Where Have I Been?

That’s a good question.
I mean, that’s a REALLY good question.

See, I went to Michigan to pick up my little RV, whose name is Jenny–like a female mule, you know–and proudly took possession of her on March the 4th.

My life changed immediately upon climbing up into her new-smelling, spiffy cab, and trundling off into the not-quite-wilderness, as I spent my first night parked under the glaring lights of a friendly Wal-Mart.

They had every right to be friendly, as I spent hundreds of dollars provisioning for what was to become one of the most liberating, exhilarating months of my life.

I did not open my computer even once.

I did not check my email.

I did stop at my friend Jan Bloom’s, in Paw Paw, Michigan, and commissioned a totally custom-built tenor guitar.  Jan is a crackerjack luthier, and a very much adored pain in the ass.

Then I headed off the beaten path and into some wild and wonderful adventures.  Pictures to follow.

Now I am boondocking in my own driveway.  (“Boondocking” is RV lingo for camping without an official campsite.)  I tried to dump the black tank (the shitter) into my outhouse, since the black tank is getting rather full, but the discharge hose wouldn’t reach, so that means I have to find someplace with a dump station and pay money to dump my excreta.

Come to think of it, my “house batteries,” which run the lights and everything else, could use a good plug-in, since I’ve been charging them off the engine generator and it’s been too cloudy to get the coveted assistance my solar panel adds on sunny days…so tomorrow night will likely be at some local overpriced campground that has no better scenery than I already have in my driveway, which sits on a cliff above the North Toe River.

You may think it strange that I am sleeping in my camper in my own
driveway, but Jenny and I have a special bond…

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  1. so glad you got her, and so glad you already fell in love with he too! i don’t blame you at all for sleeping in her even in your own driveway.

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    • Thanks, Kat! I’m writing this from within the womb-space of her innards. She is looking more and more like the hippie van she is destined to be. Love beads, incense, that sort of thing.

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  2. Hi girl
    Sounds like your having fun. You found a new BFF along the way. I wish you lots of fun and safety along the journey.
    M

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    • Thank you! Yup, I found my bestie. Or is that beastie? Some of each, I think. I you saw the size of her….She feels huge to drive, but tiny to live in. Hm, a lot to get used to. How are you doing?

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      • Glad the new BFF is off to a good start. I’m hanging in there. The Lyme has effected my cognitive ability and my balance is off, had a few tumbles. I’m seeing a leading expert in DC on the 21st. I pray my body bounces back. I read 2 new tick borne illnesses have been identified. Make sure to get sunscreen with DEET and spray DEET. If hiking tuck you pants in your socks. It sounds like a drag but getting Chronic Lyme is like dying.
        Such an upbeat conversation.
        Have a great weekend.
        M

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  3. That sounds cool.

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  4. So glad to hear your onto a new page,good luck with all the journey has to offer
    As always Sheldon

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  5. Laura, even with all the techy RV stuff to deal with, you sound like the happiest woman with Jenny at your side, floor & ceiling. Love your new life story & how you write about it. Happiness & Good Health to you. Christine

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  6. I’m chuckling slightly to myself because RV life always sounds so romantic… ’cause my brain manages to drown out the tedium of driving all over. I hope it’s good times for you though! ❤

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    • Well, the driving part is definitely not my favorite, but the getting to wonderful places and staying there for a while is the best! I’m learning to give myself permission to stay as long as I like and if it’s a place you have to pay to be, as long as my budget holds out.

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  7. Om Shalom, I hope you are having a nice time and Noga is doing well.

    Take care and God bless.

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    • Hi Ashu, I am having a great time, pictures on the way, and Noga is getting used to her new home. She is a very “place oriented” animal and has had a hard time adjusting to having her home move from place to place every few days, but she definitely loves the running around in the woods part!

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  8. Sounds like fun, Laura. I’ve always wondered what that would be like and you’re doing it. Bravo! Anne

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  9. I was thinking about you. So glad you were off having a wonderful time with Jenny, (Ours is the ‘Dog Haus’). We’ve slept in our driveway also.. It’s like a staycation. Haha!
    You might want to look into a portable 12 gallon (or other) tank that you can empty your black/grey tanks for easier disposal. Makes life easier when there’s no sewer.
    I did write a foraging post for you a few weeks back. 99 edibles. http://midwesternplants.org/2015/03/12/99-edible-plants-for-the-midwest-forager/
    After reading that, we’ll never see you come out of the forest! 😉😉
    Glad to hear from you and glad you’re doing well!

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    • The “Dog Haus”! I know you love your husband more than that 😉 So if you dump into a container, how do you then dump the container? I tried to get my dump hose into my outhouse but couldn’t get the van close enough because of all the rocks in my, um, “yard.” Plus you have to have a place to carry the container, which I don’t….I really wanted a rack that goes into the rear hitch receiver, but my rig came with a Continental kit instead (and a hefty discount for having been a “demo,” so I ain’t complainin’) so unless I have an interesting custom welded item, no outside storage available. And then there’s the issue of my formerly strong self who now can’t lift anything heavier than a coffee cup…thank goodness for that, or I’d have to rig up some sort of spigot and burn my mouth (can’t stand cold coffee). Thanks for the edibles link! Just remember that there are some families who are genetically programmed to be able to digest “poke salat” but the rest of us just puke for two days and derive no benefit. If you’re interested in finding out how to make poke salat digestible “for the rest of us,” just ask…but it’s not the sort of thing you just find growing out in your back forty and say, “Look, Honey, poke salat for dinner!” I’ll shut up now 😀

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  10. I’m so happy to hear from you, Laura! I’ve been thinking about you quite a lot and hoping that you were having the time of your life rather than having some kind of problem. I’m ecstatic that you were indeed having the time of your life! I look forward to hearing and seeing all about it.
    I’m not feeling well today…infection in jaw/lymph nodes from broken tooth and the Clindamycin is very hard on my body, making me feel flu-like…so I’m going to leave it at that for now. Been missing you! Peace to your heart, Sara

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    • Ohhh, I’m so sorry! Teeth…Sometimes they can really ruin your day. Sending you healing vibes, big time.

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      • Doing better now…thanks so much for the awesome healing vibes. Still living in the driveway? Awaiting your next post about the beginning of your adventure, when you get the chance to do it. Hoping you are well and happy. Peace to your heart, Sara

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  11. That’s a touch inconvenient that the hose isn’t long enough. Could you not have improvised with a regular bucket, or is that just too disgusting for words?

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    • Well, dearest lady, I suppose that since you have been up to your knees in donkey poo it doesn’t seem so bad, but I had a bout of the stomach bug last week and I truly don’t want a recap of that experience! I just now decided that I will go to an official campground once a week, pay their exorbitant fee, dump my tanks, take on fresh water, use their shower and laundromat, and the following day head off to some beautiful place. That’s my plan for now, anyway! I’m sure things will get amended as I get used to this lifestyle. Speaking of lifestyle, how is nun-ship going for you?
      Blessings–Laura

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      • Agreed, at least when the donkeys have had too much grass it’s still pretty solid!

        Nun-ship is having its ups and downs as always. I have a post in my head waiting to be written about life since profession.

        Enjoy your van and take full advantage of those showers!

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