Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Second verse, same as the first.....

7:51 am - Tuesday - May 11th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 100% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 60° F.  On this date in 2015 I rode my Cannondale Bad Boy up to the Emerald Bay Vista Point (6,791' elevation) at Lake Tahoe.....↴

Monday I headed to work at 9 am since that is when TLE went to work.  I returned to pull through site #8 where I left off Sunday to finish both ends of the site with the small gravel.  I managed to create a large level spot right in the middle of the pull through site about 30 feet in length.  The exit end of this pull through site slopes off pretty dramatically after that.......

'Exit' end of site #8 - pull through

....and the entrance of site #8

.....after finishing site #8 I headed back to site #11 to take care of some unfinished business there.  This was one of the first sites upon which I worked.  At the time I did not run the gravel all the way out to the street, and I had not begun to use the long 2 x 4 with level to make sure it was level from side to side, which it was not.  It took about an hour to finish this site properly.....

Site # 11 finished, and level.....at last

.....I estimate I have about 10 sites yet to do, so I will be busy spreading gravel for the foreseeable future....it's kind of a 'second verse, same as the first' situation right now, but I am enjoying the good weather, and being able to work alone.  As I drive the loader back and forth between the the site, and the gravel pile I have this beautiful view of the ocean, which serves as a minute by minute reminder of why I love this job.  

I still had about an hour left in my 4 hour work day so I checked with TLE in the office to find out which sites were free for a couple of days, and settled on site #36.  by the time 1 pm came around I was not quite done with #36, so I left the loader parked there for the night and headed home.

The ever present wind had begun to freshen near the end of my shift, and by the time I got home it was blowing pretty fiercely.....one could see white caps all the way to the horizon.  As a result I decided to forego some of the outdoor activities I had planned, and hung out indoors all afternoon.

Another week has passed, and, predictably, TLE and I are still asymptomatic to the Wuhan Flu. No one we know in the local area has had the flu, and we continue to feel safe here in rural Lincoln County.  It really is time for this mask stuff to end, don't you think?

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