August 1, 2018
Yesterday, we had to take Dart to the vet. The nearest vet is 34 miles away. Dart’s been having digestive issues and yesterday was going on day 3. We’ve been down this path many times, so I knew he needed some professional help. Dart was diagnosed with colitis and the vet prescribed Metronidazole which always helps. Dart has been having bouts of colitis for the last 2 1/2 years.
It went up to 104 degrees yesterday, so we didn’t spend much time outside. We decided in the early evening to set up the screened canopy which we purchased on last year’s trip to Canada. We purchased it for the Canadian trip to give us relief from the mosquitoes. By the time we bought it, we didn’t have to use it. We wanted to set it up here to give relief from the bees. While I was focused on helping Regis put up the canopy, a dag gone bee stung me. Ouch! It hurt, but at least not as bad as a yellow jacket sting.
The canopy was VERY HARD to set up. I had a canopy that I used for dog agility trials that I had no problem putting up and down by myself. This screened canopy was extremely difficult for two people to put up.
Once we sat inside, we realized that what little breeze was outside was blocked by the screen. As hot as it was outside, it was intolerable to sit under the canopy. We gave up and went inside the motor home and fed the dogs and ourselves. Around the time we finished dinner, the wind picked up so much we had to take down the canopy or it would have blown down the hill into the Columbia River. So, all that effort and it was only up for two hours and we couldn’t use it.
The wind picked up considerably as the evening wore on and by the time we went to bed, it was howling out there. That is the most wind we have experienced in the motor home. In fact, it is probably the windiest situation I have been in outside of Hurricane Irma and perhaps a few tropical storms. While I was laying there trying to get to sleep, the feeling I had was like when you are in an airplane taking off on the runway and the wheels haven’t lifted off the ground yet. The plane is shaking and rumbling until the plane gets into the air. The motor home was shaking and rumbling and I was hoping that it wasn’t going to take off. Without wings, it wouldn’t have worked well.
A significant portion of the land around us for many miles has been burned not long ago. I wonder if you tinted the land red, if this is what it would look like to be on Mars.