Big Red Truck Repairs and Geocaching

BIG RED TRUCK REPAIRS

I got up early today and went into Lake City while Miss Peggy was still in bed. 

Early for me. 

My first stop was Wal-Mart for full synthetic oil (12 quarts – $62.82) for the Big Red Truck.  Next was Tire World to talk about tires, then Lake City Tires, and lastly to Tire KingdomTire Kingdom finally solved the mystery as to why there are two Michelin tires with the same number (LTX m/S2) but different prices.  Michelin is doing a slight change in the makeup of this model tire and the old version is $15 less.  They found six of the old version tires in Dallas (that’s Texas) and I couldn’t justify the shipping to save $90 let alone not know when they will get to Lake City. 

Tire Kingdom guys were really helpful and the prices were pretty close (not far from Discount Tire or Sam’s Club) so we ordered the new version of the tires, for an install on Monday morning. 

We had budgeted $1500.00 for tire replacement and it will come to $1482.90. 

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Then it was off to Advance Auto to get two fog light bulbs for the Big Red Truck as one burnt out.  (I wanted to move up to a higher output fog light so I bought a pair at $29.00, ouch!).  I also bought some Marvel Mystery Oil to soak the head of our outboard motor in as it hasn’t been run in two years.  Finally my last stop was Jiffy Lube to get the oil changed, $57.77 plus the cost of the oil at Wal-Mart.  I called Miss Peggy and found out that Shirley’s Restaurant in Lake City had all you can eat shrimp for a lunch special for $8.95.  I picked her up and back to Lake City we went.  Great Shrimp. 

GEOCACHING

We had met Karen a number of days ago.  She is a single retired gal who built her own RV from a new GM Sprinter Super Van and has been full timing  for 1 year this month.  She travels with two cats and lets them roam where ever she parks, and they love it.  She was telling us about geocaching a few days ago so we downloaded an app for our phone while at Shirley’s.  On the way back to Ocean Pond we tried to find a couple of geocaches to no avail.  We realized that we needed to put our  ATV’s GPS into the loop for this project. 

I need to calibrate my GPS!

I need to calibrate my GPS!

Geocaching is where someone hides the “cache” and you are supposed to find it using your GPS coordinates or other directions.  Back at camp while I was topping off the air conditioner in the Big Red Truck with “Freon”,  Miss Peggy dug out our GPS from the ATV, and I  put in the coordinates of a “cache” close to the camp.  Before we walked to it, 2 other people came over to help us.  I ended up ankle deep in the swamp coming out with thorn punctures all over my arms.  I must have typed in the wrong number.   By then another person showed up to assistance us.  We put another set of coordinates into the GPS and took off looking for another “cache”.  One of the guys “helping” was called back to his camp by his wife, but another then showed up to “help”.  We finally found this one, wrote our date and Miss Peggy’s geocache name “Landyachty2” in the notebook inside this “cache”.  So after 90 minutes of looking, we found numerous mosquitoes, five new friends, one “Cache”, swamp water in my shoes, and one tick!  We could have done without the last guy.  After coming out of the woods. two more geo-trekkers came up.  We were invited to go to dinner about 20 miles away with a bunch of geo-trekkers and off to a gathering tomorrow – all day!  Having to change shoes, find bandages, strip down for a tick search, and get bug spray – we declined.  Now we aren’t saying this geocaching “fun” is all bad for us, but further adventures may be done from the back of our ATV!

People leave some of their "goodies" inside this geocache.

         People left some of their “goodies” inside this geocache.

Tomorrow – weather providing – we are off for a big adventure and mini-road trip.

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For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

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Day of Rest in Northern Florida

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Someone ask where Ocean Pond is.  Here is a map:

Lake City is to the west (right) and Jacksonville is to the east.

                       Lake City is to the west (left) and Jacksonville is to the east.

Yesterday, after posting all those vent lid photos my spelling, punctuation, and paragraph features worked well on my end but not yours – go figure!  Sorry!

With all the climbing up and down on the roof; and extended work up there my Symmetric Psoriatic Arthritis kicked up real bad (as it does from time to time)  I stayed in bed until after 10 AM.  I don’t complain too much about my condition  – there are the very bad days – but I remember when Miss Peggy had to vacuum the bed every day and I was walking with two canes.  Thank God for Humira.

After arising, I did get up on the roof between raindrops and finish the last vent lid and cover.  I had to rebuild the entire vent before it was all over.  I walked to the shower building and took a very long hot shower.  Miss Peggy was doing laundry today.  She had snagged a coupon for CiCi’s Pizza, so we went off for a late lunch of all you can eat pizza, salad, and drinks, $12 for both of us!  We loved their BBQ pizza and Bacon Double Cheese Pizza.  We only have pizza once a month due to her diet.

After the late lunch (2:30) we went to the movie to see Chappie in Lake City.  We liked the movie with a lot of humor and excitement.  Too bad about the language and brief bloody violence or it would be good for the grand kids.

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Tomorrow I continue the process of getting new tires (and an oil change) for the big Red Dodge.  Six large tires is a major purchase so I am doing some serious shopping.

Even though I said not again, guess what brand we will probably buy?

Even though I said not again, guess what brand we will probably buy?

Our grand daughter Anna who lives in Maryland, painted this the other night for a church project, and it will be on display until Easter.

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But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  – Luke 10:40

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Replacing the Broken Vent Cover

Today started out like any other work day at Ocean Pond.  Our friends Chuck & Cathy were leaving today so we have to go over for goodbyes and hugs.

Chuck & Cathy for Wisconsin

Chuck & Cathy from Wisconsin.  Note the small purple tent behind their rig. The people moving into their site are already setting up!

They are off to Fort Pickens in the Florida Panhandle.  We had planned to go to this historic national park next week but had a hard time getting reservations.  We found out it is spring break and have decided to stay at Ocean Pond – guess we are getting old!

We went into Lake City for a parts run.  First was Wal-mart for water and marshmallows. Some old geezer was filling up about 28 one gallon water bottle but  had an organization problem.  It took him twice a long as it should have.  We buy our drinking water here or at Publix for either 27 cents or 30 cents a gallon.

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Some Wal-Mart’s have two machines, this one has one.  We waited a long time.   Our friends Len & Mary had a leak in their water heater and have been working on it for five days which included welding the aluminum water heater tank.  We drove to Lowe’s where I purchased a number of parts for our rig and one 44 cent part for Len.  We needed a part for our batteries which we will install sometime this week, weather permitting.

Just wanted to give you a idea of how thick 2/0 battery cable it.

     Just wanted to give you a idea of how thick 2/0 battery cable it.

From there we drove to Camping World to get the replacement roof vent cover that is cracked.  This is what I found for options:

Unbreakable Polycarbonate Vent Lid - Fits Ventline, Elixir Since 1994Replacement Vent Lid - Ventline pre-2008 Elixir 1994 and up, White

 Unbreakable Polycarbonate Vent Lid - Fits Ventline, Elixir Since 1994Product DetailsReplacement Vent Lid - Jensen Metal Base 2004 and up, White
Replacement Vent Lid - Ventline pre-2008 Elixir 1994 and up, WhiteReplacement Vent Lid - Jensen Metal Base 2004 and up, WhiteReplacement Vent Lid - Elixir pre-1994, White
Replacement Vent Lid- Ventline 2008 and up, WhiteReplacement Vent Lid - Elixir pre-1994, WhiteReplacement Vent Lid - Elixir pre-1994, Smoke
Replacement Vent Lid - Jensen pre-1994 with Pin Hinge, WhiteUnbreakable Polycarbonate Vent Lid - Fits Jensen with Pin HingeReplacement Vent Lid - Ventline pre-2008 Elixir 1994 and up, Smoke
Replacement Vent Lid - Jensen pre-1994 with Pin Hinge, SmokeOne-piece Vent - White
Yup, they are all different.  I choose the “correct” one (what a guy ask a woman parts clerk for help).  I had eight picture of the old vent to help in my choice.  From there to the RV salvage place one part for Len, and of course I had to buy something for us.  A guy in a RV salvage yard is like a kid in a candy store.
From there we went to produce stand A.  They were a little pricey so off to produce stand C (we were at B last week).  At last great produce at good prices.  Finally back home by 2 PM!!
While Miss Peggy was fixing lunch we found out that we left our bags at produce stand C  😦
After lunch I climbed up on the roof only to find out my “choice” was not so good as the vent lid didn’t fit.  While up there it started to rain, and I mean rain.  Len had come over saying he had to go to town for one more part (38 cents).  Since we were going back to Camping World we volunteered to save him a trip.
At Camping World the nice lady helped me out (I did have the old part in my hand at this time) and the perfect part was found.
It was still raining off and on so Miss Peggy fixed a late diner of local sausage and mac & cheese – boy was that good.
The rain stopped about 6:30, but it was too wet for a campfire.
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The no campfire worked out okay as I had another tax return to do, so I got that 90% finished – just waiting for more info from the couple.  People simply email me attachments of their information and I can do their taxes no matter where I am.  The internet is pretty neat.

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The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?
Phil. 1:21

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Work Day Tuesday at Ocean Pond

We started our today with a nice walk around the complete campground.

Today’s work was on the roof, and while I was up there Peggy continued to polish the fifth wheel with her trusty can of Gel Gloss.

I slowly went up on the roof.  Ladders that are built on RVs aren’t always the most sturdy.  Our is removal (so the garage door can swing down) and even less sturdy.  Our regular folding ladder isn’t tall enough for us to use as we are 13 feet tall so up the RV ladder I go.

Being the ladder is the worse part, and I don't like heights,  I was on the roof  four hours!

Being the ladder is the worse part, and I don’t like heights, I was on the roof four hours!

 I am putting vent covers over four of these vents.

      I am putting vent covers over four of these vents.  Look at the leaves!

Sweeping off the leaves.

                                                               Sweeping off the leaves.

Trying a cover on for size.

                                                          Trying a cover on for size.

Two covers went on as directed in the instructions, and of course two didn’t and we had to modify the instructions.

This guy had to come lift me off!!

 This guy had to come lift me off!!  Don’t know what he was doing in the neighborhood.  There is a company in Lake City at takes jet airliners and reconditions them – don’t think they do Army copters.

Cleaning off more leaves

                                                             Cleaning off more leaves

The two that didn't follow instructions.

The Two that didn’t follow instructions.  Hey didn’t I clean those leaves off three times?

Looking back at the two that did follow the instructions.

                Looking back at the two that did follow the instructions.

We had decided to put new covers on four of the vents and leave the fifth one alone as it is in the garage and very hard to get to.  As things go the fifth vent (in the back) is cracked so next trip to Camping World I will buy not only a fifth vent cover but also the hatch cover.

The view from up on the roof is pretty good!

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After Miss Peggy’s famous sloppy joes, some spiffy rice and a salad we went over to the neighbors for a fire.

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                     Look in the left center of the water and you will see a gator.

This is Ali's head.  Probably about 10 feet, no need for a closer picture.

        This is Ali’s head. Probably about 10 feet, no need for a closer picture.

Campfire hosts, Ken and Helen from Maine.

                 Campfire hosts Ken and Helen from Maine, Ken is 84.

Len and Mary Ann who live on Lake Huron in Michigan.

                Len and Mary Ann who live on Lake Huron in Michigan.

Chuck and Cathy who live on Lake Michigan in Wisconcin.  They are leaving us tomorrow - God speed.

Chuck and Cathy who live on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. They are leaving us tomorrow – God speed.

(I Think I should have taken the pictures while there was still light out of the couples.)

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“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”      Jeremiah 17:9  

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Work Day at Ocean Pond

I was up very early (too early) this morning.  Last night our neighbors told us they were moving today and they had two pallets they were leaving.  Hum – hardwood pallets – great firewood.  They were leaving with the sun (we never do that!), so I went over there at first light and got the two pallets.  I got the saw and axe out and had them all cut and split before Miss Peggy was up! DSC02350Check one item off my list! 

Next I started to paint the hitch of the fifth wheel, Miss Peggy seeing ladders and other items out thought this was a nice day to polish the front cap of the fifth wheel (note – this wasn’t on yesterday’s work list but very needed).  So we gathered up all the supplies she needed and got her started.

DSC02349This takes a few hours to do.

She is using a product called Gel Gloss which is from our sailing days.

As you can see we have to constantly move ladders & trucks, and change clothes!

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DSC02355Meanwhile I was working on repainting the hitch.

DSC02354I am not happy with the end result and will be putting another coat on.  I used a flat paint and will put a semi-gloss on for the second coat; the hitch is only half dry so you see streaks in this photo. (Note the shine on the gloss of the fifth wheel – Yeah Miss Peggy)

To prepare for all of this we had to get some of our storage tubs out and rearrange items in them as they aren’t in logical order. 

DSC02351 Every time I get these tubs out a few more items go into trash or give-a-way 🙂 

Between moving Miss Peggy’s ladder, scrapping and painting, I worked on the ATV to repair some damage from an accident we had a few years ago. After a few phone calls I found out that the cable we ordered to install the inverter has been sitting at the post office since Friday (the tracking number wasn’t posted on the ship document from the vendor).  We left to pick up our General Delivery at 4:30 and I was the last one they let in the door at the Post Office!  It was there along with another package – I had to order the complete set of Harry Potter movies.  We then went to Camping World and our vent covers were in, from there to Winn-Dixie for groceries.  We finally got back to Ocean Pond at 7:15, ate a quick supper, went to check on the single gal who was at the dentist all day today, and then to sit around a campfire with friends until about 9 PM. 

From our campfire two of the gals said they saw a gator swimming on Ocean Pond, (but being after dark none of us got up to check it out 🙂

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Too Beautiful in Lake City to Get Work Done!

Well the time change got us up from bed late, but we made it (barely) on time for the services at Lake City Church of God.  Today they had a guest preacher as a revival starts tonight and goes for the rest of the week.  Evangelist Carl Thomas is a young man who can really preach.

No pictures today as we got caught up with little projects and visiting with our neighbors. 🙂

Some of our projects scheduled for this coming week are:

Painting of hitch on fifth wheel

Gathering firewood

Touch up paint on hitch in truck

Painting the rear of the fifth wheel around the door

Installing 4 vent covers on roof

Re-caulking the vent from the waste water tanks

Installing 2 new batteries and inverter (waiting on cable)

We didn’t get back from visiting with all the neighbors until 7:45 PM – so much for work today!  At least I got the cables done for the TV in the bedroom.

I am sure a trip or three for supplies in Lake City will happen – too bad they don’t have a Dairy Queen!

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

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Warm Weather Returns to Ocean Pond

We finally broke the 70 degree mark and with no rain!  We were able to get a lot of little things done – like set up the campsite the way we want it.

This is site two at Ocean Pond.  We even have flowers out!

                This is site two at Ocean Pond. We even have flowers out!

Some one ask who is the old man guarding our fifth wheel.  This is he, he has been with us a long time since before we were in the Bahamas for 4 years.

Some one ask who is the old man guarding our fifth wheel. This is he, he has been with us a long time since before we were in the Bahamas for 4 years.  He is ready for some new paint soon!

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                                                           Old Man watches all.

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Nice view from our dining room table.

                                     Nice view from our dining room table.

View from our picnic table.

                                                         View from our picnic table.

Ocean Pond has it own laundry.  These machines take credit cards!

Ocean Pond has it own laundry. These machines take credit cards!  Today was laundry day and this is only a few steps away.

Note in the center, the mini library at Ocean Pond.

                         Look in the center, the mini library at Ocean Pond.

 

This is a part I ordered to make the DirecTV SWM to make the bedroom TV work right.

This is a part I ordered to make the DirecTV SWM to make the bedroom TV work.

The wiring in the fifth wheel isn't run just right for the SWM.  This is our temporary wiring tonight, tomorrow I will have to rewire under the fifth wheel.

The wiring in the fifth wheel isn’t run just right for the SWM. This is our temporary wiring tonight, tomorrow I will have to rewire under the fifth wheel.

At 4 PM we went into Lake City to see the movie Focus starring Will Smith we loved it.  Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; but, when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Buenos Aires working a very dangerous scheme when Jess — now an accomplished femme fatale — unexpectedly shows up. Her appearance throws Nicky for a loop at a time when he cannot afford to be off his game.
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” 

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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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“Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 

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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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