WE ARE ONE PLANET, WITH ONE OCEAN, AND ONE RACE – HUMAN! Can We Unite to Save it All?
Today is World Ocean Day. A day to reflect, celebrate, protect, and preserve our Earth’s life support system. The ocean serves as the lungs of our planet and provide us with more than half the world’s oxygen. The ocean stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our entire atmosphere. The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and regulates our climate and weather patterns from the equator to the poles for life as we know it. There is no substitute for this vast ecosystem!
As a SCUBA diver you are taught to never take for granted your life support system. Proper maintenance and care are critical to help ensure your survival while underwater. The human race is failing our ocean, our planet, and our future existence by taking our one life support system for granted. Years of chronic over-fishing practices, pollution and habitat destruction have consumed our healthy ocean leaving approximately one-third of marine mammal, sharks and reef-forming corals threatened with extinction. The carbon dioxide emitted from our factories and vehicles have made the ocean more acidic. The changing climate is increasing the water temperature and decreasing oxygen in vast areas of the ocean, making them less habitable.
Scientist recommend conserving 30% of land and 30% of ocean by 2030 - referred to as 30x30! Today only 15% of our lands and 7% of our ocean are protected globally. Please visit and educate yourself at www.campaignfornature.org and take action this World Ocean Day. We need leaders and elected officials that will take speedy action in the right direction. It is about working together state by state, nation by nation to align globally and create a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.
Yes, these ARE unprecedented times and Mother Earth is SCREAMING at the top of her lungs to get our attention! Are you listening? Nature and people will share the same fate if we do not! Our natural world is disappearing at an alarming rate. From 2001 to 2017, the United States alone lost more than a football field’s worth of natural area to development every 30 seconds! Three-fourths of the planet’s lands and two-thirds of its marine environments are considered “severely altered” by human activity. When humans change the environment like this, we degrade natural animal habitats and squeeze their living space. Proximity to these animals increases our risk of contracting pathogens these animals carry as they jump species to species - like coronavirus. The cost of nature’s deterioration is also falling disproportionately on economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color. Sadly, all the chaos of 2020 has been self-inflicted, and we cannot sit back and be observers any longer - it is time to wake up and take action!
The natural world is being consumed by human greed. Existence of humanity on Earth is threatened by humans – our life support system is in dire need of an overhaul. Until we learn to work together as one race, for our one ocean and our one planet, our so-called “progress” is our ultimate demise.
I want to see my grandson enjoy the ocean and lands as much as I have. I certainly do not want him asking “why didn’t grandma’s generation do more while there was still time?”
I drove back to Kent to pickup the RV late last Thursday. Crashed at my sisters for the night and had a pleasant surprise visit with my cousin Travis. We talked until late in the evening about what else but... DIVING! It was off to coffee early in the morning and to NC Power Systems by 7AM for the RV. Then after choking on the bill.... I made my way back to Spokane. It ended being maintenance related items that were not kept up by the previous owner, nor done by the dealer. Basically the air filter hadn't been changed for over 4-years! I figured since that was not kept up, I highly doubted any of the other maintenance had been kept up (and shame on me for thinking a dealer would address those things before selling it)! So I had them take care of it while they had it! Unfortunately, my timing that morning put me right into the thick of rush-hour on 405! Took me nearly two hours to hit I-90.... ugh!
JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS IN THE CLEAR....
Made it easily over Snoqualmie (mind you, I'm towing my dinghy for the first time) and everything seemed to be going well. Then just prior to Vantage I get the dreaded ENGINE WARNING LIGHT - STOP!! My first thoughts.... well, they were rather choice words so I won't share those! The PG version "What on earth was going on?" Luckily, I was less than a mile from the Ryegrass Rest Area. I pulled over and discovered coolant over-flowing from the relief hose. Long story short (really) after a few calls, I sent the pictures I took of all my gauges to the tech from NC who was concerned it was some type of coolant flow or pump issue. He got back to me and told me not to tow it, not to shut it off, but how to drive it to Spokane. DIVE IT?? REALLY?? I've learned diesels need to work hard to keep cool but this was so counter-intuitive to me! So, I geared it down to keep the RPMS around 2K and took it a slow 55-60 mph all the way home. Had to take a little break after the steep grade out of the Gorge and got more diesel considering my fuel mileage was going to royally suck now! Things kept cool all the way back to Spokane Valley. Phew!! Monday I called around and found Ray's Truck and RV Service in Spokane. They could get me in on Friday to check everything out. I dropped if off late Thursday night and they had it done by my lunch. Everything checked-out okay! Relieved but I can't help be slightly skeptical at this point. They also did a full inspection and replaced some bulbs that were out. Overall they said the coach is in super nice condition despite my little streak of bad luck. I may have had a thermostat stick - it may have just been freak'n too hot, it was close to 100° out there!! Time will tell... I do feel better though! I will continue to monitor my gauges as taught and now I know how to address things if they start getting too hot again without going into a stress-response mode. This is a great way to force me to learn more about my diesel and apply what I did learn in my training. I would definitely do things a little different when it comes to purchasing an RV from any dealer - but that's hindsight. I'll chalk it all up to another learning opportunity :)
Meanwhile, this grandma has been enjoying lots of coffee dates with my daughter and grandson! There has been lots of fun and silliness....along with a few 2-1/2 years old type tantrums. He is ready with his fireman gear incase grandma's RV overheats again!
It's time to dive!! This girl needs some bubble therapy....
In the RV world I’ve always heard that the question is not will you ever breakdown but it’s when will you breakdown? Needless to say, I got my answer! My ‘when’ was last Saturday on my first longer haul from Sequim to Spokane Valley.... and I didn’t get very far! I feel fortunate that I realized something was not right and happen to pull off I-5 right by the dealership where I bought it. While my beastly rig then proceeded to DIE at the light while blocking all traffic, I did get her started eventually, ran the red since nobody was coming, and limped into the dealership lot before they closed....so not too impactful to others and just a little stressful 😬. I unhooked the tow, grabbed all my work necessities, a few essentials and decided to head to Spokane.... However just 5 miles down the road I realized I left my wallet in the RV that was now locked inside the dealership’s lot along with my keys. In the words of my brother-in-law, I was “driving dirty” without a license or a penny in my pocket. Sudden change of plans...again! My sister had an empty bedroom, wine and I could whine if needed... so I crashed there for the night. She fed me and even bought me a latte in the morning and then it was back to the dealership to get back into my beast for my wallet and a few other items I decided to grab knowing that if it was the tranny I’d be without access to my belongings for awhile.
When I finally arrived at my daughter’s in Spokane this little goober put a smile on my face and I soon forgot about the inconvenience. Monday I had to arrange a tow to the transmission shop (why it took 3 tow trucks to get one big enough to do the job is another mystery). They were finally able to look at it Thursday and everything checked out okay with the tranny but they said she was blowing black smoke and suspected this was engine related and CATs were the one engine they didn’t work on.... So Thursday during my lunch I arranged another tow! Thank goodness for an extended service warranty with towing and my auto insurance! Each tow was less than 3 miles and each cost $500 and some change! Yikes! They are trying to fit me in Monday or Tuesday for the diagnosis... Meanwhile I’m just going to enjoy some extended grandma time! This was my shakedown period to learn the things I needed to and work through any bugs, and I am succeeding at that😉😳. More to come ...