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!