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Old 04-26-2012, 01:41 AM   #111
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Tygercub- Thanks, I use a digital projector as a tool with most commission work to help cut down time/price and for jobs like this one where the surface isnt flat. Projecting helps keep the image in proportion over all the ridges and multiple surfaces like when it laps the garage door and siding. Mine is about 5 years old now, InFocus brand I think? I bought it new from Circuit City for $500 and it has paid for itself a million times over. Surprisingly I've never had to change the bulb, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll last till we make it home. They have an hour rating, not sure what mine is but I'm positive I'm waaaay past it. We use it a lot at home to watch movies on outside, fun times

Today we parked at a Park&Ride and took the metro into downtown Portland and had a blast! I'll post pictures tomorrow if we find a coffee shop, our phone internet data is dwindling for this month. When we got back we wanted to switch up Walmart's so we tried 2 different ones in Vancouver, WA and were told by security patrols no overnights by state law The only place I've ever seen a no overnight in Walmart was in Flagstaff, and that was a marked sign when you entered. So we went back across the river to Troutdale, but not before blowing a trailer tire Its raining and late so I'm going to change that in the morning.. lousy way to end such a fun day. oh well. Tomorrow we'll be staying with a friend of a friend and hopefully get a much needed hot shower.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:04 AM   #112
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you can stay at the woodburn and both salem wal marts, as well as there is a huge parking lot on mission street where k mart is where the semi's park. also camping world wilsonville allows1 nite.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:21 AM   #113
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... When we got back we wanted to switch up Walmart's so we tried 2 different ones in Vancouver, WA and were told by security patrols no overnights by state law The only place I've ever seen a no overnight in Walmart was in Flagstaff, and that was a marked sign when you entered...
We used Allstays to locate places to park overnight. Lots of places besides Wal-marts. We prefer Sam's Clubs (you need to be a member but a "business" member ship is only $35 per year and you do not need to prove you area business. Just make up a name. We have also stayed at several Cracker Barrels (love their food.. ice tea, biscuits and grits.... yum, yum!). Have had nothing but good experiences in Truck Stops (mostly Flying J... we eat supper there and purchase fuel... their showers are pricey). Many Lowes and home Depots will let you park overnight as well. You may want to check out the Allstays website to get an idea of where to look.

As for NOP... we have run into a few Wal-marts that do not allow it but we can park next door at the Sam's Clubs. I think it has something to do with the membership thing. Probably similar for Costco members. Wal-Mart does seem to get targeted for the NOP. Expand your criteria. We may call it wallydocking but we can wallydock (park overnight) in other places.

BTW, we also found a lot of open (free) wifi sites while parking overnight. We needed an external antenna to reach some of them, but many restaurants, hotels and other business have an open wi-fi signal. I use a cheapie USB antenna in my desktop computer (no air card) and the laptop I got (bartered) from one of my daughters has an external air card in it. I need them to access the free campground wi-fi anyway. Some Sam's Clubs have a wifi. Home Depot (and probably Lowes) does as well.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:15 PM   #114
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Yea thanks lorna, im bookmarking that one. I like their explanation: "Some us are frugal and don't like paying $25-$70 just to park and sleep. We may not need a pool and all the luxury items that many resorts and KOA parks have. Those are great when we need them but sometimes we just want a break and to fill up on supplies." Exactly how we feel.

Here are just a couple pictures from yesterday, Portland was SO much bigger than we had thought it would be. I'm glad the lightrail system reached out so far, driving the bus & trailer downtown would not have had a happy ending....


Angie in front of some Blaine Fontana sculptures at his solo show in Hellion Gallery. (http://thefontanastudios.com/)


Right beside the Hellion Gallery was a clothing store/gallery called the Upper Playground that was covered with murals by lots of my other favorite artists, behind me here is some work by Sam Flores (http://samflores.com/)


Playing the original Tron arcade game at Ground Control arcade/bar, the lightcycle rounds were actually pretty tough.. or it may have been the beer

I changed the flat on the trailer but Walmart didn't carry a replacement (4.8-12) they only had 4.8-8 So I'll need to find another one of those soon and then this morning I noticed the right front blinker bulb is out... always something eh? At least we found a nice empty coffee shop to recharge in, I didn't even drink coffee before this trip but I've become quite fond of caramel lattes
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:40 PM   #115
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Cool! Thanks a lot, I gotta tell you anytime I tell people about skoolie.net I always show them your motorcycle lift video. Your bus was really awesome, I was surprised when I read you sold it. After all the repairs I've had to make on mine I plan on driving that bus into the grave, but this will most likely be the last cross country trip I'll push it on. Anyway, we're staying just a few blocks away from that intersection you saw us at until Monday if you want to meet up and take a tour of it, lol.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:57 PM   #116
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We made it to Idaho!


Angie's aunt has llamas =)


Angie's uncle is a big game hunter, he has some really cool stories.


They turned us on to some fun hikes. We saw some mountain goats today on Palisades Creek Trail!

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What a great adventure! I envy you guys.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:29 PM   #118
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8 MONTHS today! Ang and I arrived in Moab Utah yesterday and will be hanging out for probably a week before heading to Boulder, CO. We've transcribed most of our interviews since CA and should have a slew of new blog articles in the next week or so depending on our power availability. Here's some picture updates:


We had an amazing time visiting Angie's relatives in Idaho, we went on tons of hikes and saw more wildlife in those couple weeks than all the critters I have ever seen in my life combined. Angie's uncle took us for a float down the Snake River and we stopped to climb on this waterfall, Fall Creek Falls.

After our whirlwind visit back in VA (to attend family celebrations weddings, graduations..) we flew back to Idaho in time for a Memorial weekend trip to Yellowstone! I had never been before and I'm going to limit myself to 3 photos but it was AMAZING!

Angie and a young ewe (female bighorn sheep).


At one point there was a heard of buffalo crossing a rather large section of the river and we watched in horror as calf after calf got swept down stream. We thought they might drown because they kept trying again and again but finally the mothers crossed back over. I filmed the episode along with our other animal sightings (including griz/black bears and cubs, wolves, elk, snowshoe rabbits..) but its going to be awhile before I get it online.


And here is our touristy shot of old faithful

One last yellowstone picture, I spotted this unusual bus that we later saw shuttle people around the park. It has a canvas convertible top, neat!


So now we're hanging out at Ken's Lake campground in Moab and its HOT. The lake should help us survive the heat as long as we remember to reapply sunblock... but its days like these that make me think maybe I could get over the noisy generators buzzing all around our camp for a few minutes of AC. Oh well.. we've been 8months without I suppose we can last a few more.
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... but its days like these that make me think maybe I could get over the noisy generators buzzing all around our camp for a few minutes of AC. Oh well.. we've been 8 months without I suppose we can last a few more.
You're supposed to be in cool areas during the hot season and warm areas during the cold season. Somehow we always get that backwards.
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I can't resist! I'd give an eyt tooth and my left-----well you know what I mean to have that beautiful canvas topped bus to turn into a SKOOLIE! My pop drove one of those during the summers of his college days. How cool that they are still around. I've enjoyed watching your travels--stay happy and warm!
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