Since our return to Lake Mead after Christmas we had a slow 'leak' in one of the hydraulic jacks that level the MH. No fluid on the ground or on the jacks themselves; just a slow retraction of one jack over a short period of time causing the MH to lean and and move around a little as you walk through.
|Behind this door awaits Adventure|
In their troubleshooting section they even discussed how to identify what may be causing a leak as well as detailed instructions on how to repair/replace the various parts of their system. All indications pointed to a problem with one of the 3 retract valves; either a faulty valve or something clogging the valve allowing hydraulic fluid to slowly seep back into the fluid reservoir.
|A little cleaner with 2 of the coils & covers removed |
and the top of the retract valve showing
|No where to go but up!|
|We get to go to the coolest places...|
The temp in the nursery storage
room is kept at 40 degrees
The seeds were sorted and stored at the nursery to be used for future restorations. Our supervisor is also responsible for the nursery and she asked if we'd be interested in scattering the seeds near where they were harvested. Joanie SowsSeeds (kinda' like Johnny Appleseed) didn't hesitate with her answer....."Heck Yeah!" So we loaded up the back of our truck with buckets and buckets (28 to be exact) of seeds and off we went to check out several of the Approved Roads near the dam.
|Joanie Sows Seeds and Joseph|
Spreading Seeds. They're having too much fun
And everywhere we stopped throughout the day Joan could be seen throwing caution and seeds to the wind! Luckily, she didn't injure her knee like she did late last year throwing rocks. I guess the seeds were much lighter than the rocks.
The next day as we were driving one of the roads located about 10 miles south of town we ran across a disturbance where an ATV had driven off the approved road into a wash, then exited the wash onto an abandoned road bed. Joan began walking/recording the track on our GPS and after walking several hundred yards she exited back onto the approved road; but not before finding an interesting discovery...an abandoned and burned car. Looked like a fairly recent model SUV, but every bit of plastic and a lot of the engine metals were burnt and melted. We called it into dispatch and we'll have to wait and see if the park service will be able to remove it without causing too much damage to the non-culturally cleared area.
|Check out the grill. Can anyone tell what|
year & model it is?
Travel Bug. A few days ago we got a call that the blogs'............ (owners?writers?subjects?what is the correct term?) Susan and Bob were going to be stopping over in Lake Mead this week. They checked into Lake Mead RV Park and we drove down to meet them in person. We chatted for a little while sharing RV stories before heading back to our MH with an invitation for them to call us if they had any spare time during their visit. A short while later we got a call that they would like to stop by and learn a few new games. So over they came and we broke out Golf, Liars Dice and Qwirkle. Joan and I had a fun time and we think they did too. Susan and Bob were great reinforcements of our opinion that the vast majority of the people living this lifestyle are fun to get to know and really enjoy what they do!
As I look back over the last year, I think about all of the people we've introduced to the game of Qwirkle. I know we've given about a 1/2 dozen games to friends as Christmas gifts. And we know of at least 3 couples that went out and bought the game after we introduced them to it. I wonder if Joan and I could become Qwirkle Consigliere? Maybe we could make you an offer you couldn't refuse.
That's it for now. Stayed Tuned. More to Come