Saturday, August 30, 2014

I have a new "Assistant"...

Today was another day on the renovation project at the kid's house. They have packed up and gone off camping for the long week down on Lake Erie. Weather was good today for that, as it was quite hot here with a lot of sun.

This was my que to get working on building the new wall needed for the new mud room at the house. Check out my new Assistant Contractor I had with me today...

Judy was out the door early with me, as I needed help putting up the new wall. I did the framing with the wall on the floor, and it was an easy process to lift it up into place...

You can see the full size of the wall above, as I anchor it to the wall and ceiling... It is going to divide out a nice mud room from the back room, with easy access to that side door of the house you can see on the right.

Once we had the framing completed, we started lifting the drywall sheets into place, and screwing them to the new frame.

My portable power drill came in handy as it seemed I put in hundreds of screws... it wasn't. After all, I am the guy who has to plug them all with drywall mud and sand them out.

As you can see, my new assistant is also good with an iPhone camera, carefully documenting the process. Got it all finished today by around 2:30 and headed for home. Might be able to start on framing the new utility closet that will go in the mud room tomorrow...

Till tomorrow...

Friday, August 29, 2014

So, the mystery has finally been solved!

This is one story that may have not crossed your news radar screen today, but it hit mine, and was reported by Media all over North America.

I read the Story in the Toronto Star... This was the Headline: "What's making the rocks move silently across California's Death Valley?" I thought to myself - Hey, I have been there. A quick search of my Blog quickly led me back to March of 2011. Judy and I had just finished a visit to Dave and Angela over in Lake Havasu City, and we headed up to visit Death Valley for a week. It was on our hit list of places to visit...

This is a great place to visit, and you can easily spend a couple of weeks here! I loved every minute we spent here, even if it got up to 105 F. while we were there. We even made the 25 mile Jeep trail out to the Dry Lake Bed, where the famous "moving rocks" are located. The road was terrible, and meant only for a high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle, so the Jeep fit right in there.

I took these pictures out on the dry lake bed.

Now for the life of me, I could not figure out what made those rocks move, and leave a trail behind them. It does not happen all the time, and people started wondering back in the 1940's what made them move. Now we know!

Four Scientist spent last winter working on this problem, and they just released a paper about this, in Plos One. They placed 15, 8 to 15 Kg. limestone rocks out on the dry lake bed, or playa, and attached GPS's to each one to track any movement. 12 out of 15 of them moved!

Jim Morris, Richard Norris, Ralph Lorenz, and Brian Armstrong were the four Scientist that presented the paper. Here is what they found. There was some rain on the dry lake bed over the winter. In the early morning, this thin layer of moisture actually freezes under the rocks. Everything is very slick. When a bit of wind come up, it actually blows these rocks across the lake bed, leaving a trail behind. What a mystery! Now, they did go on to say that no, they did not spend thousands and thousands of $$$$ working on this paper. They did it on their own time, just because they wanted to. They actually were there watching as one rock moved about 3 meters in under 6 minutes. That would be like winning the lottery to see that.

Anyways, if you have not been to Death Valley, GO!!!!!! It is an amazing place, and you don't need a Jeep to see most of it.

It was great to read the comments on last night blog. Trent and Terresa left a comment, about how we met. I sort of forgot this one. Judy and I were walking around the College of the Desert Market in Desert Hot Springs, and Trent picked us out, and said, "Hey, RVlifeonwheels...the Hollingers" Trent and I had both bought the same hat at the Market... good times. Janet S remembers picking me off while stepping down out of an RV at the Tampa RV Show. Guess I must stand out in the crowd... maybe it is my big nose!

Till tomorrow...

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meeting a Blogger right next door!

It is sure funny how the Blogging Community works... over the 5 years that Judy and I have been living in the RV and doing the nightly Blog, we have met many different Bloggers. Some we meet at Resorts where we stay, or areas that we visit. Once we were at an RV Show in Tampa, and a Blog Reader started calling my name when she saw me walk off an RV I was inspecting!

Well today, we got to meet fellow RV'ers and Bloggers right next door. George and Suzie are well known in the Blogging World, as George writes daily on "Our Awesome Travels". They actually stay very close to where Judy and I spend our summers, only about a 15 minute drive. We just have never got around to meeting up with each other the past couple years, but that changed today. After receiving an email from them, Judy and I made our way up to where they are staying for a visit.

They move around southern Ontario much more that we do, so we were kind of lucky to catch them just up the road from us. Hey, they live in a house with wheels on it!

They are a great couple, and we spent a couple hours talking about all those common RV topics. Could have easily spent much more time with them, but did not want to get between George and his Weber BBQ. As most readers may know, George is famous for posting pictures of his culinary skills on his Blog each night. No, I did not ask what he was cooking up tonight!

Was great to finally meet up with them. They will soon be getting ready to take off out West this winter...

This morning was spent at the Kid's house again, working on the back room. Lots of sanding and mudding going on as I repair the walls, but did get the first coat of primer on the walls. There is progress, and a light at the end of the tunnel...

Sorry George, no pics of my dinner tonight!

Till tomorrow...