September 5, 2014 South Beach, Washington

South Beach Sunset
South Beach Sunset

Finally Some Sunsets

The last couple of evenings, we finally, after many weeks without, have had some sunsets here at South Beach. Ever since I have been here, there has been a permanent fog bank on the western horizon, of course, quite often, it has been much closer than the horizon. As a result, even when we have had pleasant, sunny days, and there have been many of those, the sun is blocked by the fog bank as it sets over the Pacific.

South Beach Sunset
South Beach Sunset
South Beach Sunset
South Beach Sunset
South Beach Sunset
South Beach Sunset

The past few mornings have seen less fog than usual also.

Morning Walk
Morning Walk
Early Morning
Early Morning

Taking advantage of the nice weather, the dogs and I have been walking a mile or so up or down the beach at low tide each day. Like most dogs, they have always had a ball exploring when on the beach. Jenny, now 14 years old, has always just flown all over the sand, racing in circles, and ranging far and wide exploring. Sam, 8 years old, has always just kind of followed her, usually having a little bit of a hard time just keeping up.

Ready for a walk
Ready for a walk

Sadly, I am noticing on our walks here, Jenny is getting to resemble her owner lately, no more racing around in circles, not ranging far off exploring, and more just quietly following a few steps behind my own slow steps, and almost seems relieved when we climb the hill back to the motorhome. Jenny is getting old.

Winegard Satellite System

Also getting quite old are my continual problems with my $2000 plus HDTV satellite system from Winegard. It failed yet again last Friday and after several calls to Winegard and four trips up on the roof to try various combinations of rerouting coax cable bypassing various satellite components, it was determined that the turret, the primary guts of the system, must be replaced, AGAIN! This is the third turret replacement in 7 months, along with 2 LNB unit replacements, as well as the replacement of the reflector and the LNB arm. All of this has been done under warranty, but my very serious concern is that my 2 year warranty expires in another 5 months, and at the rate of one system replacement every two months, once the warranty expires, I will not be able to afford to maintain this, obviously, seriously flawed system.

Not to mention the money wasted on my DirecTv monthly bill, when I have been unable to access DirecTv because of the failed system. In the past 7 months, I have been without access over 3 months to the tune of $450 thrown away while waiting Winegard replacement repairs. I now am scheduled for my next replacement up in Burlington, WA., on Sept. 17th.

Leaving South Beach

It looks like I will finally be leaving here next Monday or Tuesday, when the campground is closed for the year. I will be doing so, very reluctantly. Despite the cramped conditions, and many incidents with less than considerate neighbors, I have probably enjoyed this spot as much as anywhere I have ever stayed. It will be very difficult to realize that there will be no more sound of the crashing waves to go to sleep, and be awakened, by. That I will surely miss. No more long walks on an all but deserted beach.

Seems crazy, but I have this weird, semi-ominous feeling, like when I was a kid and summer vacation is over, or when I was working, the feeling you have when your vacation is over and you have to go back to work. I have that same feeling now, when, in reality, all I have to dread is that I am continuing my ” vacation “, just moving on to another new spot to explore. What a life! One of the things I have managed to accomplish during this long lull in moving about, is the re-establishing of my image website. It is still a long way from completed and it will take me a few more months to actually get all the images sized and up loaded, but the website is now accessible and you may check it out at mcqgallery or by clicking on the ” Galleries ” link in the navigation bar at the top of this blog page.if you like. I am still adding images daily and there is much, much more to come, but there is enough there as of now that I am making it public. I would appreciate any kind feedback from everyone.

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