Spent the majority of last week getting ready for Field Day. Surprised how much needed to be done to the Caravan before I could use it. Oh, nothing really â€œdirty;â€ just messy. Air in the tires. Clean the water tank (just to be sure). Those kind of things.
SWMBOâ€™s Dad came in to visit for a week and take a mini-vacation.
So Friday comes around and a couple of the guys met me at the road to follow me up to Green Mountain Horse Camp where we were having Field Day. Five miles off the paved road! Up hill. (Actually, up mountain.) But we all made it and started setting up.
Then, SWMBO and her Dad (visiting from Ohio. Her Dad. Not SWMBO. SWMBO lives here with me. Nevermind) showed up about 2200 or so and we crashed for the night.
Field Day went pretty much as usual. Made 12 contacts this year. Used Fredâ€™s Hex Beam and it worked really well. WAY better than my Alpha Antenna. Think Iâ€™ll build one for my tower.
So, Saturday night went well. Sunday morning I made bacon & eggs & hash browns as usual and everyone seemed to like it. Broke camp about 1100 cause we were just tired of camping out.
Monday we took my father-in-law to the Boeing tour. As far as Iâ€™m concerned, Boeing charges WAY too much for that tour. $25 each for 90 minutes of bus ride, walking tunnels, watching planes not being worked on, and not much else. Ends at the way too expensive gift shop and you leave. It should be a free tour.
Tuesday, WTF did we do Tuesday? Oh! Family BBQ here at the house. SWMBOâ€™s Son & girlfriend and Brother showed up and we had BBQ Chicken, Tater Salad, and Pork & Beans. And a lot of visiting!
Today we got up early and went to Mt. St. Helenâ€™s. Stopped for breakfast at our usual place and had to back-track a bit to get on the highway to the mountain. Was nice but too cloudy to get a decent view of the mountain. Nice ride. Not too cold at the Johnston Observatory. Spent only $26 at the gift store (new walking stick) and had lunch on the tailgate.
Tomorrow weâ€™re just going to chill a bit and he goes back to Ohio Friday. Which means SWMBO will go back to work Friday. And I have an appointment with the Vascular Surgeon Friday. Hmmmâ€¦
Didnâ€™t get to post this yesterday cause I got busy. Took my FIL to Home Depot to pick out cabinets and paint and stuff for the apartment. Thatâ€™s gonna be a job!
Today I got called in early for my vascular surgeon appointment. The problems Iâ€™m having with my leg arenâ€™t vascular in nature. Probably related to the degenerative disc disease. Getting Old. Doc says to take 2 ibuprofen at bedtime and when I get up and get used to it.
My Father-in-law went with SWMBO this morning and should be about home by now. Nice visit. He should come over more often. He seemed to have a nice visit. We certainly got to enough places in 5 days!
AND I just got attacked by a hornetâ€™s nest of hornets. Moved the wrong board and uncovered a 8â€ nest. Got stung twice on my arm and once on my face before I got away. Iâ€™ll spray the buggers tonight. After dark. From Spokane.
And thatâ€™s it. Time to get this posted.