Friday, June 18, 2021

On a roll.....

 8:30 am - Friday - June 18th - Seal Rock, OR - 59° F, humidity 77%, wind 17 mph out of the north.....that cold north wind again!  The forecast high on this sunny, clear, blue sky day is 61° F.  On this date one year ago we had just arrived at Yellowstone Hot Springs, about 5 miles north of Gardiner, MT where we lived for 4 months back in 2017.....↴



With our pole trimmer out of commission my work options were limited Thursday to mowing and trimming.  Little did I know this would end up being my longest workday since arriving 9 months ago.....5 hours.  Sometimes when you get on a roll you just keep going.  

I started by driving the golf cart up to the barn to retrieve the Husqvarna riding lawnmower, which I have not had the pleasure of using before.  It tends to be hard to start, just like the Massey-Ferguson, and I was initially unable to get it started...in fact I ran down my jump start battery pack trying to coax her to life.  With that initial failure I headed down to the landscape shed to plug in the battery pack, and retrieve the Toro self propelled lawnmower, along with the Stihl string trimmer, and blower, then headed directly back to my site.  It's been about two weeks since I last mowed sites A-1 through A-3.  The more often I do these sites, the less time it takes each time.  From there I headed over to sites 16, 17, 18, and 19 to mow and trim them in anticipation of our weekend customers arriving later in the day.

By the time I finished those sites it was time to pick up the battery pack and give the Husqvarna another shot.  I was successful this time, and drove her back down the hill to mow the group area in front of the office (next to the 'ditch' I weed whipped last week), and then the long grass path down to the beach access gate, around the gravel settling area, and then over to the overflow parking area......

Path to the beach access gate....

....behind the settling area....


.....group area

.....just as I finished with the overflow parking area I looked at my watch and it was 2:30 pm....time to literally head for the barn, and park the Husqvarna, pick up the golf cart, and, finally, return the tools to the landscape shed.  I arrived back at my site just after 3 pm feeling quite tired, but in a pleasant sort of way.

By the time I took a shower, and sat down in my recliner TLE was walking through the door having finished another split shift Thursday, and with that our weekend began.  Thursday was a coolish, blustery day on the Oregon Coast, and because of that we were gifted another beautiful, inspiring Coastal Oregon sunset.....



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