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Welcome to the adventures of Larry and Connie Farquhar.

My morning walk

I wish my brain was functioning a little quicker this morning during my walk. My walking trail takes me through an underpass so I don't have to cross the busy road. The sun hadn't risen yet but it was plenty light enough outside, more so than I was normally starting out in the mornings. As I approached the tunnel I saw a shadowy movement. I stopped, it stopped. I realized that it was a bear. I backed up and told him to go ahead, he hesitated a few seconds and then proceeded to come out of the tunnel and then ran up the embankment. Why didn't I grab my phone and record him before telling him to come ahead? lol Maybe next time.

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Lake George, Lake Barrett and TJ Lake

Lake George, Lake Barrett and TJ Lake

Happy Labor Day and thank you to all the hard working people who help make our lives a little easier. We haven't heard any negative reports from our area managers so I think all in all the busy, last hurrah of the summer, went off without a hitch and today was mass exodus for our campers.

It was a beautiful day, it's our day off, let's go! We spent yesterday doing chores. As you know, Larry fixed our heater, and I gave the inside of the motor home a scrub down plus the normal chores of laundry, dishes, and bathroom cleaning. So we never have any excuse not to get out on day 2 of our weekend.

We had heard how beautiful TJ Lake is, in the The Lakes Basin, so that was our goal. The trail head started next to Lake George, wound itself pass Lake Barrett and just a little more uphill was TJ Lake. It was a very short hike in my book, just shy of one mile one way, but it was uphill. Which meant to Larry it felt like 2 miles uphill, lol.

Since it was such a short hike, neither one of us was hungry for lunch when we got to TJ Lake, so we brought our Subway sandwich back down to Lake George and sat in the picnic area and enjoyed watching people playing on the water in their kayaks and paddleboards.

We then went for a little drive down a couple of roads we have driven by before and wondered where they went? The first road took us to the High Sierra campground ran by the city of Los Angeles Dept of Recreation & Parks. We were surprised to see they charge $35-$40 for a no hookup site with a rough rock fire ring, table and bear box.

The second road we took was a dirt road I pass by on my walks and wondered how far it would take you. It ran from Old Mammoth Rd, behind Vons, all the way to Hwy 395 along Mammoth Creek, about 5-6 miles. Nothing exciting, but now I know, lol.

Hope you all had an enjoyable Labor Day!

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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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An Affair

An Affair

I had an affair this weekend with my husband We took off on an impromptu getaway to Big Bear, CA. Visited with our friends Allan & Silvana. Stopped on our way home at some places we always drive by but too busy to stop and explore. Now we are home and ready to start our work week. Sigh, I love affairs

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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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