This was a $215 week. Right near my $200 target. The week’s main budget expense was $79 worth of camping gear from Walmart. I now have a tiny tent, super warm sleeping bag, a few gallons of water and camping lantern. Brendt’s Mom bought me snow chains and my hosts this week were overwhelmingly generous in the food department. Many thanks to all of them for keeping me incredibly well-fed in America. Without their help, I would be eating pretty poorly these days to maintain this budget pace to make it to May 17, 2014.
There are a few other items I can sense I will need to purchase as the cold weather draws near, mainly outdoor gear. I’ll be in some pretty cold spots this winter and footwear is my current number one priority. I am going to start searching for a warm boot with great traction that I can hike or walk long distances in for exercise and sightseeing.
So, here I am, adventuring around in Oregon, talking about camping gear and hiking boots. In a phone call with my brother on Sunday, I could hear the surprise in his voice as I discussed these things. The sister he last saw four months ago is changing, and I think, biased though I may be, for the better. The old Kelly is still in there, but she’s just getting a little more well-rounded and relaxed. A bit more earthy and in touch with nature.
Happy Trails! Get out there and see America!!!!
(I have included all the other photos from my trip down the Oregon coast yesterday. Can you imagine? All of this in one day – Oregon is definitely worth the visit. Every moment here is green and lush and rolling hills and farmlands or rushing rivers and oceans.)
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