7:07 am - Bacon Friday - March 10th - GNHS - 60° F, humidity 37%, wind 5 mph out of the south by southeast.....heavy cloud cover today with a forecast high of 74° F. On this date in 2022 we had returned to our favorite boondock site in the Anza Borrego Desert.....↴
The park has been pretty empty this week, and when we opened the office at 9 am Thursday we had no advance bookings, and did not expect any walkups. I washed and detailed KRX #8, and RZR #4 after they were returned last Sunday, but had not washed and detailed RZR #'s 1,2 and 5 so I spent the first 90 minutes of my three hour shift doing just that. I'll need to clean the air filters on all 5, so I left that for Friday knowing we have no advance bookings, and will probably have no walkups, but we'll see. Once I had put away RZR #5 I was done, but needed to remain available in case we had a walkup, or two. I spent time practicing my putting, and set up the driving range net again. I hit a couple dozen balls in all, and my swing seems to be coming back, but my back will need a little more time to get used to the twisting. I'll work on my chipping Friday.
Our local temps will be edging into the 80's for the first time in months this weekend, but will dip back into the 70's through the 24th. Eventually high 70's and low 80's will become the new norm as we edge toward late Spring, but we'll be gone, hopefully, by that time heading north to Likely Place for the summer, where we will, no doubt, find winter like conditions again for a month, or so. They've had a lot of snow this winter, unlike last winter. As you will recall we arrived there around April 12th last year in the middle of a severe drought, and it still snowed 8 times before June 1st, so I can only imagine how it will be this year.
I was able to finally finish cleaning the exterior of the Newell on all four sides from the drip rail to the rocker panels, and she looks pretty good. Soon I'll be removing the tire covers to see what work the ALCOAs will need for me to be able to see my reflection in them again.
We'll be flying to Georgia on the 29th to see my son Tim and his family for 5 days. He and his family moved there just shy of a year ago. They wanted to live in a more rural place where his wife would not have to work, and could be a 'stay at home Mom' just like TLE was. They are able to live comfortably on his salary, own a much bigger home, and piece of property than they could afford in SoCal with a very small mortgage. TLE and I were blessed for years, and years to have all five of our kids living in SoCal within 15 minutes of each other, but time marches onward, and things change.
For the 5th consecutive evening (no wind) TLE and I headed out to the 'lido deck' to play games. On this evening the game of choice was Backgammon. She won the first two games, and I the next two leaving us tied at the beginning of the 'rubber match'. It was a closely fought game, but the die and strategy favored TLE on this night. We closed out the evening watching Season 9, Episode 4 of Vera, so there are just 3 seasons left. We also watched Episode 2 of Survivor Season 44.
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