Summer began by my thoroughly rinsing off all of the salt deposits that accumulated on the trailer during our beachside outing last May. An important part of this annual process is to fully extended our three awnings and wash off the accumulation of salt and dirt. The details of our trailer awning care are seen in my post, “Trailer Awnings“. I am always amazed at the amount of dirt that accumulates along the very top edge of canvas where it attaches to the trailer (and can’t be seen or washed away until the awning is fully extended).
Diesel prices rose to $4.599/gallon this summer and the cost to fill up the F-250 tank was an even $100 here in San Diego, but the upside of living here is that we don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors, even our backyard is a tropical oasis.
Summer projects included Larry’s application of finishing touches to our trailer sun shade screen seen in my last post, “Drift and the land yacht“, and in my research into replacing our six-year-old trailer tires.
San Diego’s Old Town is a great place to work and play. Larry and I put on our Victorian era attire and went to Old Town State Historic Park where Nick & Dave were photographing anybody for free as long as they were wearing vintage clothing. Nick & Dave do tintype photography using the wet plate collodion process.
(Photo credit: Joe O’Dell)
They took our photos, showed them to us and, after they applied the finishing application of clear lacquer, we returned in two weeks to pick them up.
Nick & Dave’s assistant photographer Joe O’Dell took pictures of us with his Nikon camera and used Photoshop to make the image below showing us with the backdrop of Bodie, a ghost town in California.
Our Renaissance faire friend, Jim M., died in late summer, reminding us that life is fragile and brief and of the importance of cherishing and sharing each day with our loved ones, from season to season. Summer is now over, the leaves are beginning to fall, the air is cooler… but love endures, along with our memories of the summer of ’12.