The Heat is On – Tips for staying cool.

Not all of us have access to the comforts of an air conditioner.

There is nothing that can ruin your summer fun quicker then becoming sick from high temperatures.  Not all of us have access to the comforts of an air conditioner. There are steps you can take to ease the heat of the summer months. Here are my tips for staying cool this summer.

My first and favorite tip is to drink plenty of water.  To remain hydrated is the most important advise I can give anyone this summer.  I don’t mean drinks with water in them, I mean pure H2O.  Soft drinks and alcohol do nothing to hydrate you.  I have found that these products make me thirstier. To much corn sweetener can also make you sick to your stomach in the heat and alcohol will dehydrate you fast.  So, stick with good old water for your drink of choice.

Ice

What you eat this summer is almost as important as what you drink.  Eat light, heavy meals have a tendency to bloat your stomach, make you sluggish and slow you down.  Cold foods like, sandwiches, salads, pasta salads, ice cream (in moderation), fruits and veggies.  I would go easy on the fruits, they have a tendency to give you the diarrhea in the heat. Another good choice is cheese and crackers.  These light food options will give you the energy you’ll need though out the day.

Wear minimal clothing, starting with the feet.  Your feet sweat, wear flip flops or sandals.  Closed toe shoes don’t breath and they are even worse when worn with socks.  Let your feet breath.  Choose *cotton fabric* for your clothing. This article explaind why. This also stands true in the South.  It is one of the best, natural, breathable fabrics besides linen you can wear.  I know there are other man-made fibers that claim superior breath-ability, but I have found cotton works the best for comfort in high humidity situations.

My baby

If you are trying to protect your head, stick with cotton coverage as well.  Your scalp also needs to breath.  A cotton bandanna or ‘do rag’ works well.  If you want to forgo the head coverage, use a sun screen or sun block to protect your scalp from sun burns.  This also goes without saying, use sun screen or sun block on your face, shoulders, neck and the tops of your feet.  A sunburn will make you feel miserable and potentially damage your skin.  Please see information on sun poisoning.

Another good tip is don’t stay in a hot house or vehicle.  Get outside and find some shade. Click here to find out why?  The temperature is considerably cooler under a big shade tree.

Barrington Cnty Park

If you have access to power, AC or batteries, use portable fans.  They draw very little power and keep the air circulating.  You can purchase 12 volt traveling fans that will do the job. Get a couple if need be.

12 volt fan

One last tip, soak a couple of pieces of paper towel or a hand towel in cool water and place it around your neck.  This will instantly cool your body temperature down. Re-soak as needed.

These are things that I do on a daily basis when the temperature starts climbing.  By no means am I a doctor or have had any medical training.  However, I have lived in the deep south (Georgia) for 30 years and have experience and seen what heat exhaustion/heat stroke can do to the human body.  It is not pretty and take a long time to recover.  Don’t take the heat lightly and you’ll be able to manage through the next heat wave that comes your way.

*If you feel you are in danger of heat related sickness please see the nearest emergency room.*

For heat related symptoms *Click Here* at the Mayo Clinic for medical advise.

Down the Wagon Trail

My first attempt at writing poetry.

Some days I feel,

we are a top the wheels

of a wagon trail,

searching for our Holy Grail.

Our West is South,

from town to town.

Leaving useless goods,

never to be found.

Break downs happen,

back-tracking the trail,

our journey has slowed, 

but we will not fail.

Wagon wheel is broken,

Oxen must rest,

Recalculation is spoken,

must continue the quest. 

Our fortitude is strong,

we will continue on, 

Down the Wagon Trail.

Faith, the Final Frontier

Our journey started out on very rocky grounds, only with an idea.

I don’t consider myself a traditional religious person.  I consider myself, if anything, spiritual.  I call myself a tree hugger, feet planted firmly on the ground.  I lean toward the naturalistic way of living.  Our adventure back to the Deep South from Michigan has strengthen my natural faith in ways I could have not planned.

Our journey started out on very rocky ground, only with an idea.  We had no idea how we were going to accomplish such a crazy notion of selling all our belonging and finding a suitable, affordable camper to get us south.  It had been far to long since we had seen family and friends.  This was priority number one.

Besides the usual internet searching and researching, which took weeks on end, I meditated and visualized what our journey would look like as we made our way.   This was a daily activity, images and feelings of positive emotions surrounded me.  Within a months time our dreams and ideas started to become reality.  The house and pick up truck sold, we bought ‘Dotty‘.  The Sterling took a few more weeks, but it sold too.

I don’t know if you want to call it fate or faith, but it all fell into place.  Our trip of 1100 miles finished without incident.  Were we plain lucky? I think not.  The luck didn’t stop when we got to Georgia.  We were offered a place to park the camper while visiting family and friends.  Another family friend called with a potential job offer for this Fall.  We met a very kind woman who offer us to park the camper on her land while making a few dollars by helping her with home repairs.

I’ve heard it said, “events happen for a reason”.  Well something was looking out for us.  Our faith in the positive has gotten us this far.  Someone once asked, “Do we have plans for the future”? I quickly replied, “No, events just unfold, if we were to make plans, we may miss all the positive experiences that may come our way”.

 

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

— Willie Nelson

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.”

— Buddha

 

Southern Hospitality

It all started last week with a simple post from Facebook.

It all started last week with a simple post from Facebook.  In the most unlikely way a post came over offering us a place to park for a few days.  It caught us both by surprise, we didn’t know what to think or say, “Was this for real?”  Being sceptical, we decided to think on it for a day or two.

The weather was getting hotter and we really needed to find shade.  Maybe it was time to learn a little trust and accept the offer.  We didn’t have to travel far when we were greeted by  (we will call her Gail) a small, cheery-eyed woman with a warm smile and cherry cheeks. She directed us to her back yard to park ‘Dotty’, and there it was… shade, wonderful large oak trees with the charming hanging Spanish Moss.  The perfect place to keep us cool on those hot days.

We spent the first few days getting acquainted.  A lot of question were asked and answered, one being how were we going to finance ourselves? Our plan was to take on odd jobs, (according to our skill sets) and possibly workcamping.  “What are those skillsets, you might ask?”  We have a few at our age, my husband, Bill, is a carpenter by trade and an all around handyman.  Myself, I have a nack for cleaning, organizing and yard work.  Those are my specialities.  Gail was carefully listening to our story and quickly asked if we would like to extend our stay and help her with home repairs and clean up duty.  This was shock number two, we weren’t expecting that question.  She showed us around the house pointing out various needed repairs, back door casing, hanging new drywall, lawn work, etc.  We decided quickly we would like to help her out knowing she wasn’t able to do the work herself.  Labor fee was briefly discussed, however we hadn’t thought about a price, we decided to ask for donations for work completed.  We felt that was fair.  We now were well on our way to our first job with a reference…priceless.

As the days progressed and the work was getting finished a funny thing happened.  We were building a new friendship.  In the evenings we would all relaxed on her wonderful screened in back porch having drinks, meeting neighbors and just having a good ol’time talking about camping and life.  Gail went out of her way to be a gracious host.  She even cooked dinners for us and of course we joined her, she a great cook!  Our few days turned into a week.  We knew we would have to leave soon, we had another committment coming up.

This week was a complete success.  I had heard stories of the kindness of strangers, but have never experienced it.  This boondocking adventure has made us realize there are good people out there.  Gail has shown us there is kind and thoughtful people in this world, people who do care.  She is one of those people we will never forget and hope to see again in the future.  We are forever grateful to have met her and can call her our friend.

Our 2007 Road Trip, Part 2: Signs of Georgia

This is such a great post on driving through Georgia and what you will see coming down I-75. Brings back a lot of memories.

Midlife Crisis Crossover!

Giant Peanut! Behold the World’s Largest Peanut, according to the good people of Ashburn, Georgia. Also possibly the World’s Most Hypoallergenic Peanut.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

Every year since 1999 Anne and I have taken a road trip to a different part of the United States and seen attractions, marvels, history, and institutions we didn’t have back home in Indianapolis. From 1999 to 2003 we did so as best friends; from 2004 to the present, as husband and wife. For 2007 we changed up our strategy a bit and designed an itinerary for what would prove our most kid-friendly outing ever. Granted, my son was now twelve years old and less kid-like than he used to be, but the idea was sound in principle.

Thus in this year of our Lord did we declare: the Goldens are going to Florida!

When most people think “road trip” in the fanciful sense…

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My Friend, Anxiety

You see, I have anxiety issues, I’ve had them since I was in my early 20’s…I’m always searching for tranquility.

Leaving the greater Savannah, Ga. area was a relief. Something about the city makes me uneasy, traffic, people and the noise.  I couldn’t wait to leave and find some peace and quite.  No motors, no electrical buzzing, no loud people.  I got on the “Googles”   looking for such a quiet place.  I searched for free camping site and found Barrington County Park.  The description sounded good and it was less than 45 miles south.  The hubby made a quick phone call making sure the park was still open to the public and off we went.

The closer we drove the better I felt.  You see, I have anxiety issues.  I’ve had them since I was in my early 20’s.  It seems the symptoms have gotten worse with age.  I’m always searching for tranquility.

I guess that’s why traveling in a camper sounded so good to me.  It’s a self medicating thing.  Similar to the drug user looking for their next fix, I’m looking for a secluded site to reduce my anxiety.

Well,  back to the camping thing…the butterflies in my stomach are gone and my heart has stopped racing.  I look forwarded to enjoying this site for the evening.  I took a refreshing shower with well water this evening, today was hot.  It felt great to wash my hair.  While we were at the showers, we met a camper/dweller (he was a nice enough fellow, full of information) who informed us this site is typically busy on the weekend with local young’ns who like to party.  I believe we will be leaving before then.

Have you ever noticed that your biological clock kicks in when there is no power for lights?  The sun is setting and I am getting sleepy. By the time the sun set, the crickets and frogs were in full party mode.  The park was quiet and the temperature was dropping.  I was drifting off to ‘La la’ land.

I woke to a cool morning with hot coffee made from our french press.  After looking at the day’s temperature, my hubby and I decided we needed to find somewhere to buy ice.  The worse thing in the heat is to be dehydrated.  So off we drove to the next town over, Jesup, Ga

I just hope my dear friend, anxiety, wont follow me but it seems she always does.

Down in the Boondocks

Forty five miles from Savannah, Ga. we traveled to a Barrington County Park, a secluded free camp ground…

Forty Five miles from Savannah, Ga. we headed south to a quaint, hidden, free campground called, Barrington County Park .  On the outskirts of Townsend, Ga. off Hwy 57, there is a sizable camping area off of Harper Lake.  Harper Lake is fed from the Altamaha River system.  Traveling into the park was a little hairy.  You will travel approximately three miles on a wide, maintained dirt  road.  Here’s the catch, there is three miles of small ruts on this road, as all dirt roads seem to have, just beware of your speed and drive carefully.

Being our first experience at boon-docking, Barrington County Park was a pleasant surprise.  At first sight the grounds were very well shaded with oaks and their companions, Spanish moss.  The ground is covered in clean sand, (if that matter to anyone). The advertisement was true and correct as to their description of dry camping, trash pick up, running water (well water), showers and flushing toilets.  Now mind you, the water pressure wasn’t great, but it got the job done. It was very refreshing after a hot day.

Barrington Cnty Park (3)

There were only two tent set ups and two other campers on the grounds.  We could park any where we wished. Parking close to the Lake side (it looked like a small river) we had a clear view of the jumping fish, birds and squirrels.  Not far from the fishing and boat dock (built by the Department of Natural Resource) we had the perfect spot.

Now for the bad news, internet access was spotty, very spotty.  Our service provider is Verizon, and we were receiving incoming calls but no internet.  As I mentioned before, there is plenty of shade.  So, if you plan on using solar panels you need to be choosy where you park.  I needed to mention these issues so you may plan your activities accordingly.  I also spoke with a local who gave us some very vital information, If you are planning to use this site to boon-dock, it’s best to come and enjoy the peace and quite during the week days.  The locals use this spot for a party hangout on the weekends.  We didn’t stay to confirm this activity.

All in all, it was a very nice, clean park.  A little bit difficult to get to, but if you want a little R and R away from everything and everybody, give it a go.