Just another average sunset in paradise!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Boondocking – Day 2 – A Woman’s Touch

We awoke today to a crystal-clear, blue sky.  As I rose up in bed and looked out the rear window, a deer was calmly walking through the meadow.  I was able to rouse DJ so that she could enjoy it also.  What a great start to the day!

After a couple of cups of coffee, DJ was outside making the morning fire just like a good native-American mate should do.  DJ is in fact 1/8th Walla-walla indian and the city of Pendleton, OR is surrounded by the reservation which is shared by the Walla-wallas, the Cayouse and the Umatillas (we are camped in the Umatilla National Forest).  In addition to her fire making skills, DJ added a woman’s touch to Dod and the entire boondocking experience.

DJ installed the valance with fabric purchased for $1.50 at the Salvation Army Thrift Store

I am very budget-minded and was happy to learn that DJ is too.  While she was waiting for Dod and me to arrive in Pendleton, DJ and her sister visited yard sales to look for bargains and the Salvation Army store (almost daily) to look for new arrivals.  She purchased a complete set of great camping dishes for $2.50; several table cloths for $0.75 - $1.50; and, placemats, napkins and utensils at similar prices.  Each time we made a list of items we needed to outfit Dod our shopping trip always started at the Salvation Army store, then on to The Dollar Store, and finally to Walmart for any items we were not able to find at our first two stops.

The following pictures show some of the benefits the woman’s touch brought to our boondocking experience.
Ready for spaghetti and cheese toast dinner

Breakfast by the fire

Breakfast in the meadow

DJ decided that Dod needed a fresher look so she painted his name tag and high-lighted the emblem on his grill.  Not so sure about the Daisy but I do like the paint!


  1. The table cloth is such a nice added touch.

  2. nothing like a woman's touch in the middle of the wilderness!!!..good job, DJ!

  3. Like they say there good for something.. Just kidding DJ.lol

  4. Very appealing. I sure like the looks of your breakfast place.

    Wondered about the chair with the sunshade. I have looked at those but wondered how practical they really are. How do you like it??