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Old 04-30-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: not where you are
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Been doing a lot of thinking about the camping in different cities and I think to solve my solo delima I think hostels might be a better choice. Most are located in areas that are more accessable to a variety of things; plus there should be some interesting people to say good night to.

Hosteling, not only for the youngins. Nice article here:

Hostelling | Maggie Williams – Wanderer

Think I'll start with Ft Lauderdale in Nov. Might even try a hostel in another country, at some point. May do a test drive on two night stay near close to where I'll be visiting friends this summer. None of my friends ever believed I would ever go camping, so I might as well kick it up another notch and try rooming with a group of, more than likely, college kids. Ahhhh, to be frugal, on tight budget and free spirited.

 
Old 04-30-2010, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Cool hosteling..... oh yeah....

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Been doing a lot of thinking about the camping in different cities and I think to solve my solo delima I think hostels might be a better choice. Most are located in areas that are more accessable to a variety of things; plus there should be some interesting people to say good night to.

Hosteling, not only for the youngins. Nice article here:

Hostelling | Maggie Williams – Wanderer

Think I'll start with Ft Lauderdale in Nov. Might even try a hostel in another country, at some point. May do a test drive on two night stay near close to where I'll be visiting friends this summer. None of my friends ever believed I would ever go camping, so I might as well kick it up another notch and try rooming with a group of, more than likely, college kids. Ahhhh, to be frugal, on tight budget and free spirited.
Hosteling..... did that when I was 20 years old, riding a bicycle from Germany to France It was an experience ~ now gimmee a hotel with a private bathroom, and clean bed
 
Old 04-30-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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What a good idea, TRosa! I never thought of doing that, although I've walked past the San Francisco hostel many times. It's in a wonderful location, if you ever get to this area:

San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel - San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel - Features
 
Old 04-30-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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Default I'll be the captain!!

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Yes, we do have to think outside the box -- or on the ship -- or whatever. BUT....WHO is going to steer the ship???
I'll steer the ship!!! I had a Gibson houseboat (1985 - 1991) and became quite the "captain" of JAMAICA DREAM. My reasoning for buying my houseboat was to enjoy a toy I dreamt of as retirement, just in case I didn't live to actually do the retirement thing! Now, nearing my true retirement, I am at a loss of where the heck to retire!!
 
Old 05-01-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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Good posts!

I did the whole traveling through Europe thing, too! It was fun, but not sure I could do it like I did before! I remember sleeping outside in Pamplona, Spain, where I was stealthily robbed by gypsies in the middle of the night! However, it was a great three months in Europe, and it will always be a highlight of my life!

A houseboat -- I always wanted to live on one! I remember having a boyfriend in Seattle who had a small "yacht," and it was one of the best summers -- we traveled up and down the Pacific coast and slept anchored at sea with stars so brilliant, it was amazing! Unfortunately, he wasn't as good as his boat! Ha ha!

In the meantime, I have been very busy fixing up one part of my house -- the part that was "omitted" in the contract and the "sun room" flooded. So....since I love before and after photos, here are some of what has just recently transpired -- although now I have to go into all the other rooms were things were jammed in when that room flooded. I thought by now I would be all settled, but not so. However, this was a blessing in disguise because it was an omission, the realtors of both parties, their brokers and the inspector (and me) chipped in and had the walls replaced, the floor replaced, and everything painted (a light lavender). This is what my last several months have been all about! But I still follow the posts, even though I haven't had much time to post, myself.

One of the "Before" photos of the flooded sun room -- wood rot was everywhere, the walls were seeping water during the rains, it was dreadful:



And now for the two "Afters" -- the walls were replaced, new gutters put in, I put in new flooring, and I got that pretty lavender color I wanted on the walls. It is now my "refuge space," and I intend to keep this room Zen-like -- a place to relax and just be peaceful!:

One end of the sun room:




And the other end of the room -- ahhhhh, peace at last!!


And that is what I have been doing lately!
 
Old 05-01-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Wow Wisteria I LOVE the before and after--I love the new floor, the color of the curtains, and the lovely old red piano. It all really makes a statement. You must love that room!
 
Old 05-01-2010, 07:11 PM
 
Location: SW US
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Looks really good. I love all the windows and light.
 
Old 05-01-2010, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Talking Wisteria ~~

What a bright cheerful room ! Thanks for posting the pics !
 
Old 05-01-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Nice grand upright, I've got one of those too (not pink), as well as similar glass paperweights. Actually the sunroom somewhat reminds me of the one at my place in Fla.

I put a daybed in mine, good for naps and reading.
 
Old 05-01-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: not where you are
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Lovely remodel, I enjoy seeing before and after pics. The redo, makes me long for the old TLC shows. Very nice, now where's that kitty?
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