Thursday was the final day to load up all the Christmas trees for recycling. I spent another five hours dragging trees to the trucks to be loaded in and hauled away. I was glad the younger park rangers were there to do the heavy lifting because I have to be very careful of my back and shoulder. It was great to see that last load pull out of the school yard where the trees were collected.
After all the remaining loose branches and discarded bulbs and lights were raked up (yes, some trees were dumped with decorations still on them) and bagged up in trash bags, the task was done, leaving the school grounds looking clean and neat.
Today (Sunday) Marti and I drove past the school and there were dumped at least another dozen or so trees on the ground. I can’t believe that people would do that after the advertising of the program in the newspapers and on the local TV stations specifically gave the dates and the drop off date ended on 7 January! Now the rangers will have to go back and pick up these trees.
Unbelievable, but then I shouldn’t be surprised after all the trash we see left around the campgrounds and boat ramps. Last week when Marti and I went around to the ramps to remove the tape that closed off the flooded areas, we filled another trash bag with bottles, cans and garbage left there by the thoughtless few that have no respect for our beautiful countryside.
Saturday brought some really heavy rains and high winds. After our busy week, we enjoyed hunkering down and relaxing inside the Journey.
Glad we were home with all the rain because that pesky leak in my passenger side slide returned. We’ve fought with this leak for quite a while and it snuck back, but in a slightly different spot and was dripping down on the couch. Had we not been home, the couch would have gotten soaked. I was able to stuff paper towels along the inside edge of the slide to absorb some of the water, having to change them out every 15-20 minutes.
To make sure the couch stayed dry (just in case) we put down some blankets and my raincoat to catch any errant drops.
Once some nicer, warmer weather hits, I’ll have to go up on the roof and see if I can find the leak source. We’re planning on going to the Winnebago Factory in Forest City, Iowa in early April to have our inverter problem worked on, I think I’ll add this leak to the list. Water intrusion can really cause severe damage to an RV and I don’t want that to happen.
According to the weather reports, we have another cold front heading our way. It isn’t supposed to be quite as cold as last week’s blast, but we will be ready for it. I have to see if I can find higher wattage light bulbs for my drop lights that I have set up in my wet bays.
I have 60 watt bulbs in them and 75 watt bulbs would be better. Since that size bulb is no longer manufactured, being replaced by the energy saving florescent bulbs that give off no heat, I may have quite a time finding them.
I’m sure when I do find them, they’ll cost an arm and maybe two legs. I foresee a black market in smuggled light bulbs. ;c)
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