The verdict came back yesterday that Mike could work with the maintenance guy here at the RV Park to cover our stay. It appears that each day's work is equal to 2 nights...he worked yesterday leaf-blowing and today he is...you guessed it...leaf blowing again. I tried to procure a job of my own to do but nobody here is letting me work...some BS about needing to stay off my feet so my knee can heal.
Ok, I know it's not BS but that doesn't mean I have to like it!
I am bored out of my ever-loving mind and am itching to get out of here. There's nothing to see (except RVs, dirt, rocks, a few trees, and mostly-brown grass) and nothing to do (unless walking to the dollar store is your idea of a good time).
A few random things I've learned during my stay here:
Pasta Sides (brand name) require 2 cups of liquid to cook - our cooking pot only holds 2 cups of liquid...if you fill it to the brim...leaving absolutely no room for the product. Not to mention most of them require milk in addition to water, which is great if you HAVE milk...but that's not easy to keep on hand when you're minus a refrigerator. Fail.
It is very difficult to find products that feed one or two, with no leftovers that need to be refrigerated. You want to make pasta? You're going to have to buy a whole jar of pasta sauce and then refrigerate the leftovers (and have a 3/4 bag of pasta to store, as well). This leaves only one option...canned food. One can of anything fits nicely in our pot...any less is not enough to feed us both, any more will overflow the pot.
Did I mention that I am sick of canned food? I mean really, these people have no idea how to cook. Plus there's no real nutritional value to most food found in a can. The cows I've seen on the side of the road are starting to look pretty damn tasty right about now!
Even areas that boast 'warm' winters can get cold at night, which isn't so bad if you have a nice warm bed to curl up in at night but when you're sleeping outdoors it presents a problem. I will say that if we weren't actively traveling things would be a bit easier. Items that keep you warm are notoriously heavy...that's no issue if you have one set place you're camped out in for the duration of the cold season but when you're having to carry the stuff from one place to another every other day it becomes difficult, if not downright impossible.
We are apparently fairly likeable people...some of the folks here at the RV Park are already trying to keep us. We have been offered the use of a small, beat-down trailer for the low price of $245 a month plus electric. As tempting as that sounds I think we will have to pass...especially given the fact that even if we wanted to stay we don't have jobs and don't have $245 plus electric. Granted, we could get jobs but we'd be walking at LEAST 4 miles (probably more like 8 miles) each day to get to and from an area populated enough to actually have work available.
Not to mention I really don't want to stay here.
My knee is feeling better, not 100 percent but definitely not as bad as when we first got here. It's made a snap-crackle-pop sound a couple of times which has seemed to help...it appears my legs swelling a few days ago may have made it susceptible to slipping out of place. I just hope it heals up and doesn't keep happening.
Our plan is to be back on the road tomorrow, either by foot or by way of a ride that may or may not come through for us...we shall see!