposed to use those wire brushes anymore, gets metal bits from the wire bristles. I'm not too sure they digest. I don't think your goats would want to eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son_of_Perdition View Post
    I'm sorry if I came across too strong, but I remember camping with my father. ...

    I'm not too sure they digest. I don't think your goats would want to eat them.
    I was serious Son. It sounds like a great idea, especially camping. No bad things could survive on the skillet.

    Don't know about steel, but people routinely dose goats with copper rods, in copper deficient areas. Reason: Slow release. It takes about a month to dissolve in the stomach.

    Copper bolus (capsule) contents:


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