|Glacier Peak and Mount David (to the left) at the beginning of the summer.|
This summer has been quite memorable. I have learned a lot about things I never considered to learn about. I thought as an end to my summer adventure, I'd share a few of these "learning experiences".
- Having stood outside from 3:00 a.m. till 8:30 a.m. for almost a week straight, I discovered that it is actually coldest about an hour after sunrise. You'd think it would start to warm up once the sun came up but it doesn't. Of course I had to find out if this were actually true and not just me being a wuss. I looked it up and turns out it's true! Well, barring any other weather fronts or happenings.
- People define "camping" in very different ways. Some bring their entire household - INCLUDING the kitchen sink - setting up entire "rooms" in their campsite. While others bring a tent and a meal that has to be cooked but no pot or stove to cook with. (Yes, I actually cooked the guys dinner for him).
- I found that I like to keep a few spiders in the restrooms. They help keep out the Riffraff insects.
- Unfortunately I found out that you can kill your brand new, very expensive, Lifeline battery in just a couple of months using only about 3 - 5 amp hours a day and recharging once a week (or so I thought I was). I have re-branded my battery "Flatline".
- Some men would choose to risk flipping over their very expensive pick-up truck backing up their boat trailer than to listen to someone else / a woman? give them suggestions on how to do it easier. I had a guy who came to fish for the first 4-5 days of Sockeye season and every morning he put his truck up on the hillside, but on the 4th day I swore he was going to flip his truck over when he ran it up about 6 feet onto the hillside! His back tire was at least 2 1/2 feet off the ground. He wouldn't listen to me on how to line it up before backing. I just shook my head and prayed we wouldn't need the emergency crew out there again.
- Feeding bats is great fun! Stand out in a fairly open area where bats are flying around, turn on your flashlight and point it up and out from you a little bit. The insects will be attracted to the light and the bats will swoop in and feed. They will come really close to you too. VERY FUN!
- In general, most men say they aren't cat people. I have discovered why - the secret they've been trying to hide for generations. Men are actually descended from cats. I know this because cats like to pee just outside the litterbox and in the corners, and so do men & little boys. I have proof, pretty much every day cleaning the restrooms. Yep, secrets out guys. Sorry. (In all fairness, I know sometimes it could have been women who like to hover and little girls who are afraid they will fall into the toilet if they sit back all the way - but mostly it was the guys).
- Do NOT wear a headlamp when cleaning vault toilets at night. Just trust me on this one.
|Glacier Peak and Mount David just a few days ago. |
Quite a dramatic difference!