-Many state parks close anywhere from late October to December 1. -It is always best to arrive at the campsite before dark. -Photos of a trailer parked at a campsite aren't that interesting, and photos in general just don't capture the immensity of the USA. -Rushing to get from AZ to ME for Thanksgiving in 4 days isn't good.
This is the time to take a long trip. Gas is really cheap, campsites too, the most we spent for a site was $47( an RV Park) We usually paid anywhere from free to $15 (even with electric sometimes!) If you are over 62, get your Senior pass for the National parks.
6 weeks, 8300 miles, 23 states. We only spent about $3200.
Now for the rest of the story: The mystery fruit is better known as hedge apples they grow on Osage Orange trees alias Hedge Apple trees or Iron wood trees. The Osage wood is very strong when cured, they claim that the Vikings used it to build their ships because it was almost indestructible. The hedge apples will leave a very sticky goop on your hands and they are poisonous if eaten, they are great for kids to throw at each other when playing war as they teach you how to duck. Wonder how I know this. They are sort of like getting hit with a baseball only they are heavier.
Last Edit: Dec 14, 2015 13:59:21 GMT -8 by bigbill
Post by turbodaddy on Dec 14, 2015 15:51:11 GMT -8
Thanks bigbill, my wife begged me not to taste one (like I usually do when I find something new) guess she was right! We've been together about 30 years. When we first started out together I was showing off my woodsman's knowledge to her in Maine. "Hey,ever try chewing spruce gum?", I asked her. I went up to a (Spruce?) tree and grabbed a big wad of pitch,popped it in my mouth and started chewing (I'd done it before without any problem. Well this time it was just a sticky, sappy glob of pitch that kind of coated the entire inside of my mouth and teeth. I couldn't spit it out and was having trouble talking. She was hysterically laughing at me. Then to make it worse, a wealthy lawyer we knew pulled up with his wife to say hello to us. I think I just waved at them and ran off to start brushing my teeth for about 2 hours. Must not have been Spruce after all.
Post by turbodaddy on Dec 24, 2015 19:53:48 GMT -8
Thanks Larry, now that we've got all those (for the most part) uneventful miles on her, we love our Fanny even more. 8300 miles is a whole lot of bouncing and bumping...if she didn't fall apart on this trip, I think she'll last another 50 years with a bit of loving care. I just hope my daughter will want to keep her when I'm gone.
Still feels funny being in a house instead of a 7'x14' box. I look around at all this space and all of the "stuff" we have and wonder, "Do we really need all of this?" For me the answer is "no". I'll be posting more pics of out west soon. Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to everyone!