Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Why only in South Dakota?

7:45 am - Tuesday - July 7th - Keystone, SD - 59° F, 87% humidity wind 8 mph ou tof the east.....heavy cloud cover once again today with a forecast high of 85° F.  On this day in 2019 we were working at Ramona Oaks RV Resort, and watched the USA Women Soccer team (after work on the outdoor TV) win the final match of the 2019 FIFA World Cup over the Netherlands 2 to nil......↴

I began yesterday's missive with a picture of Rich and Marnie's patio awning hanging from the roller, and no longer attached to their 5th wheel......


....as a result of the severe rain storm the night prior.  Around 9 am I saw them come outside to examine the damage, so I went over to see how bad it was, and if they needed any help.  As it turned out the awning had just pulled out of the slot near the roof line, and it was just a matter of detaching the arms from each side of that slot, and then running the awning back into that slot......


....within 40 minutes the three of us had reattached the awning, and it is ready to use once again.  To be clear, the awning itself did suffer some minor damage, but is still usable, however, at some point in the near future they plan to replace the canvas as it has been 5 years since they last did that.  They tend to spend months at a time with the awning deployed and the UV rays over that time cause the canvas to deteriorate more quickly due to daily exposure.  So, we've been in Keystone, SD around 10 days now, and had serious hail storms 3 times now.  The last time we had hail like this was back in June of 2013 when we were at a Newell Mini Rally at Spearfish, SD....I wrote about it here.  In our 8+ years of full time travel we have only experienced big hail in South Dakota.....no where else...I'm starting to get a little paranoid.

We had planned to drive down to Hot Springs, SD to soak, of course, in their hot springs, but we had planned to be gone earlier than 10 am, plus the weather forecast called for another serious storm Monday afternoon, and we wanted to be on hand should we need to stow our awnings, so we delayed our drive for another day.

We only had to only run the A/C for about 2-3 hours from about 10:30 am to 1:30 pm before being able to shut it down for the rest of the day....it was not very hot, but it was quite humid, so we used the A/C to dry the interior air until the humidity outside abated to more comfortable levels.  We had several Premier League soccer matches in our DVR queue so we spent part of the day watching some very close matches, and then read the rest of the day.  I am really enjoying the Westerns I have been reading by Elmer Kelton and William W. Johnstone, and have read about 4 by each author, and can now highly recommend them if you are into the Western genre.

For the first time in days we had no rain whatsoever, so we've got that going for us......thanks for stopping by!

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  1. As always,enjoy your blog & details of an older Newell-since you have started Westerns,do try Louis L’Amour- caution,he wrote over40 & they are extremely addictive.
    All the very best.

    1. Interestingly, James, the first Western I ever read was a Louis L'Amour Western while in college many years ago. Over the years I have read every one of his books, novels, and short stories more than once, and yes, they are addicting! Thanks for stopping by!


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