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RE: Good morning - travelaround - 05-30-2020

(05-30-2020, 07:58 PM)crofter Wrote:  My question: whyever would you leave Post Falls Idaho? You are the first person I have heard of who left Post Falls, I have mostly heard of PF as a destination and not a departure point.

I'm a native Californian. I lived here from birth to age 61. I had it on my bucket list to someday live out of state. I moved to North Idaho alone and got a pretty nice apartment, but also was having a hard time financially and had no car for three and a half years... until 2017. I became a Christian 2 weeks after arriving there in 2013. It was a great experience in some ways but I can't imagine why anyone would think of it as a "destination" . . . I was essentially freaking out when I got there and had no car and there was a lot more traffic than I was used to... and noise. Keep in mind, I spent 13 years before that in the Klamath River Valley. I was used to being in a very small town in the middle of a large national forest... 70 miles from the nearest larger town of 7000 people.

I think I never fully adjusted to Post Falls. It is on a prairie. From where I lived I could see the Selkirk Mountains to the north and the Bitterroot Mountains (Rockies) to the east. But I was on a prairie and when I went out walking there were lots of semis as I lived near two truck stops. Never a calm, pretty place for walking... at least for the three and a half years I had no car. When I got my van, I headed back to the Klamath River Valley in Northern California. I wasn't going to stay here but was blessed with this property and now am glad I'm here, back in my home state in my little town in the middle of a big forest 70 miles from the Interstate.

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 05-30-2020

There's a frog in my bathroom. Then he jumped and I don't know where he is. Sheesh. I don't know how he got in or how long he's been there. He's the same color as the hallway rug ... and I hope I don't step on him.

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 05-30-2020

This has been a strange day. I got out of my van this morning and there was a herd of deer in my front yard. They jumped the fence when they saw me - around 6:30 to 7 am... later this morning I was sitting in my dining room and there was a lightning strike extremely close to me... very, very loud and the place shook a little. Frightening! Heavy rain. I checked out my windows but didn't see anything scorched, so it wasn't in my yard.

RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 05-30-2020

(05-30-2020, 10:22 PM)travelaround Wrote:  There's a frog in my bathroom. Then he jumped and I don't know where he is. Sheesh. I don't know how he got in or how long he's been there. He's the same color as the hallway rug ... and I hope I don't step on him.
 Is that a new barrette? How fashionable of you.

My experience is similar as yours to the PF region. Not having a car would be very difficult there.

I have looked in Klamath county Or for land it is one of the few places in the Northwest that I can sort of afford. That part of Cali would be great. I would welcome the mild climate but much of the land I saw seemed to be well out of my price.

RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 05-31-2020

4 nites in prep mode...The patch material strips I put on the cushions worked!.. at least for now. I will still need to incorporate the additional tips you all have shared. I wasn't able to give a fair movement test as I was afraid of it separating and having another night in the canyons.

I definitely hope that folks that see only the glamorous side to vanlife do a test run.. beyond just weekend camping.  I haven't barely scratched the surface and I see how many little things add up. I noticed this morning/afternoon that the very act of stretching after waking is limited. It is one of the first acts of the day since birth and to suddenly have that act constrained is significant to our "normal" selves. By the end of the week I will be using the "facilities" in the van and cooking. A big learnin is coming my way..

LOL how many will be surprised if I make it past that week??!!

At about 230am I got to enjoy one of the thrilling moments however, a massive thunderstorm blew directly over head. It had everything, van shaking thunder, winds that could knock a cow over, rain so thick and heavy I couldn't even hear the music on the loudest setting,  flashes of lightning that illuminated the interior of the van simply by seeping in through the poorly hung black out curtains.

I think some good trade offs are being made each day that passes.

RE: Good morning - maki2 - 05-31-2020

Fortunately my bed is width wise so the cushions can't shift apart from each other as there are walls on 3 sides of the bed. Having a head and foot board on your bed will help keep those cushions together. You can probably cobble something together for your bed to create those structures from some Home Depot materials.

RE: Good morning - maki2 - 05-31-2020

Better weather ahead, I guess I will get back to work tomorrow on the exterior. This evening if I can kick myself into gear I might get tools and materials better organized. I have been very lazy the last few days.

RE: Good morning - maki2 - 06-01-2020

Not sleepy but wanted to get something done in the way of downsizing so I started scanning in some photos and documents so I can convert physical objects into tiny byte sized bits.
One of the photos is my first van, a 1968 VW bus. This photo is from 1984, towards the west end of the road along the rouge river in Oregon. I was doing a road trip from Seattle to San Antonio to work at a job in SA while on layoff at Boeing. By the time I purchased this van it had passed through several people who as it turned out were not as mechanically inclined as they thought. I redid the interior of it, new headliner, made curtains for it, added insulation, recovered all the interior panels, added some Boeing aircraft sound proofing under the new carpet I put in, including  over the engine compartment. Fortunately I had skills with tools and also experience with aircraft interiors as well as skills with sewing in my 20s and was pretty good at it by my early 30s when I was working on this van. But I was not a car mechanic although I had helped on a brake job and could tune up a car.

It looked good outside, it looked good inside after my renovations but it was one of those trips where things kept failing on me. Which of course being unemployed was quickly draining my savings. I certainly did not know a lot about vehicles back but quickly learned some lessons the hard way. I had lots of mechanical issues on that trip going to San Antonio and also on the way back. The biggest issue was having to get the engine rebuilt in the middle of nowhere Idaho. In the long run the worst vehicle I ever owned but it did not stop me from liking traveling in a van. I had spent all of my 20s doing car camping trips in Alaska and WA sate so I was not new to it.

RE: Good morning - maki2 - 06-03-2020

I need some get focused on my project pills. Too much going on in the local news. I normally avoid watching the news but this is a very weird year with stuff I need too know about going through constant changes.

But I am going to have 3 days in a row of OK but not delightful weather so I want focus. I guess I will just have to unplug other than checking my tablet to keep an eye on my business stuff.

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 06-03-2020

Everything okay in your neighborhood, Maki? I'm glad I'm not in a big city right now.

Spent the day making frequent trips to my yard to either mow or weed or prune. So much to do - there's no end to it. Spent part of the afternoon in the shade on the hammock. It has been years since I ever experienced anything so peaceful. Maybe this is the first time ever.