I had a careful look at the van to see if I could find anything wrong with the van’s cooling system to try and determine why it over heated on the way home.
Everything seems to be working which only leaves one thing left to be bad. That’s the thermostat sticking closed.
Since I live in such a moderate climate, I don’t really need that thermostat, so, to make sure it isn’t or doesn’t cause any more problems, I’m thinking of just removing it so it will never be a problem again.
That’s all I wanted to do on that for now. I’ll remove the thermostat at a later time.
Ride in the forest
I didn’t feel like doing too much today, so I checked the bike’s gas and went for a ride up into the forest.
I checked the spring I’d been working on to see if any more dirt slid down off the hill while I was gone and it didn’t which is good. I’ll get that dug out soon.
I rode on up this trail to see if any water was still coming over the waterfall.
I parked the bike here to check out the waterfall.
There’s a little water coming down, but not much. Just enough to make a pool at the bottom for birds and animals to get a drink.
From there, I rode down this trail and on up to the hill top.
I stopped here to enjoy the view.
I noticed this sitting stump was getting overgrown.
I had some trimmers with me, so I cut the brush back so I had a place to sit to enjoy the view.
Then I rode on over to the main spring to get a drink and see how much water was coming out of the pipe.
There’s about three gallons a minute coming out of this one which is good.
Then I rode on over to this spring I’ve been working on and got another drink of water. This is just a drink of water spring for people and animals and birds.
After a good ride around the hills I headed back down the hill and stopped at our water tanks to see how full they were.
The gauge was stuck so I had to play with it a bit to get it to register properly. I need to oil up the pulleys. The gauge shows the tanks are down four feet from the top with water which is good as me and my neighbor have been doing a lot of watering in our yards today.
I rode on home for a nap.
And then cut some blackberry vines out of the yard. They are growing like mad this yard and growing back almost as fast as I cut them back.
A Sony AX33 4K, a video camera that takes stills too. What am I doing with that? I take pictures from my Kayak a lot. I found I was missing interesting shots, because my pic was being processed in my camera, before it would let me take another pic. Since I like to take what I call action stills, I bought this camera to take videos, that I could make stills out of, but, as a bonus, this camera also came with buttons to just take stills and that's what I mostly do, unless something is real interesting or too far away for my still zooms. My digilat zoom setting for video goes to two hundred x, and sometimes I need that, but usually, I only use the 10x lens zoom. Because this camera is HD and 4K, the quality has to be real good and it has a lot of stabilizers on it which really helps out a lot for taking pics on the water.
The other thing it has that is a must is a view finder and I had to buy Sony's top of the line cam to get it. This is a must for taking pics on the water, as you must hold the camera as still as posible and putting that eye piece to the eye forms a tripod with your arms that helps a lot. The eye piece is also a must as it works way better than a LED screen to see what you are taking a picture of in the daylight as the LED screens wash out easily in sunlight.
I also have another video camera, a Canon VIXIA G30. I use them both to mostly take stills. The Sony takes higher resolution stills than the G30. That was a bit of a disappointment as I bought the G30 to replace an older camera I dunked in the river, but then had to buy the Sony to get higher still picture resolution that the G30 was lacking.
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