Thursday, January 16
“Goodbye,” I say individually to Bridget and Spike, stroking their faces as they stand inside the doorway of the Best Little Trailer. “You be good puppies. I’ll be back later.”
I shut the door and hurry away.
As howls emanate from the BLT, I slide into the front seat. Nina of Wheeling It blog laughs as she drives us away.
“Listen to them howl!” she exclaims.
When Nina invited me to have dinner with her and husband Paul, she also offered to pick me up in her car in order to save me having to take down the solar panel. I almost said, “Oh, that’s no trouble at all,” but I caught myself. Hey, why talk her out of it? I don’t mind being a passenger for a change!
Paul, Nina, and I sit outside their Class A motor home and watch the sun set over the desert while enjoying a beer and conversation. When darkness falls and the air cools, we go inside.
I watch Paul and Nina finish up the preparation of a lovely, simple meal: marinated roast pork with a delicious brown sauce, green salad, and potatoes. This is my first opportunity to talk for any length with Paul, and I soon see he’s a great match for Nina.
(Thank you, Nina and Paul! I really enjoyed the evening!)
Nina drives us across the very dark desert and manages to find my campsite.
We hug goodbye and I creep up to the Best Little Trailer, attempting to see what state the crew is in without being detected. However, Bridget senses my presence and commences to bark. I unlock the door and out fly the two nutcakes, barking and sprinting around with delight. We’re so happy to be reunited that we chase each other in circles in the light of the full moon.
Friday, January 17
“Well, look at you two sleepyheads. You wake me up to go outside forty times in the night and now you sleep while I’m wide awake.”
It’s 5:30 a.m. I prepare a pot of coffee and go online. Bridget and Spike, having delivered their revenge throughout the night, sleep in sweet slumber until almost nine o’clock.
After breakfast I turn on my XM satellite radio.
Listening to a mix of blues and honky-tonk, I dive into financial reports. The only month of 2013 not yet completed as I type this is October. Maybe I’ll get ‘er done tomorrow. I also reorganized all the “Money” reports by year (see header).
The amount of my monthly recurring expenses changed in October due to my enrollment in Medicare. In summary, my health insurance premiums are: Medicare $102, PPO group health insurance through the teacher retirement system $25.38, and cancer/catastrophic insurance $50.04.
That’s about all I can say about insurance without getting nauseous.
The crew and I make a short trip west on Interstate 8 to the rest stop. I toss our trash in the bin and fill up nine one-gallon jugs with drinking water. This is a popular place for boondockers to get water and dump trash.
Okay, on another topic . . .
Readers often ask me about my meals. I don’t show my meals often, because frankly I’m not a very imaginative cook. However, I bet a lot of my readers are great cooks.
So I ask you to share with your fellow readers: What are your favorite camping recipes? What do you like to cook or grill when traveling? What foods do you stock aboard your RV? Do you have special grilling techniques or methods for cooking over a campfire? What grill to you use?
Any comment regarding meal preparation is welcome. You know, I’m going to look awfully foolish with this blog title if no one participates . . . .
Of course, everyone, feel free to comment on topics other than cooking, too!
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