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Hiya!

So, I guess I'm supposed to post an intro...

After 15 years of sitting in a cubicle doing Engineering things, I had a mid-life crisis. I sold my house, quit my job, bought an RV trailer, and spent over a year exploring Canada from coast to coast. Although I'm of "no fixed address", I'm not homeless -- my little home has wheels on it, and my "back yard" spans 6 timezones.

I'm now a campground host (getting paid to camp is great, although some of you may not consider a full-service campsite to be "real camping"), while I figure out where to go from here. Maybe Alaska, the Yukon and NWT next year... who knows?

So, here I sit... with a view of snow-covered mountains out my window, a wide river with tug boats and barges going past regularly, noisy freight trains on the main line across the river, and with geese, coyotes, lots of rabbits, a few deer, a pair of raccoons (and a bear that I haven't seen yet, although another staff member has) hanging around the park.

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feyala
May. 1st, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you joined. I found you via pounced and I figured that you might be suitably outdoorsy from your ad and lj. :)

I've been organizing local furry campouts which has helped me get my camping "fix", but it's not the same as when I was traveling around. It sounds like you've been having a blast though! What's your favorite place where you've stayed?
shiver_raccoon
May. 1st, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, I was wondering who you were, and how you happened to find me :-)

This trip has been a good way of motivating me to get out and see the wilder parts of the continent. Sadly, as I get older, I'm less likely to want to do an 8-hour hike like I used to. Perhaps if I had someone locally to go out with, I'd get out in the wilderness a bit more. Some year I'd like to head down to California and Texas; maybe I'll run into you on the way.

Hmmm... favourite place... that's hard to say, as there are several. Cape Breton Island (northern Nova Scotia) was rugged and scenic, with trails going up the hills there. The Rockies (Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise) were beautiful, as I hadn't seen mountains up close before. Sadly, poor weather plus bad back pain meant that I didn't do much hiking, just sightseeing and photography from my truck. I also really liked northern Vancouver Island. It's about a 6 hour drive from north to south; the bottom half is quite populated, but the top half is much more remote. It's mostly lumber companies up there, although they are closing down due to high costs and the economy. Sadly, they are leaving behind an awful lot of clear-cut wasteland. Still, if I could live anywhere it would be there, with views of the mountains, ocean, woods, etc. plus moderate climates.

After I finish traveling (either run out of places to see, or money to travel!), I'd like to buy 100 acres of woods, put the trailer up on blocks, and use it as my "cabin in the woods".

P.S. One of the geese here is missing part of her wing (the staff think she got tangled in some fishing line a few years ago). Since she can't fly with the other geese, she's hanging around the campground, and is now tame enough that she'll eat from my hand, and even let me pet her a bit. Hmmm... I think I should start trying to tame that raccoon that I see occasionally!
feyala
May. 1st, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
It's good that you're getting out to experience the wild parts, better late than never. :) I always have people telling me that I am so lucky to be traveling around, and they don't seem to grasp the idea that they could do it too if it was important enough for them. It might be fun to hang out sometime if you happen to be in this neck of the woods.

Oh yeah, Cape Breton, I had an ex that went on about that place all the time, the pictures he brought back were very beautiful. Haven't been to any of the other places though, unfortunately. Have you ever been to Big Sur? That place is fantastic.

Good luck with the local wildlife. :) When I was a kid we went camping where there was this little fox that would come up and beg for food, very cute. I worried about his survival strategy though, sometimes animals that beg too much become nuisances and end up shot. :(
shiver_raccoon
May. 1st, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
I love the photos of Big Sur; I've never been to California, although it's on my list of places to see.

*sigh* So many places to visit, so little time in one life.
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