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Son of Perdition - tales from the darkside

  1. #196
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    Two things on my horizon today. Planning my next journey a little closer to home. The campground is located within 33 miles of my home. I was clued in to it by my daughter, she loves to take road trips with her dog in & around Oregon. One place she recommended to me was Whittaker Recreation Area/Campground the campground is larger than the others I've stayed at with 31 sites, mostly tent camping or smaller RV/trailer. The largest they recommend is 35 feet, no electricity or hookups/waste. Riding through I noticed that most were secluded & smaller parking spaces so pushing a 35 foot RV into those spots won't allow much more than the rig.



    They have flush toilets, garbage, host & most amenities that other sites have. The river is slow flowing very clear, & it mentions swimming. I wouldn't be fearful of any of the river I could see, no rapids, slow flowing pools, it does mention fishing but in Oregon you had better know the rules. No live bait, a lot of flying fishing, certain species are off limits so knowing what they allow will keep you on the right side of the Fish & Game. All campsites seemed to have a level spot for tents, of the 31 sites very few were occupied. I'd say less than 1/4. It was a Tuesday & finding that most campers are weekend campers it is the best time to locate a vacant spot. All sites are on a first come, first serve basis, no reserves. Your stay can be up to 14 days so it would work well in my vagabond camping in & around Oregon.

    Each spot is $10 half that ($5) if you have a 'Senior Pass' which I have. It's getting cheaper with each passing week. I WILL take my mosquito spray with me. Also I have changed my concept of not doing dishes a little I will cook with a cast iron skillet, wipe it clean then store it. I have been experimenting with different meals on my Bar-B-Que this last week. Working fine, today I tried my new mainstay veggie 'Sweet Potatoes'

    Reading up on them, if the hype is anywhere near the truth, they are the miracle food. They have been used for centuries with great results, they can feed the needy, homeless & masses with great nutrition & health benefits. AND, they are damn easy to prepare, this noon I sliced the ends off, turned it lengthwise & sliced them in half the long way. Placed them face down in my 8" skillet with a little virgin olive oil. Took about 10 minutes after I got the heat controlled. I didn't use any seasoning, (forgot) but they were very edible. Complex carbs are important for blood sugar control & body nutrition.

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    Taking my trusty 'Lodge' skillet in hand, wife was off on errands so she left it up to me to make my own breakfast. It’s usually a 3-egg omelet. Got the pan, cheese, eggs, small canned chicken, chilies & EV olive oil in ready mode. Heated pan, added oil, then when it spread nicely I poured the egg/chilies mix into the pan. Everything ok so far, when I thought the timing was appropriate I spread a thin layer of shredded cheese & the chicken came next. Let it cook for a short time, everything ok up to that point.

    Lastly tried to fold the eggs into what I assumed looked like an omelet. First thing I discovered was that cheese is not recommended when wanting to wipe out the pan for reuse. The chilies kept the eggs somewhat in original texture. It folded ok, but noticed uncooked eggs which I tried to remedy by turning the concoction. Half went over the other half resembled something I'm not sure what. Finally giving up trying to make a world class omelet I grabbed fork, chopped in all into scrambled eggs. I must say it all worked for taste but would not win any omelet beauty contests.

    The pan on the other hand was playing difficult, cheese crusted covering about 1/3 of it. It had become one with the pan, scrape, scrape, scrape with my non-metal spatula until I had cheese confetti piled in the center, dump - never use cheese again, add it when the eggs hit the plate. The meal was satisfying but unsightly, my answer to anyone's query would be 'I meant to do it like this!' my usual answer to justify my mistakes.

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    Let's get cracking....the art of making an omelet!

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    Watching an over-the-top 'Vegan' produced documentary (What the Health) on Netflix last night got me to thinking about my diet & personal health. Being diabetic on the mend so to speak, I took exception to the premise that all dairy, animal protein, eggs,,,etc were the devil's workshop. I came away with a new resolve, at first I jumped on the band wagon to ban all the 'evil' food groups from my diet. Then I watched, researched the credits for sponsorship. While there were no real vilians or groups that benefited from the documentary save 'Vegans' I decided the regroup my thoughts. My CBC is great, in the opinion of my PCP & Oncologist. Both very happy with the results, A1C/Tumor markers,,,etc. I was on board with going radical vegan, for about 5 minutes.

    But in my reasoning since I decided I would take a different approach, adopting more of a vegetarian, actually ovolacto-vegetarian who can eat a few eggs, whole dairy products including moderate servings of cheese & a small (3-4 oz) serving of meat. In my charts for my glucose counts I did discover that red (beef) would spike it a little, not much but if I stayed with pork/poultry I was okay. My LDL cholesterol counts were acceptable/normal but at the high end. My HDL was smack dab in the middle of normal. My BP is normal but is medicated. I would like to get off the meds for that, so maybe going a more moderate approach with my meat consumption I can actually entertain the idea to get off my pills.

    My camping days were going along fine but this documentary showed me I was thinking too far outside the box. Damn! My non-dish washing days compromised. Wife suggested I go back to the idea of cooking with a limited set of cast iron pans and hang the idea to eat only plant based food, go with the frozen chicken breasts/pork chops/steak or lean hamburger, it's only for 2 days a week not forever! They will stay frozen for that long & it's easier to wipe the skillets when using a little EVO (Extra-Virgin-Olive) oil. Eat my scrambled eggs & sausage in the mornings (2) have oatmeal at home the rest of the week. This I can do. I can use the 'hobo' approach with my steam veggies in tin foil/real butter/Mrs Dash. Of course nothing is going to get my 'cowboy' coffee, matter of fact not one negative point about drinking coffee, except the use of half n half, FORGET IT!

    The only thing I agreed with them on is the dangers of processed foods, realizing & avoiding the canned meats which are processed, loaded with sodium & preservatives. Yep, will be better off with fresher cuts of meats. Just hope the farmers haven't loaded them down with added sodium & hormones. They never did touch on the idea of eating more insects in our food chain which is almost a given. Good protein!

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    Back in 2004 there was a book published with the support of 'Prevention' health books, authored by Sari Harrar. It was called 'The Sugar Solution' my wife & daughter became fans of the book. I remembered all the salads, veggies & beans. Of course I figured that I was 'bullet' proof, but would go along with it since they were my cooks. Can't remember what results were forthcoming but I think I did lose a little weight. Moving on with my hot dogs & 'Hot Pockets' I soon fell back into my old routines. Lately I resurrected the idea because of my Type II & all the research pointed to beans or 'Complex Carbs'.

    I have incorporated many complex carbs in my management of glucose, beans as with most other complex carbs have high carb count. I shied away from them for a time but now realizing what they actually do for a diabetic I've returned. My Medicare supplemental health care provider calls me now every 6 months for a follow up. The last was in April '17. She had checked with my PCP's report & both her & the PCP suggested I continue on my weight loss regime. My weight at the time & BMI were both in the normal range for my height, age & scale numbers. They wanted to see a small loss (3 lbs) by October '17, I guess it's to give me a goal or a reminder to eat properly.

    My oncologist wanted me to stop with the weight loss, since a cancer patient does a little better having a few extra lbs in case he needs to go back on chemo. My numbers all good, my results of my last colon procedure was clean, in fact the professional told me at my age, counts that I'm through with any more invasive tests. Great news to me but the oncologist said 'NAY!' we need one more at 75. I've decided against it because of the potential dangers that older seniors have the chance to experience as they age. It's a point of contention with me & the wife but unless I become mentally unable to care for myself I think I'll ignore that suggestion.

    Back to the complex carbs, I have been including them - beans, sweet potatoes, fruits,,,etc in my diet. I found that I feel fuller, have less trouble between meals with hunger & have lost the magical 3 lbs that I was told to shoot for. My BS counts are low, I've lowered the units of insulin from 14 long acting/12 short acting to 12 long acting/6 short acting daily. I only take my BS test 3 times a day rather than 5, saving a few pennies in strips & insulin. The PCP indicated in April that maybe I can stop with the insulin in October, but that depends on my test results. I have been managing it on my own so I hope to get the clearance to stop completely - except taking the Metformin, something I expect to do the rest of my life.

    The book is no longer in publication & reviewing my wife's copy I found that some of the author's suggestions are not in line with today's information, it's like everything else someone who needs to justify their job suggests changes to the lists & you just have to find out for yourself how it affects you personally. I did a search for 'Sugar Solution' but found that a Mark Hayman has created a program, he can charge for his advice, humpf. He was also endorsed by the 'Clinton' foundation & comes across like a Tony Robbins of the diet community. Some sites list him as a 'scam' artist. I can't say one way or the other but the original book was pushing complex carbs & that seems to work for me.

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    Being somewhat changeable & fly by the seat of my pants has brought about many ideas. Some I have acted on some I have dismissed because of work involved & commitment to the project. I got into van dwelling as I have said many times 'As a lark'. I did purchase a cargo van equip it with more than I needed or could ever use. Realizing that my camping days are limited by my physical abilities & age. Sleeping, eating & sitting by my camp fire are probably the most I will ever be able or want to do. It's not quite the same as tent camping although I do have a small 4 man tent to abide by the rules. My van is considered a metal tent by most, so it actually meets the requirements.

    I have downsized my gear, made it into more of a basic sleeping quarters & a method to transport my gear. I have a folding camp chair matter of fact now I have 3 (took my daughter & grandson) bought them a like chair. I do have a 10x10 canopy that requires a 2nd person or I can tie it to my bumper to hold the poles to set up. I have a propane stove, bar-b-que & heater along with all the connections needed. I have 5 lidded containers, down from 10 to carry my supplies. I have an insulated cooler to carry my 3 days supply of food (3 days camping is my maximum exposure). My van houses a decent bed with all the linens & pillow needed. I have a bedside commode for emergencies as well as a lidded urinal for night time use.

    I carry a rifle but has never been out of the scabbard. I have the usual array of tools to make minor repairs or apply first aid to small cuts & abrasions. I have 3 2 gal water containers, another over purchase & a 5 gal that I fill & keep available for all my cooking or wash up. I found I didn't need the propane lantern I purchased since I'm usually sitting by the fire until after 10 then it's off to bed via flashlight or LED lantern (one that won't kill me). I had cut a round hole in the van wall to accommodate the propane line for my heater (claimed to be safe, but taking no chance) I have used it 5-6 times since acquiring it, no more than 20 minutes at a time. Those portable propane bottles will serve quite nicely & can be easily attached, removed & should last up to 2-4 hours, should give me 6-12 uses for temporary heat until my bedding takes over.

    I have a fire pit grill that has been used 2-3 times for steaks, hobo dinners & keeping my coffee hot. It has legs but find the campsites have metal fire pits with grills that you can place the folded grill (small grid) to cook or if you have no pre-built fire pit you can unfold the legs & use it over the rock ringed pit you have built (BLM requirement). I have 5 Home Depot buckets for waste (either water or garbage) I burn everything burnable (no plastics or metal) & discard my bags into the camp site provided dumpsters or carry it out until I find a proper waste bin. All things you learn as you camping experiences unfold. I opt to use improved camp grounds simply because they usually have acceptable toilets, potable water, waste containers & structured spots. I get 50% most of them, so the cost has never been more than $11 per night.

    My latest has to do with my daughter (the fruit that didn't fall far from the tree) has sold her house, closed & immediately purchased a 2 acre plot of level ground that is not zoned for permanent structures. You can have anything smaller than 200 sq feet & not on a permanent foundation. Great for camping, using anything that normally is used in an RV camping site. Motor home, travel trailer, camper & truck or tent. You can even put up a shed as long as it is smaller than 200 sq ft & not on a foundation. My plans have changed, I've been invited to move whatever I want to the site, help with garden & sustainable meat supply. I raised chickens, turkeys, rabbits, pigs & beef cattle on my little 3 acre plot back in the 70 & 80's. So my plans are to focus on rabbits for meat, range chickens for eggs & to keep the bugs at a minimum.

    I'm searching Craigslist for a 24 foot travel trailer (maximum length allowed) self-contained with composting toilet. I will still use my out door cooking & waste requirements but use the travel for more usable quarters. I will use the setup as a home port, with camping journeys around the local areas without going to far away. With 200+ campsites within a 100 mile radius I figure I will have enough variety to make it enjoyable. My wife said she would visit occasionally but wants to maintain our current housing because of her love of flowers, friends & convenience for shopping. I will also return the visits to take advantage of the showering, washing & drying of clothes & paying my monthly bills on line. We do have cell service on the land so in emergencies I can access the web. Solar power will probably be used but for now it will be more rustic.

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    So... a new adventure for you, Son. Keeps you on your toes, planning, and thinking of the future. Those are good things (I think). Sounds like fun.

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    I find that most of my 55+ YO neighbors were at first doubters, now I have many that stop by or corral me in the club house asking me about my adventures. It seems they are curious & non-judgmental at all. I'm sure some are joking about it but not to me. They seem to have real interest in the idea, telling me about their camping days. At least it is more mentally healthy doing this rather than watching & obsessing about my 85 YO neighbor & his little idiosyncrasies, I'm doing something I enjoyed in my youth but have found easier ways to accomplish the experience.

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    My user name is something from my earlier (youth) religious classes at my parents chosen cult. I have since fallen away & had my name removed from their membership rolls. It was a personal issue & won't go into it here. But since joining this 'senior' forum I have had remark posts that elude to my user name, lamblasting me for my thoughts & feelings. Get over it, I can't change it as I have asked the admins to allow me to change it. Not possible. I couldn't explain to anyone the basis for the name other than it sounded cool at the time I was setting up my account, it was an innocent mistake for which I'm now sorry for any impression that it conveyed.

    I had also vowed not to enter any discussions about religion or politics, two areas that while I have opinions are not to be taken as fact. It's just my opinions. I was taken to task for the use of the word 'stupid' from a quote that was either credited to Abe Lincoln or Mark Twain. I added my 2 cents to the quote then was attacked by a member for the use of the word. Since that time I have lurked watching the comments on the political threads mostly. Calling other members names or eluding to names that would insult me & my thoughts. I have remained quiet but bemused that it's ok to insult other members with comments. I will get on with my life without a backward glance, please get on with yours.

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    Son, please try to ignore this person and forget it. Most of us aren't self-centered enough to report people every time they make comments like that.

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