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Old 06-08-2016, 10:33 AM   #41
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Moral of the story: install an extractor fan in your bathroom!
We have a sensitive smoke detector in the hall outside the kitchen. There is a pocket door at that end of the kitchen and a strong exhaust fan over the stove that vents directly outside. But even so, sometimes it gets set off and is directly connected to the fire department. We have found that using a newspaper to send clean air over it will cause it to calm down in a minute or so after shutting the slider. The fire department waits 5 minutes.

It is getting harder to find a handy newspaper but there is often one by the wood storage for the fireplace., and we swing into action right away! The cat disappears under the sofa. All in under a minute!
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We have a sensitive smoke detector in the hall outside the kitchen. There is a pocket door at that end of the kitchen and a strong exhaust fan over the stove that vents directly outside. But even so, sometimes it gets set off and is directly connected to the fire department. We have found that using a newspaper to send clean air over it will cause it to calm down in a minute or so after shutting the slider. The fire department waits 5 minutes.

It is getting harder to find a handy newspaper but there is often one by the wood storage for the fireplace., and we swing into action right away! The cat disappears under the sofa. All in under a minute!
Yes,yes yes...been there. In my house, "5 Alarm Chili" does not refer to the effect on the taste buds, but how many of the smoke detectors I manage to set off.
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Years ago, DW, dogs and I went camping for the Memorial Day weekend to Great Basin National Park (this was when it was Lehman Caves NM). We decided to buy a map and explore the surrounding National Forest as is our habit. After several miles into the mountains we passed the “Four Wheel Drive Only” sign. Against DW advice, I decided to continue on in the light 2WD pickup. About a mile later we noticed that the road turned left and dropped 6 feet. Don't know if I would take a 4WD over that. Tried to back up the hill but the road was built on a gravel like substance (scree?). Got stuck and spent well over an hour trying unsuccessfully to get out. Cried uncle, packed up my ego and all of the liquids and we hiked back out. It was 10 miles on the dirt road to the paved road that almost nobody lives on. Maybe 15 more miles to the park. A very remote part of the world. Who knows how for to a gas station that has a tow truck and wants to help me out on a holiday weekend!

At the end of the dirt road there were two houses. The 1st person I saw offered to pull me out with his 4WD pick up. I was very grateful! He refused to accept any money. It was dark when we got back to camp. After a couple of days DW forgave me and no lasting damage was incurred.
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We took a shortcut through Escalante Park on our way to Vegas.
We were smart enough to stop at the Land Management office which was close by, the fellow said to bring water as you won't see many folks, and the drive won't really save time.

It was a long drive, very beautiful, remote, with all sorts of landscape, and I heartedly recommend it, it included double stone arches.

The drive took about 3 hours and there was once spot where the road was like a V and the point of the road was a little washed out, but we drove down and then up with only a little scraping on the bumper bottom.

Right as we were expecting to get to the end we came face to face with this.
Cattle and a river in the way.
After a bunch of waiting and dreading the drive back, I drove along the stream and got out and walked in the water to see if the bottom was mud or solid.
Lucky us it was solid, so I drove at an angle across the water to end up behind the cattle who didn't care to move and then I backed up the little hill.
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