Winding Down

I will be leaving Burro Bridge campground on Sept 23. Have had so many wonderful campers that it is hard to give up this summer job. But I realized that I really had not seen the area, just the immediate area around the campground.Burro Bridge

So, if you are looking for a great summer job, you love nature, can count change, can be hospitable to a wide range of people you could be the next Burro Bridge host! You get a minimum wage and a uniform and plenty of help. There is no cell service and no electricity. This is a remote site, but SO worth the drive. If you are interested apply here.

Rocky Mountains

The evening walks are spectacular. This is a great way to spend your summer in a truck, without spending lots of money on camping. I have loved the summers I spent here. There are great towns nearby, lots of libraries, lots of museums and lots of great support from the folks at Rocky Mountain Recreation. If you are interested apply here.

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More Truck Camping

As soon as I can figure out the new format for doing this blog I will start posting again. Right now the wi-fi in the library works only with their computers. So it will be next week, or the week after before I can load photographs.

I am trying to fix Social Security mess up (went from $629 to $312), having lots of fun being a camp host, and still loving living in the truck. I have discovered a few secret short cuts, new places to do dispersed camping, new friends and a new love for marmots.

I had no campers last night in the campground, so I wandered around with a pipe and a smile. This year’s campers have been very entertaining. I have eaten great dinners, been entertained with stories of filming, fishing, hiking, grand kids’ antics, and car mishaps. I have met mycologists, surgeons, police, firefighters, bread makers and wanderers.

I will not be doing the camp hosting next year. There are too many places I have never seen. I have never been to Nevada! So that is on the list for next summer? Maybe. Things are fluid on the road!

 

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End of Blog

This has been swell, but it is time to end the blog. Thanks for your support….

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Still Without a Cooler

I gave up the cooler a few months ago. So happy.

I have a few new cooking hints for truck campers without a cooler:

An avocado on top of ghee toasted buns with siracha and Braggs. Delicious.

An easy lunch with peanut butter, sesame Wasa crackers, Granny Smith apples and some siracha. Perfect. No dishes to wash.

Canned Salad

This is a salad made from 1/2 can of black beans, 1 tiny can of corn, 1/2 can of tomatoes, some spicy pickles, some chipotle powder, and a capful of ginger/sesame salad dressing. It was heavenly, and enough leftovers for breakfast. The can of beans was the start. While at the WRTR a woman said “Don’t you eat beans? I have 1 can every day.” I was startled since I had never thought of canned beans as something tasty. I was very wrong. This meal above kept me happy all day.

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Women in the Desert

I didn’t know what to expect, meeting 1,000 women in the desert. I met women who were crying as they drove into the site. I met women who were laughing. I met women who couldn’t stop talking about their adventures crossing the country. I met women who had driven 500 miles in one day to be near Bouse, AZ to camp with 1,000 women at the WRTR. I even met some women who follow the blog ! (Thanks for introducing yourselves, Susan, Alice and Abagail!)
I arrived a week early to volunteer. And I did. I strung out police tape (we were camped next to some Land Trust land that we couldn’t even step on), picked up trash, directed vehicles and hung around as vehicle after vehicle poured into the desert.wrtr PoliceTape

No photos were allowed. Too many women fleeing from abusive situations. I did get a few pics of Lilith.Toyota Tacoma 2006, Lilith

Most of the days were spent helping others. Much laughter, much learning, much joy. The level of confidence grew, the locked trailer was opened, women learned how to poop in a bucket, set up solar, change a tire, wash in public, treat the land with respect, and enjoy the time on the road, in the desert or the mountains.

During the event I was the PA system operator (thanks to help from Mary at my side), so heard and saw much. There was a large contingent of women in wheelchairs, women over 80, and artists and musicians, and women who loved nature, and women who hated cigarette smoke. There were women in huge RV’s. There were women living in their Prius. There were women living in class B vans. There were women of color, women without color, women with canes, women in hiking boots.

It was all free and run by volunteers. The sense of empowerment was overwhelming.

I don’t think I will do it again, too many people, but am so glad I went this year. Thank you Suanne and Phyllis and Bob.

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