I left off back on April 2, 2016.....my last post being photos of the 1700+ mile quick trip from Arizona to Ohio. As I mentioned then, there were family issues and personal issues which needed attention....and yes, it has taken two years to finally get somewhat situated again, eventho' I will need to go back to my home base about every 3 weeks to check on things, at least for the summer. I won't be going into detail, but it has been quite the roller coaster ride. But, the main thing is......I'm roving once again! So....I'm going to try to condense the past two years the best I can, but this post might end up lengthy just so we can catch up to today!
A lot of changes have taken place over the past two years. Sadly, I lost Nikko to kidney disease on April 3, 2017...just over a year ago. He was such a great travel companion. This photo was taken just the day before he went over the rainbow bridge. What a sweet boy......
He was primarily, if not all, Belgian Malinois. I waited a [short] while and contacted a police dog trainer-friend who contacted his trainer friends. Soon, Bo, a 1.5 year old, purebred Belgian Malinois came into my life. He's a very handsome fellow! And super strong!
Our one year anniversary was yesterday! Now, at 2.5 years old, he's still puppy-ish in some ways, but soooooooooooo smart! He started off with police training as a puppy....some aspects of that I wish I could erase, but that's not going to happen. He knows several commands and is a very good traveler, albeit very protective! "Alert" is NOT his middle name....it's his first name! LOL! But, he's a keeper!
Next change.....no more Class C RV! Not knowing for sure if I was going to be on the road again, I sold it for what I paid for it. I bought a cheap car to get around while I was staying in a little efficiency apartment waiting to see what was going to be happening.
About this time last summer, I moved out of the apartment....they were tearing the building down.... and bought a 1989 (yes, old, but in great shape!) Ford E150 Conversion Van....and more or less, moved into it! I took the middle seats and the back fold-down bed seat out, made a platform bed and added storage units for clothes, food, and misc necessities.
My one extravagance, a 65qt YETI cooler, is under the bed along with storage totes.
It holds ice/cold water for about a week. Essential with no refrigerator.
We (Bo and I) camped out for a few months last spring at a secluded homestead while a friend was remodeling the empty house. That was super convenient! Then we stayed off and on at the local state park during the week. (Weekends are way too busy there.) Finally, we headed out to the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana for some boondocking and a change of scenery...literally! Mind you, this was all a year ago....
To get caught up to today, our big plans for last summer of exploring the tri-state area abruptly ended when I got back from Indiana after a short 10 days only to BREAK MY ARM!!! My RIGHT arm, no less.
That was around the 4th of July. Well, needless to say, that had me immobile for the entire summer and into the fall...then it was winter. No traveling was going to happen in the cold and snow! I was, however, finally able to do a lot of artwork over the winter....that kept me going!
OK....now we're FINALLY at May 12, 2018. Bo and I have been camping at Saddle Lake in the Hoosier National Forest (Indiana) for the past few days. We started out here last year, so we've done a 360. It's a great spot...very quiet. This is not RV life, exactly. It is van-dwelling. A lot less amenities, but overall, actually a lot easier than a 27' RV. Parking...no problem! Finding a place to dump your black water tank? Filling up your 30 gal fresh water tank? No tanks in a van! Finding propane? Nope! No propane tank! Also, no bathroom. Luckily most every established campground has vaulted toilets. If not....well....see all those trees??? LOL! Just part of off-grid life, but a very minor inconvenience. I have a portable solar shower which works great.
Saddle Lake is about a .4 mile away from our campsite. It's a small, pretty lake for small, (motorized only) fishing boats. There has only been very, very light traffic down to the lake....probably locals. There are only 3 other campers here, none of which have boats. Luckily, the way the campsites are situated, no one is near us.
Bo LOVES the water!
Nikko hated it!
We will be here until Monday. There are several options for the next stop....need to focus in on which one to choose. Thankfully, there has been great internet access here at Saddle Lake. Can't guarantee that in other locations around the forest. But, that's part of the adventure!
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