Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I SURE GOT LUCKY

Boondocking is pretty much not heard of in Canada.  Even fellow RV’ers are not familiar with the term. 

It’s not like there’s not enough land here that’s for sure.  Everywhere I drive around in the rural area I’m at now there are a gazillion acres of land everywhere !

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But thanks to BOONDOCKERS WELCOME I was able to secure several places to stay for the course of my six months.  This website was set-up primarily for an over-night or two so my situation was different.

I started in January contacting people within the area I wanted to be and only those who specified “We’ll play it by ear” under the “Max Nights” category.  I explained my situation and the fact that I would like to stay a minimum of three weeks as that is how long I can go before I have to move to deal with the tanks.

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I received five positive replies !  I guess I chose the first one randomly.  And I sure got lucky.

This location is in the ‘country’, however, very close all the major conveniences and to the friends/relatives I have in Hamilton.  Plus there are numerous places I can go for a gorgeous, scenic country bike ride.

My ‘hosts’ are just about the nicest people you’d ever want to meet and extremely funny.  I think I’ve laughed more in the last weeks than I have in the past year.  Mrs. J particularly has a great sense of humour.

Remember HERE when I stopped on my way North to have the Ramp Door fixed and I had to have the steel bar removed (that held the winch) in order to do that.

Well I just happened to mention it to Mr. R and next thing you know he’s out to my rig sizing it all up.  Easy to put back on he said.  But, like the guys that took it off said, he didn’t think it should be soldered back on.

A few days later he had brackets welded onto the steel bar….

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And next thing you know he’s attaching these brackets to the sides with Mrs. J helping by passing him the tools he needed.

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A minor adjustment to the winch and the job is done !!

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Of course like any ‘man’ he couldn’t wait to try out the winch and pull up the door.  They do like their electronic toys don’t they.  LOL

I’ve already had problems in the past with these stupid things and had to actually SAW one off.  I blogged about that HERE.

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These things are what I use to attach the safety chain to the car.  But they seize up and I can’t get them off so I would have to strap the chain part to the car using Velcro straps.  But I wanted to be able to take the chain off completely when I unhook the car for long periods of time.

So I went out and got these kind instead.

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Much easier to work with.

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I couldn’t get the old ones off and asked Mr. R if he had some kind of cutter (you should see his garage – he has EVERYTHING !!) to get them off.

At the crack of dawn the next morning – and I mean it wasn’t even 10:00AM !!! -  I notice Mr. R walking by.  I look out and this is what I see.

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SANDIE, It’s like having my very own Jim around !!

Yup !  Another job done.  THEN he asks me if there’s anything else I needed done !!

Although he is retired he does have a HUGE house and a HUGE property to take care of PLUS he does still work part-time for the nursery.

So the ‘three weeks’ came and I got the rig ready to go do the tanks.  Mr. and Mrs. said I certainly didn’t have to move anywhere else unless I really wanted to.  I certainly wasn’t in the way and they were enjoying my company.

Going into six weeks now and I’m still here and really enjoying it.

21 comments:

  1. I am so excited you found such a great place to stay. And how could they not like having you around. I know - you are such a pain. lol I thank my lucky stars that I do have a Jim around. For some reason your blog is one of those where the pictures will not load. I have no idea what's wrong but it's driving me crazy. Jim has tried everything he csn think of.

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    1. Maybe it's your internet connect right now? I get that often when there are lots of pictures on a blog and big pictures at that. Mine loaded fine this time but our connection is good .... at the moment.

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    2. That's odd about the pictures Sandie. I always re-size my pics to make them as small a file size as I can.

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  2. Oh my! Did you ever get lucky!! Sounds to me like you found a couple of gems. Not only do you have a great place to stay but great people to have as "neighbors". Good for you!

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  3. She would be a fool to leave there, I've been there twice and keep tellin' Sassy when they want you gone, they will tell you!! She's located to the most beautiful part of Ontariio.....the Niagara region!! Hey Denise, if yer out and about and want to meet down at the Harley dealer, I'll be there in the area from 3:30 til 7:00pm today!!

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    1. Can't do that today Byron - I have other commitments.

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  4. You sure did lucky. There are some special people out there, happy to hear you connected with some.

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  5. Awesome. It's what I used to dream of when we had our class A. Just a place to hang out and not be in the way.

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  6. What fabulous hosts!! So glad you're enjoying your spring!
    Nina and Paul

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  7. That is awesome, so glad you connected there. Who would not want to have you parked there. Such and interesting fun lady you are. We are lucky to have a few spots here and there and enjoy that too.

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  8. Lucky you, and lucky them! You'd be a great guest - you're super friendly and fun to chat with, but you also like your privacy and you're quiet. Plus you have great dog - what's not to love? Your past grey clouds have turned to sunshine - about time! :)

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  9. You DO seem to meet the nicest people. Sweet Bennie's looking handsome as ever.

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  10. Lucky U, they sound like great hosts...hope it has warmed up there. We had summer on Saturday past. It was nice.

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  11. I love it when people come together as well as you and this couple are doing. Good for you for being smart enough to ask to stay long term--it's obviously working out.

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  12. Boy, boy boy....did YOU ever get lucky. I just wish there were these kind of people around these parts. Here you can't even stay in a campground for more than 2 weeks at a time. That is SOOOO stupid.

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  13. Nice story. You truly found a great spot; with great folks who are not only welcoming but hopeful too.

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  14. Hi there... glad this nice place with nice people was available for you. But, give yourself a little credit, too... you're a pretty enjoyable person to be around, and certainly a thoughtful and quiet guest. A match made in heaven! Best wishes to you from us both! D & T

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  15. LUCK is soooo much fun when it comes your way and you recognize it !!! Have a great time ...... Let's hear it for folks that have the gift of hospitality !!!

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  16. I'll be giving you a shout-out on my blog post tomorrow (Tuesday) and thought I'd let you know in advance. I see you've been "enjoying" what passed for spring this year in the north. We bought a used Tracker and had it for about 4 years before selling it to our neighbor and now he's had it for at least 12 years so you should enjoy yours for many years to come!

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  17. Thought you were going to stay for 3 weeks max. We are now in week # ???? I lost count! How will we ever get rid of you???

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