Larry Farquhar

Our adventures, from Larrry's viewpoint.

Rodent Attacks Heater

Rodent Attacks Heater

The other day, our rear gas furnace stopped working after a few minutes. The next time we used it, I realized it wasn't putting out any heat. During our days off, I thought I'd better take a look at it, before it gets real cold here. (BTW - the heater is a Suburban F35)

Taking this heater out of the motor home involves removing a side body panel to access the heater. Then I need to remove the 5 heater duct vents (I previously learned they just need to be turned to "unlock" the connection to the heater). After cutting some wires, I was able to pull the heater out. As we suspected, the heater had been ATTACKED BY A RODENT! About 6 wires were chewed up pretty bad. The attached photos show the chewed wires and ducts.

I debated to replace the entire heater at $601, or try fixing the wires. After a little experimentation, I had better access to the wires. An hour later, I had spliced/patched together 6 wires. The heater was re-installed, and walla, the heater was working and putting out heat again. Now let's just hope the rodents stay away for the next couple of months. I'll make it a point to run it every morning to insure all is working well.

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Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain

Even though Connie and I have been working at Mammoth Lakes, CA every summer for the past 3 years, we never took the time to go to the top of Mammoth Mountain. This popular ski resort turns into a mountain biking mountain in the summer. They also offer "scenic" gondola rides to the top of the 11,053' mountain.

Although it was a little cloudy, it wasn't cold or windy. We enjoyed the tram ride to the top and walked around checking out the views. Overall, a good day.

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Bob and I are glad to see your blog up and running again! Can't wait to travel to Alaska!
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:00
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New Website Blog!

Welcome to our new "Blog"! We've added blogging to the website that will allow us to better keep track of what we;'ve been doing, where we've been, and what adventures we've had. Since Facebook became very popular a few years ago, we haven't paid much attention to this website and it became a bit outdated. However, we're going to try and get this site fully operational again.

Part of our reason for getting the website updated is we're going to have a major change in our lifestyle next year. Normally, we stop traveling and work for 6 - 7 months over the summer. We've decided to take 2015 off from working and travel Alaska. So this blog will be the perfect medium to record our travels. I hope you'll enjoy this new format.

 

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I like the new layout
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July 2012 Travel Log

July 2012 Travel Log

July 28, 2012 - Inyo National Forest, CA: I know it's been over 8 months since anything has been updated on this website. With the popularity of Facebook, I haven't seen much need to try and keep this website current. Connie is regularly on Facebook with family and friends. While we still get a few visitors to this website, it's only a trickle of guests. However, although much of the information is getting old, there's still good information available here. I know when we were researching about traveling full time, any information was helpful.

I'll go ahead and try to catch you up on what we've been doing. During the winter of 2011-2012, we hung out around Arizona and Southern California. We spent a couple months in San Tan Valley, near our youngest daughter. During this time, we got caught-up on medical appointments. Other than seeing Cynthia and Connie's Grandmother in Casa Grande, these were a couple of boring months! If it wasn't for the annual medical appointments, I won't do that again!

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November 2011 Travel Log

November 24, 2011 - Seabreeze RV Park, Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, CA: Happy Thanksgiving! I had some free time, so thought I'd try to bring you up to date on what we've been doing all year. Yes - we're still living and traveling full time in our new motor home. With summer work and maintaing 8 web sites, I don't have much free time to write on this web site. I mainly keep this site operational for reference.

We had another great summer working in the Tahoe National Forest. The summer went pretty smooth without any serious camper problems. However, next year (2012), we're moving to work in the Inyo National Forest. We'll be withe same company, but just in a different location. Larry will still be an "Operations Manager", but Connie will become an "Administrative Assistant". She'll miss not having her own Camp Store to manage and operate. Instead, she'll be doing whatever is needed to help Larry run the place. We'll be staying in a campground in Mammoth Lakes, CA. But now we'll have full hook-ups! For the past three years, we haven't had much electric all summer. While we adjusted, it sure will be nice to always have electric to run everything!

The area we'll be working in encoompasses the Mammoth Lakes area, the Reds Meadow area, June Lake, and many campgrounds on Tioga Pass. This entire area is a popular tourist area. For the past three years, we've had a quite, hidden area to manage. Now, we'll be in a high traffic area. We'll have about 66 employees (hosts and maintenance) work with us, and about 3 times the revenue and expenses to manage. It'll be different, but we're looking forward to it.

After our recent work season concluded (end of October), we headed to the Seattle area for a couple weeks. We enjoyed visiting with Kenny and Wendy Ayers (Larry's sister). We also visited with our eldest daughter Leslie and her husband Andy, along woth our grand daughters Kaylee and Khloe. We stayed at the Burien Elks Lodge for most of the two weeks. While on a noisy highway, the price is good. Besides, there's not may places in the city for a large RV to stay. We had full hook-ups at this Elks lodge for $15 a night. As a special bonus, Andy gave Leslie a birthday present of paying for our youngest daughter, Cindy, to fly up from Arizona for a week. Cindy stayed with us for the week, so we had our entire immediate family together. It was great, impromptu family renuion.

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