7:55 am - Tuesday - October 31st - GNHS - 47° F, humidity 40%, wind 4 mph out of the north by northeast......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies once again with a forecast high of 79° F. Nice...no wind, and temps in the 70's....this is that for which we came! On this date in 2016 TLE and I were boondocking next to Tuttle Creek (Alabama Hills, just south of Lone Pine, CA),.....↴
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Monday, October 30, 2023
7:04 am - Monday - October 30th - GNHS - 57° F, humidity 34%, wind 18 mph out of the north by northwest..,...clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 81° F. Wind continued through another night, and is still blowing as I write, and the coach is a rockin' and a rollin'. Not supposed to begin abating until around 2 pm today. On this date in 2015 TLE and I were in John Day, OR enjoying beautiful fall weather.....↴
The original weather forecast had this Santa Ana wind event abating around 5 pm Sunday, but it did not. It is a good thing TLE and I don't get sea sick, as our Newell sits broadside to the north wind, and she was rocking and rolling all Saturday night, and into Sunday morning. As I write she is still rocking and rolling. I think this first wind event of the 2023 season is worse than any of the wind events we had here last year by a factor of two. Having our coach oriented with the passenger side facing south is wonderful when there is no wind, but quite the opposite when it is windy. The Santa Ana winds always come out of the north from the high desert.
In spite of the wind we had two rentals scheduled for Sunday....one all day beginning at 9 am, and a short 2 hour one beginning at 2 pm....so TLE and I were dressed, and out the door before 8:30 am. Hunter joined us for about 30 minutes, but we really didn't need 3 people for 1 rental. We're all getting used to using the iPad tablets provided by Polaris for checking in customers, and checking them out at the end of their rental time, and using them sure speeds up the process, as well as reducing the amount of paperwork to an extreme minimum. Once our 9 am, all day rental had departed Hunter and I clocked out, and headed home, and out of the wind. TLE remained behind at the office to man the phone, and the tracking system.
The Santa Ana winds have reeked havoc with our 'lido deck', and it is currently in disarray, as one might imagine. We had to lower the Ozark Trail canopy as low as it would go, and remove the canopy. Both umbrellas are stowed, and our camp chairs are inside the trailer along with the piece of turf we use for the 'viewing deck'. We're just kind of hunkered down waiting for the end of the wind event, and waiting to get back to regular programming....lol.
Our 2 pm rental arrived around 1:30 pm to check in, and by 2 pm they were on their way. Once that was taken care of I once again retreated to the friendly confines of our Newell to get out of the incessant wind.
Both rentals returned on time, and without incident....nice! I decided not to wash either unit in the wind, and dust, so I just parked them for the night, and will probably wash and fuel them Monday, or Tuesday, or whenever it is not windy any longer.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, October 29, 2023
6:58 am - Sunday - October 29th - GNHS - 65° F, humidity 23%, wind 30 mph....yup, we're having our first wind event/Santa Ana of the season. Began blowing last night around 10 pm, will continue all day, and into the evening before it begins to abate. The forecast high for today is 77° F with clear, windblown skies today. On this date in 2019 TLE and I were working at Romona Oaks RV Resort at which time we were recovering from another 'wind event' of the Santa Ana variety......many leaves to pickup.....↴
....it was obvious this unit had rolled onto its right side, perhaps at low speed, and the customer had not reported it, which he/she is required by contract to do. In fact, upon their return, when asked if they had hit anything they said 'no'. As we began to disassemble the right rear quarter panel we found more broken parts, so it appears this will cost in the neighborhood of $3,000 to fix....not horrible, but significant, nonetheless. When confronted an hour later he/she still didn't tell us the whole truth....they said they hit the canyon wall, but hadn't rolled it. When we opened up the air box we found copious amounts of engine oil, which was the clincher.....the only way for oil to get into the airbox is if it is lying on its right side. When shown this he/she finally admitted they had rolled it. Under our deal with Polaris the customer, by contract, is required to report damage immediately. By that I mean they are required to return to the office immediately and file an incident report. At the very least, when returning at the of their rental they are supposed to do so, but they lied, an denied until confronted will proof they could not deny. Additionally, if you fail to report damage that nullifies the contractual limitation of financial exposure the customer to $3,000, and makes them responsible for 100% of the damage. Anyway, that was our excitement for the day, we thought.
Saturday, October 28, 2023
6:28 am - Saturday - October 28th - GNHS - 59° F, humidity 72%, wind 4 mph out of the south by southeast......crystal clear, blue sunny skies today with a forecast high of 84° F. On this date in 2017 TLE and I were enjoying another sunset at Lone Rock, UT......↴
Friday, October 27, 2023
6:31 am - Friday - October 27th - GNHS - 59° F, humidity 76%, wind 5 mph out of the south by southeast......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 85° F. On this date in 2013 TLE and I were having morning coffee in Ogden, UT.....↴
TLE and I had our first official rental Thursday morning. It was an 'ALL DAY' one to three older gentlemen.....
.....our all day rentals begin at 9 am, but these guys didn't show up until 10 am, but they still had more than enough time to ride the Chiriaco Summit loop, which takes you in a big loop up to I-10 where there is a restaurant, and the General George Patton Museum. Once they were on their way Hunter and I turned our attention to readying the rest of the 'RZRs' for rental. While Hunter installed the Polaris trackers I went to each unit and downloaded the maps and trails for this area. My job didn't take long, so once I was done I clocked out, letting Hunter get the hours. Someone needs to be on duty while customers are in the field, so having an extra person this year means we don't have to always be on duty on rental days....nice.
So, what to do with my time? Well, there is that pesky 'lido deck' setup, which has still not been completed, so I changed clothes and went to work. The Adirondack chairs made their first appearance of the season (notice that our portable firepit has also been deployed), we moved the popup canopy, and Sea-B-Que to the area in between the office and the trailer to give us more privacy, setup both umbrellas, laid out our winter putting courses.....
.....on all day rentals our customers are instructed to return by 5 pm, or sunset, whichever comes first.....right now 5 pm comes first, but in a week, or so we will be flipping back to standard time, thereby regaining that hour that was taken from us back in April, which means the sun will then set at around 4:50 pm instead of the current 5:50 pm. As we near the 'winter solstice' the sunset will be closer to 4 pm.
Our customers returned around 4:30 pm with smiles upon their faces, and our RZR intact. Their ride was uneventful, and they had a great time. Once the RZR was cleaned, and fueled I headed into the Newell to take a shower, and then spend some time on the 'viewing deck' with TLE. So, in our new 'lido deck' setup we have a number of 'sub-decks'......the 'viewing deck', the 'firepit deck', and the 'dining deck'.....
.....life is good....thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, October 26, 2023
6:30 am - Thursday - October 26th - GNHS - 60° F, humidity 76%, wind 5 mph out of the south.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 83° F. On this date in 2017 TLE and I were boondocking on the shores of Lake Powell at Lone Rock.....three guesses why they call it 'Lone Rock' and the first two don't count......↴
.....the temp was in the high 70's by then, but still perfect for alfresco dining. While TLE likes to try different menu items each time we visit Rubio's I have only ever ordered one menu item.....Original 2 Fish Taco plate....I know what I like, and I'm sticking with it. We've visited a number of Rubio's over the years, and never been disappointed in the consistency, or quality of their food. Once in a long while the service is a tad slow, but who is in a hurry? Good food is worth the wait.....within reason.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
7:46 am - Wednesday - October 25th - GNHS - 62° F, humidity 62%, wind 7 mph out of the southeast....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 87° F. On this date in 2020 TLE were enjoying a spectacular sunset at Seal Rocks RV Cove....one of the things I miss about our time on the Oregon Coast.......↴
At last! The day when I would begin to really focus on getting our 'lido deck' set up, and the trailer interior organized for the next six months arrived! We are off until Thursday when we have our first rental of the season, and it was only going to be 85° F, so no excuses. There was one minor work related item that I did take care of first thing....install a new LED light in the office. The old fluorescent light fixture ballast (powers the fluorescent tubes) gave up the ghost right at the end of last season, and we didn't have time to deal with it then, so we made do with less light, but this season it needed to be fixed. I talked with Kyle on Monday, and he said he thought they had a couple of unused LED fixtures, so he brought one over late Monday. It took me about an hour Tuesday morning to wire it up, and install it.....
....I still need to pull out the Adirondack chairs, and a couple of other things, but for now it is much less chaotic.
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
7:18 am - Tuesday - October 24th - GNHS - 59° F, humidity 68%, wind 4 mph out of the south by southeast.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 86° F. On this date in 2022 TLE and I had just 'finished' setting up what we thought was our site for the next 6 months at Glamis North Hot Springs.....little did we know that we would be moving sites within a few days, and changing jobs.....↴
Awakening Monday morning to temps in the low 60's, and knowing it would not get warmer than 82° F Monday was delightful. For a change we were not turning on the A/C by 7 am, and closing the windows. Instead the windows were left fully open, allowing cool zephyrs to filter in through the openings.
Monday was also the day Hunter and I would finish 'building' the last two "RZRs". Hunter pretty much built the first 8 by himself, so he was pretty familiar with the process, which helped a lot, and with two people working in concert it goes much faster, as one might imagine. We managed to get the last 4 seater built by 1 pm, and after a lunch break came back to build the final 2 seater, of which we have two. The 'building' process involves installing the roll cage (comes in 6 pieces), the wiring, and speakers for the sound system, the seats (comes in two pieces), windshield, and roof (3 pieces). To be clear, while they are all made by Polaris, and we call them all RZRs, there are only 8 RZRs, plus two 4 seat Generals, and two 2 seat Generals. The Generals, are a little classier, a little heavier at over 2,000 lbs, have a much 'softer' ride, have winches, receiver hitches, and a 'dump bed' on the back. The picture I posted yesterday of the 4 seater we built was a General.....
Monday, October 23, 2023
7:55 am - Monday - October 23rd - GNHS - 66° F, humidity 63%,, wind 12 mph out of the west......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 82° F. On this date in 2017 TLE and I were hiking in Bryce Canyon.....↴
....we only put up the canopy up to keep the sun off the back of the office until the temperatures drop. You can see the umbrella, and other turf pieces propped against the back of the office.