A FB friend asked:
Is it a just for fun adventure?
The answer is:
Not exactly. We cannot afford to live where we were and had very large dental bills uncovered by Medicare that destroyed our financial situation. (And didn't work anyway. Say buh-bye to $16,000.) By the time we got out of our rental house (one year lease) we needed to reduce our rent dramatically. This camping situation reduces our rent and utilities.d
We are developing a plan to live in some poor region in western Maryland, or elsewhere that we can afford. Right now I'm sitting in our screen porch with two jackets on while the rain beats a drumbeat on our roof.
I have always enjoyed camping . . . but this is different.
- For one thing, it is on the East Coast, where there is a different kind of tick. LOTS of them.
- It is humid and it rains. A lot.
- So far there has been nothing particularly interesting about the campgrounds. I miss the West Coast. Camping there smelled really good. It was generally nicer looking.
And then back in the day, when I used to go camping, I'd stock up on reading material (Scientific American and National Geographic) and just relax. Walk to the beach or the stream or whatever. Now I am too cheap to buy anything as pricey as a magazine; I have plenty of reading material already. And I don't like leaving our gear unsupervised, because I can't just drive home if someone rips me off.
On the positive side, I am getting stronger, that's for sure. I can get up off the floor more quickly. I'm not taking nearly as many naps - but that is principally because the tent is usually too hot for a good nap. I still get tired but i just push on as best I can. One good thing about today is it is 54 degrees - the perfect temperature for a nap, especially with that wonderful Pendleton blanket Mike gave me. I'm 70, dammit. I think I'll go take a nap. Not really. I have chores to do.
~ Dr. P-J