Retired

This will be my last blog post. I just retired so I can’t really call myself ‘hobo lawyer’ anymore although I still laughingly call myself a hobo. The only reason I can retire before eligible for Social Security is because my expenses are low because I live in a van. I don’t pay a mortgage, rent, utility bills, property taxes or upkeep on a house and 99% of the time I camp for free. I had fun crisscrossing the country over the past year and a half to all of the places I have always wanted to go so I am slowing it down now and I am mostly going to stick to Oregon and Washington for the summer and then in the future probably just Oregon during the Summer  because I absolutely love Oregon. For the winters I plan on sticking to California and Arizona. Since I will be going to a lot of the same areas there won’t be much new stuff to blog about anyway. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. Travel to places you have always wanted to go because life is short and traveling is awesome! 🗺

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Crater Lake National Park in Oregon

Yesterday we went to Crater Lake National Park which I have been wanting to go to for a very long time. It was absolutely beautiful. The crater was formed from a volcano errupting over 7700 years ago that filled with snow melt and water to create the clear blue water.  I love that there was still snow on the ground because it made the lake look prettier. We are camping for free at another off season snow park that has toilets and picnic tables. I think from now on we are going to look up snow parks as a good parking option. It is nice to have a little paved area for a patio, a picnic table, a toilet and a good spot to get lots of sun for our solar panels 🌞

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Williamette National Forest in Oregon

We are camping at a snow park in the forest with access to a pit toilet. This is the second time I have camped at a snow park which is a parking area for people to access the snow areas to go sledding etc. There isn’t any snow right now so we have pretty much had the place to ourselves. We are within walking distance to the beautiful Salt Creek waterfall which is the second largest waterfall in Oregon. Two friends joined us a couple of days ago. We had a birthday celebration at a restaurant in the closest town for Charlie’s birthday. We went back to town today for cell service and internet access, which we usually don’t have access to in the forest. Oregon is one beautiful state ⛰

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Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I feel so lucky that I get to be boo boo bear’s mom. We are in Eugene, Oregon right now. I am not that impressed with the city because I guess it is just too big of a city for me. We are heading into the Williamette National Forest today about an hour away where we won’t have cell service so I won’t be able to blog for several days. There is supposed to be lots of beautiful waterfalls, rivers and hiking trails in the forest. We have been staying the night at several casinos and a truck stop last night. I can’t wait to get back to the forest 🌳

Oregon State Parks and Winning Money at the Casino

Yesterday we explored Sunset Bay State Park and Cape Arago State Park where we walked on the beach, saw sea lions and seals out in the ocean, walked through tide pools and climbed over these cool rocks. We stayed the night at a casino in Coos Bay, Oregon last night. They didn’t allow overnight free parking so we had to pay $20 which gave us access to their showers. We signed up for their players club that many casinos have where they give you money to start gambling hoping you will keep gambling with your own money. We are not gamblers so we just spent their money. I came out ahead with $6 which I used to buy us sugary treats from the cafe. $6 isn’t much but still cool to me because it is the first time I have won money at a casino 💵

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Beautiful Oregon Coast

We are slowly driving up the Oregon coast because it is so beautiful. We saw sea lions at a marina and yesterday we spotted whales off the coast that are migrating North right now like us. We stayed at an ocean pullout a couple of nights ago and watched the sun set over the ocean, although a little cloudy, from the back of the school bus. We hiked down a hill to the ocean below to Sisters Rocks that had caves and lush grenery everywhere, which remined me of pictures I have seen of New Zealand. Most of the coast is undeveloped and beautiful. It has also not been crowded with people or traffic which has been nice. The part of the coast we are driving right now is a little more inland without ocean turnouts to stay the night at so last night we found a forest road to park off of overnight. Our cell service has been kind of spotty so we bought walkie talkies to talk to each other while driving which has been great. Even when we have cell service we like using the walkie talkies which is safer than grabing the phone to call each other. It is also illegal here to talk on your phone while driving. The Oregon coast is one of the most beautiful places I have been to, so glad we decided to drive it 🌄

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Living at the Beach

I love the Oregon coast. We have been driving scenic highway 101 that hugs most of the coastline. You can stay overnight at the many turnouts along the highway with views of the ocean for a maximum of 12 hours. We are going to take our time driving up the coast since we are in no hurry or time limit. Last night we stayed at a turnout with a nice view of the ocean below and a beautiful view of the sun setting over the ocean. Today we took a walk on the beach at a new turnout that has beach access. We do not know where we will stay tonight or where we will go next. We like deciding on where to go on a moment to moment basis. It is so beautiful here 🏖

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Smith River Recreation Area in Northern California

For the past week we have been camping in the Smith River Recreation Area at a free campsite with a pit toilet and a quick walk to the river. Across from our camping area we hiked up a mountain with beautiful views. We had lots of campfires and really enjoyed our campsite. We drove to the nearby Redwoods National Park to hike also. I loved the lush forest and beautiful redwood trees. We didn’t have any cell service and therefore internet at our campsite which we didn’t miss much. We are heading up the coast of Oregon later today.

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Cops Woke Me Up And Drinking Coffee with a Homeless Man

I usually don’t like parking overnight at Walmart anymore because most stopped allowing it and some will tell you over the phone you can park there but when you get there signs are posted prohibiting it, probably because of a city ordinance. Well yesterday we were in Grants Pass, Oregon and parked at a Walmart where one of the employees told us we could over the phone. However, when we got there we saw ‘no overnight RV parking’ signs posted. There were a lot of RVs, vans and other vehicles there with people staying the night so we decided to stay the night. In the morning we both got what we call in our lifestyle as ‘the knock’ by the police telling us we needed to leave because overnight parking is not allowed there. They woke me up out of a dead sleep so half-asleep the only thing that came out of my mouth was telling the police that the sign says ‘no overnight RV parking’ and we weren’t in RVs. I guess that came from the attorney in me. They also told me I couldn’t panhandle of which I promptly replied that we do not panhandle. I would like to think I do not look like a panhandler but I guess panhandlers don’t all have the same look. There are a lot of people that travel in RVs, etc. that fund their travels by panhandling at Walmarts, etc. The police were actually pretty nice and just doing their job. We drove to a nearby park on the river with these beautiful pink trees. There was also a lady in her car there with her kids that got kicked out of wherever they stayed the night. We also met this homeless guy traveling by foot with his dog that came up and started talking to us. We gave him some coffee and I sat with him on the curb and talked to him. He told me his life story and that he is newly homeless and addicted to crystal meth and alcohol. I felt bad for him and tried to convince him to go to an AA meeting. He was a really nice guy. He told us the park we were hanging out at is considered a ‘trolling park’ which I have never heard of before. He said it is where people go to meet people to hook up with. This guy in a truck pulled up and the homeless guy told me that the guy was weird and goes there to try to pick up girls that are vulnerable and homeless. The guy in the truck went straight to the girl with the kids in her car. He also told me that a lot of people go in the bathroom at the park and shoot up drugs. I started to walk in there to go the bathroom and decided I’d rather just go in my version of a toilet in my van, which I did. I told the homeless guy that some people think we are homeless because we live in vehicles of which he promptly replied that we are not homeless because our vehicles are our homes because they provide us with shelter, which is what I always say. We both had our guard up around the homeless guy which we usually do. We decided we were done with the snow and the cold and headed to the coast of California. We are in Crescent City, California right now hanging out by the ocean. Still pretty cold though because it’s very windy but it is so beautiful here. We saw some seals but I couldn’t get a picture of them because they ducked under the water too quick, so cool to see though. I love the California coast 🏖

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