Monday, June 29, 2020

Ferndale Fairgrounds

Monday: (06/29) We finished loading the RV and hooked up the Jeep and were on the road about 1000. We stopped for a break in Ukiah for a look at Friedman's building material and at TSC. Another stop for a nap about 60 miles south of Ferndale. We arrived at the Ferndale Fairgrounds about 1900. The Jack's on the RV failed again . Something to look into tomorrow. Granola for breakfast. Leftover sauerkraut and potatoes with sausage for lunch. Crackers cheese and pastrami for dinner.

Tuesday: (06/30) After breakfast we took a drive out West of the Fairgrounds past the farms looking at cows. We ended up going to the end of the road to the Lost Coast Headlands, It is a small BLM preserve of about 485 acres on the coast with bluffs and beaches. It has some short trails which I may hake tomorrow. We then went up to Eureka and had lunch, visited a couple of thrift stores then returned home. Lou and Dawn went to the bank. While out we purchased a new WiFi USB dongle for Dawn’s computer. Her internal Wifi failed and now the USB dongle on it was intermittent. The new one fixed the problem. 


Lou made an oven omelet for breakfast. We stopped for lunch at the Golden Harvest restaurant in Eureka. Lou made John Wayne Specials for dinner. Basically fried eggs with steak rancheros.

Wednesday: (07/01) Leftovers for breakfast. Dawn had her Wednesday writing class and I had my Wednesday AlphaAnywhere Webinar. Lou was watching streaming TV. Our cell modem managed to keep up with all our needs. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. About 1600 we all headed off to Piersen’s Hardware to look around. Then we visited the COOP Market and got a few things. Pulled pork sandwiches for dinner. Evidently my cousin Dennis was in the area and stopped by for a visit while we were out.

Thursday: (07/02) Nice 13.5 mile collected hike today. I hiked Fleener Creek and Guthrie Creek Trails in the Lost Coast Headlands. I also hiked Russ Park trails in Ferndale. It's been unusually windy around here. The Lost Coast headlands is the beginning of the Lost Coast (where the Highway 1 goes inland for more than 70 miles). It was an old "Secret" Centerville Beach Navy base looking for submarines. They supposedly had about 500 enlisted people there. It's all gone now and restored as Bureau of Land Management lands now. In the olden days it was a dairy area that served Eureka. Granola for breakfast. My usual tuna salad and crackers trail snack lunch. When I got home about 1315 I had some chili beans for lunch. We had salmon with rice and grilled veggies for dinner. 











Friday: (07/03) Biscuits and gravy for breakfast. We went off to Fortuna to shop at the market there. After lunch, we took a drive out to Petrolia and Mathole. Where the Mathole River meets the sea there is a campground and the Northern trailhead for the Lost Coast Trail. We looked around the campground and took a short walk on the beach. We then took a 4 wheel drive road out to the Punta Gordo Lighthouse. I took a walk down the cliff for about ½ mile until I could see the lighthouse about ½ mile further down the beach. Using that trailhead and the one at the river I might be able to do day hikes of a good portion of the Lost Coast. We then took the road back to Highway 101 and home. Leftovers for dinner.




Saturday: (07/04) A relaxing day at th fairgrounds today. Ferndale had a ,sort of, virtual parade. The fire trucks, tractors and whatever drove around town, which included in front of our RV at the Fairgrounds. A lazy man’s way to watch a parade. We also took a walk out to the barns and chatted with some horses and the barn cat. Leftover biscuits with jam for breakfast. Chips and salsa for lunch. We took a drive into Eureka in the late afternoon. It was an attempt to visit Winco market but they were way too busy. We also drove the streets looking at houses and stopped at Spotlight Video for Dawn to look around. Steak with baked potatoes for dinner.

Sunday: (07/05) Granola and ham for breakfast. We took a nice walk around the fairgrounds and said hello to the horses in the barn.Shower day. Tuna salad sandwich for lunch. A relaxing day at home watching the weekenders leave. Shrimp and pasta in white sauce for dinner.

Monday: (07/06) Another nice hike today. Unfortunately I forgot my phone/camera back at the RV so no photos. Suffice it to say it was one of the most beautiful redwood forest walks I've done. Imagine a green Big Basin. The forest floor was lush green and the hike started at the tallest tree in the world (363 feet tall) It is unceremoniously called the Giant Tree. A couple of years ago we were talking to a ranger who said it really isn't the tallest anymore. They found one taller deep in the forest. Hopefully this link to AllTrails works for everyone and they can see the map and related photos. I figure I hiked a mile or so more because I started at the "R" in redwood on the map hiking over to the green dot. The trail up to Johnson Camp was a nice even grade up. The trail down on Grasshopper Trail was a dirt road. Bull Creek Trail that parallels the road was also through nice forest including those big trees. Granola for breakfast. The usual trail snacks for lunch. Chili beans for afternoon linner. Snacks for dinner.

Tuesday: (07/07) Granola for breakfast. We headed off to Winco to do some shopping. We don’t have a Winco near us so we got some things that we don’t normally see. We then went downtown to look around some. Next stop was Arcata. Lou had ordered a pie from Humboldt Pies. Then we returned home and relaxed the rest of the day. Donuts for lunch. Ham and cheese sandwich for dinner.

Wednesday: (07/08) I prepared a nice ham and eggs breakfast with home fried potatoes this morning. I had my Wednesday webinar and Dawn had her Wednesday writing class in the morning. We were through with the webinar and class and on the road about 1145. With a stop for gas and a visit to Friedman Brothers Hardware to pick up a few things we noticed on our way up, we made it home about 1945. Again that darned Left jack failed. I did tank duty and will look into the jack problem tomorrow. Ernie had another LPG alarm error. Seems his new battery is low. Looks like possibly his converter is dying. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. We enjoyed Lou’s slow cooker roast beast dinner that she cooked on the road home.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Typical Week and Trip Preparation

Tuesday: (06/23) Leftover hash and eggs for breakfast. Another not too productive tinkering day. I helped Dawn with her formatting of the book she’s writing. Word can do a lot but often has its own idea of what you want. I also helped Lou join a video conference she had to attend. Cottage cheese and apricots for lunch. Hamburger for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/24) I attended my Wednesday AlphaAnywhere webinar this morning. I tinkered in the yard. I moved some plants and cleared in front of and below Ernie’s trailer in preparation to install and replace the bricks. I had to do some mods to the drip for the relocated plants. I received my driveway ramps today. They, hopefully, will allow the RV to get through the gutter without dragging the rear jacks. Also received a new DVD player for the living room but the remote doesn’t work. Now to contact the vendor. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili size for lunch with a pastrami sandwich. Dawn’s vegetable soup/stew for dinner.

Thursday: (06/25) Lou had another webinar. I was off to the dentist office for an 1100 appointment. I haven’t had my teeth cleaned in about 14 months. Delayed due to couldn’t be done within six months of my stent installation and then Covid-19 Shelter In Place. Nice to get it done again. Totally different than pre Covid-19. Lou and Dawn had theirs done in the afternoon. I enjoyed a nice afternoon nap. We all took an early evening walk before dinner. Apricot cobbler for breakfast. Dim sum for lunch from Dim Sum King. Leftover vegetable stew for dinner.

Friday: (06/26) Lou and I were off grocery shopping early. When we got home we had leftover broccoli chorizo omelet for breakfast. I then headed off for a hike. I hiked through Monte Bello, Skyline and Long Ridge Open Space Preserves on the Grizzly Flats, Canyon, Skid Road, Horseshoe and Bay Area Ridge Trail. A little warm. These afternoon hikes don’t get the benefit of cooler mornings. I started about 1215 and finished at 1615 on this 9.7 mile hike. I had my tuna salad snack lunch on a bridge over Stevens Creek. On my way home I stopped at Smart and Final for another apple pie and some granola for our trip. We plan to be on the road Monday heading toward Ferndale. Leftover Dawn’s soup/stew again this evening. 


Saturday: (06/27) I studied the lay of the land for the bricks under Ernie’s trailer and determined the drain lines needed. I also moved one of the supports and lifted the hitch jack to provide work clearance. I then took the jeep over to get an oil change at our nearby 9 Minute Oil Change. Next on the todo list today was to replace a couple of broken vinyl straps on one of our yard chairs. It took many attempts because the pins that attach the ends kept breaking. Then a nice afternoon nap and somehow the day was gone. I made home fried potato hash with smoked pork chops and eggs for breakfast. Leftover dim sum and strawberry donuts for lunch. Lou made pork with potatoes and sauerkraut for dinner. 

Sunday: (06/28) Leftover hash for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Shepherd's pie for dinner. I worked on the RV installing a circuit breaker shield for the main breaker for the RV was tripped when I loaded the chaise lounges back into the compartment, since we now have one extra one. Otherwise I relaxed in the yard and enjoyed the garden.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Baylands Bike Ride

Monday: (06/22) Lou’s blueberry pudding cake for breakfast. I took a nice bike ride this morning. First to Ace Hardware for d=some bolts. Then on to the baylands then back to downtown Mountain View then on to downtown Los Altos then home. About 10 miles. A pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. I tinkered a little, mostly trying to securely attach the handrail to the RV. I didn’t have any lunch and needed longer bolts so later in the afternoon I drove back to Ace with Lou and got longer bolts.. I managed to get it secured. Not as good as I had hoped but better. Unfortunately the bolts have to go through the wall at an angle to be able to get the nut on inside. Lou and I picked all the apricots from our tree. Not too many, about a gallon of them. Hamburger and corn on the cob for dinner.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Yard And Tent Cleanup

Saturday: (06/13) Granola and banana for breakfast. I planted the begonias and repotted another fuchsia that we got at one of our nursery visits. Lou and I went on a hunt to find an umbrella base. No cheap ones available and they certainly are not worth the $35 prices we found. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Otherwise a relaxing day. About 1800 we were off to Kaiser Emergency to have Lou checked. She hit her head and needed to be checked. No problem found. Chili over baked potato for dinner. 

Sunday: (06/14) Lou made last night's planned dinner for breakfast. Meatloaf with chunky onions and peppers with finger potatoes and roasted red peppers. I tinkered in the yard adding some drip emitters to the garden and adding a sprinkler timer to the new garden. I’m still waiting for Lowe’s to deliver the parts for the garden watering system. I also loaded the recycle dumpster with stuff we pulled from the yard tent. I had to crush and cut as needed to make it all fit. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. I made some pork ribs with potatoes and sauerkraut in the slow cooker for dinner.

Monday: (06/15) I made smoked pork chops with fried sauerkrauted potatoes and eggs for breakfast. The morning was spent working in the yard. I reprocessed the dirt from the pots removing the roots and debris. It is a mix of dirt, sand and potting mix. I recovered 3 contractor wheelbarrows full of dirt and added it to the Mt Donald raised bed. Since I rebuilt Mt Donald, it is getting harder to dump dirt on it because it is planted. After lunch of meatloaf and cottage cheese, Lou and I went to Lowe’s for some potting mix and sprinkler fittings. We stopped at Smart and Final on the way home for groceries. Back home I added a tee that I just bought to hook up the garden drip section I installed yesterday for the tomatoes in the old garden. I relaxed the rest of the afternoon. Dinner was chili.

Tuesday: (06/16) Granola and banana for breakfast. I installed the drip emitter tube in Dawn’s garden. It’s the kind with built in emitters every 1 foot. Just the right length to get the whole garden. We had cheese, pastrami and crackers for lunch. Dawn and I rode over to Stanford and had our chai lattes at Coupa Cafe. I left Dawn to explore Stanford and headed off on my ride through the baylands. I continued through Menlo Park out Willow Road to the Dumbarton Bridge. I’d never stopped at the little view point at the bridge. I took the short trail out to the Hetch Hetchy pipeline and railroad bridge. I had forgotten about part of the RR bridge burning down a few years ago. I never realized the pipeline passed through here and that it was beside the RR bridge that burned. Unfortunately, the Bay Trail doesn’t continue from that viewpoint so I had to backtrack around to the other side of a little bay. There is a new trail that is completed but not open yet so I had to go through the East Palo Alto neighborhood until I could connect with the trail. From there I backtracked out to the viewpoint opposite the earlier viewpoint with a view of the opposite side of the bridges. I then continued on the Bay Trail toward home crossing hwy 101 at the Embarcadero bike bridge. At home I found Lou gone and Dawn not home with her scooter yet. I called Dawn and she had a dead battery and Lou had gone to get her with a charger. I suggested she return and we go back with the scooter carrier. She came back and I mounted the platform carrier and we returned to pickup Dawn and the scooter at the Stanford Oval. We had leftover sauerkraut, potatoes and pork with a broccoli slaw salad for dinner. 

Wednesday: (06/17) I worked in the yard cleaning flower beds, recycling empty pots, and doing general yard cleanup. I attended my Wednesday webinar. I also had fire and burnt some wood scraps. And in the evening I gave myself a beard and haircut. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chopped salads form our nearby Corner Bakery Cafe for lunch. Chicken with finger potatoes and broccoli slaw.

Thursday: (06/18) Our morning entertainment was watching the garbage pickup and see the neighbors strolling by on the sidewalk while we enjoyed our morning tea. A little tinkering in the yard and a lot of tinkering with the computer the rest of the day. In the evening Lou and I went to Sprout’s and Grocery Outlet Markets. Lou made waffles for breakfast. Lou made gazpacho soup for lunch. For dinner Lou made savory chicken broccoli salad.

Friday: (06/19) I tinkered in the yard in the morning. In the afternoon I made a grocery run to Walmart Neighborhood Market, Smart and Final, and Nob Hill. Each has their own items we like. In the evening Lou and I looked at some houses up in Vancouver, Washington via Zillow. We are interested in possibly moving there sometime. Too bad we’re not staying there right now so we can do non virtual tours. Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Corn salad for dinner.

Saturday: (06/20) An early exit of the house for granola and banana for breakfast in the backyard with Lou and the birds. Lou and Dawn wanted a raised deck on Dawn’s scooter so her legs are bent naturally. I put together some 2x4’s and they tried it out this afternoon. Lou picked up lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City. I had my usual lasagna and they had prime rib. Otherwise a relaxing day. Leftover lunch for dinner.


Sunday: (06/21) Early breakfast at the Country Inn in Cupertino. My favorite Swedish pancakes.We managed to visit Sprout’s Market on the way home and spent less than $25, a first in a while. Usually well over $100. At home I tinkered on the computer. Late in the day my Father's day gift arrived, a nice Ryobi cordless grinder.