Thursday, May 30, 2013

Still here at windy Storrie Lake State Park

But I'm not complaining about the wind.  Seeing the high winds and hurricanes in other states, I'll take what I have.  My only problem is that I'm still a little jittery about noises from above, even though I'm convinced the mice are either gone or dead.  High winds tend to make things on the roof move around a bit, and at night I start hearing things.  Gayle and Jim said their old antenna used to make noise on the roof, and they replaced it with one of those dome antennas.  Completely quiet, they said.  I told them I never hear my antenna - well, NOW I DO! I guess I never noticed the noise it makes in the wind before having a nest near where the antenna comes through the roof.

I have another noise issue that has been ongoing since I started full-timing.  When the wind is blowing, what do you do about the little fabric strap/hook on your awning?  I guess it has to hang down loose so it can be hooked to pull the awning down, but when it's windy, mine slaps against the outside wall and makes a constant noise.  I can't seem to get it to go under the awning, tucked away and out of the wind, to quiet it.  Is there a tip I don't know about?

The first campsite I chose when we got here was at the top of the hill overlooking Storrie Lake.  I had a great view of the water, fishermen and Canada Geese that flew in each day.  This is the site:

And these are the Canada Geese swimming in the lake.  Katie and I walked down a few times to get a closer look at the water and the geese.  It was easy exercise.  This photo was taken from our site, so it's not as sharp as if we were at the water.

Then we moved to this site.  It's by itself, across from the Visitor's Center/Office and the restrooms/showers.  We have no neighbors and a clear view of the surrounding hills and the area that was once filled with water, but is now completely dry.

If you look closely to the right of the post on the right side of the photo, you'll see Andy Baird's rig sitting in the middle of the dry lake bed. One of these years there will be water again, and maybe my campsite will have a view of boats.

To the far left, in the picture below, you can see the Visitor's Center/Office behind us, and on the right you can see the restrooms/showers across the street behind the shelter.  Even though we are close to things here and very safe, they way we're parked it feels like we're in the middle of nowhere.  Just hills, fields, and birds flying overhead. 

Instead of seeing the geese in the lake, from this site I am enjoying watching them feeding and resting in the field near my campsite.

There are Mountain Bluebirds nesting in this area, too, of course, but these guys have a nesting box nailed to one of the trees behind us by the road.  When Katie and I walk by, the birds are always in the area, usually one in the nest and one in the tree watching us.  I saw one of the birds moving around inside the nest and snapped a picture - if you look closely at the second photo, you'll see it's eye on the right watching us from inside the nest. (I think it's an eye.)

Things are pretty quiet around here.  This morning I tried to tuck in the awning fabric strap from above on the roof, but it didn't work.  Then we went over and  dumped the grey water and filled up with fresh.  By the time we got back it was still before 10 a.m. and the winds were starting to come up pretty strong. I was glad I got those tasks out of the way early while the air was still pretty calm.

Katie and I are taking it easy and being very lazy this week.  I'm listening to Inferno by Dan Brown on my current library book on tape, and it's really good so far.  It's a much longer than usual book, 17 hours and 13 minutes, so it's going to take a number of days before I'm at the end.  When I'm listening to a good book, I appreciate the lazy days.

WELCOME to our newest Follower, Jo - her blog, Jo's World, can be found here.   Jo and her dog and cat are from Minnesota, and she has been blogging since 2008.  WAY before I started!  Jo, thanks for signing on as a Follower - Katie and I are happy to have you aboard!  :)

From me and Katie, have a great Thursday, everyone!  :)


  1. My only suggestion is get an automatic awning. ;)

  2. That WOULD work, but I never use my awning, so the expense doesn't make sense. Next time I pull it out to see if it is okay, I'll make sure I shorten the fabric a few inches, maybe that would work.

  3. We're planning on being over your way tomorrow. Want to get in early before the winds pick up. Doesn't look too crowded so hopefully we'll find a good site. Maybe Jim'll have some idea about your strap.

  4. I wonder what the GPS coordinates would look like for Andy's campsite out there...probably show it out in the lake on a map. That would be funny. When the water is way down, things look a lot different in person.

  5. You could try those Velcro Squares that have strong adhesive on them, they stick very well to anything. I use them on my mattress to attach my dust ruffle. WalMart has them.

  6. Harriet, that's a perfect, easy, inexpensive idea, and I know it will work. I have all kinds of Velcro! Thanks, that's what I'll do. :)

  7. I was going to recommend Velcro but someone beat me to it!

  8. I think I'm something like #64 on the library waiting list for Inferno. I thought about buying it at Costco, but even their price is higher than I will pay for something I'll read just once. I hope you tell us how you like it when you've finished. I think Angels & Demons was his best so far.

  9. We have a 2006 Sunseeker 2200 also and the first trip we took we had that same problem with the awning strap...there is rubber inside the loop part of it...we cut the hard rubber out and it solved the noise problem...and it still opens fine. Hope that helps :) Love reading your blog!!! Sandy

  10. Barbara, Both sites look good to me.

    My awning strap bangs against the side of the rig also. I was going to suggest taping it but the Velcro suggestion is far better. Make sure you show up pics when you do it.

    All we are having where I am is RAIN RAIN RAIN. I'm sick of it and sure getting cabin fever. Supposed to turn around tomorrow though - fingers crossed.

  11. Looks like you have another GTG going on. The dachsies should be just about Katie's size.

  12. I'm behind on my reading...that is a great picture of you and Katie! Let us know if the Velcro works...we use it for everything! Beautiful bird pictures...

    Hugs to Katie!

  13. I have shorten mine in the past using, wait for it......

  14. Hi Barbara!

    Thank you for mentioning my name and website. I have three new members and I am sure I owe you a thanks for that too!

    Unlike you RVers, I am a homebody and love it. But I do enjoy going on your adventures with you.

    Safe travels!

    Jo in MN


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