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Old 06-21-2015, 10:14 AM   #393
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:22 AM   #394
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I didn't make these yesterday, as it would have been exceedingly difficult to stay out of them til I took them to my son's this afternoon.


Dana's SALTED NUT BARS

1 bag peanut butter chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 tbsp butter
1 10.5 oz bag miniature marshmallows
1 12-16 oz jar dry roasted peanuts


Microwave chips, milk and butter 30 seconds, stir, microwave about 30 seconds more, just til melted, but not boiling hot.

Add marshmallows and peanuts, stir well and press into buttered 9x13" pan.

Chill, cut into bars. Dana says these are best refrigerated.


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Green aspen.
red breasted robin.
swallowtails.
another great day in the Sierra.

Bon voyage for New Mexico.
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:47 PM   #396
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Thank you, Vince.

Hope camp hosting is agreeing with you out there.

I am planning to head to Chaco Canyon after the Gila Wilderness sojourn, and thinking I will call ahead to the ranger station there to check on things before I do so.

Some daunting tales posted on another thread about the state of those roads. Wouldn't want to get stuck, or into something I could not get myself out of.


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Thank you, Vince.

Hope camp hosting is agreeing with you out there.

I am planning to head to Chaco Canyon after the Gila Wilderness sojourn, and thinking I will call ahead to the ranger station there to check on things before I do so.

Some daunting tales posted on another thread about the state of those roads. Wouldn't want to get stuck, or into something I could not get myself out of.


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I doubt if there's anything you could not get yourself out of!!! IMHO
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:02 AM   #398
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I doubt if there's anything you could not get yourself out of!!! IMHO
Hmmm.....you might be surprised at some of the fixes I have found myself in.

There is always a way out, but some of those ways are life altering.....and, perhaps, meant to be just that.

I do prefer fixes I have some skill set related to, however.

Going to be hot today, and, of course, humidity is high....we are, after all, in central Illinos.

Lily is paying close attention to my ministrations to the Interstate, as she knows a trip is in the offing.


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Chaco is fine, just drive slow. Chaco will reward you.
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I will still call to check on the roads, before I go.....it's the prudent thing to do.


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Is Chaco one of those canyons which has flash flooding? If so, please keep an eye on the weather -- but I'm certain you already do that.

Speaking of Lily keeping an eye on your preparations for the upcoming trip......our doodle, Cooper, does the same thing. Even if it's only a local trip in the car, he gets so excited and prances around. If I'm getting ready to go, he knows if he sees my hair in curlers/if I'm carrying my handbag/have changed my clothes/or smells cologne. If he thinks he won't get to go, he'll even put himself into our sunroom (where he stays for short term if not allowed to go along) & stand there looking for us to close the door. If he was wrong in guessing that he couldn't go, he prances, seems to smile, & goes over to where his leash hangs to wait for it to be put onto him. He is most definitely the most intelligent dog either of us has known. We love him as much as he does us.

I can't wait to read about your trip out West!

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Ps -- it's very hot & humid here in Ohio too, but today the sun was out! Hurray! I ran the weed wacker & mowed until it began raining. The sun is back out so I think I'll go out & finish mowing.
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:37 PM   #402
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Chaco Canyon is a National Historic Park.....of ancient Indian ruins that you can just walk thru and amongst......no fences.

My son and his have a family reunion on her side on Sunday, so I'm going to have the kids here with me Saturday, take them home that evening, and then leave Sunday morning instead of Monday.

Not going to rush, going to poke along, check out some COE and other federal sites along the way, and not go any farther south....in July! ..... than I must. I will post pictures along the way.

Got some mulch down around my newly exposed shrubs in the back yard this am, which will hold them til the big wood pile is moved this fall and I can think about some edging of some sort.

Tomorrow......final cleaning of the Interstate.


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Old 06-23-2015, 11:05 AM   #403
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Interstate is clean and tidy, and smells remarkably better now that the large quantities of dog hair have been vacuumed out from under the benches.

Going to make later this week a run out to the county park near here, to use their dump station hose to give my black tank a good cleaning. It's time. Then, it will be ready to go.

Starting to put clothes together for my trip, and bought a Pocket Earth app for the IPad this morning that allows downloading of maps of countries, states or cities which can then be accessed offline.

Very helpful when you have poor or no signal, as I did sometimes this winter, when I found myself wandering and trying to get my bearings. I still carry an atlas, but it is stuck away, and I want something handier and simpler.....like an inexpensive app.

I am marking each change in route, as in a sharp turn or onto a different highway, also public and PA campgrounds along that route.

Navigating and driving has been a challenge in widowhood. This past year, I travelled plotting a course each day, deciding how for I would drive and where I wanted to stay, switching back and forth between Maps, Allstays and Passport America.

I can do the same thing with this app, just combining beforehand potential stays with my marked route, so that I have less daily "looking" to do each morning, and a better "visual".

I like simple things that help me be organized ......a bit too much, Doug would say.

I would then tell him, one of us has to be organized.



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Old 06-24-2015, 08:56 AM   #404
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My daughter has been making this coffee, loves it, and I finally tried it.

It is delicious, and easy. Stores in the frig to mix with, for me, milk for a cold latte. Yum.

This makes strong coffee, perfect for iced or a latte.

Will be great for dry camping in hot weather, for lots of reasons.


SARA'S COLD BREW COFFEE

4 cups cold water
1 cup good ground coffee

Mix, cover, and let stand 18-24 hours. Strain, refrigerate.


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So, I'm using this new app, to plot trajectory southwest and places to stay along the way.......and, I don't like it, at all .......in fact, I despise it.

The planning part, not the app. The app is great, and downloaded maps are going to be very helpful. I have done that for each state I will travel thru.

The planning, tho, takes too much time, and feels so.....structured. That's no way to travel as a retired person. I remember, now, and very clearly, why we quickly went to planning general trajectory but everything else a day at a time. I like to plan, and to organize.....but, not this.

Some clearly love the minutia, and I have actually known people whose evenings were spent plotting every move for the next day. There's room for all of us here.

Rainy and very humid today. Got birthday gifts sent off to one of the Iowa-grands this morning, and a few things done at the little house.

I am ready to finish loading the Interstate.....and, go.


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Lily&Me, I started reading your posts about the rain because my friends and I start almost every conversation with, "When is this rain gonna stop?". We are all in Gulf Coast Texas and we have had entirely too much rain since about February. Then we got slammed Memorial Day weekend then when things somewhat returned to normal we had Tropical Bill to worry about. Believe it or not it was a huge letdown, not for us but for the media. They love a good hurricane. What I really enjoyed reading was your coming back to music that you and your husband enjoyed together, you and I could be twins. Our world seems to be the music we enjoy together. 46 years together and 43 married, just celebrated a week ago. I admire your strength, I fear I would still be in my bed or under it. You write very well and I enjoy reading about your travels. You truly must be a very strong woman.
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