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My Week

Winter weather makes me want to stay home and enjoy the beauty of snow falling. When the storm is done, the sky is blue and we have another version of snowfall as the trees shed their burden of snow.

But watershed coalition duty calls, so I get up most mornings in time to get through our highway closure area between 6:00 and 8:30 am. I go to a meeting or two, and then kill time in town until 4 pm when the road opens up for a few hours. It is closed overnight. Fortunately, I have the use of a cubicle I can use at the Public Works building where our coalition office is, but I pretend I'm at home and working on computer projects, so I watch Netflix movies on my iPod, same as I would do if at home. They have a faster Internet connection, so it's nice.

I had to replace my truck battery - a couple of near misses when it went totally dead in town but fortunately there were people around willing and able to jump it so I could get home. The nice thing about it was that while I waited for the new battery to be installed, I had time to window shop at Sam's Club and look at a lot of stuff very closely. My impulse purchases were accessories for my iPod like a longer charging cord and bluetooth speakers that I am currently taking great advantage of.

My rain gauge looks like this. I am an official reporter through a nationwide organization called CoCoRAHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow network.

I measure the depth of new snow and the water content. Once a week I measure the depth of snow on the ground and the water content. This involves melting it with some hot water and a little bit of math. If you want to participate in this program, CoCoRAHS they need reporters of all ages from all over the country and would be glad to hear from you.

Here is Eloise on the road to Las Vegas:

This is the road to Las Vegas in Utah, but Wyoming looks a lot the same, so now you've seen two states.


posted on Jan 21, 2017 8:22 AM ()


I remember that stark sort of horizon when visiting out West, and it made me uneasy. But it was in Colorado that the sky and clouds that seemed to be hitting the ground. So odd.
comment by drmaus on Jan 24, 2017 6:03 PM ()
When I go back east where there's so many trees and the roads aren't always straight I get lost a lot because I can't see where I'm going and I lose my sense of direction, but I think there are more interesting things per mile back east.
reply by troutbend on Jan 24, 2017 8:32 PM ()
yep...that's what the Cow Snot environs look like once you get out of town. how depressing.

yer where's my prozac pal
comment by honeybugg on Jan 22, 2017 4:02 AM ()
My solution to the boredom of driving across Wyoming is clam dip and some nice chips and pretzels - a little party in the car.
reply by troutbend on Jan 22, 2017 5:54 PM ()
Looks like Oklahoma's panhandle too so you have had an eleven state tour.
comment by elderjane on Jan 21, 2017 1:04 PM ()
Hours of boredom, but the destination makes it worth the trip.
reply by troutbend on Jan 21, 2017 5:47 PM ()
Most of the auto supply places around here will check your battery for free. Some places can instantly do a load test also although I don't suppose that all of them invest in an expensive piece of equipment to do free tests.
Thanks for the 10 state tour. Saves me a lot of gas!
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 21, 2017 10:20 AM ()
That battery had lived a good life, it was its time to go. This summer Mr. YouKnow cleaned a bunch of corrosion off of the outside, so it already had issues, and we didn't want to take a risk.
reply by troutbend on Jan 21, 2017 5:43 PM ()

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