Friday, June 11, 2021

A ditch, or a valley?

 8:47 am - Friday - June 11th - Seal Rock, OR - 50° F, 82% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the southeast.....cloudy, drizzly today with a forecast high of 56° F.  On this date in 2017 we were overnighting at the Walmart Supercenter in Elko, NV on our way to Yellowstone for the balance of the summer.....↴ 

I received a text around 8:30 am Thursday from Terry asking me to 'weed whip' the drainage ditch in front of the office.  I knew that was pretty much a two hour job, even though I had never had the pleasure of doing it.  To refer to this small valley as a drainage ditch is kind of inelegant, but that is what it is in the simplest terms.  It is about 150' in length, just over 20' below street level at its deepest, and about 50' wide.....

Oh, by the way, it was a beautiful albeit blustery day

.....I used the lawnmower to cut as much of the grass as I could, but most of it is too steep for the mower, and the only way to get at it is with a string trimmer.  Some experience as a mountain goat in a prior life might have come in handy.....

Very steep, and slippery

.....I took a couple water breaks during the 2+ hours it took me to do the job, but I was eventually declared the victor, and the 'ditch' is good for another two weeks.  Now that the deed is done I can now, without contradiction, or reservation say that I have done everything there is to do maintenance wise at SRRVC....

Looking north on US-101

.....I still had around 45 minutes left on my three hour shift so I spent that time doing site checks, and ended up mowing and edging site #24 to make it look nice for a new customer arriving later in the day. Once that was done I was done, so I put away my tools, and the trailer, then headed for home.  TLE was in the midst of her Thursday split shift, so I would not see her until 4 pm.

In all I worked 13.5 hours in four days, and was glad it was our Friday.  I took a long, hot shower, then a nap, drank some ice coffee to perk me up, and was on hand to welcome TLE home for our three day weekend.  

The weekend forecast calls for rain, and as the afternoon waned, I could see clouds moving in from the southeast.  By 8 pm (an hour before sunset) the western sky was cark and threatening, meaning no sunset pictures for today.

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