BUT..... it was like being a sausage in a Styrofoam container .....
Today, we took a chance and moved to Black Spruce Army Travel Camp, on JBER. Everything on JBER is first come/first serve. There are 14 full hookups on the Fort Rich side.....only water and electric on Elmendorf. We want to settle. We have about a month before we can hope to close on our home. At $33 a night for a full hook-up it will save us some change. When we drove through last week all the full hookups were taken. We like full hookup so that we can do LAUNDRY at our site.....and us girls would rather shower at Uchi than run risk a bear encounter on the way to the shower-house.
Michael had Stacia and I drive to the camp and try to secure a spot. We did just that. This site is on the outer loop - less traffic. I thought it would be long enough for Uchi with the trailer. We parked and defended our claim against all marauding campers. There were more than I expected.
|Staking our claim|
Meanwhile, Michael had to go in a different gate with Uchi and the trailer. He and the boys saw a Grizzly - by the COMMISSARY.
We set up camp when they arrived. Michael ran to Eagle River to pick up a part which we'd mailed to JaRissa and Josiah's place.
|It fits..and we parked Nimo in the site next to us....per host suggestion|
Michael and the boys replaced the motor in the step. NICE to have a working step again.
Stacia and I made dinner while they worked on that project. We have a 30 amp hook up. I have a Convection/Microwave oven - takes quite a bit of electricity to run. I turned off the dryer, unplugged the electric hot water pot.....and it STILL tripped breakers when I started the smashed potatoes in the Instant Pot (4 min at pressure). Michael heard my continued troubles and had Alex hook up an extension cord to the 20 amp plug at the pole. No more problems.
Though Yuuki did not approve of the change and insisted on moving her blanket to her normal spot and glaring at us.
Michael hasn't been feeling 100%. We are starting to wonder if it's a reaction to one of his meds. After dinner he crashed - the kids and I went off to explore. After hearing there was a Grizzly at the commissary...and reading a comment on FB "Oh, yeah, we have 3 cubs and a sow hanging around....," I decided we are just going to have to be "bear aware," and keep going with life....because if the commissary is considered the "wilds," there aren't many places we can go.
I thought I could find my way to Otter Lake - and I did.
It occurs to me this would be a good site for some Senior Photos.
|Alex, Nolan, Stacia|
Along the way we saw animals....I had my small lens. I must remember the bigger one for future evening walks and drives.
I was exceedingly glad we went for a drive, rather than a walk. Yes, we are aware Fort Rich is the site of the mauling this weekend. We DROVE and I did not get out of the car to take the bear photo.
THIS is how we like to full-time. This Travel Camp and the Fam Camp on Elmendorf side are like state parks....a much better fit for us than an RV Park.
Animals we saw today -
1 Grizzly - by Commissary - Michael and boys
1 Mama duck with her ducklings
1 Black Bear - though he looked like he had a hump, but his snout didn't look "wide" tome....
11 million squirrels