Friday, June 29, 2012

Buffalo Bill State Park

We are up in Cody at Buffalo Bill State Park. We love out Truck tent made by sportz .

My favorite place is combing the shore for cool rocks and driftwood. There is an endless stream of new wood washing up, driftwood heaven.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rocks, Cool Cool Rocks

Ever since setting foot in Wyoming I can't stop picking up the cool rocks scattered all around the ground. Whether it's in the driveway of the RV park, or out in the wild. I've even dug around an icy creek up in the mountains, I just can't resist these wonderful diverse rocks.

I have no idea what they are, not sure where to begin. I know they are run of the mill Wyoming rocks, I guess that is why I like em so much, every time I look at them I will think of beautiful Wyoming.

This guy just fascinates me, what caused the marks, fossils? Crystals? I found this one in Torrey creek up in the Wind River basin.

Below is NOT stuff I found but was given to Brian and I by an amateur geologist and fellow RVer.

Above desert Roses, these are crystals that grow on the desert floor...very cool

Above, in the box at 9 o'clock Apache tears ( volcanic glass), the pink necklace is a pink sapphire, at the bottom the clear glass looking rock is called a moon rock. Then, drum roll!! my absolute favorite, the long rock is actually 1.7 billion year old algae! I'll probably take it to a professional and see if a slice can be taken from it to make into a necklace. I am Ocean Girl after all :-) I practically slept with my algae rock the first few nights I had it, I couldn't tear my eyes off if it, it is just too cool!! now it sits in a place of honor under our big rear window of the RV.

We are heading to Wind River Gorge to truck camp so hopefully more rocks to come :-)

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Staying at Longhorn RV Park in Dubois Wyoming

Wind river. Lots of geese and a beaver across the way :-)

Nice little view from the slide out window

That is Whiskey Mountain way in the background.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Jump forward, in Wyoming

We are in beautiful Wyoming. Sorry don't have time to write so will just post some fun pictures of how we got here with captions.

The campground we stayed in Colorado

Garden Of The Gods. Very pretty.

Enjoying a little sunshine and a kiss in the Garden Of the Gods.

Ahhh now we get to the real good stuff!!!

Kickin back checking out the Wind River Mountains

This butterfly flew around me for five minutes, sometimes trying to land on my hand which I had stretched out because I was holding the iPad to film him. I was a fun moment me twirling in circles trying to keep him in camera range.

Our campsite. We left the RV behind too camp in the very remote site. We slept under the stars in the bed of the truck( Brian had bought us an air mattress that fit the truck bed)
So fun!

And had a campfire to keep us warm :-)

Brian is in his glory! He is half mountain man half ocean man. ( good combo!)

Kaela is also in her glory, she acts like a two year old, not the 16 1/2 we all know her to be. She slept in the truck, I was too worried about coyotes.

We hiked a 'mini' hike. One hour up and one hour down. Brian said I did much better than he expected and went at a very good pace. I'm trying to impress him with my mountain girl qualities, though getting over brain surgery is getting in the way a bit.

The beauty is unbelievable, I really prefer this to the Tetons.

Torrey creek ( waterfall at this point :-) )

Grizzly Bear and her cub on togwotee pass

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Ocean Girl ( the boat) is sold

~~OCEAN GIRL~~ Is Sold

I will miss that boat, I think she went to a good home. If the new owner reads this and has any questions, I would be glad to help in any way.

Some leftover issues that may help:
Holding tank, head, and hoses is new, I got the tank from Ronco it is templated from the original version. I have had an odor problem ever since a little six year old boy came aboard and used the head ( don't ask me what he did) if you have odor trouble, check the vent and the pick up tube. I keep the thru hull closed b/c I rigged the vented loop to be able to draw sea water ( I don't trust vented loops!!). On a port tack, if the joker valve dies it may leak into the head. Fair warning :-)

The autopilot works beautifully but was hard wired really weird so I removed it. Once you remount, it's best NOT to store it in the locked(on) position or it may freeze the helm( the belt sticks in position) use the normal edson helm brake. When I bought the boat the autohelm had been sitting for a long time in the locked position it took a good yank to get the belt to get unstuck. I actually removed it the unit always after seeing the wiring set up.

I have the original +1 survey( not including the one I already gave you) you are welcome to them. It may take a while to get them to you, I will not be back in Texas till October.

To fill the water tanks on the port side you fill straight onto tanks, the deck fill hose is original and leaked so I capped it. The starboard tank I cleaned but didn't use or get a chance to work on.

The fill for the fuel tank is seized so I fill straight into tank. I had a friend come over and try to un seize it. As you can see from the crazing he put way to much torque on the fitting, I should of just removed the whole fitting and soaked it in PBblaster or something.

The bowsprit is new. The teak I pick out myself with the help of an expert friend. It came from a 9 foot plank 2 3/4 thick. I replaced all ss with silicon bronze carriage bolts. I kept the extra length on the bowsprit incase you wanted to move the forestay forward to increase J measurement and to relieve some weather helm ( through research you will find some cape dory folks did this and were quite happy with the results). Or you can chop the extra 11 inches off the bowsprit and add a nice anchor roller ( Spartan makes a beautiful one). The plank was already well seasoned and did not need a marine finish, you should only see some minor checking but that us all. A nice washing with murphy's oil soap and salt water is the best for bare teak. No bristles should be used, it digs out the soft grain which is bad, 3M pad or sponge only ( I was a varnish lady for ten years) This bowsprit is strong, you can pick the whole boat up with it!!

I hope this didn't come off preachy. This is your boat now. There are projects I'm very proud of and there are some projects aboard that I'm not so proud of, you can probably spot these by the tell tale duct tape :-) Sorry!

There is more just write me if you'd like, if not that is OK.

Cheers and Godspeed to many adventures aboard your fine yacht.

OCEAN GIRL (the girl)

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