Catch Up

By: ycd0108 , 3:45 AM GMT on February 19, 2012

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Nice Camping Here!
Hot and cold water, split fire wood, power hookup and a level spot for the RV.
Wait a minute - this is Home!
We are back and everyone is fine. Roxy especially happy to be on her pillow on the couch with the fireplace and heaters all running full tilt.
T'was a bit cramped and damp but a lot of fun.
I'm gonna let the new picture I (hopefully) uploaded hang for a day or two to see if anyone can guess what it really is.
I'm way back on all the latest blogs so it may be a while but I'll get back in the groove.

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21. RobDaHood
4:34 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Ylee,
I'm not sure what YCD has in mind, but that beer is gettin warm.
What do you say, we split it?

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20. Ylee
3:39 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
We have lots of folks around here say that, but most of them make it to say that 2, maybe even 3 times! After 3 they wisen up a bit! :)

Enjoy your trip!
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19. ycd0108
2:49 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
We are off like an herd of turtles:
Tloml is still in bed but the other couple we are supposed to meet are early risers so we better get rolling.
Famous last words of the local Redneck here:
"Hold my beer and watch this!"
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18. ycd0108
5:16 AM GMT on February 22, 2012
Evening Ylee: I thought today was Wednesday but turns out that is tomorrow.
Gonna put the hammer down in the morning. All good road out west and maybe some decent photos.
Back soon.
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17. Ylee
10:44 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
On the road again, ycd? I'm really starting to get jealous! :) Have fun!
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16. ycd0108
2:44 PM GMT on February 20, 2012
Morning Pat:Looks like fine weather for the King. We are taking off tomorrow in the RV. Going west and a bit south to the coast this time - somewhere near:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Renfrew,_Britis h_Columbia.
I did get to ride the "Flying Cat" ferry once or twice and I thought the boat was very modern. These ships were scrapped rather than rejigged partly for political reasons but they did have problems with the jet drives gobbling up floating logs and since they were supposed to go a bit faster than the old ferries they threw an huge wake. The next generation of ferries also have fuel efficiency and noise problems and in my opinion their interior design is pretty plain.
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15. Patrap
6:28 AM GMT on February 20, 2012
We watch Olympic Curling down here, and some on NBC some as well.

I like it.

I also found diz here video from up yer way as well.

Uploaded by awaldegrave on Dec 4, 2011

BC Ferries Pacificat Explorer Victoria Filmed Leaving Departure Bay Nanaimo Vancouver Island British Columbia and heading to Horse Shoe Bay Vancouver Canada Aug 1999

The vessels built for BC Ferries were intended to improve ferry service between the mainland terminal of Horseshoe Bay (in West Vancouver) and the Vancouver Island terminal at Departure Bay (in Nanaimo).
The three vessels were built between 1998--2000 and were named as follows:
PacifiCat Explorer (1998)
PacifiCat Discovery (1999)

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14. Patrap
6:22 AM GMT on February 20, 2012




MATTHEW HINTON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

Will Ferrell reigns as Bacchus XLIV for the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Napoleon Ave. in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, February 19, 2012.

nola.com
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13. ycd0108
4:29 AM GMT on February 20, 2012
Tloml is watching Curling on CBC so I've got some minutes here:
You are not sure exactly what "Curling" is?
First you need a long sheet of flat ice where you mark out a target circle. Make yourself about 8 huge stones with handles for each contending team. Get a broom.
One of the team takes a rock and sends it down the ice somehow (in turn and out turn are for later) and a couple of the other team members sweep with their brooms in front of the moving rock. The other person on the four person team has been down at the target end holding another broom at just the correct position so that if the rock thrower gets the "Line", "Weight" and in turn/out turn stuff down everybody hollers:
Sweep! "HARD! HARD! HARD!" and repeats if nesessary even louder. It is more or less a dart game in only two dimensions - the closer your stone ends up to the "Bull's Eye" the better.
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12. Patrap
2:32 AM GMT on February 20, 2012
Yeah we had a mighty fine time today.

Tuesday iz Mardi Gras Day so we have a few mo days of Phun left too.

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11. ycd0108
2:10 AM GMT on February 20, 2012
Evenin' Pat: Pat Jr.'s got some fine back up there! And he earns it.
You guys look like you are back into Mardi Gras mode as if it had never left.
Once I get my head back here (Joan Baez said she only traveled by train 'cause she heard our souls can only keep up to about 40 mph and I was up around 110 Kmph for some hours the last few days) I will have somat to say on your blog. Lots goin' on
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10. Patrap
1:37 AM GMT on February 20, 2012
Patrick Jr. Playing with Walter "Wolfman" Washington at Cotton Fest Mardi Gras Sunday

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9. ycd0108
11:51 PM GMT on February 19, 2012
My latest uploaded photo is likely related to these worms:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clam_worm
This individual was very active in scrounging the pool. His/her head is to the lower right.
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8. ycd0108
9:06 PM GMT on February 19, 2012
Afternoon Shore:
I'm happy that I got the picture as soon as I did because this material blackens as it dries out. From the Wiki articles I found it is made of a protein - chiton, I think.
If you do figure out "Where the water got in" please post the answer. I've been looking for that spot most of my building career.
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7. shoreacres
5:59 PM GMT on February 19, 2012
Welcome back. I see the mystery's been solved. I didn't really think it was varnish, but it surely does look like old varnish that's had water get under it. On a big enough surface, like a combing, you can peel the stuff off in sheets. If it has to come off anyway, I always enjoy that. Makes the job pretty fast. Well, except for figuring out how the water got there in the first place. ;)

I like the footbridge photo.
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6. ycd0108
3:29 PM GMT on February 19, 2012
Rob: The cases that were collected were intact and empty. All had at least one tiny round hole about 3/16 inches in diameter. I think some predator (octopus?) must bore into the case and digest the embryos. I found one large case that was separated along the seams in the (upper?) face which might have meant a successful emergence.
One of our most interesting dives was out of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Our Diving instructor was quite proud that this would be his 36th dive. Having helped set up one of the first diving clubs in B.C. in the 1960s I was not reassured.
We had asked for an "easy entry refresher" dive since both Tloml and I had been a few years without diving.
Easy entry consisted of stepping off the bow of a 40' fishboat into 1 knot current in unfamiliar gear. Since I had no where near enough weights I spent most of the time kicking hard to get down but what I did see made me want to go back with someone who knew what they were up to.
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5. RobDaHood
2:40 PM GMT on February 19, 2012
Well, I had a little bit of an advantage. I've seen a lot of them in Tampa bay and places where I have been diving. They come in all shapes and sizes but I figure yours is probably a skate. There are shark and ray egg cases that look a lot like that but have long tendrils on the corners.

I've discovered all sorts of strange looking things under the water that could pass for plants but are really eggs.

It's a very cool world down there and we've barely scratched the surface. (pun not intended)
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4. ycd0108
2:25 PM GMT on February 19, 2012
Morning Ylee: Not a paper bag but it was blowin' in the wind.
Rob: You and Angie are pretty quick:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Big_skate_egg_c ase.JPG
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3. RobDaHood
12:32 PM GMT on February 19, 2012
I showed Angie and she concurs with my opinion.
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2. RobDaHood
12:23 PM GMT on February 19, 2012
an egg case from a ray or shark?

Glad you had a good trip.
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1. Ylee
11:52 AM GMT on February 19, 2012
Hi, ycd, it's good to have you back!

Looks like the remnant of a burned paper bag, floating in the wind!
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