Saturday, January 29, 2011

Still here...Brantley Lake SP

Mesmerized by fire

Our latest portable additions to our portable life:

Portable Fireplace
We like to have a fire, but so many places do not allow ground fires... so this is the solution.

Portable Screened Enclosure

obviously only the screens are portable, but when we dont have a shelter like this, we do have our canopy that we can put the screen walls on.

Jeff may not have his chopper, but that doesn't mean he can't show off with wheelies!

So what is on the agenda for today... we will be going into town again.  We had to go into town Thursday to get propane.  One propane tank was completely empty, and the other tank was very low.  Its been freezing at night so we need to keep the furnace on low.  So we made the trip into town and began to look for "the propane place"... then Sheryl asked Jeff, "did you bring the propane tanks?"  Hmm... no, we didnt have the tanks.  We started to turn around, but what a waste of a trip... so we decided to get the few things we needed to get, then go back.  Maybe there was enough propane left to get us through another night, so we didnt need to make two trips in one day.  There was enough for Thursday night and Friday night, so today we will make that trip to town again and get the propane.

It is suppose to be warmer for the next 3 nights (above freezing), but then for a few nights next week it will drop down into the teens, and they forecast a little snow on Tuesday!  That would be nice to see.
We extended our reservation for our site here until February 7... the day after the Super Bowl.  Go Packers! (I dont know why, but why not?)  From here we have decided to head West.  There are a few more New Mexico Parks we will stay at, but then we want to try a stay at Quartzsite and Slab City, where we can visit Salvation Mountain.  Slab City is real close to Borrego Springs, so we may boondock again in the Anza Borrego Desert where we were last March, and then check out the nearby San Diego County Park, Agua Caliente, where we may host at next Fall/Winter.

We have had an ongoing dilemna with wanting to have a motorcycle with us, but not knowing for sure how to do that.  There were several issues, with one of them being the laws in various states for towing a trailer behind a fifth wheel trailer.  Finally, we made a phone call to the Oregon DMV, where we confirmed that it is illegal (in Oregon, as well as other States) to tow an additional trailer.  So with that question out of the way, we did some more research on the Swivelwheel motorcycle trailer that we had learned about last year.  We have made our decision... this is the solution... it is pulled behind the fifth wheel, but it is not considered a trailer because it is attached to the fifth wheel reciever, it doesnt have another swing point.  (I dont know how to describe it, but it is legal, and simple)  Its simply a motorcycle carrier attached to the back of the fifth wheel.  We had a receiver installed onto our fifth wheel at the factory, so we are ready!  When we get back to Oregon, we will load our Harley Ultra Classic, and we will have a bike with us wherever we go! 

Gotta get goin'... Hope all our followers are enjoying their life, wherever they are.


  1. Glad you figured out a way to carry the bike. If you haven't seen the blog, check out

    They've been using one for a while. I suspect we'll be using one to carry our new cargo trailer for Stu's trike. They toy hauler is full with that and my motorcycle. LOL!

  2. We have one of the portable fire pits and we love it. We also bought the grill for the top so, we can also grill our meat on it, if we want.

  3. I love the saddle bags on the bicycle! Pretty smokin' hot bike!=)

  4. We'll be anxiously following your updates on how you'll haul at least one bike. We plan on another 5th wheel and probably won't find using another vehicle and pulling our bikes in our Haulmark economical. We did that when Dave was still contracting (and I had stopped teaching for 5 years) and it worked dollar-wise then; not so much when we join the ranks of "fixed income" in a few years!

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