8am - We've left Jojoba Hills and are heading back home to Lone Wolf. We headed out a day early. Anxious to be back with MsTwayler!
Bank of America
This morning I phoned Bank of America about my credit card. The automated phone would NOT let me speak with a human being. Since I do not talk with machines, I guess this means "goodbye" BofA!
2pm -Back at Lone Wolf!
I am sooooo happy to be back at Lone Wolf! Because I am so very tired out from the trip home!
In fact, I am so tired that my eyes are blurry! It's gonna take me awhile to recover! I've collapsed into the the La-Ze-Boy.
3pm -After my nap
Wow! I feel sooooo much better now that I've had a nap. The inside of MsTwayler is getting warm now. And comfortable.
Baby Boid's cage is door is open. But he has not emerged yet.
5:30pm -Rain and Wind!
Because it is so cold and windy outside, I decided to head over to 24 Hour Fitness in order to soak in the hot tub! What better way to get warm? Right?
On my return, I stopped at Stater Bros and bought a Claim Jumper Blackberry Pie! It's baking in the oven right now! Yummm!
6pm -Rain is sooooo very loud!
The falling rain is so loud, to be almost overwhelming in sound. How could rain be so heavy without a flood?
It's kinda scary!
8:15pm -Loud rain!
It is sooooo very weird! The rain continues to fall so loudly, that it is almost impossible to imagine how very loud it is! When will this damned loud rain stop?
Here is a report on this huge rainfall: "An intense winter storm dumped some of the heaviest rains in years over Los Angeles and neighboring areas on Friday, with flash flooding widespread and landslides developing."
Weather authorities clueless!
It is obvious that weather authorities, which only hours ago reported that the drought continues, do not even have a single clue to what the actual weather conditions are at this time!
But I will state, categorically, that there is no drought in California at this time!
When will I get to the top of the waiting list? That's the question on Reader's minds? But! That is not the question on my mind. Because, I don't want to focus on "that particular" when!
That's like focusing on the day that I'm going to die! That is plain no good! Because my focus should be on the things that I'm going to do tomorrow. Or the next day. To be excited about those days! That's my way!
8am - I may be more fascinated about how Jojoba Hills got founded than most persons. It's the foresight, dedication and stick-to-it-ness of the founders that grabs me!
Here is a story from the San Diego Union:
11:30am -Scampy's awning
We never camped in a place where Scampy's awning might be useful before. However, here in Jojoba's Boondock area is a perfect place for the awning!
Isn't Scampy's awning neat?
3pm -My first volunteer job!
Last September, during my first stay at Jojoba Hills I was soaking in one of their Jacuzzi pools. On my mind was volunteering. As you may know, volunteering is a primary thing here at Jojoba. That's how stuff gets done around here!
That's when it popped into my head that I would volunteer to shine up the stainless steel tube rails that go into the Jacuzzi pools! And that thought has been rolling around in my head ever since!
Yesterday at the grocery, I bought some abrasive polish cloths to do that shining up! This afternoon, I shined up that pole. Came out great!!
I'm now a Jojoba volunteer. And.....I am not even a member yet! .
7am - One afternoon, several weeks ago, I sat at a large round table in Friendship Hall. I was not aware on that afternoon, that I was sitting at the Founder's table.
Only three people sat there. Myself and two of Jojoba's founders. For no reason that I could understand at that time, a founder said to me:
"The first time that I arrived at Jojoba Hills and viewed what would become the entrance road, there was not even a trail going up the hill."
In fact, on that afternoon, I had absolutely no understanding of what it was like back on the very first day that the Founders met at Jojoba. Why was I blessed with the insight of how that first day was? I don't know the answer to that question. But I am sooooo thankful for that insight!
A tiny perspective
Yesterday evening I watched a video titled "The Jojoba Hills Story." As the video began, I realized that the founders volunteered themselves to do the actual work of creating this place. Digging holes. Mixing concrete. Pounding nails.
Building Jojoba for these founding persons was a labor of love and devotion. Their muscles ached with this work.
Trying to grasp!
After the video, I realized that it would be pretty much impossible for me to comprehend building Jojoba in the personal way that each founder experienced. And, although I will never fully comprehend. I have some tiny bit of understanding. And for that I am truly grateful!
9am - Perhaps thru the magic of natural selection, Little Honda and MsScampy found their way to Jojoba Hills. We are staying in the Boondock Area for 7-days!
Note: Are you a regular Reader and have not ever heard of Jojoba Hills?
If so, re-read all of our Blog posts from mid-September, 2016 forward!
6:15pm -What happened to George?!
Sooooo much has gone down!! Only just now, after finishing supper, am I able to Blog to you about all of that! [Back to the beginning of the day.]
8am - First of all, we are at the exact same Jojoba Boondock Site as the last time we stayed here. The site next to the laundry. That site was open. So I took it.
We arrived here at 8am, and a very nice Jojobian lady drove down to the main gate and let us through to the Boondock area. I ate a quick breakfast and then walked over to the office and checked-in.
We booked the maximum Boondock time. 7-days. But I needed cash or bank check to pay the $35 rent. I had neither!
10am - So, I drove into Temecula and withdrew cash from my credit union account.
On my return to Jojoba, I did a little grocery shopping at Stater Bros [getting to be one of my favorite markets!].
12 noon -Puttering around MsScampy
We worked on fixing one of our stealth curtains. And some other stuff too. Then, drove over to Friendship Hall and the exercise room. After exercising, I soaked in the Jacuzzi and returned to Scampy for supper.
5pm - We used our NordicWare Grill to make a steak. Really love that NordicWare Grill !!!
8am - Little Scampy carries only one propane tank. We ran out of propane in that tank on New Year's eve. And had to go out late at nite for a propane fill-up!
We decided right then, that we needed to carry a backup propane tank. There is no room on Scampy's tongue for a 2nd 5-gallon 20-lb propane tank. Where would we put it?
We found an answer! Use one of those Coleman pre-filled 1-lb tanks! An adapter was found in Amazon [Link].
NOTE: This morning is our first use of this propane backup system. And it's working great!
8:30am -Yesterday's golf
I really wanted to mention an important thing about yesterday's golf game.
Almost overlooked in the excitement of golfing, is my energy level! Since I stopped taking all meds in August, 2016, my energy level is now fantastically high! Let me state this in a different way. Because I stopped taking all prescription meds last August: "MY ENTIRE LIFE HAS CHANGED!"
Those meds were killing me!
It's a miracle!
4pm -Into The Wilds!
MsScampy and the rest of us have pulled out of the San Diego area. We are heading northeasterly into unknown territory!
Below is a pic of what Little iPhone saw as we turned into what is known as:
The Wilds Country!
Nobody on The Team has any clue how dangerous it is for us to journey here!
7:30am - Late yesterday afternoon, I drove to the nearest Home Depot to my Cousin Jacky's home. I had, at long last, determined how Little Honda's storage drawers were going to be positioned.
Out in the Home Depot parking lot, the 2-sets of drawers were moved around to the best position.
The two sets of full extension drawers, are now back-to-back. The backs bolted together in order to be sturdy. The foot of the cabinets are bolted to a 1/2" thick 2 foot x 4 foot plywood board. This 1/2" board is placed just behind Honda's driver and passenger seats.
All in all, the drawer project came out well. Lucky it was to come out well too. Because my planning of these cabinets was pitiful!
When I had completed the first of the two sets of 7-drawer high cabinets, I stacked them up to get a look at how they would be. Wow! The stack looked too damned tall!
Grabbing a tape, I took a rough reading of the height. Right away I know something was not at all right.
It was not even necessary for me to go out to Honda and measure the floor to ceiling dimension. I knew, that I had messed up! I went out and measured anyway.
What to do?
Honda has a fixed sized storage area. There is no way to put the planned
14-drawers in the Honda. But one set 5-drawers high and the second set
2-drawers high works great!
Goes to show! If a guy is lucky, things works out!
8:15pm -Arrived back in La Mesa
We've made a Camp in the upper parking lot of our old 24 Hour Fitness at Grossmont. It's quiet here. May extend this to a Nite Camp.
Tomorrow I have an appointment with my Kaiser primary care doctor. I need a referral from him. More about that tomorrow.
5am -My oldest and dearest friend!
My Cousin Jacky and I lived across the street from each other when we both were babies. We are 9-months apart in our birthdays. We were both born in the same year, 1937. Jacky in February. Myself in November.
We both attended City Terrace Elementary School together. In the huge field behind Jacky's home in Monterey Park CA, I hunted down my first bird with my Benjamin air rifle. We were around each other at family parties.
In 2008, our long planned for trip to Israel happened. We both travelled all over Israel together. Seeing Israel. Visiting our Israeli family members.
Today we will be celebrating Jacky's 80th birthday together.
9am - Tomorrow is Cousin Jacky's birthday. Little Honda, MsScampy and George are heading out her way to celebrate! Likely leave Lone Wolf around 11am this morning.
12 Noon -Afternoon Camp
We were traveling along State #138 and came to I-15. Since there was a ton of stop-and-go traffic on I-15 and George was a bit sleepy, we took this opportunity to make an Afternoon Camp!
MsScampy is sooooo happy for Baby Boid and George to be in comfort because of her!
We setup Scampy's bed and then turned on our Olympian Wave3 Catalytic Heater because it is a little chilly. Then cranked up the Mac in order to make this 12 Noon post to you. 😎
There is no hurry to arrive at Cousin Jacky's. We are not expected until mañana. We headed out from Lone Wolf especially so that we would be able to camp just as we are doing right now! Isn't this Camp the greatest thing?
1pm -24 Hour Fitness Club
During my nap, I was kinda dreaming about 24 Hour Fitness.
You may have noticed how often on Scampy Trips that I visit a 24 Club! In fact, there hardly is any separation at all between a Scampy Trip and a 24 Club visit!
Is there any wonder?:
An exercise place!
A shower place!
A spa/Jacuzzi place!
A socializing place!
A camping place in the parking lot!
7:21pm -Wow! 90% of Honda's storage mess is now in the new cabinet! Double Wow With Sugar On It! Here's what happened:
After 24 Hour Fitness, we had to go grocery shopping for supper at a nearby Stater Bros Market. That's because Scampy's cupboard is bare!
Here is our reasoning. We intentionally transfer hardly anything from Twayler to Scampy anymore, because we want to be totally self-sufficient at the very beginning of a MsScampy trip!
With a minimal transfer like this in place:
Nothing is left behind.
Not one single thing needs to be remembered to transfer.
We are able to be On-The-Road and Heading-Out in minutes!!
Why did we sort the storage mess into the new cabinet?
Because we could not find things! For example, our Nordic Ware Reversible Grill Griddle [Link]. We bought for supper a nice thick Rib Eye Steak because we had the Nordic Ware Griddle.
So.....we sorted out the whole mess for that!
But we did not ACTUALLY sort anything! All we had to do, is get individual items from the jumbled mass of stuff on Little Honda's rear floor into ANY drawer where it would fit!
That "limited" sort did the trick! I already ate a nice bowl of:
Campbell's Chunky New England Clam Chowder
Right after finishing this Blog post, comes preparing the Rib eye steak and veggies!!
6am - There are two flowers in MsScampy's tiny garden. They are both PrimRoses. And MsScampy brought them on this trip for viewing and for safekeeping.
MsScampy loves flowers. ♥️
7:30am -24 Hour Fitness & Medications
This morning I'm going over to 24 Hour Fitness. I have benefitted sooooo much by going to 24 Hour regularly [every other day].
My physical condition has improved so very much. I am hardly the same person anymore! It was my cessation of using prescribed medication which led to my being able to benefit by being a 24 Hour member.
I am now:
Stable when I walk
Able to do common things easily. ie; Put on my shoes and pants!
Mild twitching of my right hand and right foot is gone
My weight at my last Kaiser visit this week was 152 lbs. BMI = 22.39
Last September, these numbers were: 177 lbs BMI = 25.46
I have NOT been diagnosed as having had a "Brain Hemorrhage" by my doctors. I deduced that on my own from the symptoms that I had.
I believe that one of my prescribed medications, caused a massive decline in my health. This medication is: Warfarin. Prescribed for me as a result of a minor blood clot which occurred after replacement of my aortic valve in March, 2014.
Warfarin is a blood thinner. In my case, Warfarin caused minor bleeding of my brain which led to a major upset of my physical self. In my opinion, from my research, I conclude that my continuing to take Warfarin would very likely led to my death.
6:15am -Leaving Les Schwab
When making Stealth Nite Camps, it's a good idea to leave them early next morning. That way, you are gone before being noticed. In this case, noticed by the employees who work at Les Schwab Tire Center.
Baby Boid is still asleep. It would be terrible to awaken Boid at this ungodly hour! So, we tucked in Boid's cage where it sat on the corner of the bed. The wall's corner boxed Boid in on two sides. My sleeping bag and two pillows would secure Boid's cage for the short trip to Kaiser Hospital. I have an appointment in radiology at 9:15am for a Dexa Scan.
Little Honda drove at a max speed of 25 mph in order not to disturb sleeping Baby Boid. We drove with our blinkers on in order to alert drivers. When traffic became heavy, we pulled over and stopped, waiting for traffic to clear.
When we arrived at Kaiser, we made a Morning Camp on a residential side street very close to the hospital.
9am -Boid's first moult!
The first thing done each morning, is wake up Baby Boid. Gently remove his black cage cover. And say, "Good morning, Baby Boid!"
Then, Boid's seeds are changed. And his water too. Then change the paper towel at the bottom of his cage.
This morning, that's when two of Boids feathers were discovered. At the bottom of his cage Wow! Boid must be in his first moult! [Link] Boid may be a bit over 4-months of age.
Is this proof of Boid's first moult?
11am -I got lost!
After my Kaiser appointment, I did not leave the same way I entered. I guess that I must have been on the other side of this Kaiser facility. And this place is HUGE!
Walking in the direction that I figured was correct, was definitely NOT correct. I was lost! Big time!
So, I got out Little iPhone and phoned Uber. When the Uber guy came, I explained to him what had happened. We drove to Kaiser, and turned right.
We drove back to Kaiser and turned left. Hey! This looks familiar!! A couple of blocks in this direction, and there they were! Little Honda and MsScampy!
When I went inside MsScampy, I explained to Baby Boid what had happened. But Boid did not seem to be interested!!
Boid just sat there on his cage perch and smiled at me! 😜 3pm -Finding fresh water
A stealth Rver is usually one who does not stay in RV parks. Stealth RVers must develop resourcefulness in order to fill their fresh water tanks.
MsScampy's fresh water tank holds about 8-gallons. I check the tank regularly by opening the door to the dining table bench and viewing the water level. Checking this morning found about the level to be 2" from the bottom.
It's time for filling!
This afternoon, at a Mobil gas station, the clerk offered to let me use a water spigot to fill Scampy's tank.
MsTioga Magazine has a story that we wrote titled:
7am - Have you read our values? [Link] Our value "Order" means that this morning, prep for The Trip includes squaring away MsTwayler. That means taking down Twayler's Cabinet Shop so that everything can be cleaned up.
Another very important item, is obtaining a key for Little Honda that will be hidden. On our last trip, we came very close to getting locked out when our Honda key got mislaid. We found it!
Honda's key is one of those new-fangled keys. Apple Valley has a key shop that is able to make dupes.
Of course we must set-up MsScampy for this trip!
♥️😍 We just love doing prep for a Scampy Camping Trip! 😍 ♥️
3:30pm -Heading out from Lone Wolf
We planned to leave Lone Wolf at 2pm. However, loading up Scampy took an extra 1/2 hour.
About the time we were to head out, we found that something was wrong with connection to the deep cycle battery that provides Scampy electric power.
We checked the main fuse on the battery. It was OK.
We checked polarity. Were the + and - connections reversed? The battery was removed for a several day charge. Could the battery upon return to Scampy had the + and - reversed? No. That was OK.
We checked the electric panel inside Scampy. The 20 amp main fuse was blown! Of course we carry a good supply of all the fuses used. Replacing the 20 amp main did the trick!
5:30pm -Arrived at the City of Fontana
As you likely know. the first thing to do on arrival at place where you plan to Nite Camp, is to find a potential Nite Camp site. Best to do a Nite Camp search before dark!
We found what appeared to be good Nite Camp site, at the rear of a Les Schwab Tire Center. We stopped in the parking lot, and one if the Les Schwab people walked over to ask if we needed service?
"Yes", I replied! "The trailer wheel bearings need to be lubed."
He directed Honda and Scampy into one of the service bays. And the shop foreman came over to ask, "May I look inside your trailer?" Of course we answered, "YES." Because we love to show people the delights of our Scampy!
After, Joel [the foreman] looked over Scampy, he appeared to be quite interested! Then he lubed Scampy's wheel bearings. No charge! 😀
8pm -24 Hour Fitness in the City of Fontana
After buying some special shampoo at a CVS Pharmacy, we drove to a nearby 24 Hour Fitness in order to use the shampoo in one of 24's showers.
Since we've become somewhat addicted to 24, we exercised before shampooing! Gotta love it! 😍
11pm -Nite Camp @ Les Schwab
Little Honda, MsScampy and George returned to the Les Schwab Tire Center
to make our Nite Camp.
This is a decent Nite Camp! Not too much traffic noise.