Sunday, December 16, 2012

End of the World, as we know it???

I still don’t understand what all that is about, but I venture on… in my own bliss.  I seemed to lack the drive to get to Quartzsite and spend time at the Rock club, and I don’t know what that’s all about either, but have decided not to fight it.  Maybe I need to just take a season off.
Joined up with the pre-RTR gang and hung out with them a couple weeks more or less.  During that time, I rented a storage unit and emptied most of the contents of my trailer in to it… so that I could build shelves inside the trailer.  Found that I have 12 Rubbermaid tubs of genealogy.  Ugh!  This had got to stop.  So between needing to downsize my rock collection and needing even more to downsize my 40 years + of genealogy research… I just can’t seem to find the interest to do anything else.
Here is what the inside of the front of my trailer looked like to start with:

Turns out my trailer was not insulated and I bought it before I knew I was going to go on the road full-time.  So, I’m stuck with that.  Had I more money and time, I would have gutted it and done it right, but alas… I have to work with what I have.  The paneling was the thin luan stuff so I have to put in new walls over it… to hold the shelves and anything else I might want to affix to the walls.  That desk was my best $10 ever spent… the shelves will be built around it.

I planned and sketched out what I wanted, began measuring, cut all the pieces outside of the trailer, and then painted all the pieces.  I don’t like raw plywood, and need to keep dust down and keep the wood cleaner.  Below are the walls in place and painted. 

The unpainted square above the desk is where the nose of the kayak has to fit… so shelves have to be built around that area.

I don’t know why they look lopsided… they aren’t really.  Now I need to find some storage drawers that will fit the spaces.

It’s a work in progress.  Beginning to find places for everything so that I have put everything in it’s place.  My hopes are to NOT load the genealogy and rocks back into the trailer.  Cross your fingers for me, or pray or whatever you do.

Got the chance to go kayak the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge.  It was wonderful to get out on the water again.

Gary’s kayak on the left and mine on the right.. we had a snack.

This is a Clark’s Grebe I think.  I had never seen one before. There wasn’t as much wildlife there as I expected.

It was, however, a really beautiful day for a 5 mile paddle.
And for the past two days it has been raining. I have gotten a lot of genealogy data loaded up to Ancestry, tossed a lot of paper away, and have started a stack of things to be scanned. Today the sun came back out so I was just enjoying the Arizona sunshine while shelling a batch of Alabama pecans given to me by a fellow vandweller.  Now, what to make with them. 

Now, would someone please tell me why I am getting depressed???

Who is Swankie?

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Anywhere, USA, Full-Time USA traveler, United States
In 2006, I was shopping for a wheelchair. By 2007, I had new knees, better health and by 2008 a kayak. In Aug 2013, I kayaked my 49th state, Alaska, at the Holgate Glacier and in May 2014, I kayaked Hawaii, my 50th state, to celebrate my 70th Birthday and the finale to the wonderful adventure of Kayaking America? Next up... Solo Hiking the Arizona Trail, 820 miles? Maybe. Still healing from shoulder and trying to decide.