7:30 am - Wednesday - September 22nd - Seal Rock, OR - 54° F, 100% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the south.....overcast, foggy this morning with a forecast high today of 62° F. On this date in 2017 it snowed at Mammoth Hot Springs where we worked for 4 months that summer......↴
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
With all of the sites in which I need to spread gravel full Tuesday I reported for work in time (11:30 am) to do the check-ins and check-outs, and worked just an hour. The day was a 'hot' one for Seal Rock, OR.....72° F. It's amazing to me how 72° F can be so uncomfortable to a boy who grew up in SoCal, and would have loved a 72° F day in late September, but when you become acclimatized to temps in the 50's and 60's all summer it changes your perspective.
I continued to put things away Tuesday. The table which has been standing on our 'lido deck' for 6 months was almost frozen with corrosion, but with the use of Aero Kroyl, a super penetrating spray, I gradually worked the metal legs loose, and was able to collapse them once again for stowing in our through bay. The little, round, green tables were also stowed away leaving just the Adirondack chairs to stand sentinel. Soon we'll be rolling up the artificial turf, and rolling up the rope lights, and the 'lido deck' will be no more.
I also hauled another load of cardboard, the residue of numerous Amazon/eBay orders, up to the barn. In a few days I will begin to stow away many things in the trailer such as the bench grinder, my three tool bags, the table upon which they have sat for 6 months, the bikes, and on it goes.
While we are anxious to change our view, and begin a new adventure, a small part of us does not want to move. We are comfortable here.....we are safe here.....there are no unknowns here....as we get older we think more of those things, but the bigger part of us still wants to get out and see new places, meet new people, and continue to explore. How many years do we have left before physical limitations render us no longer able to roam free as vagabonds? All we know is that number becomes more finite with each passing day. In a very few months we will celebrate 10 years on the road, something we never anticipated when we first began our endless wanderings. Each day as I post where we were, and what we were doing on that particular date, such as today four years ago when we were slogging up the Gardner River Gorge during a heavy snowfall in the Beetle to work at the General Store....it does not seem like four years have passed, but the evidence is undeniable. Time marches on without our consent, so we need to keep marching onward, too.
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