Half Moon Bay (8)

Awesome site for premium happiness

Judging by the miles long backup of cars on Highway 92 trying to get into Half Moon Bay on Sunday, we were not the only ones who were looking for some cool ocean air this weekend. Temps are starting to hint at summer, but we were thankful to be heading home and against traffic, having already enjoyed a blissful weekend on the beach. This particular site is pretty spectacular and we will be there again six months from now because I targeted the site as soon as the reservation window opened up.

I’m a little surprised everything fit. And. notice the convenience of the sliding table top.

What was unusual about this weekend was that it was the first time I have attempted using a sewing machine inside an Alto. I had several Alto projects hanging over my head and no energy to do them during the week. What better scenery for some sit down sewing time than an oceanfront background? Most of the projects involved sewing velcro onto various organizers that are designated for Dory2. But I also needed to fix a snap on one of Lola’s curtains, as well as add a bit more of a velcro strip to the shower curtain so that it will close properly. That is one instance where I think Safari Condo is a bit off in their measurements. The shower curtain material has some stretch and shrink depending on how hot/cold or wet/dry it is. When it gets dry and sunny, the top of the shower curtain velcro closure does not reach. A bit of a lash solves the problem, but I didn’t want to hand sew it, and thus, it never got done until now.

Hard to see with the roof down, but it’s a nice smooth, single piece, track now.

Another project I am quite proud of is my fix of the privacy curtain rail. I had put a lot of energy into replacing only the little damaged bit that was the result of a roof closing debacle that happened to the previous owners. I was able to cut a new piece to fit, but could never get the remaining track to lie flat against the ceiling and the curtain hangers snagged a bit when they went through the track. But now, you see, we are imagining handing Lola over to other people to enjoy for a while and it’s important to me that things are in as good a shape as we can get them. So, voila, all new track, and I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself.

Modular containers are just the best, aren’t they?

The other thing that is bringing me an extreme sense of satisfaction right now is the new cooking supplies container system. This is for the purposes of long trips, like the one coming up this summer. I plan to again do Blue Apron re-creations on the road and having modular containers for all of the pantry ingredients will be super helpful. Getting stacking containers with square shapes, means more storage efficiency. It also means I don’t have to always buy the tiniest containers of things. I will be able to stock ingredients at home and fill these guys as needed. If I run out of something on the road, I can always fill as much as possible and throw out any excess if I need to. It is not easy to find just the right size containers when you’re Walmart hopping and playing Storage Tetris. I also found some perfect containers for blueberries that fit perfectly next to the pantry box inside the fridge. For the curious, the pantry list includes the following:

  • Chipotle Chili Paste
  • Gochujang
  • Sambal Olek
  • Soy Glaze
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Capers
  • Tomato Paste
  • Curry Paste
  • Pickled Jalapeno
  • Sour Cream
  • Parmesan
  • Sweet Piquante Peppers
  • Olive Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey
  • (wine, margarita mix and tequila also ride in this container, but are less about pantry ingredients than about keeping the chef happy)

That’s about it for now. Richard went on a spectacular bike ride while I was sewing but he took no pictures. We got takeout from Ark Indian Restaurant in town but were too lazy to walk down the street to get Churros from Tres Amigos. Maybe in six months when we come back.

Total miles: 51.7, 16.0 mpg, 1 hour 53 min. Site 32 hookups, premium, definitely one of the best sites. Great solar, great cell, great dump.

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