John – into the mountains

Monday, June 12

For June 11 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.26. Events: 2 H, 20 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 35 min with (max = 14 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, no events <88% with overall avg., 92.2%. Pulse avg. 55.2, low 50.

John picked weed flower heads, and watered the plum trees. The wind is terrible today. Gusts today started at 26 mph at 6:00 a.m. and reached a high at 6:00 p.m. of 54 mph. It’s supposed to blow like this until TOMORROW MIDNIGHT.

We had a brunch of eggs, ham, and peaches. I am ready to go for haircut at 1:00 around the rural block – 3 miles total, so not bad.

We fixed up the goodies to take to Hearthstone Emeritus meeting in the morning. We are taking some of our own homemade chocolate chip cookies with walnuts and some halved Pistachio muffins.

I had problems from last night through today with low BPs and contacted my cardiologist only to find out he is on vacation for 2 weeks. I was increased to 1.5 tablets Entresto twice a day from 1. It lowers BP. His nurse is going to contact another provider and show them my BP records since the end of May through today.

John took photos for me on the yesterday’s Zentner Field trip into the Tieton Valley to reverse-follow a rock formation that came from an ancient volcano about 50 miles west of Yakima. The rock is called Tieton Andesite. Andesite usually makes steep cone-shaped structures, but not this one. At 1.64 million years and 1.39 million years years ago the volcano – now gone – erupted.
It left evidence and a very pretty landscape. I, Nancy, could not go along because of the length of the hikes required. It was a beautiful day, and I wanted to share several photos, even though I was unable to attend. One hundred twenty people attended, using a lead van (John rode in), and 40 vehicles.At the 3rd stop the group had to cross the Tieton River on metal pieces held up by long cables. The columnar basalt is of the Grand Ronde flow from way eastern Washington* and 10 times older then the andesite in the background beyond the swaying bridge. Note: On the upper-right there is a climber in a white shirt and brown pants. About 5 were climbing but that one is the only visible one in this image.
[* Nick says it is from DNI – damn near Idaho.]
Next collage is of a stop at Rim Rock Lake.I merged these two photos to show the scenery. Most of the explanation is in videos for me, and I have not uploaded any to share. Of the left photo think , “the andesite came from way over there”, and on the right “that’s a hard place to build a highway.” But see below.

Next is a collage of a tunnel on Hwy-12, White Pass Road, that neither one of us remember from past trips across there.This is a short (1/10 mile) and easy tunnel at Google Earth:
46.657175, -121.130323

Tuesday, June 13

For June 12 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.59. Events: 5 H, 1 PP, 14 RERA. Time on 8 hrs 25 min with (max = 12 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 87, 1 event <88% with overall avg., 92.6%. Pulse avg. 54.2, low 50.

We went to Hearthstone for an Emeritus Geographers meeting. We had a great speaking team, led by Casey Cranston who works at the Wanapum Dam Visitor’s Center on weekends, and his friend Kristin Ashley, who just was graduated from CWU in Recreation and Tourism and the Wine program. Casey was in the CWU Geography program and was graduated in 2015. I knew them both from a chance meeting in 2014 at White Heron Cellars Chef’s Extravaganza, and subsequently through the Jobs List I moderate.
His talk was well presented with pamphlets and interesting information about the hydropower and fish issues at Wanapum Dam (primarily), but also with discussion about other regional dams.

Received pix from Crystal Lakes Trail boardwalk project on the very eastern edge of Mt. Rainier N. P., where John worked last Saturday; the WTA crew on Sunday finished it. On the day John was there, only a small crew was present, and Hannah the crew leader only found time to get a couple of photos. So, most of what she took came from the 2 days John was not there.

Below on the left is a National Park trail crew member looking at the old board-walk. What’s he thinking? On the right is the same place 3 days later. The front part – with dirt – is called a “turnpike” while the planked-over part is called a puncheon.Below is work in progress – get rid of most of the old, clean out underneath, insert lots of rocks as a base for the turnpike and the puncheon needs a few big rocks and long logs carried to the site, and put it all together. Lots of pounding of 10 inch nails (spikes).
All the new planks across the top were cut and split just downhill from the structure. A very old, dead, and big Western Cedar.

Wednesday, June 14

For June 13 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=1.08. Events: 2 CSR, 9 H, 19 RERA. Time on 8 hrs 19 min with (max = 15 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 89, no events <88% with overall avg., 93.9%. Pulse avg. 53.1, low 50.

I picked up Gloria, went to the Food Bank for music and lunch, and delivered on way to AAC two packages of wheat grandma rolls to a gal. We participated in the SAIL exercise class. Wind gusts continued with highest 51 mph.

Thursday, June 15

For June 14 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=2.01. Events: 2 CSR, 1 CA, 1 OA, 2 PP, 13 H, 18 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 27 min with (max = 13 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 89, no events <88% with overall avg., 93.4%. Pulse avg. 53.3, low 49.

For a lot of reasons, I spent too much time on the phone and didn’t accomplish much.

Today, I went for music at Pacifica. We had a large and responsive / appreciative audience, and a good number of players.

Friday, June 16

For June 15 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.51. Events: 1 CSR, 4 H, 2 PP, 21 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 50 min with (max = 11 L/ min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, no events <88% with overall avg., 92.6%. Pulse avg. 53.1, low 50.

We created notices of ownership for putting into my 3/4 violin case for a loan to Beck Landon to change strings on and use as a restrung viola.

We went to town in the truck. John loaded 5 wood pallets from behind the Rehab, bought gasoline, and dropped me off for SAIL exercise. Afterwards, we went to Petsen$e and to Safeway Pharmacy.

John leaves at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow for Mt. Rainier, for WTA trail work. He’ll find out what they will be doing when he gets there, but it will be near the White River – or maybe helping with a log bridge over it. There are usually 3 logs to get across and almost every year one or more washes away.
He will go with Bill Weir again on Sunday with Bill driving.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan