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Old 11-05-2014, 10:50 PM   #155
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My only problem is getting there. It once took me three hours. I left at three and got there at six when they we're closing. But they still let me look. Good guys.

I-5 can be horrible at times.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:54 AM   #156
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then we can pick it up and try a tour of the coast in january and see what wet is really about

anyway…an adventure inside an adventure inside an adventure…..ain't life great




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Old 11-07-2014, 11:27 AM   #157
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welcome to the island

the sun arose to a picture perfect, gloriously brilliant at dawn, a few fluffy clouds a slight breeze..the bay almost mirror perfect

but yesterday…it was different…the day started with gale warnings…and the island is windy always…but yesterday was up a few notches….and …about 4PM the wind was howling…followed by a power outage that lasted until about 9PM

in wondering…are we the only one, and strangers in a strange land that we are…we called the landlord, who is on the other side of the island…and he had power…but said never fear…welcome to the island…..so we call the local power company…and they have a recording that a tree near olga is down and power is off and crews are on the way…hold for a human….

call back and after a few get A HUMAN a nice reassuring human that said all was under control…welcome to the island…


and then was a note to self…buy plenty of batteries and flashlights and add generator to house plans
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:49 AM   #158
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To be all hunkered down on an island with gale force wind warnings.... doesn't get much better than that.... sorry about the power outage... that's why they used to call them hurricane lamps

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Yep.

I think island winds, by definition, are like no other....but that's all part of the charm.

Heard this from one of Doug's college buddies, who was the postmaster on Nantucket Island for many years, and we also experienced gale force winds....horizontal, in a snowstorm....one January in Ireland.

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Old 11-07-2014, 01:30 PM   #160
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Yep, if you're gonna live in the PNW and you don't want to lose power from time to time, get a generator, have some gasoline handy, and something you can put in the gas to preserve it so it will be usable when you need it. We have a big water-cooled Honda on wheels and a GenTran switch wired into the house. It's a shame that generator is too darn big to take camping, but we bought it long before we considered owning an RV.
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:39 PM   #161
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Also, think about your water supply. If it's from a well, there will be a pump involved that requires electrical power. Prolonged power outages can have a detrimental effect on one's ability to flush a toilet. What's your water backup plan?
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:57 PM   #162
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water, water everywhere

but….as the saying goes…not a drop to drink..

It is an island…a lot of the areas are served by some sort of municipal water supply…most properties are on individual wells…..

there is only, he says26 inches on rain reported on Orcas; however, some area are drier than others…..it seems wet all the time…everywhere

so, i am lead to rainwater collection…and treated so as to be potable….

other than that all one can do is get a professional assessment of the wells capacity…before you buy
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:35 PM   #163
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the weather has been horrible

way too much sunshine….was supposed to rain yesterday…it did some and then the sun came out: and saturday it was gloriously sunny…and today was beautiful…

this polar vortex that is attacking the rest of the nation…i think is making our weather glorious…sunny and forecast lows during the storms passing of 31…32…no big deal….

the weather in this area…the islands…and the peninsula, the hoa rain forests, the cascade valley..is peculiar ….to me and a great change of the sameness of texas and the south and west…..

i'm loving it…..
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the polar vortex

has had some affect on the weather on the island…it has not rained for days…...

it has been much cooler and lots of wind swirling in all directions….it is cooler on the east side of the island…forecast lows are in the mid twenties…but by 9am it is 37 or so and sunny…

this system and the next have a large high pressure system keeping the rain away……

too bad…...
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This is unusual weather we're having, but I'm not complaining. You learn to take advantage of any sunshine you get in the NW.

It's interesting that I have become more of an outdoors person since I moved to the NW. The summers in SC were so hot and humid that you stayed inside in the AC for most of the day. It would cool off a bit in the evenings so you could come outside and be eaten alive by the mosquitoes.

Don't know about the islands, but Seattle doesn't have mosquitoes.
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Don't know about the islands, but Seattle doesn't have mosquitoes.
Oh, but we do.
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Oh, WA has them. The campground at Taidnapam has so many that given the chance they will carry you away. It's a shame, really, because otherwise it's a really nice place to camp.

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We used to use Avon Skin So Soft in SC, but it seems it is one specific type that is a clear oil, rather than the regular lotion. I remember camping above Table Rock in a place where the mosquitoes were so thick you had to cover your mouth to keep from breathing them in, and not a single bite. Don't know if it is still available, this was in my ancient youth.
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