Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Time to leave now It's 9am and we've taken our walk and washed the dog. Jim is perusing the maps and the campground directories to see where we should go. I like Moscow and the University of Idaho campus so much, I'd be happy staying here another week! But, camped in this field, we have to depend on our generator for electricity. It's noisy, it's smelly, and it's actually pretty expensive. They turned the electricity off on Saturday morning - so, we've been on generator most of Saturday, all of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning, and we've use about 1/2 tank of gas. Our gas tank is 50 gallons so that means roughly 25 gallons. At $2/gallon, that's $50 for 3 days - just about the same as a campground hookup fee. We really need to get better batteries, a 2000 watt inverter and some solar panels. Then we can have electricity without using the generator much. BUT, that'll cost us about $3,000. If you would like to donate to the cause of reducing noise pollution and lowering gas consumption, what better way than to contribute to 'Odie's Roadies Solar Power Fund'! Just click on the Tip Jar at the left and PayPal will do the rest! Meanwhile, it is SO nice to know that we can park somewhere without hookups and get by - the generator does work very well. I say it's noisy - but, it's nowhere near as noisy as most generators we hear. This is the first time we've used it for 3 days straight and it's been great. I've been on the computer for at least 6 hours each day. And, we've been supplying Internet service wirelessly to the RVs around us as well. Here's a photo of our trusty generator: Before we leave, I need to post some more of the photos we've taken around campus. We saw lots of pretty scenes AND, the 'Taking Great Photos' class during Life On Wheels was very inspiring: That's it for Moscow! Now we're off to follow the Lewis and Clark trail. Then, we'll be visiting a park on the Oregon coast that just had a Coach Connect Wi-Fi system installed.