Tuesday, August 30, 2022


 8:09 am - Tuesday - August 30th - Likely, CA - 70° F, 20% humidity, wind 11  mph out of the south.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 95° F.  On this date in 2015 TLE arrived at Cape Blanco for our second time volunteering at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse......our favorite volunteer job ever......about to take a walk on 'South Beach' for the first time in 10 months.......↴

Thursday - August 25th - Tahoe City, CA:

My last post was on the 25th (Thursday), so I owe you a few days for sure.  We were up early Thursday getting packed for the 3 hour drive back to LPG&RVR, and were on the road by 7:30 am.  We made a brief stop in Truckee at a Valero gas station to clean our windshield, and were back on the road in 10 minutes.  Unlike our trip south we chose to take secondary roads all the way back to US-395, thereby bypassing the ever busy, congested Reno interchange.  When we entered Truckee we were on US-89, and just continued on to Sierraville where we picked up SR-49 for the final 34 miles back to US-395.  Unfortunately we hit a construction zone within minutes of merging onto SR-49 where we sat stopped, without our engine running, for 10-15 minutes.  Just after passing through Loyalton, and then Vinton we hit another construction zone where we again sat for 10 minutes just 4 miles from US-395......doh!

After stopping at the rest area just before the Standish cutoff we continued north on US-395 only to hit another construction zone about 50 miles from LPG&RVR where we once again sat for about 10 minutes.  So 30-35 minutes of our drive home was sitting in construction zones.  In spite of all that we did arrive home around 11:40 am.  We made quick work of unloading the VW, and were inside cooling down in the cool, climate controlled confines of the Newell.  

Topping out at Sage Hen Pass - 5,555' elevation....just a few miles until we're home!

Our parts of 4 days stay in Tahoe City was a real tonic, a wonderful trip down 'memory lane', and a time to create new memories, which we did.  We never got more than 1/2 mile from our hotel, and pretty much walked everywhere.  The 'shoulder season' has already begun at Lake Tahoe as the kids go back to school so early now.  As a result of that Tahoe City was very uncrowded, and we had no trouble getting into any restaurant anywhere in town without reservations, except for Christy Hill, for which we made reservations a month in advance.

Friday - August 26th - Likely, CA:

We were back to work on Friday for another four day stint.  The temperature only got to 87° F, and, frankly, it felt much cooler than that.  After staging 15 golf carts I headed out to mow the tee boxes at 18, 17, 16 , 15 and 3, and was back at the Clubhouse by 11:30 am.  At 12 pm I headed into the office to give TLE her 1 hour lunch break.  I remember when we first interviewed for our jobs I was concerned about having to work in the office for an hour each day, but really, it is a nice break.  I mostly answer the phone 2, or 3 times, rent a golf cart, or two, collect a couple green fees and basically get paid to rest inside where it is cool for an hour.  You won't hear any complaints from me!

The sun rising over the Warner Mountains around 6:45 am

Since it was only going to be in the 80's Friday I went to work at 7 am instead of 6:30 am, and was off work by 3:30 pm.  I really appreciate the flexibility of the owners (Dennis and Kellie) in letting me come to work earlier than 8 am, and being able to miss the heat of the day.  It certainly makes my life much easier, and more pleasant.

I love the work I do, and its daily variety.  Being able to work four days, and be off work 4 days is a bonus, and we both love that about this job.  

Saturday, August 27th - Likely, CA:

Saturday was a busy day for the golf course....I think we rented 19, or 20 carts.  I was in the middle of staging the first 15 when I caught another LRG&RVR sunrise.....

.....the forecast temp for Saturday was around 90° F, and when it gets that high I go to work no later than 6:30 am, plus I've become slightly addicted to getting off work at 3 pm.  I did some mowing around the Clubhouse and putting green to be sure everything looked good for the putting contest, plus I mowed the tee boxes for the 10th hole.  There was a little weed whipping done for good measure, and then it was time to give TLE her lunch break.  

By the time 3 pm rolled around there were still 7 golf carts outstanding, but I knew I would be in at 6:30 am again Sunday to take care of them, so no big deal.  

Sunday - August 28th - Likely, CA:

Sunday was a little slower than Saturday, but we did have a number of golfers go out after 2 pm so I knew, once again, I would have 5, or 6 carts to wash first thing Monday.  After washing the 7 carts left over from Saturday I staged the first 10 carts.  I managed to mow four of our large lawns......the small pavilion, the lawn by site 30, the lawn at the group fire pit, and the lawn in the Clubhouse parking lot.  In all I hauled 3 loads of grass clippings to the dump site, and also worked on clearing weeds around a few of the young trees on the hill across from the employee sites so I could create a bowl in which the irrigation water can be held, and allowed to sink into the ground.  I also spent time on the driving range picking up balls in the woods in preparation for the main Monday clearing.  By the time I was home I was one whipped, dirty boy.

With that I will defer the post for Monday, August 29th, our wedding anniversary for a later time today.

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