A Gorgeous Morning for a Walk on the Beach
Dawn broke this morning without fog nor clouds, quite a change from the last several days. Seeing several fisherman already out in the surf a mile down the beach, I grabbed the camera and headed out.
As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.
I still have a hard time believing the amount of dead crabs washed up on the beach here on every high tide.
Little wonder that there are about a gazillion seagulls hanging around the campground, I am sure they don’t have to work very hard to find food here.
Speaking of seagulls, they are another serious irritation, landing on my roof throughout the day, plopping down on the solar panels and dropping seagull poop all over the roof and solar panels. If I want any free power from my solar system, I have to climb up on the roof, crawl through the seagull &@#!&* ( excrement ), and wash down the panels at least every other day. At high noon on a sunny day, prior to performing my janitorial duties, my solar controller was showing just 5 or 6 amps flowing from the panels down into my batteries. After seagull poop patrol ( bad enough having to pick up after your dogs, who knew that here at the beach you have to pick up after the gulls too ), the controller showed 25 amps flowing through to the batteries, quite a significant difference !
Though early, there were a surprising number of people on the beach this morning.
This old fellow seemed to be having a bit of a struggle keeping up with Dad.
This piece of driftwood, probably better called a beach log, towered 4 feet over my head art the base, easily ten feet in diameter. Can’t imagine how many years ago it fell and began it’s journey here, but looking at the rounded root ball, it obviously has been being tossed about here on the beach for a very long time.
I finally made it down to where I had seen the fisherman earlier,
and was warmly greeted ! Guess they were all in a good mood this morning as they not only were fishing, they were also catching !
As you can see, the surf was raging this morning and these guys were dressed to endure having waves breaking on them. I am assuming that the water is a bit chilly as I don’t think I have seen anyone out swimming during my stay here.
On my return to camp, I had chance to shoot a few more images of this beautiful beach.
Winegard ! Winegard! Here We Go Yet Again
Anyone following this blog has read about my woes with my very expensive Winegard automatic rooftop HD satellite dish system. I purchased this system in April of last year and it went unused until I started full timing in late July of 2013.
1st System Failure
On January 23rd of this year, the original system failed. A week later I received a replacement LNB unit from Winegard and installed it myself. Didn’t work. Next, a new piece of coax from the LNB to the turret and some help from the only good tech rep at Winegard I have ever gotten, and I was up and running again!
2nd System Failure
Feb. 3rd and the system died again. On Feb 5th, Winegard decides to send me a new turret assembly, I probably should not say new, I now assume all replacement parts and systems they send out are actually refurbished. I am assured by Winegard that I can install it myself. At this point, their one year warranty on parts AND labor is still in effect, so they want me doing the work, you see. On Feb. 11th, my replacement turret arrives and I really struggle getting this thing up on the roof. Installing it wasn’t that big a deal, but getting the 67 pound, 3 foot wide unit up on the roof by myself was a serious chore.
Well, the replacement unit doesn’t work either. After several days of back and forth with their tech people and many trips up on the roof of the motorhome, nothing works and Winegard decides to send a complete new unit. I tell them I am tired of doing this and demand that they have a dealer install the “new” unit. On Feb. 24th, 17 days after the system failed, I have a new system installed by Bent’s RV in Metarie, LA. They actually only installed the turret assembly, even though an entire “new” replacement system was sent by Winegard. it now works!
3rd System Failure
April 20th, not quite two months after the “new” replacement unit was installed, I lost all HD reception. Was still able to get most standard definition channels some of the time. Called Winegard and let them know I was really getting tired of this mess. Winegard tells me I must have hit something and bent the arm of the unit. I assure them that is impossible because if I did, then my plastic A/C cover, directly behind the dish and several inches higher, would be damaged, and it isn’t. They insist the arm must be bent.
On April 30th Winegard decides they will have a dealer install a new reflector and arm. On May 12th, I inform Winegard that I have made an appointment with a dealer in Silverdale, WA. for May 20th to make the repair. I am told they will ship the parts out.
Winegard fails to get the parts out to the dealer for my appointment on the 20th and the dealer can’t reschedule me for another 3 weeks, their service department is booked solid ( Memorial Day Holiday coming up, the start of the camping season, not unreasonable from the dealership’s perspective).
May 27th and Winegard informs me that my ” lack of cooperation” in this matter, not their failure to get the parts shipped, is what is causing me problems with getting their system repaired. I make another appointment farther up the road in Port Hadlock, WA. for June 10th. 7 weeks with the system down this time!
The new arm and dish are installed on June 10th and the system once again works.
4th System Failure
August 29th and the system fails completely once again !! I suppose I should be happy I got 10 weeks out of it this time ! I REALLY do not look forward to dealing with this company yet again.
Their response after the first failure was fine, but not so good the 2nd time around. By the 3rd failure, it became obvious that they had written me off as a repeat customer and seemed to just be going through the motions and was without question the worst experience I have ever had with any company in 45 years of dealing with these things. I do not look forward to how they will respond on a 4th system failure, that is, if they respond at all, that is how little I expect of this pathetic company. I am afraid I have a very expensive paperweight sitting on my motorhome roof.
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