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Old 10-16-2018, 07:36 AM   #5531
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Thank you for those suggestions, ladies.

Seriously, if the bench came down on me there would be no way for me to open it and free myself, so a solution to secure it is definitely in order.

Once I realized I could reach in under there from the back, with the rear door open, the reach wasn’t quite as long.

If the bench had come down, it would have trapped only my arm.


30 degrees here this morning, and we have our first frost, so just in time...
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Thank you for those suggestions, ladies.

Seriously, if the bench came down on me there would be no way for me to open it and free myself, so a solution to secure it is definitely in order.

Once I realized I could reach in under there from the back, with the rear door open, the reach wasnít quite as long.

If the bench had come down, it would have trapped only my arm.


30 degrees here this morning, and we have our first frost, so just in time...

First off ,I LOVE following your blog-journal and willingness to help others. I can be long winded but all is truth.
I believe after reading your life story here it made me to finally do something I always "said I would get around to" and did it......I became a volunteer for:




"Walleyes For Wounded Heroes"
I started last June for the first outing but now an trying to gather donations until next years event. (THIS IS NO SPAM OR TROLL)
The feeling you get when others appreciate 4 days of doing what they used to do or just get together to BS with others that served for us to be free.

You are a HUGE inspiration and I want to say thank you and maybe help.
Is there a way of having a access cut in from the rear or atleast having the bypass added on to so as you can get to it easier? This sounds like something I believe AS should be interested in changing. I wish I had the knowledge to draw a pic of what I'm thinking but I am not that talented but surely others might understand my thinking.
The hydraulic arm mentioned scares me but the styrofoem block sounds safer to me.
Good luck and if you are ever near the Toledo Ohio area doing a job, I would love to stop and pitch in on whatever a guy with a bad back can do but don't say no to helping anyone!
Thanks again for being you.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:34 AM   #5533
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Why, thank you, Jake! ☺️

I think we should all do what we can to help those less fortunate, itís just the right thing to do.

What that is depends on our abilities and personal situation, but there is always something.

I am fortunate to have reasonably good health, the ability to go, and to do some...and for that I am grateful.

Sounds like you are taking Veterans fishing? That sounds like a great experience for everyone, and good for you!


I donít know that an access panel to the hot water heater can be cut, without it being very unsightly, but Iíll look at it.

I do think that going in from the rear is safer and that I can surely find something to prop the bench up with or be sure there is someone else around in case it comes down on me.

We need to work smart, as Mimi says. Iíll figure out something before I have to climb in there again.

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Thank you again for inspiring me. I must tell you that me personally do not take the "Hero's" on my boat because there is a list of Captains willing to donate their boats, gear, fuel and knowledge. Being my first year I only helped registration and doing what the senior organizers asked. The most inspiring is just listening to what the Veterans care to talk about.
The people that organize work all year for the 4 day event and Yes I will be back in Port Clinton Ohio again next June.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:28 AM   #5535
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Good for you, Jake.


We are suddenly in Fall here, quite cool and needing a fire every day, but it is great weather for walking.

One of my goals for 2018 was doing modest hiking, but itís been one of those years, where I got a bit derailed , travel was off the usual routine, and that just didnít happen.

Being a native flatlander, and something of a fraidy-cat where there are bears and mountain lions and similar toothed creatures , setting out alone and on foot on mountain trails is not for me.

However...Iíve recently been searching out nearby Nature Preserves, of which there are several near me and they are gorgeous right now. (Nature and Forest Preserves parking areas are great for the occasional overnight when traveling, too.)

A nice change from the bike path we usually walk, and no bikes/scooters/skateboards, etc., are allowed. The youngsters on wheeled items are a threat on the bike path, as they frequently come up on you very fast and without warning, which is why I no longer ride my bike there.

Itís dangerous. I like folks with little bells or an ďon your leftĒ as they approach...pull the dog up close, let them pass, and weíre all safer.

At any rate, the Nature Preserves are inviting for longer walks, and Lily is just beside herself.

On weekdays, they are basically empty, frequently allowing a discrete, off leash run, playing in the creeks, etc.

More time out of doors, longer walks for me and Miss Lily...a good thing.


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Old 10-18-2018, 09:50 AM   #5536
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That sounds lovely and still a modified form of hiking. Fresh air, enjoying time with Lily, strengthening muscles and communing with nature.

That also sounds like a great time to have a little fanny pack, a small sideways sling purse or a little bitty backpack with a cell phone, some snacks, a whistle, a bandana, some spare water, a retractable walking/hiking stick and a rain poncho.

Scouts motto, be prepared.

Not lecturing just in encouraging, after all you never know when somebody else might need one of those :-)

PS a lady who travels about the country by herself on various adventures is hardly a scaredy-cat just maybe some things more out of your comfort zone than others.
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Old 10-18-2018, 10:25 AM   #5537
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Good points, Hittenstiehl, and thank you.

Yes, the fear of animal areas is a familiarity, comfort zone thing.

I also like fairly level areas when just me and Miss Lily, as falling is not good.

Iíve had two experiences in the last couple of years, where I got a bit too much feeling bulletproof and nearly had a disaster...climbing at Chaco Canyon, having to back down because it was so steep and going off the trail to the edge of a deep ravine ; walking on hilly terrain, falling, rolling and slamming into a tree, which saved me from landing on rocks below.

Seriously.

Then there was my disorientation on a beach with frequent access points, not having my phone with me, and not being sure which access point I had left the Interstate in.

After that last one, I crocheted a wrist holder for my IPhone...if I have my PocketEarth app, I always know exactly where I am.

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Old 10-21-2018, 08:13 AM   #5538
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It’s 23 degrees here this morning, and after a couple of temp drops into the 20’s the leaves are coming down still green.

After a very windy yesterday, I need to rake up all the green leaves covering my back yard.

Despite the wind, yesterday was beautiful, cool and sunny.

I took my grands out to lunch, then with Lily for a walk at one of the Nature Preserves...a great time was had by all.

Big as these kids are, given a wide open space what they do is run.

Lily chasing them, they chasing Lily, everyone’s legs stretched as far as they can go, moving as fast as they could, til they were exhausted.

It was glorious to watch.

Sweet babies.

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The one...the only...Ms. Tommie Lauer ...stopped for a visit on her way back to North Carolina with her shiny new rig.

We met for breakfast, caught up a bit and she showed me her beautiful new Unity by Leisure Travel.

Itís gorgeous, and probably half again as big as my Interstate.

Sheís headed on home, then to Alumalina, where she will be surrounded by friends and admirers wanting to take a look.

It was great to see you!

Thanks for stopping, and travel safe, Tommie.

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Yesterday I dropped off my first sack of the season of hats and neck scarves at the food pantry and soup kitchen here...the room already filled early morning with people bundled up, clustered together and sipping hot coffee.

My sack was eagerly received, and pounced on by several within seconds of my arrival, so I think they will see good use.

There, but for the grace of God, go any one of us.

Another forums member asked about, and has done some scouting out of, Padre Island NS beach camping, and discovered that Mustang Island SP is still closed since the hurricane....and what used to be the drive out there onto the beach for glorious, free beach camping is now a 6’ drop off.

I was really looking forward to getting back onto that beach, which Doug and I camped at just a month or so before he died.

Still planning to head that way this winter, see Mimi’s new house and have a visit with her, and hopefully find another spot down there.

If anyone knows of a beach camping spot along the Texas Gulf, I would love to hear about it.

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I admit I don't always read all your posts...but when I do, I'm always cheered on by something you've said or done. Today is no different. You're like a good book one could open at any page and find a good story.

Thank you, Maggie.
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Maggie, I just e-mailed you Mustang Island State Park's webpage. Camping is indeed closed to repair hurricane damage. You'll need to call them to find out when it's expected to re-open.

Often these things are budget driven, and therefore slow. Harvey came ashore at Rockport, just north of Mustang Island, so I can imagine that the damage is severe.
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I admit I don't always read all your posts...but when I do, I'm always cheered on by something you've said or done. Today is no different. You're like a good book one could open at any page and find a good story.

Thank you, Maggie.
Thanks for dropping in, and for the kind words. (I am a devoted reader of your threads. )

I had a sweet pm from a woman the other day, who had spent several days reading this thread from the beginning, and wanted me to know how much she enjoyed it.

People have come and gone here over the years... some stay, new ones are always popping up.

I always appreciate the feedback, and occasionally it is negative regarding something I have written about, and that’s okay, too.

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Maggie, I just e-mailed you Mustang Island State Park's webpage. Camping is indeed closed to repair hurricane damage. You'll need to call them to find out when it's expected to re-open.

Often these things are budget driven, and therefore slow. Harvey came ashore at Rockport, just north of Mustang Island, so I can imagine that the damage is severe.
I got that, Mimi, and thank you.

If I don’t get to beach camp down there again, I’m coming to see you and to poke around Texas a bit anyway , and I’m not only glad to have had that glorious experience but that we got back there at Doug’s request shortly before he died.

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