Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Misc. Rambling

Fairbanks has been really warm the last couple of days. Not miserably hot and/or humid like many other places in the country but hot for Fairbanks. Many places don't have real air conditioning systems. I stopped into my office at the university and folks there were melting from the heat. Many just opted to take time off than spend the time being miserable at the office. Today, it was only 83°F which is much cooler than it was earlier in the week.

These pictures are just some from my photo library that I didn't use in earlier postings. The first two are from the auto museum and the last two are from the gold dredge. Actually taken inside of the dredge itself. Kind of nice that they let you wander through it on your own. They do control the areas you can go to but not to the point of tightly controlling everything to appease some lawyer.

Now that our guests have left, things seem way too quiet around here. I've passed the 100-mile mark on the e-bike so I will do a review in a future post. The truck is in the shop getting the clutch replaced ($$$). It slipped several times on our last trip through Canada and once it starts to slip, it'll continue to get worse especially with heavy hauling. On the last trip, I could hear a bearing spinning on the engine and figured that either the water pump or the idler pulley was going south. It turns out to be the idler pulley and will have them replace the serpentine belt at the same time. The shop needs to order the parts for the clutch.

On Friday morning, Bridget and I are heading for Seattle for my niece's wedding. We are leaving plenty of time for wandering around the Olympic Peninsula. It should be a good trip and nice to be out and about again. Even if it is only for a few days. 


  1. It's always really quiet after the guests leave, it seems. Your Seattle trip sounds fun, especially the part about wandering the Olympic peninsula. We hope to make it to the PNW next summer, and I can't wait!

    1. I haven't been to the Olympic peninsula in a long time. Maybe 25 years or more. From what I hear, Vancouver Island is a don't miss if you are in the PNW.

    2. Totally agree, Richard! We have been to Vancouver Island and it was lovely, but need to go back as we only really saw Victoria.