story in one image

  • Foreground:  “no vehicles” sign (brown sign below the tent triangle)
  • Middle:  LEO talking to citizen
  • Background:  pickup buried to the frame rails in sand

good sun, terrible menudo, sore feet, water monsters

solar harvest

Forecast said foggy today, but it’s been completely clear since sun-up.  If it holds up this could be the first “full pull” charge in 10 days.


There’s a Latinx subpopulation in Newport, and a few Mexican restaurants.  One claimed “menudo every day” which to me is like a red flag to a bull.

The whole experience was pretty  bad, but the menudo was tragic.  I think it was just their pozole with some lovely honeycomb tripe and una pata thrown in.

Small bowl, $14 FFS.


Dog and I do a lot of walking, and I did something to my feet in the last couple of days. I think it was a few trips up/down a long steep roadway 2 days ago that did it.   Not an unnoticed injury from an errant step or hole, as it;’s the same in both feet.

They are stiff and they hurt like they are half-cramped.  I hobble pretty good when I sit for a while but after a few minutes they are just uncomfortable.  I was walking in sneakers and may switch to hiking boots today to see if it helps.

water anomalies

One of the places I was hobbling walking yesterday was along the Newport pier area.   I saw something brownish break the surface and thought it might be a sea lion’s head crowning.  I’ve seen them do that in the immediate area.

When it came back up I realized it was pulsing:  it was a jellyfish floating right at the surface.  I hadn’t seen any jellies here so I watched for a while.  Those things are weird.

I walked a ways down the pier and saw a bunch of them in the shallows.  There are reflections and zoom issues but hopefully you can make them out:

I assume jellies don’t have a plan to go anywhere specific, although since some have photo- and other receptors they might be able to orient and control their depth in the water column.

Apparently their locomotion is hyperefficient:

…jellyfish have been shown to be the most energy efficient swimmers of all animals….  Muscles are used for the contraction of the body, which creates the first vortex and pushes the animal forward, but the mesoglea is so elastic that the expansion is powered exclusively by relaxing the bell, which releases the energy stored from the contraction….

Jellyfish achieved a 48 percent lower cost of transport (the amount of food and oxygen consumed, versus energy spent in movement) than other animals in similar studies.


misc. pictures

grab bag of pics that didn’t fit elsewhere:

The original lighthouse, decomissioned in the late 1800s because the one I showed earlier (in the smoke haze) was brighter.   I didn’t realize that some lighthouses were literally designed to look like houses:

Apparently this one was made so the keeper would have his whole family on site.

Evidence that the other lighthouse is indeed functional: Continue reading “misc. pictures”

watered batteries after three weeks of Eternal Absorption

I normally water every couple of couple of months, but thought it would be smart to check early this time just in case I was boiling off a ton of water.

The water use was in line with what I normally see.  I got a couple bloops out of each cell, with the exception of one cell that took 4 bloops.  Misfilled before?  Venting more?


I have two wild-ass guesses as to why: Continue reading “watered batteries after three weeks of Eternal Absorption”

the bigger picture

In this pic I am on the coast about midway down the image.  Air quality from PM2.5 here is 178 (unhealthy) but graded on a curve it seems great.  The other day the sensors were pinned at 501 (scale goes to 500) which means something like “you are probably already on fire”.

Solar harvest peaked today at 202w before settling down to 162w.  This was under heavy fog.  I have lots of open space overhead if I can just get some direct sunlight on the panels.

Tomorrow is supposed to be fog in the morning, then just cloudy thereafter.  Next week there are showers forecast on tues-wed-thurs, which could make a dent in the fire situation.   Even the fog probably helps.

skies continue to clear

Even though I cannot tell the difference with my eye/memory, the particulates must be clearing.  At 10:38am (two hours before solar noon) the solar is pulling in 99.28w.

Update:  at 12:38p (same time as previous days) the solar was making 131.54w.  Yes!

sky is 5.8x clearer today; walking the docks

… according to my solar harvest, anyway.  Yesterday at slightly after noon I was making 8.98W.  Today it’s 52.08W.

walked to the docks

We walked down to the dock area, which was devoid of tourists. Probably a combination of the fires, being early morning, and mid-week.  Many of the shop signs said they opened at 11am.     Since I’m not buying and had the dog with me I didn’t mind that they were closed.

Lots of working men doing seafood-related physical work on the docks.   Some of these boats (like the blue Pegasus in the background)  were bigger than buildings I’ve worked in before:

Here’s a video of the 96′ (!) craft being pulled out of the water in 2017:

At the time it had Astoria, OR printed on the right side of the stern instead of the Toledo, OR it carries now.   Reworked at the Port of Toledo?  Sold?

ork! ork! ork!

The sea lions were mostly sleeping except the one on the far left (hidden behind railing) that was barking nonstop.  This confused the dog:

You can see her hackles are raised at the shoulder and base of tail, but she stayed silent and observed.  Probably not a bad move when encountering animals 20x her size.  If only she were as reserved around other large animals.   She usually barks and growls at large land animals like cattle and mule deer.  The deer in particular seem to set her off.

One of the sea lions coughed and ejected a chunk of something about 10′ away from the prone position.   Sounds like cows when they exhale hard.


south to Newport – Mormon winds

The smoke in the Lincoln City area was starting to get to me (stomach pains) so I checked the map to see where fires weren’t;  Newport looked workable.

That would have worked ok except folks from outside LC were apparently evacuating from areas with active fires.   Luckily I had a 3/4 tank of gas and the van is in good shape.  The average 10mph traffic was annoying but not dangerous.    It’s nice knowing you can pull over to nap, wait, or use the bathroom as needed in a self-contained pod.

LEOs were in good spirits and truly excellent in moving evacuating traffic through oncoming lanes;  I assume they get practice from the tsunamis.  Broadcast radio was terrible.  Few stations with only statewide general info (“the west coast is one fire” – duhhh).  No emergency info at all.

This is the lighthouse in Newport.  I don’t know Continue reading “south to Newport – Mormon winds”

Lincoln City, OR / historic wind event

Lincoln City is about 90mi down the coast from the Seaside area.   It would be the coolest spot in the area I could find for the next two weeks.

Fearing holiday return traffic, I waited until quite late to start heading south.  I noticed there were some leaves on the 101, the coastal highway.  I chalked it up to the recent hot spell, judging it had stressed the trees and they were starting to drop foilage.

As it turned out, this was the front (literally) of a historic wind event Continue reading “Lincoln City, OR / historic wind event”