July 23rd, 2021

Adventure, food, Just things, Road Trip, Scotty Hilander, Travel, Uncategorized

Got my last appointment done today and it is the weekend. Yay x 2! I had to drive to Tacoma for the appointment and the weekend traffic was early today so it took a while longer to get back home. I also had to stop at the storage unit and clean stuff out of my truck. Mostly it was tools and stuff I was going to use for the trip in the trailer that isn’t going to happen yet. Again, I say 🤬.

I’ll figure out the next trip very soon. All this work I have been doing and getting a few new things for the trailer today is really getting me even more excited to go. I just gotta have a dependable vehicle and I hope to have that taken care of soon.

With that comes a bit of sadness, however. Selling my Avalanche. My parents bought it new so it has some real sentimental value for me. I believe it is the only vehicle that they ever bought new all those years on the planet. I will miss driving it and 18 years of familiarity. There’s even a little “character” from my mom backing into something, leaving a divot in the plastic body parts.

When I got home the painter was painting the front of my house so the door was taped off. I decided to just go to town and kill some more time and take care of any errands I needed to do before the weekend. I stopped by Goodwill to burn some time up and I actually found a few things for the trailer I could use.

I found a couple of coffee mugs that match the teal color on the trailer so that was kinda cool. Since they are plastic (lightweight and unbreakable bouncing down the highway unlike glass or ceramic) I don’t know if I will use them for coffee but I can use them for other things. I got a small coffee cup that holds maybe a double espresso, and then lo and behold I actually stumbled across a small Italian stovetop espresso maker to go with it! Hot damn! Coffee in the trailer is now solved. It is small and easy to store and use. I also got a brand new 2-quart Crock-pot that was still in the box…AND it was half price so it was ONLY $3! I can use that in the trailer as well or in the house. A few good scores.

Some really nice weather here right now – 60s & 70s, with sunshine every day with some fog early or marine layer some mornings. I wish I had a charcoal grill but it’s just as well I don’t. Burning restrictions are starting up in a few days as well as new mask mandates. We’ll leave that alone.

I had to quit drinking wine again. I started enjoying too much of the grape every night so it was time to stop for a while. Buying cheap wine is part of the problem – it’s, well…cheap, and it’s sweeter than good wines so on a hot day it goes down easy. I’m just taking a break from it for now; I’ll be washing wine glasses again before too long.

I started watching the “Chef” series, which is based on the movie I raved about last week. The series is just as good and it makes me hungry watching it. Lots of good foods and interesting people. Jon Favreau does a great job in this series as well as the movie. It’s really making me want to go crazy cooking again! I foresee a chicken caprese ciabatta in the very near future…

That’s it for this post. Be safe!

July 16th, 2021

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Road Trip, Scotty Hilander, Travel, Uncategorized

I had no idea she moved here to The Colonies!

I got out for a real hike today; nearly two miles of forested trail with hills. I got a pretty good workout in and I really felt it plus I got to explore some new areas and trails where I went walking. Even though it was a cool and cloudy day I still managed to work up a sweat so I was working hard.

Even though I have been walking a lot every day (most days) it has all been level ground. Last week’s cardio rehab on the treadmill was on an incline and at a brisk pace, then it was on to the stationary bike for a short but intense (for me) “ride”. I definitely felt it and have decided that I need to do my flat walk in the morning with my landlady (helps her after knee replacement surgery). After that I’ll take out for some hills to help get the cardio and stamina levels up.

It’s gonna be a busy weekend around here with the tourists so it’s an early morning run to do laundry and hit the store then come home for the day’s first walk. After that it’s going to be a snack and kick back for a few then go hit the trail. Then it’s back to working on the trailer again. Today’s chance of rain ended up being zero so at least I won’t need to let anything dry out before I continue to work on it. I’m getting faster and neater at doing the caulking. One window came out kinda sloppy (the cloth rag I was using had something in it that came off in the caulking) so I don’t know if I can remove the excess caulking without screwing up the paint. I’ll ask around at one of the RV places.

I need to get a little cooking done soon too. I did some meal prepping last weekend but I want to do some more. It will just go in the freezer so I’ll have stuff to take in the trailer when my plans get a little more real and less tentative. I can’t wait!

Prepping and weighing portions makes it easier for keeping track of for my diet but I will still need to take my kitchen scale to weigh anything else that hasn’t been weighed and labeled.

It’s now looking like Canada may open up in the next few weeks. I am not planning on going driving up there for a while and I don’t know if I would do the train or a ferry yet either. It’s going to be absolute chaos. I have places I want to visit up there in areas that I have not been to yet. It’s been this long so a little while longer will be fine. Not much longer though…

That’s all for now.

July 9th, 2021

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Yesterday’s salmon berry harvest…
…was added to organic gluten-free oats, cashew milk, hemp hearts and chia seeds for today’s breakfast!

Got out for a hike yesterday and harvested the berries above. Some made it home in the bag, and some I ate. I will be getting out to pick more and maybe try to freeze some.

The Himalayan blackberry bushes are flowering so we will start to see tons of berries coming on soon. I plan on getting out for picking a bunch of those for freezing. They are all over here but are considered an invasive species so I try to do my part to stop the spread.

The thimbleberries are starting to show up but they are so delicate they are best just eaten in the woods as they are picked. It takes a lot of those to make a meal!

The red elderberries are out but I don’t know enough about those to harvest. The seeds are poisonous and I’ve pushed my luck enough the last few years. I’ll stick with the stuff I know and stay among the living.

The new caulking for the trailer was at the Post Office today so I’ll be working on that over the next few days. I want to get this project finished up so I can hopefully get away for a few days. I have appointments the next few weeks so that’s going to interfere with my funtime.

I have seen some interesting documentaries lately; some for the first time and others a repeat. “At the Drive-in” was a fun documentary about a small drive-in theater in Pennsylvania that got very creative to compete by doing something nobody else was doing. “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” was really good and really shows what assholes run major league sports. Plus, there are the countless cooking and travel shows I watch.

Today is a splurge day so it’s gonna be Thai food for dinner. I do still try to eat healthy most of the day when I splurge. If not I feel guilty about it. It’s still a good compromise for my health only doing this once or twice a month. Back on the wagon tomorrow.

That’s it for today. Enjoy your weekend!

June 7th, 2021

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, pictures, Road Trip, Travel, Uncategorized

Road trip!!!

Today I decided to go on an adventure. I NEEDED to get out and go somewhere…ANYWHERE. I was not sure where to go, but I finally got a destination in mind as I left the house in the minivan.

I actually ended up stopping someplace else along the way that I had never been to before and it was an easier day trip. It was windy and pretty cool but I had a coat and gloves. The waves were huge and you could really “feel” the power of the Pacific Ocean standing there seeing and hearing it all happen. Being a weekday, and some schools are still in session, it was not too busy. It was busy enough for me since I am not much for crowds.

It was good to get out and try to decompress. This road trip today was pretty good, but I need to go farther for longer. I don’t want to stay in a hotel and I want to be gone for several days. The original destination is still someplace I want to go so I will get there soon.

With vacation season upon us it’s going to be a bit tough finding spots to stay the next few months unless I make a reservation or go farther away. As much as I don’t want to, I think I’m going to need to start doing reservations here in Washington or even Oregon.

Getting out today and seeing a new (to me) place was just what I needed. The last six years life has had its ups and downs, and the downs have been pretty low. Now that the heart attack happened and the bypass taken care of I am ready to get after it!

So it was a short adventure today…but it was still an adventure!

November 9, 2020

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It has been a sleepless few days. Bright lights all around and train tracks across the street from the repair shop. Sunday night was tough. I’m not sure why my trailer battery doesn’t seem to charge but at 3:00 a.m. I woke up pretty damn cold – probably in the mid-20s F inside the trailer. The battery ran out of juice so no furnace. I got up and had to go out and try to charge it from the truck. I just replaced the trailer battery but no idea how long it’s been since it’s had a full charge.

An hour’s worth of charging and I got one cycle of heat. Then it went dead again so I said “well, okay then” and slept cold for about 90 minutes. I said something else along the same line as before (actually it was “F THIS”) and got up out of bed to go get coffee and something warm to eat.

I went for a drive to kill some time while waiting for my trailer. I decided to go to Roslyn, the shooting location of Northern Exposure. Great show if you’ve never seen it but you gotta like quirky. I was here maybe thirty years ago and mostly it looked the same. It is a cool old mountain town on the Historic Register. I did niot get out and walk since most everything was closed still so I went back to check on the repair.

Trailer was repaired right before noon and they asked about checking the other side. I said I had thought about it and it’s a good idea so go for it. He said the other bearings were fine and now freshly repacked. I am glad to be getting it done for peace of mind.

Getting a late start as the days get shorter is not good. Too many deer on the roads and I don’t really want to drive at night. I opted to come back to the campground I was in a few days ago and will leave earlier tomorrow morning after the frost clears. It’ll be nice to have some time to regroup and not be rushed.

I had to buy a heated water hose to keep water flowing into the trailer. I’ll need it in other places anyway so now seemed like the time to buy it since it may get cold tonight. I won’t be getting cold though!!! Got electricity so the electric heater is plugged in. Plus I did find my electric blanket right before I left and that is pretty awesome to have with the nights getting cold.

As for now, it’s a double espresso of Sumatra coffee, then a cup of dark (or as they say “Intenso”) and some relaxing in the warmth after a couple of interesting days. Might even kick off my shoes.

I got a few bundles of firewood to have a fire later tonight and an obligatory adult beverage or two. Then a nice, albeit abrupt, hot shower before crawling into my preheated bed. That sounds awesome.

You can’t look away…

It’s a really good night for a fire. It’s 32° F and some clouds to hopefully hold some heat on the earth tonight. The fire pit is an old heavy truck wheel so it really heats up and dissipates the heat nicely. The wind is a little breezy and at 32° it is chilling.

I discovered earlier that instead of a carton of pineapple passion fruit cider I actually bought a carton of seltzer. Never really been a big seltzer person but I gave it a try. As expected, it was nasty – tastes like that “go-juice” you have to drink a gallon of the night before a colonoscopy.

Fire is going out. Looks like it’s time for bed. Been a long day and I am tired.