Thursday, August 25, 2016

The countdown continues...


Back to work today.  Driving out of Roche Harbor, the early report had the whales west of Constance Bank (south of Vancouver Island).

We had a full boat, and the tide/currents were not going to be in our favor.  Fortunately, the whales moved east and a bit north at a good pace.  By the time we were heading out of the harbor, it was looking good.  We cruised down the west side of San Juan Island - bright sunshine and a north breeze... and warm.  You could feel the cool air coming off the water of Haro Strait, but going with the wind... warm.

The whales came across Haro Strait, and we met up with them a few miles offshore from False Bay.  Our first view...



J-Pod... and, the boys are back in town...




They slowed their pace and moved slowly up-island... walking us back home.  It was a delightful, relaxed viewing.

We looked, hoping to find J-14 (Samish) in the mix - she has not been seen since the end of July.  These animals always travel with their family, so that likely means she is deceased.  Sad.  She was 42 years old.  There is another female in that matriline who appears very malnutritioned (we did not see her today)... that does not bode well.

No one was on a schedule today, so I spent extra time with the whales.  Haro Strait was nearly calm (see the water in the above photos).  Nice to have a bit of flexibility.

A very nice start to my second to the last work week.  :-)




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pickin'...


And singing.

After that wonderful meal, we sat outside, under the awning.  Into the low 80s for a couple days, before the next cool front moves in.

Time for some guitar playing...


Joan brought us out an adult beverage, and we moved into the shade.  And an hour or so of music.  Nice to have the time for that.

Tomorrow, back to work... but, the work time is ticking down. 

Smells...


Great smells filling the motorhome this afternoon: Joan is making a roast... the smell has me drooling.  She gave me a "preview bite" while the sides are cooking - yeah, it tastes as good as it smells!

The last of our three days off, and the time has gone by very quickly.  We ran into town to pick up a few groceries and decided to wander a bit on the way home, to see if the road construction is getting close.  My commute to Roche Harbor takes me on a slightly longer route because of the construction.  Yeah, the roadbed is mostly filled in and has been chip-sealed.  It will still have to be oiled and striped... and I don't want to get caught in that when trying to get to work.

I am guessing they will have San Juan Valley Road completed about the time we head out.  It has changed our scooter play time, but every season is different; no complaints, just an observation.

It was a chilly start to the day this morning, but that will change for the next three days - the wind has changed to out of the north.  North wind here this time of year means that things will warm up.

Our deer neighbors didn't seem to mind the chill...




It warmed up quickly, by the time the deer moved on and Izzy got some outdoor time...


By noon, the a/c kicked on, and Izzy was inside and down for a nap...


I'm enjoying this no-project day off.  Less than 2 weeks, and that will be the norm again.  In the meantime, I think I will get a roast beef sandwich to take for lunch this week.  :-)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Been a while...


... since we have taken the scoots out to play.  Oh, I still scoot commute each work day; lately, I have been driving Joan's scoot to get more miles on it (compared to mine).  Today, we were just out and about on the scoots, enjoying the beautiful weather.

How beautiful?  Thanks for asking... mid-70s, bright blue sky with lots of sunshine, and very little wind.  Nice!

We did grocery shopping and laundry this morning, so we could play this afternoon.




Just fun to be out today...




We wound up at Roche Harbor for a late lunch at Madrona Grill.



We decided to see what kind of shape the roads were in that had the worst of the construction.  Through the trees to get to a road we haven't been on for a couple months...


I didn't get photos of that road - much of the work is done on Wold Rd - there is still some loose gravel, and it will need to be sealed and striped.  Probably not going to be finished while we're here.

Coming home, we drove on another road that had the center stripe way off center.  As I was discussing that with Joan (bike to bike), a ratty while pickup came around us... uphill... on a solid yellow center line.  When a Volkswagen van came over the top of the hill, the asshole in the truck swerved back into our lane - coming in between us, and not missing either of us by much!  Some good riding on our parts is what kept of from getting greased off.  Did I mention: asshole?

Joan said that she thought it was the same truck that blew by us a couple years ago, then screached on his brakes, so the guy could holler "Those things shouldn't even be on the road!"  Yep, pretty sure it was the same asshole.  At some point, this asshole is going to cause a nasty accident - hopefully, it will be a one-vehicle situation and he won't take someone else out with him.  Because... he is an asshole.  Of course, I am kidding: an asshole is a necessary body part... nothing essential about this asshole; I mean that in the derogatory sense, not in the body part sense.  'Cause he's an asshole.

I let it go.  Back to the coach, some outdoor time with little Iz, and just enjoying what's left of the beautiful day.




Monday, August 22, 2016

E-bikin'...


Day off - Joan was doing hair stuff, a good time for me to get out and about.  Since we are beyond the loose gravel on all the roads, I decided to head out for a ride on the Trail Viper...






Out on the road, on the level...


If you can't make out the screen, I am doing 14.8 mph on the level, not working too hard.  Joan said she'd be at least an hour, so I had plenty of time - heading for my "loop" by False Bay.  There are some uphill stretches...


Doing 7.8 mph on the uphill - not bad for an old guy.  I turned off the main road, where there are marked shoulders for a bike lane, and down a wooded lane towards False Bay...


This is my favorite part of the loop.  I also hit a new personal high speed on the downhill stretch here: 25.4 mph.  I was going to get a photo of that, but holding on to the handlebars with one hand at that speed on a bicycle - not a good idea... gets a bit squirrelly.

Around the corner and into the pasture lands...


There is a view of Haro Strait off to the left...


Well, more of a glimpse than a view.  Rounding another corner, there was a car stopped in the road... oh, and a flagman in front of him.  I rode around up to the flagman and asked, "Are you oiling the road ahead?"

"Yep, but just one side right now - there will be a pilot car in a couple minutes - you can stay on the side where it isn't oiled."

And then he had a bunch of questions about the bike.  We chatted until the pilot truck arrived, I waved the only car to go ahead of me, and I took off...


Yep, that is freshly oiled - you can smell it.  The pilot truck must have been doing about 25 mph - I was pedaling in the top gear, and could only do about 20 mph on the level.  A couple miles later...


Oh sure, they have the signs on this end of the road - nothing where I got on it.  I waited for traffic on the main road at that intersection, and that flagman had questions about the e-bike.  I should carry brochures.  Heading uphill from that intersection, there were signs warning about the fresh oil...


The rest of the ride was uneventful... and mostly uphill.  That's the downside of getting above 25 mph on a downhill stretch.

When I got home, I put the bike away and headed for the shower.  Well, before the shower, I was feeling like it was time to scrape off the beard.  Joan said, "You better put a LOT of sunscreen on for the next couple weeks - that skin hasn't seen the light of day in a long time."

Good point.  OK, I lost the beard, but kept the mustache...


One of us isn't crazy about this look... something about looking like an 80s porn star... or maybe it was a porn star in his 80s?  Regardless, I think I'll keep it at least a day to see how my naked chin feels.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

A bonus day off...


Thanks to Mother Nature.  The wind was nasty today, out of the southwest.  Many of the commercial operators in the area canceled their trips today.  Our company only sent out one boat (our biggest), instead of 4.  The boss asked if I'd be interested in in going out on that boat... I think I'll take the day off and be a home-maker and a cat-daddy.

Joan was busy in the office, but she did pick me up after work so we could still do our Sunday, end of the work week, supper out.  But, the Mexican restaurant was closed (not due to weather)... we made our third choice work.

Now, coming into our regularly schedule days off.


Deer Neighbors...


I was going to call this "Deer Visitors," but this is their home - we are the visitors here.

We have come to recognize them: there are the twins, the baby (really small fawn), the teenager, the young buck (sprouting antlers), and the mom.  They are less wary of us these days, since we've shown no sign of encroaching on them when they are in the yard.  Well, except when Izzy "gets flat" as they approach...


In the morning sunlight: "I still think I could catch 'em..."


A few photos from yesterday and this morning...



Cooler and windy this morning - the leaves are blowing in the wind.  Instead of mid to upper 80s like the past two days, today the high is only supposed to be 68ยบ.  A sunny start to the day...


I am sensing a change of the seasons.