October 9th, 2020

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, pictures, Road Trip, Scotty Hilander, Travel

A Montana sunrise – looking southeast toward Livingston, MT

Fall is settling in and getting comfy but it is looking like we will get a little taste of winter over the weekend with some rain, cold nights (around 30° F) and maybe a few snowflakes. I cannot find my electric blanket yet but I am getting by okay between the electric heater and the propane furnace. I may need to do something different in the meantime like oh…get another blanket.

The moisture is certainly needed since the west half of the country is on fire and I am fairly certain that there won’t be many complaints from anyone around here no matter how we get precipitation. You can see the smoke in the picture above giving the sunrise that amber and orange glow – that is how the sky has looked most of the summer, but much of the time we cannot even see ANY of the three mountain ranges within view. The fields that are not irrigated are devoid of greenery and in many places it’s mostly just dirt. It’s pretty bad drought conditions.

I took a trip to the storage unit this morning and decided to drive a different route back. It was a backroad instead of the interstate. It went through farm country and it was a nice drive on a two-lane blacktop. All of the trees were really changing colors so it was a beautiful detour to take. I had been on just a few miles of this road at the far end so I had to see what was between where I was and what I had seen. I am beginning to understand more why my dad always did that.

After that last POS coffeemaker I bought and returned I treated myself to a present. My French press broke on the last trip so I spent real money and got a good coffeemaker this time. It is made by Breville and it is a Nespresso Vertuo. It will be here next week and I am so excited to try it. I think it will take up less room than the French press and coffee canister and I can store the kettle under the bench. Only thing is since it is electric I cannot boondock and use it so I may have to just switch to tea an d water on the stove when I am off-grid and that is totally fine. This one uses little recyclable aluminum pods instead of the plastic Keurig-style clogging the landfills with their convenience. They should store easier than my big ceramic canister which, somehow, has not broken yet given what it has been through on the road so far.

I am hoping it will make a cup of coffee like we had in Europe and, since I have never had an espresso, I will be trying that too. This machine spins the pod and it makes a “coffee foam” on top of the cup that looks kinda like a Guinness. It comes with a milk frother but I like my coffee straight up – nothing but the taste of coffee for me these days – so that will go into storage. Yeah, it takes some of the ritual out of the morning but I really wanted to try something a little different. They make many different roasts and flavors plus I really like the recycling part. Someone even makes a kit so you can refill the old pods so that is cool. Yep, I am excited about it!

Earlier this week I got a text from a friend I had not talked to in several months and that really brightened up the day. We both had many changes in our lives recently and texted back and forth for a long while, catching up with each other’s lives. It’s nice to hear from some of the people in your past and this person is definitely one of the ones it was really great to hear from. You know who you are! 🐶 🐕 (And, of course, if any of you want to send a message and don’t have my info just post a comment; they won’t post until I okay them and I do not post everything sent to me.)

I do have another adventure coming up soon so I will be posting about that at some point. I really hope the weather holds out a little while longer so I can get the things done that I need to take care of; I’m getting to the point where I will be having to worry more about the weather as the calendar pages flip. I’m sure that I’ll be posting about that in the future as well.

The other day I heard a banging noise outside and thought it was the horses banging the side of the barn like they do, but it had a different sound the more I listened. I looked out a window and the other dogs were staring at something from the backyard so I thought I would investigate. And just what did I see?

Hay! No horseplay allowed!

This is Maverick. He is a wild horse rescue who thinks he is a dog. All that banging was him climbing in the tank and playing. He stomps around a little, splashes around with his nose, then plays the fence wire with his teeth like it is a guitar string and he is Jimi Hendrix. He has such a fun personality. He always walks over to say hi and see what’s going on.

After this, the tank was moved outside the fence and just a little of it is under the fence so they can still drink but hopefully it will keep him out of it. I don’t know how, or IF, it will work or not to keep him out. Meghan’s German Shepherd Cheyenne actually does the same thing in the dog tank. 🤦‍♂️

That’s about it for today’s post. Stay safe.

It’s Five P.M. It’s Dark.

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors

The final blow to the season is that annoying twice-yearly ritual…the time change. It brings a realness to winter’s pending smack of reality this time of year…the same as it opens the curtain for the new season approaching.

Yes, it is dark at 5:00 and it will get darker earlier until Winter Solstice. Mid-December in these here parts it will be dark around 4:30 or so and stay that way until 8:00 A.M. or so. It’s a pretty good trade-off for the long days we enjoy in mid-Spring/Summer/mid-Fall. It’s nice to have long days when the weather is decent and there are hours of recreation possible after work. You can really maximize your weekends with such long days.

The snow is starting to fall and in decent amounts in some parts of the state. Over in the Cascades there has been reports of some decent accumulation on the news in the last few weeks so I know the skiers and riders are Jonesing to hit the slopes. Snow has been falling in the Olympics and on the east side as well.

Winter is well on it’s way.

Pondering on an Autumn Sunday Morning

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Scotty Hilander, Uncategorized

Ahh, the calm of an early Sunday morning. It’s such a peaceful time unlike Saturdays where people are running around doing errands, shopping, and taking care of things so they can spend their Sundays watching sports, having family dinners, or whatever. Cup of rich, dark, black coffee and WordPress is the first order of the day today.

And of course I couldn’t sleep in. I did that yesterday though – woke up at the crack of 8.

This is my first full normal “real-world” weekend off this year post-season. I got a lot of my errands done yesterday as well, with just a few things left today. My apartment isn’t all that huge so it’s a quick clean. On the other hand, with it being small, it gets cluttered faster so I have to be mindful of that. With not much storage space it’s a challenge to have everything here that I want to have.

I still need to get a few curtains today. I took some out of my Scotty trailer and used them in my apartment because it made it so dark in the trailer and they were impossible to open. I was also able to use the curtain rods and don’t need to buy any. I will replace the curtains with some others soon but I need curtains in the house now.

In a few weeks I hope to be able to get the Scotty out for a weekend or two before I need to winterize it. I have not been able to get out much this year like I was hoping to so now I can. Some areas may be closed, which is a drawback of not going earlier. It also means less crowded, which is a benefit of not going earlier. I still need to get up to Sequim to see some friends. I thought about doing that this weekend but needed to kick back and also get a few things done around the house.

Work is slowing as far as visitors, but gears are changing and now it’s time to get as much maintenance done as possible before the snow flies and our positions end for the season. It is nearly like clockwork that the season grinds to a halt. Early on the weather starts drying up as the crowds begin to swell. The rains resume in the Fall as the crowds subside and the leaves are amazing this year. Vivd reds are abundant this year, and the golds shimmer in the sunlight.

With the beauty, however, I must say Fall is my least favorite season. Yeah the trees are beautiful, but with those colorful leaves comes the fact that in a few weeks those trees will look naked and dead. In the midwest there were not many pine-type of trees so everything looks dead and that is probably what skewed my opinion early on.

Spring is my favorite season. Everything is coming to life – trees, flowers, bees…it’s that getting ready for a concert feeling I talked about in an earlier post. It’s the excitement of things getting ready to happen.

Living at 10,000 feet in Colorado made me sick of Winter. I got very tired of dealing with the snow and still do not like the snow much. Yeah, it’s beautiful and all, but it’s a pain in the ass, especially there, where we had it on the ground from mid-September to June 1st.

Summer is nice but is quite busy in my line of work. It’s probably my second favorite season since the stage is now lit and the play has started. The weather can be nice (as long as it’s not over 70) and the options of things to do is limitless.

I have one day of work this week – Monday – then Tuesday I pick up Meghan and we get you your hotel in preparation for Wednesday morning’s surgery. I am not looking forward to this surgery at all, but it has to be done.

I have a week off for recovery but she is staying until Sunday and has to go back home so in the meantime I guess I need to figure out how to get the Broncos game on! I will probably have to be on light duty for some time to heal correctly but I still need to work and don’t have that much sick time built up. It will be nice to have her here to keep an eye on me, especially the first day 24 hours. It will just be nice to have her here period.

So that is what is on my mind this overcast morning. A great day to you all!