Thursday, October 28, 2021

Half as much now.....

8:12 am - Thursday - October 28th - Fontana, CA - 66° F, 39% humidity, wind 10 mph out of the north by northwest.....crystal, clear, blue skies today as far as the eye can see and a forecast high of 88° F.  We're in the middle of a very mild Santa Ana condition where winds blow out of the high desert through Cajon Pass into the Inland Empire.  Slept on top of the covers last night until 2 am......first time in over a year!  The overnight low was only 66°.  So far no A/C has had to be employed.

On this date in 2017 TLE and I were enjoying our 4th sunset fire at Lone Rock on the shores of Lake Powell....the pictures are looking to the east.....when the sun sets behind (west) us it lights up everything to the east......↴

The forecast high for Wednesday was 84° F, and it definitely got there, but the air was so dry we did not need to run the A/C.  Instead we turned on our Fantastic Fan and opened all the windows keeping the interior quite comfortable.  I don't remember the last time we had ALL the windows open at the same time.

After posting my latest blog offering I headed out to the trailer to pull all the backpack/camping gear out and group everything by type on two of our folding tables.  Frankly, I was a little shocked at how much we had, and how many duplicates.  There are four mummy bags (only one has been used, and that for 3 nights), 6 canteens, 5 GAZ backpack stoves, 2 Coleman backpack stoves, 3 ponchos, 6 backpack air mattresses, 4 separate cook sets, 7, or 8 compression bags, 2 Kelty internal frame backpacks (one with the store tags still attached, and the other used on just one backpack trip), 7 sets of silverware (fork/spoon/knife).....the list goes on and on.....

The GAZ backpack stoves

Four cook sets, and two coffee pots

The trailer interior before the removal of the backpack stuff

The trailer interior after the backpack stuff was removed....a slight improvement but much better, nonetheless.

.....I was able to make contact with the local Boy Scout Troop leader, and he agreed to come by Thursday to pick it all up. I am very happy all of this stuff will get a second life, if not a first life, and by that I mean be actually used for its intended purpose for the first  Amazingly, the backpack/camping stuff accounted for about 1/2 of what was in the 'BEFORE' picture above, and 1/2 of what is left in the 'AFTER' picture is stuff through which TLE will have to sort....she thinks she can get it down to about 1 box.  The other remaining half, I am embarrassed to admit, consists of a lot of bike parts I have accumulated over the years, most of which I forgot I even  All of that will be disposed of one way, or another (sold/donated/trashed).

Wednesday was also coif day for TLE and I.  I haven't had a haircut since early September, and for TLE the first since May when we flew to Spokane for the wedding.  When in town we always go to Amanda at MAXX Salon in Claremont, CA.  Not only is she our honorary daughter, but she is an amazing hair stylist.......

.....that's the shortest TLE' hair has been in a long time, and it suits her well!  Our appointment was at 2 pm, so we left the Newell around 1:15 pm to make the almost 40 minute, one way drive, and arrive on time.....parking in downtown Claremont can be difficult at best, but on this day we snagged a spot just around the corner from the salon.  We were home just before 4 pm.

By the way, Claremont is in L.A. County which has some the strictest COVID rules in the nation, whereas Fontana is in the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties), which is the total opposite.....I'm glad we are in the Inland Empire.

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  1. Clarke you said, "the pictures are looking to the west.....when the sun sets behind us it lights up everything to the west......"

    I'm trying to figure out how you got the sun to set in the east if it is behind you when you are looking west.


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