Sorry, Phil, but he has as much right to live on his land as you do on yours. If a Chumash indian knocked on your door and said that you are on his land, would you just up and leave? Are you a "squatter"?
We are blessed to live on a beautiful 3+ acres in green mountains with a fantastic view out large windows. However ... IMHO I have no right to live on my land if the Native Americans once did and got kicked off against their will milleniums ago by ranchers, miners, soldiers, etc.. Lucky for me, they probably would have not wanted our piece of land - not much water, no pond, and soil a bit too rocky to raise much on except for redwood trees - so they probably are all right with me living on it in these modern times.
The fellow in question has even accrued a large unpaid bill for graising on our land (or maybe technically the ancient Indians' land). This is money owed to us taxpayers and there is no excuse for him dead-beating on his payment responsibility while continueing to leave his cattle on it. I pay all my taxes every year as I accrue them and so should he ... and not to his county either ... but to the current owners of the land - which is all citizens in every county of the U.S..
What do terrorists "look like"? I can't tell anymore.
By the way and FWIW, I see a running river in that photo above ... which our Native American friends usually really loved to camp near while raising their families - before they got run off.
All of the above is In-My-Non-Indian-Opinion, of course. ;)
Phil, my friend, a millennium is 1000 years. Did the first Europeans first show up here in 1014 or earlier? The Native Americans claim all of North, Central, and South America as theirs. You reside in North America, I believe.
I live on, formerly, Apache land. The woman who forced us to meet her daughter-in-law, a real estate agent, to sell us this land, is an Apache.
Did you read the second link in Less Stuff’s post? Dana Loesch is part Cherokee. http://danaloeschradio.com/the-real-story-of-the-bundy-ranch/
Let me add an analogy, if I may. Say you bought a house 20 years ago knowing what the property taxes would be. (You, sir, are protected by Prop 13.) Five years later, the county says. “Hey, wait a minute. Your property is in our county so we want property taxes, too”. Then, five more years later, the state says, “Dude, your county is in our state and we need the property taxes as well”. Then the federal government shows up, five years on, and says, “You know, your land is in the city, and the county, and the state, but, it’s also within the boarders of the USA, so pay up or else”. Would you just roll over and say, “OK”?
Let me ask, if the BLM comes to chase me off my land, would you be willing to support me?
Most of the bad guys, in the boonies, are up to things (growing pot, cooking meth) and don't want to draw attention to the area. If you are in an area that has illegal alien traffic, you can leave some water bottles out so they won't break in looking for it.
That said, I've never heard of anyone having trouble outside of a campground.
Sorry, Phil, but he has as much right to live on his land as you do on yours. If a Chumash indian knocked on your door and said that you are on his land, would you just up and leave? ;) Are you a "squatter"?
I am in a similar, but smaller, position as the Bundy's. I don't know how much land they own, but we own 10 acres totally surrounded by BLM and AZ state land. If I had more cattle than could graze on my land, I can pay a fee to allow them to graze on the government managed land. It's a win/win situation in that I could feed my cattle more cheaply and the wild grasses are kept mowed which lessens the likelyhood of wildfires.
I do not know what to think about that rancher in the news . The media says that he has not paid his grazing fees for thirty years , why are so many people on his side ? Do other ranchers pay their fees ? May I go out there and turn my cows loose and not Pay ? There must be something that is screwed up somewhere .
It's a bit more complicated than that, Bob. His family has lived there for over a hundred and forty years. When Nevada became a state they became citizens of that state and paid open range grazing fees to the state. Then the feds decide that they needed grazing fees, too, and his family paid them. Then the feds decided that the rancher's herds were to too large until they drove all the other ranchers from the land except the Bundy's. The Bundy's realized that the fees that they were paying were being used to drive him off the land. If the Federal Goverment owns over 80% of a state, is it really a sovereign state?
Here, in Cochise County, AZ, there was a very destrutive fire in the Huachuca Mtns. a couple of years ago. The main water aqueduct feeding Tombstone was damaged and when the city/county tried to repair it the feds (Forest Service) stopped them. They were told that they could only repair it using the tools and materials used when it was originally built. It was eventually repaired...by armed citizens. It was Tombstone they were messing with. ;)
Never use them. We were sailors before RVers so the bouncing and rocking doesn't bother us. Also, our center-of-gravity is far enough aft that tipping back is not a problem. We rarely unhitch anyway.
Dan, I realize that it's difficult to predict the path of a new meteor shower. Have the experts been able to rate the chances of a meteor colliding with earth and destroying all life as we know it?
For the spectacular show that they put on, most meteors are only about the size of grains of sand. That said, meteors hit the Earth all the time but, because of their low mass, slow to terminal velocity before they do. You are thinking asteroids.
In So Cal, get away from town -- Death Valley is a good option. Mt. Pinos might be ok, but there is still some light pollution from Bakersfield. In Utah, just drive toward Bryce from Panguitch. Red Canyon State Park is right nearby. Might be a little chilly at night in late May -- bring blankets and hot drinks!
Someone sent me a PM asking about how to look for meteors. It's easy -- no equipment. Just lay down (or sit in a recliner) and look toward the north (for this meteor shower). The hardest part for me will be staying awake till midnight!
Lockwood Valley is where the Los Angeles Astronomical Society has their dark sky site. Very dark sky! I was a member: http://www.laas.org/
Your are pretty close to the Kofa NWR north of Yuma. We were there recently and were all alone until the last full day when some idiot decided to park right next to us. We were on BLM land, outsied of the NWR, which is still close to the highway. You can go into the NWR and really get away but the roads are pretty rough. Might be getting a little warm then, though.
Could you raise a Casita for better clearance?
Ours is raised and is on 15" wheels. It has as much or more clearance as the Tahoe. It's the angle of the rear once the wheels start to climb out of a rut. Check out those Aussie rigs and you'll see that they built a pretty good angle into them. Our bumper was bent because we went through a rut too fast. Lesson learned. ;)
One more thing.....I like the Airliners and Casitas. Still think an older unit would fit my price range a bit better. I know the Casitas go back a few years and could find a used one. any other suggestions on something 5-10 years old that may be an older model that I have not seen??? Most importantly, do the lights in these units run off 12v power also??? Will have a generator, but do not want to run it all the time.
Used eggs are hard to find and sell quickly. Plus, they hold their value very well so there would not be much in the way of savings. And yes, they have 12v house batteries.
Go here to check see if anyone is selling: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/
I've looked under some of the FG campers, like Casita, etc, and from what I have seen, the frames are pretty light duty. I suspect they are designing those with such a light frame, because as you noted, the FG bodies are essentially two bathtub tanks joined in a seam in the middle. I think they are counting on the body structure to have adequate strength on it's own, to keep it's shape. I really have not seen much written about how well they may work on rough roads.
We've dragged our's over some horrendous terrain and the frame has done just fine. The rear bumper, not so well. Casitas will take a beating and do just fine. It would be nice to have a slightly angled rear-end to raise the bumper a bit. Most of the damage we see is to the larger cabinet door inside. They often fall off because the screws vibrate out and lately the hinges have actually broken. That may give you an idea of what we put it through. I'm not going to shoot it to see if it's bulletproof, though. ;)
The SP was empty when we were there, also, and the ranger explained that, too. Gang activity. He and his wife lived in the ranger house for a year or so but his wife refused to stay there. That school across the main road (near the pond) is (or at least was) a reform school.
The frogs in the pond were cute, though. ;)
Len, whose nose and whose tail? Yikes!! I have never gotten to see a mountain lion, in (literally) more than a thousand days of hiking and mountain biking. (We did see a bobcat, once.) What time of day? How close were you?
Our nose; his tail. It was the middle of the afternoon. He was facing at about a 2:00 angle to the trail and was looking back at us from about 10 yards. All I could think about was the Ziploc bag of salami and cheese in my backpack. We put our hands on our hips trying to look larger and slowly backed up the trail. He eventually wandered off. Of course, we knew that he was still out there somewhere. :E
We talked to a ranger later about the encounter and he was surprised. He said that he had worked there for over 10 years and never saw one. On the other hand, I've never seen a bear in the wild. Go figure.
I like bigdogger's solution -- I will just run my gray water through my Brita charcoal filter! ;)
I carry one of these in my vest or backpack all the time: http://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-PointOne-Squeeze-Filtration-System/dp/B00BHCBMOS It would do trick safely. Psychologically...I don't know. ;)
Four liter size: http://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-Complete-Water-Treatment-System/dp/B0078ZMHGK And, no, I don't work for Sawyer or Amazon. :)
Same here. I will usually put our camp fire out with about 4-5 gallons of GW at the end of the night. Really it's the best of both worlds.
I don't think you meant to quote me. I was posting about making GW drinkable. ;)