After a couple weeks of overnights in the upper 40’s and 50’s last night’s dip down to 37º came as a bit of a surprise. On the positive side of the story, we are as far north as Minneapolis and it ought not to be surprising! I felt a little sorry for the Teardrop trailer rally — as their small units and cold temps have to be a challenging combination! Certainly with a campground full (all the electric sites are occupied) and the cold temps the electric grid is struggling a little. Our power was going in and out for about an hour as campers woke up, turned on their heaters and the power grid went through a bunch of power surges with voltage dropping below 100 VAC two mornings in a row.
It wasn’t a record breaker though.
And we didn’t actually have snow on the ground they way they did in Milwaukee. Their latest snow numbers look like this:
Latest snowfall in Milwaukee:
Latest Trace was May 30th 1897/1989
Latest Accumulation was May 28th 1947 1.0″
Two days from now the rest of the CORPS staff starts work. Of course that doesn’t mean they’ll actually be working. There are always certifications and re-certifications to be done, training, and orientations. Two weeks after starting the second ranger still isn’t up to his normal work schedule as he’s still doing training. But, little by little we’ll be seeing more of the CORPS staff than we have.
This year we don’t have to be concerned about Day Use Permits. In the past it was part of the routine to greet and insure that campers had a day use pass for the period of their stay. Last year they added that to the routine the Rangers were suppose to be following — so we get one chore taken off our list, though we can still issue them if the ranger hasn’t gotten around to them by the time they need the pass (for the other parts of the property about 10 miles away). Frankly, it makes me think of being in school when you needed a Hall Pass! But then, no one wants a ticket for not paying the Day Use fee (which is included if you are camping).
I broke down and bought an eBook reader. I’ve had it a little short of one week and I’m still very much undecided how I feel about it. Curiously, the day I received it there was a news article about how eBooks have lost popularity over the past year and the article was spelling the doom of the whole eBook industry. Of course that was probably written by a publisher who has a vested interest in paper publishing. After looking up the numbers there are still half a billion dollars being spent on readers every years — the decline is less than 1%. We’ll see wehther it’s significant or not.
I checked my Milwaukee Public Library card and it turns out for some reason my card doesn’t sync with the online system. I’ll have to get a new library card when we get to Milwaukee on our way SW. But… a trip to the local library and a sob story to the librarian and we ended up with a 5 month library card for the local library and that gets us access to the local eBook system.
I’ve read two books so far using it. I miss pages. I miss being able to easily know how many pages to the end of the chapter. The “X minutes to end of chapter” doesn’t compute as well as “3 pages” I’ve downoaded some books from Amazon and some from the Gutenberg Project.
I’m a bit disappointed about battery life. We had two days of rain so I was reading a lot and the battery estimates are for 2 weeks @ 1/2 hour per day or something like that. — Which comes up to 7 hours. It seems as if I was charging it a lot but maybe that’s just perception and not reality — I’ll see how I feel about it after a few weeks.
I didn’t want to spend a lot on an experiment so I bought the $39.95 Amazon special. For a 7″ pad it’s OK, and for the price I paid it’s doubly OK. It’s a new operating system and I’m leraning to do things completely differently, but I doubt I’ll ever use it for much other than reading. The operating system seems really kludgy.
So, That was our Ssturday. Tomorrow Melanie and Drew are suppose to stop by on their way home, that’ll be nice. And we have a full campground to clean up after a busy weekend. Life is good. Now, if the temps would just warm up I’d stop complaining. 🙂 🙂
Thanks for stopping, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.
P.S.: No, there aren’t many skeeters around yet — a few, but not many.🤔🤔🤔