Marty's Travels

My house has wheels

No R2AK

I'm a huge fan of the Race to Alaska, a 750 mile race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan without motors, but it was cancelled again this year. My shtick is to rent an RV spot at the marina where the boats congregate before the race, but to guarantee the spot requires making a reservation a year in advance. I reluctantly gave up my place this year. R2AK is a creation of Dan Evans, who wondered if a race could be put together of wildly disparate...

Back in regular lot

I moved back to my own lot after the contractors rebuilt the septic system behind me. I have a net loss of square footage now to allow for the larger footprint of the system. And, all new fresh gravel in the wrong places. Monday is my MRI on my heart, and I expect in a few days I'll be going in for an angioplasty to set a stent. Consequently I am foregoing the chore of moving gravel around until after things settle down on that front. My...

Things change quickly

Last week I had a "heart event" and spent three days in the hospital, mainly for tests. It's been seven years since my bypasses and I haven't had any problems since. I was taught back then how and when to use nitroglycerin, which includes the step "Call 911". I did, and the EMS guys gave me another nitro and 4 chewable aspirin. This likely saved my life. But, I waited far too long before making the move. Tests show another blockage on the...

Changed Lots

I moved onto another lot to allow construction of a new septic system behind my lot. I have zero brown sheds in my view and look directly on trees. This is perfectly acceptable to me for the next 2-4 weeks. I haven't written much about legal marijuana lately. I presume those interested in the topic can find their own way around current events that interest them. The surprisingly large number of states passing laws has grown so fast as to defy...

Not my style…

While I have to move onto another lot for a few weeks, it's not that big a deal. I've done that operation nearly a thousand times. My neighbor, though, arrived about 6 years ago in their Class B Leprechaun (about 32 feet) and hasn't moved it since. They bought it in Ohio, drove to Chimacum, and that's the way it's been ever since. Now he has to move his rig. They quickly filled the lot's shed, then added one of the Rubbermaid outdoor storage...

Update

While in Fort Bragg, I went into the clinic to have a lump on my arm identified. I was advised to get home to my doctor quickly. My goal for this two-month trip was to see if I could fill up 2 months by spending a week or two here and there at my favorite places. To return home, I'd have to cut the experiment in half. And return to Chimacum much sooner than planned, which might be impacted by the septic replacement going on behind my lot. I...

Fort Bragg (CA)

I was here last spring when the first lockdown happened. It was nice that the lady that runs this place knew that and welcomed me back. It's been a long year. Harbor RV Park is a piece of property perched on a head overlooking the Noyo River and Pacific Ocean, and includes a tiny harbor below. CA 1 is yards from me. I'll be here a week; the weather is cool and typical marine coastline.

A Big Disappointment

I found the Solar Living Center in Hopland, Ca, way back when I first started traveling. I described it as "The Whole Earth Catalog brought to life". A large grounds with a store, solar panels, water treatment exhibits, and whatever it took to go back to the land. Several years ago the store closed down. A licensed pot shop went in fairly soon after legalization. It was notable because one could partake on the grounds, a rarity in legal states....

California Legal Pot

It's a mess. That is the assessment of growers, processors, newspapers, county officials, retailers, all licensees, law enforcement, radio hosts, state politicians, and the legislature about the California legal cannabis laws and regs. And where I am now, Ukiah in Mendocino county, they've got their own problems. Mendocino County, one of the cannabis-growing counties of the Emerald Triangle, has about 1,000 state-licensed legal growing...

Arcata

I've done it. I'm where I wanted to be. It was a good run down the Oregon coastline and it's views. I needed to complete a couple of tasks in Eureka, then went into Arcata to check out the town square. Today was the day for the Humboldt County Farmer's Market. The town square is very small, and likely the most pliable place holding humans I can think of. It's dynamics change by the seconds. The market brought a load of people to the square; the...

364 Days

Tomorrow morning I'll hook up and head south after 364 days, the worst 364 days of my life. I won't go far, Sonoma County is my target, because I have to be back here June 1. But two months of moving on US101 will be just the ticket to shake up all the brain parts I haven't used for a while. I was vaccinated last week, and have been in a bubble of very low-risk people all year. I have no idea what the situation is in front of me, but I'll stick...

Marijuana, or Cannabis?

The assigned committee has passed unanimously a bill to change all uses of the word "marijuana" with "cannabis" in both the Washington state laws and the regulator's rules. It should get to the House floor soon. The thinking is that marijuana is a racist term, invented in the 1930's as a pejorative against Latinos. Which is true. I anticipate to continue to use it as a slang term, like "weed" or "pot".