Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Walking in MA

We have lived in North Adams, MA for about three months.  I keep telling folk I will post pictures of the house.....but really we didn't move here for the house.   We bought this particular house because of the very easy access to wonderful walks.  That is our garage and our beloved new trailer, Bee.  Looking up the street is the high point of MA, Mt. Greylock.  I'm taking you on a trip to the Appalachian Trail as I walk it with Buffy, every nice day I can manage.

From the top of the little hill, one sees the Green Mountains to the north.  The light blue house is ours.
Next is a short street to a path which leads to another street.
That street connects to the Appalachian Trail.    The stone pillars block cars or motorized thingys from going on the Trail.  It doesn't stop Buffy.  She knows that she gets off-leash at the pillars.  In the winter with very few people on the trail, this is how we prefer to climb up to at least the town reservoir.



     This is the real reason, we bought a house where we did.  I LOVE our walks.  If we don't walk the trail to Mt. Greylock we can go the other direction toward the Green mountains or even  east toward a township owned trail along the Hoosic River.  My heart is happy with the sounds of the animals.  I think we saw a fox yesterday but it was so darn fast I couldn't tell.
A mile and a half of a steep trail takes us to the reservoir.  


Lew meets us there and we continue to climb toward Mt. Greylock.    
We travel through a pine forest until we are done for the day.  




Now you have seen what I consider the important photos of our new house in MA.  

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Bee mods and additions



Unlike Marco we will make no changes in Bee. For us the design elements are pretty much optimal as-built. We have made some small additions however.


With much higher
tongue weight than Marco
an electric tongue jack
is a big help.

Front stabilizer jacks
are a must.
A Fantastic Fan
to avoid using A/C
in cooler weather.
When using campground shore power
an electric heater is quieter
than the propane furnace
and the cost is zero.

The OEM power cord deploys
from a trapdoor leaving
an entrance for mice and bugs.
A detachable cord with a sealed
plug stops that.

RV brake/taillights are
notoriously dim and adding
LED lights is a simple thing.

Buffy likes to relax and unwind
in the evening with TeeVee.
We added a 32” TV and DVD player
so Buffy can watch 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer


That is your standard RV “batwing”
TV antenna with a couple additions.
The vertical mast at the top is
a WiFiRanger which amplifies
and routes WiFi signals
from as far away as 2mi.
The rightward pointed paddle is a
Wilson cellphone antenna, the
highest gain antenna made. It
connects to our Verizon MiFi
to provide internet service.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Buffy

Jan thought we needed a Grandog to keep us busy.

Buffy was born March 8, a Poodle/Cocker Spaniel mix (a so-called “Cockapoo”). These dogs are known for extreme friendliness, intelligence and NO SHEDDING, a must as we are both allergic to dogs.

PIC taken April 22

She came home with us May 5.

PIC taken at Somerset reservoir,
a mile from where we lived.
May 5

It wasn’t long before Buffy took her first road trip. She went to Vermont to meet the Johns-Warren chickens.

May 24

Then it was time for a real trip. Our friends Donna and Jim called to say they were going to Glacier NP so off we went to meet them there.

Copilot Buffy

Buffy’s BFF.
Sophie.
She lives in Bloominton, Il.


On the way West Buffy took a break
to cool off in the Missouri River.
July 5

We met Donna and Jim at
Badlands.

And then all we drove on
to Glacier NP.

From Glacier we drove on to Yellowstone by way of Virginia City, Mt.

Buffy trying out Alder Gulch at Virginia City.


Buffy cooling off in the Madison River
at Bakers Hole CG just outside
the West entrance to YNP.

Then it was back home in time to go camping with Cordelia and Violet.

Oil Creek Family CG
(near Titusville, Pa)



The ostensible purpose of the trip was to take Violet and Buffy on their first train ride.

The Oil Creek and Titusville RR
mixed train arriving at
Petroleum Center.

Aboard the Oil Creek & Titusville RR
July 23




video

After her first ‘Do
July 25

See how busy and out of trouble we have been?


Thursday, July 02, 2015

Glacier NP with Donna and Jim

July 2 we left PA and arrived back in PA on July 21.

In a phone conversation with Donna and Jim we learned that they were about to leave for Glacier NP where Donna had never been. We had never been either and we decided to meet them there. We thought to surprise them so said nothing of our plans. So off we went, a big adventure for Buffy&Bee. After playing Where-in-the-World-is-Carmen-Sandiego we caught up with them at Badlands NP. They were on to us though as there had been too many phone calls asking them: “Where are you guys now and where are you going next?”


July 6

Then it was on to Glacier NP.





Glacier is a magical place we hope to return to. At Logan Pass, the summit of the Going to the Sun Highway, we parked and walked the 1.5mi/1200ft elevation change trail to Hidden Lake.


There are Mountain Goats there.

Hidden Lake is a Tarn
in a Cirque,
both characteristic features of
 mountain glacier country.

The haze in the background is fire smoke.


Jim had recently had surgery on both knees and his walking was limited so we did some scouting ahead for doable walks.

Running Eagle Falls

A doable walk which Donna and Jim
did the next day.

Jim suggested that since they had driven every mile you can in the Park and walked all that he was able we should move on to Yellowstone NP. So we did.

Beehive!

From this spot you can watch several major geysers
and that is what we did.

Donna and Jim then headed for Southern Utah and we headed homeward. We stopped at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.

Soldier Creek CG
The creek is behind Bee
and Buffy took a dip.