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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Feeling guilty? No....not really...

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7:48 am - Saturday - 52º F, humidity 93%, wind 10 mph out of the northwest......no wind is apparent as I look at the nearby palm trees.  Sunny skies with a few clouds on the edges of the horizon.....forecast high for Saturday is 61º F.

Whenever one of these weekends comes along I feel a little guilty that all I have to report is that I sat in front of a TV most the day watching a sporting event, but that is what being retired and nomadic is all about, right?  Doing what you want to do when you want to do it.....changing your view on a regular basis, or sitting still in one place for a month because you like the view a lot......taking walks along the beach when the weather is inclement, because you wish to do so, or even, if you will, spending 6 hours a day for four days watching this year's incarnation of the Masters Golf Tournament.  Watching the Masters, to me, is like visiting with a very good old friend once a year for a few days to see what is the same, and what has changed.  No matter that the victor's face usually changes each year I am just happy to have had the opportunity to renew the acquaintance one more time.

About 10:30 am I felt like taking a good walk along the local beach, but rain was forecast, the wind was blowing, and the skies looked threatening......I couldn't convince TLE to take a walk (I can't imagine why) so I bundled up and headed out on my own......as I approached the sand I decided to walk north towards Pismo Beach......



......my goal was to walk until I hit the Pismo Beach Pier, or until I hit the 2 mile mark, which would mean I would total about 4 miles for the out and back walk, and get back just in time for the beginning of the televised coverage for the Masters at 12 noon......there were not many folks out walking the beach on the cold, blustery April day.......as I walked north I was being pushed by the wind out of the south meaning I would be facing a headwind on the return trip.......oh well......



......as it turned out I hit the 2 mile mark about 1/2 mile short of the pier....I was tempted to continue on to the pier, but the skies looked even more threatening than 35 minutes earlier, and I really had no desire to walk a couple of miles, or more in the rain so I made the turn, and leaned into the wind for the return walk......



......by this time the wind had stiffened significantly and not only was I fighting the headwind, but fine windblown sand which tends to give one a somewhat gritty feeling in ones mouth........in all I covered 4.1 miles at an average speed of 3.72 mph in 1 hour and 6 minutes burning some 736 calories......

 


.....I returned to the coach just a few minutes before 12, jumped in the shower, and was watching the Masters a few minutes later.......


.....eventually the forecast rain came, and it continued raining on and off well into the evening.....meanwhile, there was a lot of great golf to watch.....and watch I did.....


......I just happened to check a local video cam in South Lake Tahoe and see that it has snowed once again.......

Taken at Riva Grill....right smack dab in the middle of South Lake Tahoe....a lot of snow at lake level on April 8th

......we are supposed to be arriving at TVC around April 21st......we're beginning to think we may have to push back our arrival date....

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1 comment:

  1. Good average speed for walking in sand, even if it is moist and packed.

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