. . . before the storm !

Well, we had gotten the idea that our gate would pretty much shut down after we left on Saturday and everyone would have to unlock and relock the gate behind them as they come and go.

But that calm came to a screeching halt this morning when we found out that starting today a new rig is coming in, but not a full drilling rig, but a work-over rig. It looks like they’re still working on problems at the frack site.

And our vehicle count jumped up from the 25-30 we had been having, to almost 75 today. Hope we can stand the pressure.

Question: What is 62 °?
Answer: That’s the temperature range we’ve had here in the last couple of days.

A few nights ago it got down to 35° here at the gate, and then yesterday it got up to 97°. Quite a spread, and keeps things interesting on how to dress.

Then last night it was so foggy and humid that water was dripping off the edge of the canopy like it was raining. But it did make for a real nice light with the flare going all night. It was just a large orange ball in the fog that lit up the whole area like a big light bulb.

Flare LIght Bulb

Of course the flare been pretty active in the daytime too, with this going on a few days ago.

Big Flare2

This one came with a big “WHOOMP”. It’s always nice to have sound effects with your light show, but I’m glad we’re not any closer.

Right now it looks like a 70% chance of thunderstorms on Friday, and since where the rig is parked gets really muddy, I don’t want to take any chances on not being able to pull out on Saturday morning. Jan would either be homicidal or suicidal, or a little of both. (Actually, probably a lot of both.) So Wednesday or Thursday I’m going to back up the rig about 10 feet which will put the rear wheels firmly on the gravel area where we park the toad

I had planned on cranking up the rig anyway on Friday just to be sure everything’s working, the levelers come up, etc. This way I’ll just do it a little early, won’t even unhook the power or bring the slide in. Easy Peezy.

After a long dry spell, we got another free meal today, this time from Choke Canyon BBQ right down road. We get BBQ there every other week or so, so we know it’s good. Really looking forward to having it for dinner tomorrow night.

Wrapping up, I came across a neat website today that solves a regular problem. Of course I may be the only one who didn’t know about it, but it’s called PrintFriendly.

Ever try to print a webpage and it comes out all scrunchy and unreadable? Well, PrintFriendly does a real good job of fixing that for you. You can even set it up as a PRINT button on your blog or website so visitors can easily print something. Neat!

Check it out.

Finally, I’m reposting some more of our Newfoundland trip, this time from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the way back. (Note that I’m complaining about how expensive diesel was in Canada at $3.60 a gallon.) 

Thought for the Day:

When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead.  It’s difficult only for others.

It’s the same when you’re stupid.

Titanic and Atlantic…

Originally posted on September 11, 2009

Today was our day to tour the Halifax,  Nova Scotia area.

We had planned to get an early start,  but then Jan woke up with a migraine.  So she took her Imitrex and went back to bed for a while

Later,  after the Imitrex had worked its magic,  we went to breakfast about 10:30 am at the Finer Diner and then drove to Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

One of the things we wanted to see was the Titanic exhibit that they have.  They also have an exhibit on S.S. Atlantic,  a ship that went down off Nova Scotia in 1873.  The 635 people who died when the Atlantic went down made it the largest loss of life until the Titanic in 1912.

They also had an interesting exhibit about the explosion of a ship in Halifax harbor that killed over 2000 people,  very reminiscent of the Texas City explosion in 1947.  In this case, it was a shipment of ammunition for use in WWI that blew up,  rather than fertilizer,  like in Texas City.

Finally leaving the museum about 2:30 pm,  we were attracted by the smells coming from the Dragon King Chinese Buffet restaurant across the street and decided to give it a try.

And it was really good.  Especially the Hot & Sour soup.

Leaving the restaurant,  we drove around downtown Halifax for a while before taking the scenic drive down toward Peggy’s Cove.  And it was certainly worth the trip.

On our way down the coast we passed St. Margaret’s Bay,  a very picturesque dock area.

St Margaret Bay 1

St Margaret Bay 2

St Margaret Bay 3


Arriving at Peggy’s Cove, we found a charming little village on the Atlantic Coast, filled with quaint little multi-colored houses.

Peggys Cove

The rocky coast is something we don’t see in Texas,  but it’s always a scenic view.

Peggys Cove 1

Peggys Cove 2

And of course, the obligatory lighthouse.

Peggys Cove Lighthouse

With the sun setting, we headed back to the coach, stopping off at a hardware store, and driving thru a nearby gas station, scouting it out to see if we can get in and out easily in the coach.

Because fuel is so expensive here (about $3.60 a gallon vs. $2.50 in the US), I was hoping to be able to get back to the US before filling up the coach with diesel, but it will be too close for comfort. So we will probably fuel up tomorrow on our way out of Halifax.

One thing we found interesting in the area was this McDonalds complete with lighthouse.


Arriving back at the coach, we sat outside for a while and let Mister roam around for a bit and then it was in for the night.



8 Responses

  1. I had read Robert MacNeil’s book about the Mont Blanc explosion and also the book about the SwissAir crash and was interested in seeing the Halifax area. We traveled to most of the same places you did ……. Very beautiful and enjoyable.
    We were amazed to see so much graffiti on the buildings in the downtown area and wondered if gang activity was a problem.

  2. Good planning….Start the rv up on friday….Poor Jan if it doesn’t….lol…I sure she would just SH””t……If it didn’t start……Choke Canyon…My FAVORITE…..so jealous….Rich smoked a brisket….It was so so awesome….Used a recipe for a Texas Rub…. Mouth watering good….Good Luck on Friday getting Ready to leave….Hang in their Jan, its almost OVER……

  3. Greg,

    Thanks again for the blog that you do. You and Nick have been inspirations to me, and I’ve restarted a couple of blogs I’d stopped doing a long time ago. One of them has to do with giving my opinion of different motor homes and this is where I’m wondering if you might be able to help me, if you’re so inclined. You mentioned PrintFriendly today in your post, and your past postings, I’ve gotten the impression that you might be able to help me with my dilemma, once again, if you’re so inclined.

    I need to put a floor plan of the motor home in my postings, and so far it hasn’t been quite what I want. While I can get them from Google images, too many times, the floor plans aren’t as sharp as I’d like them to be when I’ve put them in the blog. Instead, what I thought I’d do is select the floor plan from the manufacturer’s pdf’s, then copy and paste them in jpg format in a file of copied floor plans, then paste them in the blog post. I’ve been trying to use Adobe Acrobat & Photoshop to do this, both by using procedures I’ve come up with, as well as following instructions from searches I’ve done on the internet. And either I’m doing something wrong, or it just doesn’t work. I’ve come across ideas for changing the whole pdf to jpg, but I only want a selected bit of a large pdf saved as jpg.

    If you happen to know of some program that would do this, or the steps involved to do it, I’d appreciate knowing. As you’re gonna be getting ready to move here in the next few days, I’m hoping that if you’re so inclined to send me your thoughts, that you’d do it when you have plenty of time. Thanks.

    Hope you and Jan have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Charley

    P.S. Would you mind if I included your blog in my list of blogs that I read on my blog?

  4. Greg, when we toured the Maritimes a few years ago one of the interesting things we did was tour the graveyard where people who died on the Titanic are buried. We had a guide, who was very knowledgeable
    of the people buried there. he would tell us a story about the person in each grave we stopped at. Very moving experience. Again, as I said previously, we thoroughly enjoyed touring the Maritimes….Jim

  5. Greg, if your planning on using PrintFriendly, how about following up in your blog with the results, your opinion, and any pros and cons. Thanks, Bob Plaskon

  6. Bob,

    Will do.

  7. Jim,

    We drove around the graveyard, but it was late in the season and tours were no longer available.

    But we did enjoy what we read about it.

  8. Charley,

    You are certainly welcome to link to my blog from yours. The more the merrier.

    I’m a little unsure how you’re trying to do this.

    Could you send me a link to one of the floor plan photos and also one of the pdfs and let me take a look at them.

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