Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Rash

Day 2

24 Hour Hot Tub

6:45am - One of my favorite things to do at a 24 Hour Club was to soak in their hot tub. I would tell fellow hot tubbers, that this was my dessert after exercising.

That was before noticing a rash. That rash is Hot tub folliculitis. A condition which causes inflammation of hair follicles. This rash should clear itself up in a couple weeks.

Regardless, I am not going into 24 Hour's hot tubs anymore.


8am - Data question
While eating breakfast this morning, I was going over what happened to my Cricket Communication data usage this month.

I am buying 10gb high speed data each month. Never went over 10gb before. But, this month I went over! So, I bought 2gb more data for $20.

In just two days, I used so much data that I only have 800mb high speed data left?!

My question is: "What happens when I use all my high speed data?"

Matzos, eggs and onions and Jimmy Dean pork sausage


11am - Heading out
The Scampy Team is in the 24 Hour Fitness parking lot in the City of Lancaster. George has changed into T-shirt and short pants clothing!

We are heading out in the direction of the Town of Lebec California and the Bitter Creek National Refuge.


12:30pm - Town of Gorman
We have arrived in Gorman. During my boyhood, I heard tell of this town. My Dad and his two brothers mentioned the name numerous times. First time for me to visit Gorman.

After we headed out from the City of Lancaster, the Scampy RV Team drove thru a vast  almost flat desert! We may have driven past perhaps 50 square miles of solar power plants. Both wind and photovoltaic. There was one huge PV plant that was hard against the hills north of us. So big that it looked from a distance like a lake!

Gorman is a tiny town off of I-5


3am - Following Scampy?
If you are following Scampy on a map, we would like to clue you in on what's what!

Last nite we were looking at our paper map on how to travel to the Bitter Creek National Refuge. We spotted a little road labeled 9N05. This little road appeared to head directly to the Refuge!

But today, we could NOT find that road?!

So, we are heading up to the Town of Mettler. Then going westerly on State 166 to the Town of  Maricopa. From there we continue going on State 166 in sort of a southwesterly direction. After Maricopa, we should be pretty close to the Refuge.

Well, that's the scoop!


5pm - Bitter Creek Refuge!
Well, we have found our Nite Camp site at the west end of the Refuge.

You may be wondering about what we have to report?

  • Did we find a gorgeous forest with tall trees?
  • A sparkly flowing creek?
  • Fabulous vistas?
Well..... one of three is not bad. If you guessed "Fabulous vistas," you are right on! If we could have gone up another 1,500 feet elevation, we might be in that forest. As it is, we are at 4,560 feet altitude.


Panorama view from Nite Camp


The beginning of the road near Lebec

Green fruit trees. Amazing after all that desert!

Revolt against the water conservationists!

Violet flowers! Wow!
Not "wild" flowers

The California Condors have dibs 
on access to Bitter Creek







Elevation: 4,560 feet












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19 comments:

  1. Hey George,
    The "hot tubs" at 24 hour fitness are like restaurants (Some have good sanitation and some don't). They are under the jurisdiction of the County Health Department.
    Anyway, if you pickup a package of "Pool Water Test Strips", you can discreetly and instantly check the hot tub chemistry.
    No need to give up Hot Tubing!

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    1. Hi Phil,

      Thank you sooooo much for this info!

      George

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  2. Yikes! I really don't like busy fitness centers...some are unsanitary. I'd rather go to yoga or Pilates class out in the open air. We can do some things to avoid 'superbugs' but not all the time. I heard superbugs are hard to get rid of and some require extensive treatment.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Fortunately for me, this rash is not a super bug! Lord! That sounds terrible!!

      George

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  3. Have you used this particular 24-hour fitness center many times before? If you have, let management know; they will be happy you did in case one of their employees has fallen down on the job. After all, you may be a frequent customer. By the way, a rash can spread so you need a cream, possibly anti-fungal.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      This 24 Hour is very close to where I make Nite Camps up on Kearny Mesa. I have used the spa there many times.

      In fact, I did report that the spa had a large defect in the tiled floor. The floor rose up several inches in one area. I stumbled over this defect.

      After I reported this defect to the club, nothing was done.

      I have read about this rash on the net. Nothing about it spreading though.

      George

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  4. George, you pick some of the best places to camp...I marked Bitter Creek NR on my map...thank you!

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    1. Wait Rita!

      I have not arrived at Bitter Creek yet! 😏

      George

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    2. George, I looked up Bitter Creek NR on the internet web site to look around. Wow it looked sort of like Montana with rolling, grassy hills. The camp sites look decent.

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  5. Try the AT&T Mobley hotspot for $20 month with unlimited data. Made to plug into a car. But adapters are available for 120V or 12V DC.
    https://slickdeals.net/f/9903008-at-t-zte-mobley-unlimited-4g-lte-20-per-month-like-a-hotspot

    I have had it since March and works great.

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    1. Hi Larry,

      I followed your URL. Looks interesting.

      George


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  6. Sometimes map makers add small fake roads to help distinguish when other publishers are copying their maps, since they are very expensive to construct. I encountered this several times when traveling, and it is disconcerting !

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    1. Wow, John!

      What a terrible thing to do to us traveling folk! 😖

      George


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  7. George, do you turn data OFF when you are not using it on your iPhone?

    Settings -> Cellular -> Cellular Data -> OFF

    You don't need data to make and receive phone calls.

    You can also turn off automatic updates for apps and the operating system. To learn more just do an internet search such as "How to reduce iphone data usage". There are many ways to prevent your phone from playing with itself when you're not using it.

    I have the iPhone 5S and only turn Data ON when I don't have a good wifi connection and need to access the internet or to send - receive email, etc.

    Apologies if you already do all this.

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      Yes! I turn off Cellular Data when I do not need it.

      I believe that I figured out where all my data usage is coming from. I have been using Google directions a lot lately. That's what is using my data.

      Today I began depending on my old navigation skills. Like street signs!

      George


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    2. That would do it! I use "Here WeGo" maps IOS app. It works in the boonies when the iPhone can't even get a voice signal. (High mountains of Colorado) There's a bit of a learning curve and you have to download the state map in which you are traveling. It uses quite a bit of phone storage, but several states fit nicely on my 64gb iPhone 5s. (Delete the ones you no longer need) The app uses the phone's built in GPS to show where you are on the downloaded map, and when programed for a destination announces directions just like Google maps. NO DATA!

      Happy traveling!

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    3. That sounds wonderful, Barbara!

      Just what I need!!

      Thank you sooooo much. 😀

      George


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  8. Where is Mr DeLorme when you need him?
    LOL

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Yes! Wonderful Mr DeLorme. He made it possible to Blog my travels before the coming of cellular data!

      Mr DeLorme was abandoned on the property of the two Panchos' body shop. Mr DeLorme's day had come and gone.

      George

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