Camping With Mary…(and then water concerns)

Mary is a personal friend.  We met a few years back at the VegHeads Of Monterey Bay meetup group.

Mary is a 1000 Trails member, and so for a week we are camping at a membership park near Hollister, CA.  1000 Trails parks allow non-members now as well, but we aren’t using that option since we are camping together on the same site.

Mary has a Sunrader Class C RV, but she’s not using it because she wants to learn to camp ‘bare bones’ in what she calls her Prius RV.  🙂

Mary, the happy camper!  Shiloh too.

Mary, the happy camper! Shiloh too.

Marys Prius RV!

Marys Prius RV!

Mary has been working on this plan for awhile, getting the Prius windows tinted, making curtains, organizing supplies, and figuring out how to store what she needs.  She also has the little “Habitent” (www.habitants.com) that Toyota sells to fit over the hatch when it’s open, to give more room.  Inside she has space for a bed and a sitting area (even without the tent).

Power Station, bed and some supplies

Power Station, bed and some supplies

sitting area and bed as viewed from the drivers side back seat door

sitting area and bed as viewed from the drivers side back seat door

Habitent on the Prius....goes up in under 5 minutes.

Habitent on the Prius….goes up in under 5 minutes.

She has a Diehard Power Station and solar panels…the ones I decided I don’t need, since I have solar on the roof.

She brings a two person tent to set up at her camp site, both to store things in and to save her site when she drives somewhere.

Mary wanted to try this out for a week, not too far from home, to work the bugs out of her system.  Also I’m camped next to her with “all the luxuries of home” in case she discovers she forgot something.

I guess it’s true that perspective is major in life.  I usually feel like WS is tiny compared to the RV’s I see around me.  In this case she seems roomy and luxurious!

WS suddenly looks large to me! :-)

WS suddenly looks large to me! 🙂

With the rain we’ve had, Mary is getting good experience here, in testing out her set up.     Rain.    Not even a drop in the bucket of what this area needs, but enough to make a wet drippy campsite for 2 nights and a day.  We are both thankful for the rain!  This is another campground that was built next to a small river…which no longer exists.

Water concerns are huge in California, but not huge enough apparently.  Gov. Jerry Brown just announced the first mandatory water restrictions for the state, but he didn’t touch Big Ag.  Short showers and the like?  Bah Humbug.  Did you know it takes 1700 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, and  683 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of cows milk?

Eighty percent of California’s water goes to agriculture, and most of that goes to grow alfalfa to feed cows that humans use for food….after it’s been liberally sprayed with toxic chemicals.

Scary huh?

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2 Responses to Camping With Mary…(and then water concerns)

  1. CindyB says:

    Sorry, don’t agree with your stats. 80% of California’s water goes to a combined agriculture/environmental usage and only 20% of that goes to alfalfa irrigation. The remainder goes to crops which are for human consumption (e.g., almonds, rice, lettuce, tomatoes).

  2. Hi Cindy. Thanks for your input on this. I guess it depends on where we get our info…who we quote. Mine is from Rainforest Action Network.
    Admittedly, hard facts and figures are not my area. The bottom line here is that I see in my travels the irresponsible use of water, and the earth drying up.
    It seems to make sense to me that eliminating the middleman…or in this case, the middle cow/pig etc and growing plants for human consumption would save a lot of water, a lot of starvation, a lot of rain forests, and improve health.
    The even further bottom line for me is that my heart tells me that other living beings don’t need to be my food, so I don’t eat them.

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