Thursday, April 13, 2017

LOOK WHAT YOU CAN BUY FOR $180.

HAD TO GO TO  PHOENIX FOR MY ANNUAL EXAM.  ---A  2 day process this time.
For $ 110.00 shuttle cost and $60 motel cost and $40 food cost I could do it the easy way.
But wait!  The cost to drive down and back would be about $30 (not pulling my trailer) If I could find a place to sleep for free, I would be $180.00 ahead.  I love this sort of challenge:  Watch the master FRUGALIST at work.  I'll show you how to adapt and a better way to spend that $180.00.

Asked and received permission to park behind the American Legion. (I'm a vet)  Shuffled my stuff to one side, made a flat space in the back of my truck, got out a piece of memory foam and sleeping bag that I carry---

and voila--made a servicable bed--loved the adventure of it all--slept soundly-- saved $60.


Back with my friends parking free of charge near Cottonwood, Az--enjoying this grand view of the famous Mogollion rim. (pronounced MO' GHEE ON).

I get to spend time with my friend Joyce who visited for a few days.  Here's her wonder dog Thorn when given the order to clean up the area, picking up trash and amazingly, depositing it in the trash can.

One day we walked a lovely trail from Old town. (the Jail trail)


One day old friends Chris and Melissa stopped in to chat.  This amazing couple has chosen early to live a life of adventure.


One day my friends Laurie and Lisa took me on a mystery food "crawl".  They insisted that I be blindfolded.


Some miles away they lead me into a restaurant famous for its....


FRENCH FRIES!!-- They were delicious.

We had a chicken entree somewhere, then topped off the mystery food crawl at an ice cream place.


One day, I found myself parked beside my ex--Diana-the world adventurer, master photographer and famous blogger of a million hits:  Check her out here. She invited me on a hike...

 called the teapot trail.

One day a balloon carrying 14 people...

landed right outside my window.


We all watched them pack it up. (iin less than 15 minutes)


Parked nearby, these four ladies in four different rigs, typlify a new breed of women: Indipendent, bold and fascinating. What they are looking at ....


Is this Drone--an incredible piece of machinery operated by a lady named Ausia, a world famous you tuber called RV pandamonium. Check her out here (It cost about $700--weighs about 2 pounds--will fly for 20 minutes with a range of a mile--sends to the operator a picture of what it sees and at the mere push of a button will return to the feet of its master,)


RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  THE EVENTS PICTURED ABOVE TOOK PLACE OVER  A MONTH OR SO.  The money I saved during that ONE NIGHT of frugality in Phoenix sustained me for this whole month's adventures.  I HOPE MY POINT IS OBVIOUS:  MONEY WELL SPENT CAN BUY A HEAP OF ADVENTURES.  I ALSO HOPE I HAVE ILLUSTRATED HOW IMPORTANT ARE FRIENDS FOR THE GOOD LIFE.


(down below the comments is a featured post from the past that might interest you--click on its title line to see the full post)

9 comments:

BlackSheep said...

You do find fun and adventure!

heyduke50 said...

I met Diana in AZ once, lovely lady... your loss apparently, but glad to see you two are still friends...

Joyce said...

Teapot Trail. Hope you remember how to get to this...I'd like to go on this one sometime.

David Atkins, Jr. said...

You are the man Randy, I've been following your blog for a few months now and really enjoy it. Watching you on "Without Bound" inspired me and opened up a new way of life.

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Bon vivant said...

I've been wondering how the solar array is stowed/deployed on the side of RV in your pic of the four women?

Randy said...

I'm not positive but I think the panels stay right there all the time--even when moving.

Q, the Ultimate Business Card Guru said...

Randy,my wife and I just watched Outward Bound, and were delighted with all you said. I was particularly appreciative of your referencing Thoreau, as he has long been a hero of mine. Well be keeping up with you, and look for you when we hit the road.

Peace, Q
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