Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Rinse, wash, repeat.....

 7:44 am - Wednesday - October 28th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 93% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the north by northeast......clear, cool, blue skies today with a forecast high of 60° F.  On this date in 2018 we were getting ready to work our first 10 hour shift at Amazon for our third Peak Season....no pictures.

Tuesday two hour work shift consisted of 30 minutes cleaning the filters at the septic plant, and 90 minutes of troubleshooting a bad TV cable at site #43, and then running a new line to that site to restore television watching for future occupants of that site.  About mid afternoon we took another walk on Seal Rock Beach......I'll let the following pictures tell the the rest of Tuesday's story......




.....some sea anemones.......



.....sighted our first starfish since are arrival......



.....many more starfish......

.....we had a super low tide Tuesday....the lowest since we have been here.....usually these rocks are under water......

....The Lovely Elaine quite at home in this beach environment.....



.....our windswept beach.....



....Jonathon Livingston Seagull?...

....yes, it was cold.....





....and thus ends another day on Coastal Oregon...

......as we slowly drift toward the end of October the weather seems to have stabilized, and we feel as if we are in a 'wash, rinse, repeat' cycle......the last 10 days have been delightful, and even idyllic.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Unusual.......

 7:56 am - Tuesday - October 27th - Seal Rock, OR - 37° F, 81% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the east......clear, cold, blue skies today with a forecast high of 57° F.  On this date in 2017 we were boondocking at Lone Rock Beach on the shores of Lake Powell getting ready to enjoy our evening fire.....↴


It doesn't begin to get light here at Seal Rock until about 7:15 am right now.  I remember long stretches of time during our summer travels this year when it was already getting light around 5 am.  I've been going to bed around 10 pm each night, but not getting out of bed until close to 7:30 am.  During my workaday life (seems so long ago now) I got up before dawn a lot, and I really grew to dislike it.  I am thankful we are working at a place like Seal Rock this winter where we don't go to work until 10 am, and where we can let the daylight awaken us....no need to be awake before dawn.

I spent my entire two hour shift Monday with Terry trimming more hedges.  Over the course of the 6 weeks we have been at SRRVC we have trimmed a lot of hedges, and we are almost done.  They will not grow as quickly during the cold winter months, so they will not need attention again for a few months.......

Taking a break in the cart between hedges

......TLE's start time, once again, was 2 pm, so we spent a couple of hours together before she trundled down the hill to the office.  Once she left for work I went out to the 'garage' (trailer) to put some things away, which have been piling up on my workbench.  I think I'm going to have to go through the wall cabinet again to thin out some more stuff that I am not using.  Every time I go in there I find things I forgot I had....things I do not think I will ever use.

The daytime high for Monday was just 54° F, and it was a little breezy, so I did not spent a lot of time outside.  I did, however, spend more time reading....I'm up to book 15 of the 'Preacher' series by William J. Johnstone.  TLE was home a tad after 4 pm, and within a couple of hours we were watching another amazing sunset.......





.....according to Terry and Michele (our managers) we are enjoying unusually delightful weather this October.  Being able to enjoy so many clear sky sunsets in succession is pretty rare this time of year.  We will cherish every single one we get as we know the weather will turn soon.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Hedging my bets.......

 7:57 am - Monday - October 26th - Seal Rock, OR - 37° F, 41% humidity, wind 10 mph out of the east.....clear, blue, chilly skies today with a forecast high of 54° F.  On this date in 2013 we were in Odgen, UT at Rooster's Brewing Company for lunch.......↴


I have been wanting for some time to trim down the hedges that border our site between the Newell and our ocean view to expand same.  Sunday Terry surprised me by assigning me just that task.  A few weeks ago Bill (the owner) did a walk around the park with Terry and Greg, and one of the things he stressed was improving the individual ocean views from each site as much as possible, and Terry has been working toward that goal since then.  I spent my entire 2 hour shift doing just that for our site.  One of the largest hedges is right in front of the firepit, and pretty much used to obstruct our view of the ocean when sitting by the fire.....no more.......


......next up was the hedge just to the right (center of picture below), which I cut almost to the ground......


......then the hedge that runs the length of our 'Lido Deck'......I cut that one down a good 24 inches......


....next up was the hedge directly behind the Newell, which not only had to be lowered about 2 feet, but cut back from the rear of the coach so I can more easily access the radiator.....

......and finally the hedge in the rear of the site to the driver's side of the Newell....site A-2.....

.....by the time I finished with site A-2 it was almost 12 pm.  As I was gathering my equipment together Terry returned with the golf cart to haul it back to the landscape shed for me, and I was done.....I didn't even have to leave my site.

The long Stihl pole hedge trimmer I used for this job is quite heavy, especially when you extend it out as far from your body as possible to get to those parts of the hedge the furthest from where you are standing.  By 12 pm my arms and shoulders were screaming "NO MORE!"..... 

.....TLE went to  work her 2-4 pm shift a couple of hours later, and I had the place to  myself.  I watched the final round of the current PGA tournament (ZOZO Championship) until well after TLE returned home from her shift.  Of course there were a couple of naps thrown in for good measure.  The skies remained clear all day long, and as a result we had another amazing sunset......




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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Thundering water......

7:54 am - Sunday - October 25th - Seal Rock, OR - 36° F, 56% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the northeast......clear, blue, very chilly skies this morning with a forecast high of 50° F.  On this date in 2013 we were in Idaho Falls, ID brewery hopping......↴ 

The falls

Snow Ealgle Brewing

Idaho Brewing Company

I woke up during the night to hear rain on the roof of our room, but 7 am it had stopped, leaving us with a dreary, foggy Saturday morning as we exited our room to walk 50 yards to Bandon Brewing Company for breakfast......


.....there was no one else sitting outside due to the wet tables and chairs, but we got our barista to wipe ours down for us........


Yes, we are still enjoying ourselves!

.....we wanted to be home by noon time so we were in the VW heading north on US-101 around 9:20 am.  We have visited many of the Oregon Coast Lighthouses over the years, but have never stopped at the Umpqua River Lighthouse until Saturday.....this lighthouse is about a mile off US-101, and there is no hike to reach it....you simply park right across the street from it.....


.....Umpqua means 'thundering water'......the purpose of the Umpqua Lighthouse is to mark the entrance to the Umpqua River.  It has a red First Order Fresnel lens for that purpose.....



The entrance to the Umpqua River


....unlike Cape Blanco, this lighthouse is open for tours, and had we known that in advance we might have left earlier from Bandon to do just that, but we didn't so we took some pictures, read the story boards about the lighthouse, and resumed our travel north on US-101.

The rest of the trip home was uneventful, but beautiful as the farther north we travelled, the clearer the skies became.  We were home just before 12 pm, had everything put away by 1 pm, and began relaxing from our 'vacation from our vacation'.  

Once again we were treated to a spectacular sunset, and moonrise.....



Half way to a full moon....

...and the sun kisses the western ocean once again

......life is good!

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