I mostly read, napped, counted the sticks of pipe and the occasional bag of gravel (and watched water freeze, which was happening pretty quick). I was staying at the company house in Eureka which is about 65 miles East of the job site. My travels to and from work that week usually involved me slogging my way through a white-out while ignoring the "Chains or Snow Tires Required" signs.
I'm generally not a big proponent of "New Years Resolutions", but I usually make a list of things I want to do or try during the year. One thing I definitely wanted to do this years was to make better use of the opportunity of traveling across Nevada. I'm always passing through small towns or ghost towns and other interesting things and as long as I'm in the neighborhood I should take the time to stop and look. So on this last trip I did a couple of things. First, one day when the drillers knocked off early I drove out to a hot spring near Austin and soaked for awhile. The spring didn't look like this picture when I was there. It was near zero and everything was dead and or covered with snow. The springs is on top of this small rise in the Big Smokey Valley off US 50 and the view is nice
Next, after work one evening I went over to the Eureka Sentinel Museum. I'd been meaning to stop there for awhile, but never seemed to have the time. I recommend it if you're ever in the area. Finally, the town of Eureka also has an indoor swimming pool and I got up early one morning while I was there and went and swam laps. I hadn't planned very well for that one. When I finished swimming I hopped out of the pool and dried off as best I could and ran out the door in my still damp swim trunks only to get blasted by the -15 degree morning breeze. I had a hard time warming up that day.
Also on the list for this year is:
- Take a trip on Amtrak
- Give a ride to a hitchhiker
- Go to a major car auction
- Drive up CA Route 1
- And whatever else I come up with