Monday, February 6, 2023


 7:49 am - Monday - February 6th - GNHS - 55° F, humidity 53%, wind 8 mph out of the northwest......crystal clear, blue, sunny, windy skies today with a forecast high of 70° F.  On this date in 2013 TLE and I were in Fruitland, FL watching the sun rise over Lake Griffin.....↴

We've had a string of delightfully pleasant days recently with a lot of blue sky, and temps in the low 70's.  The park has not been very full, which keeps it very quiet at night.  Whenever we head into the city for an overnight, like we have done 3 times in Poway, the ambient noise levels we encounter are startling to the senses.  The more time we spend in rural places like GNHS and LPG&RVR where one hears the proverbial pins dropping the harder it is to spend time in the urban areas.  I find myself getting a tad resentful whenever I must trade this blissful solitude for urban congestion if even for a night.  Even as I write the only sound I hear is the wind rustling the tree at the back of our site....that's it.

The other thing I love is being able to awake with the rise of the sun most days.  There are the odd days when we must get up around 6 am to open the COA office for an all day rental, but most days we don't get up until the sun crests the mountains to the east.  We kind of lie there slowly waking to the new day, finally getting out of bed between 7 and 7:15 am.  I used an alarm clock all through college to be sure I was up by 6 am each day, and I HATED being startled into consciousness with that inevitable adrenaline surge you get.  When I graduated from college I threw away my alarm clock, and learned to wake up at whatever time I needed to be awake, and have not used one since then (June of 1971).

Sunday was completely dead UTV rental wise, except for the occasional groups of folks who came over to check out our rental rates for their next visit.  TLE was on the job at 8 am, just in case we had some early risers again, and worked until 11 am, while I began my day at 9 am,  finishing at 12 pm when we closed the office.  I washed the #5 RZR, which had been in the rollover accident (it actually does not look too bad...well, it passes the 10' test, anyway), and changed a tire on another RZR, which was the extent of my labors for the day.  

Whilst we were toiling our DVR was recording the British Premier Soccer match between Tottenham and Manchester City.  So far this season 5th place Tottenham has not been able to beat a top 4 team, but on this day they kept a clean sheet, and prevailed 1-0 over 2nd place Manchester City, and are now only one point out of 4th place.  At any rate, I set up the outdoor TV and watched the entire 90 minute match from one of the anti gravity recliners on the 'lido deck'.  The balance of the afternoon was spent relaxing.

With the warmer temperatures we're getting, plus the sun getting higher in the sky with each passing day we are thinking we are going to have to redeploy our three 'sail' awnings soon to provide more shade for the 'lido deck'.  Of course, as the sun moves higher in the sky we are fast approaching our departure day which is around 7 weeks away now.  The time here at GNHS has passed by so quickly, just as it did at LPG&RVR last summer.  For the first time in our nomadic travels we have found a couple of places we do not look forward to leaving.  The only other place we have found like that was when we spent 5 weeks in Cedar Key, FL back in 2012-13.  We could have stayed there all winter.

We spent about an hour on the 'lido deck' after dinner playing 5 games of Backgammon.  TLE won the night taking 3 out of 5 games.  There were two blowouts, and three close games which came right down to the wire.  The roll of the dice at critical times favored TLE on this night.

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