Saturday, September 19, 2020

Droning on.....

 8:21 am - Saturday - September 19th - Seal Rock, OR - 55° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM.....rainy, cloudy, drizzly this morning with a forecast high today of 62° F.  On this day in 2013 we were westbound on I-90 near Anaconda, MT.......↴

I haven't had the drone out since the first few days we were at Harrington Lagoon, and Friday afternoon, after the rain stopped, seemed like the perfect time to get her out again.  Most days begin here in Seal Rock with no discernable wind, and those are good days to send up our Holy Stone drone and send her up.....


.....nothing like a drone shot to give perspective to our location, how isolated we are, and the surrounds.....


.....tilt the camera up just a tad and you can see the Pacific Ocean.....


.....go a little higher and you can see more of Seal Rocks RV Cove in relation to our site, and the ocean....


....a great view of the rock formations directly across US-101 from Seal Rocks RV Cove.....


......and we have successfully landed the Holy Smoke drone once again....

A video of the local area

......I neglected to give you a picture of the bike ramp I made Thursday, so here it is.  It is 8' long with a piece of angle aluminum screwed onto the end of the plank to hold it in place on the trailer entrance step.....



......as we did Thursday, we spent a great deal of the day watching the 2nd round of the USGA U.S. Open golf championship being held at Winged Foot in N.Y. this year, which was made easier by the fact it rained almost continuously from 8 am to Noon....no point in going outside while it's raining, right?  As has been our custom our first two days here we took another walk on our beach....this time walking south.....





......one more thing I managed to accomplish Frida was to deploy some of our yard lights for the first time since Borrego Springs back in February.......


......I've got some more lights to deploy Saturday and we will be just about finished with our setup for the next 6 months.  Have I said how much we love it here?

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Context.......

 8:10 am - Friday - September 18th - Seal Rock, OR - 59° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM.....a rainy, drizzly, overcast morning with more to come.  Rained all night.....today's forecast high is 62° F.   On this day in 2014 we were enjoying a beautiful sunny, windless day at Cape Blanco........↴



We don't begin our jobs here at Seal Rocks RV Cove until Monday so I am really taking my time in putting out all our stuff.  Thursday was a continuation of that task, but not before I had watched a few hours of the USGA U.S. Open golf tournament.  I love majors, because they usually televise 11-12 hours of golf each day of the tournament.

Around 11 am we headed south on US-101 to Waldport, which is just 5.1 miles away, to check out the town, and its services.  They also have an ACE Hardware store, and much closer than the one in Newport.   I needed an 8' wooden plank to run the bikes out of, and into the trailer.  The drop is 2-3 feet further than it is normally due to the trailer being on kind of a sidehill, and those eBikes are quite heavy.  Being able to roll the eBike wheels down the plank makes it possible for me to get them in, and out of the trailer by myself......


......I haven't written about Seal Rocks RV Cove too much, but one thing you should know is they have very strict, in fact the strictest, facemask rules we have encountered since we left Wittmann, AZ in early May.  The only place you do not have to wear a mask is within the confines of your site, or at the beach, or anywhere outside the park for that matter, of course.  Additionally, they require 20' (not 6') of social distancing.  To be fair, we knew about these requirements when we accepted our jobs, so why are we subjecting ourselves to these strict rules when we do not personally feel the need to wear masks anywhere?  To be clear, I have no problem with the rules when the context dictates them.  The context here is that all the workers here are elderly, and several have lung issues, and since the Wuhan Virus reeks havoc on the elderly with lung issues it totally makes sense to me, and we are more than willing to do what we can to protect those who are literally quite vulnerable.  The other context is that they are completely consistent in the application of the rules.  

We have committed ourselves to taking a walk on the beach every day we are able to do so, unless bad weather dictates otherwise, and we took our second walk in as many days around 4:15 pm.  The tide was out exposing numerous tidepools, for which Seal Rock is famous.  We found this one pool full of sea anemones...... 



....there were quite a few people out checking out the tidepools......



.....we were on our way back home when we saw our first blue sky since we arrived.  The picture above shows the blue sky on the left fighting off the fog moving in from the right.....



......there are a lot of interesting rock formations.......⤴....as we walked back into the park I snapped the next picture to give a little context about our location....we are just up the hill from the rest of the park.....all by ourselves......


.....looking the opposite direction from the 'Lido Deck'........↴


.....we almost got a sunset, but the fog had other ideas.......


......since we had spent most of the day, when home, watching the U.S. Open we had not yet had a chance to watch the 19th Stage of Le Tour, so we did not well into the evening.....nothing like being able to overdose on sports.....life is good.....thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Almost home......

8:24 am - Thursday - September 17th - Seal Rock, OR - 57° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM.....heavy cloud cover with fog....drizzling as I write.  The forecast high for today is 65° F.  On this day in 2018 we were eating lunch at Duckfat in Portland, Maine where their specialty is Belgium Frite (fries).......↴


We arrived so late in the afternoon Tuesday that I was not able to really get the trailer level, or straight into the site, so first thing Wednesday I utilized the Trailer Valet to straighten out the trailer, and 6 Lynx blocks later had the trailer level from front to back.  Then using my 16 ton bottle jack I jacked up the passenger side of the trailer to get it level then put two 4x4 pieces of wood under the front wheel, and a couple of 2x4 blocks under the back wheel to support it, and make it level from side to side.....



......all of that leveling resulted in a very long step up from the ground, and for the first time in 10 years my regular trailer step was not tall enough, so later on in the day we drove into the local Ace Hardware store in Newport to buy a taller one......

....with that extra step I can now ingress and egress the trailer more safely.  I spent about 2 hours inside the trailer getting my 'stuff' out for our 6 month stay.  I haven't had this stuff out in a long, long time......

.....I set up my Black & Decker Workmate bench with bench grinder........

.....assembled all three bikes, and set up the table to put my three tool bags upon......

......and of course, I put up my flags.......


......with all of that done TLE and I headed for our first walk on the local beach.......

......there is a very nice footpath right across the street from the park which takes you down to the beach.........


......the beach is big, and even with high tide having just passed, there is still a lot of sand upon which to stroll.....


.....we both took off our shoes to walk in the sand for the first time in over a year......


.....the rock formations here are amazing......






Someone built a sea serpent out of driftwood



......by the time we finished our maiden beach walk it was after 3:30 pm, so we decided to drive into town to have an early dinner at one of our favorite breweries....Rogue.....we last visited here back in December of 2009.  Before we arrived there we made the aforementioned stop at Ace Hardware to buy new steps for our trailer.....

.....it is located right next to the Yaquina Bay Marina.......

.....and the beautiful Yaquina Bay Bridge....

......after our quick stop at Ace Hardware we arrived at Rogue around 4:30 pm, where we were quickly seated, and within minutes our server approached with two free samples of their 'Honey K├Âlsch', which I loved and ultimately ordered a pint to pair with my dinner......


......we also ordered a flight of brews to sample....TLE ended up ordering a pint of their Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout to pair with her entree.....

.....speaking of entrees, I ordered their Blackened Salmon sandwich.......

.....and TLE their.....wait for it......Ruben.....


.....of which she could only finish half due to its size.....I did, however, finish mine.  

We were home before 6 pm....it was a very full first day here at Seal Rocks RV Cove, and there is still  a little more to do before our site will feel like home.

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