Rain Rain Go Away

Rain Cold Rain Cold Rain Cold Rain Cold Rain Cold Rain Cold Rain Cold

I guess you know how today is at the Pond.

We slept in a little, took a little (very little) walk between rain showers, dug out the heavier coats.  Not our favorite day at the campground.

It was so windy last night the old man guarding our fifth wheel blew over!

About noon we saw a little clearing and having to return the rental car we took off for Lake City.  We were shocked that there was a line at Enterprise, after waiting our turn we got rid of the little white rental car.  We went to Wal-Mart for drinking water – they have a machine that you can get pure water to refill your containers for only 27 cents a gallon.  We got 6 1/2 gallons. (I dropped one and lost 1/2 gallon in the parking lot – don’t laugh that was 13.5 cents!)

Off we went to Camping World to get two more roof vent covers, these allow us to leave the roof vents open during the light rain.  We have one vent, 3 vents with fans, and one Fantastic Fan vent.  We are putting covers over four of these.  No pictures of any of this as it is  raining   of course.  Camping World was out of them, but I spied a lock for our fifth wheel hitch on sale half price at $10.50.  I wanted one of these but couldn’t part with the 20 bucks and there is was in a beat up box.  Paid our money and the nice gal at Camping World gave us a Camping World Lucky Dollar Days lottery ticket.  Hey we won 10 bucks off our next purchase. 🙂  Good Deal.

As it was cold and raining, I started to replace more of the inside old lights with LED lights. I turned on an old light just to see how it was in the fixture, it wasn’t on but for 1 minute and I got a second degree burn when I touched the bulb.  That large blister on my right index finger will bother me for weeks.

This is the G4 replacement bulb for the halogen lights we have.

They are pure white, use 1.8 watts of electricity and put out a little more light than the old bulbs.

They are pure white, use 1.8 watts of electricity and put out a little more light than the old bulbs.

This is a package of the old 20 watt halogen bulbs.

                               This is a package of the old 20 watt halogen bulbs.

The new LED’s look a little weird, but they work.  As you can see per each light we went from 20 watts to 1.8 watts of electricity being used.  The LED’s last over 20,000 hours which is a lot longer than the halogen bulb.  Seeing the halogen bulbs are expensive this is a no brainer.  We have six of these halogen fixtures so when both rows of the lights are on we were burning 1200 watts of energy.  We now are burning 108 watts of energy!  You can see the saving especially when we are burning our own fossil fuel to make our own electricity.

I left one of the outside new LED lights on all night, since I already burned my finger what the heck lets see how hot it is.  You can touch it with no problem.

We realize that we are spending a months worth of groceries on new light bulbs, but expect to realize the savings within the year!

We pray for better weather tomorrow!

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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” 
Phil. 1:21

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Finally Out to Ocean Pond

We have over 2 dozen of this light throughout the interior of the Fifth wheel.

   We have over 2 dozen of this light throughout the interior of the Fifth wheel.

 

Notice that this mini light is made

        Notice that this mini light is made up of 68 super small LEDs.

Notice the yellow glow of the lights not replaced vs. the pure white LED.  You can get LED's in a number of colors.

 Notice the yellow glow of the lights not replaced vs. the pure white LED. You can get                                                    LED’s in a number of colors.

We also received a Kill A Watt meter to measure electrical usage,

We also received a Kill A Watt meter to measure electrical usage in our mail.

We will be using the Kill A Watt to chart out what each of our electrical devices uses in amp-hours.  This is important for planning electrical needs for boondocking.  Click on the link to learn more.

Just after supper the cold rain came in with a flurry!  We have to take the rental car back tomorrow, go to Camping World.  We often look at Camping World and then compare prices at AMAZON or Ebay.

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Trip to The Villages

The Villages is definitely one place that’s getting cooler with age. Check out these fun facts:

1. The Villages population passed 100,000 in early 2013 with the total population projected to be close to 110,000 by 2015.

2. An average of 20 people move into The Villages every day.

3. To maintain its 55+ status under federal law, at least 80 percent of homes must be occupied by at least one person who is 55 years of age or older.

4. The average age in The Villages for a male is 62 and female is 60.

5. Persons under the age of 19 years are not permitted to reside within The Villages but may visit for a maximum of 30 days per year unless a longer exemption is granted.

6. Three Villages subdivisions are designated as “family units” and are not subject to the under-19 restriction.

7. In 2011, The Villages sold almost one percent of all the new homes in the entire United States.

8. One real estate journal reported that The Villages sold about 2.5 times more homes than the second largest development in the United States in 2011. In 2012 they sold 1,417 more homes than the 2nd largest development.

9. Forbes Magazine named The Villages as the fastest growing town (under 100,000) in the United States from 2007 to 2010, about 25% more than second fastest Pecos, Texas, and far ahead of the rest in the top 25 fastest.

10. There are about 46,000 homes occupied in The Villages as of January 1, 2013. The current projected total number of home sites available at build out is 56,268.

11. New home sales in The Villages continue to average approximately 200-250 per month.

12. Pre-owned home sales in The Villages are currently averaging 200 per month.

13. Half of the people buying homes in The Villages pay cash for their house.

14. The average household income for home buyers in The Villages is $93,800.

15. The average household income for the state of Florida is $47,661.

16. When The Villages opened up home sales South of CR 466A – 55 homes sold in first eight days.

17. Villages range in size from 100 homes to 1550 homes. The Village of Duval is the largest with 1550 homes.

18. The Villages property area covers over 32 square miles and 23,000 acres.

19. There are over 100 miles of golf cart paths.

20. The Villages occupies parts of three counties in Florida (Lake, Sumter & Marion).

21. The population of the Villages grows by approximately 4,500 annually.

22. There are three town squares (Spanish Springs, Lakes Sumter Landing and Brownwood).

23. There are ten commercial areas (Lake Sumter Landing, Spanish Springs, La Plaza Grande, Buffalo Ridge, Colony Plaza, Southern Trace, Spanish Plaines, Mulberry Grove, Brownwood Paddock Square, and soon Antrim Dells (will be next to Brownwood Square).

24. Commercial property at the Villages FL averages a 97 percent occupancy rate.

25. The Villages is planned to be home to 2.7 million square feet of commercial buildings and retail tenants.

26. Approximately 150,000 people travel through The Villages each day along its busiest corridor US 441/27.

27. There are over 2,200 organized clubs in The Villages.

28. There are currently 63 recreation centers in The Villages.

29. There are currently eight villages south of CR466A (Pinellas, Pinellas at Cedar Grove, Pinellas at Evans Prairie, Gilchrist, Fernandina Fernandina at MacClenny, Sanibel and Charlotte) bringing to total number of villages in The Villages FL to 78.

30. The Villages has more holes of golf than any other community/facility in the world with currently 540 holes. (Mission Hills in China is second with 216 holes).

31. At build out there will be 621 holes of golf in The Villages FL.

32. South of CR466A there are two new country clubs (Bonifay and Evans Prairie) and one new executive golf course (Palmetto) bringing the total in The Villages to 11 country clubs and 30 executive courses.

33. By final build out The Villages will operate 12 country-club championship courses.

34. There are about 10,000 tee times available each day in The Villages.

35. Last year a total of 55,663 Villagers played one or more rounds of golf for a total of 2,546,611 rounds of golf. The approximate number of miles driven in golf carts for this many rounds of golf on The Villages golf courses total 6,330,365 miles. That’s a distance equivalent to driving around the world at the Equator 254 times.

36. There were 1,832 holes-in-one recorded in The Villages last year. That’s 5 holes in one recorded every day of the year in 2011.

37. 316 Villagers shot their age or better last year a total of 1,500 times.

38. Statistically, there were 5,810,493 golf balls lost in The Villages last year.

39. About one-third of Villages residents are regular golfers

40. Playing 36 holes per day, a Villager could play 15 straight days of golf in The Villages without repeating a hole.

41. Golf cars are the vehicle of choice in The Villages. There are over 50,000 golf carts in The Villages

42. The Villages Golf Cars has three showrooms in The Villages and they combine to sell more Yamaha golf cars than any other dealer in the United States.

43. 315 Holes of golf in The Villages have Received Audubon International’s Silver Certified Sanctuary Designation.

44. The CBS Sunday Morning segment of May 2011 featured a video segment on The Villages Golf Carts and it continues to make the rounds on YouTube with over 4 million views.

45. Villagers play 5,200 softball games each year

46. There are currently 133 men’s softball teams, 15 ladies teams, and 68 co-ed teams competing in 17 leagues over three seasons.

47. The Villages has 216 softball teams (2,592 players) playing 164 games per week and approximately 2,296 games for the winter season which is the busiest.

48. Softball totals for the past year are 555 teams (6,660 players) playing approximately 5,572 total games over 3 seasons.

49. The two largest recreation events in The Villages each year are Camp Villages with over 7,000 Villagers and grandchildren participating, and the Senior Games, where Villagers compete in multiple events in sixteen different sports ranging from bocce to basketball, archery to volleyball.

50. 1,417 athletes participated in one or more events in this year’s Senior Games in The Villages, totaling 2,796 entries in all 16 sports.

51. 157 athletes (11%) of the athletes participated in more than five events in this year’s Senior Games in The Villages.

52. Six Senior Games sports do not involve a ball – archery, badminton, horseshoes, shuffleboard, swimming, and track (excluding field events).

53. The Villages has more than 100 tennis courts.

54. There are over 100 pickleball courts in The Villages.

55. There are five water towers in The Villages.

56. There are over 1,200 miles of water mains.

57. There are over 8,000 manholes in The Villages.

58. The Villages population is larger than 93.4% of the municipalities in Florida (28th largest of 411)

59. At build-out the population of The Villages will make it the 14th largest municipality in Florida

60. The Villages population is larger than 31 of the 67 counties in Florida

61. There are 3 dog parks in The Villages (Paradise, Mulberry, & Brinson-Perry)

62. Homes prices range from $100,000 to over 1 million dollars

63. The Villages Regional Hospital started 11 years ago with 60 beds and now has over 200 beds.

64. The Villages is home to a 99,000 square foot VA Outpatient Clinic

65. The Villages Regional Hospital has a comprehensive stand-alone cancer center – The Moffitt Cancer Center

66. The Villages has partnered with USF Health (University of South Florida) to bring free screenings and a lecture series to thousands of Villagers on critical medical issues and initiated The Villages Health Survey, intended to become the world’s definitive study on mature adults. (The University of South Florida is the ninth largest university in the US and its medical university has the largest distributed residency program in the nation.)

67. There are currently eight major grocery stores.

68. The Villages has over 100 dining choices on property (and many more nearby).

69. Villagers spend over $200 million dollars annually in eating and drinking establishments.

70. The Villages is the safest single site development in the country with the lowest crime rate.

71. The Villages Community Watch is comprised of six full time and 294 part time employees. According to the Community Watch its employees patrol 80,000 miles of neighborhood streets each month while averaging more than 3.5 passes by everyone’s home every 24 hrs. In 2011 employees performed more than 209,000 security activities or actions during the year.

72. The Villages Homeowners Association membership totals nearly 25,000 members. The VHA turned 22 years old in 2013. One of the first projects of the VHA was working on a petition drive requesting approval for construction of a golf cart bridge over US 441/27.

73. The Villages has its own Polo stadium and Polo leagues. The Villages polo club has the largest polo crowds in the U.S. with over 30,000 spectators a year.

74. There are over 12,000 people who work in The Villages, or for businesses in the community.

75. The Villages has its own Charter School for employee children, allowing a student to attend from Pre-K3 thru High School. The Villages Charter School is an A-rated High School with 99% of students graduating. 93% of students at The Villages Charter School advance to higher education

76. The Villages Charter School has over 2,200 students per year and an expansion project is well underway.

77. The Villages operates its own Lifelong Learning College for residents on the high school campus. The Villages Lifelong Learning College offers 2,000 total courses per year

78. The Lifelong Learning College has about 18,000 residents attending around 25,000 sessions each year.

79. The Villages has seven fire stations. The Villages Public Safety Department has almost 90 employees, about 70% are trained medics and 30% are trained EMT’s.

80. 10,230 calls were made by the Public Safety Department in The Villages last year – about 1% were for fires (flames), 10% were service calls, 9% were false alarms, and 80% were medical/rescue calls.

81. The survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest in The Villages Fl last year was 44% – about 7 times the national average of only 6%. Contributing to this high survival rate are the many Villagers taking CPR training – over 7,000 in the last five years; and neighborhood CPR/AED programs.

As you can see this is a world unto itself.  If you have a golf cart you can sell your cars and never need to leave The Village for anything,  The landscaping is fantastic.

We went to see our friend Steve & Judy at their beautiful home over looking a golf course.

Miss Peggy going us to knock on their door.

Miss Peggy going us to knock on their door.  That’s our rental car, we had to grease the door frame for me to get in and out.

Steve & Judy with that great golf view.

                                 Steve & Judy with that great golf view.

We meet Steve a number of years ago through Walk to Emmaus.  Miss Peggy and I have been very active in the Emmaus community in the past 10 years.  Steve meet Judy at The Villages as the shared many of the same interests   golf, church, etc.  She went on the Walk to Emmaus three years ago.  For more information about The Walk to Emmaus contact Miss Peggy or I, or click on the link below for a video:

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We are a great time, and host while at The Villages.  We had a great tour of the community (not all of it!) and a great lunch.  Thanks Steve & Judy.

On the way back we stopped at Sam”s Club and bought 2 more batteries to move our battery bank up to 4 large batteries.

We honked our horn at Howard & Linda from  RV-Dreams.com.  as we drove past their campsite, click on their link to learn about Linda’s stain glass classes in nearby Micanopy, FL.

We were told of a little crab carry out joint in Lake City, and  we went for their carry out of shrimp & oysters.  Boy O Boy do they know their garlic.  It was great.

Yup, it is a dump, boy is it good!

    Yup, it is a dump, boy is it good!

Garlic everywhere, oh so good.

  Garlic everywhere, oh so good.  (that’s a sausage at the bottom I ordered)

Tomorrow we hope our transmission is done!

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Car Rental and Trip to See Friends

After much working on the transmission and talking with the good folks at our expended warranty provider it seems that we will be out of Camp Church of God Thursday late afternoon or Friday by noon.
Ole Red up on the rack.

                                                Ole Red up on the rack.

Tyler starting to pull the tranny out.

                                           Tyler starting to pull the tranny out

All of those parts from our Tranny?

                                           All of those parts from our Tranny?                                                                                        I guess a lot of trannys go bad this is the scrap pile!

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   That is still a lot of little parts on the work table!!

 

Yup, that's our drive shaft.

                                                  Yup, that’s our drive shaft.

We decided to rent a car and called Enterprise for a cheap car, it has been a while since we had to rent one and 40 buck seemed a lot for a midget car but it gets 40 MPH.  We need to go to the post office, and pickup some packages at St. Brenden’s Isle our mail forwarder in Orange Park, FL.  We can’t recommend these folks enough, they have handles our mail since 1997.  Where ever we are they get it to us in the time they promised.  they help with DMV problems and other government relations we need in Clay County when we aren’t there.
 We have some big packages at St. Brenden’s Isle and decided to visit our friends Pastor David his wife he stole from the cradle and their lovely daughter.  They don’t live all that far from Orange Park, so after getting our packages and mail we went over to their house and later out for diner.

 

Miss Peggy with our friends at diner.

                                            Miss Peggy with our friends at diner.

We worked with Pastor David when they were in the Florida Keys in a mission ministry.  It was during that time that they were surprised with the birth of their daughter.  (13+ years ago).  I refer to him a Abraham as he is my age.  Shoot we have grandkids older than their first child!!  They are a great family and he has been a good mentor to me.
Tomorrow – continued work on the tranny and off (hopefully) to see more friends in North Central Florida!
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Forced to Boondock!!

It takes a big tow truck to pull the Dodge diesel and the Fifth wheel all at once!

 It takes a big tow truck to pull the Dodge diesel and the Fifth wheel all at once!

Joshua, our tow driver, got there in about 30 minutes as he was diverted from a semi-tow on the interstate.  Now this wrecker can pull a Semi!  He had towed a number of fifth wheel truck combos in the past and knew just what to do.

Mean while Miss Peggy talked to Travis about where we could park the Fifth Wheel.  She did her best church lady facade and got us a spot at the nearby Church of God’s parking lot.

She says the sanctuary and atrium going into it are beautiful, I will check it out tomorrow.

 She says the sanctuary and atrium going into it are beautiful, I will check it out  tomorrow.

Church of God on left and their Spanish Church on the right of our rig.

 Church of God on left and their Spanish Church on the right of our rig.

And look A + Transmission in walking distance.

        And look A + Transmission in walking distance.  Note our outside dining for                                                                           supper, it is over 80!

Of course by the time they finally got the computer on the truck to check the codes,  and talked to the extended warranty people a few times it was 4:30.  Tomorrow they will take the transmission apart.  We hope that the warranty people don’t have to send out an inspector (which will slow things down), and pray this is an easy fix.  

Joshua told us he can bring a 1 ton dually to come out and take our fifth wheel to Ocean Pond if needed.

Many people don’t travel in their Rvs with fresh water in their tanks as it is added weight.  We always do and today was proof and justification of the extras 1/10 MPG we might have gained without the water.  We will be able to settle in for a couple of nights at Camp Church of God and not worry about water.  Tomorrow we had planned to go pickup our inverter so for tonight – no TV.

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Packing Up Going Back to Ocean Pond

We lost most of our early pictures and the few we have we cherish.

 

Our first RV trip with the kids.

                                              Our first RV trip with the kids.

 

 

I even had hair back then!

                                            I even had hair back then!

 

This is Miss Peggy and our dear friend Miss Fran.  Better times 12 years ago when we were full timing.

                This is Miss Peggy and our dear friend Miss Fran. Better times 12 years ago                                              when we were full timing, in Michigan.

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 Getting ready for our move tomorrow.
 
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God.
1 Timothy 1:8

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Rain Apopka Rain

 

The pavilion where we will be hosting events for the guests.

 The pavilion where we will be hosting events for the guests.

 

 

 

Evening Fires!!

                                                   Evening Fires!!

 

 

Full hookups and nice landscaping everywhere.

Full hookups and nice landscaping everywhere.

 

This will be our home site for 8 1/2 months.

                                         This will be our home site for 8 1/2 months.

 

 

 

Our job is to keep it looking like this and keep the guests happy.

Our job is to keep it looking like this and keep the guests happy.

 

We plan to settle in tonight, search for a church on the internet and go to bed early.
“Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: ‘The days go by and every vision comes to nothing’? Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.’ Say to them, ‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled.” 

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Universal Studios Day Three

 

This is all painted

 

 

This is all real, and the inside is probably useable for filming also.

 

 

Peggy loved talking to this guy and the shrunken head behind her.

 

Anyone need house help?

 

 

Making a fast getaway from Universal!

 

Check out the child in the Robe.

Kids (big and little) wanted the entire Harry Potter deal.  I looked it up:  Robe $110, Wand $50, Tie $35, Scarf $40, Shirt $40, and Patch $10.  That come to $285 and you have three kids!!!  They even have socks, sweater, and warlock hats!

 

Two girls all decked out.

 

 

Did I mention big kids? We saw plenty of adults in costume.

Simpsons!  We ate lunch at Frying Dutchman and had great cod, schrimp, and calimari - all fresh no frozen.

If you eat burgers or hot dogs and fries, throw in a drink and you got thirty bucks for two people.  We found (using touringplans.com) that we could get sit down service of very good quality food for only about five bucks more!

 

Taking the subway.

 

See the flames come out?

 

 

This is the best job at Universal.  See the gal in the back in full witch outfit?  Her job is to walk around and be sure that people can "cast spells" with their $45 wands.  She dresses up Harry Potter style each day, knows all the spells (and secrets), has a beautiful wand, makes people happy, and gets paid for this!

Today is our last day at Universal, wait for a announcement tomorrow!
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Sleepy Thursday in Orlando

We decided to sleep in today and boy did we.  We needed the rest.  I finally got up at 8:30 to work on some taxes and other bookkeeping.  Peggy – well a little later.

Today is laundry day as the sock drawer is looking empty!  Laundry at the campground is always interesting as you never know who you will meet.  Laundry here is eight washers and eight dryers.  We had so much we drove it up to the office building.  All the washers were open – all the dryers were being used, did I mention we sleep in?  It takes lots of quarters to do the pile of laundry we have.  I left Peggy at the office with the truck and walked back to continue with bookkeeping.  I saw here about 1 1/2 hours later.

After lunch we went to Camping World to get a few parts.  We prefer Amazon for our shopping but we needed a part today for a drawer repair.  Click on the link below and search for anything and I mean anything!

We were asked about our touring schedule for Universal.  We are using a cool app called Touring Plans.  Check out their link. for six bucks a year you can get plans for all the Disney parks, Universal parks, Disney cruises, and even Disney in California.  You can choose a plan to suit you, make your own, or modify one of their plans.  We are using a modified Senior plan.  No kids rides and we walk slower.  We took off the roller coasters Peggy doesn’t like, added where we want to eat, and when we want to take a break.  There website will evaluate and optimize your plan for the day you want to go.  You then put the app on your phone and tell it whenever you completed an event and it re-optimizes you plan for crowd activity, time of day, and even a ride breakdown.  It is really cool.  It even remembers the Disney schedules we used three years ago and we lapsed the annual fee during that time.  If you like efficiency and want to avoid walking to only find you are 5 minutes late for a show this is the deal.

This is a copy of our plan for tomorrow.  (The map doesn’t copy the route but it will on your phone app)

Evaluate & Optimize Your Plan

Basic Info: Universal 3

Park:
Universal Studios Florida
Date:
Friday, February 27, 2015
Park Hours:
9:00am – 7:00pm
Plan Times:
9:00am – 7:00pm

Enter via Main Entrance

Plan Summary:
Additional Notes:
Edit

Plan Preferences (optimize or evaluate to save settings)

Walking Speed:

Relaxed
Very
Relaxed
Relaxed Average Fast
Waiting vs. Walking:

Balance
Minimize
Waiting
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What type of Universal Express access you will have? Select the first option that applies.

Universal Express Unlimited (On-Site Hotel Guests and those with “Park-to-Park Ticket + Unlimited Express”)
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Premier Annual Pass
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Your Plan Steps (drag to reorder)

STEP ARRIVAL WAIT DURATION FREE TIME WALK TIME
  1. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Edit X

    9:13am 20 5 0 8

  2. Transformers: The Ride-3D Edit X

    9:46am 0 5 0 2

  3. Revenge of the Mummy Edit X

    9:53am 4 5 0 5

  4. Disaster! – A Major Motion Picture Ride…Starring YOU Edit X

    10:07am 16 25 0 3


    Opens: 10:00am | Closes: 6:30pm
  5. Knight Bus Edit X

    10:51am 0 5 0 5

  6. Fast Food Boulevard Edit X

    11:01am 0 45 0 1


    11:00am for 45 minutes
    Conf #:
  7. The Simpsons Ride Edit X

    11:47am 12 8 0 4

  8. E.T. Adventure Edit X

    12:11pm 9 8 0 2


    Opens: 10:00am | Closes: 7:00pm
  9. A Day in the Park With Barney Edit X

    12:30pm 15 25 0 6

    Showtimes: 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:15pm
  10. Street Scenes Edit X

    1:16pm 0 10 0 1

  11. Preview Center Edit X

    1:27pm 0 60 0 4

  12. The Blues Brothers Show Edit X

    2:31pm 14 15 0 3

    Showtimes: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 3:50pm
  13. TWISTER…Ride It Out Edit X

    3:03pm 8 18 0 3

  14. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Edit X

    3:32pm 16 4 0 2

  15. Shrek 4-D Edit X

    3:54pm 8 20 0 2

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Tonight we are going to watch the first Harry Potter movie on our new surround system which was given to us by friends at the RV-Dreams Boondocking Rally.

 Off to Universal tomorrow!

Rejoice always;
pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Universal Day Two Rain Rain Stay Away

Boy did I mess up.  I found out that my “new improved” posting method is great but the posts for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday didn’t go out!  I have fixed that.

Hey we got off with an under 50% chance of rain.  To keep the rain away I carried two rain ponchos in a pack all day.  We started a little late but got to the park right at the rope drop.

Today’s plan is:

1) Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

2) Ollivanders

3) Leaky Cauldron
11:00am for 60 minutes

4) Diagon Alley

5) Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show

6) Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue

7) Terminator 2: 3-D

8) MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack

9) Animal Actors on Location

10) Finnegan’s Bar and Grill
5:15pm for 60 minutes

11) Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories

12) Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

We didn’t get to Escape from Gringotts as the ride broke down all day.

Here are a few picture highlights:

Yes, the eels move.

Yes, the eels move.

 

In Harry Potter world you can buy a working wand.  It was fun to watch the kids big and old trying to do spells with the want.

In Harry Potter world you can buy a working wand. It was fun to watch the kids big and old trying to do spells with the want.

 

This girl is trying to make rain come out of the umbrella.  The interactive wands were added in 2014 and start at $45.  As of today there are over 60 different wands for sale with some people owning them all.

his girl is trying to make rain come out of the umbrella. The interactive wands were added in 2014 and start at $45. As of today there are over 60 different wands for sale with some people owning them all.

 

 

Peggy eating  fish and chips at the Leaky Cauldron.

Peggy eating fish and chips at the Leaky Cauldron. I had seafood pie and salad

 

It wasn’t all about Harry Potter.

The chacter are all actors in costume.

The characters are all actors in costume.

 

 

Gotta have a animal show.

Gotta have a animal show.

 

The final show is water lasers, fireworks and projection.  Images are projects of water dropping from the sky.

The final show is water lasers, fireworks and projection. Images are projects of water dropping from the sky.

 

The final show is water lasers, fireworks and projection. Images are projects of water dropping from the sky.

And we went home very tired again!

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 
After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

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