Boondock style, my style; as in quiet, off-the-roads, and cuddled up with the pups.
December was busy at times, getting things bought/made to send back to family for Christmas, but it was also a time of rest and restoration. Lots of long walks with The Chiweenie Brothers, naps, reading. More walks, more naps, more reading.
We did take a few small excursions around Q, and those will be posted in the days to come along with a listing of the dog parks we have visited–a reader request– and some guidelines on what to expect at these parks.
One of the highlights of December was the super moon. The following photos are not very good, but I do not have a lens long enough (YET!)to get the dark spots that make up the man-in-the-moon, however, I was intrigued by the clouds that rolled in later, and thought I would go ahead and post them.
Also in December came a couple of changes in the van. Not to the van itself, but in ridding us of things that needed upgrading, sorting/tossing/donating items, and trying to use up the multiples of a few things like paper towels that I was too frugal to give or toss when back in Calif. It’s a disease, I know! The Chiweenie Brothers weren’t too impressed as all they care about are breakfast, dinner, walks, and the dog park, but I sure feel better.
One upgrade was replacing the burner that attached directly to a bottle of propane. It did the job, but as December grew colder–yes, it gets cold in the desert–cooking outside became uncomfortable and cooking inside was downright dangerous as the unit sat way too high and the flame underneath the cooking pot was way too close to the ceiling. It was replaced with a GasOne 1 burner unit with a piezo start (no matches needed!). It attaches to the propane tank via a hose with a regulator and the unit itself is only about three inches thick so it sits flat on the desk/table and is very stable.
The other change was replacing the folding potty chair with a small porta potty that fits perfectly under the bed in the space between the two storage units that make up the platform of the bed. Convenient, secure, and easy to empty.
The boys will be getting new harnesses this year once we get somewhere where there is a Walmart. Thought of buying via Amazon, but I would like to be able to try them on and have them fit the first time around. Being at Wally makes it easier to buy, try, and return if they aren’t a good fit.
I am still working on going through and tagging past posts so things are easier to find. I was a lot lazier last month than I thought I would be. 🙂
Other December happenings: buying a travel trailer has been put on hold. I can pretty much park anywhere with the van and after the purchase of the new cooking burner and porta potty I am almost as comfortable in Freedom as I would be in a travel trailer. At this point in time, I am perfectly happy with the living arrangements in the van, and I really don’t want to be dragging a trailer around. For now.
We’ve explored around Q during December, and those little excursions will be coming up in posts this month. I am also considering taking a little circular side trip that will take us to the Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park. That’s still in the considering/planning stage, not written in stone.
Happy New Year! Hugs, Shawna