For now I will drive Steve over and back so I can keep the Tracker on site in case I want to run somewhere. But after Steve finishes all the paperwork and certifications this week with the DNR, he will have a Ranger truck to run around in for work.
It was a busy day for him yesterday with tons of information, getting keys, tours of equipment and meeting employees. Tomorrow he gets to hire a worker from a group of applicant interviews too. There is also an extensive network of volunteers that help keep this park in it's great condition, so he is going to meet a lot more as the days go by.
But all in all, it's a good fit and he is thinking this is going to be a very good job.
On the other hand, I spent most of yesterday steaming, photographing, tagging and listings some more socks and rugs into my Etsy shop: http://kareninthewoods.etsy.com
Sipping coffee here and contemplating the upcoming day. I think I am going to do a few loads of laundry. Yes, we have a washer and a dryer in our motorhome. It's made by Splendide and came with our motorhome.
What is interesting in our Safari motorhome configuration is that the washing machine water does NOT go into either the black (toilet) or grey (sink) holding tanks. Instead, it comes directly out the drain pipe. If we were in a campsite with a sewer connection, that is not a problem. It just runs and drains out the pipe through the drain hose and into the hole.
But... in this campsite we do not have a sewer hookup. No problem though, because we have a special drain cap that goes on the end of our pipe. On that cap is a little threaded section that a garden hose can screw onto. I run a thinner (waste) hose off the drain cap and drain the washing machine run-off water into a big tub we keep on hand.
(I just ran out and took some closeup pics of it)
Now here is where it gets interesting. I am going to RECYCLE the washing machine water! I am going to use a pitcher to scoop it out and wash the dogs!!! So today they will get a bath.... with washing machine water to wet them down, add some bio-degradable doggie shampoo to suds them up, and then pour pitchers of the rinse water over their heads to rinse them off.
Before the "grey water police" start commenting on this subject... take note: This is a heavily wooded site with plenty of shrubbery to absorb the water without it becoming a problem of any standing water. Much like the campers a few sites down with their portable solar shower bags and portable shower stall alongside their popup, or the tenters next door dumping their dishpans of water into the shrubbery, or the ones gathered at the water faucet across the road doing their dishes and rinsing their clothing out. This is a common practice in this part of the country, and we also see it done out west and in the desert too.
Maybe I will take some pics, if my hands aren't too wet.
We are staying here at the park till Thursday. (also this site is reserved for the weekend so would have to move anyhow) Then we will drive the motorhome towing the Tracker right up to St. Mary's hospital in Green Bay. We have permission to stay overnight in the hospital parking lot the night before Steve's outpatient surgery. And then again afterwards we can wheel him right out to the rig and he can recoup in the lot again for the night. Much easier than cramming him into the Tracker after a spinal block surgery for a long agonizing 30+ mile ride home. He had the same surgery on his other knee 16 years ago, so he kinda knows what to expect. Will get the pain pills filled ahead of time, and he still has his crutches from the last surgery here in the motorhome.
For the weekend we might buzz over and see our friends Paula and Mel, and "moochdock" in their driveway. Kinda playing it by ear right now.
We will see how long he needs to stay off it, but knowing him, he will be up and about in no time. The surgeon seems to think Steve will bounce back quick because he is young, healthy, lean and in good shape, and used to walking and bending and moving for his job. He said a few days and all will be fine. Steve goes back for a post-op appt. on August 27 to remove stitches and for a "return to work" paper, so we will see how he does early next week. He might be at his desk in his office before we know it.
Well, my coffee is cold, and water heater is hot and ready. Guess I will start the laundry!