Tuesday, November 1, 2022

How far is too far?

 9:21 am - Tuesday - November 1, 2022 - GNHS - 70° F, 39% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the south by southeast......cloudy today with a forecast high of 83° F.  The view this morning......↴

.....and on this date in 2016 TLE and I hiked to the Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine, CA.....

There seems to be a trend developing over the past few years in our Workamper job locations....with each passing job we seem to be further away from a city where we can do major shopping like grocery stores, hardware stores, multiple dinning options, thrift stores, etc.  For instance, when we worked at Ramona Oaks RV Resort back in 2019-20 we were 6 miles from town.....not too bad, then in 2020-21 we worked at Seal Rocks RV Cove which was 10 miles south of Newport...still not too bad.  Next up was this past summer at LPG&RVR....where we were 20 miles south of Alturas.....right at the end of what we thought was a reasonable distance to drive to town.  Now, at GNHS, we find ourselves 37 miles from Indio/La Quinta.  'Driving into town' has now become a major commitment on our part.  By the time we drive into town visit all the stores we wish to visit, and come home half of the day has gone.  I guess it really comes down to how far is too far when you can live in beautiful, remote places for 6 months at a time.

It had been 8 days since we last visited Indio/La Quinta, and frankly, we could have just driven to Niland, which is about 16 miles away, but I needed to pickup my latest 90 day prescriptions at COSTCO (no pharmacy in Niland), plus we needed to visit the Home Depot again to augment our burgeoning garden.  We left home around 10:15 am and arrived at Home Depot around 11 am.  We bought two more potted geraniums, some seeds (cilantro, Italian pepperoncini), a jalapeño plant, a 6' x 8' piece of artificial turf, some finishing nails, some self tapping Phillips head screws, a watering pot, some Miracle Grow, etc.  Next up was Goodwill where TLE bought some pots in which to transplant a few of her plants.  

By the time we finished at Goodwill it was noon time, and we have not eaten at Rubio's Coastal Grill for a long, long time, so we headed there next.....

.....I always get their Original Fish Taco plate , and TLE their California Bowl with grilled chicken.......

......we, as we always prefer to do, took our meal outdoors in their lovely alfresco dining area.  

Next up was COSTCO for my prescriptions, then a quick stop at a Neighborhood Walmart before we headed for home, arriving back at GLNS around 3:30 pm.....see what I mean?  Half a day gone.....gone, but not wasted, and certainly enjoyed.

We spent what was left of our afternoon putting away groceries (TLE), putting away the hardware items we bought (moi), installing the new artificial turf piece, and setting out our new plants.  It was kind of warmish when we got home (over 85° F), so we turned on the A/C to cool the Newell interior, and relaxed.

There's always one more thing for the 'lido deck' right?  
The new turf piece looks great! 

Just after sundown I remembered to take pictures of the solar lights I deployed Sunday when they were actually lit.......

.....by the way, we filled up the VW for the first time since Minden, NV and got the best price per gallon for Premium Unleaded we've gotten in a year.....$5.19/gallon....in California, no less!  There is a reason why the COSTCO fuel stations are always jammed with waiting customers.....their prices are way below the competition....WAY below....I don't know how they do it.

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