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Monday, January 22, 2018

Shutdowns and Water Filters




I didn't think the government shutdown would affect me, but it did. Suddenly there are fewer Federal Camping places I can stay at. I've family and friends that are now out of work and some have not been paid.

Let me get this straight. The Republicans are in charge of all three branches of government and can't keep it running? Must be the Democrats fault. Yeah, sure, there's this super majority thing in the Senate, but that's hardly an excuse. If you hold almost all the cards you can't blame it on the one card you don't hold. They certainly aren't helping themselves prepare for the midterm elections.

Okay, enough of that. This will get sorted out eventually. The stupid thing is that the whole shutdown fiasco is a made up artificial problem.

On to other things. Water filters. Before I hit the road this year I picked up a Camco RV water filter. Mine was picked up at Walmart. Just about every RV uses one. It's a high flow filter. That makes it suitable for providing water for all of an RV's need. I put it on the water spigots before filling my water jug. While it must do something, the drinking water still tastes pretty bad.

During a run into town I picked up a Sawyer water filter. At about $20 they are a bargain. These filters are popular with backpackers. They aren't high volume, but are fine for filling drinking water bottles. They made the water in the campground taste a whole lot better. So far I'm glad to have picked it up.

There is one big drawback to these filters. They fail if frozen. With the cold snap we had all the way down to Florida this year, it's not small consideration. My water jug was full of ice in the morning, so leaving the filter outside would have ruined it. Since we'll soon be heading down to Key Largo, I thing we'll be safe from that problem for a bit.

-Sixbears





8 comments:

  1. Don't you know, Sixbears? It's still Bushes fault.

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  2. Happy travels sir, sounds like an interesting trip. Politics is providing quite a bit of interest on both sides of the aisle. Makes for conversations, but lets try and stay civil.

    After all - things will swing the other way eventually, they always do.

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    1. I just found out the campground I'm in will stay open. Nobody knew what was going on until today.

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  3. Hope it gets warmer for you as you head further south. I've seen it get down to the 30's in Miami.

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    1. Thank you Momlady. It should be warmer for a bit. It's nice now, but that can change. Winter's been weird.

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  4. The "shut down" is over. I just hope the "deal" doesn't include 800,000 new "citizens" on the backside.

    The only hassle I had with it was when I went to the "do not call" list to list another robo caller, and the page said that service was not available due to the shut down.

    Everything is harder when it gets as cold as it has been. Lots of issues a person usually doesn't have to cope with.

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    1. I'm glad the prison guards I know will finally get paid. We didn't know if we'd get kicked out of the Federal Campground we are staying in until yesterday afternoon. Even the people running the place could get no answers.

      Anyway. . .

      Yeah, I'm glad to have left the cold behind. It was hard to even load the van, hauling everything through the snow and trying to work in the cold. A lot of our gear just got stuffed in the van for sorting out later. Much easier to do when fingers are not frozen.

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  5. If I was one of the people who didn't get paid, I'm sure I'd have been a lot more involved and attentive to what was going on!

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