“Back 40”

Summer is fast coming to an end! In less than 4 weeks, we will be on the road to a warmer climate. Thanks to my friend, Owen, and cousins (and friends) Craig and Sherry, we were able to survive our “homelessness” in relative comfort.

Our friends, Craig and Sherry with us on a hike.        Owen playing at Bass Park.

Spending a good part of August at Owen’s “back 40”, it has been quiet and peaceful. Most of the time it has been very summer-like; hot, sticky, and bonfires. And even a thunderous rainstorm broke the humidity yesterday and gave us quite a light show. Love Maine summers but the leaves will be turning soon.

Another favorite pastime of ours is spending time with the grandkids. Both Jennie and Shelby have spent time with us and last weekend we took them school shopping. Off to Oxford with New Balance as our main attraction! We also hit Label Shoppers, Ocean State Job Lot, and Walmart (No trip is complete without a stop at “WallyWorld”). Skirts, shorts, blouses, underthings, and of course, New Balance shoes made our trip almost complete. Ocean State completed the trip with our favorite purchase, Maple Syrup.

Pleasant PondPleasant Pond in August

When boondocking, campers have special needs; everything in it requires electricity. LP gas is necessary for cooking and freezing. Besides drinking, water is essential for cleaning, flushing, and brushing your teeth. And those wastewater tanks need to be emptied at some point. How did we do this in Owen’s “back 40”?

Here’s how we accomplished our tasks. The electricity gets replenished in our batteries with the help of solar. Thank you Harbor Freight for an inexpensive option on this. I took two LP tanks to the local hardware store. One tank was outdated and had to be replaced at a price of $24. The other tank was filled for under $10. Thank you Guild’s Hardware, you are the best (and cheapest). Water was borrowed from my sister using my two 5 gallon Coleman tanks. Thanks Teri! And then there is the waste-water disposal …

How does one get rid of their shit? We are not talking about the stuff you no longer need. No! We are literal here. After using my apps and using google (google is a huge friend in the camping world!), we found several nearby places to unload my wastewater tanks. Campgrounds will usually let you dump …for a price. But Augusta Water Treatment plant offers free dumping for RV’s. Score!!! Off to Augusta we go.

Screen Shot 2019-08-21 at 7.34.14 PMAugusta Water Treatment  – Free RV dumping

How did I know my tanks were full? First, let me tell you I have gauges (battery, fresh water, & wastewater). Second, they are terribly inaccurate, especially wastewater. After experience you get a feel for when a tank gets full. My camper actually has 3 wastewater tanks; one for sinks (bathroom & kitchen), one for shower, and lastly, black water. Black water takes the longest to fill, usually 3 weeks. The other ones you have flexibility and can manage with smart choices. The galley (bathroom and kitchen sink) fills up in about a week but using paper can extend up to 3 weeks. Needless to say, the black tank can pose the biggest challenge. Once full, you are SOL (Shit Out of Luck)!

Back 40 pictures from Leeds, Maine

So, here we are in the middle of August headed to Augusta to unload our poop. Only 24 miles away, traffic was light and the roads are good. Again, thank you to Google (maps). Gives both accurate directions and a satellite view. We get there and fortunately, found someone for directions. My fear was realized. I had to back my rig up to the dump station. Again, I amaze myself. With the help of my excellent copilot, I was able to get the drain lined up for discharge. I won’t go into details, but this almost became a scene right out of Robin William’s “RV” movie. Soon, we were on our way to the “back 40”, empty and clean.

Deb enjoying Pleasant Pond.  A beautiful sunset in August at Small Point.

By the middle of September, we will be exiting Maine for our new winter home. Big Cypress National Preserve. Stay tuned.

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