a Full-Time RVer. That's official as of Sept 15, 2006, when I
stopped renting an apartment.
I'm currently a Camp Host at Bastendorff Beach
Park in Coos Bay, Oregon. I spent June as a Host at Jasper Point,
Prineville Resevoir State Park. I'll be hosting at Loeb State Park
Maybe my main duty as a host is to chat with the vistors. I used
to think I was supposed to be answering their questions, but they seem
more interested in chatting, so I oblige. Many of them tell me
how they want to do what I'm doing, and maybe they will Someday.
I think the fantasy of being a modern-day gypsy is one that grips a lot
of people, and I was one of them, although I never seriously thought
about doing it until a few years ago.
It started as a joke. I didn't like where I was living and wanted
to move, but didn't have any place in particular I wanted to go.
So I told friends, jokingly, that maybe I'd move into an RV and just
keep driving until I found someplace I wanted to stay.
Instead, I rented a rather run-down house in Milton-Freewater,
Oregon. It was for sale, but it was such a dump and the asking
price so high, I didn't think there was a chance it would sell.
(You see it coming, don't you?) It sold after I'd been there
about a month.
At about the same time, my M-F friend, Lyla, bought a house to fix up
and keep as a rental. She was agreeable about my renting it, and
said the remodling would be done by the time I had to move. (You
see this coming, too?)
Let me say this up front: I'm sure glad there's no one posting pictures
of all the projects I didn't finish as soon as I said I would.
I'm not picking on Lyla and her husband, honestly. And now that
I've got some perspective, I can see the humor in this. And a
lesson to be learned here: Never leave Murphy's Law out of your plans.
12, 2005. Yes, that's Lyla. This is when I looked at the
house, and decided to rent it. It was already in better shape
than the place I was leaving, and I knew Lyla would do a good job
fixing it up.
11. Oh, my. I didn't realize they were going to do quite so
much work. This, and the pics following, are of the
kitchen, from the same viewpoint, as you can sort of see if you orient
yourself by the window.
My move in day was scheduled for March 1. I think Lyla was
still telling me the house would be ready, but I didn't believe
it. I was able to change it to April 1.
The new owner of the
house I was leaving was having problems. The
house was in such bad shape, she couldn't get a mortgage until some
work was done first. The landlady promised me the contractors,
March, would only be in the basement and wouldn't bother me. In fact,
the contractors started removing the floor and throwing my stuff
out. I needed to move out even before April.
since I'd made that joke about moving into an RV, it had been in
my mind "Why not?" I read some library books about RVs, and
the local RV salesman. When it looked like I was going to be
it just so happened the RV dealer had a used 5th wheel that seemed
perfect to me, a 29 foot, 2001 Arctic Fox. Also an appropriate
Ford V-10 250 to pull it. I got it in March and started moving
|April 12. I
couldn't move in to Lyla's house. No kitchen, no bathroom.
The bathroom is what you see
through start of a wall to the left. So I lived in the RV in the
driveway, and moved all my stuff into the front rooms of Lyla's house,
which weren't being remodeled.
|June 2. The new
kitchen was mostly in! I do have to admit, it was
quite a thrill. I mean, never before had been the very first
use a new sink or toilet.
What is this web
I guess it all starts with my taking a Community College course on the
Web in 1996, and the last assignment was designing a web page.
Since then I've done a lot of them, for myself and various
groups. In 1999 I did a page called The Avalon Adventure, which I
think would probably fit in the category of "blog." But somewhere
around 2000, before the blogging craze really got started I said to
myself, "Who the heck wants to read my ramblings? Surely I can
find something better to do with my time."
However, these days my only social life is online, and I keep wanting
to share news and photos with all my online friends, but not flood
anyone's mailbox with stuff they don't want to see. So, I'm
putting together this page, including pulling in whole sections of my
Besides, seems to me these days the Web is just full of ramblings
written by people far less interesting than I am.