Day 2 in Oak Ridge

April 18th, 2014 at 12:12 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

rowing oakridge   Once again…everyone else turned in for the night…I’m back at the Krystal, online and drinking a diet something.  They pump music (fairly loud) into the Krystal…satellite probably…no commercials..both nights now within a matter of minutes, I hear “Wrecking Ball”.  Just one other guy here eating a burger.  There was another guy eating a burger here that left about 10 minutes ago.  Out of all the tables here at the Krystal…this new guy sat at the same table that the other guy sat at.  I’ve seen a couple cars pull up to the drive through.  The young people who work here are incredibly nice.   Click on the picture to enlarge.  Lake Melton is on the east side of Oak Ridge.  It’s one of the top places in the U.S. for rowing.  Lake Melton is the dammed up Clinch River and there is a stretch here that is perfect for rowing.  It runs north and south in a straight line for over a mile.  It’s got hills surrounding it blocking the wind, so the water is often calm.  There are races throughout the spring and this Easter Weekend is no exception.  The shore is lined with tents and school signs…Texas A. & M, Miami, Dartmouth…dozens of them.  I’ve seen Grand Valley here.  We spent some time watching the scene today…also went to the local supermarket (the Food Lion – they were GIVING free flowers to people today – the ones that were outdated and they gave my mother 6 beautiful red roses – I thought they were in perfect bloom).  They have apple juice from West Michigan.   My mother cooked noodles and meatballs this evening – I made a nice salad, my wife made the dressing.  We had a small piece of cheesecake for dessert.  We walked about a mile today (my mother likes to walk).  This evening we drove up a hill to view the city.  I have not watched any TV down here.  It was a beautiful day…sunny, a few cirrus clouds – the flowers and in bloom and the leaves are about 3/4 out on many of the trees here.  The dandelions are for the most part done blooming here and there are stems poking up.  My mother has weeded them out of her front lawn.  It was calm much of the day, but in the distance, I could see wind turbines moving on the hill about 10 miles north of the city.  It was in the mid 60s here this afternoon with dew points in the mid-upper 20s, very dry air.  The waning (you can see less of it each night) gibbous (about 3/4-full) moon is shining brightly tonight.  Tomorrow (Fri.) we may have a picnic at one of the local or state parks.

The overnight European model gives G.R. 0.12″ rain next Monday and 0.10″ next Thurs.  Looks like a decent Easter Weekend.

9 Responses to “Day 2 in Oak Ridge”

  1. DarrenSVRtsm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Enjoyed reading your comments Bill with regard to your daily activities , as they have a nice laid back ring to them and not a lot of big city type distractions. Sounds like you are enjoying your time so far , as I hope you and your family have a great Easter weekend , we will hold down the fort until you return. :)

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      +1. Ditto.

  2. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Sounds like you are enjoying some R and R with family Bill! Enjoy your time
    Have a great Easter! Happy Ressurrection Day! Thanks for your updates Bill! They are great to read!

  3. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Bill, if im not mistaken its actually “Melton Hill Lake”

  4. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Bill sounds like your mother is feeding you well. It’s good to get away and have a relaxing fun time. The weather is boring. Enjoy your time, safe travels back home.

  5. Aaron H (NE GR) says:

    Thanks for taking the time to update us, Bill! Enjoy your time with your mother!

  6. Judy (Fennville) says:

    You should find morel mushrooms up….would be a nice addition to your Easter dinner.

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I am getting hungry for a nice platter of fried morel mushrooms.

  7. Michael g (se GR) says:

    I like Bill’s vacation posts. Very laid back, pleasant reading.

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