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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

True Friendship

I admitted early one this job was beyond my strength and ability. Mike is using his years if maintaining his commercial fishing boat up in Alaska to know what to do. In other words, he knew what he was getting into and still came down to work on it. How did I ever get so blessed to have friends like him?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It makes me feel old...

Items that are currently sitting in my vertical caving pack back home are featured in the historical caving gear exhibit. Sigh. I said something about needing to test and re-rigmy gear before I can even think about using it and was told I could also just buy new gear. These young whippersnappers won get close enough to smack them with my cane.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Convention Campground

Not a bad place to camp with a few hundred of my closest friends.  It has been a long time since I camped like this, with so many folks around.  My back is starting to mutter a bit about sleeping on my backpacking pads.  It is fun to see old friends, hear about others.  One very good friend I was so looking forward to seeing got as far as Denver and had a stroke on the way here.  He is in the hospital and doing better.  I am really sad not to get to see him, and am keeping him in my thoughts.  Some discussion of the aging of the group.  Mostly the consensus is, it happens.

On the road again...

Made it to convention.  Nevada is beautiful in places.  I drove for miles along a valley between mountains.  Topped a rise and before me saw...  many more miles of valley between mountains.  Welcome to Nevada.

Sent this yesterday from my phone, but it didn't show up.  Internet here is spotty.  May have 2 identical posts, which I'll clean up when I get home.

And, edited again to add the picture that didn't come through the email...  sigh.  This stuff used to work.  I'll download LiveWriter to this computer soon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Getting ready to travel

While I am parked near Mom I can travel and leave the RV and cats in her care, so I'm taking advantage of this opportunity.  Since getting back into contact with friends from 40+ years ago, most of which I haven't seen in 10-20 years, I've had my view drawn further afield than just AZ.  There is a National Speleological Society convention in Ely, NV next week.  I had been kinda pondering going as friends said they would be there.  When Mike and I talked while at the Grand Canyon I started seriously considering going.  After Turtle Lady had a talk with me and reminded me that traveling was what I had been planning to do for years, I decided to go to convention.  I haven't been to one since 1992.

Since I'm thinking of travel now, and I have until the end of August in my current situation with Mom available to watch the cats, I decided to also go up and visit Croft and Norma in Campbell River.  I'm checking flights and such right after I post this.

I spoke too soon about the hot spots.  They are working fine here in Mesa, where I'm waiting while they do an oil change on the zoom zoom car.  They don't work so well in Payson, where I need them to work.  I'll give them another try when I go home today, but if they don't work I'll send them back.  The primary reason I got them (one for Mom, one for me) is that Mom wants to get back on the internet.  If it doesn't work for her, I really don't need one either as I will end up with a Verizon Jet Pack, I think, once I'm off into the desert.  So, the search for internet access is still on-going.

At convention we will be camping.  I've been digging around in my camping gear for the first time in about 5 years.  My car trunk currently holds 2 backpacking tents, 3 tarps, a sleeping bag/liner/3 sleeping pads, 2 backpacking stoves (5 if you count the pop can alcohol stoves), a cook kit,  2 rain jackets, rain pants, rain poncho/bivy tarp, bear canister, folding bucket, 2 folding chairs, folding table, hiking boots, caving helmet (figured I should take at least 1 piece of caving gear), and several other things in the 2 backpacks and tucked into the nooks and crannies.  I did laundry but still need to pack, and think about some snacks for the trip up.  I'm sure I"ll forget something, as until this morning I had not put a tent in the pile.  I'll leave early Friday morning.

I need to figure the schedules of the Victoria Clipper ferry to get from Seattle to Victora and Southwest into Seattle for my trip up to Norma and Croft's next month.  I figure I can grab a cab for the trip from the airport to the ferry.  I am looking forward to seeing them again, and having a chance to view Canadians in their native habitat. Lots to do, finally.  I was turning into a lump on the couch with no external structure in my life.  I'll have to figure out how to deal with that at some point, but I'll use travel as the crutch to get me going again for now.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Back Online

My Consumer Cellular hotspots are working now, so I can get online with my computer.  Posting with the phone I basically only put one picture in each post as I sent it as an email.  Being able to connect via computer again means I have no excuse not to include more pictures as I take them.  I'll also be able to get out and read the blogs I follow again.  Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Where I went yesterday

I have been back in contact with a friend who I first met at a caving club meeting when I was 16. He lives near the Grand Canyon now, and invited me up for a quick tour. I made it a day trip and saw the high points (pun intended) of the South Rim. It was nice to have a knowledgeable guide so all I had to do was look and be impressed. We will go back when there are fewer people there and check the area out in more detail.

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