What's hot, boring, ugly, and did I mention hot???

Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
Trip End Oct 30, 2006

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Friday, August 25, 2006

I-85. Hate it Hate it hate it... It never ends. The lack of a view of ANYTHING and the endless uphills - that's right, there is this almost imperceptible (except to us) incline while heading South! What's that about?? Did I miss something in Geography? Oh wait, they don't teach you geography in Catholic School... In any case, having traveled thus far, I am here to tell you, there is no global warming, it's global hot, NOW. Global hot, sticky, sweaty, hot hot hot.

What's worse is there is no other way to get here from there... so we spent the whole day driving with no A/C, soaked in sweat (actually, I'm sitting in a pool of my own sweat, Chris is perspiring lightly), with no view. But we made it down to Gulf Shores, AL and parked the trailer before sunset for a change...

I don't have much to say about today other than what I just did, but I did want to comment on what I fear will be a cross-country experience in RV parks, state and national parks. Got up this am to go feed the camp hosts (the stray kitties I met yesterday morning). They are clearly living under this huge motor coach - which as far as I can tell, is only a temporary tenant at Stone Mountain campground, but who knows, I never met the inhabitants. But I did meet the camp hosts' kitten this morning... cute as a button, orange tabby, eyes open, maybe a few weeks old, but roughly the size of my Stinky when I found him. Well he sniffed at my finger (quiet in the peanut gallery!) and then, while trying to keep his balance, attempted a hiss/swipe of the paw combination that received a 10 from the Russian judges, and a suppressed giggle from me. Meanwhile, his momma and maybe poppa, not sure, were all about more food, more food, more food!

So, when I went up to the office to check out, I ran into the campground trash picker-upper. Nice guy I'd met the day before when he stopped by to inquire whether or not we had any trash! Only in the South... So I ask him, assuming he knows more about the goings on at the campground then anyone, "are the stubby tail cats strays?" Of course they are, and there's more (of course there are!) And then he tells me this story about this lady who stayed at the campground in her RV with 15 cats... 15!! And one of them, a gray female (he thinks) was out and about (she was letting her cats out in a state park!!) when it was time for her to leave. So she left the cat. Never came back. The man told me that cat now lives at the campsite where she got left. She is waiting for her mom to come back and get her. He says she's so lonely, and every time he sees her, she runs to him crying. I don't get it. I just don't get it... I assume I will see more and more of this as we traverse the country. Since I certainly can't take in anymore, all I can do is make sure they get a good meal while I'm around. I've learned that in a cat's case, especially in the South, they have a better chance in a park where someone might feed them than in a shelter where they will more than likely be put to death in a gas chamber in 3-10 days. At least that's what I'm telling myself... and no, I can't adopt any more cats... five has earned me the crazy cat lady title... any more and I'd be a hoarder.

And speaking of gray cats with a penchant for wandering... I guess Luther (View Luther's Catster page here )has decided we've left him and he is search of new people... our neighbor Carrie sent me an email, which I'll have to quote b/c it was rather perfectly written and made me laugh out loud just a few minutes ago:

.... BTW, had a great Luther moment when, sitting in my convertible just after getting home, I got the fright of my life. Out of nowhere I see a flash of gray, feel a decided thud in my lap and look down to see Luther having leapt over the car door and straight down onto my lap. The girls thought it all very funny. His leaping skills are amazing....

and I've gotten 2 phone calls this week from people who have read my number off his collar tag and called to let me know that he seems to have run away from home. Now he's on house arrest until Gentry (our house sitter) can convince him that he is still home, it's just that the people have been rearranged temporarily...

Things we LOVE
Campground showers with water pressure, clean bathrooms and sites without ants or mosquitoes

Things we HATE
The embarrassing creaking, moaning and grinding noises the infamous Equal-i-zer(tm) hitch makes whenever we make a turn

And now for something completely different... food reviews!

If you ever need freeze dried food, LDP Camping Foods is the Walmart to go to. One stop shopping, prices can't be beat, and they have this cumulative discount to keep you coming back for more. So, before we left, I ordered pretty much one of everything, in serving sizes for 2 people. Our experiences to date are as follows:

Adventure Foods Feta, Chive and Walnut Spread
10 out of 10
This no-cook, cold-water prep spread is easy, delicious, and very tasty on crackers. I'm sure it would be great on bread too. We ate this as a light dinner and then as leftovers for lunch, and no complaints from us. I'm glad I bought two of them.

Adventure Foods Ham & Cheese Omelet
5 out of 10
This breakfast, which requires the Bake-Packer cooking system (nothing more than a metal rack that fits inside a pot to steam the contents of your food bag), would have been great if water hadn't gotten into the food bag. We think we should have removed it from the pot when it was done instead of letting it sit there until I got back from sending emails...

BackPacker's Pantry Whole Milk
10 out of 10
Add cold water, voila! You have milk. We poured it over freeze dried fruit and granola. Yum!!!

BackPacker's Pantry Savory Italian Pasta with Beef
9 out of 10
Delicious! Filling, and at 220 calories per serving, we'll lose weight on this trip despite sitting on our posteriors all day while driving. Why the 9 instead of 10? Directions say to cook (this is a pour boiling water into the bag, stir and seal meal) for 10 minutes. We let it coagulate for 15 and the noodles were al dente.

Things we LOVE
TIVO!!! I set our TIVO to record the CBS Saturday Morning Show online... how cool is that to be able to set your VCR from the internet????

Things we HATE
TIVO... for only allowing PC users to download recorded shows to their computers.
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