Ahh, Relaxation!

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Scotty Hilander, Travel

The weather today ended up being rather nice – sunny and in the 60s and my kind of weather. It was a perfect day to work on the trailer. I was wanting to go for an overnight shakedown cruise with the trailer but last night’s forecast stopped me from doing so. No, it didn’t rain, but things got done to the trailer.

I got some of the wiring done for the new water heater element, but I could not get it completed since I did not have some tools that I needed for the install. I also got a new water inlet installed and then I checked the sewer hoses and got another adapter for that ordered. The new porch light fell apart and then the switch broke when installing it so I said the hell with it and just re-installed the old one. Odd the quality was so bad since it was from the same company that I got my LED lights from and they are good quality.

It is fun doing this stuff actually. Some of these things are maintenance that needs done, but the rest offers convenience and savings so I don’t mind doing them. Most of the things are “plug and play” so they are really not that hard to do.

My insomnia caught up with me this afternoon and I nodded off for a few minutes when I sat down for a quick break. I finally fell asleep about 1:30 a.m. this morning and woke up at 5:30 a.m. for some reason. My neck is hurting more than usual today so it’s time for a hot shower, some meds, and some herbal patches to try to get it calmed down. I am having some issues with the dexterity in my hands today that are probably due to my  neck. Grasping things can be problematic and sometimes I just cannot pick things up at all. After the wreck I could not even hold a nail still to hammer it in so at least it is not that bad now.

This neck thing gets pretty damn frustrating. Constant pain gets tiring, and the numbness and dexterity problems are a bit alarming I must say. I hope to get it calmed down and get it a little more under control but I think I am going to need to find another acupuncturist closer that I can go to. I really like the guy in the San Juans but it is so expensive with at least one hotel, ferry ride, the cost of the appointment, and the fuel to go back and forth per trip. That adds up to an expensive day, and that’s if I don’t get a massage at the same time.

That’s about it for now. Thanks for stopping by!



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Here it is… just after 1:00 a.m. and I cannot sleep. I’m wound up for some reason. This is rather odd for me these days since I am usually asleep by 10:30 or 11:00 each night and up at 6:00…even on my days off.

The urge to write music is getting stronger. More ideas popping into my head more often. I am recording memos on my phone when I have music ideas and notes on lyrics as well. Maybe that is part of it – I need to clear some space in the brain by writing.

I guess that’s what I’m doing right now…


A Long Day…But, it’s the Weekend!

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FINALLY! Two days off! I am really looking forward to it, too. I have had only one day off in the last week and a half so yeah I am ready for it.

I spent all day today pulling heavy equipment on trailers to another office – two four-hour roundtrips that ended up being a 11 hour day with all of the stopping I had to do on top of the driving. I did get to spend a lot of time on both the excavator and tractor getting lots of training time in (I already had experience and knew how to run them – I am just trying to get my certification to operate them).

Unfortunately it is supposed to rain or I would take the trailer out but maybe I can find some other areas I can get away to if there are any without rain. The rain is also going to hamper some more things I am trying to get done with the trailer but I have a few things I can still do. I got my caulking/sealer from Amazon so I need to pull out the windows and clean and re-seal them, the clearance lights, the new porch light, and a new stove vent. I will get my water heater conversion done tomorrow quickly and easily and install the new water inlet for the water tank. All that stuff aside, the trailer is really ready to go. The windows are okay for now, along with the porch light and the stove vent (they just need re-done). I got another new part from Amazon today for the sewer hose so I need to look at that tomorrow as well to make sure that that vital part of the puzzle is in place too!

With the weather being so nice lately it’s giving me the travel fever and only one thing can fix that!

Stick a Fork In It

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Travel

The 2017 Memorial Day Weekend is done.

It was a busy one from our points of view. We spent MANY hours in several areas that are normally really busy with visitors so you can imagine how that must’ve been. Many cars were ticketed and/or towed because there were so many vehicles trying to park ANYWHERE, it was fairly warm (to me it was hot), and tons of people were just trying to get into nature somehow someway for their form of recreating for the time (and money) that they could spend getting away.

It was all good, though. I am lucky that I get to work with some fantastic people in a fantastic place (as I have been lucky to do since my career change five years ago). In a sense, to me it is much like the old days of stage-lighting work. We spend all winter getting things ready then nature comes and takes the stage to rock our world for several months. Then, after the show, we tear the stage down and get ready to do it again for the next tour next year. It’s really a pretty cool thing to be a part of, yet we are active participants and not just stagehands in that we are not so much behind the scenes but also visible on the stage during the show in a sense. The rush of putting on a great show was so intense and rewarding back in the day, and my current gig has that same energy to me.

Luckily, this gig takes place daily in an outdoor amphitheater!

And the Madness Begins!

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It’s that time of year – the (Un)official beginning of the summer vacation season – Memorial Day. Families packing up their bags and tossing them into the ol’ minivan or SUV to head out on the open road. It is really a great American tradition that I am glad to see still is important to people. But the sheer amount of people is really astonishing.

The numbers are staggering. Last year alone, Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw over 11 million visitors. And that is just one National Park in just one year! Add in all parks and forests across this country from the Federal level down to the City level and that number has got to be huge. There are a lot of us out and about visiting these places.

I have commented before how many nice people I have met and talked to the last few years of being in this new career. I have seen many of the same people quite often over the course of a few weeks in a particular area. It does not matter which place I have worked at…there are many who love a particular park/forest/refuge so much that they devote their time tirelessly and without pay other than what they get in sunsets. No matter why, or how, or where, special places are special places no matter the reason.

But the thing is, and it can be bad in some places at times, that people will dump anything they no longer want. From garbage to RVs…we see it all. Please everyone! Take your garbage home with you and dispose of it properly! Glass bottlers and beer cans do not burn – neither do banana peels, and those as well as orange rinds on the ground are garbage and NOT “biodegradable” or “compostable”. If you had enough room to BRING it, you have enough room to take it BACK with you.

Just remember, the special places we all love may not always be there so do what you can do to help by participating in some capacity. Get involved! Even if you do nothing more than keep a clean camp and teach your kids about the beauty and the well-deserved respect toward the outdoors, it makes a difference.

Those are just a few of the great and positive things you can do (and do easily and cheaply) and the possibilities are endless! It is important to SPEAK UP and be heard!