1. If you recall from my last post, we made a whirlwind weekend trip to the property to deliver a truckload of belongings, and to meet the 30 day maximum between visits insurance requirements. So that put us back in Wisconsin so that I could help our daughter and our beautiful newborn granddaughter. Due to a hard labor and delivery, our daughter was on medical restrictions for two weeks, so I helped out while her husband was at work.
2. We took advantage of this time to also visit with friends and spend some time with our grandson (and his parents) since this is going to be our longest off-grid retreat yet. Our plan is to remain down here until almost Thanksgiving.
|Scoot packed and ready for her off-grid adventure.|
(She does not know what the road to the property is like.)
4. Once I returned home, we had one more game of Tetris (AKA pack up the truck), plus we packed up Scoot (our diesel VW beetle) as we would be bringing her down as well. I would drive Scoot while Alan and Maycee made the trip in Truck.
|A slight delay in the 12 hour trip.|
I was not looking forward to the trip as much as usual since we would both be doing the 12 hour drive in separate vehicles. I was looking forward to see if I could join the '700 Mile Club' in Scoot, meaning I had traveled 700 miles on one tank of gas (diesel).
|Maycee helps Alan set up the navigation.|
Since we got to the property at nightfall, we waited to unpack the truck until yesterday morning. However, we were under a time constraint to get unpacked. We had hoped to get back to the property by August 24 because we wanted to buy some furniture with a 20% discount we had earned, but it expired on the 24th. In a previous post, quite some time ago, I included a picture of Alan building a bistro table and chairs we had purchased at Big Lots. We also bought our bed there and have been pleased with the quality of the furniture, especially since it is so inexpensive. We had joined the Big Lots 'frequent buyer' club and worked to earn '20% off your next purchase' in order to use it to purchase more furniture. We reached our goal a couple months ago, but with our hectic summer schedule and depleting funds for off-grid projects, we had to put off the furniture purchase for a while. But, since we made it back a day before the expiration date, we wanted to take advantage of it.
So, that brings us to today's activities. First, of course, was the trip to Big Lots and we verified this box had the correct product number that matched what we purchased. I also noticed on the box that this one weighs 30 pounds more than the one we already carried into and out of the house yesterday. From there we headed to a 'disaster preparedness fair' that was some distance away, but looked like it would be worth the road trip. We thought this could prove to be helpful living in a new part of the country than we are used to or familiar with. Besides, it was free admission and a free lunch. We did have a nice time, found a few interesting booths and a seminar on rain barrels, but the majority was geared towards child safety (including booster car seat give-aways) and tornado safety (including free weather radios). The majority of the attendees were young families with several kids in tow, strollers and babies in front-pack carriers. As we were enjoying our free lunch, Alan commented that it was interesting how you can take the subject of disaster, death and destruction and turn into into a family oriented fun fair that includes face painting and balloon animals!
That's all for now, it's getting late and tomorrow we need to get up bright and early for another road trip back to civilization and the nearest Harbor Freight for one of their parking lot sales. Now that is something to get excited about!