Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
|A Rialta Motor Home was rolling up our driveway yesterday afternoon and with it came Jill and Thayer from Seattle, WA. They are currently on a 1-year journey through North America and had staked their route through Canada and most recently the Maritimes. As members of “Boondockers Welcome” they contacted us asking for a boondocking site for a few nights. |
Since they have settled in we have taken them on a roundtrip across Campobello Island, and this afternoon we all did a hike through the Roosevelt Park. Jill is the blogger and she started her blog first when they took off on this trip. They have seen so much and I have enjoyed reading their blog. With the nearing winter they plan to move southward visiting family and friends underway. And just maybe….we are seeing them again next spring in the desert.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
|8am! Everything is quiet in the house. Molly has been outside and came in again, for thereafter establishing herself on my bed, where she joined Bea in a Who-sleeps-longest contest. Meanwhile I have been up and about since 6:30 stoking the wood burner in the basement, starting coffee, and finally reading through this mornings blogs, leaving my comments. No school bus is breaking the quiet of this morning as it is Saturday. The sky is partially grey and the air seems to have a winter temperature of some sort. In order to assist the wood burner I have turned on the electric furnace for a while.|
Reading the various blogs I see that the Bayfield Bunch has reached Arizona, while Jim and Sandie are already established at Apache Junction. “Sassie” is hanging out in Nevada’s valley of fire and has asked in a comment why we aren’t on the road yet. Well, it’s like I said before, there are plans which will delay our departure indefinitely. Also we consider a different pattern of travel. Ever since we discovered the Holtville Hot Springs we have been returning there. We always had big rigs to travel in. Our first one was a 37ft Fiver which I hated to drag across every mountain. Next was a 40ft. Diesel Pusher which was really nice to drive but very expensive as Diesel prices are always half a dollar over regular gas and well….the mileage wasn’t great either. Now we are having a 27ft Travel trailer which is nice enough, has lots of room but there is still the issue of having to pull this thing almost 7000 miles through the country. We have been thinking of downsizing even further but would we have to sacrifice our comfort? If we really plan to move around more than what we have done in the past we need to be small and light weight. Small also means that we can get to places we couldn’t reach with our big rigs. Light weight as in saving on fuel.
Is there a trailer out there which is medium sized and low weight? We don’t want to be cramped in a tin can. European trailers are much much lighter, but they are just not available here. Our 27footer Flagstaff has a dry weight of 6145lbs – an outrageous weight for any European travel trailer. We once had a 23 footer in Norway and the GVWR weight was only 2600lbs. One of the reasons being that under carriages are of aluminum and not heavy duty steel.
We would be happy with this 1990 HOBBY trailer with 2600lbs. GVWR
Th above 2014 version of the same brand is the same size than our Flagstaff and weighs about 2500lbs LESS and no “crazy” graphics on the side either!
The somewhat “boxy” design of our Flagstaff trailer showing how far U.S. manufacturers are behind the development of modern solutions.
It is beyond me why import restrictions prohibit those trailers entering the North American market.
Molly emerged as the winner of today’s sleep-in contest as she was the last appearing for breakfast.
We are expecting boondockers Jill and Thayer from Seattle, WA visiting with us today. They are members of “Boondockers Welcome” and have been traveling through the Maritimes for the last weeks.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
|The United States is again shocked about yet another example of school violence. The latest incidence of a 13-year old student going wild to get his revenge on society might as well be a day the NRA is celebrating. Access to weapons for everybody…is the mantra you hear from indoctrinated gun lovers. |
Looking at the headlines at CNN or CBS this morning, I read about his celebrated and “beloved” teacher, a former marine, who also was a sports coach. But there are also voices saying that the particular student was bullied by this teacher. I am not saying one or the other is the truth, as I really don’t know. It would take some intimate knowledge to judge this case.
But I feel compelled to tell my story, which I remember all too good, even though it happened many decades ago.
I have already stated earlier that I hated the gym lessons. As a result my gym teachers hated ME. All of them did, because I was a pain in their behind. Yes, throughout my entire time in school, gym teachers have hated me and bullied me. Well, it was painful, but finally I got the skin of an elephant, because I needed to survive. But what if…..I would have had access to a weapon? Would that have resulted in the first school shooting episode in Germany?
What I am saying is that the 13-year old student from Sparks, NV must have had a reason for the way he acted. It was probably a similar reason as many of his predecessors. Nobody starts shooting unless the person is a total mental nut case or a plain criminal. “You have destroyed my life and now I’m going to destroy yours” was the last this student told his teacher. And doesn’t this lead us to think that bullying in school is the reason for most episodes of school violence? Combine that with easy access to weapons (where the hell did he get a semi automatic from?) and you have the perfect scenario for many more school shootings.
What’s gonna happen over the next days and weeks is that psychologists, psychiatrists and all kind of self-proclaimed profilers will write volumes about what they think must be studied and done and evaluated. But the truth, in fact, is in plain sight for everybody to see.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
|I screwed it up. Yep, i posted the same thing twice. And when I removed the latest posting the blog came up without ANY posting. That is if one would have clicked on the posting itself, not the blog title. So only way to limit the readers frustration is doing another post. Hence this one! Hopefully you will still be able to see the fall pictures of October 17. You can on the blog title to see the post or click here.|
See you later!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
|After a couple of colder nights we finally got fall colours on the island. They usually appear a few weeks after the mainland, where nights have been colder earlier. So --- we had to take a hike and a drive into the park today.|
First we walked the boardwalk in the Eagle Hill Bog. This is by far the easiest of all trails as most of it runs high and dry on a wide boardwalk. Only the far end takes a climb up to Eagle Hill, from where we had a grand view of the bog and the coastline. Fall colours were really great – only a stand of tamaracks was yet wearing their green coat.
It sure is a pity that so few visitors are seeing Campobello during the late fall.
A quick look into the Roosevelt Park’s parking lot showed only a few cars. Yet the cottage stays open for another 2 days, while the visitor center is open to the last day of October.
So instead of boring y’all with my ravings… why don’t I just put the pics up for you to see.