Greetings:First Voyage of 2017

After a long respite I think we are ready for our first voyage of 2017. It’s been a rough year; my co-pilot/navigator fell and broke her arm in late March. A week before that event our 16 y/o cat, Izzy, was diagnosed with bone cancer in his jaw ( amazingly he is still with us) and a week or two after that I broke the 4th metatarsal bone in my right foot ( getting out of bed). I am in a boot, but am hoping I am on the mend enough to have a normal first voyage on July, 1st. I see the podiatrist on June 30th for x-rays, etc. so that is cutting things pretty close to cast off time :-). Currently I am driving my car using my right, big toe to work the pedals, as it is impossible to work the pedals with a boot ( although I did try).

Anyway, The Mothership is Un-Winterized, re-insured for the next three months, and I think, as ready as can be expected. We are just going to Seaside, Oregon for a few days. No major voyages planned this year. We are planning on driving to Eastern Oregon to catch the eclipse in Aug. ( along with a gazillion other crazies).

Greetings from The Mothership!

Safe travels to all in 2017!!

Believe in the Cosmic Giggle………it’s real! 🙂

Pre-PC

Some relics from the past. Old names/companies like, Underwood, Smith-Corona, IBM ( maybe the only company of this group to transition into the PC age).

Location: Rock Springs Museum, Rock Springs, WYO.

Getting close to Un-Winterizing the Mothership. There is a mobile RV service north of Seattle that has been helping me with maintenance, repairs, etc. They are coming down April 15th to flush out the system and make sure things didn’t freeze over this past Winter. In May I will wash it, from top to bottom. After the cleaning I have a major project to re-seal all of the roof seams. Takes a special kind of caulk that cost $20 a tube– and I will need at least 10 tubes! It rains so much in the NW……….

By June we should be ready to launch 🙂

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle.

Springfield, MO.

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Aug. 9th, 2016. Stayed the night in this RV Park in Springfield, MO. Humidity was so high here you could barely breath. Temps were in the 90’s. The cicadas were deafeningly loud!

There was an old and somewhat odd couple that lived in and ran this park. They dealt in cash only, no capability of doing a credit or debit transaction. Our spot, which you see here, was really close to their office/living space, but the old guy, seemingly on autopilot, got on his electric golf cart and ‘guided’ us to our spot. It was kind of silly, but he had probably been doing this for years and I didn’t want to interfere with his routine, so I followed him for about 50 feet to our spot.

The morning of this day we were in Springfield, Ill. visiting Lincoln’s home. It was a double Springfield day 🙂

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle.

Trains along the Way

Driving along I40, from east to west, we discovered that the train line that runs parallel and is very busy. The train tunnel caught my eye as it looks like one tunnel was started and then abandoned. I wonder if the original survey was incorrect or just ran in to trouble?

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle.

Walnut Canyon, AZ.: Pt.2

A second set of images from Walnut Canyon, AZ. One of the many curious things that caught my attention in the canyon were the large, stone blocks, as seen in two of these images.Nature usually doesn’t do right angles or very flat surfaces.The block-like stones just seemed like an anomaly, to me. Also, I found it interesting that the living spaces you see, carved out of the rock, would seem to be a place where soot from fires would be visible. One possibility for the lack of soot is that this canyon was used seasonally ( in the warmer months) to escape the desert heat. Still, you would think fire would be needed for cooking…..so? Just seems curious to me. To do all of this work to set up a major dwelling area, on the canyon cliffs, took a lot of planning, labor and seemingly a cooperative effort.

For me, Walnut Canyon is fascinating and deserves a lot more investigation. Unfortunately , once areas like this come under the purview of the National Park Service, exploratory efforts are nearly impossible to initiate. The same goes for the Grand Canyon; there is an area of the ‘Park’ that is off limits to people. This same area is also a no-fly zone, where all air traffic is banned. Although I think the National Park Service does a great service to keep areas safe and keep up trails,  it also allows them to control where people go and what they see. If there are discoveries to be made, which I think there are, that can only be done outside of the NPS and under the distinct possibility of arrest/prosecution.

Native Americans,, who have lived in this area for millennia, have quite an interesting history of the canyon to tell that seems to contradict contemporary thought. Here is a link to an Arizona Republic article that is a worthwhile read.

Walnut Canyon, AZ. : Pt. 1

Thought I would do a couple of posts on Walnut Canyon in Arizona. The National Park Service ‘runs’ the park. To this date, no one has determined who the original inhabitants of the canyon were. As you descend the canyon there are many cliff side ‘dwellings’. The public has access to some of them, on the trail. There are many more dwellings along the canyon walls that there is no access.

Building livable areas in a canyon is a lot of work; I can only think that at some point in the past the people who developed this site, had the resources and know-how to survive in this rocky terrain. Hiking the canyon trail was work, so living their and literally carving out an existence is hard to fathom. Unlike Pueblo Cliff dwellings, you descend into the space where at this time, there is no arable land. The river that runs through the canyon floor now is not much more than a trickle, but in centuries past it might have been a roaring source of water and game. The desert area above the canyon might have been part of a more moderate climate which would supply additional game and perhaps growing opportunities. All speculation at this point. I, however, think this site is very ancient and it presents some interesting relics that spark speculation, which you will see in my next post.

All for today.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle.