Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CHECKING OUT SOME BOAT BUTTS AND CONTINUING WITH THE MOTORHOMES PRE-TRAVEL CLEAN UP

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Lightning, thunder, and rain in the night left things wet with dark clouds first thing this morning.   Our weather started off a bit dreary but by noon we had us lots of sun belting down through the pines.  Pheebs and I headed into Bayfield around 8:30 and took us for a drive down around the harbor to have us a look at the names on some boat butts around the Marina.

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Coffee and Morning Glory muffin to go from the Charles Street Market and we were off out into the countryside southeast of Bayfield for an hours drive then home again.  Puttering along at at about 20mph most of the time we do not have to go far to soak up an hour’s time.  With clearing skies and a touch less humidity in the air we headed home to get a few more RV things done. 

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PHEEBS IS BEING VERY PATIENT ABOUT THE MORNING GLORY MUFFIN LURKING IN THE PAPER BAG BETWEEN THE SEATS

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BAYFIELD SURE DOES HAVE A FEW LARGE TREES ON IT’S MAIN STREET

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I THINK THIS LIVELY LOOKING GROUP OF GALS MAY BE ABOUT TO HEAD OUT ON AN AROUND TOWN BAYFIELD HIKE

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BAYFIELD HAS A WIDE DIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE

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MANY BAYFIELD MOONS AGO I USED TO CUT THIS LAWN FOR THE FOLKS WHO LIVED IN TORONTO AND CAME HERE TO THEIR BAYFIELD HOUSE ON WEEK-ENDS

Finding myself still in RV Travel mode I hauled out the Shop Vac and began cleaning the rig’s basement bins.  Turns out we were still carrying a fair amount of Arizona and California desert with us.  Hauled out chairs, tables, and variety of other travel along stuff and put the water hose to it all washing and rinsing everything off.  It’s funny how a lot of that stuff is so important to us when we are traveling yet when we’re home for the summer we forget we even have it.

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A FEW MORE PHOTOS AROUND BAYFIELD’S HARBOR THIS MORNING

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A LONE FISHERMAN ON BAYFIELD’S SOUTH PIER

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A SECOND FISHERMAN ON THE PIER

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NEW REBUILT WHARF AND YOU CAN SEE THE HARBOR MOUTH AT EXTREME RIGHT

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I’M ASSUMING THESE BINS ARE EMPTY AND  AWAITING THE RETURN OF THE FISHING BOATS WHICH WILL DOCK ALONG THOSE YELLOW POSTS

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Haven’t thought too much about where we will go this winter except to know it will once again be somewhere in the Southwest.  As much as we love all our old familiar places we have to find new places to go and things to do or we’re going to fall into the old boredom pit early again.  Need to see things we’ve never seen before and go places we have never been.  I figure we are in the twilight years of our RV travels so if we want to get around to places we’ve never been we had better set our sights on those places this winter.  Of course knowing us we’ll probably roll out the driveway this Fall and still have no idea where the heck we’re going.

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I AT FIRST THOUGHT THIS WAS A JEEP WRANGLER PARKED ON SOME KIND OF BARGE

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NOT SURE WHAT THIS BOAT IS USED FOR BUT BY THE LOOKS OF THAT BOW I’D SAY IT’S MEANT FOR PUSHING AND BY THE LOOKS OF THE HEAVY DUTY ROPE BELOW I’D SAY IT WAS USED FOR PULLING AS WELL

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AND HERE’S WHAT POWERS ALL THAT PUSHING AND PULLING

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I’D SAY THE BOAT DRIVER BASICALLY SITS ON TOP OF THE ENGINE…..SURE MUST BE NOISY

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GOTTA LIKE THAT STEERING WHEEL

We know we are the odd couple when it comes to RV travelers.  As readers well know we are not socially oriented and much prefer to spend the majority of our time by ourselves boon-docking in quiet out of the way places if we can find them.  We are not anti-people we are just pro nature.  We know there are many fine RV and State Parks to stay in but that is not our way to travel.  In our very first RV year back in the Fall of 2006 we realized within a month of leaving home that if we had to stay in RV Parks there was no point in considering any more RV travels.  It was either stay home for the winter or……….hey wait a minute what’s this thing called boon-docking and what the heck are solar panels anyway.  Well, we weren’t long in happily finding out and by the Fall of 2007 we had traded our truck and fifth wheel trailer in on a Motorhome.  We had a plan:))

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AHHHH SO NICE TO BE BACK OUT INTO OUR GREEN COUNTRYSIDE

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‘HEY DAD LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN GOATS’…….. ‘NO PHEEBS THEY ARE JUST COWS STANDING ON A HILL’

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WE CAME US ACROSS A WHOLE MESS OF COWS

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ALL THE YOUNGSTERS WERE GROUPED TOGETHER LIKE A KINDERGARTEN CLASS

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WHEN PHEEBS WALKED OVER TO THE FENCE TO SAY HELLO THE WHOLE GANG BECAME UNEASY AND BEGAN TO MOVE AWAY….NOTICE THE ADULT BLACK COW MINDING THE YOUNGSTERS LOOKING BACK AT THOSE TWO SLOWPOOKES HESITANT TO GET UP

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THE YOUNG ONES WERE SOON HEADED FOR THE HILLS FULL TILT

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HERE COMES PHEEBS WALKING  BACK  IN THE DITCH DISAPPOINTED THE COWS DIDN’T COME OVER TO THE FENCE TO SEE HER

Leaving Bayfield in 08 we basically made a bee-line for California and a place called Slab City on the east side of the Salton Sea where we had heard good things about a fella there by the name of Solar Mike who installed solar systems on RVs.  We liked Mike right off the bat and found him to be personable down to earth honest fella.  He fixed us up with 2 solar panels, an inverter and whatever else was entailed with solar and we were on our way again.  Going solar was one of the best RVing decisions we ever made and in fact we’ve been back to Solar Mikes nearly half a dozen times since as he installed a system on our Class C Chevy Sunseeker and Class C Winnebago.  He also helped us with our current rig when we had an inverter problem 3 winters ago and last year he installed 4 new batteries for us. in our current rig  But anyway I’ve got myself a little off track here.

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A FEW FILE PHOTOS OF ME AFFIXING OUR CANADIAN FLAGS TO OUR RIG IN AUGUST OF 2015

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Getting back to the odd couple……….we differ from many other RV folks in that our priorities are not that of hanging out with people and socializing.  For many that is what RVing is all about but for us it is the opposite.  Anytime I step out of the Motorhome all I want to hear is cactus wrens, the wind whispering through the Saguaros, distant coyotes and and anything else Mother Nature has to pleasantly offer.  Want to see the crackling stars from horizon to horizon each night without interference from lights of any kind unless it’s a distant twinkling of lights from a town far off on the distant horizon.  No humans sounds just that of the natural desert itself.

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We like to spend the majority of our time by ourselves enjoying what it is we like to do and how we like to do it.  And that is simply enjoying the relaxing quietness of nature.  During the summer months at home just outside of Bayfield Ontario we live in a community which is Okay but in the winters for the past 10 years we have mainly sought out and had the opportunity to be off by ourselves and for us that has become ‘our priority.’

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SUNSET IN BAYFIELD’S PIONEER PARK

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  A blonde was driving home after a football game, and got caught in a really bad hailstorm. Her car was covered with dents, so the next day she took it to a repair shop. The shop owner saw that she was a blonde, so he decided to have some fun. He told her just to go home and blow into the tail pipe really hard, and all the dents would pop out. So, the blonde went home, got down on her hands and knees and started blowing into her car's tailpipe. Nothing happened. She blew a little harder, and still nothing happened.  Her roommate, another blonde, came home and said, "What are you doing?"  The first blonde told her how the repairman had instructed her to blow into the tailpipe in order to get all the dents to pop out. Her roommate rolled her eyes and said, ...
"HELLLLO" "You need to roll up the windows first"

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Used to being the center of attention, Robbie was a little more than jealous of his new baby sister. The parents sat him down and said that now that she was getting older, the house was too small and they'd have to move.  "It's no use," Robbie said, "She's crawling good now and she'd probably just follow us."

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Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Nanna.

Nanna who?

Nanna your business, that’s who.

9 comments:

  1. Fantastic pictures tonight and mighty good reading your thoughts on life. Hope someone gets an ID on that boat engine, my guess is turbo Cummings. I like that steering wheel, a touch of class.

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  2. Love your boat butt photos,lots of interesting ones out there. That is one neat looking boat , I thought it was a Jeep too.
    You have a wonderful lifestyle, so relaxing and peaceful, I often wish we could do that, our social life does get to be over whelming at times.

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  3. Isn't it great that we can be RVers in our own way and style? We are not typical full-timers. The joy of the lifestyle to us is just living in our RV. WE enjoy seeing new places and meeting people, but we're also happy just being with each other and our computers. Don't need any fancy place to park, just prefer good hookups and a good WI-FI signal on our two hotspots!

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  4. I'm not a boat person but do enjoy reading the names chosen. In the 7th picture the name is not clear, is it Sail La Vie? I love it!
    Love the crooked house too.
    You are a busy guy!

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  5. Lot of butts in this post: boat butts, cow butts, even some Al butts. Ok, I'll butt out, now! :cD

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  6. Your photos sure look clear and bright. Sounds like your head is drifting southwest already. I finally pulled the Jeep from the garage and cleaned all the dust and dog hair out of it. Took five days!

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  7. Dennis and I are the same way..We have never boondocked but we are NOT very social....We have never been to a rally, love Army Corps parks, and our experience with RV "parks" has mostly been bad...We sooo get you!

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  8. Great new header pic of that Heron! That jeep-lookiNg boat looks pretty interesting too, and the Rita James looks like a very nice boat. I think we'd be more like you when travelling. Sitting around socializing is fun for abit, but not for long without lots of alone-time.

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