Abiquiu, NM

Abiquiu, NM
36.228336 -106.395991


Family Time

I am up in wine country visiting my brother. The best camping spot in California. Perched on a hill with a fantastic view of the vineyards.

Hors d'oeuvres on the veranda.

Oh that yard sale : We hired a professional estate sale person to set up and execute the event. She is doing all the work, so I headed north. Great call.


Everything Goes

Our parents bought our home in 1962. I was in high school and shortly moved on to college. My younger sister continued living here until her retirement this year.  If you weren't counting, thats' 53 years of stuff. Her retirement plan is to relax on the playas of Puerto Vallarta, MX. It does not include shipping the household goods to MX.  I have been helping get things ready for our mega garage sale.  All  this in LA's triple digit heat wave.


Dish Aiming

I use a portable tripod for my Directv dish. I like the tripod because sometimes the signal is blocked at the rig by trees and I can move the dish to a clear spot. I move every few days and need an expedient way to aim the dish.

First I use the app Dish Align to find the general direction I need to point the dish.

Preferred  set up option - set up the dish next to the rig where I can see the TV screen through an open window. Quick and easy

For those times when I have to set up away from the rig, I use FaceTime. I connect my computer to the net using my phones hot spot. I set up the computer where it can see the TV screen.

I then set up a Face Time connection between my computer and phone.

I can now see the signal strength bars and adjust the dish for maximum signal strength.



It Always Happens on a Friday

It is 12:30 pm Friday just south of Ashland, OR. The oil pressure gauge drops to zero. I get a sudden stomach knot and Oh )(%$(^%(&* flashes through my mind as I pull to shoulder and immediately kill the engine.
I have never broken down on a Monday or Tuesday, or been towed to a shop that was not booked weeks out.

Called Coach Net
They called back about an hour later saying they had a tow truck, but it was on another run and won't be there for 6 - 7 hours. Well I am not going anywhere.
I set up the dish to watch a little TV hoping to mask my fear that Serenity's engine my have given her all on I-5.

About 6 hours later, while hoping the tow truck will materialize any minute, Coach Net calls to tell me the tow truck has broken down and they are trying to find another tow service.
The short version - 2 am I am finally attached to a tow truck heading for Medford

I was towed to Oregon Light Truck and RV where I spent the weekend.
They were great. They are booked two weeks out, but they took a look first thing Monday morning. Clint attached a oil pressure gauge directly to the engine and to my great relief the gauge spun up 45 pounds. HOORAY, Serinity lives.

Clint installed a new oil pressure sender and all is well. I was out the door by 11:30 am with an apology for taking so long.  What a terrific shop.


Whistler Peak

Whistler's E ticket ride, do you remember them, is the gondola ride from Whistler Peak to Blackcomb Peak. In winter it allows transit between ski runs on two adjacent peaks.

Acending Whistler Peak, Whistler Village in the background.
This is going to be fun.
My sister making friends.
The E ticket rid.
Our destination, 2.7 miles away

Hard core skiers
There are two gondolas with transparent floors. We took one for our return trip. Midway we are 1,427 feet above Fitzsimmons Creek. It would be interesting if the entire floor was clear plastic .

Interested in the engineering details. click here

Whistler Mountain and Whistler Village are named for the whistling calls made by marmots that inhabit the alpine regions.


The Birds and the Flowers

The Birds

Pacific Northwest Raptors in Duncan, BC cares for twenty plus species of birds whose habitats cover North and South America plus Europe. They provide an up close and personal experience. 

Barn Owl
One admission lets you have a very very
up close and personal experience

American Kestrel

and the Flowers

Butchart Gardens is simply stunning. Even a black thumb gardener like myself was mesmerized. 

Wendy and grandson David
 2,500 varieties grace the rose garden

Little surprises among the ferns

70 summer, 50 winter gardeners create this 55 acre floral masterpiece.


Vancouver BC

We have arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park.

Sister Wendy, grandchildren Becca & David,
 daughter Maritza and son in law Victor.
The gangs all here.

This is a live video feed from a nearby creek.
Becca checking out the swamp
This is a wonderful aquarium. 

The next day we were off to Science World.  

Building and testing various glider designs
The nose has it.

Here's the last one
5 seconds later

This climbing wall is circular. If you climb on either side of center, the wall ill slowly rotates down.
David made it to the top
The Science Center has many many great hands on exhibits. Well worth the our day long visit.