Cameron McKirdy Was Here
I’ve been hassled by local police three times this summer. They roll up, acting hard, invading my privacy by looking into my windows with a flashlight, and asking a million questions. Are you living in your van? No. Are you doing drugs? No. What are you really doing here? Being. Is there a woman in there? I wish. Next time I have a run in with make-believe authorities I will immediately begin filming the encounter. They are likely recording me, and never announce that fact. I will ask. I take control of the situation by asking them questions. Like, who are you? And, is that an order or a request? Am I free to go? They can only bust you for overnight camping if they see you asleep, so wake up before they get out of their car. There’s many good videos out there on how to talk to peace officers, who are disturbing the peace.
I tried camping in the city limits once this summer, just to see if I could do it. I failed, that time. But was out in the open, and kind of wanted to be discovered. The city planners have it figured out. There’s so many no parking signs on streets, you’d be better off pulling into a hotel or driveway. Not that I’m advising you on anything. This blog post is for entertainment purposes only. I pulled into a small city park, but got rolled up on shortly after 11:30 PM. The officer begged for my I.D. so he had something to write in his police log. I gave it to him so he would go away. Then he told me I could park at the turnout seen in this new HD video. At least he offered that tidbit of advice. But are the police even necessary? They either get lucky, or they are too late. They aren’t preventing real crime, with victims. They are revenue generators, and may have well studied accounting at The Academy.
That leads me to the car camping video above, featuring Mocha The Famous Puggle. She had surgery the next day in Nehalem, South of CB. I stayed just off the highway that night, so I’d have less driving in the morning. The point is there shoud be more places to live for free. The Oregon Coast is a horrible place to live if you are poor. Gas is outrageous, our Safeway is the highest priced in Oregon, and hotels are out of the question on a regular basis. There’s many empty vacation homes, and little low income housing. Homelessness needs to be legalized. My hometown of Seaside, Oregon used to be known as Tent City. Yet you can’t pitch a tent anymore! Even the Circle Creek RV park doesn’t allow tenting now. Shame on them, and the City of Seaside. If you are homeless, you could be jailed, then shipped on a bus to Portland to survive there on the streets. All for the image of a cute coastal town, so we can take money from tourists.
Politics, and money aside. You can still live for free if you want. That’s what I’ve proven in my car camping video series. There’s always a loophole. You can stay a step ahead.
Going back to this production, it wasn’t a terribly cold evening when I van dwelled with my dog. But what will I do when the temperature drops in the Winter, and do I have any tips for other mobile people? Well, last night it was 52, and that feels cold. I woke up a few times, and had to recover, and rezip the Kelty sleeping bag. Start with an insulated sleeping pad, and then a bag rated to 30 degrees or better. But what I plan on doing soon is getting a mobile power source that can power up my ELECTRIC BLANKET! And an extra car battery for such devices, or more lighting, etc. Mocha The Puggle and I will be golden when that happens. Then you need a good set of thermals, or something warm to sleep in for clothing, on hand, just in case. I like loose and light apparel. Last night I put on a long sleeve Dri-Fit shirt, and sweat pants too. Because you have to crack the windows, or else the condensation on the glass will give you away. Hope this sparks some ideas for you. Peace and love from the road.
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