On our drive last weekend through Big Horn National Forest, Brian noticed that the steering wheel was turned to the right when he was driving straight. Of course we thought that was odd, and figured we’d have it checked out in a few weeks when we’re in Denver.
Yesterday, when we went to the post office, Brian noticed that the front tires were practically bald near the outside of the tire. This was somewhat startling because we had just been looking at our truck tires and discussing how we would probably get new tires in May 2014.
There aren’t a lot of options for getting tires around here, but we were able to order what we wanted at Walmart.
Meanwhile, Brian found a place to check out our alignment issue and it turns out our ball joints are worn out. So he’s at the shop right now getting that repaired.
Hopefully, this isn’t the beginning of a series of issues with this truck.
Dinner Last Night:
Borlotti Beans in Tomato Sauce with Creamy Polenta. I have made this recipe before, and my one complaint was the sauce was too bland. This time I bought a really nice sauce and added the fun chunky stuff to it and it was a lot better.
When we were shopping at the Good Food Store in Missoula, I bought canned borlotti beans. I’d actually never seen those beans before in a store, so I snatched them up remembering this recipe. They’re like a sophisticated pinto bean, I really would love to find them dry and cook them from scratch next time.
So for this recipe, I took 1 cup of polenta and added it to 3 cups of boiling veggie broth, turned it down to low for 30 minutes with a lid slightly cracked, stirring regularly.
Meanwhile I sauted the following in olive oil (this takes the same amount of time as the polenta, so cook side by side):
+ 10 minutes garlic & onion
+ 5 minutes sliced carrot rounds
+ 5 minutes chopped red pepper
+ 5 minutes tomato basil pasta sauce
+ 5 minutes cooked borlotti beans
2013 Cost of Camping:
93 nights paid camping (thru Saturday 9/21)
171 nights free camping
264 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $2,550.07
Daily average cost of camping: $9.66