Monday, August 29, 2016


9:21 am - Monday - My life began 45 years ago today when Elaine Frances Houghtaling said 'I do' and we began the life long adventure called marriage.  We were both just shy of our 22nd birthdays that day, and probably too young to be talking about 'forever', nevertheless, we committed to each other for the rest of our lives for 'better, or worse'.  My life before that day seems like a mere shadow compared to my life since.  Everything which has importance in my life has happened since that day.  I tell Elaine all the time "I'm a lucky boy!" to which she always replies "YES, you are!"........ HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TLE!

We have a slight variation in our weather today.......partly cloudy, slightly breezy, but also a little warmer.....57 F degrees as I write.  Today is also our 'Friday'.

Around 10 am we decided to ride our bikes up to Baldwin Beach to check it out.....we have been coming to SLT now for 3 years and have never been to this beach.  It is the last beach before you begin the climb up the switchbacks to the Emerald Bay Vista Point...... I'm wondering why we have never visited this wonderful deserted beach have to walk a dirt path about 1/8th of a mile from the parking lot to get to this beach, and that is probably why there are not many people.  We both agreed this will be our beach destination this week on one of our off days.

Just when I thought it could not get any quieter at TVC it did.....we are down to about 130 sites occupied after our departures and arrivals are added into the equation.  We reported for work at the usual 3:30 pm.  As I have been doing the past few days I got my trash bucket and 'picker' and began roaming sites over in Section E picking up the small trash....I call it deep cleaning.  The guys who go through these sites after they are vacated only have time to pick up the big stuff, and rake the site.  The small stuff begins to accumulate over time and its sheer volume becomes noticeable.  Most of what I pick up are bottle caps (metal and plastic), cigarette butts, dental floss, colored string, popsicle sticks, and small pieces of paper.  I did that for about an hour and then eventually walked down to the maintenance yard to pick up a cart to make my rounds of the park.

I did get a call to go check the electric at site 121, and found, once again, that they were running to many things causing the 30 amp breaker to pop.  This happens a lot with the 50 amp RV people......most of the time they are plugged into a 50 amp outlet, so they have no concept of how many amps each of their appliances draw.  One AC all by itself can draw 15-20 amps depending on its age, and BTU rating.  All you have to do is turn on the microwave, or hair dryer adding another 10+ amps to the load, and you're over 30 amps.  

Our shift was very slow, and we ultimately closed the store at 9 pm after we had not had a customer for almost an hour.  After doing our nightly cleaning, and then checking the 4 restrooms we clocked out around 10:25 pm.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. “Congratulations!” Time flies when you are having fun.

  2. Clarke, Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoy reading your posts. You probably don't remember me but my wife and I spend a few days at TVC back in early July... I believe we arrived on the 6th and left on the 10th. We have a Winnebago Tour 42qd. You were nice enough to offer me a tour of your rig but my sister-in-law and her husband came to visit for a couple of days and I just never found the time. I spotted you a couple of times and was tempted to hit you up for the tour but you looked busy and I didn't want to distract you from your duties. At any rate, keep up the good work with the blog and maybe we'll see you again sometime soon at TVC.