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Sunday, June 25, 2017

I Got Gas

I've a ton of pictures to post, but it is not going to happen today.

I got gas yesterday at 41,590 miles on the odometer.

11.881 gallons for $33.25 ($2.79/gallon) at the corner gas station.

My trip-o-meter said 178.9 miles (NOT 1,789 as I initially wrote down!), so my gas mileage was 15.05765507953876 mpg, which kinda sucks even for a V-6, doncha think?

What I need is one vehicle for off-road, one with great gas mileage for regular driving, and a small trailer to haul junk when needed.  And a place to park them all!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June Update -- Don't Expect Much!

Wow, some of those files in the May Update were seriously large, at least for me. I had a lot of confusion going on with which images should be uploaded for the blog, and which which ones were not, and some got in there that were not supposed to be. Plus, I forgot to reduce the file size on some of the images! Sorry about that, you dial-up folks!

June 2, 2017
 
Today I went geocaching out El Monte Road in Lakeside.
 

 A view of the road I was on.


An old house foundation.  Burnt in a fire, maybe?


A view of the dam to the east.


A view eventually end up to the west.


June 3, 2017 

Another picture of those sunflowers that are not mine.  This time with a person for scale!

 

 June 4, 2017 

Up in the Del Dios area, near Lake Hodges, the dam of which is in the background.
 
These two pics had something to do with me smiling or not.  I think they are both scary.


 This creature was being sculpted right there on the side of the road.  Very nice!


 June 5, 2017 

I read an article (link by Fark.com) about a museum going to try to raise a Revolutionary War ship, the Spitfire, a sister ship to the gundalow Philadelphia.  So I posted a pic of MY model of the Philadelphia, and said "No thanks, I have one already."  It wasn't as  hilarious as I thought it would be...



June 8, 2017

I scheduled an oil change so I was walking around looking for a geocache and on the way there I saw this car.  I didn't notice it at first, but on the way back I saw that the near side is on jackstands.


Well, that is it for June, so far!  Thanks for reading!

Here We Go Again -- This Is Catch-Up For May

I can't even remember the details behind most of these pics, so I will just do a brief summary, mostly.

On May 15th I made frozen pizza and had it for dinner.  I took two pictures, one with flash, one without.

With flash:

 
Without flash:



Possibly I asked the folks on FB which picture they liked more.


On May 17th I had some kind of rant going about about One Minute Oatmeal.  I don't care for One Minute Oatmeal, I had discovered.  Too creamy.  The next time we went grocery shopping they had the good stuff.



May 18th -- Practically Perfect Parking.




May 19th I went geocaching.  This one was a previous DNF (Did Not Find) for me.  Someone found it later on, so I went back, and I spotted it this time.  Can you see it?




On the same quest I headed down some new trails, and this one was one that ALMOST got away. But, I persevered!!



There is a cache in there?  Yikes!!  And, there is a helicopter overhead watching me.  Fabulous!



And here we see the general area.  Yes, I went down there.  And, it was a warm day.  Very warm! That is Cowles Mt. in the distance, and Sweetwater Reservoir in the middle ground.



On May 19th I posted a picture of yet more tweezers that I have, and I STILL have not found my favorite ones that my Grandpapa gave me.



Also on May 19th, I wore my new boots for the first time.  As of June 8th I STILL have one boot to pull stickers from!!



May 21st at Otay Reservoir, with umbrella.  Very warm and sunny!



These two pics are of my dashboard, and were made to illustrate some humorous idea about putting a piece of tape over the "low gas" light so as not to be distracted by it.  As soon as I got a piece of tape the light went out and the gauge started working.  Well, for a couple of weeks it was working, now it has clunked out again.




A picture of loose conduit that I was going to post in an electrician's forum, but I never did.  I have started collecting pictures of electrical atrocities from that forum, though!



May 27th shows some sunflowers growing, but  not mine.  Mine are only 5.5 feet tall at this point, and starting to flower.



May 27th finds us on the Lakeside Linkage trail.  In Lakeside, no less.




Dated May 28th, this is just labeled "Not a panorama". Great.  Is it looking west or east?  I forget. It MUST go with the panorama below, both are the same date!



That ridge on the middle-left, that is where I was just the other day!



May 30th, this one says half of lunch.  I love cheese!



May 30th, the Mexican Tulip Poppies are in bloom.  Still!


May 31st finds me not too far from H street and the 805 in Chula Vista.


Same hill, different spot.



At some point I was trying to figure out some car thing having to do with this picture that someone posted on fark.com, and eventually I figured out that it is a Holden model EH, from the 60s.


I was looking up where a certain incident took place, and here it is.  I notice they have a "help wanted" sign in the window.  As if this was in real-time!



Well, that is it for May, if have any questions...




Wednesday, June 07, 2017

It's A Gas

Gosh, I haven't posted anything in a while!  I have a ton of pictures I ought to post.

But I didn't.

Today I filled up the gas tank in the vehicle.  It took 13.474 gallons.  It cost $ 39.60 at $ 2.939 per gallon. Since I had traveled 238.4 miles since the last fill-up, I calculated that my gas mileage was 17.69 MPG.  I guess I should have bought the four-banger.

I bought a new Tilley hat, and a Tilley cape.  You don't EVEN want to know how much it cost!

Some weeks ago I purchased an Achievement Award for finding five thousand geocaches.  Pretty sad I have to buy my own awards now!  I found my five thousandth cache on Sunday, so I took it to be engraved today.  I'm not going to complain about the engraving, but lesson learned.  No, not the guy I took it to, HE was GREAT!  Fast Keys, he did an excellent job, the price was reasonable, and he is very friendly. I mean the company I bought the Achievement Award from.  Anyway...I forget what I was saying.  I better sign off and eat something!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Up On The Mount

They are repaving the street today (and tomorrow!), so I headed up to the hills.  I went to the Laguna Mountain area.  No snow today, but very chilly and windy. With occasional drops of rain.  But not much.  I parked at a spot on the Sunrise Highway and headed up the connecting trail to the Pacific Coast Trail.  Did I mention how windy and cold it was?  It was!

I found nine geocaches, and walked 3.66 miles.  I had to backtrack from the last cache to the previous cache because I seem to have inadvertently marked the previous cache as "found" (with my big fat glove fingers!), and so just skipped it completely.


So here we are on the PCT looking off to the north. We're up in the clouds!!



A panorama I made at the very same spot, or nearly so. Still looking to the north-ish.



I forget what this is called, but it is at Foster Point and tells you which mountains you are looking at.
It was very very very windy here.  Super windy, you might say. That is the desert down there.


Getting near to the Storm Canyon Vista viewing platform I decided to take the obligatory selfie, with the desert in background.  The sky has cleared up a bit, and it is a bit warmer, and less windy.  Here, anyway!

I walked back to the vehicle along the Sunrise Highway.  There were not many cars, it being a weekday, which was good because there was not a whole lot of space on the side of the road.

I picked up a few caches on the way home.  In Alpine, if you can imagine.  One of the caches had the wrong coordinates on it.  I, not reading the previous logs, went to the listed coordinates, and not the ones that finders had posted.  I got my boots and socks FULL of stickers for my trouble!  The actual location was maybe almost a mile away.

Adventures in geocaching!

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

AGAIN, I've Neglected The Blog!!!

1.  I apologize for not posting these in a timely manner.  It will probably happen again...

2.  You quite likely have seen many of these on Facebook.

3.  I forget.

4.  As mostly, all of these images (except one) are thumbnails, click the pic to see the full size image.

So this one, this is a swarm of bees in the backyard.  The neighbor mentioned they had a hive in the wall of their house (Zikes!!) and I told him that these are HIS bees, then, so come get 'em!!  We laughed and laughed!



One day we hiked up Monument Peak (for a geocache, of course!) and my son took this picture.  Don't I look fine?


And we saw three deer that day, while driving.  I continually forget to mention that!!

I had some issue with the gingersnap cookies I got at Albertson's.  They just look sad. The vanilla cookies look sad, too, but what can one expect of vanilla cookies, anyway?


I went geocaching with my son-in-law and we spotted this Lexus motor along the way.  I figure it's probably still there.



So I spotted these guys burning off the striping on a street.


This reminded me of a meme (an image macro) that's going around.  To be precise, this one (VULGAR LANGUAGE WARNING)

So, I combined the original painting with my photo, and softened the language tad. VoilĂ !


I been ordering stuff on line, and got some tweezers I ordered.  It occurred to me that I may have a problem...


I was out geocaching the other day and found some pot (I guess, it looks like the stuff in The Reader (Well, the printed version, anyway)).  I put it back in its colorful bag and hid it back where I found it. 


At Lake Jennings one warm day.  You can see my vehicle over there!



A view of not-Mt. Miguel from the trail on the east side of Lower Otay Reservoir.


A panorama from the top of some un-named hill in the Eastlake area.



The hint said you would recognize the geocache when you saw it, as something different.  This isn't different enough? 


A panorama from yet ANOTHER un-named hill, this one in the San Miguel Ranch area, which is very near Eastlake.


Compare with a previous blog entry from 2013:  Out and About
Apparently I was better at researching the names of places back then, as it says this high place is Horseshoe Bend.

In the distance, from that high place, we see what I assume is Cowles Mountain, to the north. Sweetwater Reservoir  in the middle there.


And this one is from today.  The previous log on this cache said they couldn't find it.  My iCamera spotted it!


Thanks for reading!

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