Tag: road trek

Two Popular Ways to Hit the Trail

Wren has a site at Cactus Country RV Park just outside the city limits of Tucson close to the entrance to Saguaro National Park. My husband, a young friend, and I have hiked the trails there many times over our three-week stay. The senior pass we have includes anyone in the car, so we all get in free. The visitor center has good exhibits, books, video screenings, and rangers to answer questions. We’ve had no trouble “getting our Fitbit steps.” We hit the trails on foot, unlike many who choose to bring a horse and get much further than we can into the interior of the park.

Word from a Surfer Bumper Sticker

What appear to be seals off Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, are surfers waiting for the right wave. The wave of mountains behind them is the rest of Monterey Bay looking west (or south if you’re not from the area.) What a beautiful place.

I’ve been visiting desert landscapes since we left the Bay in early January, but I miss the surfers and the sea. When hiking, a slogan I saw or heard while on the coast comes back to me. I think it’s catchy and helpful.

Use Your God-given Gluts

 

Simple Joy of a Camper Kitchen

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A tasty sandwich like this with snappy pretzels and real mayonnaise is whipped up in a few minutes without the hassle of cruising for a place to eat, a menu selection and the down time between decision and delivery. Bonus: price is about $2.00 a plate with fresh greens and a pickle. This is liberating!

Getting into Wren

It took me a few thousand miles perhaps to figure out how to remember which foot to step up first when entering from driver’s side or from navigator’s side of the van. Great relief to discover that all it takes is putting the foot closer to the van up first, then the other foot naturally goes on second step and one’s feet do not wind up entangled and the rest of me unbalanced when I try to sit down. Who knew?

Newark, NY Campsite

A closed country club in Newark is a campground with campers crowded into area around the old club house. Fairways and dining room intact. Advantage: close to relatives, close to Erie Canal pathway, with hot water in bathrooms and electricity so we could use the microwave. We were about the only people around so quiet and clean both nights.

A closed country club in Newark is a campground with campers crowded into area around the old club house. Fairways and dining room intact. Advantage: close to relatives, close to Erie Canal pathway, with hot water in bathrooms and electricity so we could use the microwave. We were about the only people around so quiet and clean both nights.

Back to Camping

After five nights in a three-bedroom camp with cousins from New York, we headed back to Vermont from Hague, NY. Friend Beth joined us for six days for hiking. We had time after moving to Branbury State Park to hike into Silver Lake, Moosalamoo Wilderness Area. Half-way back I realized I’d left my hiking poles by the water. Three days later I still have not hiked back up to get them! That’s how busy we are.

Silver Lake, Moosalamoo Wilderness, Addison County VT

Silver Lake, Moosalamoo Wilderness, Addison County VT

Predicted rainfall did not begin until we were back at campsite. In our fist go at setting up Wren’s canopy, we were slow. Picnic table and benches got wet as did Beth putting up her tent. Bess was already wet from her dip in the brook along the trail. When we finally were under cover, the light rain ceased. Good practice.

Tidy Toes

Whew. It’s end of a long hot day in Vermont slated for thorough wiping down of Wren’s interior. There are a lot of crooks and crannies built in for storage, and I’m now familiar with them all. Leaving the cupboard doors open to help the spaces dry didn’t make avoiding slight injuries from corners and edges easier. I’m still learning how to be in this compact space.

The sink and toilet sparkle, gas stove is working, refrigerator is cold, and storage spaces are ready for our belongings. There’s a smell I don’t like, so each day we open all windows and doors and turn on the overhead fan to see if it’s simply a mustiness accumulated over months and years of storage. All the tanks have been flushed so it’s not stagnant water.

Five days until we move out of our house and into Wren. Still thinking we’ll all be ready for this.