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Old 10-19-2015, 01:38 PM   #1
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First frost

We had our first frost last night and although BlackJack has not been winterized yet, I turned the water heater on for awhile to keep the water warm throughout the night. I also drained the fresh tank. Planning on going camping for Halloween and then winterizing.
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:53 PM   #2
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Last 2 nights we had hard frosts. (Finally all the veggie garden stuff is done. ) Luckily Blue is winterized and tucked away in the shed that it shares with our Kubota tractor.
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:55 PM   #3
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We also had a hard freeze Friday night but it was only down to about 40 degrees in the building we built for the escape. We hope to get out for a few days yet this month and then winterize. Our sons wedding last Saturday was outdoors and though it was cool, we had bright blue skies, no wind and falling leaves. Rita and I won the anniversary dance at 45 years.
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:02 PM   #4
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Had some meat cookies this am, thought of you Dave....The jalapeno Spam is next in line...
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:18 PM   #5
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Dave - do you get the Asian Lady Beetle swarm attacks in your part of Iowa? Worst year ever for us. Feels like an Alfred Hitchcock movie outside. What a great idea it was to import them!
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:37 PM   #6
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Yes we have the Asian lady beetles, they are very aggressive on feeding on fruit. Where an apple about ripe can stand a couple of bird pecks and still make a good pie apple or applesauce Apple, the beetles get right in there and ruin it. We had tons this year but Jap beetle was was down. Emerald ash borer, another import Is in our area but not severe yet. I met the illustrator of the definitive work on Iowa prairie plants a couple of weeks ago and told him I had studied under Landers and Christiansen at Iowa State. Christiansen was the author of this book and on Sunday, my oldest daughter gave me an autographed copy of the book that Mark Miller had illustrated. I have been studying up and as the used to say when I went to school,'gettin heavy'
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I winterized a couple of weeks ago, and since then we have had nice unseasonably warm temperatures. I'm not complaining. Is still great cycling weather.
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Is still great cycling weather.
It certainly is. We went out west mountain biking yesterday, and the weather was perfect. Next weekend looks to be great too, so will head out again.

What an autumn to be without a trailer, we certainly have had fantastic weather for any outdoor pursuits this year.

This is by far my favourite time of the year.
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I had mine winterize two weeks ago in NJ, and glad I did. I store mine a bit north of me in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, it got down to 22 there the other night.
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We had our first frost on Friday night / Saturday morning. I led a cycling club ride on Saturday morning. 50 miles of hills. We were toasty going uphill and freezing going down the hills. But it warmed up by the afternoon. Today it was almost 70. Lots of Japanese Beetles.

I got the trailer taken care of last week. All washed and polished. Got the Solar Fix done. put some caulk on the top of the tail lights where they were separating from the trailer body. Tightened one of the bolts on the awning support. Sanitized the water system, then blew it out and poured pink antifreeze down the drains and in the toilet. At one point my neighbor came over and said he wished he had a trailer so he would have something to wash and wax :-) It is back at the storage yard, waiting for our next adventure (January?)
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