Sunrise in Monument Valley

Sunrise in Monument Valley

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Stop In St Augustine

On our way back to Tennessee we stopped in St Augustine, since we had to stop somewhere. We had trouble with our slide on the bunkhouse and bedroom wall and although David was able to "fix" it, it still needs to be adjusted by someone who knows how to do it. We called 4 places in Jupiter, but no one even returned our call until we left on Monday. I called ahead to have someone in St Augustine come look at it, but we may not be able to have it looked at here. There has been a horrible rain and thunderstorm going on here since right after we arrived. It will probably last all morning here.

We did get a chance to go out to dinner with Ryan and the kids last night. Najla was not feeling well, so she stayed home. We missed seeing her. The kids were so much fun. Trevor likes to copy everything Emma does, so I had dinner with Emma on one side and Trevor on the other. They were so good. I didn't get a chance to take any good pictures since we were running in the rain and thunder to our car. I did get a couple of silly face pictures, but not good enough to share,

Hopefully, the rain will be gone this afternoon, so we can get our side repaired and get out and about for a little bit.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Wonderful Retirement Party

Mark's party on Saturday was fantastic. There were probably 150 people there from cancer centers in South Florida and current or ex Varian employees that both David and I knew. Having lived in the the area for 20 years, you meet and work with a LOT of people. It was embarrassing since many and I mean many came up to us and gave us a hug and we had no cue who they were or where they were from. If we were lucky, they introduced themselves.Several people came up to me and said, "I'm______, I was one of your students or I worked with you at _______. Uhhh clueless. There was a Radiation Therapy program in Broward county that turned out about 15 to 20 students per year for at least 15 years. That's a lot of students and they are all at least 12 years older, including us!!!! Usually after they walked away it dawned on me who they were. It was a wonderful night. Nancy did a fantastic job getting the word out to everyone and organizing the party. Mark had a great time and it was like a big reunion of friends. We just wish our memories weren't so bad. Everyone was really happy to see David. Everyone clapped and cheered when Nancy thanked us for coming so far to be at the party. All the people really missed David. He got a tons of hugs. This is a picture of Mark and Nancy's 3 "kids" (or they were "kids" when we knew them.

Sarah, David, Nick and Leah

The motor home park "resort" we are staying in is right across the highway from Mark and Nancy's house. It is a very fancy, smancy place which is only half completed & still under construction, but is renting out sites, The sites are actually for sale for a very high price. The pads are brick pavers, it is very nicely landscaped and  well lit. It's a beautiful resort, but your motor home has to be a Class A, at least 34 ft long and relatively new to get in. Yesterday when we looked out the window there was a man walking across the grass being followed by a sand tail crane. No matter where he went, the crane followed. He must be feeding him or something for the crane to be so loyal.

We had a great night on Sunday visiting with Mark and Nancy and are headed to St Augustine now. This is the way our Nicky likes to travel.This is a really quick trip, but the kitties are probably more relaxed than ever before.

Friday, March 31, 2017

On our way to Jupiter, Florida

We are headed to Jupiter, Florida for a retirement party for our friend Mark Morris. David "mentored" him when he was new with Varian and Mark is retiring after 30 yrs with the company. We haven't seen anyone in South Florida since David retired 12 yrs ago, so it should be fun.

The traffic headed to Atlanta was pretty backed up part of the way. We found out later that a section of 85 had collapsed due to a fire. Thankfully that happened AFTER we passed Atlanta, We arrived in Lake Park at the Eagles Roost RV Park in the daylight, thank goodness. The last time we stayed here it was pitch dark, the office was closed and there were not good numbers on the campground sites. We had a terrible time locating out site. It was so bad, David just parked the MH and I wandered through the CG with a flashlight until we found out site. The really need lighting and BIG site numbers in the campground.

This stay was not so bad, except that we thought the heating element on the water heater was burned out. All was well in the end and it was fine. The kitties got us up and 5AM which will make for an early started as we head to Jupiter.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

On the Road Again

We left St. Augustine Thursday morning headed for home. The weather report predicted a massive snow/ice storm to hit Atlanta and Tennessee, on Friday so we needed to get home before all of this.
We made reservations to stop in Perry, Ga which was a little more than half way home, but south of where the bad weather was predicted just in case we were stuck. We had gone to the store to purchase extra food, just in case.

The campground website showed no pictures of their campground and for good reason. It was pretty bad. The guy that check us in seemed uninterested and never looked us in the eye. Just pointed to a site "over there ."Very small sites, small tight roads and very unkempt. It was obviously old, but it had a 2 things going for it---good WIFI and cable TV. David commented that the sewer hole was so far back he had to use 2 hoses to get to it and it was barely enough. Well, barely was good enough.

We had a restful night and wanted to get an early start so that we could get past Atlanta before the ice and snow hit. David went out to unhook while I worked on the inside getting everything ready to roll. A few minutes later David came in and said the sewer hose was plugged up and he didn't know how to unplug it, He had tried everything and the hose was FULL of poop and paper and nothing was draining. He wanted me to come out and help. UHHHH OK?sThere we were standing in the cold looking at a 30+ foot length of poop filled hose. There was obviously a blockage somewhere. David suggested that I hold the hose up in the air at the point where the 2 hoses joined while he took them apart.
 WAS HE KIDDING??????? Visions of Robin Williams sewer scene in the the movie RV passed in front of my eyes. I didn't think that was a good idea. But, we had to do something. Well, that didn't work so David hooked it back up. I went towards the MH and lifted the hose high and walked it down towards the drain. It was obvious that the drain was on high ground and poop doesn't flow up hill.
There was definitely a blockage and since the hose was still full it had to be at the end where the hose went into the sewer. So David unhooked the 90 degree curved end that went into the sewer---and guess what came out--You guessed it. Luckily he was able to get it in the sewer opening before it splashed all over the ground, but not before it splashed on him. UGGGGHHHH. He was so happy that it all came out he didn't care. Clean pants he had, but there was no way we could travel with a 30 foot long poop Popsicle. The joys of motor homing.

At any rate all went well after that. We got home without further incident and the kitties were very happy to be home in front of their fireplace. That night it did snow some at our house, but we were snug as a bug. Thank goodness. David said this was the worst trip we ever had. He was still reliving the shattered windshield and the poop Popsicle.

A Shinny New Windshield

Monday night neither of us got any sleep worrying about the new windshield, the kitties, the logistics of it all and now rain was predicted for the day. One of the things we were worried about was how long it would take for the new windshield to cure after installation. Looking on the motor home forums it went anywhere from "install and drive away" to "48 hrs curing time", which meant we couldn't drive for 2 days, The other issue was that we had less than 1/4 tank of gas in the MH and if we had to dry camp in the parking in lot, the MH generator wouldn't run on less than 1/4 tank.
We tossed and turned all night. David was more stressed than I was. He kept reliving the broken windshield incident, After unhooking and closing everything up in the MH we left early in the morning to go to the gas station and fill up with gas on the way to the glass shop. Whew!! One more problem solved.

 We got to the glass shop at 8 am and parked around the side until Winston was ready for us. It was raining so he had us pull the front of our MH into the open bay. We put the kitties in the back behind the door and 3 guys took out our old windshield. They had a tough time getting it out--it was really in there good. Then came our shinny new windshield. The whole process took less than 2 hrs, but we needed time to cure. We drove carefully back to our parking spot and waited for cure time. David noticed a leak in the windshield and they came over to seal it some more. Winston decided we should be OK to drive back to the campground by 3 pm. We stayed until 4 pm and drove back. At least we weren't stuck there for 2 days.
Our shinny new windshield and it was beautiful. We finally got a good night's sleep Tuesday night.
We were paid through Wednesday night in the CG so we just relaxed on Wednesday. We met Ryan and family for dinner Wednesday night and had a very nice time. They had had a great vacation in Mexico and it was so nice to see them again before we had to leave to come home.

A Nice Weekend in St Augustine

It was an enjoyable weekend. Late on Friday we received a call from Winston telling us to be at his shop at 8 am Tuesday morning. He said we must have lit a fire under the windshield company to get it there so quickly. Since it was a Holiday weekend Winston's shop would be closed on Monday. On Saturday we decided to take a ride over to the shop to check out the area for our Tuesday arrival.

Wow! the shop was in a little industrial park and I mean little. The entrance had a big tree in the middle of it with little room to get in and out. The back area was very tight and was going to be interesting to try and maneuver a 38' motor home around. It looked like most of their car glass business was mobile, so they come to you. Had we realized we would have had to bring us to them we would have tried to find another company to replace the windshield. But it is what it is and they had our new windshield.

The other issue was what to do with our kitties while the whole process was going on. We thought about boarding them for the day, but that would require taking them the night before, crating them up and transporting them. Pretty stressful for all of us. We decided to go to Home Depot and buy a cheap accordion door to put up between the bunk room and the kitchen. That way they could use their beds, litter box and our bed. David added some extra magnets for closure and it looked like a good option. Whew!!! That problem solved until Tuesday.

Sunday afternoon Mary Anne came up to visit and have lunch with us. Our original plan was to leave St Augustine and go to Ocala to visit her, but our shattered windshield changed those plans. We were so glad that she could drive up to see us. We went to lunch at Metro Diner and had a very nice visit.
Of course we had to take the Mustang Convertible since it was such a nice day.

Friday, December 30, 2016

We Knew It Was Too Good.....

Wednesday morning about 10am were packed up and were heading out of the CG for Ocala. I drove the car over to the dumpster to get rid of our trash and was to meet David in the MH at the gate to head back to the rental car agency. When I didn't see him behind me I turned around and went back. This was what I saw--------------a shattered windshield.

And here is the cause---- see that little knot on the tree to the right that caused it. LOL
I won't explained what happened. It just happened.

Luckily the RV hit the knot on the windshield only and not the frame or front so it was only the windshield that was damaged. It was totally our fault. The owner of the CG came out and gave us the name of a windshield company, but they were closed. We called our insurance company and reported it and spent a couple of hours trying to find a local company that could replace it. Finally I called Camping World and they gave me the name of a local glass company that does their RVs, Boyd's Glass. Winston from Boyd's Glass came out right away and took the information on the glass to get it ordered. He was great to get things moving. As a matter of fact his sister and BIL were staying here in the same CG.
We spoke with our insurance company and after a few hours they got everything going too. The problem was the windshield would have to be shipped from Lakeland and would take 3 to 4 days due to the holidays. Ughh. Bad timing.

Our bigger problem was where to stay. We were already checked out of here and they were fully booked. If they were booked sold so would everyone else be. We couldn't drive anywhere without pieces of glass falling out. The owner of this CG found a spot for one night, but after that we were clueless. David didn't sleep all night. He kept reliving the CRASH in his head all night. We were really stressed not knowing where we could go for 4 days or more.
In the morning, the owner of the CG said he had a couple of options for us. We could move to a site with a 50 amp hookup and nothing else for less $$$ or to a site with full hook up for more $$$$. We opted for the full hook up since we were going to be here so long waiting on the windshield. 
As it turned out it was the owners site. He said he would move his rig and let us stay here. We could not believe how generous and kind that was. We can't say or do enough to thank him for that. We owe them big time and we are so grateful.
And if that wasn't enough kindness from people here........ Gary, one of the work campers here came over yesterday afternoon and insisted that we take 2 VIP tickets to the NIGHT of LIGHTS here in  SA.  Downtown SA has wonderful Christmas lights for about a 2 month period. The Old Town Trolley gives tours of the area showing all the lights while singing Christmas Carols all around on the open air trolley. They give you magical glasses which makes all the lights look like stars and snowflakes.  We went last night due to the upcoming NY Holiday and the fact that it was going to be cold (59 degree) after a rain and cold front came through. It was perfect timing It was not nearly as buy although the downtown area had plenty of tourists.. The line for the trolley had about 200-250 people in line, but our VIP tickets put us at the head of the line. THANKS GARY. How very, very kind of you. We cannot believe the kindness of people here.

Here are a few pictures of our tour last night.

video video

So we are all settle in and just waiting for our new windshield. It could be much worse.