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May 24, 2009 -

Taking the House Out for a Spin

I’ll be here for most, if not all, of the next week, so this afternoon I packed up the RV and drove it a total of 1.2 km from my site to the dump station and back to my site. 🙂 The cats, Neelix especially, were most confused to find us stopping right back where we started! I have to say that this park was very well designed. Getting around with the rig was easy, with lots of room to turn and get in and out of spots. I’m not sure if this was done on purpose, but the area by the dump station slopes down towards it. This is great for dumping since you’ve got gravity working for you.

I took advantage of the move to park the car at the front of the site so I could park Miranda further back, closer to the hookup post. The way I was parked before, I didn’t have enough hose to get from the post to the city water inlet. This made me grateful for my new fresh water intake as it gave me the extra foot of hose I needed. 🙂

I’m surprised that I’ve gone a week and a half (feels like more!) without dumping. My black tank was only about half full. Not sure about the grey, but the sensors said it was full and I didn’t want to wait for water to start to back up in the shower to go dump. Coming back, my sensors informed me that my black tank was full, the grey tank was 3/4s full, and the propane is empty. Those things are great for comic relief!!! The propane is actually a third full. I went through quite a bit in the week between Dawson Creek and here because of the weather, but my consumption is back to being practically non-existent so I’m not even thinking about refilling the tank at this point.

The reason I’ll be here all week is that I’m in the middle of a fairly big painting project. I did a minor bit of painting on Thursday and the owner was impressed with the job, so he asked me to do the deck. This has turned into a more major undertaking than it probably should have been, what with minds being changed about the colour and my needing to start over, but the end is in site. I was asked if I wanted to stay on longer and do all the out buildings, too. Um, thanks for the offer, but I’m not looking for a summer-long job! I have been told that there will always be work here for me, so I’ll stop in the fall if the road leads me back here. Work doesn’t really feel like work yet, so I’m content to stay on. This is fabulous strength training for my poor knees in anticipation of the Chilkoot so if only for that it’s worth staying on.

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May 23, 2009 -

Grocery Shopping North of 60, Take One

Watson Lake has one grocery store, ‘Watson Lake Foods.’ It is small, but fully stocked, with a decent selection of ‘ethnic’ type foods. I was happy to find my first loaf of Russian black bread since Ottawa (!) at a fantastic price of 2.50$ as well as, for a treat, a package of pre-made gyoza (Japanese dumplings), for a reasonable price of 5$. I didn’t have any sticker shock whatsoever as I wandered the aisles. Convenience and junk foods were a bit higher than down south, but not significantly so, and fresh produce was comparably priced. I picked up Gala apples for 1.19$/lb, which is a bargain! Cheese is ludicrously expensive, as it is in BC, at a couple of dollars higher than there, but I got some blocks approaching their best by date for very good prices and will freeze them. One thing I noticed is that they’ll have a product, say unsweetened cocoa, but in only one brand and size. So, while I’m used to paying 3.99$ for a small off-brand tin of cocoa, I  had to pay 7.99$ for a large tin of Frye’s brand; no big deal of course but I’m sure some people would have sticker shock at that even though the unit price is comparable.

I got everything I needed and a couple of treats and still met my bi-weekly budget of 75$ without feeling any sort of pinch. The north has yet to be financially intimidating!

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May 20, 2009 -

Endless Sunshine

The weather has been improving daily. In fact, the last three days have been nothing but sunshine, with increasing warmth. I’ve been going out with one less layer every morning. Tomorrow, I’ll be graduating to a tee-shirt!

Even though it apparently still gets dark in the middle of the night, I have not seen darkness in about a week. I go to bed in full daylight and get up in full daylight.

After a long, dreary winter, one’s first instinct is to get as much sunshine as possible. The first lesson the north has taught me is that you must crush this instinct in order to get a proper night’s rest. Even though it feels so very wrong to do so, I shut all the blinds in the rig sometime between 8:30 and 10:00 PM to simulate dusk. I’ve covered the windows in the sleeping loft, so it’s quite dark up there. But if I have to get up for any reason during the night (glares at the cats), then my night is shot–the brightness in the rest of the rig wakes me right up. But I have been sleeping better than I would have expected.

That said, the days are starting to have a timelessness that is most confounding. It is easy to get caught up in things during the course of the evening and the next thing you know, it’s going on eleven o’clock! I actually find myself watching the time a lot more now that the environmental time cues are being stripped away.

During the day, however, that sun is oh-so-welcome! I’ve spent the last three days outside from 10AM to 4 or 5PM. I’ve been going through sunblock in record quantities, but I’ve still gained quite a bit of colour and I’m sure any vitamin D deficiency I contracted through the winter has been remedied. 🙂

To think that on Sunday I found myself trying to accept the fact that spending my summer in the Yukon meant having no summer yet again. How quickly the weather has changed!

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