Well, before I purchased the vehicle I took it to a mechanic for and overall evaluation and he gave it a clean bill of health. Sadly, that same day when I got home, Jerry called me to tell me that there were a few spots of what appeared to be coolant on the spot where I had parked the element. Sure enough, after closer inspection I saw where there was dripping from the bottom radiator hose area. I replaced the hose but the leak continued, so I replaced the radiator with a new one and the leak stopped. Cost me $180 at NAPA and took me several hours. While the face/bumper was off, I:
After thinking about the pros and cons, I broke down and bought a Honda Element to convert into a mini camper. I got the idea after my last road trip when I had to sleep one night in a Walmart parking lot because I was tired and could not find a campsite to pitch a tent. I’ve seen lots of videos on camper vans, but I can not afford a van right now and I am not comfortable driving a large vehicle.
The Honda Element seems like the ideal size but finding a decent one is tough since they stopped production in 2011. I wanted it to be:
- a manual transmission,
- all wheel drive,
- under 100,000 miles,
- free of accidents,
- free of rust,
- between 2006 and 2008 (2006 got a small boost in horse power and other refinements. And 2008 was the last year model with a sunroof or skylight like Honda calls it),
- and under $5K
Finding an Element that meet the above requirements was a challenge. I finally found a 2007 EX model for $5,500 and 121,000 miles. It has some dings and dents but overall seems like good deal.
I will use this blog to log all the tweaks, modifications and corrections that I make to the element.
Got out for a little bit this morning.
Work is the same.
My body is spent from lack of sleep. I am off the next two days and hopefully that will help.
No hiking today.
Work is frustrating with the international youth. It seems that it is very hard for them to get fired and they know it. I have repeat offenders (loud voices, music, drunkenness, etc.) and nothing happens.
My sleep deprivation is also taking its toll.
If I do not find a hiking partner soon I think I will blow off this clam bake. I did not come here for the work, I came to enjoy the park and I am doing very little of that.
I did a short 4 mile hike this morning to Mystic Falls which is a few miles from where I’m staying.
Slept very little last night for some reason. Today is a full day of work.
Last night I had to call security to give a little Asian girl a ride to her dorm because she was so drunk that she could barely stand.
Last night I got 10 hours of sleep which is a rarity for me, so I’m hoping it will help me out today. I overexposed myself to the sun yesterday so my face and head are a little red.
I did not go hiking today. So there are no animal sightings to report.
I had the day off today. I went for a hike to Fairy Falls, easy hike about 3 miles.
I then hiked behind Old Faithful with the intentions of getting tired so I can sleep better. Laundry and then off to bed.
PS. I should have worn a hat or sunscreen. My head is hot and red. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t peel – we will see.