Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
June, 2019 - Mount Denali, Alaska

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Septic Inspection Passed!

We believe we have overcome the last hurdle in the final sale of the house. Yesterday was the dreaded septic inspection. The system is 35 years old, so you never know what the inspector will say. We have never had a problem with it, and we always maintained it properly. But, I was worried it might fail.

No fears! It passed. We did have to have a baffle replaced, put an extender piece under the cover because codes have changed, and have some kind of meter put on the well. It may sound strange, but I was happy to pay the $900 to have this work done. Much better than the roughly $15,000 a new septic system would cost. I think it paid to take good care of it. The inspector said he recently passed a system that was over 80 years old. So anyone out there with a septic system, make sure you maintain it. It pays off :) Also, I highly recommend JR's Excavating in Hartford, WI for septic inspection, repair or installation. He was a very honest guy who wasn't trying to rip us off. After our home inspector nightmare, it was refreshing to do business with Jim from JR's.

I have now spent 2 days of retirement at the RV as a fulltimer. I still love it :)

Today was 80 degrees. The average for this time of year is in the low 60's. We took a walk and just totally enjoyed the day. I also spent about an hour today organizing my clothes. I think I may have kept too many :) I got everything to fit, but it's pretty tight. I kept some office clothes in case I decide to do some temping. It's hard to know how much cold weather clothing to keep. Even if we go south in the winter, it still gets cold. I'm sure we'll end up getting rid of some clothes as we go. For now, they are at least organized. Tomorrow I will tackle the bathroom items and toiletries. How did we accumulate so much stuff???

We also made a trip to Camping World. We're trying to get DirecTV for the RV. I know it's possible because many other fulltimers have it. We're having trouble finding anyone who knows what they are talking about. The guy I talked to at DirecTV had no clue. I finally just had him put our account on suspension until we can get it figured out. I didn't think it would be a big deal to change from our permanent position to being mobile.

The guy at Camping World didn't know much more. All we want is a portable dish we can mount on a tripod and take with us. We don't want to mount anything on the 5er. We know it can be done, just can't find anyone to help us get it done. We now have a phone number to Winegard. They make a dish we think will work for us, but we have to find out how to get the service from DirecTV. Kevin will call and try to get it done. I am frustrated already!

We are now at Astico County Park. We have met the park attendant and the other host. Everyone has been very nice. Our job will be mainly to rent the canoes and kayaks. They're not out yet so not much going on. Just enjoying the view of the Crawfish River right outside our front door. We found out we may not be staying all summer. There is a possibility they may now move us to another park. I'll let you know when I have some concrete information. We'll just keep going with the flow :)

Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it. Gene Perret