Friday, February 8, 2019

King of the Hammers 2019

We had a cold start this morning temp was 29 degrees when I got up this morning early to open the park and then head for Johnson Valley and the King of the Hammers Race.

Frost on the truck bed cover...

Every year Hammertown expands bigger and bigger...

The Course - 3 laps the winner took 6.3 hours to finish.

Big crowd at Chocolate Thunder the canyon where I usually go to watch...

For some reason this year they reversed the track through the Chocolate Thunder Canyon, so I was a little upset as the spot we normally view from was now the end of the canyon rather than the beginning and the entrance through the rocks was by passed this year, so not nearly as exciting to watch...wish we would have know, maybe could have picked another spot to view from, sadly with more and more people getting a good spot almost requires going the night before and nailing a spot down before the crowd.

I managed a few good pictures...

The cars are amazing and an engineering marvel...

That's not a stock Jeep under there...

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Were they good - Yes they were!

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with an butter garlic-scallion cream sauce

The other day when unpacking some totes to find software disks to load in my new laptop - I discovered a long lost treasure, my scallop shells which I use to serve one of my specialties, so I decided it was time to cook up some scallops, which I love.


Scallops typically are mostly tasteless unless they are old then real fishy, but fresh or freshly frozen are sweet and need a good sauce to bring out the flavor of the scallop.

My favorite is a fresh butter garlic/scallion cream sauce with a little kicker of pepper and chili powder. So crushed chopped garlic in a small sauce pan with a stick of good salted butter and some finely chopped green onions - simmer in the melted butter then put a tablespoon of flour in a few ounces of cold milk or cream - shake briskly to dissolve the flour then slowly stir into the sauce pan of butter and garlic - stir until it thickens. Add some fresh ground pepper to taste and some chili powder or cayenne pepper to add a little bite.

Bacon wrapped scallop under the broiler for about 15 minutes each side - turn once until bacon is crisp!

Spoon some sauce in the serving shell and then add the scallops and spoon some more sauce on top.

What a great presentation!

Shared in the clubhouse with rave reviews while watching the College Football Championship - YEA CLEMSON!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Chili and a few PBR's at the Oasis

I am not much for NFL Football, but one of my neighbors asked if I was going to watch the game, so I fired up the Crockpot with some cold weather Chili, fired up the heater and opened the Oasis for the game...beautiful evening out with calm winds and a little warmer than it has been.

Chili cooked for about 18 hours..

Heater works great!

Inviting atmosphere for sure..

Game on - Seattle wins...

Love how it looks at night...

As the winter weather warms up will have to have a few more gatherings...

Stay tuned for details on my next adventure!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Oasis Ready for Snowbird Friends

Other than some additional paint and clean-up and plants the Oasis is pretty much ready for my winter friends. It has been quite a bit of work, but I am extremely happy with the results - evenings out watching the World Series has been quite pleasant, other than the fact that Boston won - but hockey season has started so will be watching some more games outside.

New Furniture!

New Heater for Ed and Shirley! Have to shorten by about 14 inches to fit under the trellis!

Very pleasant in the evening hours...

The solar shield provides nice shade and should hold in the heat from the new heater!

I Have some great plans for new appetizers and snacks!

I Plan on some wonderful Happy Hours and relaxing on my new patio, hurry up winter friends!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Friday, October 12, 2018

Oasis - Paint, Music & Trellis

Since returning from Ohio I have been busy working on the trellis and new items for the Oasis. I have added interior and exterior speakers and new amp for stereo, wire shelves, another set of metal shelves and finished the wood part of the trellis. Hardware store trip today for a few more painting accessories then will get it finished over the weekend - flat area of the shed will get a coat of beige paint in the coming weeks.

Once I get the trellis painted I will be installing the sun shield fabric and the ceiling fan...also have more outdoor furniture ordered so when my winter friends get here there will be some nice seating.

The rest of the trellis is up!

Dark brown trim is started the entire trellis will be dark brown!

New wire shelves

4 stereo speakers - two inside and two outside

New stereo amplifier - still needs a little wire cleanup! It sounds great!

Another set of standing shelves for tools etc...

Two more 6 foot lengths of LED Light tubes for the trellis - on a dimmer!

Paint supplies!

Hope to have everything completed by the end of the month, ready to enjoy some nice music and friends at Cap's Oasis!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Monday, September 3, 2018

Blog Update - Oasis Trellis

The long 16 foot 2 X 6's finally arrived over the weekend and were delivered so today I started to get the trellis up at the Oasis. The plan is to create a 12 foot X 12 foot square of shade with the combination of the trellis and an outdoor shade cloth which is designed to cut 95% of the light and heat, we shall see how it works out. I also have an outdoor ceiling fan for the middle...

First a pretty picture...

The beginning of the trellis - still need to add 5 more cross members...but the hard part is up!

Sun Shade fabric

Ceiling Fan Light kit..

A little dessert from yesterday - they won't last long...

Hopefully the additional 2 X 4 12 foot cross members will be delivered this week before I leave for Ohio next Tuesday and I can finish the wood part of the trellis then paint when I get back and put up the solar shade and fan.

More later - still having fun!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest