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Old 05-31-2015, 12:07 PM   #309
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Deb,

It didn't sound a bit as if you doubted Ray would take care of us, nor do I think mountain lions or snakes are an unreasonable fear.

Not interested in encountering either.

What I meant was that I am going to trust Ray, and that we will be safe. He has said he has seen one snake in 8 years......although a 6' one.

One of the things that has changed for me in these past 14 months......I no longer fear death. When your number is up, your number is up.

Doug always saw death that way, but had too much experience losing suddenly people very close to him, which I had as yet avoided.

Not that I will be reckless......but am going to work toward a reasonable degree of fearless.


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Old 05-31-2015, 12:12 PM   #310
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Ray says.....temps perhaps in the low to mid 80's, with no humidity.

I am very, very humidity intolerant, but can handle low humidity, moderate heat.

There will be no air conditioning where we are going, Deb, as it will be off grid....so no hookups of any kind.

The most I expect to need is my vent fan, but might not need that. If we're going to be out in the middle of nowhere, might just put the rear screen in and leave that open. We have done that on the beach.


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Old 05-31-2015, 12:14 PM   #311
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Sorry you won't be able to make it, Gail.

One of these days......


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Old 05-31-2015, 12:28 PM   #312
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On another note.....

I didn't want to buy a backpack for this wilderness trip, as I am not a backpack person , but needed something to carry water, some first aid things, a few snacks, etc.

My health insurance company gives a $75 gift card if you have an annual physical , so I took myself to Kohl's this morning for new bath towels.....and found this little item on sale, and very inexpensive.

More like a sturdy, nylon sack with shoulder straps, it should work perfectly, stow nicely....and look at the colors!

With my violet sun hat, I will be all about the color, out there amongst the hummingbirds.


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Old 05-31-2015, 12:54 PM   #313
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Adidas shoe bags are great for any variety of uses. Both Olga and I have one for those extra things that we need to take with us on the AS that may not fit on our backpacks.

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Old 05-31-2015, 01:21 PM   #314
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Love your little sack/pack Maggie. Perfect size for what you need. We keep a couple of those in the car also. Great for those times where you might pick up a couple of small things, might be carrying a few things and appreciate hands free. Mine work great as long as I don't overload them and carry them all day as the strings are a bit thin. Quite roomy and very convenient. Like your bright colors.
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Thanks.

Girl colors.


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Old 06-01-2015, 01:19 PM   #316
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My hat arrived today, and is every bit as vivid in color as the photo.

Fits perfectly, has a narrow chin strap and a nice, wide brim.....I love it.

Coincidentally.....the violet of the hat matches almost perfectly that on the sack/pack I picked up yesterday.

There is something about getting older, and more grey, that has drawn me the past few years to brighter colors......the grey washes one out so, and I'm not interested in dyeing my hair.

Whatever....it's a great hat.


To do list is getting to where I can almost put it on just a sticky note.

Doug would call that list "self-imposed pressure", and....he would be right. I can't help it. It's spring, and family is coming.

Daughter and her hubby will be here Thursday, we will cook on Friday, family here Saturday, Chicago on the train with the grands Monday.

Wednesday thru the weekend......the Moraine View rally.....then....I will start to pull things together for The Great Trip West the end of the month.


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I have to think that goes back to her abandoned self, prior to our finding her.....when she was a very, very hungry girl. Sweet baby"

We don't find them, they find us and always for a reason.

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Old 06-01-2015, 02:40 PM   #318
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I think so, too.

She's a dear, and I truly don't know what I would have done without her this past year.



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Which is why she was "found". In my world and my history I've come to understand and accept that God knows, long before we do. Lily is your crutch and she wants and accepts that role. Good for you both.

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Maggie - don't let Lily talk you into carrying more bones and snacks or pretty soon you'll have wished you did get the bigger backpack! The purchase of the hat is wise and keep that water handy - it's starting to get hot out there!

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Thanks, guys.

We will be at 7,000 or so feet of elevation, in the Gila National Forest.....or I would not be going.

Highly heat intolerant am I.

I have a big Sunbrella I bought last year, tho, and am thinking about carrying it along and using it as a walking stick.....which I don't have, anyway.

It is a bit clunky looking, but who cares, really. It immediately drops the temperature underneath and provides excellent respite from the sun.....I know this, because I used it last year at step son's soccer tournament.....on an open field, and full sun all day.

The only part of me that got at all sunburned was my sandaled feet.

Seriously.....I think it would make a great and very functional substitute for a walking stick.

And, it is dark blue, so would blend in very nicely with my other accessories.

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Dogs, especially rescues, seem to instinctively come to those willing to help them. Our latest rescue pups crossed the street in front of me, then laid down and let me collect them. They are both lovers and enjoy alternately sitting on laps and attempting to lick our ears off.

They do find us for a reason. I've NEVER 'bought' a dog. All ours are rescues.


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