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Treasure Island

An invitation from my Nephew to hang out and boondock on Treasure Island for a few days had to be accepted. Honestly, even though I lived in the SF Bay Area for 37 years, not once did I take the Treasure Island exit – so it was a mini adventure right under my nose.

Treasure Island is a man-made island in the San Francisco Bay built 1936-1937 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Expo. In the 1940’s the Navy began using the island as a Naval Station which closed in 1997. Currently is being re-developed and reborn both with housing and restaurants but much of the island is a ghost town of enormous warehouses leased by the City of San Francisco to artists, wineries, and other businesses for storage.

I spent a few nights camping near the warehouse in which my Nephew rents space. Moose and I were invited to a Thanksgiving dinner within the 40,000 square foot warehouse with the other renters an their family. We also took the time to roam around a bit to photograph the skylines and interesting things on the island.

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Following the Wind

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camnjacFollow the Wind consists of my nephew (Cameron) and his significant other (Jacqui) who just begun traveling last year. They picked my brain for months before setting off on a grand adventure to drive to the southern tip of South America. That adventure ended in the their killing of a Dolphin at which time they returned to California to buy a Westy. Since springtime they have been full timing in the Westy while living on Treasure Island in the SF Bay.

My goal was to get to California before they took off to restart (reattempt?) the adventure this December 1st. We took the time to reminisce and inspect each other’s vans. This was also my first time meeting Jacqui which Moose fell in love with instantly. Personally I only found her beautiful, graceful, funny… um, you get the point (Cameron won the lotto there, for sure).

Their first attempt is chronicled on their blog and well worth the reading and can also be followed on Instagram – their photography is superb as well as the writing.

He could just about drive the Westy inside Big Blue
He could almost park the Westy inside Big Blue… I don’t know how they do it.
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Milk-Can Supper

Mother and I were watching some cooking show (yea, that’s how I roll) when they featured a dish that we just had to try; Milk-Can Supper. It is a super-simple dutch oven recipe involving steaming all the the food using beer.

As luck would have it, my younger Brother and family came out to enjoy our maiden milk-can voyage so we made up the full recipe to serve eight. Of course the recipe can be converted to a 2 or 4 serving recipe easily made in a van in a simple medium sized pot, which I plan to do in the future.

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Full-timing in a van while exploring the country