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Testing iPhone blogging

by on Apr.21, 2013, under Phil Posts

I’ve been trying to find away to easily blog from my iPhone, so I’m trying the free WordPress app for the iPhone. I tried it once before but it was too slow. It seems to be working better this time. If I like it you will finally be seeing some posts by me.

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Travel to Needles

by on Jun.09, 2010, under Phil Posts

We just took a trip to Needles to visit my aunt.  The excuse is to help her with various tasks around the place, but the real reason was to get warm and sightsee along the way.  We wanted to go by way of the Oregon coast and the Big Sur coast.  As we left Sequim, it got more and more rainy, particularly after Shelton.  As we traveled, the RV appeared to be either missing or having trouble shifting, particularly at about 40 miles an hour.  By the time we passed Seaside, OR,  I was getting a little concerned about making it over Oswald West State Park to make it to Cape Lookout, so I turned around and stopped at a service station that had a mechanic.  Glad we did — he took a look and a test drive and announced that we at least had a misfiring piston, and possibly other problems.  We decided to fix that first and then see if that cured all ails.  He felt that Tillamook was a little far over the hills to stay the night, so we stayed in Fort Stevens so he could get the spark plugs and boots and start on the car in the morning (it was already 5:00 PM).  The rains were finally letting up, so at Fort Stevens I walked the mile to the beach and got a good look at the wreck of the Peter Iredale.

Wreck of the Peter Iredale

The next day we arrived at 8:30 and the mechanic began work.  He had estimated about 3 and a half hours.  After about 5 hours he had all the spark plugs and boots replaced and fired up the engine.  It sounded a little better, but after a test spin we decided it still wasn’t firing right on piston 10, so he ordered a coil (each spark plug has its own coil). 

A Quality Auto Technician

It was pretty fast to replace the coil, take another test spin, and in spite of little noises and bumps he announced it cured.  We left about 4:00 that night and headed as fast as we could to Valley of the Rogue State Park, stopping briefly at Tillamook for cheese, fudge, and dinner.  Going over the hills to Tillamook and the coast range began to reassure me that the RV was in fact fixed.

We arrived at about 11:00PM.  The next morning we left about 10:00AM and headed the 11 miles to Medford for gas at Costco.  We then headed down the the Sacramento Wildlife refuge — great spot to visit, easy on and off the freeway.  We took the self-guided car tour and, even though it was a bit late in the year the winter birds, we still got some good pictures, as you can see.

Egret at Sacramento Wildlife Refuge

We stayed overnight at the Colusa State Park where Rosaura found a tick on Grizz.  That led to some excitement! The next morning we traveled to Pfeiffer Big Sur.  The stretch from Seaside, CA, to the State Park has got to be one of the most spectacular seascapes anywhere, particularly when the wind is blowing and the waves are crashing a thousand feet below you on  a narrow road hanging on the cliffs.Looking north at Big Sur, CA

Big Sur was a spectacular seashore, winding curves hanging over steep cliffs with the shore far below.  Rosaura was sitting on the cliff side of the car, avoiding the view to the calamitous drop.

Looking north at Big Sur coastline

At the end of the Big Sur we stopped at the Elephant Seal refuge on the coast.  At this time of year the females and juveniles are on the coast while the males are elsewhere.

Elephant Seals

Elephant seals at Big Sur

That evening we made it to Needles and my aunt was waiting for us.

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Results from World Masters Indoor Track and Field Meet Kamloops 3/5/2010

by on Mar.10, 2010, under Phil Posts, Sports

We just returned from the World Masters Indoor Track and Field meet in Kamloops, BC.

Here are the summary results for our family:

Chuck clearing 1.1 meters in high jump

  • Chuck placed 6th in the long jump, 4th in the high jump, , on the second place 4×200 team, and 2nd in the pole vault at 6’3″
  • I placed 5th in the pole vault, clearing 10’3″.  Over half of the vaulters in my division didn’t show, apparently because of injuries.  I think at our age the desire to train hard and do our best heights can interfere with the marathon of doing this many times.  My dad and I decided we are in for the long haul (I say as I nurse a slightly sore hamstring).

The pole vault had some drama around a new world record being set by John Altendorf in the 60-64 category.

You can see pole vault information on the PoleVaultPlus.com blog, with some pictures and video.

It was a joy to talk to people from many different countries.  A number of  people were from the US or Canada with foreign citizenship.  I sat by one woman who was cheering for a Mexican runner, so I naturally assumed she was from Mexico.  It turned out she was from Bolivia, showing support for Latin American athletes.  She was married to a great runner from the US.  There was a Colombian there, but we never met him/her. 

The Brazilian athletes were having a fundraiser, so we bought singlets and stuff bags for each of us to help finances for the Brazilian team.

We had a regular cheering section over by the pole vault area to watch the vault, triple jump, and long jump.  I always like to watch the older athletes.  It is like you can draw an ever decreasing volume box around them, as they stay within themselves and are less flexible the older they get.  Some are amazing in how fast and flexible they are.  Others hobble down the runway and barely make it onto the pole and into the pit, but it inspires one to see the energy and excitement they put into it.

We camped at Silver Sage RV park on the Thompson River.  We had swans and Canada geese right in front of us on the river.  I have a shot of them at millimanjamestown.com.

We went up the Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops.  The roads were labelled bare, but we had snow and a little slush at the summit.  We drove in snow country for hours (no toll!).  I decided to come back on lower terrain, since we were in the RV.  Kamloops rained heavily when we went up, but began to clear after about a day.  We came back the Frazer Canyon.  The Coquihalla is fast, but the Frazer is spectacular — what amazing canyons and rapids.

All in all, another great trip.  We arrived safely, had great fun in the sports, doing about what we should based on our training, met people from all around the world, and came home safely, though tired.

The volunteers at Kamloops were wonderful and deserve our thanks.

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