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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Meanwhile back on the home front…..

We left Alder Lake with an overcast sky.  Good thing we saw Mt. Rainier NP on Thursday because Friday it was mostly invisible!  You could have driven right by the mountain and not known it was there.  Soon though, we were in sunshine – something we haven’t been able to say of late in the Northwest. 

On the way home we stopped at our favorite stand to buy berries on Highway 12.  Too early by a week or so for blueberries, but Carol did find some strawberries.  The rest of the trip was uneventful.

This morning we went for a walk in the neighborhood.  With the sun out and a mostly clear sky with warming temps, it was like maybe we are going to have summer after all this year.  While on the walk, we saw many wildflowers.  I’m sure Carol’s blog entry will have some pictures for you, but below is a close-up of a California Poppy.


There are many modifications I have made to our new RV in the 8 months or so that we have owned it.  I want to show off two of them here and may do some others later.

First, is our TIVOs.  Carol and I both love Direct TV and their DVR systems.  Unfortunately, we only have 5 of them – 3 in our house and 2 in the RV.  The RV installation was a bit tricky.

First, the TIVO can record two channels at one time, which means you need a dual LNB satellite dish and two feed cables.  While the RV came with the dual LNB (they don’t even make singles anymore), there was only one feed cable from the dish to the receiver area.  The one cable that was installed at the factory was defective, so I just cut it off.

Next I drilled two holes fairly close together in the roof right above the cabinet where the TIVOs would be placed.  This is the only real scary part of the job.  Miss the location, and you can put a nice hole in the ceiling!  Measure 5 times, drill once!

Then I ran the cables through the holes and put the crimp ends on them.  Next I put a special cover plate over the holes and screwed it down and put rubber roofing calk all over it.  I also cinched down the cables on the roof to prevent them blowing around.

Back inside the RV, I ran the 2 feed cables from the disk into a 2x4 switch.  That gives me 4 outputs, 2 for each TIVO.  I also put a signal meter inline with one of the feeds to help align the dish when we park.  I’ve gotten real good at that and can do it in under 60 seconds from anywhere in the western states.

Then I installed the TIVOs, one on each shelf.  I did this for reasons of heat dissipation.   In the picture below, you can see the two units.  The bottom one is actually sitting on a one inch high shelf I made to hold it up above the cabinet door frame.


In the lower left of the cabinet opening, you can see a piece of natural colored wood.  This wood (see below) is actually to hold the door slightly open to allow air flow when the RV is parked and the units have power.  Otherwise there just is not enough airflow.  These wood offsets are removed for travel and the doors close naturally then.


Here you can see the offset in place ready for the door to come down and be held open for 3 inches or so. 


The next trick was to be able to control either TIVO from the living room or the bedroom with the door closed.  To do that, I installed some IR relay devices from Radio Shack.  There are two in a set, one you aim the remote at and it converts the IR signal to radio which is then received by the other unit which converts it back to IR for the device to “see.”

My problem was that these devices are in the shape of cones about 4 inches high and with a three inch diameter.  The radio receiver unit has to be placed where the sensors on the front of the TIVO can “see” it.  But they are way too big to just mount on the wall.  Fortunately, you can put a small IR transmitter on the end of a cable from the unit in line for the TIVOs to see.  That’s what I did and you can see in the picture below.


Here you can see the IR remote transmitter mounted at the end of the cabinet above the left side of the driver’s head.  The window in the picture is actually a side window on the slide-out.  From this location, both TIVOs can see the transmitter.

In the bedroom, under the TV, I placed the IR Receiver cone.  You can see it below right next to the DVD player.


This setup works really well, the units both stay pretty cool, and either TIVO can be controlled from bedroom or living room with no problem at all.

The second modification I want to “show off” was really a device I made to solve a problem.  Both Carol and I like taking our bikes on the RV when we can.  Usually I put them on a bike rack on the ladder and hang them vertically.  On our old Bounder, I noticed that this was scratching and slightly denting the back of the RV where the handlebars from the first bike would hit when driving.

I really wanted to figure out a way to hold the bikes away from the RV without harming either the bikes or the RV.  What I came up with was a restraining bar.  It mounts to the ladder and holds the bikes away.  You can see it in place in the picture below.


The way this works is quite simple.  The tubing is actually square and has holes every inch on all sides.  You take a U-bolt and put some protective tubing over it and secure one end of the square tubing to the ladder using wing nuts.


Next you take another U-bolt and tubing and wing nuts and secure the handle bar riser.  Repeat for the second bike.


Now both bikes are secure and cannot move forward and bang into the RV.  Works great and was cheap and easy to make.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Relaxing at Rainier

Today we visited Mount Rainier National Park.  We left Alder Lake Campground and headed east to the park.  On the way in we passed many small waterfalls, all caused by snow melt.  We also came across some really large ones including Christine Falls, pictured below.


Christine Falls from the viewpoint below the highway bridge

The road climbs quite a bit and you get some nice views of where you have been.  The picture below shows the Nisqually River, which is really quite small at this time.  However, it can fill and carry rocks and trees and other debris quite a distance.



Once we arrived in Paradise, we went first to the visitor center and watched the movie about the park.  This movie was one of the best ones we’ve seen in a National Park (we consider ourselves experts on NP movies now having been to so many recently!)

Then we went back to the car to eat our picnic lunch as it was already 1:45.  We were parked facing the mountain and had a great view watching people playing in the snow and hiking up the glacier.  In fact, the mountain was really awe-inspiring.


This is the view we had at lunch from the car.

I think the picture is somewhat distorted by the windshield as the mountain is actually much taller and “looms over you” at this location.

After lunch we went to the Paradise Lodge.  We had seen this lodge highlighted on a recent PBS show on National Park Lodges.  (Rainier was the 5th NP created).  So it was fun to see it in person.  They get so much snow here that it covers the lodge to a depth of 30 feet each year.  Needless to say, they are closed in the winter months!

I did see a weird sign inside the lodge.  It read “An unique view.”  Now I know that is grammatically correct, but it just does not sound right when you say it.  I think “unique” is one of those words we need an exception for in the rules!

We then went to the east portion of the park.  We stopped at box canyon which is actually a 120 foot deep gorge in the rocks with a river running through the bottom.  This gorge is maybe 10 feet wide at it widest!  We walked a path on both sides of the canyon that went maybe 4/10ths of a mile.  Then onto the visitor center at Ohanapecosh.  This is a relatively small center but had an excellent diorama of native animals including a fuzzy looking bird we saw earlier in the day.

From there we returned to the RV at about 6pm with a real sense of this national park.  While we are leaving tomorrow, I’m sure we will be back!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Alder Lake

We left Ellensburg this morning after sleeping in a bit.  Fueled up the RV and headed back towards Yakima then west on highway 12 to highway 7 and Alder Lake.  Along the way, there was a stretch of road undergoing repairs.  We had to stop for flaggers and then proceed single file through the work area.

Now, I have been through many work areas.  Lots of times I see things that just do not make sense.  This has to top that list….


I don’t think I have ever seen a 6 foot high step ladder in the middle of a work area with nothing for 100 yards on either side.  Weird!  Guess they just wanted to get a step up on everyone!

Highway 12 is a really pretty ride west of Yakima through the mountains.  Trees, mountains, lakes, really just everything!


There is no cell service here in the park, or for several miles in either direction.  However, my cell booster comes to the rescue and allows Carol and I to get on the net to post blogs and read email, etc.

Tomorrow to Mt. Rainier for the day!  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Football Camp 2010

Today was the second day of the Official’s football camp here at Central Washington University.  There are actually many “camp” activities going on now here on campus including girls volleyball and cheer camps.

There are 1200 football players that came here Saturday for the 4 day camp.  22 schools, most bringing a freshman team, JV team and varsity team.  The officials came yesterday for our classroom work which included a session with a PAC 10 (soon to be at least PAC 12) umpire and an NFL back judge.

Today the officials worked scrimmage games that lasted 30 minutes between teams.  Then a horn would blow, and the teams would rotate to a different field and a different opponent.  There were 5 officials working as a crew for a game and usually 2 evaluators of which I was one.

Our job was to mentor the crew on the field and take notes of areas where they could do better.  I worked mostly with the back judges and umpires.  I had been to this camp before three times as an attendee and once worked as a back judge, so I didn’t feel too concerned there.  And I used to umpire at varsity level, so that was relatively easy.

I had good guys to work with which really helped.  In fact, I got a lot more out of helping than I thought I would.  I picked up a few small tips that I will incorporate into my game and it will make me that much better on the field as the white hat.

Football camp picture

View from behind the back judge – umpire in front crouched over

After the on field session today, we went back into the classroom to debrief our crews.  By the way, the other official working with me as an evaluator/helper/whatever we are called, was a very experienced official that was the crew evaluator for my state semi-final playoff game last year in the Tacoma Dome.  So it was really nice to work with Larry today.

When the camp broke up, I went with some of the officials from our Vancouver association to lunch and then back to the RV.  Carol and I went geocaching and only found 1 out of 5 caches!  So for the Ellensburg part of the trip, we are 2 for 7 which isn’t very good!  Guess we will have to work on our skills!

Tomorrow we leave here for Alder Lake, near Eatonville, WA and Mt. Rainier.  We will be there for a couple of days, then probably back home.  Of course, the following weekend is the fourth of July and we will be going to Mallard Creek then!

This is my first post using Live Writer.  Carol has been using it for several days now for her blog, so I thought I would try it for mine.  So far, so good.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Excited in Ellensburg

First, let me welcome some new followers: Kenny and Angela. Welcome aboard! Also I don't believe I welcomed Rick and Paulette. So a belated welcome to you.

So now, let's go back to Friday and I will catch you up.....

I started the day playing golf with 6 other football officials up at Skamania Lodge. It's a tough narrow and hilly course but it does reward good shots. Punishment for the errant ones is usually a lost ball. We play a scramble format and had a real blast doing it. The weather cooperated and we really enjoyed the sunshine. It is about 35 miles or so up the Columbia River Gorge to the course but well worth the drive.

Saturday I got up early to get the tire installed that was ordered Thursday. The tire truck was supposed to come from Les Schwab in Moses Lake by 8am. Of course, there were two of these tires 15 miles away in Portland but for some reason, they didn't go there to get them. Anyway, I called first and good thing that I did as the truck had not come yet. Finally, by 10:30 it came and the tire was delivered.

So I carefully drove to the local Les Schwab on 5 good tires and one now totally flat. Fortunately I made it safely. Took about 45 minutes to get it all done. The bolt was about 3 inches long and had totally come through the tire so it was junk. After taking the RV back home, I started getting ready to do the oil change. I could not find a local place to do it for me as the RV is over 12 feet tall and their doors were exactly 12 feet or some less.

Carol and I drove to WalMart so I could get the oil and a filter too. I have all the other tools needed which is handy. As we were in the automotive section, I could not find the filter, so went to ask them about it and noticed that they did oil changes there and that their bay doors were at least 16 feet high. Whoopie!

Brought the RV to them to change the oil for $54. I used to pay over $100 at a local car repair place and $84 at Camping World. So not only is this place less than 2 miles from us, it is way cheaper too. And it is kind of hard to screw up an oil change!

After leaving WalMart, I got a call from Dave at Les Schwab. I had asked him to keep an eye out for a used tire of the right size so I could store it as a spare. That way, if we are on the road and need a new tire and none are local, we can at least get it mounted and installed. Well, he had found some and I went over to pick that up and get it on board.

Then back home to clean the tow bar pieces as they were really dirty after our trip home in the rain from Astoria.

Today, we left home at 9:30 for Ellensburg. Fairly uneventful trip except for the wind which really got to blowing. It was raining in Vancouver when we left, but by Hood River it had stopped and by the Dalles, the sun was out. Trip took about 5 hours including stops, lunch, etc.

We went on the campus of Central Washington University to look for geocaches. Found one out of two and then went to dinner.

Tomorrow starts referee camp where I will be helping as an on-field mentor. Should be fun!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tired of Tires

You'll recall, if you read my blog for yesterday about my tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). It went off on Tuesday indicating that one of the toad car tires was low on air. Wednesday morning I took it to Les Schwab in Warrenton to get a nail removed. No charge, but a wasted 90 minutes.

Well, today as I was pulling into the gas station it went off again. And since I had unhooked the car and Carol had driven it away, I knew it wasn't a car problem. Nope, in this case, the left rear outer tire had picked up a large bolt which punctured the tire. It was losing air rapidly which set off the sensor.

THANK GOD FOR THESE SENSORS! They sometimes drive Carol crazy as we begin a trip and the tires heat up, but that's twice this week that they have really earned their keep, so to speak. I could have easily driven away on Sunday up the freeway and blown the other tire. Then we would have had a mess because not only are the tire stores closed on Sunday, but they probably don't have these tires in stock.

I slowly drove over to the local Les Schwab and confirmed the worst. Another new tire and another $680 or so. And nope, the tire has to come from Bellingham or Moses Lake and won't arrive until Saturday. So I drove home slowly and will go back Saturday to get it installed.

If you read this blog back in April and May during our Grand Circle RV trip, you will remember that I had to replace the front two tires because of alignment issues. Well, now we will replace the third one! Not bad, three out of the six have been replaced and the rig is only 8 months old!


But we made it home safe and that is what really counts. Tires can be replaced (I am becoming somewhat of an expert on that) but people can't.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Seaside or Bust

Need to catch up on blog from yesterday first, so here goes.....

We drove to Seaside (about 17 miles down the coast) and first, checked out the Thousand Trails campground there. Looked pretty nice from the road and later in the day we came back and were able to drive through both the north and south sections.

We also went geocaching in Seaside. First we found "Be our Guest Travel Bug Bed & Breakfast." This cache included what is called a "travel bug" (actually several of them). The idea of a travel bug is that it has on it a goal or destination. If you can help the item on its way towards the goal, you take it and drop it in another cache closer to the goal. This bug was headed for Iowa, so we took it and later left it in Astoria. Each travel bug has a unique tracking number, so you go onto and look it up under trackables and then update the location. Kind of neat. Some of these travel the world!

Be our Guest Travel Bug Bed & Breakfast

Our next cache was on the boardwalk. Fairly easy one to find but well out of the normal eyesight. We like to get pictures of each of us holding up the cache. You can see in these pictures that not only do the sizes of the caches differ, but their locations are way different too. We visit places we would have never thought to visit!
On the Boardwalk Cache
The next cache was at an automotive repair place. It used to be a gas station and the cache was on the side near the restrooms. This was another micro cache and it is interesting to see how the creative names tie into the cache. In this case, a holly shrub was nearby.
Holly Jolly Christmas Cache
The next cache was in the back of a shopping center. Turns out there was a picnic table there. The clue mentioned to sit there and watch the herons. While we were checking this micro cache, darned if two blue herons didn't just fly by! This was another micro cache. Micro caches only have room for the log sheet so all you can do is sign it and put it back. Being small, they are harder to find too.

While they shop micro cache

The next cache was back up in the Warrenton area near Astoria and not far from where we are staying. This cache was one that gave us trouble locating it on Monday. We actually had two caches confused. I was tracking one while Carol was looking at the clues for another. So today we both got on the same page and found the "what is a bunker doing here cache." This cache was larger and had room, so we deposited the travel bug that we picked up in Seaside into this cache.

What is a bunker doing here?

Our next two caches were located across the Old Young's Bay Bridge. Unfortunately, that bridge is closed for repairs, so we had to take the long way around. These next two caches were both micro caches and were in Tapiola Park. Both were micro caches. First we found "Tapiola Skate Park" and then "Port of Play." This second one was located very close to construction work and may not be there long.

Tapiola Skate Park

Port pf Play

We went looking for one more and think we found its location, but it appeared that someone had removed it. So we found 7 of 8 which is pretty good for two rookies.

Today I spent time working on a project for a client that took most of the morning. In the afternoon, we were meeting up with fellow bloggers Bruce and Margie. They came to our RV about 1pm and after talking and getting to know each other, we went to lunch in Astoria at the Wet Dog Cafe on the waterfront. Then we came back to the RV and got to know each other even better. It is really fun to get to know someone whose blog you have been reading for the past several months. Lets you put a face to all those words.

Margie and Bruce, fellow bloggers.

After they left, we decided to do some more geocaching before having a late dinner. We went and took a walking path around the airport boundary where 3 geocaches were hidden. The first, called "landing lights" was located near the instrument approach runway end lights (called rabbits by pilots cause you chase them to the runway in IFR conditions). This was another micro cache.

Landing Lights

The next cache was called "Ten Ton Rock" and is named because you are about half the way along the path. This is a good size cache and, among other things, had a travel bug and a deck of cards in it.

Ten Ton Rock

The last cache we went for was W.W.F.T. Not sure what that stands for, but it was way down the trail and off about 50 feet into the weeds. There was a tight path to a clearing where the cache was, but it was full of thorns at the edge. We kicked around a bit looking for it and never did find it. After about 15 minutes, we were tired and hungry and still had a 1.6 mile hike back to the car so we gave up. So we went 2 for 3 on the caches, but more importantly, did a 5+km hike. Carol has always wanted to do one, and now she did without even realizing it. And were it not for geocaching, we probably would not have walked down this path around the runways of the airport. Plus we saw another blue heron there.

On another note, we will be traveling again next week. I'm going to be a mentor to officials at a the state football camp next week in Ellensburg, WA for two days. Then we will visit Alder Lake and Mt Ranier for a few more. So next week is already booked!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Awsome Astoria

Arrived here about 2:30 today after an uneventful trip. RV park has a 9 hole golf course. Last time we were here, the golf course wasn't in great condition with most of the greens having mats that the ball would not stay on. Looks like they may have done some work on it, so hopefully I will see if it is better.

After arriving, we went down to the port of Astoria to look at a cruise ship that was docked there. Turned out to be the Nippon Maru on a 50 day cruise from Kobe, Japan through some Pacific islands (Tarawa, Guam, Hawaii), San Diego, San Francisco, Astoria OR, Victoria BC, then to Alaska. Holds only about 450.

Then we went for a walk and looked for some geocaches. We went looking for one called "fire fire" which was behind a historical marker about a major fire that came through Astoria. The container was on the ground behind the marker. We signed the log book and put the container back. We then walked down Main street and checked out a number of restaurants. We spied the hotel that was in another of our geocaches.

When we walked back to the car and left our parking spot, we decided to go to the Hotel Elliot and check out the geocache there. This one was on the roof. Not only did we find the cache, but we had a great view of the city and surrounding waterway.

Before heading back to the RV, we went back to the port to watch the Nippon Maru depart at 6pm. It was neat to see how it just used its thrusters to push sideways away from the dock, push all the way around 180 degrees and head out to sea. Then to the RV.

After dinner, we decided to do some more geocaching. We quickly found the one at Young's Bridge. It was in a left over storm drain reducing fitting that was buried in the weeds and the cache was inside it. Hard to reach but fortunately we had our walking sticks with us and I was able to manipulate it to where Carol could reach it. For this one, we left a football flipping coin and took a small angel.

Then we tried to find one along a road. After a few minutes, we gave up on it as it was too hard to locate. May try this one again on another day.

Then tried to find one near a bunker on an airport road but could not find the road! (found it later back in the RV on my GPS mapping program). So will probably do this one tomorrow too.

Lastly went to Home Depot to find another one. This was a very small one hidden in the skirt of a light pole. Found it pretty quickly. Took our pictures and came back to the RV for the night.

All in all, a good day. Got a great tour of the town looking for the first cache. Got great views on the second. Visited some areas on all the others that we probably would not have if it weren't for the hunting of the geocaches.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Football & RV update

Yesterday (Saturday) was a busy day. First off, we needed to get our two cars, one a minivan and the other the Honda CRV we use as a TOAD in for oil changes. Got that done and then did work around the house until 2:15. At that time, two fellow football officials came over so we could carpool to Lincoln HS in downtown Portland to work a NAFL semi-pro football game.

We used a 7 man crew with NFL officials for this game. I am usually the white hat (referee) in most games that I do, but for these I worked as the side judge. I'm one of the 3 co-commissioners of our official's associaton and could have worked the referee position, but we are blessed with 4 fully qualified referees in our association for these games, so I don't mind being the side judge.

As referee, there are many parts of the game you don't see. For example, the referee is concerned with the offensive backfield so they never call pass interference. But as side judge, I'm 20 yards downfield and on pass plays, I'm looking for it. So it gives me a good chance to sharpen up those dormant skills.

The game was won by the Kitsap County Bears over the Portland Raiders, 24-13. There were about 6 turnovers which you would expect in the first game of the season. Next game for me is July 10.

Today I worked on three projects in the RV. First, we have two Direct TV tivos, each on its own shelf one above the other in a cabinet with dark glass in the door. I want to be able to control the TIVOs from either the bedroom or up front. So I use a IR relay system and mounted the remote emitter on the side cabinet above the driver's head where it won't be noticed. Now both units "see" that signal and operate accordingly.

Second was to put a small rail on a shelf I built to get the lower TIVO sitting up higher so the IR sensor is above the wood frame in the glass door. The shelf I built some months ago, but the unit had a tendency to slide forward when accelerating. Now this piece of wood will catch the rubber feet on the unit and prevent it from going into my lap!

Last I made some wooden standoffs to hold the cabinet door slightly open when parked. There is no ventilation in the cabinet and the units make a bit of heat. So by opening the doors just a bit, the air can circulate and cool things down.

Tomorrow we are taking the RV to Astoria for 3 nights. That will give me a great chance to be sure all these mods work as intended. We are also planning to meet some fellow bloggers, Bruce and Margie, whom we've only met over the internet. Should be fun. The last couple (our "carnies") Ron and Ali that we met as bloggers turned out to be really nice people and I expect that Bruce and Margie are just the same.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Golf and chores

Yesterday I played golf in a charity tournament with my friends Doug, Tom, and Phil. We shot 6 under par and came in second place. We had 6 birdies and no bogies. We were really playing well. I made 3 of the birdie putts which really helped.

Today was RV chore day. I had a laundry list of items to accomplish:

  • The circuit breaker cover plate was not secure and the plastic housing was broken around the fasteners. So as a result, the screws chewed up the plastic and cracked it in many places. There is a door catch on the cabinet door that was interfering with the cover seating properly and the bozo at the factory that installed it, didn't bother to loosen the catch so the cover could slide in. I put plastic screw anchors where the holes were ruined and that holds the cover nicely. Then I put the catch back about 1/32 of an inch out and the door closes fine and you can still access the panel.
  • Rigged up a hose splitter in my sewer compartment so I can easily use the cleanout while the water is hooked up.
  • Used the vacuum to clean the screens on the 3 fantastic fans. The fans in our 2000 Bounder had screws that released the screens and you could wash them. This 2010 model has the entire fan as a unit, so vacuuming was the only way. It actually worked real well.
  • Checked the house batteries. They are under the middle stair as you enter the RV now as opposed to being in an outside compartment on our old Bounder.
  • Fixed (hopefully) a windshield wiper on the driver side that wasn't hitting all the glass and leaving a real streak right where I always need to look.
  • Put a rubber expandable boot over the arm on our towbar. I modified our Falcon towbar to have these boots to keep road grime off of the expandable arms. Now they slide real easy, but I need to replace boots every so often.
  • Fixed a flange on our power awning that kept coming off.
  • And finally, washed the RV which it needed.

Oh yes, in between, went for a 6 mile bike ride with Carol!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Home again to meet new friends

Today we came home from Mt. St. Helens in the late morning. Fortunately the weather was dry and the trip went fast. We are still trying to figure out how the trip up took about two hours and the trip back took slightly over one hour. Weird! Maybe time travel?

This afternoon we drove down to Portland to pick up Ron and Alice. Alice, Ali for short, has a blog and you can read it by following the link on the right to "Ali's Page."

Anyway, they are from the Blaine, WA area and have recently embarked on a new adventure working the carnival circuit in the Washington and Oregon areas. The company they work for is call Funtastic and they provide the rides, games, and food for many small and large carnivals in the two states. There are actually three teams of carnies (or units), a red team, a white team, and a blue team. Ron and Ali are on the blue team. For the small shows, each team has its own schedule of places to setup, operate, then tear down. But for big shows, like the Portland Rose Festival, Oregon State Fair, etc., all three teams come together and work as one. Right now they are doing the Rose Festival and Tuesday it is closed, so they get a day off.

They travel from place to place, or to use carnie lingo, from boneyard to boneyard (boneyards are where they stay) in a 1986 motorhome. Some other carnies also have RVs and many live in "condos." Condos are 5x6 rooms on the back of semi trailers. Usually there are 8 or so per trailer with two shower units. Those carnies in condos pay $55 per week for lodging. It is an interesting lifestyle and Ron and Ali were full of amusing stories.

They came over and we talked while they used our washer and dryer for laundry. Then we went to Olive Garden for dinner and then took them back to their RV.

All and all a very interesting and rewarding day.