Sunday, May 19, 2024

The last two days.....

5:59 am - Sunday - May 19th - LPG&RVR - 36° F, humidity 68%, wind 2 mph out of the north by northwest.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 64° F.  On this date in 2012 TLE and I had just arrived at Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, ID.....


When last we left off TLE and I were getting ready to make the 2 hour drive to Klamath Falls, OR to do some shopping, and a little junking, but before we left we took another of our two mile out and back walks, this being the 10th in the current series.....



....we averaged around 3.3 mph....sometimes there are cattle grazing along the entrance road, and that was the case on Friday.  I got in another strengthening workout, and then it was time to get dressed, and packed for our trip.

We had appointments in Alturas at Kaleidescope to get trims (TLE) and a haircut (moi) at 10:30 am, so we left LGPR&VR around 9:45 am in order to fuel up the VW, then get our haircuts, and pickup my next 90 day supply of medications.  The entire trip was uneventful with us arriving in Klamath Falls at the local Goodwill around 12:45 pm.

We both found a couple of things without which we could not live at the Goodwill, then headed over to Holliday Jewelers on 6th street so I could get new batteries installed in a couple of my many watches at $15 apiece.  Next up was Fred Meyers to do shopping, and pick up a few garden supplies after which we stopped at their fuel station to top off our VW tank for the trip home.

By the time we were finished with all our shopping it was after 3 pm, and time to check into our room at Shilo Inn where we had booked a Junior Suite for our overnight stay....



.....we love their Junior Suites.  By the time we were settled, and I had taken a brief nap, we walked over to Abby's Legendary Pizza for dinner around 4:30 pm.  There is a cluster of restaurants within walking distance of the Shilo Inn, which is one of the reason we like to stay there, plus it (Shilo Inn) is on a hill with a view....


.....we ordered a large "Create Your Own Pizza" with pepperoni, onions, black olives, mushrooms, and country bacon.  Normally there would have been anchovies in that list of toppings, but they were out.  We both ordered draft IPA's to pair with the pizza.  The PGA tournament was still on, so we were able to watch the final holes while we ate....

Don't know why I was looking so somber....lol!

.....we planned to be on the road home by 7 am, so we were in bed by 9 pm.  So, now you are caught up on our Friday happenings....on to Saturday!  I fully intended to do my post about Friday when we returned home, but didn't take the time to do it, so you get another two for one today.

We were up Saturday morning around 6 am to give ourselves time to wakeup, and have a cup of coffee before hitting the road once again.  As planned we were in the Beetle just after 7 am heading south out of Klamath Falls.  We arrived at the junction of highways 139 and 299 a little after 8 am, and would normally have headed east on 299 back to Alturas, then home, but we decided it was such a lovely day for a drive that we headed west on 299 to Adin (21 miles away) where we headed south on 139 to reverse the route we had driven from Susanville about 10 days earlier.  The drive south on the gently winding 139 at 60 mph was beautiful.  We arrived in Susanville where TLE did her produce shopping at the local Safeway, then we continued our great loop drive back to Likely arriving home just before 1 pm....perfect!

Mt. Shasta in the distance

Descending into Susanville, CA

TLE took this in in Adin while I was going to the bathroom

While we unpacked we watched the rest of the 3rd round of the PGA before heading over to the Clubhouse for the weekly putting contest at 4 pm.  There were only 20 putters on this day, but I failed to make it out of the first round.  I lost the first hole, and then putted well on the final 4 holes, while my opponent made long second putts to tie each of them, leaving me still one hole down as we finished the  5th, and final hole.  That first hole loss was costly, and even though I putted well on the remaining 4 holes, with me putting my putts within 12-18 inches of each of those holes on the first putt, my opponent managed to recover from bad first putts to sink long five and 6 foot 2nd putts to tie each of those holes....oh well!

We were home again by 5 pm, and settled in for the night.  We were in bed by 9 pm in anticipation of beginning our new for day work week....Sunday through Wednesday this week.

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Friday, May 17, 2024

This and that.....

7:04 am - Friday - May 17th - LPG&RVR - 46° F, humidity 66%, wind 1 mph out of the north by northwest.....partially cloudy today with a forecast high of 74° F.  On this date in 2014 TLE and I arrived at Tahoe Valley Campground for the first of 4 summers there....


After all that work on Wednesday I decided to take a rest day and do as little as possible, but you know that is not really possible with me, don't you?  While I did not do much of what you would call 'manual' labor, I was busy doing something most of the day.  TLE and I took another of our 2 mile out and back walks around 8:30 am....that is the earliest we have taken a walk since we arrived 5 weeks ago.  The forecast high was predicted to be 82° F, and for us that is a warm day, so we wanted to get an early start......



....we managed a meager 3.2 mph for the two miles.

I've had to sets of golf clubs in my locker at the Clubhouse since 2022, and it was time to move one of the bags out as the locker was very cramped.  How I got two complete sets of golf clubs with bags in that locker I don't know.  I also had two sets of golf shoes, so I pulled the older set out, along with the bag of clubs I no longer use and took them back to the trailer to sort through.

I forgot I had 3 extra putters in there along with two drivers, two 3 woods, and two 5 woods.  I pulled out those extra clubs, keeping the best ones, and will deliver them to Goodwill along with the extra putters when we visit Klamath Falls on Friday.  Yup, we're going to Klamath Falls Friday morning to do some junking, and shopping, then spend the night at our favorite Shilo Inn, returning Saturday afternoon to LPG&RVR in time for the putting contest....can't miss the putting contest.  I'm sure, eventually, I'll part with the extra set of clubs, and bag, but for now I'll keep them in the trailer.

Since we're heading to Klamath Falls Friday morning I washed the VW, and while I was at it, the driver side of the Newell.  I've been putting off washing the Newell until I was sure we were done with rain for a while, and it appears we finally are.  I'll get the rest of the Newell washed on our next four day weekend.  I also dumped our black tank...it probably could have gone another few days, but I didn't want to deal with it during our four day work week, which begins Sunday, so I did it Thursday.

TLE processed several loads of laundry, and planted some of the wildflower seeds in the three flower beds we created, so in 1-3 weeks, according to the package instructions, we'll see if she has a green, or brown thumb....lol.  We haven't had the best luck with seeds the past two years, so we're hoping these wildflower seeds will germinate as they should, in spite of lack of prior success.

Thursday was all the first round of the annual PGA Championship being held at Valhalla Golf Club (a Jack Nicklaus designed course) in Louisville, KY this weekend, so we had three of our four TVs tuned to ESPN (salon, trailer, and outdoor TVs).  I did manage to spend about an hour ensconced in my anti gravity recliner, but was otherwise occupied with one thing, or another most the day.  By the time I reentered the Newell for the final time Thursday it was almost 5 pm, and I was ready for a nap!

By the way, since we will be in Klamath Falls overnight I will probably not write about Friday until after we return Saturday afternoon...we'll see.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

What a great life!

7:05 am - Thursday - May 16th - LPG&RVR - 48° F, humidity 46%, wind 1 mph out of trhe south by southeast.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 82° F! It's going to be a ONE day heatwave, however, with temps dropping back into the low 70's, and then into the 60's through the end of the month.  On this date in 2014 I bought my first set of golf clubs since I sold my other ones back in 1988.....they were a matched set I found at the Goodwill in Carson City, NV.....


....it was just the beginning of my efforts to get back into golf after not playing much for a few decades.  I played golf a lot when I was in my 20' and 30's, but then my kids got into youth soccer and there went my weekends.  I sold my beloved golf clubs in the summer of 1988, and had rarely played since then.  These clubs were not very good, nor was I.  I'm on my 4th set of clubs since then, and really like my current set.

Speaking of golf, I was determined to play at least 9 holes for the first time since we returned to LPG&RVR on April 10th, but I get ahead of myself...as usual.  TLE and I slept in Wednesday, the first of our 4 day weekend.  We were out walking our 2 mile out and back walk by 9 am.  The temperature, and weather were spectacular.......



.....we managed 3.3 mph for the two miles.  Every time we take that walk it is like the first time.  The long, beautiful, tranquil, pastoral views just overwhelm the senses.  It is always a great way to begin the day.

Upon our return we changed clothes and headed out to the 'lido deck' to create 3 flower beds.  TLE loves flowers, and wanted to plant some wild flowers this year, so we bought some seeds a few weeks ago for just that purpose.  Once we had the ground cleared we headed over to the Clubhouse to pickup one of the small trailers, then headed up the hill to the gigantic lava rock pile, which has been created over the years as land has been cleared for permanent sites.  We need a few dozen lava rocks to ring the flower beds....




....on Thursday TLE plans to plant the seeds, and we'll see what we get.

Around 2 pm, after a nap, and a snack, we headed back to the Clubhouse to pickup my clubs, and by 2:15 pm we I was teeing off on the 10th hole.....we love the back 9, and if I'm going to play only 9 holes I play the back 9.  When I teed off there was a very slow foursome in front of us, and within minutes I could see we had people behind us, so instead of heading to the 11th hole we crossed over to the fairway for the 2nd hole, and played that hole instead....there was NO ONE on the front 9.  I played the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes to get ahead of the slower groups in front of us, and then switched over to the 15th hole to finish on the back 9.  As was expected, the first hole (10th) was not very good, but by the time we moved over to fairway #2 I was beginning to get the ball in the air off the tee, and even hit a good fairway wood to the right side of the 2nd green.  I hit a 6 iron on the par 3 third hole, and was just off the green on the right side.  I chipped onto the green, but three putted for a 5. I hit a long, straight drive on the 4th hole, and was over the creek in two, and just off the green to the left side in three, but I ended up with a 7.  By the time I got to the elevated, par 3, 16th tee box I was feeling good about my game.  I hit a 7 iron to the green...first time I've hit the 16th in regulation in a long time....

My favorite hole on the golf course

.....the 17th hole was a mixed bag for me, but then came 18....I hit a long, straight drive to within 30 yards of the table top green, then a beautiful pitching wedge to within 10 feet of the hole....finally got my par!

My main reason for not playing my first 9 holes until over a month after we arrived here has been my lower back.  You may recall I fell on my back the day before we departed GNHS, and it has been a long road to recovery, but I'm finally where I can play golf again.  My back was stiff after the 9 holes, but within a couple of hours of getting back to the Newell I was feeling good again, so it's just a matter of putting in the time, and getting my back used to swinging a golf club again.....life is good.

TLE had me grill a New York Steak for our dinner, so I lit the Sea-B-Que around 5 pm, and by 5:30 we were eating a perfect medium rare steak....TLE added sides of mashed, garlic potatoes, and salad.  Wednesday was the perfect encapsulation of why we love this nomadic life, and being able to live in such a rural, beautiful place 6 months each year....what a great life!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Tuesday becomes Friday......

 7:30 am - Wednesday - May 15th - LPG&RVR - 53° F, humidity 48%, wind 1 mph out of the north.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 79° F.  On this date in 2015 TLE and I awoke to 4" of snow on the ground at Tahoe Valley Campground....


 
Tuesday was our 'Friday' this week, and it had a little bit of everything for me.....mowing, string trimming, washing and drying golf balls, sand trap raking/trimming, with a few rounds of marshaling thrown in for good measure.   After staging the 5 Club Car electrics I headed out to make my first round of the golf course.  My first stop is always the 4 tee boxes at #3 to check for, and remove, if necessary, goose/duck leavings of which there were very few.  I think our winged friends are beginning to move northward.  I also brought along one of the Stihl string trimmers to trim the edge around each sand trap, as well as the grass around a few of the signs telling you at which hole you have arrived.  It took me the better part of an hour to finish my first round.

From there I did some string trimming around 3 of the 'Meadows' sites, then 5 more of the full hookup pull through sites, before retrieving the large Husqvarna 3 bag mower to mow those sites before they became occupied later in the day.  We have to be on our game here as summer gets into full swing, to be sure and jump on sites as they become empty to mow and trim them before the next arrivals.  We try to avoid mowing sites when occupied unless the customer specifically requests us to do so as we don't want to cause any damage to their RVs with gravel thrown by the trimmer, or mower.  As long as they understand, and accept the possible risks we will mow their site.

I made a few more marshaling trips around the course in the afternoon, and saw another fire in the distance, which appeared to be a 'proscribed burn'.....



Doesn't that sand trap look great?!  I think that is the best it has looked since I've been here....neatly trimmed, raked, and virtually weed free.

.....by the time I finished my last lap around the course it was time to wash, and dry the golf balls, then begin washing golf carts.  We rented 9 carts in all Tuesday.  I was off work by 3:45 pm, and by 4:30 pm I was sitting in one of the Adirondack chairs on the 'lido deck' beginning our four day weekend whilst enjoying the late afternoon deep blue skies and balmy breezes.  TLE got a ride home from Kathy Smith (her office counterpart), and was on the 'lido deck' with me within minutes.....




.....and for the first time weeks we ate dinner on the 'dining/gaming deck'.....what a great way to end the work week.....


....TLE and I are always amazed by how fast our four day work week goes each 8 day cycle.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Demolition.....

6:06 am - Tuesday - May 14th - LPG&RVR - 42° F, humidity 64%, wind 1 mph out of the north by northwest......partially cloudy today with a forecast high of 77° F.  On this date in 2019, 5 years ago now, I had a small heart attack due to 98% blockage in one of my arteries.....


.....doing well today.  As you know, TLE and I walk 2 miles most days when we are off work, and I'm doing great!

Monday was a beautiful, blue sky sort of day with temps in the high 70's.  I staged 9 golf carts (5 Club Car Electrics, and 4 Yamaha fuel injected gassers), and we rented 8....not a bad Monday.  After staging the carts I headed out on my first round of the course and found the goose/duck leavings to be less than usual.  The view at the 17th tee was worth memorializing....




.....after all the mowing I did Sunday, I decided to take it a little easier on Monday.  There are a few areas of grass needing a little extra water than is being provided by the sprinkler system, so I ran some hoses, and set up some small sprinklers to take care of those areas, then picked up a few tools from my trailer and headed down to the playground to begin disassembly of the rickety jungle gym.  Here is what it looked like at the beginning.....


....and here is the result after a few hours of demolition work.....


.....there are still several other pieces of playground equipment that are all metal, and plastic and still in good, serviceable condition....




.....I was about 1/3 the way done with the disassembly, but around 11 am I had to leave that project and head to the driving range for the first time this season to clear the range of golf balls so DeWayne could mow it early afternoon.  I picked around 1.5 five gallon buckets of balls in about 45 minutes.  I used the shag bag, instead of the ball picking machine, as it was faster with so few balls.  I was in the Clubhouse giving TLE her lunch break by 12 pm.

After lunch I headed back to the playground and continued the disassembly of the old jungle gym, finishing around 3 pm.  By that time 5 of the eight rented golf carts had been returned, and by the time I finished with them 2 more had arrived.  The 8th one was still on the course at 3:45 pm, so I'll deal with that one first thing Tuesday.  Having worked through lunch I was done with my 8 hour workday at 3:45, so I headed home to take shower, and a nap before returning at 5 pm to ferry TLE home for the evening.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

I need a tow.....

6:04 am - Monday - May 13th - LPG&RVR -  45° F, humidity 68%, wind 1 mph out of the southwest.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 77° F.  On this date in 2014 TLE and I were passing through the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah (near the Great Salt Lake).....



Usually 'we' do not mow on the weekend, but with all the rain we've had we are way behind on mowing, and string trimming, so after making my first round of the golf course I picked up the Stihl string trimmer and headed down to the 'Meadows' to trim the grass around the children's play ground equipment.  It was about 6" high, and I don't think I've ever seen it that high, ever.  Within an hour order was restored, and the equipment was once again available for play.  While I was there I noticed that one of the pieces, a 'jungle gym' of sorts was in pretty poor condition....





....Dennis had mentioned its condition, and asked for my opinion....I agree...it is rickety, leaning, and needs to come down, and be replaced....one more thing to add to the 'do do list'.

From there I headed up to the employee sites to trim around the utilities in preparation for mowing.  By the time I finished it was around 10:30 am, and time to do some mowing with the big Husqvarna.  I mowed all of the employee sites, the big group area fire pit, and one of the permanent sites up the hill before it was noon, and time for TLE's lunch break.

After TLE returned from her lunch break I did something I have not yet done this season....I took a 30 minute lunch break to mainly take a nap...lol.  Once my batteries were recharged I headed back to the Clubhouse to pick up the ever so slow John Deere riding lawnmower to resume the mowing around the tee boxes I began on Saturday.  I was about 1/3 the way to the #3 tee boxes when Bob came by in his golf cart and jokingly offered to tow me out there.  I told him I would love that, and before you knew it he was doing just that.  I put the John Deere in neutral, and then disengaged the rear wheels, and we were off in a cloud of dust.  Without Bob's assistance it would have taken me 15 more minutes to get there, but instead it took less than 5 minutes.

It took me around 20 minutes to finish mowing around the four tee boxes at three, then I was off to the 15 hole (right next to the #5 tee boxes) blue tee box, which was in dire need of trimming.  After that I mowed the #16 tee boxes (all four), and Bob met me at the bottom of the hill to tow me to the sod farm next to the 8th green to mow a strip of grass between the sod farm, and the 8th fairway.  He waited around until I finished, and then towed me back to the Clubhouse.  In all Bob saved me an hour of driving time....lol!  Until we get the small Husqvarna working again Bob has offered to tow me out to the mowing sites, and tow me back to save time, and I don't know why we didn't think of that before.

By the time we returned to the Clubhouse 10 of the 13 golf carts we had rented had been returned, so I got busy washing them, and putting them away.  I finished around 4:55 pm, then headed down to flip the sign to 'Night Registration', then headed back to await TLE's exit from the Clubhouse.  We were home around 5:25 pm, and I was tired.  A couple more days like that and we will be caught up on our mowing.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Moms Day!

6:14 am - Sunday - Mothers Day - May 12th - LPG&RVR - 44° F, humidity 64%, wind 1 mph out of the south......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 76° F....glorious!!!  On this date in 2018 TLE and I arrived at Smuggler's Den in Southwest Harbor, ME to work the next 5 months....we only made it to August 6th....you can read about why here......


 After another wonderful 4 day weekend it was time to return to work.  After 4 days off I always look forward to getting back to work, and Saturday was no exception.  When I checked the tee time sheet I saw that we would need at least 20 golf carts, and we ended up renting 23.  That is by and far the busiest day since we arrived April 10th.  With all the rain lately we're kind of behind the 8 ball when it comes to mowing, and string trimming, so after my first round of the golf course that is what I did. When I reached the 15th hole I could see fire in the distance, and it appeared to be a structure fire.....




....it was still going when I returned to the Clubhouse.  As it turned out this was a proscribed burn.  In other words, it was intentional.  This was a derelict structure, and the local volunteer fire department was doing some training.

I mowed the 5 water/electric sites, and did a lot of string trimming in the morning before TLE's lunch break, then headed out to mow around the tee boxes for hole #3.  

As you know, I've been using the small Husqvarna 2 bag mower (42" deck) to do the tee box mowing since early last season, but one of the two ignition coils has bit the dust, and Bob has not been able to find a replacement anywhere in Northern California, so I am once again reduced to using the very slow John Deer riding lawnmower.....1.7 mph....lol.

The afternoon went quickly, and being putting contest day I was off at 3:30 pm to change clothes and return at 4 pm.  We had 34 people putting Saturday, and I managed to make it past the first round.  In the second round my opponent and I were tied after 5 holes so we went to a one hole, closest to the hole, putt....I left my putt around 12" from the hole, but my opponent sank his first putt to win....oh well...at least I putted well.  Nothing you can do about a hole in one....lol!

Upon our return home TLE and I sat on the 'lido deck' for the first time in weeks, and enjoyed the early evening before heading inside for the night.

Oh, by the way.....HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY  to all the mothers out there, including those in my life......TLE, Rochelle, Sharon, Kate, & Laila....what amazing moms you all are!

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