One way to describe our first month back in the desert this season would be the old adage of “sitting around watching the grass grow”. Now not to be too picky, as adages aren’t meant to be taken literally, there isn’t any grass growing here, but I think you get the picture. Despite finding lots to do, the annual routine of things has made it problematic for your beloved CC to manufacture novel ways of presenting repeat activities in a manner guaranteed to tickle your tootsies. However, the Captain will endeavor to find some way to pervert or twist reality to keep folks from believing they are simply watching the grass grow.
But first the weather report which I include primarily to antagonize my northern readers who no doubt are now preparing their dog sleds for winter travel and making sure the old igloo is sealed up against the cold. For the most part our weather has been mostly sunny and warm but let me tell you that we have had a few days of high winds and even had a couple of rain (2 minute sprinkles) showers that have really put a huge dent in our outdoor activities, so to our friends and family up north we DO feel your pain. As an example the wind was so strong one day it blew over our sun shade. How’s that for things being tough!!
Normally after the US Thanksgiving (November 24, 2016) there is an influx of new arrivals at the LTVA and though there have been a few new arrivals, the number of boondockers seems considerably lower than at this time last year. Perhaps the sagging Canadian Loonie has kept more Canucks at home and sadly some of the long timers are no longer with us or are no longer able to travel. And speaking of Thanksgiving (a lovely segue I must say) for the 2nd straight year we have accompanied LLL and BBB to the US Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner at the LTVA Ramada. Eschewing the turkey, CC managed to be first in line at the desert table and made off with a plethora of pumpkin pies. And for the 2nd straight year we failed to win the 50/50 draw which I have heard from a number of people, but I don’t know for sure, but it’s probably true that the draw was rigged (really just joking friends, but).
Elephant Rock Hike
As Thanksgiving is on a Thursday , the regular group hike was cancelled so the only hike in the past 2 weeks was this past Thursday (December 1, 2016) where our esteemed leader Steverino forged a path to the secret location of the White Elephant Rock. Now even though this hike is known as the White Elephant Hike the real attraction, of which most hikers will not openly admit, is the world’s infamous ED rock. Please see photos below if you don’t believe me.
Avoiding the Moss
In another feeble attempt at being clever I have called this section “Avoiding the Moss” which brings to mind (well my mind anyway) another well known adage, that being “a rolling stone gathers no moss” in which I have included some of our other activities that hopefully are keeping the moss off. So another segue falls neatly in place as Steverino and the Captain did a bit of single track mountain biking (wheels, rolling, get it BBB) at Sugarloaf Mountain.
Not to forget about DD, as she continues on with her Yoga classes. It is not clear to me however how much yoga-ing goes on as she takes a mat and blanket with her when she heads down the road and out of sight for these exercise classes. I have dutifully done regular inspections and can report that there is no evidence of moss growing on her backside however I did discover upon her return from the outhouse one morning that she had acquired a hereto before unseen long white tail. Any reader who is unable to decipher this reference please contact our friend Dashing Dave which brings me to another fine Segue. Dashing Dave is scheduled for another heart operation tomorrow (December 6, 2016) and our thoughts and prayers are with him and Jezebel Jeannine.
We also seem to have decided that Sunday mornings are best for doing our around the reservoir hikes (7+ miles) and on our most recent loop around the lake we coerced LLL and BBB into joining us. We did have to adjust our start time to an hour later than normal to accommodate LLL’s fear of getting out of bed too early in the morning.
The 2016/2017 Desert Dominoes Debacle
And now for the news that everyone really wants to hear and has had to endure the foregoing diatribe to get to, I present the preliminary results of the 2nd Annual DDD. You will recall that last year’s event was handily won by the Boys (LLL and CC) and we have no reason to believe this year’s result will be any different. (proofreader’s note: will leave the above in, but there does seem to be a stretching of truth)
Had this series been a best of seven event the Boys would have already claimed the Cup but as it isn’t the Boys can still claim an early but close lead with a 4 – 3 advantage despite spotting the Girls (DD and BBB) a 2- 0 early lead. Stay tuned for updates in my next Blog post.