4.2021 Random notes


APRIL 2021 NOTES

04.04- Easter Sunday & Makenna Clair Will is born to Abby& Michael

Mom and Dad, Abby and Michael, deliver a beautiful baby girl into the world.

 

 

 

 

04.05- Carla and I receive our second Covid shot.
04.09- Our coach has a great new look

Months ago we had the Diamond Shield removed from the front of the coach and this day the area above the windshield was repainted.

 

 

 

04.11-  Had the priviledge to meet Dalton.

Today we said goodbye to the family below. We never got to ask their last names, all we know is the father is Wally, Tracy, whom we never really met in person and Dalton an eleven-year-old who presents himself as a young adult.

 

 

 

04.17-Saying goodbye to Wildwood

Ever since March 2020 we have been alternatine, every two weeks, with TTO, Thousand Trails Orlando. Tomorow morning that comes to an end. We are planningto leave Wildwood tomorrow, Sunday, in the morning and travel 2-miles to Lazy Days. The coach has a couple of miner repairs that are needed. Our planis to stay overnight Sunday and Monday and then, if all the repairs get done, we go on to Vero Beach, FL. This will be a short stay, about seven-days, then on the 30th we move again to John Prince Park just a few miles from where Dennis lives.

 

3-2021 Random notes

AMERICA IS BACK…

AND UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT…!

HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.

RV and be free. We’re only HOUSELESS never HOMELESS.


03.09.2021-So much has happen this month so far.
Yesterday, the 8h, we were called up to receive our first  dose of the Maderna vaccine. The needle on TV looks much worse than it is in reality. We both woke up this morning with slight sensitivity at the injection  site but I’m sure it will pass. We go back for our second and final dose the day after Easter.

Like half the population in the country we’re hopeful for the $1400 check we should both receive sometime this month. The idea is to spend the money not bank it to help the economy.

In keeping with the “spend it” theory we’ve made plans to replace the rear tires (4) of the coach in two weeks. They still look great but the rule of thumb is to replace tires every seven years like it or not. The best way to avoid potential hazards in the future is to act responsibly in the present to avoid problems in the future. Replacing these four tires will wipe out the stimulus check even before we receive it, but we can sleep tight knowing we’re helping to stimulate the economy. To go one better we’re having the work completed by an individual whose office is his truck, yup, a small-business owner.

Not having much to do, as usual today, we took  drive to Harmer Auto Body where we had the HHR fixed after the run-in with the campground fire-pit. The fix is not complete but we’ve been patient enough. We bring the car back tomorrow for the fix to be finished.

We’re also having the portion of the coach, above the front window (as seen above,) repainted and jell-coated. This will take two-days so we’ll overnight at their shop Wednesday evening. I’m hoping they’ll have some paint left over because I do have little dings around the coach that need touching up. As you can see from the picture above the severe flaking going on with the tan and gold paint. To save money we’re going to paint the entire area the gold color. It’s not that the coach is getting old and is losing its color, this is caused by friction form air, water and dust/sand. It’s only happening in this one location and its’ not just our coach, this is very common with almost all motorhomes over ten-years old. For those reading, I apologize for this rambling, but I very little more to add to this blog.

With shots a sure thing to be completed, paint getting done and tires being replaced we now have to think about having the oil changed in the coach and having the radiator flushed as preventive medicine. Oil does not have many mile on it but it has been sitting in the engine for about one-year; so it must be changed.

All these items must be completed in preparation for us finally getting back on the road again. The schedule has not been looked at yet but should basically be concerned with visiting family in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. I hope to be able to swing through Maine once again and enjoy the taste of Northern Maine lobsters. We have been told the lobster in Mass. and Conn., is equal to that of Maine so we might have three chances to enjoy this delicacy.

With some luck we will print our travels for 2021 in the next blog and a short version in this journal as well.

03.10.2021-Not what I expected.
Optimistically I was hoping that about this time we would be seeing new paint on the upper front of the RV. We did everything right. We got up early, got to the auto shop  on time and then watched a sad expression of the face of the person who was to perform the paint job. He told us he wasn’t expecting an RV quite as tall as we have. Most motorhomes are all about the same size. The shop does not have a hydraulic lift which is what he would need to perform the repair. So we left and came back home to wait for a call to come back and complete the repair on the HHR. He tells us he’s very experienced having had a job of painting Monaco RVs in his past. It will get done some day. 

3.25.2021
Just about 20-days ago we noticed the A/C unit in our coach was working but not doing much cooling. Our A/C unit concerns me from time to time. It still runs on Freon, a dinosaur product these days not to mention illegal as well. Second concern is the fact that it’s sixteen-years-old. My big fear has always been, once the Freon eats its way through the cooling coils we’d have to buy new. Our fans were doing a good job but not great so it was time to call Disantis A/C. Disantis sent Aaron to look over the problem. He belayed our worse fears. True the A/C was not working but now: Why! Further examination determined the control board had “passed away.” Aaron’s next concern was would there be a part available for the unit. Replacement parts are the biggest challenge in the industry. So many parts are manufactured in foreign countries. We were lucky. We got the last one on the shelf of his biggest distributor.

Yes! Scooty has her own personal fan, and she uses it generously. Carla and I envy her just lying there and soaking up all those breezes. However, we settled for enjoying our fan in our recliners. Back to the repair. The part was available and was shipped, only took five-days. It did arrive and Aaron came over and after one-hour he had the A/C unit running cold and strong. The A/C unit we have is one of the best. It’s actually a residential unit. To our relief Aaron put my fears to rest on Freon. Should the Freon fail, a modification can be done to this unit to adapt it to the Freon substitute. As always it will be expensive but much cheaper the buying a new $6000 unit.

About mid-month we began tracking down RV tires. The perfect match for our coach is a Michelin tire. The 23580R22.5 GXRV is the tire for our RV, hopefully if available. From the model number you can see it’s specific of RV use. I then was in the hospital for a couple of days with no solution on putting our hands on four of these tires. The next day, after my release, we had to acquire tires. Amazon had only eighteen left. The trouble with this model is that Michelin only make a limited supply to meet the needs of the RV industry annually. Logistically Amazon was great on price especially with free shipping. We’re having them delivered to Action Gator Tire for them to install the beginning of May. The cost of shipping was over 150 dollars a piece, so this was a big savings. Our tires still look great but the rule of thumb, for RVers, is to not push RV tires longer than seven-years.

Just after this was fixed I came down with symptoms that brought me to an Emergency care unit and they recommended that I go to the Orlando Health Hospital on the other side of town. I could do a blog on that experience by itself but it’s not worth the effort in typing it out. I was finally released and returned home thirty-six hours later. Carla and I have decided it was probably an electrolyte problem. So, it’ a little more exercise, additional banana (Vit K), iron and adding a good multi-vitamin to my diet. Hopefully I’ll be around a couple more years, God willing.

After resolving the tire problem we heard for Sam the Painter. Sam will be repainting the full cap over the front windshield. His problem is that he’s stuck in Georgia doing a big RV repaint job and it is raining every day. Sam is on hold until his schedule eases up. It should get done by May.

A small repair to the coach is needed. This is still scheduled for April 19th for weather stripping and then to ready the coach for travelling again a oil change and radiator flush.

April 5th is our date to receive our second Covid-19 shot. Then wait two weeks and pray were safe to visit and co-mingle a bit. Carla and I have received our first Covid-19 vaccine. Dennis just received his first shot. By May 1st we’ll all be fully inoculated and by May 1st we’ll start our road trips for 2021 by spending a few days with Dennis. Then travel the East coast to visit family, finishing in Vermont where we’ll visit Mary Anne, Carla’s sister for a few days. Beyond that is still up in the air.

Smith Rock in Redmond, OR



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  NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


TRAVEL ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
Time to travel East

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5.29.19- Wednesday- Smith Rock in Redmond, OR
By 7 am we were on our way to Redmond, OR to have Big Country RV try to fix our slide problem. We arrived at 8am sharp and dropped off the coach to be fixed. In the interim we took ourselves out to breakfast to the Original Pancake House in Redmond. We both ordered Bacon and Eggs. We were served two scrambled eggs with four slices of “thick bacon.” The meals were great.

 

The park covers over 650 acres and hovers around 3000 feet in elevation. The major rock faces are welded tuff, or compressed volcanic ash formed 30 million years ago. (From Smith Rock Web Site)

 

About thirty-million years ago, a volcanic eruption occurred, pouring volcanic ash over hundreds of acres in the area nearly one-half mile deep. Below is the bridge we must cross then decide either to go right or left, we chose right.

After the eruption the sides of the volcano (a caldera) was formed when the debris in the volcano collapsed into the lava chamber. The result of this collapse and the eventual caldera sides turning into rock gives us what we see today.

Guess you could this a natural cave or at least a temporary shelter. This shelter borders the Crooked River. We only walk another five-hundred feet then decide to go back.

In time a river was formed called the Crooked River. Just like we’ve seen at the Grand Canyon, it eventually ate away any and all lose sand and gravel which gives us the six-hundred foot cliffs overlooking the Crooked River.

Up to this point we crossed the bridge and took a right but only went about a quarter mile before we turned back to see what we could going left from the bridge. From here on in we’re on the left side of the bridge.

The temps today are great, low seventies, but this dog just had to cool of a bit more. It eventually came back to its master. On the left side of bridge looking back.

In the picture above you see the big black line, that’s the road where we parked. We had two routes to take to get down to the river bed; the black line or the redline. We chose black to go down. Coming back we decided on red since it was a much less steep hill than the black route. We must chose one of these two routes for going back- we decided to go  to the right; it’s longer but much less steep.

Can you find the hiker in the picture above, look just below center and to the left. I tried to crop it but just could not do it, but he is there on the path below the cliff. Below is a crop from the picture above. Once you cross the bridge you can also go straight, instead of following the river. That’s the squiggly zig-zag trail going to the cliff. That trail will take you behind the cliff and eventually to the top of the cliff. It is call the “Heart Attack Trail” I believe I was told.

 

As I mentioned before we walked the left side for about one-thousand feet over to about the left side of the picture, then decided it was time to go home. Back to this picture again. You notice the left side literally goes straight the way we want to go but it’s a brutal uphill climb so we’ll go to the right. It will take longer but it’s less taxing.

The path up is very wide and smooth. the other path was laden with rocks. Below, NO! this is not the top, still another two-hundred feet to go.  Just a universal resting spot especially for all those with kids.

Another picture of the trail to the right after the bridge. We did walk all the trail you can see and possibly another five-hundred feet beyond still following the Crooked River.

 

 

Visiting Cindy, Paul & Katie

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHIN

This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.05.2019-ENJOYED AN AFTERNOON WITH ALMOST FAMILY.

We arrived at Verde Valley late and in the dark. Jina, at the Ranger Station issued us our paperwork and described the whereabouts of our site. Campgrounds road-ways are not lit. We asked her if we could spend the night in one of parking lots. In the past at another park we were told no. Jina had no problem with it realizing we were exhausted. She directed us to the administration building which was challenging in itself, but we found if and slept well. By 11 we were on the road again to visit with Cindy and husband Paul. She held several positions at our Greenacres child Care Center. Shortly in the visit with decided to grab a bite to eat at Oregano’s in Falstaff. The food was very good and the company even better.  To add to an already perfect afternoon was Katie, her daughter. She was also a guest at our center probably around five years of age or so. She just as pretty at twenty-five as she was cute at five. Needless to say we all spoiled her a bit, especially me, but you could not help it. She was cute, very polite and always anxious to assist anyone at anytime.

 

 

 


“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, from the roads not travelled yet.” pjgrenier