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  1. The suggestion was made to take a photo of the trail map at the start of the trail. In the case of the trail I was on, there was no trail map at the entrance to the trail or anywhere. That was part of my complaint to the head ranger. I don't expect a paved trail, but I do expect simple things like accurate descriptions of trails and a map at the entrance, possibly with information about elevation changes.
  2. Sorry - I should have said COE campgrounds in New Mexico required three days advance reservations. Abiquiu Lake was where I tried to stop by and get in. The place was almost empty but camp host told me no drop-ins and needed to make reservations three days in advance.
  3. I mostly stay in federal, state, and regional campgrounds, and that requires reservations long in advance. However, one thing I do is plan on not driving too far between campgrounds and staying an extra day or two in each. This gives me some flexibility if I want to see something I had not planned on seeing. It is also a lot more relaxing. If I end up with too much time someplace, that just means an extra day of relaxing. It helps that I am retired and full-time, so I often do not have to be in a hurry. I do not boondock because I am an older woman traveling alone and like to ha
  4. I took my brand-new motorhome to a nearby full-hookup state park for a four-day weekend. (Had never really operated or even driven one until I bought this.) I had tons of boxes of kitchen and bedroom stuff to unpack. I pulled into my spot and went out to hook up. Apparently because everything was new and in boxes, it took the lady in the next rig about three minutes to identify me as a new owner, so she yelled across that her husband would help if I needed anything. I got everything hooked up and flushed the winterizing out, then just before dark, I turned on the valve to fill the ho
  5. I did not actually see a bear, but I did a really dumb thing when I was camped in the Fishing Bridge campground where they do not allow soft-sided campers because of bears. I had a motorhome, so not soft-sided, but I decided I wanted a BLT sandwich for dinner, and I had a whole pound of bacon, so decided to cook it up all at once and refrigerate what I did not need for my sandwich. After, I had the bacon all cooked and in the refrigerator, I took my trash out to the dumpster. Coming back, i discovered that my entire rig smelled wonderfully of bacon! It suddenly occurred to me that thi
  6. There are some campgrounds along the ocean in the Pacific Northwest that require you to back in your motorhome. No pulling in straight or parking sideways. The reason is that in case of a tsunami, they want you to be able to get out fast without blocking any other campers by backing out. Same issue for forest fires. Some campgrounds also have rules about truck campers leaving the camper and going away for the day with just the truck part.
  7. I also had a car dealer overcharge me for a car, in spite of my having paperwork for a special price through a project I was working on with General Motors Headquarters. It was only about $300, but I sent a letter to my corporate client at GM explaining what had happened and asking for her advice on how to resolve the matter. (This was after trying to get the salesman to refund the overcharge.) I cc'd the owner of the dealership. It took about three days to get a phone call with an apology and a check in the mail for the amount I had been overcharged! Amazing. And when I have bough
  8. I bought my motorhome from the General RV dealer in Canton, OH. They refused to repair most of the warranty items, claiming that since I had driven the vehicle, I was responsible for anything that was broken! The few items they did repair were things they just glued or snapped into place. I ended up taking my rig to the factory customer service place in Decatur, IN, where everything under warranty was fixed quickly and correctly. A couple of years later, i took it back to dealer for an oil change, but they claimed I had cancelled my appointment, and said they were too busy repairing vehicl
  9. Good advice from Kirk. Money is definitely going to be your problem. You need a nest egg for repairs, which can be expensive. Also, I would avoid cities and try boondocking on Federal land where it is legal to dry camp. And Kirk's suggestion to camp host is an excellent one. Many positions are volunteer, but there are also ones that pay a small hourly wage. Nearly all provide a free campsite with electric, water, and sewage hookup. Make sure you get specific answers about the work and number of hours you will have to put in. It can be light work such as checking in campers or clea
  10. I used to work for a consulting company where several people went off and did their own things remotely. One important piece of advice is to start looking for clients while you are stationary. It will be a lot easier to continue with clients or get referrals than to look for them when you are moving around. In other words, you want to establish that you can work independently before you take off.
  11. Depends on what you mean by "forced."
  12. Good. Surely a sign is much cheaper than sending out rescue teams and helicopters, to say nothing of the chances of loss of life.
  13. I downloaded the book last night to my Kindle and have been reading it. I finished Part I and so far have found it accurate. I have known about Amazon workers and difficult jobs older Americans are being forced to take. It is a sad book to read, but the only inaccurate thing so far is that many camp hosting jobs are not as difficult as described. The author adds a lot about blogs and mentions Tioga George and RV Sue, plus a few others. I figure this would not be in the movie, right??
  14. To answer 2Gypsies, I was on the Desert View Trail. I did a couple of captures of the Organ Pipe web site. On one page, it still calls this hike easy, but on another it calls it easy-moderate. No where does it tell you that you are hiking up the side of a hill and that the benches are at the top. One site does warn you that "Trail terrain is uneven, rocky and steep in some sections. Hikers of many different abilities have hiked this route in the past. If you are curious about accessibility for your needs please contact the park." I would not call uneven, rocky,and steep "easy." And o
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