My Outside adventures on hold !

I will be getting some outside time real soon

This past year has been sort of crazy to say the least. The rampid COVID-19 doesn’t want to go away. I visit https://cdc.gov on a regular basis in hopes they will see a significant dip in the amount of new cases. Nothing too exciting – yet. If you don’t know about this map yet, it is pretty handy. You can even drill down into a state and see how things are going by county and even city. The link is here COVID Cases by Jurisdiction.

I talked with a Spanish doctor I know and she is all excited. She says the USA has stood up and offered a significant amount of money and effort in creating a new drug to help fight against COVID-19. Apparently there is only so many pills that can be made. And to top it off, if the pharmaceutical corporations involved push all in, they will be making this drug only which means other pharmaceutical corporations will need to step up to help balance the pharmaceutical needs across the world. It’s exciting times, lets hope this is a bell ringing cure and that people don’t play with viruses for a very long time. That is a political debate for another time.

I love the outdoors, in temperatures near or below 80 degrees F. Any hotter and it’s a race inside. I was pretty active trying to armchair a solve about Forrest Fenn’s treasure for the last year or so. It appears that some one from the eastern US side found that.

So since it is best not to go treasure seeking, I went ahead and created a treasure site called https://treasure-seekers.org. In there I am organizing the site as best as possible and researching the web for potentially viable treasure seeking adventures. I think I have found treasure tale that is mildly interesting, and the search area doesn’t seem to be that big. Problem is, it is not in the of Virginia. There ARE a few classic treasure seeking adventures within Virginia like the Beale Cipers and The Mosby’s treasure trove. Although these are great opportunities, the one that has caught my interest is a little more detailed . You know us treasure seekers. We don’t want to volunteer too much information.

Take advantage of the time spent at home

Since travel is limited I am forcing myself to complete a few tasks a day . I am sure many people have put something off and there the project, task or job sits. This is an excellent time to knock a few jobs off your self-inflicted “Honey-Do-This” list. Start small and keep a list .

Travelling ? make some plans, and tell someone

I need to formulate a plan for my boots on the ground adventures. I will be adding a list of necessities to bring with you if your planning some sort of treasure hunting adventure. The type of treasure hunting matters. Planning is everything, but your ability to carry all of the must haves may be limited. There are tons of things to think about. Here is an off the top of my head list of things you may need to think about:

  • The travel destination – Know as much about the area.
  • Treasure seekers may need to know the local and state laws along with federal laws. what are some of the private property owners in the area?
  • You choice of travel – This one may limit you ability to carry what you need. You could go by plane, car, train or other means.
  • Adventure to include knowing the culture.
  • Finding great food and a good place to stay that is safe and secure.
  • Adventure vs. the length of stay. You should try to plan enough time to enjoy the travel and not be in a rush. The day of travel and the day returning can be counted as travel days, if you manage to get anything exciting done during those days that is great !
  • Safety first. Make sure your choices of clothing, boots and outside apparel is sufficient for the climate you going to. You can go to several websites to research the daily average temperatures and the amount of precipitation they receive during the time you are traveling. Higher elevations can get REALLY COLD, even in the middle of Summer.
  • Tech-NO gadets. I always find myself over packing when it comes to electronics. I have some awesome camera equipment and I have to seriously ask myself, am I going to use, or have time to use this gear? If that gear stays home, I take the cell phone and a few battery packs instead so there is power in places where they be none. You may encounter areas in the wild where there is limited or no cell phone reception. It may be wise to invest in a good reliable handheld GPS unit.
  • Give your relatives or some one you are friends list your travel plans. They don’t have to be down right specific, but it is best if they are really close.
  • Travelling in pairs or more is great for safety reasons. The reasons for this are almost endless.
  • Wilderness necessities. Pack light, but bring the necessities. If a “what if” happens, the one time you use the item you will thank yourself many times for bringing it. Try to remember what is vital and what is nice to have. At a minimum I suggest adding a lightweight Life Straw water filtering device.

I will add more to this post when time permits. It’s getting late and I am up pretty early in the morning. Take care, be safe and enjoy your travels !

Waffle House waitresses work for hard earned tips !~

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Waffle House offers good food, fast. But it comes with a price

it’s a stressful environment at times. Waffle House Waitresses and Waiter jobs are stressful and fast paced.

On a typical weekend, I arrive at a local Waffle House about 10 am in the morning. It is always hit or miss on how busy the location is. I quickly scan the parking lot to see how many cars are there as I pull in. I park, get inside and look for my favorite waitress. I spot her, as she drops off a load of dishes near the dishwasher, tells the staff that those are her dishes.

She then washes her hands, she goes around to the silverware area and grabs napkins, silverware and prepares a booth for another party. She smiles, introduces herself, and takes their drink order. She takes a deep breath, and is off to the races again. Take a moment to see what a Waffle House Waitress and Waiter does to make you happy.

If you have been to a Waffle House, one day make it a point to see at what length the waitresses and waiters have to go through during your short stay. Most arrive close to 7 am and their scheduled departure is near 2 pm, but they are typically out the door closer to or past 3 pm. Near the end of the scheduled shift they have to clean the place up and tally up their ticket books which is a tedious project in itself. But that is not all they do…..

Typically they clean off the tables for the next guest, they each are responsible for their own dishes. They have to wait in line and call their orders in to the cooks. They bring you your drinks and take your order. They have to refill the orange juice containers when needed, refill ice, scrub pre-wash and then run the dishes through a dishwasher.

They have to wash any plates that the cooks use, including the egg pans. The trash cans don’t empty themselves out, so that is one more task that is done. They have to take orders over the phone and have time to check people out and offer a smile and ask how their visit was.

As the day grinds on at the Waffle House, hopefully the tips they earn are sufficient for the day. As additional people enter and leave, the chaotic cycle happens over and over again. In some of the Waffle Houses I have eaten at, they have this down to a fine science. Other locations, it seems they have less enthusiasm as the tips aren’t the greatest and the potential thought process is that why hurry when the reward for stellar performance is not going to be there in the end.

The waitresses and waiters won’t mention a thing about how much they get paid per hour. Its against the Waffle House policy. But if you are like me, you can find out anything by typing about it in your favorite search engine.

What DO Waffle House Waitresses and Waiters make per hour? Thinking about an entry level job, and have plenty of energy, with a flexible schedule? How pleasing is this job ? Remember, this depends on the area in which they are employed. Some locations are more generous and managed differently than others in my opinion.

My Point is….. Tip the hard working Waitresses and Waiters at Waffle House !

In MY opinion, the ladies that I know that work at different Waffle Houses as Waitresses are underpaid, over worked and not tipped well. Like I said above, take that moment to pay attention how much activity these waitresses and waiters do in order to get a few extra dollars in tips. Tips are the livelihood of their job. Show the Waffle House waitresses and waiters some love and offer them a decent tip once in a while.