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Once Upon a Tent

Once Upon a Tent

A quick funny story. Last year, when the trailer was in for service, I stayed in my tent. I’ve gotten pretty handy with the dog and the cat in there. It’s a 4 person ALPS Mountaineering tent, so there’s loads of room for bedding and pet accouterments. I was suckered in to buying a new litter, the “Slide” from Arm and Hammer. I liked the promise of what it could bring. Ella, my cat isn’t the worst with getting the…

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Resident Volunteer

Resident Volunteer

I can’t believe that in one week it will be time to move on; and I can’t believe how three months flew by, but I should be used to it at this point. In my post from February, I mentioned that I was a Resident Volunteer. I’ve been working at Cherry Creek State Park since the beginning of January in the Campground Office. In exchange for parking and utilities, I help with reservations and retail sales for 32 hours a…

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Paper Residency

Paper Residency

As a full-time RVer, most people ask me about mail. Where do I get my mail? This year, since I was sticking around Denver, I got a mailbox. Not a P.O Box, you see, for registering vehicles and licenses, but a local print shop has a bank of mailboxes. I get my mail and packages about once a week, or every-other week. Soon I’ll be untethering from the state, and will be pushing off in April. Just gave my notice…

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How We Roll – February 2018 Edition

How We Roll – February 2018 Edition

Musings from the Road Vetting a potential date online: Yes, I’ll spend a $1 for a shower on you. As a Resident Volunteer at a Colorado State Park for the next few months, it occurs to me that I don’t nearly have enough yard flair as my other neighbor volunteers. I am ok with that, but am shopping around for some rope lights, or one of those LED sparkle makers (whatever they’re called). I have thought that once I peel…

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Camper Coffee

Camper Coffee

I used the same French Press pot for the last 17 years. I got it from Stacy – from Levittown, Long Island. Emerson ran stacked classes, so she was in a few of my undergrad New Media classes, as she pursued her grad degree. We hung out often, and after graduation, she was cleaning out her apartment in the Fens. I scored that French Press and a battle ax of a Singer sewing machine. Since moving into the trailer, I…

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Winter Water

Winter Water

I previously wrote about water here… Water in the winter is a whole new ballgame. At the end of the summer, I made an appointment to have heating pads installed on each of my water tanks, based on a suggestion from the Service Department I was taking Sylvia to. I had been going to Lazy Days, which is where I purchased her. I generally know that it’s best to find a local “mechanic” for those general maintenance items for typical…

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Teaching, post-Teaching

Teaching, post-Teaching

Teaching has woven it’s way through my career. I love the students, and this is how I will generally have a tie to Design as I move my career in to product based pieces, versus design/client/project. I moved back home to Maryland in 2001 after a lay-off from my first position as a web designer in Portsmouth, NH. I answered an ad for adjunct teachers for design media classes at the local community college and picked up 3 classes. I…

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Sylvia In the Shop

Sylvia In the Shop

I am a week and a half weeks of living out of a tent, minus two nights that I sprung for a firm mattress. Sylvia went into the shop finally for the collision repair on August, Monday the 7th. The shop and I had the hopes that this would be completed in a week. It has been longer, because I pointed out another concern. Over the July trip north to Montana, I noticed a wire hanging off the bottom of…

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Water

Water

The water pressure in St. Vrain State Park is downright phenomenal. The downside is that there is no laundry facilities. I have been making a mental list of the pros and cons of water in each campground; it is definitely feeling a bit like college because of the significant amount of quarters you need in this lifestyle.  No quarters; no dice. Yes, I do have a shower in my camper. During my hour and a half teaching session about the…

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Boondocking

Boondocking

Boondocking is parking for free out in the boonies. I had been nervous to just go somewhere and park. Lots of obvious reasons: number one on my list is that ever present desire to not get stuck. What if the roads are too narrow, what if I need to turn around? Another hurdle is that this is Colorado, and everyone in their mother is here camping in the summer. It has been a bit of a hustle finding regular camping…

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