I did it! My first boondocking experience in Texas. It was also the first time I used my new blocks to level out my camper. It's kind of like stacking legos! For the experience, I chose Limestone Lake Public Park and Boat Launch site in Texas. It's a beautiful little place with an amazing view … Continue reading Limestone Lake Texas.
I do like to bake but there isn't enough storage space and counter space to bake from scratch. I also do not have an oven. I have a microwave that I use for storage since I haven't hooked up to electricity in a while. So out came one of my favourite, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. When … Continue reading Mmmmnn… Cookies!
Dead trees are not usually on my list of things to see but these dead trees were petrified. Not they weren’t scared, they were turned to stone. They looked exactly like pieces of wood but they were hard as rock and had been that way for thousands of years. Still, it wasn’t much of a … Continue reading The Petrified Garden.
Let's face it. I'm cheap. Or as the Frisans like to say, I'm frugal. It's true. I like to stay at places that are for free. I figure I'm spending enough on gas, I really don't want to spend money to spend the night somewhere just to move on the next day. That's why I … Continue reading Where I Stay.
In a little place just outside of the Badlands in South Dakota stands an original Prairie Homestead. Erected in 1909 by Ed and Alice Brown it is one of the last remaining original soddies intact as one of the most common ways to create a home in the great west has disappeared through prairie rains, … Continue reading 1909 Sod House.
South Dakota is a mecca for tourists as it is rich with all sorts of sights to see, from Mt. Rushmore to tours of caves to the Laura Ingles homestead and more. I thought about going to the homestead for all those people I know who enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie series but … Continue reading The Badlands.
One of the fun and frustrating things I did in Winnipeg was visit the Manitoba Legislature. It's a beautiful building and the self-guided tour is absolutely free, all you have to do is check in when you arrive and check out when you leave. Finished in 1920 this building was designed and built by Frank … Continue reading Manitoba Legislature.
All of those coins jingling around in your pocket or your wallet or in the bottom of your purse get made somewhere and recently I got to tour the factory where they are produced. The Winnipeg Mint is a lot like any other factory. It has conveyor belts, dies, machines that punch and press, a … Continue reading Winnipeg Mint.
After Sauble Beach there is a beautiful place called Sauble Falls. It used to boast two boarding houses, logging operations, a mill, a store, a schoolhouse, a blacksmith and a post office. John Eldridge is reported to have been the first settler who built a cottage there around 1864. The large sawmill below the falls on … Continue reading Sauble Falls
I will be the first to say that I love the water. The view, the sound, the general feeling that it gives. So I suspect that in my blogs you are going to see a lot of scenes or pictures of water. On my first day of traveling northward I stopped mainly for two reasons. … Continue reading I Love the Water.
There is a little town in the middle of a gravel road that is no longer a town. Napier was a settlement that is located on the Sydenham River. It was first settled around 1829 by a disbanded military unit. Early settlers Captain Christopher Beer of the Royal navy and Captain Robert Johnston who had … Continue reading Napier.
It’s a luxury to be able to plug in a laptop, a phone charger, or a small appliance. When you are “off the grid” each unit of energy must be measured until the next time you can obtain power from hooking up to a hydro power supplied area. I now have an energy budget so … Continue reading Solar Power
For the most part, I enjoy driving. It gives the chance to see all sorts of scenery and towns. From bridges, to expressways, to hills and trees, any hiway can be interesting. Bean, being a dog, doesn’t always see it quite the same way. To her driving is like sitting on the couch waiting for … Continue reading Travelling With A Pet.
Since I am still getting used to towing the camper with the jeep, I chose to take the long way round to Kingston via all roads that were not expressways or gravel. This means that my five-and-a-half-hour trip became nine hours. It was a great experience driving through all sorts of small towns and scenic … Continue reading Kingston and the Composting Toilet.
It's the middle of the night and there are crickets chirping. Have you ever noticed that crickets chirp a lot? I'm not sure what they all have to talk about but they are one of the noisiest creatures around. Not saying that I don't mind the noise, unless of course, it's one chirping directly in … Continue reading Why, oh why?
I've started sleeping in the camper. First, I figure I need to get used to it and play with all the gadgets before suddenly I'm homeless, camping and terribly confused by something that I should have figured out before I left because that would have been the smart thing to do and now I'm just … Continue reading First Night.
As I've mentioned so many times, the camper décor was brown, beige, and more brown. Which to a person who gets a little depressed at times, is just depressing. I like colour. Anyone who has been inside my home knows that my kitchen was painted Kiwi Fun. Look it up. It's an amazing green that … Continue reading Got Shady Shades? Sparking Life Into Window Treatments.
I have a number of houseplants that I've had to choose whether to keep or to rehome since I'm downsizing from just under 800 square feet to 136 square feet of living space. Choosing between favourites is never easy but there was no doubt whatsoever that I would be bringing along my lemon bush which … Continue reading Pretty Plants Along For The Trip.
One of the things that I thought I would miss is having no oven to cook with. No longer would I be able to have items like pizza, waffles, bread, cookies and other foods that are traditionally cooked in an oven. There just isn't space in my tiny camper for one and it did not … Continue reading Cooking With No Oven.
I've mentioned before that the RV is very BROWN inside. Not sure if it's a design thing or an economics thing but it sure is brown and I have no desire to live in something that is blah for colour all the time. Which meant that I have a project of designing my space into … Continue reading Project 1: The Benches Need Pizzazz.