I did not realize that there are two types of bypasses -- one that goes around a whole town, and one that makes it easier for trucks where there is a junction of two highways. I have never seen the kind that goes around a whole town, but that sure sounds like a useful device.
If they ever develop one of those that will get completely around Los Angeles, I will stand up and cheer!
That was kind of the idea behind the 210, but it took so long to build that the city caught up with it. ;)
If you don't chlorinate it, dump it back into the river/stream or water the plants, but don't leave a puddle.
Please don't dump a large amount hot water into a stream - it's really hard on the fish and might kill the aquatic life near where it's dumped.
+1. I should have mentioned that. Thanks!
Len, yes, there are rest areas along the 99. But unfortunately, the Central Valley is not very safe -- there is a great deal of gang activity, even in the small towns. So I would not park overnight at a rest area. If this were rural Wyoming, for example, I would feel differently.
My post was mostly as a poke to those who suggest campgrounds to those of us looking to boondock, but we have stayed there overnight. I always feel safe in the company of truckers, though. Plus, we have the big dog and are always armed. ;)
Oh, come on. There is a great dry camping rest area between Tulare and Tipton. On the south end is a big tree surrounded by a level dirt area. We've used it. Geez. I thought you were hard core.
(I told you that I was going to post a boondocking/dry camping post in the "RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions" forum some day.) :D
There was nothing like that in Hermosa. Parking was our biggest problem. I assume that the new condos may have some rules like that.
Our lots were mostly 25'x100' so we did have to play well together in order to get along. Anytime someone was going to change the color of the house they would just show the color sample to those around us that might be affected by it. No one ever had a problem.
We only have 15 panels and that's more than enough at the moment. We may add some more to get better sky coverage in the future, though. We paid 80 cents a watt for 220w panels. At that rate, 100 panels would be less than $18,000. I don't know what other equipment is needed for a grid-tied system. CA's labor costs are probably higher also.
Wow, LS I'm impressed. That's a far cry from Hermosa Beach. No CCR's or community bylaws either. Plus you probably have RV access up the gazoo. And a big open dark sky at night to gaze.
I thought I told you that, Dave.
BTW, I have no idea what CCR's and Community Bylaws are. HB is pretty independent and that made it a great place to live. Living 8' from our neighbors, not so much after 25 years. HB is 1 square mile. It took my wife as long or longer to drive to Von's, in HB, as it does for her to drive 8 miles to Fry's market here. Well, if she doesn't get stuck behind those pokey old road runners. ;)
My comments above earlier were kindof in relation to living off the grid in an RV, since this is an RV forum.
Oh, OK, but you started the post I was responding to with, "Camping/living off-grid," so I touched on the "living" aspect although, if you think about it, we live in a scaled up RV.
And, in an RV, all of the above still applies except you have to take the RV to the dump and refill the water and propane.
We didn't set out to live off-grid, it's just that our land is not served by a power company. Well, it is, but it would have cost us about $10,000 a pole (or $10,000 a mile, I don't remember which) and we live 8 miles from the nearest pole. Plus they wanted a $250,000 deposit. And then, we could pay them a monthly bill. It was a lot cheaper to put in a $45,500 solar system that came with some tax incentives.
Individuals will have different, specific, health concerns and those need to be taken into account but, for the most part, help is more easily summoned, and faster arriving, than in the past. And we do have a heliport. ;) It's our front yard. One thing that someone with serious health problems should probably have is a Personal Locator Beacon or SPOT (to send messages) in case they are out of cell service range when something bad happens.
Oh, we have our traffic problems too. Just this afternoon I was driving to our mailbox and got stuck behind a grandma Road Runner (Road Walker, really). :D
Camping/living "off grid" involves a lot more than where your electricity comes from ... what about:
- Food replenishment?
That depends on where you live. We live between Sierra Vista, Bisbee, and Tombstone, AZ.
- Sewage disposal?
- Potable water sourcing?
- Keeping cool in heat?
Daikin mini-split heat pump (air conditioner/heater).
- Keeping warm in cold?
Wood stove or Daikin heat pump mentioned above.
- Vehicle refueling?
There’s those towns again plus several cans of gasoline treated and stored. It’s pretty hard to live very far from civilization.
- Getting unanticipated medical help fast enough so you end up alive afterwards?
Well, knowledge of First Aid is helpful. It’s not too often that really bad things happen and, when they do, why wait for the first responders to show up and pronounce you dead?
Who’s talking about living where the “dragons be”? If you were to visit our house, you would not know that we live off-grid. We don’t have broadcast/cable/satellite TV by choice, but we have dedicated wifi/internet TV/phone plus our individual cell phones. We have a washer and dryer, dishwasher, one large and one med sized refrigerator/freezer, and microwave. The only difference is that we have to (except for the refridg/freezers) run them when the sun is up. The stove and Weber Genesis grill are fed by propane. All lighting is LED and at least 2 ceiling fans run 24/7.
Ninety-nine point 99 percent of civilization lived off-grid while developing civilization and probably a majority of the planet still does. We just do it more comfortably.
We've been living off-grid for almost 4 years now. It's very easy, just not cheap initially.
ETA: Now that I've read the article, it doesn't have much to do about actually living off-grid. And being grid-tied is not exactly getting even with "the man". When you "sell" electricity back to the utility, they only pay you the wholesale rate which is a fraction of what you pay them. Plus, they will try to raise your rates to make up the loss.
BTW, if grid power goes down, so does yours, you can't have batteries when grid-tied.
And...I ain't no hippie!
Used the tripod as a unipod keeping the leg together. Yes Dan it works.
Hey! I told you to use a tripod as a monopod, not Dan! :p
And don't bother with a full moon, you won't see anything. You want a young or old moon so that the sunlight just rakes the terrain and highlights the details.
A full moon is for moonlight walks in the desert. ;) Enjoy!
Your post above reminded me of something: Don't professional/scientific light spectrum astronomy telescopes now use laser beam bounce-back technology in some kind of image adjustment algorithms to help negate the effects of light pollution?
If this is so, has this technology become affordable, yet, for use by amateur astronomers?
I can't speak to that, Phil, but you did remind me of the counter-pollution filters that I owned back then. Still do, I guess, I just can't find anything since we moved out here...it's too dark. :)
I'm sorry, but I disagree. You may be able to see a faint vestige of some of the BRIGHTER deep sky objects from light polluted city skies, but they are mere ghosts of what you can see from a true dark sky site. You have to be very selective in what you attempt to share with the public in an urban environment and your choices are severely limited.
You disagree that I could see what I saw? Of course they were not as distinct as under dark skies, and some things were impossible, but it didn’t stop me from trying. But if I could see even a hint of them from the city, I was confident that I could easily find and identify them under dark skies. And that’s what I’m trying to convey, living in the city doesn’t mean that backyard astronomy is closed to you. That’s what John Dobson was trying to show with the Sidewalk Astronomers.
I responded to a poster that thought he had to go to a dark sky area to see the ISS. That is not true. The ISS can often rival Venus in brightness.
And I've advocated for over 30 years that learning the fundamentals of Astronomy in an urban area is easier than in a dark sky environment. In Los Angeles, the primary stars of the constellations were pretty much the only stars available to the naked eye and makes learning them much easier.
ETA: All of this reminds me, in 1979, I found M100 from the deck of our apartment in Beachwood Canyon, Hollywood, CA. The following weekend was an LAAS Star Party.
At the SP, I was trying to see how many galaxies I could identify in the Virgo Cluster. While I found a nice Spiral Galaxy where I thought I saw M100 previously, there was an interloping star that I could not identify on the Norton’s Chart, so I just put M100 with a question mark in my logbook and moved on. It turned out that I had been one of the first the see what turned out to be a supernova in M100. I was such a novice that I didn't realize it and I was surrounded by experienced astronomers that could have not only confirmed it but would have been very excited about it.
This is from my blog entry describing the day we picked up the Casita:
They (the Casita factory) suggested a propane station in Ennis to fill our tanks and recommended the BBQ restaurant next to it for lunch. By the time we found the station, it was closed for lunch, and the cold front had caught up with us. It was 12:15 and the sign said that the shop would open at 1:00. We went next door to Bubba’s BBQ and got take-out and had lunch in the Casita.
We watched the clouds get lower and darker and the rain get heavier. At 12:45 an LPG delivery truck pulled into the station and a little old guy got out and limped over to us, knocked, and asked if we needed propane. He said that someone had called him and told him we were waiting. He wanted to get us fueled before the electrical fireworks started. In the half our or so that we had been there, the temperature dropped 30 degrees.
I called my sister and had her pull up a live Doppler radar website and give me a briefing on where the heaviest thunderstorm cells were. We drove through Ennis and headed back to her house on 287. The rain at times was so heavy it was hard to see and the winds were reported as 30 mph gusting to 45 in the Waxahachie area.
The little Casita behaved beautifully and I caught myself driving 60+ several times even though I was trying to drive conservatively. We did hydroplane several times and the wind blew the Pathfinder and Casita sideways across the highway as one unit.
By the time we got to Midlothian, the rain and wind was so heavy and the creeks were flooding over the highway so I decided it was time to hunker down for a while.
I called my sister and she told me that we were in the worst of it at the moment and that we had a shot at beating the next heavy cell if we left as soon as possible.
The rain let up a little and we hit the road again. We heard on the radio that DFW airport had been shut down due to tornadoes spotted nearby. I told my California-native wife to keep her eyes out for cyclonic action and pressed on. I’d spent most of my early life in Texas and Oklahoma and had yet to see a tornado but always wanted to…now was not the time for that. We’d paid for a whole egg, not an omelet.
As we hit the outskirts of Ft. Worth, the worst was behind us and the death toll was five or six. It rose into the teens the next day.
Full story here: http://casitalog.blogspot.com/2008/03/new-casita-travel-trailer.html
Piece of cake since then! ;)
Odd, but I never gave it any thought. We had a wet bath on the sailboat and now have one in the Casita. On both, I use a teak shower mat and an enclosed toilet paper holder.
Unlike Dan, we don't bother to dry it. When we make our last stop to dump the tanks, my wife hoses down the inside, sprays it down with cleanser, wipes it down with a sponge, then rinses it off. By the time she's done, I'm ready to dump the grey tank. I wish it was that easy at home. ;)