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Monday, April 23, 2018

Let’s Discuss Disposing Of Wastewater

Four Wheel Campers like mine that have factory sinks drain to a garden hose fitting on the side of the camper.  There is no provision for waste water collection and later disposal in their design.

When I built out my camper shell (no sink or drain) I decided to address this issue of wastewater.  I park in parking lots, paved campgrounds, gravel and dirt.  

My decision was to be able to drain to the ground or collect my wastewater.  Above is my salad bowl sink I made that comes down to a garden hose wye with shut offs.

The wye feeds 1/2” tubing with one tube through the void space between the camper and interior truckbed wall.  The tube goes down through an original hole in the Tacoma poly bed.  I let waste water go down this hose when disposal on the ground is appropriate. 

The other tubing goes to the 4 gallon waste water tank that I can remove and dispose of later.  This works well for stays in parking lots and paved campgrounds.

I use a quick garden hose disconnect on the tubing going to the tank.  Above is my collapsing pail with the tubing to the tank collecting waste water in the pail.  I show this as doing this puts the pail in the way of the sink front and makes it easy to knock over.  I could place the pail under the truck beneath the hose that drainscto the ground but a plastic pail is light and the wind can and will blow it around.

It is possible to use a basin to wash dishes and then to carry the basin to toss out the waste water.  

They key is to respect the environment and leave no trace.  I have switched to Camp Suds to make my waste water more environmentally friendly.  

The key to your waste water is be restful where you stay. Even when I was in my Prius I had a wastewater tank that I would dump.  The ability to select to store or send to the ground simplifies how I dispose of my wastewater.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cloud Canyon Hike

After playing Disc Golf here at Cloud Canyon State Park in Georgia, I was up for a hike down into Cloud Canyon, with my Disc Golf vandweller friend who came with me.

It was a wonderful weather day for views, with mild but not too warm temperatures, was great for a hike down into the canyon 1.5 miles and 535 ft elevation.

From the rim you can see this nice multi level waterfall.  The abundance spring rain we have had while in Alabama, made the waterfalls beautiful.

Down near the bottom of the canyon is a wonderful small waterfall.

The waterfall creates a nice flowing river.

A few wonderful flowers grace the trail to the canyon bottom.

It was a great day for exercise with the 18 baskets of Disc Golf, followed by a great cardio workout with nearly all the 535 ft incline completed in 1.5 miles up.  

I find I enjoy hikes in the 1 to 2 mile range with 500 to 900 ft elevation.  It’s a great way to maintain your vertical hiking skills.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

“Why Would Anyone Buy A Gold Prius?”

It was sometime ago that I was asked “Why would anyone buy a gold Prius?”

The comment was made to me by a 20 something and it wasn’t made as a compliment.

In my normal literal manner, I responded; “Because it was only $16,000 and had 8K original miles”.  It was a practical decision and the color blended in.

I had been traveling in my Prius, living in it for 2 two travel years four months each and it was doing exactly what I wanted.  It was cost efficient, great to drive, and I had outfitted it perfictly to live in, was environmentally controlled, and produced all the power I needed.

The question did get me to think about car purchases and color.

Here is what I found:


LittleThings / Maya Borenstein

Yellow and gold are the colors of joy and happiness. So if this is your car’s color, you definitely live by the mantra, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

You are imaginative, wise, have a good sense of humor, and a great mind for business.

You may also be young — or young at heart. “Kids in their 20s like brighter colors and welcome trends and color,” says Marcie Cooperman. They like small, bolder shapes and vivid hues. “Bright color doesn’t feel like a risk to them.”

I also found:

Gold: Warm, intelligent, glamorous

Gold is considered the most precious of all materials. “There is an implied warmth,” Eiseman explains. “But there’s also a certain kind of intelligence attached. And those who fancy gold also love comfort and will pay for it. It’s an attention getter, but a very glamorous one.”

Yea, I would like to think all that about my decision to buy my gold Prius but it was the right deal at the right time and nothing more.

It did work out that my Gold Prius set me apart at the RTR, as Suanne had white, David with green, and John had red.  We each approached Vandwelling in our Prius differently and we could be known by our separate colors.

Don’t pass up a great deal because of color.  Well, unless it makes you stand out and your trying to stealth.


Friday, April 20, 2018

“Can You Buy Me Gas?”

(Picture above is from Google search)

I bought a 2 gallon plastic gas can like the one above in a remote gas station in Utah, just in case something happens and I get low on fuel in my truck.  

Through my month-long UT adventures I didn’t need to use any of the gas.  Yes, a bit of over planning, but I had room and it was worth the total of $30+ that it cost to buy the container and fill it.

In leaving Utah I made the decision that the first person that asks me to buy them gas I would give them the container with the 2 gallons of 85 octane Utah gas.

Well, I stopped at a shell gas station next to a McDonalds I visited on I81 headed north in Virginia and was approached by a guy asking for me to buy him gas.  This is the second time I’ve been asked to help with getting people gas.

The first time was in California on the way to “The Slabs”.  In this case I asked where he and his family was going and gave them enough money to get them the 40 miles.  He was appreciative, but as the wife pulled to the pumps now that he waved them over the mini van siding door was open and trash fell out as the kids stood in the doorway.  No one bothered to pick up the trash and toss it in the rubbish Next yo the pump. 

Today’s request was different.  As I have the guy, who was by himself, didn’t say thank you.  As I pumped my gas into my Tacoma, I looked over at the guy and he had taken the pouring stem out of the tank and rotated it to pour in his tank and didn’t tighten the ring to hold the stem on and lost gas down the side of the car.  

I was finished pumping and he still was fussing with the 2 gallons, and I just drove away. Following my self proclaimed promise to give the tank with gas away to someone in need, I hope the guy I gave it to in his small car got where he was going.  Although he didn’t show appreciation, I don’t use that as a criteria for helping others on the road.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Unclaimed Baggage - My Yearly Visit

Each year I visit the Unclaimed Baggage store in Scottsboro, AL to see if I can find some bargains.  I also usually go each of the two weeks in the area.

Above are lithium battery packs to charge USB devices that I got on my first visit.  One that is 75000 Ah was under $5.00 and the other lower one is 10000 Ah was under $9.00

The Goal Zero one above has a cord attached for charging or to charge, that’s a nice feature.

I also got an eyeglass case for my reading glasses, eyeglass case and sun glasses, a micro USB rubber charging cord, and a package of two very short charging cords.

I bring in a simular battery pack and charging cord to test the chargers are working before I buy.

As I often do I bring others on my store visits as others are interested in browsing.

If you are roaming through northeast Alabama, it’s worth a stop to see what happens to what is left behind in air travel.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cloud Canyon Disc Golf

While at a southeast vandweller gathering in Alabama I have gotten to play disc golf twice at Cloud Canyon State Park in northwest Georgia.

This year is the first time I have played disc golf here, and I wasn’t disappointed.  It is a well established course that is mostly open with some nice drives from hills.  The later holes, 15th and on are mostly wooded to add some variety.  

Since it’s a state park there is a $5.00 car fee to get in.

This course is straight forward with only a few surprises.  It is not hard for a seasoned player to make par on a number of holes and even edge out a birdie.

There are a few places where your less used left and right turns can help, but since most fairways are open it’s easy to be off a bit and correctbon next throw.

The state park offers views and hiking.  On my second visit to play disc golf, I took the time to check out the views and take a short hike, that I will cover in a separate blog post.

While here in the southeast the weather cooperated with sunny mild days to get some games in.

The Cloud Canyon course is worth my returning in the future, even with the fee.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Etowa Disc Golf Course

While at a gathering in Albama each April, I head over to Georgia to visit my cousin.  This year I arrived early enough to plsy the Etowa Disc Golf Course.

As indicated by the sign above, the course is hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers.

This 18 Hole Disc Golf Course is laud our very well and takes advantage of the varied terrain.

They offer loaner laminated maps of the course too.  Although, each basket does point to the next tee.

Tee boxes are well maintained and carpeted.  Each tee box has a bench seat ready to welcome the next players.

This is a First for me.  They have ground markers on some fairways showing distance from tee.

The first few baskets are wooded, but too wooded.

The first holes were wet though.  Baskets 1 & 2 are in a hollow and their has been rain before I got here.  There are some wooden pathways over the most moist areas.  This does not prevent you getting your feet or disk muddy, retrieving the disk.  

This Hole is at the mouth of a small cave.  The drive is across the hollow and up hill.

Later on in the hole count you work your way gradually up a hill and then climb the hill to land the basket.

As seen above,  Toy then throw from hilltop to hilltop through more trees.

While following the course down hill as the basket numbers increased, I went big to throw a forehand shot to turn left getting lots of air and not hitting the trees.  I lost sight of it and the chopping of wood.

I threw a second disc backhand and it landed perfectly within putting distance.

I set out to search for my disc having mentally adding a throw for the first Disc.  A par in these trees is still good for my game.

I have been replacing my discs with bright orange to have an easier job finding my wayward discs. This saves so much time.

Down from the wooded hill, the drive is down this road with the basket just up off the road on the left.

No one told my disc and it decided to go right.  Ya, right into the brook.  The right side of the road is out of bounds.

They have done a great job remediating poison ivy on the course.  There are some places where it has come back but, I was thankful for not having to deal with 

One hole is thrown across the brook and this elaborate bridge that was installedget you to the basket.  A nice two throws in the basket.

Their are a few holes after this that are mostly open without trees and hazards.

Even with some mud and trees, the Etowa Disc Golf Course is an excellent course to play and will want to play again.