Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pining for Spring.....

6:42 am - Saturday - 28º F, 59% humidity, wind - CALM.....clear blue skies......forecast high 57º F.....another clear, chilly day in SLT.

TLE and I both reported for work at 10 am Friday to work our five hours.  Once the summer season gets into full swing Fridays will become very important days, but right now with just under 10% occupancy, and 2-4 arrivals per day things are pretty slow in the office, and in the park.  There is, however, a lot of preparatory work to be done before it gets busy.  There are things which must be done now before the Summer rush begins, or they will not get done at all.  Normally TLE and I would be starting around 7:30 am, but for me it's just too cold at 7:30 to do anything outside.....even at 10 it is still pretty cold, and that is how Friday was......the high temp was 50º F, and that was at 3 pm when I finished my workday!

I had many plans for my Friday, but none of them came to fruition......I wanted to spend more time on planning the fence we will build in the Group Section, plus attending to some more existing fence repairs, but I spent time carting cardboard from the store to the maintenance yard to be burned, then burning it (there goes an hour), greeting our arriving seasonal workampers, showing them to their sites, answering many questions, and then bringing rakes, ladders, and portable fire pits to their sites to they could get their sites organized.  So far, including ourselves, we have had 7 workamper RV's arrive in the past 5 days, with many more to arrive Saturday and Sunday for our first employee orientation meetings on Monday, May 1st.

When I wasn't escorting folks to their sites, I was raking sites for arriving retail customers......the first 'rake' of the season is always the hardest as the pine needle accumulation over the Fall and Winter is usually significant, and with this past Winter's way above average snow and rain it is even heavier than normal.....once all 406 sites have been raked the first time, it will just be a matter of maintaining them the rest of the summer.  My five hours flew by and it was time to head for the barn.  

Just as I was wrapping up my work day I saw my cousin Lois and her husband John drive into the park for a visit.  They live in Sparks, NV.....about an hour's drive from TVC, and have been thinking about bringing their 5th wheel up here this summer to camp, so they wanted to get the 'lay of the land' here at TVC.  We chatted for about 30 minutes and they were on their way back to Sparks.  By 4 pm the temperature was getting noticeably colder....I checked the weather on my phone and it was already under 40º F.

TLE was home about the same time I was, and we both changed clothes and began to let the tension of the day ooze away.....about 5 pm I turned on the Sea-B-Que in preparation for the grilling of carne asada.....I had to bundle up just to stand outside by the BBQ for the 10 minutes it takes to grill the meat.......very, very cold!  I was thinking about how nice it would be if it just warmed up enough to feel like Spring......Summer seems so distant right now.....:-)

I spent time watching NBA playoff games.....there were three interesting games on Friday night, and now most of the first round series have concluded, so it is on to the second round where things become much more interesting.

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  1. Some warmer weather sure would be nice. cold here again with any luck we will have some spring weather back.
    Hopefully you will as well.

  2. The grass is always greener - we're supposed to reach 97 in the Central Valley in a week's time! Those cold temps at TVC will look even more inviting to some of us! LOL.

  3. 92° and Mayan sweat lodge level humidity here in the Shenandoah Valley. Supper simmering over hot coals outside in my Dutch oven while I lounge comfortably (margarita) numb inside the coach watching The Wild Wild West on MeTV...all 3 a/c units purring... It's all good, Clarke.