Talk about lazy.
Yes. Yes I am. I’ve been taking it easy and staying put—getting a really deep tan and drinking the coffee I am making with my little Coleman and at a local cafe called Social Bean in Lake Havasu City, about a mile away from my campsite.
Social Bean has a great WiFi connection. And they make a cold brewed coffee that rocks! I have commandeered a very comfy chair in the corner, spending my daily computer time defending this site, and others I manage, from Russian hackers and various proxy hack attempts—most likely also Russians, remotely using computers around the world that their users have not protected with anti-virus software!
Oh, there is no doubt in my mind that the U.S. is under attack—cyber attack—at this very moment! My only question is, why would they bother with my travel blog!?
There are no passwords stored (other than mine), no data other than my ramblings, no monetary connections, no advertising and, with the exception of my regular musings on the dangers of bears, absolutely nothing else they should want to mess with!
But, just to remain that way—especially using other sites that don’t care very much about you—please install an anti-virus software if you haven’t already (don’t run more than one at the same time; it confuses both of them—leaving you unprotected).
I recommend Avast (it’s effective, doesn’t slow you down, updates automatically, daily and it’s free!). And please, rid yourself immediately of any Symantec product (McAfee, Norton, etc) as they more focused on making money—and monitoring you—than they are in protecting you.
The little, free Avast is far superior in protecting you and your computer.
I’ve met a few new neighbors and have been having some great conversations. Of course, the default discussion is about our campers, trailers and RVs. I am proud to say I always get “props” on the outfitting of The Minivan Explorer!
It seems no one has had the idea of using a battery jumper charging anytime the engine is running to provide power at times the engine isn’t! C’mon, that was a no brainer!
And everyone likes the real twin bed idea!
Helpful to the last.
There is a genuine interest in helping one another among this group. And although I am pretty self-sufficient, it’s nice to know I am surrounded by some good people—for the most part. I have been at Craggy long enough to have learned that there is a criminal element gathered here, about three miles deep, that specialize in thievery.
I can confirm this as, in my first few days here, a solar-powered light I displayed at “my space” (also so I could find it again) was stolen while I was at the McDonald’s only a mile away—for about an hour. As a result, I always pack up my chair and table whenever I head into town for supplies, coffee or gas.
I can’t begin to tell you the range of conversation we’ve engaged in because it truly is high and wide. Some topics have included politics, religion, personal growth, Park Rangers, other campers, water, solar power (a big interest by all), garbage, noise and, of course, propane!
Other travel blogs.
I apologize to you for not writing so often as I have in the past. As I scan other blogs of travelers, campers, explorers, boondockers and van-dwellers, I find they are similar in going to a new place and staying for a while—if only to save a few dollars on gas!
I will admit, remaining static for a while cuts way down on the fuel bills. And staying in a warmer climate can also save on certain items such as propane canisters, engine idling and even stove butane (when it’s freezing, things take longer to cook!).
Since I started out by heading north in the winter (what was I thinking!?), I already have an fine assortment of cold weather clothing and bedding—and I still have that Mr. Heater Portable Buddy handy! So, I’m ready for temperatures to drop.
And I haven’t forgotten the Crater Lake, Oregon plan!
It’s all timing now.
The timing is a little wrong, though.
The Sienna has to be inspected, smog tested, repaired (catalytic) and properly licensed by mid June.
And that means, I should probably head home to SD to get these things done before I drive almost a thousand miles to reach Crater. Once there, I can fan out in other directions when I get tired of the place! And there’s that still unchecked box for seeing ye olde geyser erupt at Yellowstone.
You’ll remember, the majority of the park was closed when I was there last. And I remember temperatures heading south of minus 25 on my previous attempt.
So, um, no.
I did promise myself I would go back there and finally see the earth boil water into steam! But, it’s Crater Lake or bust first, after a pit stop in SD. I’ll try to post more often than I have been. And, again, I apologize for taking so long to write this post, this time.
Happy trails my friends!