GOSP Laundry Room Update . . .

Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
Trip End Oct 06, 2012

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Golden Spike National Historic Site

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

GOSP = Golden Spike - Laundry Room Update…


I haven't paid attention how long I’ve been working on this project but have finally brought it to a close where I can pack up and leave .. .we’re either heading to the Grand Canyon, and then to our home in Arizona City, or if the Grand Canyon camp ground is covered in snow we’re headed past Vegas on to Quartzsite, on to my sisters place in Yuma for a few days and then on to Arizona City….

Low last night here was 31* with a high of 64* which is 5-8* above normal for the daily high… and we’ve seen a lot of days in the low 70’s… of course AZ is still in the mid 80’s….  The weather man is now saying that later in this week the temperature will change and snow and highs in the low 40’s starting late Thursday…  so it’s time to fly the coop….

We were offered a trip to Inspiration Point.  This is a point high in the mountains on the East side of Salt Lake but we were forced to cancel this trip because of the snow about a week ago… most of the snow is gone and if we can make connections with our guide, Mike and his wife Margaret we’ll make this trip before we head out of town…

In some ways I’m pleased with my results and in some ways I’m a little sad..  I wanted a couple of more steps in the final sheet rock and mud work, and some texture (orange peel) on the walls but was vetoed on this…   I also didn’t get a choice in the cabinets or other fixtures… they were in a pile when I arrived… but all in all it went really well… 

We concrete sawed the floor, ran plumbing, concreted in the floor, sealed the floor with Epoxy, new breaker and wiring for the dryer, new GFI Breaker and wiring for the Washer, and other needs… installed new copper water lines, sheet rock, mudding, paint, installed a stationary tray and shower, installed cabinets… etc… it’s all done except for the folding ironing board, an extra light in the ceiling and an exhaust fan..

We’re close to mile from the maintenance building, where supplies and tools are stored… I can’t begin to share how much time is consumed when you make 2 or 3 trips a day across the park and get asked a question or two…  But I’m happy with the work, and how it looks..  And as you look at the before and after photos you’ll see the progress…  The cabinet doors and drawers still need to be installed but you can see they have at least 3 times the former storage… 

We’ve sealed up the passage ways for the mice… and hopefully will keep them out..   This park is out in the sticks…  we’re 28 miles from a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk…  and the park service is very careful about how they bait for mice and control them…  they’ve stepped up their control process after the problems in Yosemite with the Hantavirus problem…  Here in our camp site… we’re able to bait for them and then collect them and dispose of them….  I’m guessing we’ve picked up 25 or 30 of them so that the birds of prey can’t get to them… 

We have a flock or gaggle of partridge or other feather friends that travel one way past our trailer in the morning and back the other direction in the evening… at any one time when they are passing through you can count 20-25 of them… they look healthy and don’t seem to mind we’re parked in their path…  In addition to the birds …we’ve got our share of both Jack Rabbits and cotton tails….   Often when we take the dog out to walk him we find 3-4 rabbits in the parking lot…  usually less than 50 ft away…  often the dog goes on point at  either the birds or rabbits and won’t break the point to go potty…

We are camped within 30 ft of the visitors center (back side) and the complete back side of the center have several sets of lights controlled by heat/movement sensors…  all night the lights click on… later go off and then back on as the rabbits run across the parking lot…

We’ve pulled the pilot off the 119…… (cow catcher)  The pilot is made from wood with a metal brace… and it’s going to be sanded, repaired, and sealed with an epoxy finish to seal the ends of the boards… and finally a coat of paint…

There’s actually a list of things that need to get done… I spent the better part of a day…. Power washing out the tenders, draining the boilers and other just plain old clean up… 

Tomorrow is clean up, and touch up and then turning it over to the crew here to put the final touches on it….

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Steve Sawyer on

Thank s for all your help, Jim and Connie, Next time we will play on the Locomotives. Have a safe trip.

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