I animated this picture I took last summer when I was in Montana. This is an RV Park I boondocked at a couple of nights.....wait for it.
It's still pretty chilly here at night, usually in the mid-40s and in the 70s for a high during the day. But like I've said before in Colorado that high temperature is only for a couple of hours, most of the day is in the 60s.
October is almost upon me and near the end of October will mark the beginning of the fourth year that I've been full timing. The time is flying by so quickly it's hard to believe I've been living in the Arctic Fox for three years. I know I say that every year about this time because every year it amazes me how fast time goes by when you enjoy what you're doing.
I haven't seen any reasons yet why I would stop living the way I'm living simply because I can't think of a better way to live. The freedom to come and go as I please with no time limits and no schedules, the ability to live where I want for as long as I want, my movements dictated not by time but by desire.... and of course the weather. If you think about it only homeless bums, the wealthy, and us full timers, get to live that way.
I can't believe I'm sitting here this late in the season and still don't know where I'll be heading within a couple of weeks. Normally by now I've got a rough idea where I'm going to spend the winter but right now I still have no idea if I'm heading southeast or southwest.
When I'm traveling during the winter I like not knowing where I'm going and making up my mind at the last minute, because to me that's part of the freedom of this lifestyle. But generally I make up my mind what part of the country I'm going to spend the winter in long before now, sometimes even before my winter travels are over, but this year not so much.
The only thing I can think of that may be causing this conundrum is that this year there's no place that I would really really love to go, and there's no place that I really really don't want to go, and I'm too lazy to take the time to figure it out.
But figure it out I will, because Tuesday after next there's snow in the forecast and there's nothing like freezing temperatures and some white stuff on the ground to shake me out of my lazy doldrums and get me pointed in a southerly direction.
A honey bee taking advantage of the few remaining flowers in the garden
This works great I wish I had known about it a long time ago.
The last couple of days have been very Fall like, mid 60s in the day, mid 40s at night. And it probably won't be long until there's a chance of snow in the forecast and I will take that as a hint that its time to ease on down the road.
I saw a picture of something on the Internet that someone was selling that looked really handy to me. It was designed to make filling your RV water tank easier, and since I mostly boondock, filling my water tank is something I have to do pretty regular.
I've tried various ways of doing it such as just sticking the end of the hose in the filler, but often as not when you turn on the water the hose comes flying out of the hole spraying everything in sight. I also bought one of the gadgets that you screw on the end of your hose that's designed to help you fill your water tank. Its got a yellow plastic shut off valve and about a foot of clear tubing that sticks into the water fill opening and is supposed to make the job easier but personally I found it all but useless, because just like sticking the end of the hose in the opening there's nothing that holds it in the tank opening so it either comes flying out of the opening or the hose causes it to hang down and kink.
So when I saw a picture on the Internet of a gadget that solves these problems I was ready to spend some money. Checking with Amazon I found out they were "currently unavailable" and looking around some more on the Internet I Was lucky enough to find a wonderful company that had them for sale for the bargain-basement price of $115, generously marked down from $250.39. But even they didn't actually have any available, I guess at that price they were selling like hot cakes and they couldn't keep them in stock.
Severely disappointed but still in need of an easier way to fill my water tank I took a more careful look at the gadget and found out it was called "Secure Fill" and determined that the thing was made out of garden hose parts that I normally have laying around. So looking through my spare plumbing parts bin I found a brass 45° shut off valve, [a 90° shut off valve will work just fine], a 5/8 male hose repair end, both of which make up the major portion of the "Secure Fill". I had to go to the hardware store to buy one foot of 5/8 hose, and ordered a new water fill cap From Amazon.
I took my old water fill cap off the Arctic Fox and drilled a 5/8 hole in the center and four 3/8 holes around the center hole. [The four holes are there to prevent pressure from building up inside your water tank as it's filling] . I then assembled it and it looks exactly like the Secure Fill. I have about $11 invested in it.
Now if you don't have any of the spare parts laying around and you have to buy everything assembling this will cost you about $22, the most expensive part being a new water fill cap. But I'll bet a sack of Gerbils that if you're at the Quartzsite fleamarket you can make this thing for less than $10.
So other than filling up a propane tank while I was at the hardware store, that's all I accomplished today. I know it doesn't sound like much but compared to one of my regular days, I've been a working fool.
this is what I made that looks just like the "Sure Fill"
the 45° shut off valve. female hose repair end. RV water tank fill cap, and one foot of clear 5/8 tubing. if you don't have any of these things laying around they can be found at any hardware store but are usually cheaper at Home Depot and Lowe's
the 5/8 plastic hose is on tight enough to hold the filler cap securely on the 5/8 female hose repair end
you need to drill a few holes in the filler cap to make sure you don't put too much water in the Polyethylene RV tank. it can expand and break things, BAD JUJU.
This is a picture I took last year at Quartzsite. It might take a minute for it to animate.
I was thinking recently about how little cash I actually use anymore. I used to be a cash kind of guy, and I paid for most things with cash. For some things I used credit cards and checks, but mostly I used cash because long ago I figured out that you can get better deals with cash then you can with a credit card or a check.
But slowly over time, starting with when I went full-time, I became less worried about getting a good deal and more concerned about convenience. The first thing that went away was mailing in bills, there was too many problems associated with getting the bills and too much inconvenience paying them by mail, so using Wells Fargo Bank on the Internet and paying bills with a couple of clicks became my first step to being cashless.
My next step required a mental change on my part. I used to think it was silly to pay for a $20 item with a credit card, because dealing with the credit cards and bills was more difficult than whipping out a $20 bill. But now I pay for everything with a credit card, I don't care if it's fifty cents, it goes on my credit card, because that has become more convenient.
Now I do have to carry some cash for things like a tip at a restaurant, to pay the iron Ranger, or the very rare RV Park that will only take cash, and yes I have stayed at one that had that policy, but in general cash has very little meaning to me anymore and I think I could probably live without it.
Since most State and local parks will take a check in the iron Ranger envelope, you can put a tip for the waitress on your restaurant bill, and I stay in so few RV parks that running into one that only takes cash wouldn't be a hardship for me. So I went from being a guy who was concerned about the ramifications of America becoming a cashless society to someone who couldn't care less about having cash available..... And even though I know that's a good thing for me, but I don't know if It's a good thing for society.
A butterfly on one of the few flowers left in the flower garden.