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Monday, April 6, 2020

New Mexico's Stay-At-Home Order

Just in case anyone in New Mexico is wondering about the state's stay-at-home order, KRQE has posted all the information one needs to know with FAQs.

It is a mandatory order, not a "suggestion".

They begin with:
On March 23, 2020, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health announced a new public health emergency order, closing all businesses and non-profit entities to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico. The “Stay-at-Home” order went into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 and will remain in place through the end of April, unless otherwise amended.
 The post has a list of what is considered "essential" businesses in the state. Contrary to what the Department of Homeland Security said, gun stores aren't considered "essential" under New Mexico's order.

To read it all, go here.

Pleasant Weather This Week

Above, Christmas getting carrot treats yesterday. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It looks like we'll be having some pleasant weather for the most part of this week, at least until Thursday.  It really doesn't matter too much since we're under a stay-at-home order. But the conditions will resume to what they were on Friday.

Even if we do get snow showers on Thursday, it won't last too long on the ground as it is not going to be cold enough.

As of now, the forecast by the National Weather Service is as follows:

Sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Clear, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Clear, with a low around 33. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
A chance of rain showers before midnight, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

California Having Foreshocks?

Today, I've been reading about swarms of earthquakes centered at and around Anza, California.

It is not too surprising since the state is overdue for a big one. They usually have a 20-year cycle. Two immediately come to mind: the Sylmar Earthquake in February 1971 and the Northridge Earthquake in January 1994.

California should have had a big one about 8 to 12 years ago, if the pattern held.

Could these be fore-shocks?

That's one thing I definitely don't miss about California, earthquakes.

Relaxing Sunday

Above, Christmas waiting for her next carrot. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today has been a very relaxing day with sunny skies and 63 degree temperature.

I did some Jeep driving around the community, which included bringing some carrots to Christmas and when I came back home, I decided to bring out my portable CD player to the deck and listened to some old (1940s to 1950s) country & western tunes (included were Hank Williams, Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and others) with a cigar and Alien Amber Ale.

Above, Nandoh in his 1962 CJ5. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

While I was out, I was joined by Nandoh Munoz and we shot the bull for a while over beers. He was testing out his 1962 Jeep CJ5 after cleaning out his gas tank (so far, so good). The conversation ran the gamut from Jeeps to guns to the Sturgis bike rallies.

Above, Nandoh heading out in his Jeep. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

An enjoyable time.

Forbes: Is Bass Pro An Essential Business Because It Sells Guns?

Above, Bass Pro Shops Fontana, California store. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Department of Homeland Security considers gun stores to be "essential businesses".

Unfortunately, some states haven't received the memo or are just plain ignoring it.

Forbes takes a look at Bass Pro Shops who, by the way sells guns. So, does this make them "essential". Bass Pro Shops is a sister store to Cabela's, who also sells guns.

They wrote:
There’s a debate raging across the nation about whether gun stores are an essential business during the coronavirus pandemic, which would make them immune from shelter-in-place orders that have forced thousands of retailers to close their doors. At the center of it all is Bass Pro Shops. 
While the federal government says gun stores can stay open, many states and towns disagree. That has left businesses grappling with a patchwork of government policies to decipher for themselves where they can or can’t stay open. Bass Pro Shops—a popular hunting and fishing chain owned by billionaire John Morris—has fought to stay open wherever it can. Based on its interpretation of a tangle of rules, it has kept about two thirds of its 150 U.S. stores open, according to its website. 
In states like Massachusetts, New York and New Mexico, where there is a ban on gun retailers, Bass Pro stores have gone dark. Meanwhile, at stores in Tennessee, South Carolina and Wisconsin, it is continuing to run “Spring Madness Sale” ads on shoes, binoculars and crossbows. In other states, it has remained open in one town and not in another. That case-by-case approach has caused frustration and confusion at headquarters, as well as among store workers and customers.
To read more, go here

Study: Mt. Fuji Ash Would Paralyze Tokyo

Above, a shinkansen view of Mount Fuji. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Coronavirus aside, here's something interesting from Japan.

If a major eruption of Mount Fuji should occur, it would paralyze Tokyo in just three hours. This is something that should be considered since several of Japan's volcanoes have erupted over the past several years.

According to News On Japan:
A Japanese government panel says Tokyo would become unable to function as the country's capital in about three hours if a large-scale eruption of Mount Fuji were to occur. 
When Mount Fuji last erupted in December 1707, it spewed ash for more than two weeks. Several centimeters accumulated in the city of Edo, which later became Tokyo. 
The government panel simulated what would happen if an eruption of that scale were to occur today, covering the greater Tokyo area with volcanic ash. 
It found that the ash would likely reach central Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama just three hours after the eruption.
To read more, go here

Fewer People On Japan's City Streets

Above, the Dotonbori section of Osaka usually sees hundreds of people during normal times. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

In my most recent shopping trips into Gallup, New Mexico, I found far fewer cars on the streets and people walking around. We are under stay-at-home orders.

We're not alone.

There are far fewer people on the streets of Tokyo and other Japanese cities due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to News On Japan:
Far fewer people were on the streets of shopping areas in Tokyo and other cities in Japan on Saturday, after authorities issued stay-at-home requests in the wake of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus. 
For the second straight weekend, many people in Japan refrained from going out after the country's National Governors' Association on Thursday called on residents to avoid leaving their homes except for essential reasons. The number of temporarily closed stores and restaurants increased from the previous weekend. 
"As the vast majority of stores are shut, the number of people on the streets is only about 10 percent of normal times," said a 48-year-old shop employee in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district. "I hardly see foreign tourists now these days." 
Besides Tokyo, where a surge in new cases has made the capital the worst-hit area in the country, stay-at-home requests have also been issued by prefectures including Osaka, Fukui, Fukuoka, Miyagi and Ibaraki.
To read more, go here

Coronavirus Leaves Japan's Tourism Industry Gutted

Above, normally, places like Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto would be crowded with tourists. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Now would be a good time to visit Japan. The temperatures are comfortable and the cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom.

Except, Japan has been hit hard by the coronavirus, thereby gutting the Japanese tourism industry.

According to Japan Today:
NARA - Cherry blossoms are in season and the ancient Japanese capital of Nara, with its majestic Todaiji Big Buddha temple and its herds of deer, would normally be packed. 
This year, it's almost deserted, as are most other tourist attractions in Japan as foreign visitors stay away and locals heed warnings to stay home to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 
The tourism industry, heavily reliant on foreign travelers, has taken a beating since Beijing banned group tours in late January. But there's a silver lining for some Japanese living in popular locations like Kyoto who were getting fed up with the crowds and disruptions from legions of visitors. 
Tadayuki Takiguchi's souvenir shop was the only one open on a recent weekday on a street near Nara's famous deer park, where tourists usually stop to take photos and feed the animals.
“Sometimes I don't see anyone on the street,” Takiguchi said. “I've never seen anything like this.”
Nara was among the first Japanese towns to be hit by the virus outbreak when a local bus driver tested positive for the virus in late January after carrying tourists from Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic. Around the same time, China's government banned group tours and sales of overseas travel packages.
Chinese tourists quickly disappeared, followed by visitors from the U.S. and Europe, Takiguchi said. These days, most shops don't bother to open, some perhaps wary of customers who might spread the virus.
To read more, go here

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Aunt Gloria, R.I.P.

Above, Aunt "Glo" received many Dodgers gifts on her 86th birthday. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When I saw the caller i.d. this morning at 6:42, I immediately knew that the call with the news I've been dreading to hear was forthcoming.

It was my cousin Maria in Wildomar, California and she broke the news that her mom, my Aunt Gloria, had passed away at 89. Although the news was expected for the past several days, it was still upsetting to hear. It took me to now to muster enough to write this.

She had been in declining health for the past couple of years and she wasn't expected to make it to her birthday last October. But she did, and she looked better than I expected last Christmas. But, knowing that it may be her last Christmas, I made it a special point to go to California.

Above, Christmas Day 2016.

She was the youngest of my dad's family and was the most fortunate, longevity-wise, of her brothers and sisters. She epitomized "The Last of the Mohicans". She was an avid Dodgers fan.

When I was growing up in Los Angeles, my aunt and cousins lived up the driveway from us and she was like a second mom to me. Jessica, my ex-roommate said this of her this morning, "She was a nice and caring woman! I'm sooo glad I met her!" That's the general of everyone who were fortunate to meet her.

She leaves behind four daughters, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

She will be missed.

If Things Were Normal

Above, The Beast at Arizona Oasis RV Resort in Ehrenberg, Arizona in December. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

If things were normal, right now I would be in my motorhome camping with the Lost Dutchman Chapter of E Clampus Vitus in Quartzsite, Arizona.

The closest I've come to Quartzsite (besides driving through it) was back in December when I spent a night at the Arizona Oasis RV Resort in nearby Ehrenberg, Arizona.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 virus, the camping trip had been postponed to a future date (whenever that'll be). Originally, it was speculated that the clampout would be held in May, but it really is hard to say when anyone will get the "all clear" notice to resume normal activities. It could still be held in May, but it is not possible to say for sure at this point.

So, we'll all just have to sit it out and wait for the virus to run its course. 

Planning For the 2020 Camping Season

Above, The Beast at Goulding's Lodge Campground near Monument Valley. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Recently, I've read that 80 degree temperatures kills off the coronavirus, much like cold and flu viruses we all "know and love". If that's the case, it won't be too long before those temperatures arrive.

In the meantime, it would be a good idea on preparing for the 2020 camping season. Do It Yourself RV has some trip planning tips for that long-awaited and overdue camping season.

They begin with:
While our country and most of the world stays put during the COVID-19 crisis, as campers we need to take this time to sit back and regroup. Whether you are a traveling camper or stationary, now is the time to re-evaluate what you need to do in order to prepare for the camping season. Dancing days will be upon us again before you know it, so now is the time to plan out what you want out of your camping experience. 
Do you enjoy the thrill of traveling and want to experience new places? Or are you just looking for a second place to call home that is a bit removed from the hustle of everyday life? Either way, taking the time to map out the upcoming 2020 camping season is a good idea.
To read more, go here

Friday, April 3, 2020

New Second Amendment Flag

New flag arrived in today's mail.

The price was right (free). Just had to pay for shipping.

Mirror Trouble and an Improvised Temporary Fix

Above, the Jeep with the old mirror and arm back on. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today's little sojourn into Six Mile Canyon didn't work out too well and it was cut short.

I was exploring a dirt road on a hill in the Jeep. It was a narrow road with lots of brush (pines and juniper trees). Apparently, a branch caught the driver's side view mirror and tore the two aluminum brackets holding the arm of the mirror. One "L" shaped bracket was completely torn through at the bend and the other was torn partially (good thing, too, otherwise I would have lost the mirror and arm) leaving the mirror and arm hanging.

So I headed home and ordered a new mirror and mounting assembly (they don't sell just the mounting assemblies). It is a different mounting system than the one that I have.

In the meantime, I put on the old mirror and arm. The base of the arm has a bend to it and it has small tears (which is why I got the one that got thrashed today).

Then, I came up with an idea to strengthen it.

I have some metal epoxy putty and cut some pieces and put it on both sides of the tears. Once it dries, the putty will be as hard as a rock. This is a temporary fix until the new mirror and assembly arrives (it will be shipped Monday).

It is a good thing I didn't toss the old mirror and arm into the trash so I could improvise a temporary fix today.

Coronavirus: Inmates Released Already Committing Murder

If anyone needs a reason for the big spike in gun sales, all one has to do is to see what liberal judges are doing.

They are releasing criminals from jails and prisons so not to have coronavirus spread in those jails. So these idiots want them to spread it into the general populace instead? What a crock of manure!

From GunsAmerica Digest:
Inmates across the country who were released to protect prison populations from COVID-19 are already committing crimes in their local communities, including at least one former inmate who admitted to stabbing a man to death just four days after his release. 
Jacob Burnett was released in Louisville, KY, two days into his two-year sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Four days after being released, he admitted to stabbing and killing a 60-year-old man in a subdivision just east of the city, according to local media. 
Another Louisville inmate, Kenneth Walker, was released to “home incarceration” even though he was accused of shooting local officer John Mattingly on March 13th. Corrections FOP Spokesperson Tracy Dotson told the media that his lodge has denounced Walker’s release. 
The mass exodus isn’t isolated to just a few cases. According to a report by the Walton Sun, law enforcement agencies across the country are cutting their inmates loose:
  • In Cleveland, officials have released over 700 prisoners from the Cuyahoga County Jail in less than two weeks;
  • Near Oakland, California, more than 250 have been released;
  • In Nashville, Tennessee, up to 300 have been released;
  • Across New Jersey, hundreds of prisoners were expected to exit county jails this week under an order issued by Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.
And in New Mexico (from U.S. News & World Report):
The largest municipal jail in New Mexico is releasing some inmates who are considered vulnerable to the new coronavirus, authorities announced Thursday. 
Officials at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque identified several dozen inmates who meet federal health guidelines for medical risk when it comes to COVID-19. Of those, 46 will remain in custody because they are facing violent charges and are considered ineligible for release.

This is a good reason why people are buying guns by the thousands and a very good reason not to elect any Democrats so they can't appoint more radical leftist judges.

To read more, go here.

A View From Norway: Americans Are Stockpiling Guns

Above, purchasing a Winchester 94 in Albuquerque. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The huge surge in gun sales during the coronavirus has caught the attention of news outlets in the U.S. and around the world.

The latest is from CCN.com in Norway. They posted an article on Americans stockpiling guns during the pandemic. They conclude that the spike in sales are attributed to:
Americans bought close to 2 millions guns in March, as they fear the coronavirus outbreak will bring chaos in society.
They begin their article (along with a photo of a gun store in Culver City, California that I used to shop at) with:
  • Gun sales in March were the second-highest ever after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2013.
  • Americans stockpile guns to protect themselves, as they fear the coronavirus pandemic might cause civil disorder.
  • Trump has ruled gun stores as essential businesses. 
Toilet paper, dollar bills, and booze are not the only things Americans are stockpiling because of the coronavirus crisis. They are also stockpiling guns. 
Gun sales generally increase after mass shootings. In this case, the coronavirus pandemic drove a spike in sales. We have recently seen long lines outside gun stores across the country.
To read more, go here.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

GOP Challengers Against NM Senators Munoz and Sanchez

Above, Angela Olive, GOP candidate for State Senate, District 4.

This evening, I was pleased to read a post by Cibola County Commissioner Robert S. Windhorst that voters have some Republican choices in the upcoming election for New Mexico State Senate. The candidates are going up against incumbent Democrats George Munoz and Clemente Sanchez, who voted in recent legislative sessions against the best interests of their constituents and the people of New Mexico in general.

Windhorst wrote:
I read with interest, an article in a liberal Albuquerque Newspaper, about groups within the democrat party going after five different State Democrat Senators that are apparently not trusted to be "left enough" for the New Socialist Democrat Party of New Mexico. 
Two of these democrats represent both Cibola and McKinley County, Senator's George "red flag" Munoz and Clemente "ETA" Sanchez. 
In the past I was 75% satisfied with the way these two Senators vote. But in the past two legislative sessions they have sparked an outcry from many citizens for their lack of courage to do what is right and not just what the Governor wants. They have both consistently raised taxes on the backs of New Mexicans that already have a hard time making it in this State! For being educated men, I expected them to use common sense and not expand New Mexico's Government, which they did! 
When Clemente Sanchez voted for the Energy Transition Act during the 2019 legislative session, I knew our State was in for some very big challenges. The Representatives from Districts 6 and 69 couldn't help themselves but to vote for this awful bill also. What happened shortly after that legislation was passed? Tri State Generating Plant decided it was a great time to announce a closing of their plant, costing over a hundred good jobs and destabilizing the local coal industry and hurting the Paper Mill! George Munoz didn't vote for the ETA, but that didn't stop him from voting for a bad gun bill in 2019 and voting for the notorious "red flag bill" this past legislative session. 
Not left enough? A year ago over 790 people poured into the great room for a Cibola County Commission meeting to show their support for a resolution that would make Cibola County a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County! Democrats and Republicans joined together to fight the forces that we perceived were seeking to destroy our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. This resolution passed 4-1! George Munoz forgot about this and voted for two bad gun bills in two years despite of what his constituents wanted. 
These two Senators are being challenged by members of their own democrat party in the upcoming primary. George Munoz is being challenged by Republican Angela Olive. Clemente Sanchez is being challenged by two good republicans, Kelly Noble Zuni and Josh Sanchez*. Nothing personal, just giving New Mexicans a choice! 
Robert S. Windhorst, Cibola County Commissioner, District 4
Above, Kelly Noble Zuni, GOP candidate for State Senate, District 30.

I live in George Munoz's district and know first hand his betrayal of his constituents on the "red flag" bill and will work for the election of Angela Olive.

*No photo of Josh Sanchez is available at this time.

Grand Canyon National Park Closes Until Further Notice

Above, the Visitor Center at the South Rim. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

We can add Grand Canyon National Park to our list of closed national parks due to the coronavirus.

According to AZCentral:
The Grand Canyon National Park announced in a press release on Wednesday that it would close to the public after receiving a request to do so from Coconino County health officials. 
The park would close immediately until further notice, the press release said. The closure follows an announcement earlier this week that a Delaware North employee is the Grand Canyon South Rim's first identified case of the new coronavirus.
To read more, go here

I Disagree With KOB On McKinley County

About an hour ago, I returned home from a shopping trek to Albertsons in Gallup for some groceries.

I am happy to say that I was able to get everything on my list and then some.

I did notice that the toilet tissue aisle was empty of toilet tissue. I didn't need any, but I took a look anyway and I did aid my conservation of toilet tissue by buying a box of Kleenex.

Based upon what I saw at Albertsons, the above KOB 4 map showing McKinley County doing a poor job of social distancing is erroneous, in my opinion. The store only allows 20 customers inside at a time. (One person leaves and another enters.) Also, everyone inside were complying with the six-foot distance "rule". And, there were plenty of alcohol wipes at the entrance to wipe shopping cart handles.

Also, I went into O'Reilly Auto Parts and they, too, have customers comply with the six-foot distance "rule" with the floor marked.

Also, the streets were not busy with cars. There may be one or two cars per quarter mile of road on Historic Route 66, which is the "main drag" through town.

Based upon what I saw, I disagree with the map as it pertains to McKinley County.

Social Security Recipients Don't Need To File Tax Returns To Get Coronavirus Payments

Some good news for retirees!

AOL posted:
Social Security beneficiaries won’t have to file tax returns in order to receive the coronavirus relief payments, the Trump administration announced Wednesday in a quick reversal of an earlier position.  
“Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a news release.  
Millions of people receiving Social Security retirement and disability benefits aren’t required to file federal returns because their incomes are so low they don’t owe any taxes. 
To read more, go here

Navajo Nation Imposes Curfew

Above, Window Rock at Window Rock Tribal Park and Veteran's Memorial. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The sprawling Navajo Nation, which covers several states in the Southwest U.S., has imposed a curfew amid the coronavirus oubreak.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported:
A worsening COVID-19 outbreak on the sprawling Navajo reservation that reaches into New Mexico has prompted tribal leaders to impose a curfew and other staunch restrictions to combat the contagion.
Reported novel coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation, which spans Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, reached 174 on Wednesday with seven deaths — a rapid escalation from when the first Navajo tribal member tested positive two weeks ago. 
In New Mexico’s portion of Navajo lands, there were 15 cases in San Juan County, 10 in McKinley County and one in Cibola County, according to the latest data. 
“We haven’t nearly reached the peak of the virus — that’s what’s our health care experts are telling us,” Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer said in a news release. 
“So, we need to be proactive and do everything we can to prepare for the worst, but pray and hope for the best,” he added. 
Navajo representatives didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment and information about the outbreak. 
Some officials have linked the outbreak to a church rally in Chilchinbeto, Ariz., where the pastor was coughing and congregants greeted each other with handshakes and hugs, the Los Angeles Times reported. 
On Sunday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez ordered a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to bolster the stay-at-home order issued March 20. It limits people to essential activities outside their homes, such as shopping and doctor appointments.
 To read more, go here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

High Winds Tomorrow

Above, this old windmill in Six Mile Canyon will probably be spinning
tomorrow during the forecast high winds. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

With a red flag wind warning starting tomorrow afternoon, it looks like I'll be staying home for the most part. I am thinking about going into Gallup in the morning to pick up a few things at the market.

Winds around here get pretty gusty at times and tomorrow's can get up to 45 mph.

The drive today in Six Mile Canyon to McGaffey was an enjoyable ride. I'll likely do more of those drives in the days ahead.

The forecast by the National Weather Service:

Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 64. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Up To McGaffey

Above, at McGaffey Lake, which is part of Cibola National Forest. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today's little adventure was taking the Jeep through Six Mile Canyon in Cibola National Forest up to McGaffey, which is a recreational area with a lake and campgrounds. The campgrounds are not yet open (that should come in about a month). I brought along my Canon Powershot camera.

Above, a forest intersection 2 miles from McGaffey on Six Mile Canyon Road. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I drove through Six Mile Canyon and went on ahead to McGaffey. There, I stopped and enjoyed the scenery while drinking a Coke.

Above, at the forest intersection. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

From McGaffey, I headed north on State Route 400, which took me through the community of Fort Wingate, to Historic Route 66. I then headed east on Historic Route 66 to the on-ramp of eastbound Interstate 40 at the Iyanbito bridge.

Above, at the forest intersection on Six Mile Canyon Road. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

From there, I headed east on I-40 to Jamestown (about 2 miles). The Jeep's engine was not quite screaming while on I-40, but it handled it well. This is the first time driving the Jeep on Interstate 40 since I drove it into Gallup to register it.

Above, McGaffey Lake. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The only person I saw in Six Mile Canyon was a man riding his mountain bike on Six Mile Canyon Road about a half mile from McGaffey. It appears I had the canyon all to myself again.

Above, at McGaffey Lake. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

McGaffey Lake looked a bit lower than when I was last there a year ago. Still, the scenery of there was worth the drive and the drive on Route 400 was also a nice scenic drive.  McGaffey reminds me a lot of the Big Bear Lake area of Southern California.

Today's drive was a good workout for the Jeep and me.

RV Carports vs. RV Covers

Above, the GOCO Beast Barn being built before the side doorway was cut in 2018.  Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Ever since I moved to New Mexico two years ago, having a RV garage built for The Beast was at the top of my list of things to do.

For one thing, I am very close to 7,000 feet above sea level, and the sun's rays are damaging to any vehicle. For another, having the RV in an enclosed garage also protects it from other weather extremes and rodents (as I found out two years ago when they got to the lines of my dash air conditioning). Fortunately, I have a two-acre lot and have plenty of room to build a RV garage.

Above, the GOCO Beast Barn with The Beast inside last month. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I had it built in September 2018 and recently added electrical outlets. I call it the GOCO Beast Barn (GOCO means "Garage of Comparative Ovations").

Some people have RV garages and some have covers. Do It Yourself RV has an article that takes a look at the pros and cons of both.

They begin with:
Keeping your RV stored properly is important whether it is just going to be for the next few weeks (or months) during the COVID-19 lockdown or for the entire off-season. Not only will it keep your RV in good condition but it will keep your investment from losing value when it is not in use. 
RV owners have two main choices when it comes to storage protection: RV covers and RV metal carports/storage buildings; the latter of the two being a much better choice if you can afford it. 
Both options have pros and cons, and frankly, either one is better than leaving your expensive RV parked outside unprotected for extended periods of time. However, before you decide which one to use, these are some of the things that you will want to consider.
To read more, go here

Confusion Over What's "Essential"

Above, Ron Peterson Firearms in Albuquerque. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

In defiance of New Mexico Gov. "Malevolent Michelle" Lujan Grisham, some gun stores are staying open.

Reports of the New Mexico State Police paying visits to gun stores seem to have ceased. But confusion on what is an "essential business" and what's not still goes on.

In regard to gun stores, the Pew Charitable Trusts posted:
There was confusion in New Mexico about a closure order that seemed to include gun shops. Gun stores were not on the list of essential businesses, but some stayed open anyway last week, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. After several days of back-and-forth in several states, including a couple of lawsuits, the Trump administration issued guidance that gun stores could stay open.
Confusion isn't just with gun stores, according to the Pew article, it permeates in other industries.

To read more, go here

Warmer Days

Above, the windmill in Six Mile Canyon. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today is expected to be warmer than yesterday, and yesterday wasn't bad. Except for the winds, the weather will be very good for "playing outside."

The plan for today is to head into Six Mile Canyon of the Cibola National Forest for some "social distancing" in the Jeep. Having the canyon right next door to our community is very handy and it will take the bite out of the stay at home order. As one of my friends said about Six Mile Canyon, "The playground's open!"

According to the National Weather Service:

Partly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 64. Windy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 5 to 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

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