Month of April 2022 (Nat’l Avg $4.252)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by EdwinTheMagnificent, Apr 1, 2022.

  1. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Excellent photo….& walk….& FREE charge. Climbing over fences & gates is like being a child again! B-bb-uuttt, you’re still walking way to fast……if you took binoculars, you could walk slower……
     
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    From April 5, 2022:
    Went for a walk around the neighborhood. From one point, I got a great view of Gunn Peak, Merchant Peak & Jump-Off Ridge up the north fork of the Skykomish River. They are buried way deep in snow AND also very far down the slopes. Looks just like the deep snows of January & February.
     
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  3. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks but can’t help walking fast! It’s an affliction ;) I still see plenty though :)
    I walk slower when I’m with my wife! :rolleyes:
     
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  4. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I have to walk faster when I’m with my wife. I bet our wives walk about the same pace. :oops::rolleyes:
     
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Big-tired manual Elantra took the big bopper Remington 9X63mm binoculars & me to the Wildlife area. I saw a beautiful Wood Duck. I noted there was no wind. Walking across the field, I noted the field was a bit warm, altho the day was cloudy & a bit chilly previously. Just before entering the Wood, I saw some leaves in the air crossing left to right, which seemed to be at odds that I had noted no wind. Also at odds, I had never seen blowing leaves travel so slowly. Then I noted that the leaves were in a very slow whirlwind. I mean ssslllooowww! The light whirlwind was about 15 feet across & the leaves were in its circulation pattern. I deliberately walked into the whirlwind & I could feel the air passing me at 2 or 3 MPH. Stepping further into the center, there was no wind, but I saw the leaves moving around me. Stepping away from the center, I again felt the 2 or 3MPH wind, & then no wind as I fully stepped out of the whirlwind. & then the little whirlwind ended. What an interesting phenomenon! I then stepped into the Woods & noted how cool the air was under the trees. I figured the warmth of the field & coolness under the trees, is what had started the whirlwind. The Woods continue to amaze me!
    In my course thru the Woods, I sat on the God-Made Park Bench several times. I heard sounds of jets & saw 3 Navy(?) planes in slow formation, maybe heading for Paine Field to land, all three laden down with bombs & fuel tanks.
    Over at the lake, there were no birds, not even the Cormorant sitting on the slanted tree trunk in the water. Yes, the 9X63mm binoculars showed no birds anywhere. Moving thru the Woods to the slough, again no birds. Moving along the slough, I noted 1 female Merganzer diving. Walking further & binocular viewing toward the small dam, partially created by a large downfall, I finally saw 8 ducks at quiet rest laying on the downfall. Wandering thru the Woods, I eventually exited them, where the whirlwind had been. Again, the field was warmer than the Woods & I saw 2 flocks of crows. Elantra took me home.
     
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  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 34 deg F in Naperville and Elk Grove. Wind SW10.
    33.2 miles , fcd = 62.2 x .943 = 58.6 MPG.
     
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  7. litesong

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    Auto Elantra took me & the Nikon 7-15powerX35mm zooms to the Wildlife area. Just a spectacular puffy white cloud & clear as a bell day! AND to start off, both pairs of Shoveler & Cinnamon Teal Ducks were working the north end of the lake. I was so happy in the last few days to see both kinds of ducks & now together in the same binocular view! Once on the fields, it was great to see all the new snow on the distant mountain ridges. Using the binoculars, I could see branches on mountain trees, & you can say, Nikon clear as a bell. I wandered on the lesser traveled trails & got my arthritis nettles treatment. Fingers are tingling now. Over on the slough, both ducks & Canadian Geese were on the downfall tree that partially created the foot tall (less now) slough dam. Not any birds over on the lake. There was one fisherman standing in his rowboat, seeing if he could catch fish along the shoreline. Over on a small backwater, I was able to stir up a pair of Wood Ducks, but not enough to make them fly away. It was such a sweet day, I sat on the God-Made Park Bench, twice in the course of my endeavors among the trees. Eventually, Elantra took me home.
     
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  8. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I only drove to the Toyota dealer and back on Friday (walked to Solemn Oath brewery while they worked
    on my car.) The results for a ten-mile round trip , with the car in ready mode for who knows how long , wouldn't
    be stellar anyway , but the dealer thoughtfully zeroed out BOTH tripmeters , so we'll never know.
    This tank was all set to be the first 60+ tank of the year.
    Not planning to drive today , buy hoping for a good bike ride this afternoon.
     
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    33 deg F in Naperville and Elk Grove. wind NNW3.
    33.3 miles , fcd = 55.2 x .943 = 52.0 MPG.
    Snow overnight , a few inches on Kelly's car , but roads were merely wet.

    I don't know for sure , but I THINK Toyota let air out of my tires , despite my
    explicit instructions , which they even printed out for their ( illiterate ) mechanics to read.
    I will check later today ,if/when we have sunlight).
     
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  10. litesong

    litesong litesong

    My mechanic of 25years, doesn’t always air my tires to what I indicated. If he is working on cars 25 years from now, he will still be my mechanic(it’ll be tough for me to still be driving). His mechanics working for him are NOT illiterate, but their first language is not English. I love them all.
     
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  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Well , it looks like they most likely did not let air out of my tires. I had them at 45 psi a month ago , but we had a lot of weather changes since then ,
    so they lost a bit.( 42-43 ) I put about six seconds of free air in each one. I was in too big of a hurry to measure them. I will do that at lunchtime.

    Took the short route today , as that goes right past my Amoco in Naperville. 34 deg F in Naperville
    and Elk Grove. Wind WMW10 32.4 miles , fcd = 61.2 x .943 = 57.7 MPG
    Going out to dinner with a friend tonight , so a totally different route home. In other words ; I might get lost.
    The good news : I'm completely unsupervised , so I don't even HAVE to go home.

    I had a great mechanic like that. He's still around but it's now considerably out of the way to go there. I still use him when I can ,
    and refer others to him. He did the brakes on the Prius 15 months ago at 118K. Dan's Auto Service , Batavia IL.
     
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  12. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Umm…..Guess you should have the used tires like I have on all 3 of our Hyundai cars. I check their tire pressures once in a while & only about a third of the time do they need any extra air. But, I really think your worse winter weather than ours, probably is the reason for your lower pressures…..& I’m surprised you didn’t lose more pressure.
    Thanks Edwin, for reminding me that I have to check all my tires now!
    Oh, oh. My wife told me “No more used tire buys!” But now some one is selling two used name brand tires with a lot of rubber left for $30. Might have to get them.
    Funny. One of my “better used” tire buys came from a new tire dealer employee who was given a new tire from inventory, when the business went broke. The tire seems to be wearing more than I had hoped. But, it should still get 40,000 miles. The tire was known for good performance, but not too much longevity.
    Yes, my mechanic is very good & only about 2.5 miles away. In my younger days, I could drop my car off & walk home. Sometimes, he would let me borrow a car, till the service was done.
     
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  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 41 deg F in Naperville and Elk Grove. Wind SE8.
    I took the old , longer way to work today because I saw/heard a long freight train
    at the crossing 3 blks east of me. It turned out to be a good decision.
    35.1 miles , fcd = 65.9 x .943 = 62.1 MPG
     
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  14. litesong

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    Auto Elantra took me & the Tasco 7-15powerX35mm binoculars to the Wildlife area. From the parking lot, the optic showed a Canadian Goose perched on a 20 foot tall stump honking away(no…no….not Elantra). Over on the north end of the Lake, the binos showed the goose joined another, feeding in the water. So the Tasco showed them well AND one of the Cinnamon Teals was in the background! Very nice! With binoculars try & see Cinnamon Teals. Not a lover of the color brown, Cinnamon Teals are truly extraordinary. AND zoom binoculars have really taught me that you want more than 7 power. Yeah, when you need extra power, 14 power is nice(more?).
    Along the fields & into the Woods, white crowned sparrows lined my walk. A whole bunch of Alaska airliners went over the Wildlife area too. With Paine & Boeing Fields & SeaTac Airport within 40 miles, its hard to pretend you are in the wilderness. :p
    Over on the lake’s southend, lots of Ringneck Ducks & one Cormorant were seen. Yeah, the extra power was nice. Walking down the lake, I saw a pair of Wood Ducks. Over on the slough, I saw a good group of Wood Duck. Quietly walking to a closer vantage, I got to see this lovely set of beautiful Woodies, with their elegance, color, Crests & streaming white feathers. Just exquisite! The Tasco zoom really did its duty.
    Walking to the parking lot, Elantra took me & Tasco home.
     
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 51 d eg F in Naperville , 50 in Elk Grove.
    Wind W13.
    33.3 miles , fcd = 64.0 x .943 = 60.3 MPG.

    I forgot to mention when I filled up the other day (Tuesday?) because I hadd no real numbers after what
    Toyota of Naperville did. The interesting thing , I paid $3.999 at my Amoco in Naperville , which is also
    the place with free air and until recently free vacuums.
    2.0 miles away a BP station was charging $4.559.
     
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  16. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Are you sure you don’t live in Washington state. That’s the pricing I get, when I get out of my higher priced area……actually I saw $4.69 somewhere. I bet I can find a higher price too, at one spot. The prices are so high, I can’t understand them……no more, no how!
     
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I guess the prices aren't THAT high , or you wouldn't be doing all that recreational driving.
     
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  18. litesong

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    I used to cross the state & back for a sweet day of driving. But, that was when I took advantage of gas wars, at as little as half price. No longer. My recreational driving is down under 15 miles, round trip. That is why I wanted an EV. But now, our economic situation has eliminated EV’s too.
    Like I said, even my used tires are being given to family members.”putz putin-always small letters” has screwed the World……worse to come.

    PS…..Found another gas station selling gas for $4.999 a gallon….& we’re nowhere near California. I think I can find higher gas stations……& I don’t mean in elevation……
     
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  19. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I saw <$3.60 here yesterday. Was $3.699 when I last refueled.

    Edit, 4-22-22: ">" changed to "<". Oops!
     
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  20. litesong

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    Elantra took my Nikon 8X36mm, Pentax 20X60mm binoculars & me to the Wildlife area. I FORGOT MY PASS. I said, “I’m gonna see the birds, anyhow!” And I did. With the Nikons I immediately saw a Green-winged Teal. Also using the 20power Pentax, the Teal was full of color & delight. Yeah, the Pentax bests all the other binoculars, when detail is what is needed. I started to move on, but if I traveled for an hour & a half, I could see a ticket on Elantra when I got back. So, I headed back to the parking lot to leave. I had passed the spot where I had seen the Teal. Oh, I had to see the Teal again! Backing up, the Nikons showed a Wood Duck. Looking thru the Pentax, the Wood Duck was beautiful. So good looking, I stared at him with the Pentax’s. Then, another Wood Duck moved into the same view……& less than 30seconds later, another Wood Duck moved into view. Three in one view. The Field of View of the 20power Pentax is very narrow, 5 times less than the viewing width of many wide-angle binoculars. & I had 3 Wood Ducks in the view. & then the Green-winged Teal wanted to be in the view, too. Then, a female Wood Duck showed up, but I couldn’t get all five birds in the same view. I watched them for a while, said thank you to the birds for letting me see them, & let Elantra take me home. Yeah, it was a short visit, but very enjoyable
     
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