Passport America Rally Last Day Naval Aviation Museum

We started out listening to Rod Coe from Yankee RV Tours talk for about 30 minutes.  We can’t say enough about this company.  It started to look like rain, so we broke down camp and loaded up the ATV.

 

Rod talking about New England.

                                         Rod talking about New England.

We had decided to go the National Naval Aviation Museum yesterday so off we went about 11 AM today.   We decided to go eat fresh shrimp on the last full day in the gulf area.  We went to The Shrimp Basket for lunch.  It is a small family owned chain that specializes in fresh seafood.  It was very good.

Off to the museum, we didn’t expect it to be as good as it was.  We could easily spend two days here and the best of all (unless you want to see a IMAX movie – we did) is that it is free.  Here are a couple of photos from visit.

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Check out the prices!

                                                          Check out the prices!

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If you try to get in one of the two hour (free) personalized tours.

      If you go – try to get in one of the two-hour (free) personalized tours.

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Tonight was our farewell meal (Papa John’s our favorite pizza) and dance.  We were surprised to find out two of the couples we spent time with last night went to the Shrimp Basket and the aviation Museum today also!

 Miss Peggy even got the old guy on the dance floor.  

Tomorrow is an early start as we want to get north of Atlanta prior to 5 PM.

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Passport America Rally Day 3 Trip to the Beach

As rallies go this is a little slow on the exhibitor and seminar side.  (We are again combining two days into one post.)  On Tuesday we started out with a coffee (hot chocolate for Miss Peggy 🙂 ) and donuts, and then went to hear Rod Coe from Yankee RV Tours.  If you have ever thought about a RV tour –  check out their website.  Rod does it right, he gets only the best sites for RV parking, knows the best restaurants, and has personalized guides everywhere they go.  He is very serious about making the tour the best you will ever do. 

Rod Coe, Owner, Leader

After listening to Rod for 90 minutes we went and did a little work at the fifth wheel, and then went to a movie.  On the way to the movie we got a burger and I found there was a Whataburger in the area.  We had never been to one, and boy are they good!  The movie we went to is Do You Believe?.  It is done by the people who did the God’s Not Dead movie and has stars such as Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd, Brian Bosworth, and Mira Sorvino.  All I can say is don’t miss this great movie!

We got back to the equestrian center and went for a ATV ride on their horse trails.  We took over a mile ride, I didn’t know the trails in the woods were so extensive.  We will try to take another ride and take the camera with us.

Tuesday night we had roast pork dinner with all the trimmings and it was an improvement over the chicken from Monday night.  Our entertainment was Brent Burns.   He is a great comedian and song writer.

 

Brent cutting up!

Brent cutting up!

On Wednesday we again had the coffee and donuts, then again listened to Rod Coe talk about the Canadian Maritime Providences – he is that good.

Miss Peggy made mini pizza for the two of us and we went to Fort Pickens (part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore)  The fort was built-in 1829 and in service through World War II.  At one time 1800 men were stationed here.  Lots of walking and lots of history.  21.5 million bricks were used in the construction!  A single battle from the fort during the civil war is believed to be the largest bombardment in history.

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A rose in the war zone.

                                              A rose in the war zone.

The canons could cover the entire harbor entrance.

              The canons could cover the entire harbor entrance.

Miss Peggy and I spent sometime enjoying  the beach.

                            Miss Peggy and I spent some time enjoying the beach.

This evening we had a diner of gourmet Chinese food and it was pretty good.  The evening entertainment is Debbie Owen and Tony T.  The played oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. and they are pretty good.

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They played and sang for two hours.  We are getting to bed late tonight!

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Moving to Pensacola Florida

Today is a combination of Sunday and Monday.  Both days are travel days so there wasn’t much to talk about yesterday. 

We started out Sunday morning going back to Orchard Christian Center in Lake City.  We enjoyed a great sermon from Pastor Eddie.  After having Dr. Debra give me the one-two about losing 40 pounds I didn’t get the wonderful donuts they had before the service.  😦

We planned on leaving Ocean Pond at 12:30, but after lots of goodbyes and hugs, & then emptying all the tanks on the RV, & then filling up the fresh water tank (from a very slow hose) we got away at 2 PM.  

This beautiful rig pulled into the camp before we left.

What a nice paint job.

                                        What a nice paint job.  Truck and fifth wheel!

 Shortly after heading west on Interstate 10 we ran into some rain. And some more rain, and more rain.  We had planned on overnighting at Homes Rest Area (I think the biggest rest area on I-10 in Florida), but when we stopped to get diesel and gas (for the generators and ATV) at Flying J we saw it was 5 PM and decided to spend the night.  After all they had a Denny’s Restaurant on site.  Flying J’s and Pilots are where we usually stop for fuel as we get a discount and there is never any problem getting in.  Flying J is our favorite as they have special fuel islands for RV’s.  They also have a restaurant, laundry, nice restrooms, a lounge to rest in and even showers.  Here is where we spent the night, right in the pretty grove of trees.  We haven’t spent a night at a Flying J in a while, and it took a little time getting used to the noise of trucks coming and going.  That settled down by 10 PM.  I was so tired I was in bed by 9 and even forgot to take my pills. 20150322_170847

We got away the next morning after breakfast (remember the Denny’s?.  :),  I had a “healthy” Grand Slam breakfast and it was pretty good. 

Our destination is Pensacola Florida and a four-day Passport America rally.  Passport is the original discount RV park people.  You can check them out a www.camp4less.com  If you want to join (and we firmly suggest all RVers do) use our number R-0265685 and we get some type of spiffs. 🙂

Here we are all set up at the equestrian center in Pensacola;

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                                  …here is the pile of manure in front us! 

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They cleaned it up about 3 hours after the prison inmates shoveled it out of the stalls.  Flies, Flies, Flies.  Miss Peggy seemed okay about the inmates (she even wanted to take a snack over to them – but there more than  10 & we didn’t have that much snacks – besides the guys with the guns might not have liked it), but boy is she upset about the flies!  Florida makes very good use of inmates and I am happy to see them out working and making a little money. 

Someone ask where both sets of batteries are – look on either side of the steps.  This the last photo of the inverter with the AC electrical hooked up.

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Here are a few pictures of the opening diner tonight at the rally.

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We hope we pick up a few pointers for our upcoming work at Franklin RV Park.

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InstaIling the New Inverter Day 5

Today is our last day at Ocean Pond, the weather hasn’t been cooperating with me on the inverter project and today I put in over 7 hours.  Boy am I sore.

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The new battery box is now lines with plastic gator foam. You can see the new cables peeking out.  It is already for the batteries.

Th batteries are installed (90 minutes later)  The batteries are taller than the opening, I had to install hold downs, and the hook up of the new cables is awful as you can barely get tools into the opening.

The new batteries are installed (90 minutes later).   The batteries are taller than the opening, I had to install hold downs, and the hook up of the new cables is awful as you can barely get tools into the opening.

The next job is to tackle the existing batteries.

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I had to remove all the old cable and pull the batteries out. I checked them (they are only a couple of months old). The new cable is twice as big as the old ones so they barely fit. This was 90 minutes also.

The next project was to remove the existing inverter and prep the stop for the new.

As you can see they are not the same size.

                    As you can see they are not the same size.

I could never figure out why the old wires were not put in straight.

           I could never figure out why the old wires were not put in straight.

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I had to move the battery transfer switch as I need the room for the inverter. This switch senses if the generator is turned on and turns off the shore power.

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Unfortunately, I have to unwire and rewire the entire device. Another hour.

New location, look at all the room I freed up!

                                New location, look at all the room I freed up!

Finally, with the sun setting, the new inverter is in.

         Finally, with the sun setting, the new inverter is installed.

It looks like a lot of extra cable, and there is.  The cable from the new batteries to the 200 amp fuse is six-foot long.  The cable from the old batteries has to be the same length for proper working specs.  Thus an extra four-foot of black and red cable is floating in the opening.  I will coil that up and tie it to the top of the opening.

After a very quick shower we went off to the final campfire.  Here are some scenes from tonight.

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Do I look tired or what, it is after dark but the flash makes it look earlier.

Do I look tired or what, it is after dark but the flash makes it look earlier.

Susan is one of the hosts at Ocean Pond.

                                   Susan is one of the hosts at Ocean Pond.

Eleven of us were at the fire tonight.  Gospel music was sprinkled in with Haggard, Cash, folk and praise & worship songs.  We all had a good time.

Miss Peggy and I make blueberry and cherry camp pies for the eleven.

Miss Peggy and I make blueberry and cherry camp pies for the eleven.

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InstaIling the New Inverter Day 3

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This is the small sub-panel I went to Lowe’s to get, now comes the fun. The dimension stated does not include the cover.  😦

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After removing the cover and installing the breakers and ground plane plus putting in the main power input this is what I have.  I then spent 45 minutes cutting the sides off the cover as you have to put a cover on for safety purposes – things don’t get easy.  This will provide the circuits for all the outlets, the TV/Stereo setups, and the microwave.  These are the items we want to be able to run off of the inverter when we don’t have outside AC power nor want to run the generators.  I have left a 20 amp breaker open for future expansion.  I have already run a separate 120 volt AC circuit just for the airbed.DSC02479

I then prepped the inverter for the move tomorrow.  The batteries (four of them) will tie into the little black box at the end of the 18″ red cable.  That box is a DC 200 AMP circuit breaker.  The control panel on the front of the inverter will be taken off and moved (via remote cable) to the main control area inside the RV.DSC02478

With rain off and on today, plus the trip to Lowe’s, an electrical supply shop, a short walk, and the fruit/veggie stand we only got in about 5 hour of work.

We started the neighborhood fire at 6:45 tonight and were rained out by 7:45!  We hope the rain runs its course tonight, but it is raining pretty hard right now!

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InstaIling the New Inverter & Dr. Debra Visits Ocean Pond

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After taking an extra-long walk, I started in the process of adding two new batteries and the new larger inverter.

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To help this problem and the fact that I had to get on my hands and knees to see the gas gauge and generator controls, I decided to move them up from here (they are the two loose things) DSC02457

To here:

DSC02456 They are now out but not moved!  Why you ask – I thought this would be a 15 minutes project, just add wire and move them up four feet. Well the area above is solid wood so it took me 90 minutes to get the wires moved.  I found out there are 9 wires and I don’t have 9 different colors.

Dr. Debra came out to Ocean Pond Camp at 2 PM to check out Miss Peggy, Miss Mary Ann and myself.  She also brought a diet plan for me! DSC02462Miss Mary Ann getting an adjustment on her knee. 

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I started back on my project at 3:30; I finally got the generator controls installed. DSC02469

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After another (shorter) walk we had a quick diner and went over to the community fire.

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Day of Rest and Family Visit

We started out slow today as Dr. Debra ask us to take it easy for 24 hours.  We got a call from Miss Peggy’s step sister that they had a change of plans and they were going to be going through Lake City today about noon.  Gosh had to shower and shave two days in a row. 

The Big Red Truck wanted to show off her new shoes.

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                   Old Shoes – think we got our monies worth out of them?

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                                         New Shoes – She is proud. 

We did a couple of small projects, found out Miss Jackie & Randy read the GPS wrong and it would be 1:30 when they got into the area.  After a long walk (Dr. Debra scolded me about losing some more weight) we went into Lake City with stops at the post office and Wal-Mart.  We meet Miss Jackie & Randy at  Applebees.  Being it is St. Patrick’s Day I had corned beef and cabbage, the others had regular Applebee’s food.  After eating lunch and catching up on kids and grandkids we got back to Ocean Pond very late in the afternoon. 

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  I Couldn’t get Randy to smile for the camera – he was smiled out for the day! 

We had some fruit and veggies and went over the community campfire at Lenny & Mary Ann’s.  Seems Ken is out of the campfire mode, but he and Helen came over anyway. 🙂  We talked for hours around the campfire and solved some of the problems of camping in Bushnell, FL, the mail system, and Detroit.  I was still tired from Monday’s late night and was ready for bed tonight. 

Here are three picture as a blast from the past.

Official family portrait from 1984.

                                                 Official family portrait from 1984.

Miss Peggy and I on a no kids getaway in Tennesse.  There was snow on the table when we got up.

Miss Peggy and I on a no kids getaway in Tennessee. There was snow on the table when we got up.

Snorkeling with the kids in 1991.  Mike was reading somewhere!

       Snorkeling with the kids in 1991. Mike was reading somewhere!

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New Tire and Atlas Orthogonist

This is a big day for the Big Red Truck, she is getting new shoes!

She and I took off for Lake City right after 8 AM, got a breakfast sandwich at Hardee’s (yeah I know not part of my diet – but the truck insisted), we went to Tire Kingdom  to get her new shoes.  They put her up on the rack at 9 AM and she was done at 10:45.  It takes a while to balance and change out six big tires.  She was so proud she insisted on a wash, fresh diesel, and that I go to Wal-Mart for some “Freon” as the can went empty on Sunday’s refill.  Well – Wal-Mart was out of her brand, and I went to a place called Water Works for her wash.  She is too big to go through automatic car washes so it is wash by hand.  Being in a hurry I found out (too late) that Water Works is a dump.  The bays are all muddy and the hose you hold is so dirty it took six washes to get my hands clean.

Used to be a nice wash.

Used to be a nice wash.

We made a quick stop back at Ocean Pond for a bite of lunch.  We loaded up our friends Len & Mary Ann and took off for Valdosta, GA to see Dr. Debra Pavlovic-Oklochany.

Click on this link to read her story.

                                      Click on this link to read her story.

Dr. Debra owns Atlas Wellness of Valdosta and is a leader in the Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist program, our son-in-law is Dr. George Sooley of Danville, IL is also a  Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist.  We hadn’t had x-ray updates in about 2 years and were ready for the entire package from Dr. Debra as we aren’t sure we will be able to see Dr. George prior to starting work April 1.  She had a very busy day and she takes lots of time with new clients.  Mary Ann was also there to see her.  Our appointment was late in the afternoon and we didn’t get out of her office until after 8 PM.   Click on this link Chirocorrection then hit YES.  Change the number to  

ACD  L 1.25 

Cervical  R .50 

Frontal  L 2.00 

Atlas Rotation Anterior `1.50 

Axis Rotation R 4.00 

Short Leg  Left 

Degeneration 2 

Hit continue, follow the instructions and you can see what good guys like Dr. Debra and Dr. George can do for you.  (These are my numbers)  Miss Peggy, Miss Mary and I all had adjustments today.

Dr. Debra is so interested in our life style that she is coming to Ocean Pond on Wednesday to check out how we live and do a check-up on the three of us!

She saw Docs doing things like this and she is interested.

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After we left we went to Austin’s Cattle Company for a late dinner.  We returned home after 11 PM.  A very long day.

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Church and Sunday Repairs

We started out this morning going to The Orchard Community Church in Lake City.  We think this will be our church when we return to Lake City.  First off they meet at a skating rink. That’s right, every Sunday morning they put chairs on the skate floor and take them down after the services.  Evidently,  it is working out so well so that they just purchased the building and will be turning the skating rink plus other venues into a Christian  family fun center.    They also have service in Live Oak and Jasper Florida, and are starting their fourth campus in South Ridge on Easter Sunday.  Pastor Eddie and his wife started this ministry a few years ago and with God’s blessing.  They now have a great staff and are on four campus’.  Pastor Eddie stays at the Lake City Campus.

Pastor Eddie is a dynamite preacher!

                                  Pastor Eddie is a dynamite preacher!

We spent the rest of the day cleaning the truck including the battery terminals and a total vacuum of the RV.  Before going over to our friends for a campfire, we made a little fire of our own and tried out  some campfire pies using our fire iron.

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Here are a couple of what we did tonight:

Hot Ham and Cheese
Place slice of bread, buttered side down, into cooker. Place slice of ham and slice of cheese on bread. Add Dijon mustard and cover with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up. Close cooker, latch handles and grill to golden brown.

BLT Special
Fill whole wheat bread with sliced tomatoes, crisp bacon, lettuce and mayonnaise. Toast sandwich for 3 to 4 minutes in pie iron.

Cheese Steak
Fill whole wheat bread in cooker cavity, buttered side down. Add cubed, cooked beef, cheese, onions and pepper. Cover with remaining piece of bread, buttered side up. Close grill and latch handles. Bake for approximately 5 minutes.

Cherry Fried Pie
Place cherry pie filling between your choice of bread buttered on both sides.  Grill until golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar and serve.

We plan to do these, once we are organized at the Franklin RV Park, as evening snack specials.  We will also be working on a pizza pie in the future.

Update from Yesterday

I had problems (again) after posting so many pictures and couldn’t get everything in last night.  After leaving the Civil War Reenactment yesterday we drove to Sam’s Club to take the old batteries back for a refund of the battery core charge.  We decide to go on the county roads back to Lake City through Butler Lake, Florida – hey it sounded exotic.  Tripadvisor listed seven restaurants in Butler Lake.  The first we couldn’t even find, the second was closed for good, as was the third.  The fourth was the cafe in the hospital, and we couldn’t find the rest of them.  Hey there was a new Hardees in town so that is there we stopped.  So much for the exotic Butler Lake Florida!

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Mini-Road Trip and The Civil War

Things were peaceful at Ocean pond but that was going to change for us.

Things were peaceful at Ocean pond but that was going to change for us.

...not a soul was stirring not even a mouse!

...not a soul was stirring not even a mouse!

We  showered and were off to Williston, Florida.

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We are off to Kirby Family Farm. where there is going to be a Civil War reenactment today.  We have never been to one of these and The Battle of Olustee and Battle of Ocean Pond was fought in Baker County, Florida on February 20, 1864, during the American Civil War. It was the largest battle fought in Florida during the war. We missed the 151st anniversary of this battle in February which was held a mile from Ocean Pond where they had a very big reenactment, so we are doing the next best thing.

The first thing we were greeted by was the train.

The first thing, we were greeted by was the train.

This is a small family owned park with the object of Christian family fun and education.  The owners are young. Tracy Kirby explains their mission in this Christmas Video.   Tracy being a former teacher loves to custom mold a full education day for school groups at their 157 acre farm.

When they found the train (above) in a woods, it was less than 1 hour from the farm.  They had it trucked over in sections, laid some rail (1.3 miles) and started working on getting it running.  During this process they found out it wasn’t a replica train but the real deal converted steam engine from the 1880’s.  If it was restored to the original condition it would be worth over 3 million today!

Her she comes for our ride.

                                            Here she comes for our ride.

We found out that the reenactors live on the farm in tents during this four-day event,DSC02394 Venders come to sell their ware (and also live in tents) and people are there with food for sale of course.  We opted for some frybread!
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Preacher getting ready to pray over the wounded and dying.

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This lad played with the toy guns for ever.

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                          Field hospital getting ready for the wounded.

We took our fry bread and bottle water and got seats 1 hour before the battle. Even then, we were in the second row.  The announcer is a PhD from North Dakota that is a history professor and boy was he good.
The lines formed with the cannons on each side for the field.
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The Battle Begins
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Some of the rebs are very young.

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After the 55 minute battle all the troops lined up and gave a fired salute to our current troops overseas.

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After the fighting had worn us out we returned to Ocean Pond (scene of the real civil war battle) and enjoyed a campfire with friends.