Adventure, Just things, Uncategorized

Today I got the keys for the apartment.

This is kind of exciting for me since I have had housing provided to me everywhere I have worked the last five years.

It is also very strange at the same time. In my first posts I said how I had gotten rid of everything. I have no bed, no furniture, no dishes (other than the ones in the trailer)…really all I have to set up a house are my pots and pans and utensils and my giant TV. I really did not need all the stuff I got rid of and it was not very practical to haul it all across the country not knowing where I was going to end up.

A lady at work is giving me a spare bed and some end tables she has to get rid of so that will help out. She is going to see if she has anything else to part with as well. Looks like a trip to the store (or Amazon!) in the near future to score a few housewares!

I walked around while waiting for the landlady to show up with the keys and checked out my new surroundings a little. Chinese next door (got the menu!), pizza, and Mexican restaurants – check! There’s a bar a few hundred feet away (I have heard they have midget wrestling!) – check! Burgers and more bars a little farther walk…yeah, I think I’m gonna like this place. While wandering about I stopped by the local Visitor Center for info on the area that I was not aware of and also got my new Post Office Box. Only thing left is the moving!

Moving. Ugh…hauling all that stuff up stairs. Not looking forward to that but once I do it then it will be done since I plan on being here a while. Still have to keep my storage unit mainly because of my canoe though (toolboxes and trailer/truck parts too), but there is a lake nearby to paddle the canoe around so that is cool!

I am really looking forward to having my own kitchen again. I started to really enjoy trying to cook new things and am excited to cook even more stuff. Yeah, I like to go out and eat (and I will with these places so close) but I will be making more stuff myself. It sure saves a lot of money plus it is rewarding when it turns out good. Kinda sucks when it don’t though!

It’s getting more exciting as it unfolds!



July 29th, 2017

Adventure, Just things, Scotty Hilander, Travel

I am pretty excited to get a new place to live. I am also excited to live in a new situation. Apartment in a town, walking distance to food, and mass transit availability among other things. I won’t need to drive as much to other places! That’s going to be so nice.

Yes, it’s gonna be different but it’s the way I have been living my life the last several years – trying new things in new places and really enjoying life like I want to enjoy it. I hope things will calm down a bit, however, so I can do some traveling.

I just have not been able to get away quite yet because it has been so busy, but I am getting a little antsy and need an adventure someplace. Not sure where that’s gonna be yet, but I definitely want to go to Canada to use my pass. I have been to a few National Parks in British Columbia but there are a few that I have not been to yet and two of those are Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke. Those are high on the list and are close to Washington.

I still hope to get to Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire this fall but it may be later than I wanted to go (mid-October instead of early) but I still want to go. I wanted to drive  there pulling the trailer but it looks like I will probably be working later into the year and cannot devote the time right now to do that so I’ll end up flying. I will drive it in the future.

The summer is flying by pretty fast so I guess Mid-October is not really that far away. That’s not too long to wait for that so I better get myself a ticket soon.

Gotta go to Canada first though.

That’s all for this entry!


July 28th, 2017

Adventure, food, Just things, Uncategorized

Not very much to post about lately so I haven’t. Work has been really busy lately, being the middle of summer and all.

Last week I went on an adventure over to Leavenworth and Cashmere – both towns here in WA. I have never really spent much time in either place, but wanted to check out Leavenworth a little more since I have been through but never really stopped to walk around.

It’s more geared toward the tourism so it’s not really my kind of place. I did stop at Heidleburger, a little drive-in burger joint. It was a decent burger but I was still hungry so I went to my favorite Mexican restaurant after a walk about town. It is called Taqueria El Chavo and I have written about it before. If you are ever that way it is very good and inexpensive. It is consistently rated 4-5/5 stars. The chorizo and carne asada ones are the two I get and you cannot go wrong with either one. Try the green salsa they make.It is delicious.

Yesterday I went to look at a new place to live. It was a great place but I went for a different one because it is closer to work so it cuts on commute time and cost over the other place but man…I really liked the other place I saw today. The new apartment has a Chinese restaurant right next door, busstop, library, pizza, postoffice and more all within a few minute walk.

I wasn’t sure how it would feel to me to rent again. It has been years since I have done it so it IS a bit odd to me, but I am actually really excited. Having my own kitchen again will be really nice and I cannot wait to cook again. The day was going to come when it happened and today was that day. It feels pretty good – I know where I will be for quite a while now.

I have no furniture so I need to get some things very shortly  I guess. I have an airbed but I want a frame to put it on. No plates, glasses,…nothing much really but I do have cast iron pans and my nice aluminum set so I am good to go in that region. Close enough,but not too far away.

That’s all for today!

June 26th, 2017

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Scotty Hilander, Uncategorized

Been a few days since I have posted but nothing really too exciting going on. Work has been busy, but we will be able to get on our normal schedules next week finally and get out and do what we do best. You always learn something new each day and but our training is pretty much over this season. That is one plus, learning new things is another, and my last crew member starts in a week.

I got my First Aid/CPR card renewed, I got some intense training for more certifications, some defensive driving courses, and more training on other things. It has felt good to have a few more days of what our version of “normal” is. It’s nowhere near what you may think!

I have several maintenance things I need to take care of at work. I hope to start those things tomorrow and start chipping away at my list of to-dos. It’s tourist season but we are in great shape since the crew is working their asses off staying on top of things. They have adapted to everything that has been tossed their way and they are just killing it. I have gotten a little more responsibility and have done some very important things lately that had some serious responsibility.

I have not really had a vacation in too damn long so I need to take time off. I have some time off built up that I need to burn so I think there will be a road trip before too long. I’ll take the Scotty someplace for several days. I have built up a lot of time off working over and from earning vacation time. I need to use it before too long. Needing a break to go someplace.

Looks like I’ll probably be working late in the year this year again. I wanted to travel but I think it’s more important getting more $$ in the bank, plus I can keep my insurance going and that will help out too. I will probably just fly to Maine this fall to complete my oldest bucket list entry of all 50 states visited.

I looked at an apartment in a city, but is all I can find – and it’s nowhere near work because there is nothing closer. I don’t think I will take in after all. Another offer came up and it might be better for the time being and is even a few hundred cheaper. The apartment wanted to do all the credit check/criminal background check stuff plus a minimum year lease. Don’t think I want to be locked into a place in town for a year minimum when I’d rather be in the country but closer to the city. The other place I heard of is in the country but on the edge of a city.

My dad is in the hospital. My sister came home and found him in the hall on the floor a few days ago. He ended up having a severe infection and is having troubles walking from his system being weakened. They are going to work with him for a few days and get him back into fighting shape so he can get out of there. He was in a lot of pain too. Get well soon!

I used my new Instant Pot a few times now and I really like it. I have found other new recipes to try so I cannot wait to go shopping to do that!

There is today’s update.


Another Bucket List Addition

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Scotty Hilander, Travel, Uncategorized

A few years back I wanted to go do something truly unique. I did not get to do it then, but the time is getting closer. Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your hands together for…

Burning Man.

Now, over the years I have had the opportunity to witness and do some pretty incredible things in life so it takes a little something to really get on my bucket list. I have talked about a few things but there’s more that I won’t bore anyone with here. The point is it needs to be something unique, something special, that once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just like one of my earlier postings where I got to fly in a B-17.

I just happened to see something about Burning Man a few times in the last few days, and the last time was just a few minutes ago in a kilt advertisement. It kinda made me think back about trying to go the first time.

A few years before I moved out of Colorado, my daughter Chelsea and I talked about going and had decided we wanted to do it but it was not meant to be. The Establishment kept us down. My work dicked me over and screwed around until it was too late for us to get tickets. Bastards. I never forgot that and we were pretty disappointed that we didn’t get to go. And I was quite ready to spend the money and we were going.

It would be cool if all of my daughters and their guys could go! That would be such a trip to see and there’s the look on each other’s faces… It’d be shockingly awesome. I am sure that it would be quite an eye-opening and enlightening experience for all of us. I have a feeling some of them would rather go to Hawaii or Vegas instead of the desert in August. I can see that logic…

What a hell of an adventure though! Oh, the memories that could be made! Oh, the tribalness of it (Is that even a word?!?! You know what I mean though!)!

I am going to have to figure out a way to get there in the next couple of years. I have to remember to get in on time to be able to get tickets one year and get there. I need to set a reminder for next year when they go on sale. That gives me time to figure out how to prepare oneself for something like that as best as one can, I don’t know if my trailer should be tossed into those conditions. That kind of sand and wind could really wreak havoc on it. Buying an old RV might be the best – just use it and then sell it.

Anyway, that’s the newest addition to the ever-growing bucket list!