Monday, January 9, 2012

A month on the road.

Today marks a month since we shovelled the snow from in front of the fifth wheel, made a run up the snowy hill for the main road, and almost lost it on the black ice near Lake Louise.  PC040197

What a difference a month makes!  Now it’s shorts and sandals and T-shirts, windows down and looking for shade to park in.  We’ve found ourselves somewhat stationary just outside of Borrego Springs for over two weeks now, just kicking back and enjoying the absolutely wonderful weather.  There was some wind gusts a couple nights ago, and that’s the extent of the ‘bad’ weather, if you can even call it that.

Hard to believe that it has been a week before I blogged last, but there has not been anything particularly bloggable. 

Of course, UPS and I are still playing games.  They continue to amaze me.  One day they hit a home run with bases loaded, and the next day, they don’t even show up.

Got a package delivered to, and sent from Palm Springs, and that was all excellent.  Then I got one delivered to Borrego Springs, which was good, but there is no depot here, and you can’t send an international package without jumping through all the hoops.  So on Saturday, Hailey took her place on my lap, and we were off for a scenic drive to Ramona, where there is a UPS store.  All was going well, till they told me it would cost $98. to ship this tiny box to Canada, or it could go by ‘mail’ for about $50!!  I told them it had only cost me $23 to ship the identical box from Palm Springs, but no, there were no alternatives!  So I told them where they could stick their business, and used the good old US postal service to send it today – for about $23, but saving me a drive to Palm Springs again.  I think this was a franchise UPS store, so I guess they feel the need to inflate the prices by 400%+!

I can see you asking the question about why I am shipping all these boxes back and forth?  No, it wasn’t Christmas presents or anything – well maybe to myself.

Nope.  It seems that I mortgaged the farm more or less and bought myself a very expensive, high-tech, radio controlled helicopter.  This helicopter is built in Saskatoon, has 6 blades, is computer controlled, and specializes in aerial photos and video.  The astute among you may have been noticing a few photos on the blog taken from a somewhat unlikely angle lately.  You guessed it, they were taken from the helicopter.  Unfortunately, the controller for said helicopter does not seem to like to be charged using power from my onboard 1000W inverter.  The company and I have been trying to find the causes and solutions to this problem, but in the meantime, we are keeping UPS afloat shipping pieces back and forth to keep it in the air.

We have quite the ‘little Canada’ down here, and I have been running into mostly BC Columbians, as I like to call the neighbouring province.  Lots of happy hours, camp fires, and stories told.  I’ve been here long enough, I’m starting to run into people I recognize in town.

It was pretty busy out here over the Christmas and New Years break, but now it is pretty quiet after all those folks had to take the kids back to school or go to work.  I remember work.  I used to have a job, but it sure cut into the fun times I tell ya.  I much prefer this – and not having to freeze, or shovel snow!

Hailey has been really enjoying it here I think, as she gets to run around without her harness and leash on. Visibility is good so I can be assured there are no coyotes around during daytime, though they make their presence known at night. There are a few other night creatures on the prowl as well.

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Photos from the air …

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That’ll have to do – till the next time I get around to blogging!

15 comments:

  1. Ivan
    Both Kathy and I need CPAP machines to keep us breathing at night. Our trailer is set up with a pure syne wave inverter. CPAP machines do not work on square or modified syne waves. The cheapest 1000 watt inverter that is pure syne wave is $300.00 when on sale at Canadian Tire it's normally $499.00. Your helicopter may need a pure syne inverter to properly charge it. Good Luck!

    It's about time.

    http://ricknkathyrousseau.blogspot.com/

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  2. Ivan
    Both Kathy and I need CPAP machines to keep us breathing at night. Our trailer is set up with a pure syne wave inverter. CPAP machines do not work on square or modified syne waves. The cheapest 1000 watt inverter that is pure syne wave is $300.00 when on sale at Canadian Tire it's normally $499.00. Your helicopter may need a pure syne inverter to properly charge it. Good Luck!

    It's about time.

    http://ricknkathyrousseau.blogspot.com/

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  3. WOW, thats a great toy you have there. Like the aerial photos. Hope you get the problem fixed. I attended a seminar about those "pure" sine wave inverters, maybe thats your fix.

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  4. Just gotta say, the aerial photos are AWESOME!

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  5. Ivan,charge it off your 2000 Honda ,there are many rechargables that can be damaged using square wave inverters,including Apple devices I hear.

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  6. Neat-O Chopper you got there for sure. By the looks of the long shadows on the ground you were doing some early morning or late evening flying. I like the idea of the aerial photography. Hope the weather holds at Borrego in case we get over that way later....

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  7. Boys and their Toys lol. But I must say that is a pretty neat one. I am glad to see Hailey back in your blog.

    Take Care
    Brenda

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  8. Boys and their Toys lol. But I must say that is a pretty neat one. I am glad to see Hailey back in your blog.

    Take Care
    Brenda

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  9. Love those helicopter photos. What a neat toy!!

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  10. WOW...I follow a fellow photographer on Flickr who takes BAP, balloon assited photos...he uses a helium balloon on a tether...he lives in Utah and visits Arhces NP quite often its amazing how the presepctive of the photos gives one a different perspective to the world we live in...Awesome SHOTS of your current area. is that a kangaroo rat??? ITS huge.

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  11. Fantastic helicopter photos! Way to go Ivan. Can't wait to see it in action first hand some time.

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  12. Hey, maybe you can send that whirly bird over our way and get some aerials of Dogpound South. that is a pretty neat toy you have there.

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  13. Wow, that picture of your kitty on the dash sunning is priceless.....I have found how a person can fall so deeply in love with these fellow's.

    Your airborne pictures are something else too..... I would love to see that machine,,,,maybe we could figure out how to shoot from it... What a way to spy on your neighbors...... How about a picture of it on the ground so we can get an idea of the size,,,,How is it powered, battery no doubt...

    Nice blog,,,always nice to hear something besides what all everybody had to EAT!!! Take care...

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  14. Wow, that picture of your kitty on the dash sunning is priceless.....I have found how a person can fall so deeply in love with these fellow's.

    Your airborne pictures are something else too..... I would love to see that machine,,,,maybe we could figure out how to shoot from it... What a way to spy on your neighbors...... How about a picture of it on the ground so we can get an idea of the size,,,,How is it powered, battery no doubt...

    Nice blog,,,always nice to hear something besides what all everybody had to EAT!!! Take care...

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