Electric cars, accidents and insurance company logic

 

We are now in central Oregon, heading south.  With the snowing in the passes in  BC at the beginning of November, we opted to avoid passes and head directly south, through central Washington down to central Oregon. 

My car, the electric car, is currently traveling around BC without me.  I work in Kamloops, live in scotch creek and have an hours drive to work. On my very last day of driving in to work this year, I hit a deer on the 4 lane, HWY 1. Not sure if the deer survived, but left the scene. The right front end was crunched in, and the car was UN drivable because the wheel well was down wrapped around the right front tire.

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Not having been in an accident I was at a bit of a loss in dealing with ICBC (british columbia’s Govt insurance).  SO the car sat in Kamloops for a few days, due to my inexperience with insurance companies. I was told that  they would only tow the car to the closest town (Kamloops), despite my information that there was no places in Kamloops that work on BMW cars.

So we used our BCAA insurance to have the car towed to Kelowna to a place that IS BMW certified. I made it VERY VERY clear that this was an electric car.  She assured me that YES they work on all BMWs.  So then we are driving along the Columbia river  when we got a message from the car repair place in Kelowna to say that they, turns out, cannot work on an electric car. Apparently there are special tools, AND specially trained technicians to deal with the batteries.

So there we were thinking that we had used up our BCAA free ride and were going to get stuck with a huge bill to get the car to Vancouver. Then we found out a little known thing about auto insurance that I wanted to share with you all.  Auto insurance companies guarantee to fix your car. If for some reason your car cannot be fixed in the closest town, it is their responsibility to tow it to where it can be fixed (for me it is Vancouver)

So the car is sitting in Kelowna, turns out they had taken it apart and not put it back together for the tow, so it will likely not get to vancouver until late next week.  This is good for us, because we have no idea how we will get it back to Scotch Creek when it IS fixed.

So in the meantime, we have gone MINING………

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NOW this is a kind of rockhounding that you can really get IN TO…. THUNDEREGGS. Oregon’s STATE rock.

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They lie just under the surface, so you have to get a bit DIRTY… as you can see, I really get into my work.

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A thunder egg is essentially an agate (or jasper) inside a volcanic rock shell.  We were staying in Prineville, OR, which is the rockhounding centre of central Oregon. Beautiful forests, sadly many of them burned last summer.  It is

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We are managing to get way further in our side trips because we now have a jeep we are towing. We are just leaving the motorhome in one place and driving to other destinations with the jeep. MUCH better on the motorhome, not having to 4×4 anymore 🙂

We are actually today in North eastern California, hoping we can get through MEDOC forest today.

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Bye for now, much love to all.
janet

“..another seasons promise in the ground” SRogers

This gardening year is drawing to a close and this years wandering aimlessly’s season is just opening up. We have about 4500 garlic in the ground.  We had to create new beds this year, as garlic needs a 3 year crop rotation. So we needed to create about 1000 square feet of new bedding. img_3645

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We took out a lot of raspberries to make more room for garlic. We got 4 loads of donkey manure from the Donkey refuge https://turtlevalleydonkeyrefuge.com.  What a great place, check out the pictures.  We decided this year to be extremely generous with our manure, so each bed got nice and thick (3 year aged) manure.  WE WANT BIG GARLIC next year.

We then put KRAFT paper on top of the beds, (the paper is to keep down the weeds),and then put fresh wood chips down on top.  We had to cut down a few Fir trees this year that were too close to our house (fire concerns) and we got all the limbs chipped, hence the fresh wood chips.img_3651

Then we were “gifted” a load of leaves from our neighbour, who usually burns them. We convinced him that we could make MUCH better use out of them by tucking our garlic under them for the winter. (we did NOT tell him that composting leaves is better for the environment as well)img_3650

PRESTO….  covering up all the garlic beds with a thick layer of leaves. NOW the garlic is ready for the winter. Some years we get a hard frost, and the ground freezes, before it snows, which is not good for the garlic. So all of what we have done here is to provide some insulation. The garlic is technically under 8 inches of stuff, much  less likely to freeze down there. In the spring when it starts to warm, we will move a lot of this “mulch” away from the garlic so it will not make them too wet.

Of course I need to keep track of which type of garlic is where…. this is my complex record keeping “program”.img_3662

 

Another new process we have started this year, out of sheer desperation for controlling weeds, is to use the thick landscape fabric on top of the ground with the plans to move it when we want to “rotate crops”  My theory is that the “carcasses” of the  weeds and plants under the fabric, die and then compost in place.  So when we move the fabric the soil will be enriched and weed free. So everything that is not planted is covered.img_3643

We have also been working on Motorhome, “customizing” it.   For the past year, we have been largely camping in places without hookups, essentially going solar. SOOO we have not used the large convection/microwave since we put in the stove/oven.  Sadly I did not get a very good “before” picture, but this is picture of the stove/oven with the convection microwave above it.

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Ken has taken it out, and created a beautiful motorhome “pantry”.  Which holds an amazing about of stuff.  He does such beautiful work 🙂 img_1034

Ken has also been working hard to make sure that nothing goes wrong with the motorhome, here checking the tires…..lubing what needed lubing to keep us on the road.

Of note, check out the beautiful deck he built this summer, then we wanted an awning, so he went to Craigs list and found an awning perfect for our house….50$.  Now we can sit out on our deck, and pretend we are in a French Cafe. 🙂

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Our “other” new feature this year is the jeep wrangler we are now towing.

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Now we are down in Kelowna in the pouring rain, which is always the way we spend the first days of camping each fall.  Fortunate to have Josh, our son, looking after the house for the winter.    Much love to all who choose to follow us, and our obsessive life.  Janet

 

Garlic… what a great time of year.

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Well its beginning to look a bit like garlic….. everywhere you go.  There’s a bit of it out to dry…..

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But most of it still in the fields….(not sure what the rhyme pattern there was)IMG_3379IMG_3378

So last October we planted about 4000 garlic. We have been growing it for about 7 years now, expanding our numbers each year, and here we are.

I thought I would explain the life cycle of a garlic, as it is much more complex than you would think…. or simpler. Garlic clones itself.  Garlic, like potatoes, is multiplied by vegetative reproduction rather than by sexual reproduction (seeds). Individual garlic cloves are planted and they each produce a bulb in which the cloves all have the same genetic makeup as the original clove.

I cannot believe I have not photographed the umbrels before, so I found a picture online. This is the “flower” that the garlic plant sends up. It is called an umbrel and the tiny parts inside are called bulbils. They are essentially teensy garlic cloves.

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Usually you do not see the umbrel of the garlic plant because they usually get cut off earlier before the flower develops, which is what we did a few weeks ago to allow the plant to put all of its energy into make a large garlic bulb instead of bulbils.IMG_3352

THIS is called a scape, and the little pointed thing at the end of the scape develops into the umbrel shown above if left on the plant.  So here is my fridge filled with a few hundred scapes ready for the market tomorrow.  Scapes are an under appreciated part of the garlic plant that only those who shop at farmers markets ever find out about……….. OR if you have a friend (like me) who has an overabundance of scapes, because I have grown so many garlic.IMG_3385

I should add that Scapes are a delicacy that are a cross between an asparagus and a bean and a garlic. They last for weeks in the fridge and you can use them in almost any dish.  Another very unique thing about Garlic Scapes is  that they are not something you will find in warmer climates.Only Hardneck Garlic produces a scape! (FINALLY SOMETHING we can grow that they cannot grow in the tropics)   There are 2 main types of garlic. The type you will find in the stores ( that comes from China) is usually soft neck garlic. It tends to do better in warmer climates. It does not need the really cold winter that the HARDNECK garlic needs to divide into cloves.  Hardneck cultivars tend to have a more complex flavour profile than softnecked ones, being richer, spicier, and generally more ‘garlicky’. Hardneck cultivars also tend to have a larger average clove size, which, due to their plumpness, regular shape, and thicker skin, are easier to peel. SO if you have not already done so …. try hardneck garlic.

We do grow Softnecks,  (a small number of them ) they do not send out a scape, but instead send their bulbils out the side of the stem like shown here.IMG_3354

I am just now thinking what it must be like to be an elementary school teacher tasked with teaching the “facts of life”…….So much to tell ….. I shall continue this story, in a future blog……… growing garlic with bulbils…

So the other thing about garlic is that you can eat it fresh. It has great flavour and it is much easier to peel, but the only time of year you can eat if fresh is about now. Most of the process with garlic is to dry and cure it so it will last over the winter, so you can have garlic year round.  So right now you can buy garlic that has not been cured, tastes wonderful, its not something you would be able to keep until Christmas.  … but then why wait until christmas?

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So the garlic you will find at the markets now is called “fresh garlic” and the only difference between that and what you would find in the stores is that it is not something you will want to keep for months because it has not been cured.

So our first farmers Market of the year is tomorrow in Celista. Celista farmers Market. We will have raspberriesIMG_3356

SCAPES… fresh garlic, Dragons tongue bean seeds.

Next week we shall have black berries and heirloom tomatoes.  IT STARTS

Much Love to all, this IS our most recent obsession.

Janet

 

 

 

 

 

Saying good bye to a cabin, and hello to the road……

Today is the day all of the subject to’s are to be removed from the sale of our cabin, thus semi completing the sale of our cabin. If you have followed this blog, I wrote extensively about the way we essentially rebuilt this  IMG_1857

cabin, from the inside out. We lovingly rebuilt the entire main floor of the cabin, then over last winter, we decided that we could not afford to  be retired, have a house and a cabin. One of those things had to go.  It is a bit like back 31 years ago, I was in medical school, and our son Dylan was born, and we realized that we could not have a child, be in med school and watch TV. SO the TV went… and never came back.

So this time, the cabin has gone. We came to the conclusion that we could not have all three, so one had to go.  Somehow when you look at it that way, it is easier to accept.

But then again, we are essentially nomads, traveling around with our lovely old motor home, looking out over another sensational landscape view every night.IMG_3326

I did go back to work last year, partly to pay for the cabin, but partly because I was just not quite ready to give up my medical  licence, and have been enjoying doing work in long term care, which was what I had done when we lived in Oregon before we moved back to Canada. Early this year one of the doctors came up with an offer that was hard to refuse. He said if I took over a part of his work at one of the facilities to ease HIS workload, he would in turn cover for all of my patients when I wanted to go away for the winter, so this way I can contribute to the caring of elderly over 9 months of the year, and still get my winters away.  I do live an hour away from Kamloops (where I work) so it is not really feasible for me to work in the winter anyways because the roads are very unpredictable in the winter.  So a win win situation.  I also cover for all of his holidays over the 9 months I am in Canada.

Have I mentioned Garlic……..

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Last fall we planted about 4000 garlic, and it being a 9 month gestation plant, it will be ready to harvest soon.  It has been years of learning about garlic and each year expanding the number of cloves planted, so we are really hoping for a great harvest soon.  Could fund next winters travels possibly?  I LOVE growing garlic however I also love harvesting garlic and my excitement for harvesting tends to lead me to harvest too soon, so fast forward to where we are right now…. we are down in Washington travelling in the motor home, hoping if I stay away another week, the garlic will grow bigger without me pulling them all up. I believe it is my struggle with delayed gratification.

So we are down at Larrabee state park.IMG_3327

Along the beautiful Chuckanut drive ( essentially Washington’s attempt to compete with the INFAMOUS HWY 1, in California, which is only for the very brave, or very uninformed (which was the case with us) a very windy, very narrow hwy, coastal California from Big Sur to San Simeon)  The big difference between Chuckanut drive and HWY 1 in Cal, is that the drop off in California is hundreds of feet down, whereas in Washington it is 30-40 feet down. Both Very scenic, and both best driven in a small sports cars and NOT a 35 ft motor home.

Larrabee State park holds a special place in our hearts for another reason. The last time we stayed here was August 9th, which might seem odd that we can remember the date so well, but it was a date that most Canadians can likely recall what they were doing. It was the date that Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. It was a date that even NONsports fans remember (like me), in that he was felt to be a Canadian treasure. A sad day for Canada that day. Oddly that day at this park also stands out in my mind because I spent the day throwing up, having picked up a bug at a family reunion in Williams lake a few days earlier. SO all in all it was a day one could not forget, not the place… It has taken us almost 30 years to make our way back here. Anyone wonder why?IMG_3325

So very happy to be back on the road, even if our trip is short, and next week we will be up to our eyeballs harvesting Garlic.

Much love to all, we are preparing for a great adventure again this November.

 

janet

 

The long ways home…..

On our way home now, in fact I can see Canada from where I am sitting (at the border) We have had a great time in Oregon. Started out with 2 nights at Cape Blanco, one of our favourite spots for looking for beach agates.  We walk down from the Cape Blanco campground and walk the two miles to the Elk River.IMG_2965

We things have changed a LOT. Good news, and Bad news. The Elk River mouth is MUCH closer to cape Blanco than it used to be, an enormous amount of erosion and it appears that much of the bank has disappeared from when we were there last year.

The banks behind Ken in this picture used to extend to where he is in this picture.

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The BAD news is that (our guess) the soil from there high ridges came down and covered up all the agates. We only found a few with 3 days of searching.

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We had great fun and Tucker is looking so nice after his major swim in that river in northern California (mentioned in the last BLOG)

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We ran into a few “fellow” “Canadians” there.  They decided that they would not be heading home QUITE yet.

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NOW as well as bean sprouts we are also growing Pea sprouts. GREAT in tomato sauce on pasta

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We spent a few days in Bandon, where we used to live. We used to have pizza parties at our house when we lived in Bandon, we have a large living room and invited everyone over after political rallies etc. When we moved away, my great friend Gail, has graciously offered her home for these great get togethers.I had intended to go around and take pictures of all the wonderful friends who came out to listen to a few of our songs, hear our rock stories and just visit and share the love.  I miss all of these people so much after we moved away.  There is something very special about people who will take to the streets for a common cause, and I hold my commonality with these folks very dear in my heart. Women in Black, Usual suspects, Bandonistas, Fine Women are just a few of the names we went through back then.  MAN -OH- Man I DO love these folks.

But we are on a bit of a schedule, looking for a window of opportunity to get this motorhome home. British Columbia has had a HUGE dump of snow, and today (Saturday) appears to be the best time to try to get home without any snow…..besides.. we have just ran out of homegrown Raspberry jam.

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It is currently 2 degrees Celsius which is about 29 Fahrenheit. and So I will close from here, for now

Much Love to all

janet

Jade

Ken and I tend to struggle over finding the “green rocks”.

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There are many of them listed in many of the areas we have been, but we never really have found many. We come “home” each day with many green rocks to look at, but usually, green is the only characteristic that the rocks we find have in common with those listed.

Chrysocolla, turquoise, Varacite, jade, serpentine,  and Malachite.

We believe that this can be for one of two reasons. One: that there have been none of the rocks were were looking for in the areas we were. and TWO, that we are not good enough at identifying them.  Likely the problem is ONE but we like to believe it is TWO.

We have actually found tiny bits of Chrysocolla, and Turquoise on other rocks, but nothing substantial.  WE DID buy a large chunk of Malachite at quartzite(from Morocco) just so that we could have a sample to help us find more, and also to work on over the summer, to make something pretty.

 

Chrysocolla tends to be soft and crumbly unless it is mixed in with silica as in this rock. 

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These next two pictures are of malachite, we never actually found any, but bought a chunk from a Moroccan seller at Quartzite

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Well we figure we have finally found a significant green rock, JADE. AND we have also found another gem:The Van Dusen River.

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It is just east and south of  Fortuna, and is an old growth redwood forest that is not on the main roads.  Like a river running through an old growth forest that you have all to yourself.

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We DID have a bit of a scare.

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Tucker decided that he was interested in something on the other side of the river, and just went for it. He went straight into the rapids and they wrapped their arms around him and started pulling him down river.  My heart just sunk. We were both running along large smooth slippery rocks, but Tucker managed to get out of the pull and came up on shore. He then became “Velro Dog” for awhile.  He learned a lot about rapids, rapido   . 🙂

What we learned about Jade is that it has a deep colour, is semi translucent, and does not scratch with a knife. So if you see a rock that seems to have a depth of colour (I believe that the semi translucency gives it this characteristic), and is harder than a knife, then you chip off a piece and hold it up to the sun, if you can see light through it, then you likely have Jade.

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Apparently Jade can be any colour from White to black. I guess we figure that we HAD to learn Jade because it is the official stone for British Columbia.  I found out a bit of history about Jade and BC.  According to legend, early Chinese Placer Miners working in BC between 1860, and 1900 recognized the mineral and shipped large quantities back to China, by filling coffins of their deceased compatriots with the jade.  Back in the 1960s when large Jade boulders were a novelty, a 1.5 ton boulder was found near Lillooet, that sold at the New York exhibition for 30,000.  Apparently another 23 tonne Jade boulder was exhibited outside the British Columbia pavilion at the world fair in Osaka Japan in 1970.

Jade tends to often have many shades within the same boulder, dark green, light green. We have found a few pieces of jade, but sadly it seems to come in very large rocks, and we saw many very beautiful large pieces, sadly they were to large to carry.

We are clearly getting closer to Bandon, where we are going to visit with our friends there, perhaps play some music and have a rock show…perhaps we shall call it a rock concert.

Much love to all

Janet

The bubble burst.

The bubble had to burst.

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Well I guess we were just having WAY too much fun, for it to last. Pulling into Ventura, we noticed a sound coming from one of the back brakes.  Since it was Friday evening, we booked for Monday morning to have it looked at in Santa Barbara. (big mistake) Downtown Santa Barbara, the guy said yes they COULD work on motorhomes. TINY lot. We were there at 8, they did not look at it until a lot of discussion from us, … until 9. Guess  Long story, but there clearly was a problem with the brake pads and callipers. They also do not even have the tool to take off the tires of our rig.  Fortunately we opted to drive up the road to Paso Robles. Unfortunately they cannot really tell what is wrong with out taking the tires, and the brakes apart. By then of course the motorhome is unDRIVABLE.

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So they found that the pads, callipers and rotors were all gone, and the rotor would need to come from LA. TWO days. WE were not allowed to stay in the motorhome at this point so had to stay in hotel.  Now one would think that this is not a big deal, but with a dog it IS a big deal.

We cannot leave the dog in the hotel room alone (which we would not do anyways). You cannot have a dog in a rental car unless they are in a crate. So what are we to do for 2 whole days? WALK WALK WALK…… 7 miles….

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We found a restaurant for lunch, and another for dinner, with outdoor seating and they let Tucker sit with us.  Now Tucker HAS to learn a little restaurant etiquette. He just could not stop drooling with all the smells around….. and then of course he had to shake every now and again spreading drool all over us. YUCK.

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On a more positive note, we remembered yesterday that we had purchased trip interruption insurance for the motorhome, so we contacted BCAA, and have up to $500 in expenses related to trip interruption for repairs.

This picture was back in Victorville, where there was a bird refuge and some cool birds enjoying it.

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We had our very first Uber ride from the shop where our rig was being worked on and the hotel. Fortunately they allowed the dog in.  It was pretty cool, I just downloaded the APP and then plugged in where I wanted to go, the app knew where I was, and then we could watch on the APP as the car comes to get us. Lots of fun.

Another positive is that we discovered a very great wine, LODI, Zinfandel, and the grocers outlet bargain centre. 5.99/bottle, delicious.. STUCK IN LODI again. I know it looks  questionable, it was delicious.

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I wanted to end this blog on a positive note and here is the snow leopard getting back on the road. The test drive was successful, brake fluid check great. SO we are back to  4 brakes and back on the road… significantly poorer  🙂

 

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So Currently heading northbound.Looking forward to camping tonight again.

Much love

Janet

 

 

 

 

Ventura

We spent a few days in Ventura visiting a friend whom I have known on Facebook for years, but have never actually met. I knew we had similar activist back grounds, and that the few songs of mine that I had sent her, she loved.

We had both been very active protesting the Iraq war, both in very different ways. So we spent 2 days reminiscing about the activities we had participated in, the stories we both had to tell about it, and the songs. I brought in all 5 of my CDS for her and we went through the many many songs about the times between 2003-2009. Her listening to them for the first time, me listening to the for the first time in years. She truly loved every last one of them and to be honest, so did I.  I guess since moving back to Canada, I have gotten away from the activism, gotten away from the music, and this all did my heart good.  No one has made such a thing about my music in a long time.

CINDY and us

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I guess looking back, that is what gave me the inspiration to write, …… someone who loved the songs, and understood the reason for them.

We  also went to a memorial for the 63 homeless who died in Ventura county in 2017. Usually they do the memorial at the end of the year, but with all the fires, they were unable to until now.  VERY sad event, one was a 3 month old baby.  I learned that being homeless takes 20 years off the average lifespan of a person. So between an event on homelessness and the interest Cindy has in my songs, perhaps I got my MOJO back and might write a few more.

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Ventura was the site of very severe wild fires at the end of December, very close to where Cindy lives….. and then the mudslides came. The areas of the fires were heavily sandbagged to prevent significant erosion in the after math of the fires.IMG_2875

 

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All that remains of this home is the glass block wall.

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Then further down the beach we thought that these were ships… but on closer notice…. eek    Oil rigs….

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This was an unusual sight. Everywhere in Carpinteria, there are big piles of dirt (from all the mudslides), and then we saw them driving all the dirt into the ocean with a DC cat. What we were told, was that the Santa  Monica river was so full of silt from the mudslide that its level  was coming up significantly, I gather raising the risks of future floods, so they were dredging the river beds to make them deeper, and dumping it in the ocean.  At least one lady on the beach was unhappy about this.

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Well it is all fun and games until the brakes break again….. so we are now sitting in Paso Robles waiting for our chariot to be fixed… GROAN

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Much love and peace

janet

 

 

A Shock….ing story

Back when we were in Kingman, Ken came around the back of the rig, while filling up with gas, and there was a guy under our motorhome. EEEK.. Well it turns out that he had been following us and noticed how dreadful our shocks were. He just HAPPENED to have a mobile “replacing shocks” service.
Now although we were very leery, we also had been wanting to change the shocks and it is always extremely complicated to get anything done on our rig (as you will see in this story)…. so we went with it. I got the cash and insisted Ken stay with them the whole time. (after the disastrous brake situation where the guy put one of the callipers on wrong).
So we pulled into the parking lot of a mall, and they got the correct size measurements and one of them went off to purchase them. He came back and within an hour we had brand new shocks on the back of the rig, and it all went well.  Kind of funny, as we were driving away, we could see them following another older motorhome…

This blog does not have any associated pictures so I thought I would intersperse a few from the gem show. This is tigers eye from Australia.

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SOOOOOO then we decided we wanted to get the shocks replaced for the front. Ken figured he would do it himself.
We were in Parker AZ. Ken found an online ad for a store in Parker, and gave the guy the measurements, and he said that they would be in the next day by 4 and the shop closed at 5.
We went up to Lake Havasu for the day to visit friends and rushed back to Parker in time to get the shocks. We could not find the store, and so Ken phoned again and turns out that the store WAS in Lake Havasu city, where we had been all day. SHEEsh. So then he figured what the heck, and decided to drive up the next day to pick up the shocks anyways (about 35 miles..) He got there and they had ordered the wrong size.
So we hung around another day, deciding to really solve this problem and once more they got the wrong size in. So we decided to give up on this place… and  move on down to Quartzite. He went into a shop there and ordered the part and was quite specific….. but once again the wrong park came in.

This is a massive ?? Jasper piece from Australia, the rocks that come from these far away places, they ship them over.

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Finally finally … he resorted to the OLD FARTS forum, and one of the guys “BILL” coming to the Safari rally ordered the shocks, picked them up in Havasu and brought them to the rally. They were the correct ones. Ken had a hard time getting one of the old ones off and so “BILL” had the compressor tool to take it off, Ken got them off, put on the new ones and now we have 4 new shocks. So the morale of this long story, is that sometimes…. things that seem pretty weird, work out.

This some of the jewelry  that our friends from Hawthorn AZ their shop is called ROCK CHUCK, have made. They do the mining, cut the cabochons AND make the jewelry.  These pieces are a mixture of the various gems they mine. Turquoise, and varicite are the two I recognize.IMG_2763

HUGE ammonites from morocco

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We have officially said goodbye to Quartzite and are heading up to Havasu to drop off the rental car.  It will be great, because it is not much fun driving in 2 vehicles, Tucker gets lonely, he IS a 2 person dog, AND it has not been very useful. We WILL work out something different next year.

BYE for now

ALL MY LOVE

janet

Safari

Of all things, we are currently at a Safari International rally. We are just north of Quartzite and there are many many OTHER rallies going on around us.  I guess it is just an easy place for people to meet up….. and spend time.

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This is basically what the land around Quartzite looks like for miles and miles in every direction.  All of these large swaths of basic parking lots are divided by “washes”, where the rivers flow when there is water.  So essentially this month every area within miles and miles of Quartzite fills up with rigs like this.  (At least the swaths of land that rigs can get to, the picture above, we had to walk through a large wash to get to)    I have read that as many as a million people are here visiting at any time in January.

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Our motorhome is a 1995 Safari. Safari used to be a big name in motorhomes, but  then got bought out by someone else, and then someone else.  There is an online group that Ken has been on for a few years now where he gets all the details on how to fix our RV, and this site has been our lifeline for keeping this rig running. (I guess you could call it our 911, But we call it the old farts forum)   So we thought we would attend the rally since we are in the vicinity anyways.  This is the first time we have ever attended anything like this, but it is going well … so far so good. (Of course I have not brought up politics though  🙂  )

Oddly enough, no one else here has even heard much about the rock show, they really just come for the rally.

Tucker has made a few friends.

The thing about Safari’s that makes them unique is the painting on the back of them, they are all African animals. Everyone unique.

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So I went around all the rigs this morning to get pictures (of the pictures). I learned something along the way, and that is that each picture has hidden figures with in it. This one has a mouse, the rocks in front are actually fish.

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not quite sure how this one fits………

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The older ones are more simplistic.

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This one just pulled in, seems like a much newer rig.  Odd looking panther….

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AND THEN there is ours. (our rig is the second oldest one of those that are here now)IMG_2777

 

We woke to the sound of generators this morning. Loud and clear. GROAN.

We were moving our solar panels around this morning to get the batteries charged and one lady said, “I just don’t understand why you do not just use your generator” 🙂

Everyone seems very nice, and many of them seem to know each other already.  But we joined the big circle last night and good old Tucker won everyone over, he makes making friends easy.  Ken is having fun seeing what all other people have done in the way of renovations.

We will be here a few days to learn as much as we can from other RVers experiences.. then back to quiet mornings.

So now you will know, when you see painting on the back of the motorhome, that it is a Safari.

I have to edit this, Tonite I found out from one of the people here that every painting on every Safari is different.  The guy actually painted on each of them to make each one unique..  There IS a signature on each of them. So there I learned a lot doing this blog.

Much Love to all

Janet