My thoughts and opinions on life in general.
Today is the beginning of a blog that I have 2 wishes for. First I wish for the inner fortitude and dedication it takes to keep up with a good blog. The second thing I wish for is that I am able to put what I write in front of many people who will take time to read, understand, and respond what is written.|
If I can follow through with this it will be something I have been trying to do since someone first uttered the word "blog" many years ago. If memory serves me correctly my first attempt took place sometime in 1995 when I was first exposed to computers and a brand new wonder called the World Wide Web.
So there it is my first post. I will strive to place something of interest here on a daily basis along with a couple other writers sites I frequent.
| Exciting times we are living in today. First of all the weather has finally turned to Spring with no more less than forty degree nights.
The other big news is that I am officially a legal cannabis consumer in the state of Maryland. Forty plus years I spent getting my cannabis from the black market but yesterday I bought my first legal weed and it was awesome.
It is time for the government to take cannabis off the FDA schedule once and for all and let it be a weed again. Kinda like a dandelion.
I can go out in the back yard and pick a bunch of dandelions and put them through a fermenting process similar to making wine and the end result is dandelion wine which is actually dandelion moonshine. As with any alcoholic beverage consuming it brings on all kinds of health problems and suffering but it is legal for me to make as long as I don't try to sell any.
On the other hand if I grow a few cannabis plants which are pure medicine that eliminates sickness and pain naturally I am breaking federal law.
It is time for cannabis to go back to being a WEED.
The weather getting warmer will allow me to get out and about for some serious metal detecting at the two known locations locally where there was Civil War action.
| It has been tough trying to type with one hand but today I got the use of my right hand back. My carpel tunnel is healing quickly as expected and my range of motion is much better with no pain.
Been spending a lot of time metal detecting the local spot that was a Civil War battlefield. So far the only finds have been a lot of really old iron that is buried 6 inches or more. The one thing found that is really cool is the name plate from a 1920's Buick Roadster. The original blue and white paint is still somewhat intact.
This area is perfect for metal detecting because of the history. I will be writing about the various locations and any good finds I come across.
One location I will be visiting is a place called "Fairfax Stone" which is the place where the Potomac River begins. Flowing east the Potomac forms the state line first with West Virginia and the Virginia.Upwards of a half mile in width at our nations capitol, the mighty Potomac begins as all rivers do. A trickle of spring water bubbling up from the ground at a place George Washington himself visited while surveying the state lines.
Time to buy my MD fishing license. Since I have an Arizona drivers license it will cost $65. but it will be worth it. I haven't had fresh trout to eat for a few years.
| Had to take a few days off from the keyboard. Wednesday at 6 am I had my wrist cut. It seems my tunnel was impinging my carpel so my Dr. fixed it for me.
I only needed 2 of the 800 mg. Motrin and today I am switching back to my morphine. As much as I hate taking an opiate I have no choice thanks to my neck and back. The cannabis I smoke is a major part of my pain management. If I didn't use it I would be taking twice as many pills for the same relief.
Tomorrow I will get a chance to get a little workout due to the weather clearing up. It is time for the second trip to Fort Alice to uncover some more goodies. The list from the first visit is... a lot of small pieces of iron of different shapes. The rust on them reeks of old age and I would guess they were all in the same spot since the 1800's.
There was five pieces of old iron rusted the same that was part of an old pot belly stove.
The best find for the first day on location was the small metal plate from a 1920's era Buick, probably from a 1928 Buick Roadster. All in all the day was a total success because we proved there was old targets to be found.
I am hoping tomorrow we are able to find something that marks the era of the Civil War and proves the location to be a great location for future hunts.
| Well the old saying in like a lion and out like a lamb almost made it this year for the month of March.
Yesterday the 30th it was in the low 60's and pleasant. Today there is a dusting of snow and the temp is around 32.
According to the long range forecast there are a lot more 60's coming along with some 70's so the search for Civil War relics and treasure at the Ft. Alice location will only be idle today. There are 50+ acres that need to be searched so it will be a summer long project.
The batteries are in Big Bug but no ignition yet. The tangle of wires that need to be hooked up on three different batteries would be really easy to remember if I had thought to take a picture of it before removing the wires but the picture didn't happen and my memory sucks.
I will have to call in professional help tomorrow just to be sure it is hooked up correctly and nothing important gets fried.
One project for today might be to head to the attic to repack some boxes and rearrange a few things.We have a lot of stuff that we don't need anymore. We will be having a couple big yard sales in the coming weeks but the is also a lot of stuff that needs to be given away and a little bit that needs trashed.
We need to get the personal belongings list small enough to fit in the motor home (Big Bug).
Even though I still miss a day here and there I am really getting into the habit of keeping up with the Blog and also keeping it real.
| The weather is perfect for the things I need to get done today. Big Bug will be started, leaves left over from last fall raked up once and for all, and video the second day of Oro Expeditions 19 - Fort Alice.
Fort Alice was built for one reason. To protect a railroad bridge from Confederate attack. It was located within sight of the bridge on a hill down river a short distance.
It was a fort built in vain because the Confederates attacked on a Sunday morning while most people, including the Union soldiers were in church.
There was a small skirmish with no fatalities but the bridge was destroyed in the process.
Today there is a trail named for the fort that has a nice parking area. We will be walking the trail to the end which should be the location of the fort. There is another way to access the area by following the river from the nearby county bridge.
If I am correct the area around the fort and bridge have never been metal detected so there could be a lot of Civil War era relics and possibly even a coin or two. I will be posting pictures here of some of the "finds" along with an update on how much area we have covered.
There are quite a few places around this area that have a historic past and will make great places to conduct future searches.
| Spring has officially sprung on the mountaintop. The long range forecast is showing temps moerating into the 50's and 60's with the night time temps staying above freezing.
Going on a little expedition today to a local area that was the location for a Civil War encampment and and the site of a skirmish over a railroad bridge. I am hoping to get into the remote area for some metal detecting and to shoot the preliminary video for Oro Expeditions.
The spot I want to get to will require a short hike following the railroad tracks to the bridge that is still there. There was a small fort built close to the bridge and the word is you can still see the stone foundations of a couple of the 1860's buildings.
Today is also the day I will get Big Bug up and running. It should be a quick process installing the batteries so I can get the engine started and warmed up after a long winters sleep. Once the exhaust is welded and the line for the leveling rams is replaced it will be ready to make a few short trips this spring and summer.
My eighty nine year old father in law is going to attempt a garden this year even though he is suffering from 2nd stage dementia so the wife and I have figured out that we will be helping even though he doesn't like it. The yard work will be on the same list.
| On a solar level it has been a strange couple of days. Everyone is affected whether you realize it or not. The Northern Lights could be seen in many lower 48 states and the solar energy released will be causing problems for weeks.
I have come up with a plan for a local Expedition to kick off the 2019 season. It is time to put my V3i to work as we go looking for Civil War relics in an area that was known to have a fort and a railroad bridge that needed protecting.
There are quite a few acres in the area I want to search and I will be going out to the site today to draw up a map. Then I can mark the HOT spots as we find them and also outline spots that should be good places to start.
I also want to get the batteries in Big Bug today and start working on the exhaust problem so we can drive it to the place we get it winterized. They will reverse the procedure they did last November and help us get everything road ready.
After that I have some interior projects to complete and Big Big will be good as new and that's saying something considering he is twenty three years old this year.
Time to launch this beautiful day and get started with outdoors Spring projects.
| Today is a weird day. I am chair bound thanks to the wild swings in the weather. Hopefully the little bit of snow we are getting will go away quickly and hopefully be the last we get for about nine months or so.
I'm still waiting on the state of Maryland to send the email I have been waiting on for almost two months. It is the one that will give me the go ahead to get my medical cannabis card for the state.
When I started the process back in January it was supposed to be done within forty five days but I'm still waiting.
We are cashing out on a lot of accumulated stuff that is sitting around taking up space and collecting dust. Most of it will be sold before we begin our new life living in our motor home.
There's gonna be some really good yard sales here this spring.
The money will come in handy to pay for the materials to fix Big Bug up and make it ready for the first Road Trip. The first two jobs will be to get the batteries back in and the exhaust fixed good enough to drive it.
Lots of clean up work on the inside and a few minor fixes to the interior and it will be like new.
|Yesterday went better than I thought it would. I had an appointment at my new pain clinic to get my next prescription of morphine and I was told I would have to present my Medical Cannabis card for the state of Maryland in order to get it.
I started the process to get my card back in January. when I realized I was eligible even though I have a Arizona DL. It was supposed to take 45 days or less. I got an email from the commission letting me know there were things that needed fixed on my application. The corrections were made and everything was on track for me to have an answer by Friday of last week.
Today I am still waiting to hear from the state but the good news is the pain clinic said as long as I was in the process of getting it there was no problem with them. WHEEEEEEEEW...
Gold is going up pretty steady along with Bitcoin. The weather is on track to start improving after this coming weekend so time spent outside will be increasing. We just have to get through one more round of snow and cold.