Monday, November 23, 2020

Rain Drops......

 7:57 am - Monday - November 23rd - Seal Rock, OR - 44° F, 93% humidity, wind 10 mph out of the south.....heavy cloud cover, rain the past 6 hours with a forecast high today of 51° F.  On this date in 2017 I was walking to work at the Desert View General Store in the Grand Canyon when I caught this great picture of the Watchtower basking in the early morning sun........↴


The forecast rain held off long enough Sunday to enable me to work an hour and a half of my two hour shift, but eventually the rain arrived, and I headed for home.  We spent the rest of the day inside.....

Looks like it might be snow, but it's just Coastal Oregon rain

.....fortunately there were a couple of televised Premier League soccer matches to fill some of the time, and then we read.  TLE did report for work at her usual Sunday 2 pm to 4 pm shift, and I think there were at least a couple of naps for moi, but that was the extent of our day.  It appears, based on the weather forecast we are in for a few more days of rain.  I'll leave you with this song by Dee Clark from 1961.....


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Sunday, November 22, 2020

An alternate alfresco...

 7:56 am - Sunday - November 22nd - Seal Rock, OR - 36° F, 93% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the east.....cloudy today with a forecast of rain, and a high of 49° F.  On this date in 2017 we were sitting down to a fire at our Desert View campsite at the east entrance of the Grand Canyon....I had only deployed a few yard lights at this point......↴


Saturday we enjoyed our second consecutive day with lots of blue sky, and sun, but without precipitation.  After watching a couple of English Premier soccer matches, including one involving our favorite team, Tottenham Hot Spurs, versus Manchester City.  It was another in a succession of well played matches by the Hot Spurs which saw them prevail 2-0, and recording another 'clean sheet' (no goals allowed).  With the win they moved into first place for the first time in a long time.

Around 1 pm we ventured out in the VW south to Waldport and Hilltop Cafe Bistro for lunch.  This little restaurant garners 4.5 stars on over 300 reviews on Yelp.  We have driven by this popular local eatery located on a hill (of course) just south of Waldport many times, and always planned to check them out.  We knew they were open for business, but we did not know it was only for takeout, and the only way you can order is via phone, or online....  

.....we wanted to eat our lunch choices alfresco, however, the outdoor dining area was completely in the shade at 2 pm, but with the ambient temperature just barely topping 50° F at the time that was not in the cards, so we placed our orders online, retrieved them from the takeout window and headed back into Waldport to sit by the Alsea River at a little city park....


.....TLE ordered their Seared (sesame seed encrusted) Ahi Tuna salad, and I their Chicken Caesar Salad.  Both were scrumptious!  I chased my salad with a 16 oz. coffee.  We lingered there for almost an hour enjoying salads, and the warmth of the day.......




.....we had a pretty nice unobstructed view of the river channel, except for our car....lol.  We were home around 3:15 pm.  We had decided Friday evening that we would have a fire Saturday night, so as soon as we arrived home I set about preparing the firepit, pulling out a couple of chairs, and turning on the music in the trailer.  By 4 pm we were sitting by the fire listening to some Sinatra on XM Radio, and awaiting the anticipated sunset around 4:43 pm.......


....a cigar for moi, and brandy for both of us was in order as we watched the afternoon slip slowly into darkness of early evening.....





....we were treated to another beautiful sunset, and a simultaneous moonrise......



.....love the ambiance of of our site.....just about perfect, right?  We were back inside a little after 5 pm....a perfect sunset fire.......


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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Here we go again......

 8:43 am - Saturday - November 21st - Seal Rock, OR - 41° F, 87% humidity, wind 15 mph out of the east (it is totally calm here in site A-3, Seal Rocks, OR).....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 53° F.....just another balmy day on the Oregon Coast.....lol.

On this date in 2015 we were visiting three of our children in SoCal......↴


Sleeping in until after 8 am, or at least still being in bed, awake, or not, after 8 am is delicious.  The light of the new day begins to show through the curtains in the bedroom, and gradually consciousness arrives.  Knowing any day, which is every day here at Seal Rock, you don't have to be out of bed until 8 am is almost as good as the day I retired.....everyday does, truly, feel like Saturday.  Even on workdays we don't go to work until 10 am, so getting up at 8 am to get ready for work feels like Saturday,  and most of those workdays don't really feel like work at all.

After posting my latest missive I spent about 2 hours outside wiping down the VW (we had a very heavy dew), checking the air pressure in the VW and trailer tires, and adding air where necessary, rinsing off the big rear facing radiator of the Newell, retracting the window awnings which were finally dry.

Around 1 pm TLE and I drove into Newport to do a big shopping, as well as visit the local ACE Hardware store......Walmart, ACE, Safeway, and Fred Meyer are all located within 2 blocks of each other, which is very convenient, and we visited all four on this day.  By the time we were done it was after 3 pm, and time to return home with our acquisitions.  As a side, note, TP is beginning to disappear from the local store shelves again.....we had to visit three different stores to find our preferred brand, and the shelving is beginning to have that March of 2020 look again when things shut down the first time.  The local stores are already reinstituting the limit of two TP packages per person.....here we go again!

Whilst TLE put away our groceries I redeployed the Sea-B-Que. I had put it in the trailer along with the propane tank due to the very inclement weather we had the past 10 days.  TLE had purchased a beautiful London Broil a few days ago for me to grill, and Friday was the designated day.  The sun sets now around 4:45 pm, so I had the Sea-B-Que lit by 4:20 pm, and while it came up to operating temperature I strolled down the hill to catch the latest Coastal Oregon sunset.......




....the afterglow went on for about 40 minutes.....the sun is now setting well to the southwest.....


.....TLE provided a side of asparagus topped with her amazing hollandaise sauce, which she also liberally applied to the strips of London Broil she had carved off for our dinner....a picture of this amazing dish would have been quite appropriate, except I was so taken with it I forgot....sorry!

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Left coast blessings......

 8:22 am - Friday - November 20th - Seal Rock, OR - 37° F, 93% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the east.....clear, cold, blue skies this morning with a forecast high of 54° F.  The view this morning......↴

.....on this date in 2016 we were having dinner in Rancho Cucamonga, CA with good friends Paul, Kayre and Brenda....I rode mountain bikes for years with Paul and Brenda......↴

Left to right: Moi, TLE, Kayre, Paul, and Brenda

It was immediately obvious to me upon opening the curtains Thursday morning that we would be working......there was nary a cloud in the sky, and the sun was glinting off the offshore rock formations here at Seal Rock.  Both TLE and I reported for work at 10 am.  I spent most of my two hour shift working with Blake, continuing to remove the old wire fencing in the tent area.  There were 8 steal posts still in the ground which we could not remove by hand so Greg brought the loader down from the barn to pull them out using a chain, and it worked.......

These 8 steel posts were about 3 feet into the ground, 
and impossible to pull out by hand.

.....Blake and I managed to remove the remainder of the wire fencing, along with the 8 posts with Greg's help.  Time flies by quickly here at SRRVC, and soon it was 12 pm, and time to head for the proverbial barn.  TLE preceded me home by about 10 minutes from her two hour stint in the office.  I have to say, it was nice to be outside working with my hands again, if only for two hours.

We haven't deployed the patio awning for over 10 days so with the weather guessers promise of little, or no wind for the next 5 days I spent time deploying it, as well as the window awnings to let them dry in the afternoon sun.  The strand of awning lights that hang on the patio awning had given up the ghost, so I installed a new strand, (you can never have too many patio lights.....lol) which I had ordered from Amazon for just this purpose.

After 2 pm it gets too chilly to be outside, but I managed to extend my outdoor time until almost 3 pm before I retreated indoors for the remainder of the afternoon.  It actually rained for about an hour late afternoon, but we managed to sneak in a beautiful sunset between the clouds and the ocean........



.....one of the blessings of living on the left coast.....thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

I can see clearly now.....

 7:57 am - Thursday - November 19th - Seal Rock, OR - 43° F, 93% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the south by southeast.....mostly clear right now with a forecast high of 52° F.  We'll be working today!  On this date in 2015 we enjoyed our 8th consecutive sunset at Rincon Parkway, just north of Ventura, CA........↴


No too surprisingly.....duh.....I was called off work due to rain Wednesday.  TLE, however, reported for her regular 2 hour shift at 10 am.  It does look like I will be working Thursday as there is no rain forecast, and I'm pretty sure that two hour shift will consist of raking up all the storm debris from the past week.  We continued to have very windy conditions until early afternoon, then about 3 pm it stopped raining.  Around 4 pm the cloud cover began to break apart, and we actually saw the sun for about 20 minutes around 4:30 pm as it slipped toward the western horizon.

I spent some time in the trailer taking care of some housekeeping stuff, but spent the better part of the day reading.  It appears we are in for a few days of only partly cloudy skies with no forecast of rain, or wind.....just in time for our 'weekend' (Friday and Saturday)!  I'll leave you with this Johnny Nash song from 1972.......

"I can see clearly now....."

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Condensation......

8:30 am - Wednesday - November 18th - Seal Rock, OR - 46° F, 100% humidity, wind 20 mph out of the south......heavy cloud cover, raining, and possible thunderstorms today with a forecast high of 51° F.  On this date in 2017 we were wintering at Desert View at the east entrance of Grand Canyon National Park....no snow yet, but it was bitter cold.......↴


I was called off work early Tuesday, but we had a 90 minute rainless interlude beginning around 11:30 am, so I received a text from Terry asking me to come down and help him cut down one hanging tree branch, and then haul a bunch of other tree branches to the 'burn pile.  I worked with him until about 1 pm, which was the end of TLE's two hour shift, so I walked home with her.  Shortly thereafter the rains returned.

As has been our habit when precipitation is falling, we spent the afternoon reading while being serenaded by the rain falling upon our riveted aircraft aluminum roof.  I am very pleased to announce that the silicone caulk I applied to the seam joining the riveted aircraft aluminum siding and roof to the rear cap was successful, and the water ingress has ceased.  The carpet is now dry, and all is well again in Newell land.  The big battle now is condensation on the interior side of all of our windows, especially on the rear window, which is over our bed.  To help combat the moisture we bought a second Eva-Dry dehumidifier which sits on the shelf behind our bed pointed at the rear window.  Additionally, I purchased a 12 volt twin fan to clip to the rear window valance to blow air at the window.....both of them, combined, are doing the job.......

The 'Eva-Dry' dehumidifier....we now have two of these running 24/7.  We keep one on the dashboard (pictured) and one on the shelf behind our bed.

The twin 12 volt fans doing their job

....during the day we also open up both of the hanging closet doors on either side of the rear window so the air can circulate.  For the rest of the windows I walk around every couple of days wiping off the moisture which accumulates on the windows, and their sills.

As I have written previously, the cell service is spotty here, so I keep my phone on airplane mode most of the time to keep the battery from running down too quickly, and then utilize the park WiFi to retrieve emails, social media, and texts.  If I place my phone on the window sill by my desk on the driver side of the coach I can get 2-3 bars of 4G, and can make and receive phone calls, but it is awkward.  I ask those who  wish to call me to send me a text, or instant message via Facebook, and I will then take my phone off airplane mode, and place it on the window sill to receive the call. I can also make, and receive calls via the internet on Google, and Facebook.

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To enhance the park WiFi we utilize a WiFi extender manufactured by Linksys.  A park WiFi repeater is located on the park model home immediately below our site, so we hang it (the Linksys WiFi extender) in TLE's passenger side bedroom window, and that is how we connect for good, consistent WiFi.  We bought this WiFi extender when we were staying on the property of our friends Tony and Janet in Southwest Harbor after we left Smuggler's Den back in August of 2018.......


The Linksys WiFi extender

.....via this system we are able to stream TV programs to our heart's content, and this comes in handy when it is too windy to deploy our Winegard satellite dish.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Rainy days and Mondays.......

 7:57 am - Tuesday - November 17th - Seal Rock, OR - 59° F, 63% humidity (how is that possible?  It's been raining for 6 hours!), wind 32 mph out of the south.....forecast for today is continued rain with a forecast high of 58° F.  On this date in 2012 we were having an early lunch at a local oldies cafe with our Amazon friends.........↴

Left side, front to back....TLE, Sharon, Pat, Liz; right side, front to back: Moi, Jim, Richard and Michael.....best friends forever....our first time at Amazon, Campbellsville, KY

I was called off work at 10 am due to high winds, and rain, but got a text message from Terry asking me to come done for a few minutes around 11:30 am to help fix the park sign, which had suffered some minor wind damage.....he needed someone to hold the ladder.  I was dressed in less than 10 minutes, walked down to the sign, held the ladder, and was back home in another 15 minutes.  Fortunately it had stopped raining for about 30 minutes so I did not get wet.  In a few minutes I was back in my pajamas, sitting in my recliner, and reading.

The rain came and went all afternoon, and, although it was not too cold, the gusting wind discouraged any outdoor activity.  For the first time since our winter sojourn at the Grand Canyon we have not been able to deploy our patio awning for going on a week now due to the winds, and I am not sure when we will be able to again.

Since I was not working (except for the 15 minutes) and TLE did not go to work until 2 pm, she and I drove into Waldport around 10 am to do our weekly shopping.  For the first time since we arrived the parking lot at Ray's Food Place was virtually empty due to the wind and rain.  We had the supermarket to ourselves for most of the time we were there.  


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Monday, November 16, 2020

Apparently, no one can stop the rain......

 7:41 am - Monday - November 16th - Seal Rock, OR - 50° F, 100% humidity (it has been raining for 8 hours), wind 6 mph out of the east by southeast......heavy overcast, rain, a little wind today with a forecast high of 60° F.....WOW.....that's the first time we've hit 60° in a long time!  

On this date in 2016 I had just been discharged from Pacific Eye Institute after my first cataract surgery....on our way home TLE stopped off at the local In 'N Out Burger to buy me breakfast.......I hadn't eaten for 14 hours↴

'Breakfast of champions'

By the time 10 am had rolled around Sunday it had not rained for about 10 hours, and was not scheduled to rain for another 13, so it was off to work my 2 hour shift.  The wind damage around the park was evident pretty quickly......there were tree limbs and small branches down everywhere, but no trees within SRRVC came down.  There were a couple of trees down on the ocean side of US-101, but they were well off the highway and causing no issues, so we'll get to them another day.  I spent the first 30 minutes of the shift helping Terry repair the TV cable at site 18, then an hour with Terry up at one of the rental houses owned by the owner of SRRVC (Fairwinds) installing a new ceiling light fixture in the kitchen, and removing some old mini blinds, which had been replaced by a contractor. Then we spent about 30 minutes removing a hanging tree limb, which had broken, but not yet fallen to the ground....it was over an often used walking path, so we thought we should be proactive by cutting it down.  The last 15 minutes were spent cleaning 5 sites of departing customers.


On the Wuhan Flu front there have still been NO deaths here in Lincoln County since we arrived exactly 2 months ago.  There are new cases being reported in our county, but there is also more testing ongoing so I guess that makes sense.  Many people do not even know they had it, or have it as the case may be.  The three Pacific Coast states (California, Oregon, and Washington) are discouraging any unnecessary interstate travel for the next couple of months....they are not prohibiting it, but they are strongly discouraging it.  Of course, TLE and I continue to be completely asymptomatic.  

Over the previous 3 days of almost continuous rain and wind we discovered wet carpeting in the bedroom on the passenger side at the very back.  After some exterior inspection I determined it was coming in through the seam where the riveted aircraft aluminum siding overlaps the rear cap.  Fortunately we carry a ShopVac with us, and were able to vacuum out most of the moisture from the carpeting, and on Sunday, without any rain for a number of hours I was able to reseal that seam with clear, silicone caulk.  As of this writing the moisture as not reappeared.  So, once again, just like in a 'sticks and bricks' home, something goes wrong, you diagnose it, fix it, and then get on with your life.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Who'll stop the rain?

 7:35 am - Sunday - November 15th - Seal Rock, OR - 52° F, 94% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the southwest.....overcast, but not raining with a forecast high today of 54° F.  On this date in 2015 we were watching the sun set over the Channel Islands at Rincon Parkway, CA......↴


The deluge continued unabated all day Saturday, sometimes lightly sprinkling, and many times coming down with such great force we could not hear the TV at any volume.  At one point in the early afternoon I had to stow the satellite dish as the wind was rising again to around 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.  We just hunkered down watching The Masters switching from satellite TV to streaming TV to watch the end of round three.  Dustin Johnson leads The Masters after 54 holes by 4 strokes at 16 under par....it seems it is his to lose.....


.....on a positive note the park WiFi has been wonderful, which has enabled us to stream hours of programming with no impact upon our Verizon data limits.  While we do have Verizon 'unlimited' on our phones, we are limited to 22 gigabytes per month on each device (we have three) using their 'hotspots'.  While that gives us a total of 66 gigabytes for streaming per month, we have occasionally bumped up against that limit over the last year as we have streamed more.  Having access to good WiFi for free is a blessing, and we have had just that three times over the last few years......at Smuggler's Den we had blazing fast WiFi, at RORVR we had the same, and now here at SRRVC we have very good WiFi.....not the best campground WiFi we have had, but very reliable, and consistent.

By the time we called it a day the windspeed had dropped to almost nothing, so I redeployed the Winegard satellite dish, and headed for slumberland to the sounds of the every present rain......I'll leave you with a familiar song by Creedence Clearwater Revival....."Who'll stop the rain?"...........

Who'll stop the rain?

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Let it rain......

 8:45 am - Saturday - November 14th - Seal Rock, OR - 46° F, 87% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the south.....heavy cloud cover with rain today with a forecast high of 51° F.  On this date in 2013 we were in Lone Pine, CA watching the early morning sun hit Mt. Whitney......↴

Sometime between 4:30 and 5 am Friday the power went out, and it was a direct result of the high winds.  A powerline just to the south of our site cleaved asunder, and suddenly half of SRRVC was plunged into total darkness.  TLE touched my shoulder and said "the power went out".  I managed to slip back into slumberland until a little after 7 am.....still no power.  Since we did not know when the power was coming back I deployed our trusty Honda 2000 watt generator to repower the Newell, so I could turn on the Golf Channel to watch The Masters, and that is how we continued until 11:30 am when power was restored by the local power company....in fact, the break in the line was so close to our site we actually watched them repair it.....very cool.  While we awaited the eventual repair of the line breach we ran our three Suburban gas furnaces, which kept the coach quite comfortable, as they always do.  

I had forgotten to put away my flag, and flagpole Friday night in advance of the high winds, and I paid the price for it.  I found my flagpole, and flag about 50' down the hill from our site, and the pole was broken in half.....doh!  The solar light which sits upon the top of the pole to illuminate the flag at night was thrown about 60', and was broken in half.....it was an expensive mistake as the pole, and light will cost close to $150 to replace.  In addition, the artificial turf had rolled up on itself.  Everywhere there were broken branches, and twigs ripped from the trees which border our site between us and the ocean.  The heavy step we use to get into the trailer was blown across the site into the hedge, along with the awning matt.....what a mess.

It rained all day Friday, sometimes quite hard, but it did not matter as TLE and I were firmly ensconced in our recliners watching The Masters stroke by stroke, hole by hole.  Warm, cozy, and dry.......what a day, what a life!

In hindsight, it was probably a good thing we lost power because we were forced to do two things we sometimes neglect.....exercise our Honda generator, and run our gas Suburban furnaces.  It is a wise thing to exercise your various systems on a somewhat regular basis to assure their proper function when they are needed.  I had just exercised the Honda 2000 generator about 3 weeks ago for about an hour.  It took me about 10 minutes to get it running back then, but Friday morning when I needed it to work quickly, it started on the second pull.  I was able to plug in the coach, and get back inside out of the rain without getting drenched.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Uh oh......

 8:22 am - Friday - November 13th - Seal Rock, OR - 50° F, 94% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the west.....cloudy, rainy today with a forecast high of 52° F.  The winds overnight were 30 mph sustained, with gusts up to 50 mph.  We lost power at Seal Rocks RV Cove around 5 am this morning, and as of this writing it is still 'lost'.  Our Honda 2000 watt generator is doing a wonderful job of supplying power to our Newell coach.  On this date in 2010 we were in Carlsbad, CA with our good friend Terri getting ready to ride the last 4 miles into San Diego to take the AMTRAK back to Anaheim, where we started our two day, 110 mile bicycle trip.......↴


I was able to work my two hour shift Thursday, and it was, in fact, sunny!  We knew, however, that we were about to be hit with a wind and rain event Thursday evening that would far exceed anything we have thus far experienced here in Seal Rock, OR.  Terry and I spent the morning cutting some sketchy looking limbs off several trees to be sure they did not fall on anyone, or anyone's property within the park.  While we were thus engaged a branch we had just cut fell and sheered off a water spigot....uh oh!  In one second our tree trimming exercise transitioned into an emergency pluming repair.  While I notified our customers in the area of sites 1-7 we were turning off the water, Terry went to the tool shack to pickup some PVC pipe so we could effect the necessary repairs.  Within minutes of the mishap all that was done, and I had shut off the water.  From beginning to end it took us about 30 minutes to make the repair, and turn on the water again.  By that time my two hour shift had come to an end.  I was home well before TLE, who had a lot of phone calls Thursday morning, but was eventually home by 12:15 pm.

On the way to work

I'm sure it has not gone unnoticed by my readers that this weekend (November 12-15) is Masters weekend.  Usually the Masters is played in April at Augusta National in Georgia, but due to the Wuhan Flu was postponed until this month.  This is one of my favorite golf tournaments of the year, and I can usually be found in front of a TV most of the day on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday watching as the drama of who will eventually prevail in this year's edition of the Masters unfolds.  Many of you will also recall that Tiger Woods is the defending champion this year, and he had a good first round recording a score of 4 under par for the first 18 holes......his lowest score in the first round of the Masters ever.

Due to the heavy overcast Thursday night there was no sunset to memorialize, and soon after darkness descended it began to rain, and the wind velocity began to rise.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Shocking......

 8:03 am - Thursday - November 12th - Seal Rock, OR - 37° F, 93% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the east......heavy cloud cover with high winds and rain later today, and a forecast high of 51° F.  On this date in 2013 we had just re-entered California for the first time in almost 2 years......here we are camping at Mammoth Lakes, CA....we still had the 2002 T-Bird.......↴


We were not expecting clear blue skies Wednesday, but that is what we got.  While it was quite cold at 10 am, it was not raining, so I went to work.  Since we were rained out Tuesday, and were not able to clean the septic filters then, I met Greg there to do the deed Wednesday.  During the cleaning process one of the handles used to lift one of the filters out of its bunker broke, so after we were done with the others we had to fix it.  In all, cleaning the filters, and fixing the one broken handle took around 90 minutes.  I spent the final 45 minutes cleaning 5 sites in preparation for their new occupants.

TLE and I both worked the same shift, and we were both home about 12:15 pm.  I haven't washed my big rear facing radiator  in a couple of weeks, and the exterior of the Newell needed to be washed down, too, so I spent about an hour taking care of those tasks, and added to that washing down the exterior of the trailer.  

Up next was to relevel the coach, so I hooked up our pancake compressor to the quick connect in the passenger side engine bay.  Sometimes the level will last a couple of weeks, but it has been very cold lately, with very little sun, so it had to be done in just a week.  Where we are parked the front end is high, so we have to raise the rear end of the coach, and lower the front to get level front to back.  Fortunately, the site is very level side to side.

Upon the completion of that task I moved on to installing a near rear shock on TLE's eBike.  The one that came with the bike was pretty clunky, and would not even compress under TLE's diminutive weight, so I bought a new one off eBay (a coil over oil shock) with a lower compression profile.  It was actually easy to install, and took me less than 40 minutes to remove and replace the shock.....

The old coil only shock....not supple at all

The new coil over oil shock with lockout function....very supple

......once that task was done it was closing in on 3:30 pm, and the heat, if you can call it that, of the day was gone, so I was also done for the day.

We were treated to another beautiful Coastal Oregon sunset Wednesday evening.....



.....I walked down the hill about 50 feet to snap a few pictures, and on the way back spotted a red mushroom, which I am sure it not edible......

.....and that was our Wednesday....thank you for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Reading, fire and rain......

 7:33 am - Wednesday - November 11th - Seal Rock, OR - 36° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 51° F.  On this date in 2013 we had stopped at the Mono Lake overlook on US-395....we ALWAYS stop here to take a picture....a tradition in my family which goes back to the 1950's.....↴


It began raining Tuesday around 9 am, and by 9:20 am I had received a text from Terry, my manager, advising there would be no work Tuesday.  TLE, on the other hand, went to work at 11 am, and was home by 1 pm.  Oh well, there is always reading, right?  And that is what I occupied myself with Tuesday....another day, another book.  Sitting in front of the fireplace, reading, listening to the rain on the roof.....seems like a day I would like to repeat many times over.

That's it for Tuesday.....nothing else happened of note.....just life, living on the Oregon Coast....thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Don't fence me in......

 7:33 am - Tuesday - November 10th - Seal Rock, OR - 46° F, 93% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the southwest.....heavy cloud cover with rain forecast for today with a high of 51° F.  On this date in 2016 I was riding my Cannondale Bad Boy bike on the Pacific Electric Trail, which runs from San Dimas, CA to Rialto, CA....about 27 miles....my all time favorite bike path........↴


As the daily temperatures continue their slide along with the season toward the inevitable winter here on Coastal Oregon I find myself spending less time outdoors.  For a the first 5 weeks after we arrived the high temp each day was in the low to mid 60's, sometimes in the 70's I spent a lot of time outdoors, but now that the daily average has slipped into the low to mid 50's range that has changed.  It's pretty chilly when I go to work at 10 am, but usually by 11 am I am out of my coat with, or without the sun.  There was little, or no sun Monday, and there was a slight breeze adding to the chill, but I was still out of my coat, working in my shorts and short sleeve t-shirt by 11 am. 

My assigned task Monday was to remove an old wire fence from around site #37.  Over the years the fencing and posts had been swallowed up by the shrubbery, and were not really even visible any longer, but their presence there hidden in the shrubs makes it difficult to trim those shrubs as the Stihl trimmer gets caught up in the wire fencing.  There was about 40 feet of this wire fencing to remove, and it took me 100% of my 2 hour shift to completely remove it, and the 5 attendant posts.  I spent a large amount of time on my knees using dykes to cut the wire fencing out of the entangled shrubs, blackberry vines and ivy.  What a mess!

When we worked at Smuggler's Den back in the summer of 2018 neither TLE, nor I were ever complimented on our work.  During the 3 months I worked under Todd, the manager, the only time he paid me a compliment on a job well done was the day I quit.  Since we have begun working here at SRRVC Terry, my outdoor manager, never fails to compliment me day by day....what  a difference.  At 71 years old I really do not need that kind of daily reinforcement as I know I do a good job, but it is nice to work for someone (just as it was at Ramona Oaks RV Resort under Rich and Marnie) who does appreciate your work ethic, and publicly acknowledges it.

Terry delivered me to our site just after 12 pm, and TLE reported for work at 2 pm, and was home shortly after 4 pm.  Just another routine day at SRRVC.  I took a nice nap before TLE went off to work, and then spent the afternoon reading.  Not a very exciting day, but the kind of day I like on a cold, wintery Coastal Oregon day.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I was able to get plane tickets to fly down to SoCal for Christmas to see our kids, and their families.   We'll fly out of Portland on the 16th of December to Ontario, CA, and return home to SRRVC on the 26th.  Amazingly we were able to buy round trip tickets for under $450, total.

Thanks for stopping by!

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