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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Monday I have Friday on my mind......"

8:43 am - Tuesday - July 17th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 63º F, 98% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the south.......cloudy, foggy with a forecast high today of 68º F.

Monday is our Friday, and on every "Monday I have Friday on my mind........."......

The Easybeats - 1966

......when you are working 5 days per week you look forward to Friday, right?  As the week progresses and Friday gets closer you begin to think about what you will do on your 'weekend'.  When Friday finally arrives you feel as if you are walking on air.....the day seems to fly by and suddenly you are into your weekend.  You talk about 'sleeping in'......you talk about what you will do after you 'sleep in'......you talk about making the weekend last as long as possible.

All the aforementioned thoughts are going through my mind as I report for work just before 8 am.  The humidity is up and it is giving the early morning air a warmer than normal feeling.  I am concerned it may get too warm, but, thank goodness, that never happens.

On Mondays I work with Tony until 2 pm when he goes home.  Tony is one of my favorite people here at SDC and I look forward to spending time with him on Mondays.  There is rarely ever a break in the conversation, and we laugh a lot about almost everything.  

After we retrieve 25 bundles of wood from the 'back 40' to refill the wood box we head down to the Group sites to check on the porta-potties.  All four group sites are rented, and there are about 100+ people utilizing those porta-potties, so we must make sure they do not get too full before they are emptied. We find them out of paper, and almost full so we notify Todd immediately that a visit from the pump truck is in order.  He takes it from there and we are off to gather up another 24 hours of effluent for transport to the transfer station.

As is often the case when we are getting ready to drive over to the transfer station Todd asks us to pay a visit the McEachern's Hardware Store  on the way back to pick up a few items.  By the time we return it is about 10:55 am and time for lunch.  Tony and I reconvene at the restrooms an hour later for their daily cleansing.  We finish just before 2 pm.....I bid Tony adieu and am now on my own for the last 3 hours of my 'Friday'.  If you are a frequent reader of my blog you know what is coming next.......I retrieved the Stihl string trimmer from the 'garage' and went to work.  That effort took me to about 4:15 pm.....time to put away my tools and spend some quality time cleaning my golf cart.

I clock out (4:51 pm) exactly 9 hours after I clocked in (7:51 am).....subtract an hour for lunch and you've got another 8 hour work day in the books.....of course, on Mondays, my work is not quite done.......I am night manger on Mondays, and will be returning around 7:40 pm to close the pool for the evening, and do the fourth water test of the day to be sure the PH and chlorine levels are where they should be.

TLE has prepared an Alfredo Casserole for me to heat up for dinner, and after a nice, long hot shower I put it in the toaster oven at 350º for 20 minutes.  I get out an Atlantic Brewing Company Summer Ale to chase the Alfredo, and spend the next 20 minutes dining whilst watching American Pickers......life is good!

I get dressed again around 7:30 pm and am out the door to walk down to the office to retrieve the office golf cart before working on the pool.  I am greeted with fog rolling in from Southwest Harbor.........


.......that fog would linger all night long and into Tuesday morning.  I'm feeling pretty good after completing my 10th work week here at SDC, and hang around talking with TLE after closing the pool, and making my rounds of the campground........we lock the doors at 10 pm, and TLE begins to count down her drawer.......

The 'countdown'

.......we are in the golf cart heading home by 10:10 am.....we enter the Newell with big smiles upon our collective faces.....thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Oops!

6:14 am - Monday - July 16th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 61º F, 100% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the southwest.......cloudy with a forecast high of 70º F.  It's our 'Friday'.....YAY!

Sunday began cloudy and ended cloudy....it also ended with SDC at 99.9% occupancy.  Tammy and I spent the morning with Alex helping him clean sites.  There were only 21 to clean on this day and we had all but 10 done by lunch time.  Whilst Tammy and I worked on the bathrooms Alex finished the 10 sites and then joined us in finishing the men's side.

Since we don't make a run to the transfer station on Sunday's Tammy and I deferred the trash collection to 2 pm.  By the time we had put the last bag in the dumpster it was almost 3 pm and time for Alex and Tammy to head home.  I still had one more hour so I got my Stihl string trimmer and headed down to site 113 (occupied by our night manager Deb) to trim up the grass around the 5th wheel.  I was almost done when a gentleman from site 110, right across the road, approached me.....I turned off my trimmer, and took off my headphones.....he said my trimmer had thrown up a rock and shattered his driver's side window.  At first I thought he was just kidding, but then I looked across the road, and sure enough it was......


.......big OOOOPS!  Even though my eyes were seeing the evidence I was still in disbelief, because in over 30 years of operating various types of string trimmers around my home and other places this had never happened to me.  Sometimes I get hit by rocks thrown directly up by the trimmer, but I had never seen a string trimmer throw a rock some 30-40 feet and break anything.  At any rate, I was trimming with my hearing protection head phones and didn't hear the window shatter.  He was visibly angry, and I totally understand why.....I'm sure I would have been upset, too.  Ultimately he calmed down after I assured him I would report it to the owners and that they would take care of  everything......not the way I expected Sunday to end!

4 pm came none too soon, and after I put away my tools in the garage I headed down to the office to record the incident in our 'book', and then punch the clock......just as I was about to record the time on my time card a gentleman came in saying there was a wasp nest under their RV site deck.....okay, so I'm not getting off at 4 pm.  I headed back to the 'garage' to fetch some wasp spray and headed to site # 117 to exterminate the pests.  Now it was about 4:10 pm and I was once again poised in front of the time clock to record my time when another gentleman came into the office asking if I could trim a couple of branches from a tree in site #71 as they were pressing against his patio awning.  I once again returned to the 'garage' to get a ladder and long handled pruners.  That took another 10 minutes, but finally I was inserting my time card into the time machine....it was 4:24 pm......time to head for home!

I watched a recording of the 9th stage of the Tour de France while I ate dinner, and took a nap.  I was on my way back to the pool area about 7:40 pm to fulfill my duties as night manager.  Once the water tests were done and transmitted to Todd for review I toured the campground on the office golf cart.  During the afternoon three large groups of high school age kids had arrived (with appropriate adult supervision) and were everywhere.  I was concerned about what the noise levels would be later in the evening and determined to return again at 9 and then 10 pm to be sure everyone observed quiet hour which begins at 10 pm here.  Normally I make a tour of the campground around 9 pm and then go to bed.  On this night I did make the additional 10 pm rounds and found all to be well.  I picked up TLE form the office and we headed home for the night.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Just perfect.....

5:11 am - Sunday - July 15th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 58º F, 100% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the southwest......partly cloudy with a forecast high today of 70º F.  The sunrise if now 5:02 am and sunset is now 8:14 pm......daytime is getting shorter!

Well, what can I say?  Another wonderful weather day on Saturday in Southwest Harbor was had by all.  We are in that time of year I love when neither A/C, nor heaters are required 99% of the time.  The days are never too hot, and the nights are never too cold.  Just perfect!

As some may recall, on Saturdays I am 'Person # 3', and that means no restroom cleaning for moi, just lots of site cleaning.  Saturday is a big departure day here at SDC and typically we turn over between 30 and 40 sites on a typical Saturday....most other days it is only 5-10.  In order to give me more time to just focus on cleaning sites only TLE helps me by handling the flower duties.  On this Saturday I had 31 sites to clean before 3 pm.  The key is to get more than half done in the first three hours (8-11 am), and I was able to get 18 done by the time I took my lunch break.  

The other thing about Saturday is it is the day all the rented cabins turn over.....if they have all been rented then that means there are 12 cabin sites to clean.....on Saturday I only had to clean 8 of the 12 cabin sites.  The cabin sites take longer to clean because in addition to cleaning the fire pit, table and campsite we must clean the gas grills.  Depending on how much grilling has been done it can take anywhere from a few minutes up to 20 minutes to clean one grill.  If the propane bottle must be refilled that adds a few more minutes.

TLE goes to work at 10 am on Saturdays and Sundays so I was on my own for lunch.  I watched the second half of the 3rd place World Cup match between England and Belgium.  It was 1-nil in favor of Belgium at the beginning of the second half, but England had numerous chances to level the match in the second half, but failed each time.  Finally around the 83rd minute Belgium added a second goal and that is the way the match ended.....2-nil.

So, it's now 12 pm and I have only 13 sites left to clean, and up to 3 hours to do them.....not bad.  I was able to finish them just before 2 pm.  Usually after I finish with site cleaning I head up to the garage to get my Stihl string trimmer and spend a couple of hours trimming grass, and that is what I did Saturday, however, I am finding that I am running out of places to trim.  Two things are happening.....one: the grass is not growing as fast as it did a earlier in the season, and two: I have been so consistent in doing trimming every day I work that it is all caught up, and that is a good thing.

After washing my cart and putting away my tools I headed down to the office to punch the clock and found that TLE was coming home an hour early as Sam was there, and there was not much for two people to do so we both punched our time cards and headed for home......yay for our team!

After dinner we watched 'Dunkirk' which is the story of the miraculous evacuation of over 300,000 British and French soldiers from Dunkirk beach, which were surrounded by German troops and faced imminent death.....it was the ultimate race against time.  I enjoyed it, but thought it was a little short considering the magnitude of what happened (one hour and 46 minutes).   I didn't feel they developed the story lines thoroughly enough.....anyway, that's my take.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

9 weeks.......

6:07 am - Saturday - July 14th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 53º F, 97% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the northeast......partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 68º F.

When I arrived at the pool around 7:53 am I was struck by the reflection of the clouds in the very still water.....it was just one of those days that immediately strikes you as way above average......


......we have been struggling lately with water clarity in the pool, and it appears that amazing crystal clear water has returned after all the hard work of the pool staff......


.......I mention on a regular basis how many flowers there are here at SDC, so here are some pictures of the hanging flowers at the pool.......they add a nice, homey touch......



.......Alex is 'dead heading' the flowers as he does every day he works......he is no longer 'one armed' Alex.....his doctor has officially released him to work without the sling, and to lift up to 10 lbs. with his left arm.......
 

......the cloud parade continued all day long.  Friday was a day for the books......the kind of day you wish you had every single day for the rest of your life.  It appears we have, based on the weather.com forecast, 14 days of temps in the high 60's and low 70's (link to forecast).......

For those who don't want to click the 'link'

......the rest of the day was the normal work day at SDC.  I finished my day, as I often do, with my Stihl string trimmer in hand.....no better way to end a work day!  By 4:45 pm I was putting away my string trimmer and washing my cart.  I spent about 15 minutes talking with Todd about his plans for SDC....they want to add about 45 pull through sites 'out back'.....they have about 200 acres of land which has not been used yet, so the sky is the limit.  When that will happen I don't know, but I hope they can get it done.

I clocked out about 10 after 5 pm and was on my way home for the day.  TLE had the 10 am to 6 pm shift this day, and was home at exactly 6 pm......nice to have her home before I go to bed!  We watched recorded TV shows ('Alone', 'Masterchef' and '24 Hours: To Hell and Back') before I headed to bed about 9:30 pm (TLE followed shortly thereafter).  We have now been in Southwest Harbor, ME for 9 weeks.......we have also virtually reached the half way point of the Summer of 2018....."Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."......Ferris Bueller, June 11, 1986

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Sameness........

6:09 am - Friday - July 13th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 54º F, 98% humidity, wind - CALM.....partly cloudy with a forecast high today of 72º F.  Just finished 9 weeks here at SDC.....does not seem that long.

After two days off work it is always hard to go back to work on Thursday's.  It takes me until after lunch before I'm back into the swing of it again.  There is a sameness about each work day here at SDC that I like mostly, but on the other hand I don't like.  I'm not complaining.....it is what it is.  The one thing I loved about working as Ranger at TVC (Tahoe Valley Campground) is that every single day was different for me.  I like variety, and not knowing what to expect each day, but there is something to be said for a job that is exactly the same every single day.....you do know what to expect, and there are no surprises.  I am slowly beginning to embrace that 'sameness'.

 Each morning (except Monday mornings) I walk to the 'garage' to get a golf cart key, then pickup one of the two carts available for work around the campground.  I then drive it down to the office where I pull out my time card and insert it in the time machine to get my starting time stamp.....on Thursday it was 7:53 am.  I then walk over to the pool where Tammy, Steve and Todd are finishing their morning pool work.  We then all walk back to the office together for morning coffee before beginning our work day.  I begin work at 8 am four of my five work days, and everyone else, without exception, begins at 7 am every day.......I like 8 am better.

Now, to be fair, there are two minor variations in my routine.....on Saturdays I don't do the restrooms.....my focus is primarily on cleaning sites, doing site checks and taking care of the many flowers in the campground.  On Sundays I go to work at 7 am to help open the pool, but everything else is the same except I get off work at 4 pm.

On Thursday TLE had switched shifts with Sam and worked the 2 pm to 10 pm shift instead of her usual 10 am to 6 pm time slot.  At 3 pm Tammy and Steve were done for the day so I went up to the 'garage' to pick up my favorite Stihl string trimmer and headed down to the tent site area to trim some grass.  Around 4:30 pm I headed back to the 'garage' and caught this picture looking northeast......Thursday was a very nice day in every regard......low temp, low humidity, nice breeze and beautiful clouds.....


......I was done putting away the string trimmer, and washing my cart by 4:45 pm and thus headed down to the office once again to pull out my time card and insert it in the time machine to get a time stamp.....exactly 4:53 pm, and exactly 9 hours after I began my day.

In case you wondered, here is what my Stihl string trimmer looks like

Since TLE was working until 10 pm it fell to moi to prepare my dinner.....this is something new for me.  On all the days she works until 10 pm (mostly just Sundays and Mondays) she does the initial food prep for my meal and leaves me sweet instructions on how to prepare the meal.  Sometimes it is a casserole, but Thursday it was carne asada taco salad.  I grilled the carne asada about 6 pm, cut it up into small pieces, then placed it on a bed of lettuce, sliced tomatoes and grated cheese.....easy peasy!    While I ate I watched a recording of the Tour de France stage 6.....a nice end to a pleasant day.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Life is a 'Beech'......

6:08 am - Thursday - July 12th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 58º F, 72% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north by northwest......sunny, clear blue skies with a forecast high to day of 77º F.

Here on MDI* one is never far from a boundary sign for Acadia National Park.  On Wednesday we decided to take a hike before watching the England/Croatia World Cup semi final match at 2 pm.  There are a number of trails which can be reached right here from Smuggler's Den.....no car necessary.  Every day I work I see that fire watch tower on Beech Mountain calling to me.  The trail to Beech Mountain is about .8 miles from our Newell, so we left on foot about 10 am to hike a loop including the summit of Beech Mountain (we thought) by connecting several different trails together.......





.......within minutes we were turning left off Lurvey Spring Road on to the Beech Cliff's Trail which would ultimately connect us with Beech Mountain.......


......there it is (middle sign)....only 1.1 miles to go (1.8 kilometers if you are so inclined), but what a 1.1 miles!  This trail starts out rocky and gets rockier......



......there are long staircases made of granite, and others made from wood, but mostly granite.....


.......there are 6, or 7 metal ladders of various lengths taking you straight up in places......


....we finally made it to the Beech Cliffs overlook, and then continued on to Beech Mountain summit (again, we thought)......



 Echo Lake and its beach (on the right)



.....and this is where the signage gets a little confusing.....our goal was Beech Mountain, and we thought that was where we were going, but we somehow missed the turnoff.  My theory is that this sign (above) would have taken us to Beech Mountain, but it appeared to be taking us to the parking lot......we could see the Beech Mountain fire watchtower so took a trail that appeared to go that direction, but never got there......

 Beech Mountain fire watchtower


.......after another 1/2 mile we came to this sign (Canada Cliffs Trail to Valley Trail) which has no reference to Beech Mountain, but would take us to the Valley Trail which would take us to the south end of Long Pond, and eventually home......


.....there are a number of trails to the top of Beech Mountain and we ultimately came to one at the fork of the Canada Cliffs and Valley Trails which would have taken us there, but now we were looking at adding another 2+ miles to our hike which was already going to be close to 6 miles, and we were just not into an 8+ mile day so we turned left and headed towards Long Pond leaving the summit of Beech Mountain for another day....


......from this point on the trail was mostly packed gravel and very easy to traverse....


.....and within just a few minutes we came in site of Long Pond and the end of our trail hike, but not the end of our hike......


......we walked a short distance up Long Pond Road (paved) to its intersection with Lurvey Springs Road (gravel/dirt) which took us back to SDC.  In all we covered 5.9 miles in two hours of 'moving' time, and were gone just over three hours.....



.....we burnt 1,070 calories and averaged about 2.7 mph for the entire hike with a total elevation gain of 910 feet.  It was the longest hike we have taken here on MDI* so far this summer, and our fourth hike over all....only 20 to go!

We spent the afternoon watching the England vs. Croatia World Cup match.  England scored just over 5 minutes into the first half, and the score remained 1-nil until the 76th minute when Croatia leveled the score at 1-1.  It was still tied at the end of regulation and 6 minutes of added time.  Up next there were two 15 minute over time periods and it was then that Croatia scored the final, and winning goal to win the match 2-1 sending England home.  The final will feature France and Croatia this coming Sunday.

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*MDI = Mount Desert Island

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A day well lived!

8:25 am - Wednesday - July 11th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 65º F, 63% humidity, wind 10 mph out of the north by northeast.....partly cloudy with a forecast high of 71º F.....perfect hiking day!

The number one thing on my list of things to do Tuesday was to visit Harbor Barber and have Tanya lower my ears a tad.  It had been almost exactly 6 weeks since my first visit to Harbor Barber.....just about the perfect interval.  There were three people ahead of me which meant about 45 minutes before it would be my turn so TLE and I walked over to McEachern  and Hutchins Hardware Store to buy a small tarp for our wood pile, and some two sided tape.  Like many names here in northeastern Maine McEachern is not pronounced like it is spelled.......the locals pronounce it 'Makakern'.

From there we visited  a local wine and cheese shop which TLE had been itching to visit since we arrived back in May.  They were not yet open for the season then, but they are now.  She picked up a bottle of Honig Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and some Red Dragon Cheese for later consumption during the semi final World Cup match between France and Belgium.  

We were back at Harbor Barber where Tanya was just finishing up the last person before me.....perfect timing!  Tanya is very personable, and we talked about this and that for over 20 minutes.  Just as it was 6 weeks ago this haircut was perfect.    When I say perfect, I mean this haircut will look good for 6 weeks.  As you know, some haircuts look good for a few days and then they don't.  We were back home about 20 minutes before the start of the France/Belgium soccer match.  We watched the first half inside the Newell with the A/C on as it was a little warm, and humid outside.  The first half ended in a scoreless tie.  By the time the second half began the temp had dropped with the humidity so I deployed our outdoor TV........


.......whilst TLE deployed the aforementioned Red Dragon Cheese and Honig Sauvignon Blanc.......let the second half begin!


France scored a goal at about the 56th minute and that was it.....Belgium had many, many great scoring opportunities, but they came up short losing in regulation (plus 6 minutes of 'added time') 1-nil.  Next up:  England/Croatia on Wednesday. 

It was so nice outside that we stayed outside watching a couple of recorded programs, after which I put some wood in the outdoor fireplace and we sat by the fire until almost 8 pm.....a very nice end to a perfect day.........another day well lived.......


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

8 weeks and 4 days........

7:55 am - Tuesday - July 10th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 63º F, 96% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the south  by southwest.....sunny with a few clouds and a forecast high of 74º F.....chance of rain later today.  Oh yes.......the Tour de France began this past Saturday.  I have been recording each stage (there are 21 stages in all) and then watching them after I get home from work each day.  Since I am off today I am watching it 'live'.....sweet!



I am so thankful the weather changed last Friday from hot, humid and miserable to cool, rainy, and breezy......idyllic to say the least.  Since Friday the temperatures have been in the low 70's and the skies have been clear, and the deep blue to which we are accustomed has returned.  Thankfully what we experienced last week is the exception not the rule, and it appears that we will be blessed with another 14 days of similar weather.....no complaints here for sure.

As Monday's go this particular Monday was no different than all the other Mondays.  There was morning coffee, site cleaning, garbage collection, a visit to the transfer station, and more daily restroom cleaning.  At 2 pm, when Tony left for the day, I drove up to the 'garage' to fetch the mulching lawnmower, and my favorite Stihl string trimmer.  My task was to mow the grass around cabins 310-318 (five cabins in all) and then clean up with the string trimmer what I could not get with the mower.  I had been through there a few days prior with the string trimmer to get the worst of it, but after mowing there was still some trimming left to do.  That took me up to 4 pm.......2 hours of mowing and string trimming is all my old bones can tolerate in a day, so I hauled my grass clippings down to the mulch area in the back of the campground, dumped them, and then headed back to the 'garage' to put away my equipment and wash my cart.

It was now 4:15 pm and I had 45  minutes left in my day.  I took a couple of turns around the campground in my golf cart, answered a few customer questions,  sat and listened for a few minutes to the live music (Lee Southard) we provide every Monday afternoon from 4 pm to 7 pm.  By then it was almost 5 pm and time to call an end to another work week at SDC......

The fire watch tower on Beech Mountain

.....as is my custom, and also my job, on Sunday and Monday evenings I returned about 7:30 pm to do the pool water tests, cover the pool, and then make another couple of turns around the campground before heading for home for the final time this week.  TLE had the 2 pm to 10 pm shift, and was home just after 10 pm.  Since we had no work on Tuesday we stayed up until about 11 talking about our week, and our plans for our days off work.

We just passed our 8th week here at SDC this past Saturday, so about 3.5 months to go in this adventure.  We are both doing well, in good spirits, and thoroughly enjoying our time in northeastern Maine.  For those who may be interested in getting a complete overview of Acadia National Park please click on this link to read Nick Russell's recently published blog post aptly entitled 'Acadia National Park'.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Flamingo time........

6:10 am - Monday - July 9th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 57º F, 99% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the south by southwest....partly cloudy with a forecast high of 72º F.

Each Sunday for me begins at 7 am at the pool.  It takes just about an hour to clean the filters, run the water tests, skim, vacuum and sweep the pools.  As soon as the sun creeps up over the trees bordering the pool you can feel the temperature jump about 10 degrees in 'feel'.  A little after 8 am we are sitting, once again, in the office having our morning coffee and discussing what we will be doing the rest of the day.  Tammy and I will assist Alex cleaning sites until about 9:30 when our attention will turn to garnering another day's worth of customer effluent.  This takes us to just about 11 am and time for lunch.

After lunch it is time for Tammy and I to clean the restrooms one more time.  By the time we finish TLE is just arriving to begin her 8 hour shift (2 pm to 10 pm).....I have two more hours until I am done for the day.  Tammy and I spend about 40 minutes installing reflective numbers on the cabins so customers will be able to find their cabin in the dark, and then it is time for me to fix the cable TV box in site #82 which had broken just before lunch.  This takes another 20 minutes, and now it is time for Tammy to head for home leaving Alex and I an hour to get out the flamingos and install their metal rod legs in preparation for the annual Flamingo Festival (July 13th to 16th) here in Southwest Harbor.  Within a few days we will see 'flocks' of flamingos all over town.  Alex and I assemble about 40 flamingos and then head out to distribute them throughout the campground.......







.......as we deploy our 40 flamingos we notice that many of our customers have also deployed theirs........


......there is a parade, and various running events.....a good time is had by all!

By the time Alex and I finish with the official flamingo installation it is after 4 pm and time to call it a day.  I had about 3.5 hours before I would return for about an hour in my 'night manager' capacity to close the pool for the evening, which includes another round of water tests, as well as make a quick tour of the campground to be sure everyone is quieting down for the evening.  I managed to capture my first sundown since arriving here at SDC......



......unless you are on top of one of the local mountains it is difficult to catch the setting sun.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Nothing but 70's......

5:09 am - Sunday - July 8th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 55º F, 92% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the north by northwest.....sunny today with a forecast high of 75º F.....nothing by highs in the 70's as far as the eye might see.......


Saturday we got everything we had been missing......no rain, sun without heat, low humidity which gives us deep blue skies, combined with a gentle, cooling breeze......can it get any better?  Saturday is also the day I take care of all the flowers in the campground, and am also responsible for cleaning all the sites with departing customers.....on this day there were 39.

As is my custom most mornings I walked over to the 'garage' from our site to pick up a golf cart and then headed down to the office to start another work day at SDC*.  Steven, Tammy and Todd were putting the finishing touches on the pool so it could open for business, and Karen was opening up the office.  I recorded my start time.....7:53 am......I had a busy day ahead of me so I got to it.

First up, when I am responsible for cleaning sites I pick up a galvanized bucket for ashes from firepits, a can for trash, a rake, a bucket of water to clean each picnic table, and a wire brush to clean the gas grills at each cabin.  And last, but not least, a Stihl string trimmer to touch up each of the sites I am cleaning.  There are usually only 3-4 sites ready to clean at 8:30 am.  Since people have until 11 am to vacate their sites on their departure day they typically really begin to depart after 10 am.  Once those were done I turned my focus to watering and 'dead heading' the flowers throughout the campground, which takes about an hour.  Then it was back to cleaning sites which took me right up to 11 am and lunch time.

There were two quarter final World Cup games on Saturday.....England/Sweden and Croatia/Russia.  TLE and I decided early on that neither of us would watch either game until after work so we could do it together, so I just read a book during lunch.

One thing I like about my duties on Saturday is I get a day off from cleaning bathrooms.....my sole responsibilities each Saturday are flowers and cleaning sites, and that pretty much took me right up to 2 pm when I finished cleaning the 39th site.  I immediately turned my attention to trimming grass in the 80's, as well as around cabins 310-318.  I can handle about 2 hours of string trimming on most days (high heat and humidity days will not see me with a string trimmer in my hands).  When I began trimming grass in the 80's I had already been doing some string trimming in each site I cleaned up to that point, so by the time I hung up the string trimmer at 4 pm I was 'gassed'.  

I headed to the 'garage' to clean my cart and 'water' the batteries as I do each Saturday, then made a tour of the campground, finishing up at the office where I took a well deserved break before clocking out just before 5 pm.  I had barely gotten out of the shower when TLE arrived home from work.  I immediately turned on the TV and pulled up the recording of the England/Sweden game.  It was a very good game, but ultimately came down to the English goalkeeper being a little bit better than his Swedish counterpart.  England won the match 2-nil in regulation time.  The second match between Russia and Croatia was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.  Each team scored one goal in the two 15 minute over time periods which sent them to them to 'kicks from the mark' tied 2-2.  Croatia completed 4 kicks successfully from the mark to Russia's 3 and won the match.  Now on to the semi finals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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*SDC = Smuggler's Den Campground

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Maine, we forgive you......

6:16 am - Saturday - July 7th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 52º F, 47% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the west by northwest.....crystal, clear, blue skies!  Do you see the humidity?  Wonderful to feel dry air again!  The overnight low temperatures are back in the 50's, and the humidity is back under control......Maine, we forgive you....all is good!

The heatwave was officially broken Friday.  We woke to threatening skies, and much cooler, albeit still humid, temperatures.  Change is good......change is our friend!  We slowly emerged from the heat haze we had been experiencing and felt rejuvenated and clear headed for the first time in a week.

I headed for work with my rain jacket in hand knowing that the rain was eminent.  As we gathered 14 bundles of wood from the wood pile out back I could see Beech Mountain covered in mist........


.....and the heavy, water laden clouds moving quickly across her summit.......


......once the wood was restocked in the 'wood box' I headed out to the large grassy area to pick up the sports equipment left out by kids the night prior.....there was balls, bats, badminton rackets, and birdies everywhere.......


.......while Tammy and Alex worked on cleaning sites I fetched the mower to mow a few sites in the 70's and 80's before the rain came, and then the string trimmer to clean up sites 118 and 117 which would have new tenants later in the day.  It began to rain in earnest by 10 am, and continued on and off until after 3 pm......

My new rain jacket courtesy of Smuggler's Den

.......just after 10 am Tammy and I began the daily trash round up in the rain.  We were back from the transfer station just before 11 am....time for lunch!  During lunch I watched the second half of the Uruguay/France World Cup match which was won by France 2-0.  I think Uruguay only managed one single shot on goal the entire game. France's defense was that good.  TLE and I were looking forward to watching the recording of the Brazil/Belgium game that evening so I studiously avoided hearing the results from that game all afternoon.

It was still raining around 3 pm as I drove some recyclables up to the storage area where we hold them until there is enough to deliver to the recycling center......the rain was just beginning to abate......


.....customers began to stream into the campground about 3:15 and I helped a couple of them into their sites before heading for home around 4 pm.  Normally I would have done some weed whacking until 5 pm, but it was too wet.  Within minutes I had poured a couple of fingers of scotch take the edge off the day while I dried out and took a load off my feet.......


......TLE was home right at 6 pm at which time I turned on the Sea-B-Que in preparation for a filet mignon she had defrosted the day before.  While I grilled the steak TLE made a side salad and some mashed potatoes........it was a great way to the the day.  We ate as we watched the aforementioned Brazil/Belgium World Cup match.  It was a very close game with both teams getting good shots on goal, but in the end the Belgium goalkeeper was better than Brazil's as they edged Brazil 2-1 to move on to the quarter finals which begin Tuesday.

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