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Jun 23, 2018 - I'm Deployable!

Still no call and I have marked myself unavailable for a week that starts Monday, so I am now certain not to get deployed before July 4. That is fine with me, as it has been good to have an opportunity to practice and organize. As it turns out, no pack test for now...but there have been a few more twists and turns. The state forester who offered to test me called to tell me he would go over his weekly schedule with his supervisor (last) Monday, then let me know which day to test. He called back Monday afternoon, and said his supervisor...

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Jun 17, 2018 - 27:27

No, I am not yet deployed. Because I have been getting a few inquiries from friends and I have been busy continuing to get ready for deployment I thought I would bring everyone up to date. Once I got home I knew I had a few things to do before I was ready to be deployed. For one thing, I needed firefighter boots and a new tent. We were told in training that we would be able to check out a tent from supply after deployment … if one is available. Not only is there a possibility of finding out no tent is available, there is a likelihood of...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Home!

I'm home! I woke around three this morning and had trouble getting back to sleep, because my campsite wasn't level. I've slept fine in the back of the Subaru most nights but it's trickier to level a four wheel vehicle than a two wheel camper. Normally I would have searched harder for a better spot but I arrived near quiet hours last night and thought the one suggested by the campground host would suffice. (I had planned to stop earlier at a different campground but decided to drive longer because it was still 90 degrees when I reached my...

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Oct 31, 2016 - Peaks of Otter Campground (10/10 - 10/13/16)

While we were staying at our cabin, we were invited by our good friends, Roy and Becky Moore, to go and stay a few days at Peaks of Otter Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway. That is a part of Virginia that we haven't spent much time exploring. Well, it is definitely a place we will go back and visit. It is a very lovely, albeit more primitive, park. The park has a dumpsite and you can get water there, but the sites have no hookups. Many of the sites are not large enough for our size RV, but there were several that would work. It is an...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Home Sweet Home

Whew…… Home. Rest, right? Well, let’s see: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: On Tuesday night I began seriously considering renting a storage unit for some of my camper contents. The plan all summer had been to leave the camper in Sugarcreek, Ohio, on my way home from Oregon. In fact, I had a similar plan last summer when I intended to leave the camper as I returned from Alaska but I gave up last summer because I felt certain I couldn’t get everything from the camper into the Subaru. Well, on Tuesday night I was not at all certain I could do it...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Home!

I'm home! I got in around 11:30 Thursday night after driving through rain all day. The camper is in Sugarcreek, Ohio for repairs and the car is about halfway unloaded. I got a new phone today and my debit card is supposedly activated, though I haven't tried it yet. I'll write a wrap-up post tomorrow but just wanted everyone to know I arrived safe and sound. We've had about ten inches of rain here over the past couple days. Soggy indeed!

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Apr 13, 2016 - Getting Set!

Hi, Friends! I am starting a new trip journal for my 2016 journey to Crater Lake National Park. In case you haven't heard (how did I miss you?) I am going to be a volunteer Park Ranger, giving trolley and boat tours. How fun does that sound? So thank you for following my journal again this year - or you can send me a message using the "leave a message" link above if you'd like to be taken off the list. I'm trying to get it updated before heading out. Less than 3 weeks until departure day!

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Oct 19, 2015 - Saving the best for the last

Today was my last hiking day in the Blue Ridge mountains. I think Margaret saved the best hike for the last hike. We headed down the trail to Apple Orchard Falls. This was a very scenic hike with great views of the colorful mountainsides and wound along a creek until we reached the falls. After following the creek a ways further we returned to the falls to enjoy wine and cheese sipping from Jefferson mugs, with a toast to a couple of great hiking weeks and to the elusive Monticello. This is one of the prettiest hikes on the parkway and the...

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Oct 18, 2015 - The church on the hlllside

This morning I went to the Peaks community church with Bill and Margaret. This small community church was established in 1761 by the Key family, some of Margaret's ancestors. There are many of these small country churches, started by family groups, who had settled in these hills. As you can imagine some of these close knit groups led to interesting dynamics, differences and discussions. In the afternoon we met Fran, a friend of Margaret, who is currently back in Bedford for a school reunion. We hiked along a quiet woodland trail, up to...

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Oct 17, 2015 - Peaks of Otter winery

This morning we slept in, then enjoyed breakfast with a leisurely coffee. After breakfast we stopped by to say hello to the w/e neighbors. They are having their annual family w/e, enjoying the kids and grandkids and cooking a big pot of Brunswick stew over a campfire. We decided to walk down the hill and over to the Peaks of Otter winery about 2 miles down the road, for some wine tasting. This is a local family that makes fruit wines from their orchard, along with a variety of jams and cider. We tasted several wines; the chili wine with...

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Oct 9, 2015 - Bedford and Beyond

After 2 hiking days we figured our legs needed a bit of a break, so after breakfast we headed into Bedford to walk around the historic district. This area of town has some lovely old New England style homes, some with kitchen houses or office or small school attached, and most with nice verandas. From there went to yoga which was great for stretching out some of the kinks and creaks. Enjoyed lunch with Margaret's elderly mother, a very energetic lady who has several rental homes, including a neat little cabin in the woods called Hickory...

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Oct 7, 2015 - My first day in the Virginia Hills

Hi family and friends, i arrived in Roanoke, Virginia on Tues, about 8:30 pm EDT, after an early morning that started at 3:00am our time. Between flights, people watching and chatting with strangers you meet,the day goes by fairly quick. Margaret was at the airport to meet, then a stop at the grocery and home to her place near Bedford. We enjoyed a long chat over a glass of wine. After a long,late, leisurely breakfast on her patio we headed off to do a hike up Sharp Top peak, driving along a windy gravel road from her place to reach the...

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