A Lion’s Head, A Glacier, Dall Sheep, and No Rain!

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This past weekend, we took another dry run in the RV. As I have mentioned before, we have been going out as much as possible to test the systems in our rig and make sure all is well before we set out on our permanent journey.
It has rained for 4 months straight this summer, and we’ve just about had it. So, this past weekend we took off for high in the mountains north towards the Matanuska Glacier. This area we went to is one of my favorite places in Alaska. The Glenn Highway has been designated one of America’s scenic byways, and it never disappoints.

The park is set right in the middle of a reserve that protects Dall Sheep, and it gives you a 360 degree view of them all over the mountaintops.

If you’re ever in Alaska, visit them as you come off the Alaska Highway between Glenallen and Sutton.

When you walk along the trails behind the RV park at Grandview, you get a beautiful view from the bluff of the glacier, Mount Wickersham, and an ancient volcano called Lion’s Head.
Here’s some of what we saw. Thought you would enjoy it.

Lion's Head - the ancient volcano with Matanuska Glacier in background

Mount Wickersham

Fireweed was breathtaking along the trail and bees were busy

Sign for the bluff trail surrounded by fireweed

RVs parked at sunset at Grandview RV Park

RVs parked at sunset at Grandview

Grandview Cafe

Sissie, our doxie and my bear-bait dog (just kidding)

Views of Dall Sheep are 360 degrees all around you

The best part about staying there this weekend? Sun! Sun! Sun! No rain. Clear, dry air. It was a relief I cannot even begin to describe. I just wanted to stretch out on the ground outside and soak up as much as I could. We’ve been Vitamin D deficient lately, like you wouldn’t believe.

Low Bush Cranberry along the trail to the bluff

Matanuska Glacier

Here’s a tip from some fulltime RVers who no longer shampoo their hair. They use something called “NooPoo” and it is very effective and inexpensive:

http://www.technomadia.com/2009/07/two-years-shampoo-free/

http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html

Here’s one of my all-time favorite videos…and one of my favorite actors on TV:

What are your 100 things?

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You may have heard about him from an article in Time magazine. Perhaps you have heard about the movement.

I consider this a really important point for full-timers in an RV. It is probably especially on your mind if you, like us, are just getting ready to drive off into the sunset.

And after reading the posts on the Facebook fan page of the guy I’m getting ready to tell you about, I think it is easier to do if you actually have a definite reason for doing it, such as moving or graduating from college or transitioning to a smaller living space like RVers.

I am very proud of the young people in this country who hear and see firsthand what living on credit can do to you. People homeless or going into foreclosure. Billions of dollars in real estate 2nd mortgages in default, with no hope of ever collecting. Then taxpayers foot the bill.

There are quite a few different branch-offs of this grassroots movement. Some are doing it slowly, such as getting rid of 5 pieces of stuff everyday until they own 100 items. Some are in a contest to see how low below 100 they can get. I keep thinking about Steve Martin in the movie “The Jerk” when he was just happy to have his thermos.

While reading a book on full-timing, the author talked about maintaining a small storage unit. When she buys something on the road, it goes into the storage unit. While that seems like a great choice, this woman has been full-timing it for over 12 years. Can you imagine how much stuff is in there? Then what do you when you decide to settle down somewhere? Put a bunch of old junk in your house?

Tell me, could you knock it down to 100 things (not counting your RV) ?

Here’s the guy who started it all: (yay for you, Dave!)

aguynameddave.com

Here is a fantastic article from the NY Times that explains it in detail and how the end result is to get people out of debt in a very short time. It seems that when you stop concentrating on things, it starts your life over.

http://nyti.ms/afw0ZE

Here’s another article about it:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1812048,00.html

You can also follow Dave on Facebook here:

http://touch.facebook.com/#100thingchallenge?w2m

You can see a great example of someone who is really committed to it here:

http://gypsytour.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html

Here’s a great post about wastefulness:
http://zenhabits.net/simple-wasteless/

I was feeling a little depressed today (we’ve had 4 months of constant overcast skies and rain, and it is driving me cuckoo). I have absolutely NOTHING TO WHINE ABOUT after watching this beautiful video:

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