Summer happenings

With summer just about over, it’s time to update everyone on what’s been happening for the past few months. Like most summers in northern Nevada it was hot: in fact we had many records broken. Several towns to the west had the record broken for the number of days over 38C, and here in Elko we had a few days in the low 40C range which was also a record. And with temperatures like these and humidity in the single digits, there’s bound to be fires. Most were started by lightning with the storms we get here, often without any rain. We had more fires than usual in Elko and surrounding counties, with one of the largest fires in US history just to the north-west of us. At just under 500,000 acres, the Martin fire was the largest in modern US history, but as it was mainly sagebrush and grazing lands, it hardly got any airplay on the news, with the fires in California topping the news for many weeks. And rightly so as they killed many people and destroyed hundreds of buildings. Some of these fires are still burning and the smoke has covered the north of Nevada for about 4 weeks now.

While these fires were happening, Harrison had a camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the border of California and Nevada, just to the south of the large Redding fire (picture below is of Tanker 911 fighting a fire). Run by a long established camp company, he lived and ate in a yurt for a week while having the days (and nights) filled with camp type activities. From horse-back riding to climbing mountains, the camp staff kept the kids busy from sun up to well after sun down. Harrison looked a little ragged at the end of the week but throughly enjoyed himself. So much so he’s off to a 3-day camp in October and will be participating in the leadership camp next summer. It’s about a 4.5 hour drive from Elko to the campsite in the Sierra Nevadas, so rather than drive back and forwards, Julie and I will stay in a Airbnb in the Californian forest about 10 minutes from the camp. In October it should be quite cool and hopefully by then the fires and smoke have cleared.

Harrison had several swimming carnivals over the summer, with the Elko High Desert Invitational at our local pool, as well as a meet in Boise, Idaho. He swam well at both events picking up numerous medals and ribbons for his hard work. We’re not sure if he’ll do swimming next year with so much on at school – student council, year book committee, as well as track and archery. So much to keep him busy that he could be worn out by summer time next year.

We also added a new member to the family with Leo the Toy Poodle joining in July. He was 10 weeks old when we picked him up from Idaho Falls and barely 3 pounds. After a few gastro problems he’s now become quite the member of the family and as of today he weighed 4.8 pounds, not far from his fully grown weight of 5.5 pounds. He comes with us everywhere as most places here are dog friendly, with 4 out of 5 hotels allowing pets. Stores like Barnes and Noble and Home Depot also allow pets to come in with their human owners.

We hung a hummingbird feeder yesterday and so far have had a few visits, but none have stopped for a feed. I think we have some competition a few houses down as it appears they have feeders as well, but we’re hoping the birds realise ours is better and stop by on occasions. We could be right at the end of the hummingbird season, so may have to wait until next year for our first visitors.

Apart from Harrison’s camp in October for 3 days, we’ve got Thanksgiving coming up in late November and have booked another Airbnb on the shores of Lake Tahoe for 4 nights. Last year we stayed at Lake Tahoe but on the Nevada side at Incline Village. This time we’ll be over the border into California at King’s Beach. The house is quite rustic but comfortable and will do us for the few days. It’s fully fenced which will be good for Leo and has an outdoor gas fire pit for those cold nights, which it will be in late November, possibly even with some snow down to the lake level.

The weather is predicted to start to cool in the next few weeks with most days in the 20s, and the mornings approaching single digits. In middle October we’ll get our retic system ‘winterized’ by having the water blown out of it and disconnected from the mains. It will stay like this until April when we can be confident it won’t freeze. After this summer we’re all looking forward to winter and hoping for an above average season in terms of snow and temperatures.

 

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