Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Garage Sale Blues

It seems like the past week or so, all I have done is move stuff from one place to another. My night time dreams have been filled with boxes marching around in my head, and clothes screaming at me to hang them up and set them free, and holiday decorations dancing with glee at the prospect of find a new home. I thought it would be unique to have the sale begin Friday after work and continue until Sunday afternoon. I had nearly emptied the 10x10 storage unit after carting several truck loads to my son Jason's house. We decided to have the sale in the back yard, thus allowing time to organize and set up. Jason decided he needed clean out stuff too and so did his brother Justin. This made for an interesting mix of clothing, holiday decorations, years of office supply stuff, sports equipment, etc, and JUNK/STUFF and the venue later grew from the backyard and continued into the driveway.

I posted an ad in the paper and on Craig's List hoping for a profit, but hoping more that this stuff would be GONE. Actually my goal was to at least diminish the size of the storage unit by half. The big day came and promptly at 4:00 on Friday, the gates opened and to my amazement there was a hoard of people waiting! There were people waiting at 7:30 on Saturday for the 8:00 opening and continued until well after the 2:00 closing. Sunday wasn't so busy. No one was waiting at the gates at 8:00. I later found out I was competing with a free Blues Festival in town.

I could go on about the weird things people buy and what they are willing to pay for them. My goal was to get rid of stuff, so I was pretty much willing to taking any offer. I found people really didn't want to make an offer but when I named a price they would tell me it was too high and then walk off even though I suggested they could name their price. Then there were the sneaky ones. I had one camera walk off (they left the manual and the lens cover)and the pants to a very nice suit went missing. Can't watch everyone all of the time.

After 2 1/2 days the garage sale stuff disappeared by 50%. That was a start and enough money made to pay for the ad and buy dinner. I received an email from Big Brothers and Sisters (as a result of my Craig's List ad) stating they would be more then happy to pickup any items that didn't sell in the garage sale. Wow! I called promptly at 7:00 a.m. this morning and spoke with a very nice lady who said they would be out on Thursday and would take EVERYTHING. I said everything? And she said everything and what they couldn't use they would try to recycle. What a deal. I explained there were at least ten 33 gallon bags and numerous boxes of stuff that would easily fill up a truck. Didn't seem to phase her, so the stuff will be in the driveway Thursday morning.

Ok, so that's one part of the storage dilemma done. The second part was moving the remaining items that were in the 10x10 unit into a 5x10 unit. Remember my goal was to cut the stuff in half. Well, I spent the remainder of the day shifting stuff and sorting some more, after all I have until Thursday for the "pickup" and it all needed to fit in the smaller unit. Viola..after 4 hours of moving (my aching back) the stuff fit in the smaller unit! And it is organized so I can find things when I am in the area. I did bring back several boxes to put with the items to be picked up by the charity.

I'll be heading out in the next day or so and hopefully not have anymore nightmares about garage sales. Several high school friends are rendezvousing in Pacific Grove this weekend so I'll be joining them and catching up on their current lives and reminiscing about olden days ...and will be enjoying much cooler weather.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I'd rather be hiking than......

Can't believe I have stayed in one place so long. When I returned to the Reno/Verdi area I expected to be here for just a brief period, especially since the temperatures have been so hot. (I would much rather be cold than too hot.) Anyway, my intentions to move to the high country were squelched with numerous doctor's appointments and family obligations and a storage unit that is bursting at the seams with material items I may never need again. (I'm enjoying the minimalist RV life)

Thank goodness for Craig's List. I have managed to pare down some items but the 8x10 storage unit seems to be extremely demanding by sucking cash out of my pocket every month for rental fees. Thus, I have decided to be somewhat responsible and stick around to try and diminish this demanding relationship. It was really hard telling John that the storage unit was taking precedent over my visit to Frazier Park. Life goes on. However, it is not fun sorting through years of stuff and determine what must really go for good, via garage sales or charity. My sons apparently don't want the "stuff"and their wives really don't want antiques and heirlooms. The heirlooms will be stored in the hopes minds may change in the future. My mission and challenge is to sort and pitch the unnecessary over the next week and prepare for the garage sale of all garage sales; then call St. Paul D'Vincent to pick up what is left over.

So, in between sorting "stuff", family obligations, and those awful annual doctors appointments (actually its been three years so annual doesn't really apply) I have managed to get a little hiking and biking in. One of my favorite hikes is to hike up to the Mt Rose Summit. It's a ten mile round trip, but there aren't too many 9,000+ ft peaks around that you can hike, rather than climb in such a short distance. The day was absolutely perfect! My friend Sandi and I started out early in the morning and we managed to be at the summit for lunch. The wind kicked up some, but the cool breeze was much appreciated.

Water falls on the way to Mt. Rose Summit. The wildflowers are still in bloom!

Sandi made it to the Summit!!

Sadie, stops and poses in the wind at the summit near wildflowers.

Prosser resevoir. This were I camped earlier near Truckee.

Lake Tahoe from Mt. Rose Summit.

Mt Rose Peak as seen from the falls.

Another favorite hike is up to Marlette Lake. Actually,I've mountain biked the trail more than hiked it and it's on the way to the famous single track Flume Trail. Usually, I go in the Fall when the leaves are turning or early summer when it's cool because it's a hot dusty trail with lots of elevation gain. However, a cool weather front arrived and I sized the opportunity to scoot up to the lake with my friend Maureen. My body went in shock trying to adjust from the recent high 90 degree temperature to a high of 50 degree temperature. I was sure it was going to snow...which it has done before in the high country in August. Maureen and I got to the lake before it started to rain, but the ominous clouds prompted us not to tarry and we hurried back down the mountain quickly to arrive at the car just before it started to pour cold rain.

Marlett Lake

More storage unit sorting and purging will continue next week in preparation for the "garage sale" on the weekend then off to see my family on the coast and then maybe a visit to John place to see how his "new relationship "is going.