7:52 am - Wednesday - March 31st - Seal Rock, OR - 43° F, 71% humidity, wind 17 mph out of the east.....crystal, clear, blue skies today with a forecast high all the way up to 62° F! On this date in 2014 TLE and I were zip lining near Cottonwood, AZ at the 'Out of Africa Wildlife Park'........↴
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
7:44 am - Tuesday - March 30th - Seal Rock, OR - 32° F, 100% humidity, wind - zerio mph out of the north.....clear, very cold, blue skies today with a forecast high of 51° F. On this date in 2020 we had just begun to 'social distance'.....we were taking a hike on local dirt roads near Wittmann, AZ about a mile from pavement......↴
Monday, March 29, 2021
7:50 am - Monday - March 29th - Seal Rock, OR - 43° F, 66% humidity, wind 17 mph out of the northwest.....partly cloudy today with wind, and a high of 48° F. On this date in 2013 we were at Wilson's Riverfront RV Park near Ashville, NC on the French Broad River (in the background)......↴
Sunday, March 28, 2021
7:45 am - Sunday - March 28th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 93% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.......partly cloudy now with a chance of rain later this afternoon with a forecast high of 48° F. On this date in 2014 we were dining alfresco in Jerome, AZ......↴
Saturday, March 27, 2021
8:56 am - Saturday - March 27th - Seal Rock, OR - 37° F, 93% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.....sunny today with a forecast high of 55° F. On this date in 2014 we were boondocking about 15 miles south of Sedona, AZ on National Forest land......↴
.....we were not expecting a spectacular day, but that is what we received. To be able to cap it off with a sunset fire was just icing on the proverbial cake. As darkness descended upon the landscape we put away our chairs and headed inside for the night.
Friday, March 26, 2021
9:04 am - Friday - March 26th - Seal Rock, OR - 39° F, 93% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.....cloudy today, but no rain in the forecast with a forecast high of 50° F. On this date in 2013 we were in Augusta, GA, and I was standing in front of the sign for Augusta National.....the golf course where the Masters is played each year.......↴
I want to say right off the bat that TLE and I continue to be asymptomatic to the Wuhan Flu aka: COVID-19, aka: Corona Virus. It has been over 1 year since this virus was designated a 'world-wide pandemic'. Original predictions were for tens of millions of deaths world-wide, with a few million of those in the U.S. After one year what are the actual numbers? Instead of millions of deaths in the U.S. there have been 555,000 deaths out of 30 million diagnosed cases, so you have over a 97% chance of NOT catching it....if you live in the U.S. and catch it you have a 1.82% chance of dying....world-wide there have been 2.7 million deaths out of 124 million diagnosed cases*. I feel silly pointing out the obvious, but every death of a loved one is tragic, no matter what the cause, and I am not minimizing that at all, but the numbers are the numbers. The Spanish flu was a real world-wide pandemic and killed over 50 million people world-wide. In our own little, tiny corner of the world (Lincoln County) there have been 21 deaths during that one year span. I do not know anyone personally who has died from this flu, but I do know many who have had it. Many had very mild cases, and a few quite severe, but they all survived. I do know, however, people who have had relatives die from this flu.
Neither TLE, nor myself have had the vaccination, and unless we are required to take it we will probably not get it. If, at some point, our current employer insists we get vaccinated, we will probably move on down the road. Neither of us has ever had a flu shot.....ever. The last time I had a flu of any sort was 8 years ago, and for TLE probably closer to 15 years. I do, however, belong to several demographics for whom this flu can be deadly.....I am over 70, I have high blood pressure, have had a stroke, and a heart attack. TLE, on the other hand, is quite healthy, and really only belongs to one demographic of concern.....she, like I, is over 70. I have never had any respiratory issues, which is a demographic which is quite at risk for any sort of flu, including the Wuhan flu. We only wear masks when required by our employer, or local businesses we frequent, otherwise we are mask free 90+% of the time....we do not wear them while walking down the street, in our car, in our Newell, or while hiking, or biking. During the past year we have purposely avoided densely populated areas of the country, and spent the broad majority of our time in very rural locales. Our forays into urban areas have been as brief as possible. I say all of the preceding to say this.....while we do take this flu seriously, we are attempting to live our lives as normally as possible. What we are doing works for us, but may not work for others. We firmly believe the dangers of this "pandemic" have been blown out of all proportion to what is really happening, and are living our lives accordingly, but not doing anything risky, or stupid, and are complying, where required, with mask requirements.
On the "what did you do Thursday" front I worked a two hour shift for the 5th successive day, but did get rained upon for about 1/2 of my shift. While Blake mowed sites C, D, 43 & 44 I repeated my Wednesday routine of checking all incoming and outgoing sites to be sure the electrical was up to snuff, and I actually took the Stihl string trimmer up to site A-3 to trim the grass as we actually had a customer coming into that site for 3 days....the first time we have had anyone next to us (except the one night our friends Claude and Gale visited us) in six months.
It rained on and off all afternoon, but I did manage to get out to the trailer for about an hour to work on my Haibike SDURO telescoping seat post, which had quit telescoping on our trip home from Arizona. As it turned out it just needed a little lube, and it began working once again....I'm sure all the weather we drove through had something to do with that.
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Thursday, March 25, 2021
7:48 am - Thursday - March 25th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 76% humidity, wind 15 mph out of the northwest.....heavy cloud cover today with a forecast high of 47° F. On this date in 2012 we were overnighting in Daphne, AL....we took a 10 mile bike ride along Mobile Bay, stopping in at East Shore Cafe for some sandwiches.......↴
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7:38 am - Wednesday - March 24th - Seal Rock, OR - 41° F, 93% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.....heavy cloud cover with rain on the way.....forecast high for today is 48° F. On this date in 2017 we hiked to the top of Mt. Rubidoux with my son, Chris, and his beautiful wife, Rochelle........↴
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
7:56 am - Tuesday - March 23rd - Seal Rock, OR - 34° F, 93% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.....crystal, clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 51° F. On this date in 2012 we were dry camping at a Walmart in Prarieville, LA......↴
.....I did not reinstall the third post. Additionally, I began to transplant the escallonia bushes to line up with the new fence line.....two down, six to go!
Monday, March 22, 2021
7:40 am - Monday - March 22nd - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 93% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the north by northwest.....cloudy, and drizzly today with a forecast high of 47° F. On this date in 2018 we had just arrived at the Indio Elks Lodge to see our friends Steven and Linda......↴
Sunday, March 21, 2021
7:47 am - Sunday - March 21st - Seal Rock, OR - 39° F, 93% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north......cloudy today, but no rain until later....forecast high for today is 48° F. On this date in 2012 we were visiting Cedar Key, FL for the first time.....here TLE and I are kayaking out to Grass Key with new nomadic friends we had just met.....↴
....it only took a few minutes to install the new strip, and I wondered why I had waited so long to complete this simple task.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
8:53 am - Real Saturday - March 20th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 87% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the west by southwest.....cloudy, rainy today with a forecast high of 48° F. On this date in 2017 we were in Death Valley having lunch at the Furnace Creek Inn.....↴
Friday, March 19, 2021
8:44 am - Fifth Saturday - March 19th - Seal Rock, OR - 43° F, 93% humidity, wind 13 mph out of the south....heavy cloud cover, windy, rainy today....a perfect day to spend inside watching March Madness.....we were robbed last year, but she's back! The high today is forecast to be 48° F. The view this morning.......↴
When I woke up Thursday morning I was about 98% sure I would not be working, but you never know. It had been raining all night, but had stopped around 7 am, and although the skies indicated more was to come, it wasn't raining, and there was that possibility it might not rain for a couple of hours. Then about 8:30 am I received the expected text from Terry calling me off work, at which time it began to rain again.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
8:11 am - Thursday - March 18th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 93% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the south by southeast.....heavy cloud cover, rained all night, and will rain most of the day today....the forecast high is 50° F. On this date in 2015 we were boondock camping at Lone Rock, UT on the shores of Lake Powell......↴
.....since the front wheels are convex the cardboard would not work, so I covered them with shrink wrap, and then used more of the 3M blue masking tape to seal it against the tire before installing the remaining two tire/wheel covers. I don't know how effective this will be, but it has to be better than what I did the last 5 months, which was nothing but cover the tires/wheel with the black tire covers.....we won't know the results of this experiment for 6 months.