Day 1117 – Happy New Year

Sunset on 2015-01-01
Sunset on 2015-01-01

Well, there sure is a big gap between postings, isn’t there.

I failed to live up to my own expectations in 2014, and this poor trip journal and blog certainly suffered from lack of attention.  So, I am starting 2015 with a bang,  or at least a bit more discipline, and hope to give it some daily love.

Jan 1, 2015 finds us here:

Where you can find us
Parking Space

For those of you not into geocaching or GPS coordinates, we are at the Imperial Dam LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) where, for $180, one can “boondock” or “dry camp” for an unlimited amount of time from Nov 15 – Apr 15.  This particular BLM site is home to many Canadian Snowbirds – visitors from the North who come for the lovely CA/AZ desert warmth and lack of snow.  Although, it has been FREEZING since we arrived on Dec 30.  But, the forecast is looking up, and I am looking forward to basking in the sun soon.

We also have a guest in the rig until Jan 20. Yup, Hannah has joined us for a few weeks.  She will be off to study in England at the University of Sunderland for 5 months, so I am getting as much Hannah time as I can. This gives you an idea as to how she is adjusting to life in a dry camping RV:
Hot Soccer
This is how she watched her soccer games since we did not have enough power for the TV yet. I don’t think you can get much closer to that propane heater, either. I told you it was cold!

Today, in addition to posting on her own blog ( Hannah and David went on a 2.5 hr hike into the mountains around us.  Here is a picture she took of her dad:

New Years Hike

Last year when we visited this area, David and I hiked for hours and hours – there is so much land around us, and it is just so inviting.  As you can see, the paths can be a bit rocky, so hiking boots and a walking stick come in handy.  I did not join them today, for I have overworked my lower back in the gym at Jojoba Hills, and really needed to take a day to rest it.  I am just amazed that I made it through the Peak at Amazon without any undue stress or strain on my body, only to do myself damage when I am my strongest.  It is NOT because I just turned 50!  The rest day seems to have helped, so I should be more productive tomorrow.  I have spent the better part of two days just being cooped up in the RV, so I am anxious to get outside!

My day consisted of sorting through piles of junk papers that I have accumulated, organizing the bookkeeping that I must, repeat MUST, be more diligent to record, reading all the lovely Facebook postings of friends and family, binge watching “Alpha House – Season 2” on Amazon Prime, showering, kind-of watching “I, Frankenstein” with David and Hannah, and doing my usual cooking.

I get asked so often, “What do you eat?” because I know our vegan, no oil diet can seem extreme, I thought I would post what the daily menu consisted of.  This might really get boring, but I will start it off and see what trends.  Breakfast is generally the same every day, as is the servings of steamed greens that David consumes 3-4 times a day.  I shall simply call them “David’s Greens” and let you know what kind they were.

Today’s Meals:
David’s Greens: Kale
Oatmeal: A mix of 5 grains, plus blueberries. Then, we each customize our bowls. David adds diced apple, cinnamon, turmeric, pumpkin pie spice, cocoa, raisins, and flax seed meal. I add mixed berries and brown sugar. It looks like Hannah adds banana and peanut butter, but I will have to confirm that with her in the morning.
Snacks: Popcorn, banana, pumpkin seeds
David’s Greens: Spinach and Kale
Rice Paper Spring Rolls. My first attempt, these had tofu, fresh basil, spinach, kale, red bell pepper, sweet chili sauce. I should have made a dipping sauce, but the hikers were hungry upon their return!
David’s Greens: Kale
Chips and Salsa: I bake corn tortillas each night. It’s our do-it-yourself chips.
Lavash Bread Pizza: Trader Joe’s whole wheat lavash bread, covered with tomato paste, garlic, spices, diced red onion, red bell pepper, artichoke hearts, kale, nutritional yeast. Baked for 15 min. Yum!

There you have it! I will leave you with this gem that Hannah shared with me. The picture was taken when she was on a school backpacking trip to the Channel Islands. I feel this picture will be used by me again, somewhere else…

I’m glad we could have this chat,

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