10/14/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we had another day at the show in Moab, UT.  I started out the day by helping set up, then walking to the Moab Seventh Day Adventist church, about two miles away.

The church was nice and the people were quite friendly.  They invited me to stay for potluck, which I did.  I ended up chatting with all of the children, especially one of the girls, who was interested in all aspects of science.

In the afternoon, I helped at the show some more, and then we set up camp again at the KOA.  It was considerably colder yesterday as compared to Friday, so we ducked into the van a little earlier at night.  I read a chapter in Atlas Shrugged and did a little editing of a book that I wrote a few years ago.

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9/24/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by going for a six mile run.  It felt good to get back out there and run again, as it had been almost two weeks.  I might have been able to run little farther, but six miles seemed like a good place to stop.

After my run, I worked in my garden for about two hours.  I weeded the sweet potatoes, harvested tomatoes, beans, okra, squash and peppers, and also cut some high weeds (with pruning shears) that were growing in the row.

In the afternoon, JoAnna and I chatted a bunch, then went to the junkyard.  At the junkyard, we picked up another gas cap for the Crown Vic.  I bought a cheap-o one from Walmart, and it didn’t seal properly, so hopefully, this one will do better.

In the evening, we had dinner at Annapurna and then finished up our grocery shopping for the week.  When we returned home, I did a bunch of cooking and then called it a night.

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9/17/17: Daily Post

We spent this weekend in Magdalena/Kelly, NM, visiting a friend and camping in Water Canyon.

We spent Saturday afternoon visiting Dean and Connie, and enjoying the nice weather.  We talked about rocks and weather and school and gardens, an so on.  Dean was a friend of mine from the Magdalena school, and he recently retired, so it was good to catch up with him.

Then, we drove over to Water Canyon and slept in the bed of the truck.  It was a cool, but pleasant night.

In the morning, we drove over to the Waldo Mine.  We met the caretaker there and talked to him about the history there.  As it turns out, he is a ham radio operator as well, so we ended up talking radio as well.  After we chatted, it was time for him to close the gate, so we left and went over to the Kelly Mine, which was not very far away.

Unlike the Waldo, the Kelly is on National Forest land, so we were able to go over and see it without a caretaker.  We walked around the structures, taking photos and GPS measurements.  It was only a half a mile hike or so.  I will post photos from the Waldo and the Kelly on my Industrial Archeology page later this week.

We left there and drove up Hop Canyon and then Patterson Canyon, though we did not explore very much, as these both end on private land.  Then, we drove back to Dean’s to pick up something we left at his house, before returning to Rio Rancho.

On our departure from Socorro (we switched vehicles in Socorro), I noticed the engine light had popped on in the Crown Vic.  Soon after, the gas cap light illuminated.  The gas cap was tightened properly, so we stopped at AutoZone to get the engine code read.  As it turns out, both banks of cylinders are running lean.  I’ll deal with that sometime later this week.

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9/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by going on a 4 mile run around my neighborhood.  It felt good to get back out there and run, as Saturday was pretty lazy.

After that, I did a little housework before meeting with one of my students on Varsity Tutors.  We had an hour and a half lesson in Physics.

In the late afternoon, JoAnna and I did some grocery shopping, and went on a quick date to Whole Foods for dinner.  We sat outside and chatted until well after dark, before heading home.

In the evening, I did some cooking and finished processing the green chile from last week.  I had peeled all of it, but had not yet run all of it through the food processor.  Now, it’s all finished.

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9/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was our last day at this year’s Grant County Rock and Gem show in Silver City, NM.

I started out the day with a 45 minute (3.62 mile) run.  My run time was slow, but I stopped to take quite a few photos and submit “Now Hiring” signs to JobSeeker.

After my run, we went to the rock show.  I ducked out for part of it in an attempt to do some online tutoring.  Instead, I had all sorts of audio problems, so I cancelled the rest of my tutoring appointments for the day, rather than continuously fight these problems.  Hopefully, the students will agree to the rescheduled times.

In the evening, we drove back to Socorro.  We stopped several times along NM 152, as it is a scenic drive.  First stop was the Silver Fire site, which overlooked a good chunk of the Gila National Forest.

While we were there, we found a geocache.

The next stop was near an old bridge.  Unfortunately for us, the name plates had been removed, so we have no idea when the bridge was constructed.

The final stop was along the Percha creek.  We walked along a former road bridge that crossed the canyon formed by the Percha creek.  We also looked for a geocache here, but, as the sun set, the light became too little to continue our search.

Overall, this was a great trip, and I look forward to next year’s adventure down here.

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9/3/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day working on green chiles.  I started out the day by going on a five mile run before doing much else.  I also updated my running page to reflect a few recent runs.

When I returned from my run, I helped set up the Trunk Shows New Mexico booth and then headed the two hours east to Hatch, NM, to pick up green chiles.  This year, I bought 60 lbs instead of 30 lbs, as we ran out half way through the year, and ended up buying them in the jar instead.

Once I returned to the hotel, thus began the laborious process of cleaning 60 lbs of chiles.  I would peel enough of them to fill the food processor, then run the food processor, then dump the contents in containers meant for our freezer (when we arrive home).

I ran out of containers, and then went to Walmart to get more.   Then, I restarted the process until the evening hours, when I decided not to run the food processor any more, as it is quite loud.  Instead, I put the peeled chiles in the containers as strips to be processed later.

I tried to do a tutoring session, but the internet connection would not support it.  I rescheduled it and hope that it will work out next time.

I finished around 11 pm, and my hands are on fire.

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9/2/17: Daily Post

*I forgot to post this yesterday*  Stay tuned as I will have another post in a bit.

On Saturday, I spent the morning helping Trunk Shows New Mexico with their booth at the Grant County Gem and Mineral Show.

After setting up the booth, I went to the Silver City Seventh Day Adventist church.  This is a small church not too far from my hotel.  They are a tight-knit group, and many of them remembered me from last year.  They also have potluck every week, which is pretty neat.

In the afternoon and evening, Joey and I played outside with a playground ball until I could barely stand up.  Then, we went swimming in the hotel pool.

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