Had an extra bounce in my step this morning as I bopped around with re-newed interest organizing things for our lift off time. How great it is to have our travel plans back into high gear again. Made myself a detachable plywood base for our new tripod which may or may not work well in our travels. If it doesn't...campfire wood!! Cold and damp this morning at 35F but no rain. Put some antifreeze in the rig's sink traps just in case and greased up the toad hitch.
Began checking weather reports for the 4 Corners area of Colorado but as suspected, the night time temperatures in the area are already well below freezing with numbers in the mid to low 20's on the Fahrenheit scale. Yes, I know we are metric here in Canada but my old head still thinks in Fahrenheit, inches, feet and miles. Although day time temps are still acceptable, those below freezing night time temps which I'm sure will continue to dip are worrisome for RV holding tanks and water lines. Night time temps around Tuba City in Monument Valley are hovering around the freezing mark as are temps in Kayenta, Arizona. I will continue to monitor these areas and will make a decision on that before or just after we leave. I think it is just getting too late now to comfortably enjoy that whole region. Plan B is to maybe do that area on our return trip in late March or early April. Definitely want to see Monument Valley and the 4 Corners this trip because at this age and stage of life plus all the other shaky variables these days, one never knows if the opportunities for RV travel will be the same for us next year. I consider ourselves very fortunate to have traveled these few short years, and seen as many things as we have.
Forgot to mention in Wednesdays post that we had slipped down to see my Uncle Harry in the morning and he seems to be doing better than ever despite some recent medical set backs. For 95 years old he is holding his own:))
We took our neighbour Ingrid out for supper late this afternoon. Probably won't see her again until Spring. Ingrid and husband Gus lived behind us when we first moved here but their unit burned and Gus later died. Ingrid moved to another unit in the Park and now lives alone with her little dog, Katie. TOOK ME ABOUT 10 SECONDS TO DECIDE WHAT i WANTED FOR SUPPER BUT IT TOOK THESE TWO LADIES ALMOST A FULL 10 MINUTES OF ‘STUDYING' THE MENU’ BEFORE ARRIVING AT A DECISION ….JUST ANOTHER ONE OF LIFE’S LITTLE MYSTERIES FOR AL. Our mid Autumn nights are cold and dark now when I walk into our warm and cozy little computer sun room each night around 7. A cozy warmth fills the the pine walled room as soft ambient music weaves it's relaxing mellow tones in around and through my mind. Probably one of my favourite times of day as I yet again start another post. Well over 1,300 now and despite my self doubts many times I keep finding myself drawn back to the keyboard night after night. I know I get down in the dumps about blogging at times but the bottom line still remains the same for me. I love writing………… and always have:)) CAN YOU SEE A FIRE MONSTER IN THE STOVE…………. GROANER'S CORNER:(( A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: he’s allowed to say two words every seven years. After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words. "Cold floors," he says. They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words. He clears his throats and says, "Bad food." They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words. "I quit," he says. "That’s not surprising," the elders say. "You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here."
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -Tourists see the world, travelers experience it. -Until one has loved an Animal, their soul remains un-awakened. BAYFIELD BUNCH PHOTO ALBUMS (revised) The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
One of the most frequently asked questions readers have about my blog is what kind of a camera do I use. I actually have 3 Nikon DSLR's & 2 Canon point & shoot cameras. And I use them all.
Purchased my third Nikon DSLR on July 23rd 2013. A D3100 body only. Three weeks later I had to purchase a new 18-55mm lens to go with the D3100 because my older 18 to 35 lens did not get along well with the newer D3100. I will use this camera & lens for most of my landscapes now.
My DSLR Nikon D-90 sports a Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.6 lens. I use this camera for most of my candid people photos, birds, animals, bugs, & flowers. Before my D3100 this camera was my landscape camera.
My Nikon DSLR D-40 is now a back up camera & can handle any of my 4 Nikkor lenses. I'd sure like to hang a nice Nikkor MACRO lens on this one:))
My Canon Powershot SX210iS is the point & shoot camera I carry in a case on my belt everywhere I go.
My Canon Powershot A730iS point & shoot is the camera that sits close to my recliner for most of those doggy living room photos.
All of my Nikkor lenses are interchangable between the D3100, D-90, & the D-40.
Previous to my Nikon D-3100 & D-90, most of my photos were taken with my old faithful Nikon D-50 from about 2006 to early 2011 whereupon the D-50 suffered a rather gruesome fate when it fell off a table onto a cement porch in southeastern Arizona. The 70-300mm lens on the camera survived the fall but the D-50 did not:((
I also have a Stellarvue 80mm Refractor Nighthawk telescope which I have adapted to fit my Nikons giving me the equivelent of a 700mm lens. Only control I have over this lens is shutter speed. It is also manual focus.