In the no news is good news category, my dear wife Juanita is holding at full remission after the six month long chemo series and subsequent bi-monthly maintenance treatments. She is healthy, happy and probably much wiser than I.
Both of us began much needed diets in early February with terrific results. I have lost well over 50# and Juanita nearly 40, allowing me to take the name "Port Orford Slim" in the blog title.
Port Orford Slim
In the other big news department, the owners of Port Orford RV Village took us out of the loop, so to speak, and put us into one of the side permanent spaces in the park. We purchased the 8' x 8' shed owned by the previous tenant of the space, so Juanita finally has local storage for all of her quilting supplies and I have a shop with an 8' long bench, room for all of my tools and hobby stuff and a Generac 3.6 Kw emergency generator. A guy couldn't ask for more. Nor could wifey!
Being placed into a permanent space in the park implies somewhat more than I am willing to concede at this point in life. I think J is happy to make this spot our home, while I am clinging to the truck keys with some uncertainty about the situation. As each day passes, however, I am becoming more settled and can most certainly see advantages of making this our home off the road. We are facing decision time early next year when we will either return to Texas to renew our drivers licenses or become Oregon residents. Decisions....decisions......
I'm starting to get comfortable here!
Since I last wrote, I have purchased two new drones. A larger DJI Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter is supplemented with a much smaller and portable DJI Mavic Pro. Both are very capable photo and video platforms that have already been put to good use.
As to the subject of the title, we are going on a two week long "vacation" beginning Thursday morning. Yes, we still take vacations, but a vacation for us retired folks is more a departure from daily routine than anything else. Since the fifth wheel trailer had to be put into this space with a very large shoehorn, we are taking the truck only on the journey that starts with four days with family in the SF Bay Area.
We will then turn the trusty Chevy east and make a rapid run through Nevada, Utah and Idaho to Yellowstone NP. A nice small cabin located outside the park in Island Park, ID will provide a roof over our heads while we visit Yellowstone and other favorite places in the area like Ennis and Virginia City in Montana.
I plan to put the portable drone to good use during this trip and will post some of the results in this blog and on Facebook. Due to others who have abused the privilege, the FAA and National Park Service prohibit the use of drones in national parks, so ground based photos and videos will have to suffice.
So, as Arnold would say, "Hasta la vista baby".