Day 1120 – Warm Days At Last

Yipee! It is actually starting to get warm enough to go for a long walk without three layers, gloves, my favorite ear warmer and waiting until after 10 a.m. to get moving!  My day started with a lovely walk out into the desert on a trail along the South Mesa LTVA area.  This place is large, and there are many trails to choose from. I also had the pleasure of David’s company today.

The Camping Area
The Camping Area

This isn’t the greatest map image, but it covers 3,500 acres. So, the scale is tough to show.  I will hop up onto the roof and try to get a couple of pictures to show what it is like.

My list of what I would like to add to this blog is getting longer than what I have accomplished to date, so I won’t bother you with it today.  But I spent a bit of time researching how to add some things like maps and links and flickr accounts.  I also decided that I will go back to our original trip journal and post those entries here.  I have three completed years of full time RVing to document, and that first batch of postings are going to be like a walk down memory lane.  It is a short walk, but it will be fun. Trust me!  We have learned so much from those experiences.  For example, how  it is important to turn off the water pump before one drives down the road.  Little lessons like that.

Today, David worked on executing his plan of installing a solar hot water heater.  The first step was to run some new piping from the basement to the actual hot water heater that runs on propane and electricity. This will be a holding tank for the solar-heated water once he gets his design built.  That work kept me out of the kitchen, so I kept myself busy reading and uploading photos.

After making the breakfast oatmeal, Hannah took David’s mountain bike out for a spin on the trails around the lake. She was gone for a couple of hours, and came home happy and sweaty.  I think she is her happiest when she has been outside exploring the world.  She is not the only one in this family that feels this way.  But it was nice to see those dimples, and to hear about her getting stuck in sand, etc.  And even though she is 21, I was still watching for her return.  I do like having my kids around when I get them!

We had splendid salads for lunch, and I drove Hannah down to the shower house.  She probably would have been fine going by herself, but I just like us going out there under the buddy system, even if it takes us longer to drive there than it does to get the actual shower.  Using the showers has definitely helped us with tank management.  Our black tank will be ready to dump on Tuesday, and we are still good with the galley and the fresh water.  It is a balancing act when there are 3 people using the resources and facilities.

I did spend a good chunk of the day sitting on my booty, doing some bookkeeping, reading a few blogs, researching being an Amazon affiliate, etc.  And I also caught up on the No Meat Athlete’s #WriteAndRun31 challenge/resolution/I-was-going-to-do-this-anyways program.  Here, read about it: http://writeandrun31.strikingly.com

Now that we have finished dinner, David is working on our KOA job application/resume, Hannah is getting caught up on “Downton Abbey” episodes, and I am posting this, and then getting our passports out for our trip to the dentist tomorrow.  Why do I need a passport to go to the dentist? Well, I guess you will have to wait for tomorrow night’s post to get the answer to that question.

I was going to make a BBQ Lentil Loaf for dinner, but with my limited kitchen time today, I switched to bean burgers.  My favorite bean to use is the pinto bean.  Seriously under-rated bean.  Here is the recipe that I use:

Pinto Burgers
2 15-oz cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
3 tbsp Southwest Mustard
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1⁄2 tsp chipotle powder
2⁄3 cup oats
Preheat oven to 375° F
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or use a silpat, and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, mash beans with a fork really well, making sure no whole beans are left but some bean pieces remain. Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and roll into balls. Flatten into patties and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, flip over, and bake for 10 more minutes. Makes 6 burgers.

I must thank Hannah for today’s pictures. She took these with her phone as we were coming back from the showers. Just so lovely, don’t you think?  Now, if I could just get her to return her brother’s phone call…
2015-01-04 Sunset

I’m glad we could have this chat,

Nancy

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