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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Desert View - Day 88 - Just a nice day!

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5:48 am - Tuesday - February 6th - Grand Canyon - 34º F, 46% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the west......forecast high for today is much cooler than yesterday at 51º F.....more sunny skies!

You just never know about Mondays.  They start out innocently enough......nice and slow.....and then, sometimes, they get busy.  Of course, busy is a relative term during the winter at the Grand Canyon, but for me Monday, when compared to other recent days, qualifies as a busy day.  I dropped just over $108, and actually had my first customer a little after 9 am.  I was consistently busy the rest of the morning.

Pretty soon it was 11:55 am and there was TLE walking through the door with her cash bag to relieve me at the register.  She always walks right up to me and gives me a kiss before she counts in her drawer for the afternoon.

I was on my way walking the trail home by 12:30 pm, and what a lovely afternoon it was.....it's been so cold that you could not even smell the smells you associate with a forest, but after several days in the 60's I could smell the forest once again.  It was a windless day and the sun felt so good on my face.  It only takes me 10 minutes to cover the 1/2 mile distance home, but when I walk through the forest it feels timeless.

I ate a quick lunch, and headed outside to spend as much time in the sun as I could before it got cold once again.  Usually there are 2-3 hours when it is quite pleasant, but on this day it was pleasant from the moment I arrived home until almost 5 pm.  I went about dumping our black tank as I do every Monday, standing in the sun as I waited for the tank to fill to the 1/2 way mark with fresh water three times.

Then I turned my attention to our large Kohler 7.5 kilowat generator.  We hadn't used or serviced it in many months, so it was time to top off the oil and coolant and then fire it up for a while.  If I haven't mentioned it in a while I will again today.....our Kohler is a propane generator, and it always starts easily, and Monday was no different.  I pushed the button to turn over the small 4 cylinder engine, and it came to life immediately......so dependable!

I spent some time fabricating a round aluminum disk to cover an old electrical outlet located in the floor near my cash register.  Right now there is no cover for it so we have to keep a small orange cone over it so no one will step in it accidentally.  It's 3" in diameter.  Once that was done it was time to ride my stationary bike for the fourth day in a row.  I finished my workout around 4 pm and headed inside to finish reading a book, and then head back out side to start another sunset fire.......


.....TLE arrived home about 5:20 pm and joined me shortly thereafter .  We enjoyed our fire until  a little after 6 pm, which is sundown.  Once the sun sets here it gets cold pretty quickly.  While she headed inside to take our dinner out of the oven I closed everything up for the night.....what a great day!

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