Sunday, October 22, 2017

Day 79, Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area,Taft, CA

Sunset & Crescent Moon
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area,Taft, CA, 169 Miles, 2,175.9 Towing Miles For the Trip

I tried for a star photo last night. A few clouds, and the only open sky from my site was pretty boring, but it is at today's LakeshoreImages page (link below).

A quiet drive down I 5 to Bakersfield, CA, at least once I get used to California drivers. Lots of weaving between cars & trucks just to get one car length ahead of the next guy. The Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area is listed as in Taft, CA, but it is about 11 miles from Bakersfield. I'm in site 31, a water site that costs $1.00 more than an inland site - well worth it for the view, particularly sunset. The site is a pull through with full hookups for $25.00 per night - this is a county rather than state Recreation area & the site price, compared to the last campground, shows the difference!

After setting up I tried calling the nearest Rite Aid to phone in some prescription renewals, but the pharmacy never answered their phone. Since it was a relatively short trip, I drove to it. I can understand why the phone went unanswered - only one person (the pharmacist) working the entire section - I forgot it was a Sunday. She was able to fill most of the prescriptions while I waited; I'll pick up 2 more tomorrow. Since I have adjusted renewal dates so all come due at the same time (to make it easier when the drug store is a 30 mile drive), I try to keep renewal dates as close to each other as possible. It works well for the 90 day stuff, but the eye drops range from 28 days to 80 days, depending on the medication. It does throw a wrench into planning!

Back at the campground I sat in the sun & read, talked with one of my neighbors (who like to play loud music & TV - I get to test the sound proofing of the new Escape), and took some sunset photos, some with a crescent moon. I know I have some age & noise related hearing loss (both weapon noise from Viet Nam and tuning up sound systems is tough on hearing, plus a fair amount of tinnitus), but I can still tell when someone has their music cranked up more than normal. I hope they read & understand the listed quiet hours!

The site photo and more sunset images are at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Dinner was a couple of hot dogs & Bush Bourbon & Brown Sugar beans.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Day 78, Saturday, October 21, 2017 - San Luis Creek Campground, CA, Day 3

Bird Attack!
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - San Luis Creek Campground, CA, Day 3, 0 Miles, 2,010.5 Towing Miles For the Trip

Happy Birthday to my son Kyle!

My feathered friend woke me up at dawn again. This time I had a camera in the trailer so I got a couple of photos. Lousy quality because of the low light & window screens, but you get the idea. Very persistent - he/she would take a 15 - 20 minute break, then back at it, hitting the window every 10 seconds or so flying back & forth between the truck & the window - still going at 10:00AM. One more photo at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Another quiet day at the campground. I talked a bit with my neighbor, took a couple of walks around the campground, and sat outside reading. I started a new book - A Spot of Bother, by Mark Haddon. A very funny story that I found in a campground laundry written by a British author published in Britain. I love trading books - I find authors I'd never think to buy (or find) in a bookstore. Some are terrible, but many are wonderful new discoveries.

Dinner was the rest of the shrimp cocktail & an ɘvol Shanghai Noodles & Grilled Chicken dinner. A bit too dry for me but edible, and it forced me to look up how to make a backwards "e" in HTML!

Until Tomorrow -

Friday, October 20, 2017

Day 77, Friday, October 20, 2017 - San Luis Creek Campground, CA, Day 2

My Wake Up Caller
Friday, October 20, 2017 - San Luis Creek Campground, CA, Day 2, 0 Miles, 2,010.5 Towing Miles For the Trip

It must have been the conditions yesterday afternoon; AT&T was fine last night, this morning, and now. I didn't do much today (you do hear that a lot!) I made a run to Walmart to exchange a file folder in which I keep the trailer manuals, etc. The latch broke, making it impossible to open. Unfortunately, the only one they had that was large enough is a legal size, which uses the same latch, and barely fits in the overhead cabinet I use to store it. I'll keep checking just to see if there is a smaller alternative that still holds all the paperwork.

I have a crazy bird living next door. I suspect that it is bothered by its reflection in my bedside window. He or she attacks the top edge of the window over & over. Woke me up at dawn this morning. If I go outside he flies away, so no photos while in the act, but I did catch him sitting in a nearby tree. I also added a couple more photos of the ducks on the lake at today's LakeshoreImages page.

I can't believe it all came from him, but my truck is covered with bird poop - hood, mirrors, door, etc. I never heard a flock of birds outside, but it almost had to be. During the run to Walmart I stopped at a Fast Wash & the truck now shines. Hopefully, no more surprises!

I tried sitting outside after I got back, but while it is warm enough when the sun is shining, the clouds moved in with enough wind to make it uncomfortable.

Dinner was a grilled cheese sandwich, 1/2 a tray of shrimp cocktail & asparagus.

Until Tomorrow -

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 76, Thursday, October 19, 2017 - San Luis Creek Campground, CA

Site 18
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - San Luis Creek Campground, CA, 244.8 Miles, 2,010.5 Towing Miles For the Trip

A longer drive than usual, and longer than I like. I had made reservations at one of the campgrounds in the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area since it was about half way to Bakersfield, a planned stop. I looked up the campgrounds & the San Luis Creek has electric & water, so I made a reservation. $40.00 per night plus a $7.99 reservation fee! Works out to $42.66 per night, one of the most expensive campgrounds of the trip.

At check in I discovered that another campground in the Recreation Area has flush toilets & showers, so I asked to change campgrounds. After an exciting left turn across 4 lanes of 65MPH traffic on CA 152, I discovered that, although the Basalt Campground does have pay showers, they don't have electricity or water. Would have been nice for them to mention no hookups at the entrance station since I paid for them. So, another mad dash across CA 152 (another left turn, both times with long waits for a break in the traffic) and back to San Luis Creek Campground.

No showers or even bathrooms - Vault toilets only. I checked out the one near my site & a very large black spider has a web centered about 3" below the seat. I think I'll use the trailer!

I'm in site 18, which is listed as a 30' site, although the tongue of my 21 (which, when measured the way stick built trailers determine length, would be a 19', is 5' from the road with the trailer wheels against the concrete backstop. Each site has a longer space for the trailer & a shorter one for the tow vehicle. My Tacoma just fits. Still, a pretty site that overlooks one of the reservoirs. I included a photo of a flock of ducks just behind my trailer, which you can see at today's LakeshoreImages page. Warm, but quite windy. If the sky stays clear & there are not too many lights in the area, I'll try for some star photos tonight.

There is both an AT&T & Verizon signal (-92dBm for Verizon & -101dBm for AT&T, each without an amplifier). Both showed 4G LTE, but the data rates, particularly uploads, are very slow.

It was late enough after setting up that I took a short walk around the campground (all the sites are about the same size), then started dinner, which was a microwaved Amy's Broccoli & Cheddar dinner.

Until Tomorrow -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day 75, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Woodson Bridge RV Park, Corning, CA, Day 2

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Woodson Bridge RV Park, Corning, CA, Day 2, 0 Miles, 1,765.7 Towing Miles For the Trip

Domestic day - I did laundry, which took 4 hours because someone was using all 4 washers & didn't come back to empty them for 2 hours, apologized, then did the same with the dryers! Anyhow, the wash is done. Also made the bed, another project.

A beautiful day, although it did cool off last night - since I didn't set up the electric heater or turn on the furnace, the trailer was down to 56°F by morning. It warmed up quickly, and I spent most of the day sitting outside reading. I had a turkey sandwich for lunch, so dinner was just cheese & crackers.

Until Tomorrow -