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The Koi are waking up!!!

This is what keeps things interesting here near PDX; this is tonight’s forecast by NWS:

Tonight
Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature rising to around 53 by 4am. Windy, with a south wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
The GOES West satellite graphics are great.
http://weather.unisys.com/current-weather?source=1&plot=109&region=gw
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Cold.

It’s that time of year for my colored fishy friends.  We’ve had several days of mid-twenties nights and frisky north winds.  That scours the heat out of the Koi’s home.  Although the ground under the pond is about 50 to 55F, the wind wins the thermodynamic battle.  Now have the first skin of ice on the pond.  The water is about 39F, so the fish are somnolent and unresponsive.  The waterfall, now run by my new variable speed pump, is turned down to just cycle the water and keep the plumbing from freezing, so as to not cool the water unnecessarily by a large flow down the exposed cataract.

The outdoor Christmas lights are up, the fish are down, and the liquor cabinet is nominal, so it’s time for Johnny Mathis, and then Chip from Mannheim Steamroller.  41 is finally underground and I’m done reading any news until January, if then.  I do have an RV to get ready for our Spring launch!

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Crazy Fish

My pond is at 52.1F right now, which is very close to the limit where Koi should be fed.  Any colder and the food lays in their digestive tract and rots.  But today they think summer is returning, judging by their reaction to me greeting them a couple of minutes ago.  I quit feeding them a couple of weeks ago when the water temp descended into the mid forties.  Gonna give them a little light lunch today.  When the temp goes down, they generally descend to the bottom, about 5′, and line up like cordwood, ignoring me.

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Ft. Stevens for 10 Days!

Last trip of the season, as it’s getting cold.  We usually go to a local park that is gorgeous, but opted this year for the NW tip of OR.  Some rain, but since its source was from what we call a pineapple wind pattern, sourced in the Hawaiian island area, the air was almost a constant 46 to 50 degrees, day and night.  The weather was perfect on arrival and on departure, making for great landing and packing duties with the trailer.  Had a few day trips mixed in with maximal laziness.  I forgot my real camera on them, but took a few nice iPhone pix with my 8.

Arrival
In memory of John Jacob Astor
Near Cape Disappointment
Gwyneth by the fire
Because TKC does it…
Similar to a picture I took in the Redwoods. Beautiful sun rays.
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Ready for Winter!

Votes are filled in properly and mailed.  Power washed and stained the deck during the last sunny spell.  Got a new fire table put up by our deck lounges.  The 5th wheel is ready for a Monday departure on our final seasonal trip, to the Astoria area, specifically our favorite site at Ft. Stevens state park.  It’s after two pm, so it’s fruits of labor time with the adoring fish.  Well….they do adore their meals!  Raining now and I don’t need to care.

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Slope Becomes Too Slippery?

This article grabbed my attention, and probably Mark Steyn’s, too.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/defaming-muhammad-does-not-fall-under-purview-of-free-speech-european-court-rules

The crux:

The freedom of speech does not extend to include defaming the prophet of Islam, the European Court of Human rights ruled Thursday.

The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled that insulting Islamic prophet Muhammad “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate” and “could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace.”

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Arches, Canyonlands & Dead Horse Point, Oh My!

Dead Horse Point is within a Utah state park, via a minor detour off the main road that leads to the main Canyonlands NP view area located at the end of the main road.  It’s a worthy detour; I consider the view from this point to be the most sensational, provocative and evocative vista ever.  A camera can’t really communicate the scope.  You just have to go there.

Here’s two more from Arches.  Mother Nature has been busy.

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