Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mama's Arrival

Yesterday Russ and I were up at our normal times and it felt really chilly. We went about our morning getting dressed to start our day. I also packed a duffel bag as I was heading out to the airport at 11 to meet Mama. She was coming in from Richmond, VA., and I am going to take her to her little house in Frostproof, FL. Russ and I also went up to see Fred, the manager at TT, about getting an extended stay space for January thru March. We also rode around just checking out the area close by.

As I said earlier I headed to the airport about 11 and had no more than pulled into the cell phone waiting area and I received a call from Mama that the plane had landed and she would be one of the last to get off as she has a wheel chair bring her to the waiting area. In about 25 minutes she was out on the sidewalk waiting for me as I circled the airport. It is really an easy chore picking up people with the cell phone parking.

We stopped at Bob Evans for a late lunch and then headed our 35+ miles down to Frostproof. We did not bother to stop for groceries as Mama was really tired and needed a rest. Having the late lunch we neither one were really hungry for any other food. We just rested and watched some TV, got suitcases unpacked and just enjoyed our afternoon.

This morning we went to McDonald's for breakfast and then over to the Arcade Beauty Shop for me to get a much needed haircut. Thank you Charles for the great haircut. Martha will give Mama a perm on Thursday morning.

We then headed to Wal-Mart for groceries. Today was a replenishment of most everything. Big bill but we will eat good this week.

Well it's time to hit the sack. Until next time, take care.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thousand Trails Orlando

We left Pelican Roost, Mayport, Florida, this morning at 9 am and headed east along Atlantic Avenue to Hwy 9A. Hwy 9A is wonderful and takes you directly to I-95 South without stoplights and very little traffic. The roadways and getting around Jacksonville was much easier then it was 26 years ago when Russ was stationed on the Samuel Eliot Morrison, FFG-13.

We drove south on I-95 to north of Daytona, then west on I-4 to Disney World and north west on Hwy-192 to Hwy 27. Once on Hwy 27 the Thousand Trails park is only 2 miles north. We found us a nice spot with full hookups including 50 amp service. Sunday night the park provided a hayride around the park. The only problem was that there was no hay on the wagon but we did have a good time anyway. We will be here until November 9 when we will go up to Bushnell, Fl. with a SMART Group (Buccaneers).

Friday, October 24, 2008

Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida

Yesterday morning we awoke to chilly weather in Yemassee, South Carolina. We stowed everything ready for travel and decided that we would first go to the Waffle House for breakfast. We were on the road heading for Jacksonville, Florida, by 9 am. We stopped at the first rest area and I checked the outside thermometer and it read 53 degrees. The wind was blowing and it was just down right cold.

Continuing down I-95 we encountered about 40 miles of construction but traffic moved at a steady rate and we had no problems. We stopped again at the Flying J in Brunswick, GA. and put in almost 42 gallons of diesel at $3.399. We continued south into Jacksonville and headed out 9A to Mayport Naval Station.

Arriving at the base, we had to stop at Pass and Decal to optain a military sticker for the windshield. This took about 20 minutes and we were happy to do it. The bases on the west coast kept saying that we did not need the stickers as DOD was going to do away with the stickers in 2010.

We arrived at the RV park and we are in Space 4 overlooking the St. Johns River. The campground is very nice and the people in the office are helpful and a joy to be around. The weather on the other hand has not been good at all. The winds have blown very hard since we got here and the rains came all night and all morning. As I am writing now the sun is trying to come out so we will see.

Over at Naval Air Station Jax, they are suppose to have their annual Air Show this weekend with the Blue Angels. Hopefully the weather will clear for them. We took a ride over to the base this morning as we wanted to also check out the Famcamp for future stays. It is ok but we would much rather travel the few extra miles and be looking at the water. We will be here until Sunday when we move over to the Thousand Trails Park at Orlando.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Oaks at Point South, Yemassee, S. C.

Monday morning we were up early as usual on moving day and had everything picked up and put in it's place for moving. I went to pull in the slides having the back ones come in fine. When I went to pull in the front slides something was wrong as the back half of the road slide would not come in. Russ began checking to find out what was the cause of it not moving. First he thought that it was ice on the topper, some there but not enough to keep it from moving. He then checked in the compartment and found that we had lost a bolt and nut. Of course we do not have an inch and a half bolt. Luckily the maintenance man was out and about and he had one. We finally got the bar and leaver lined up and the bolt in.

We got on the road by 10 after stopping for diesel and breakfast at Flying J in Kenly, N. C. We paid $3.309 per gallon and then were headed south traveling 293.1 miles along I-95 to Yemassee, S. C. We are just off of I-95 at an ELS park, The Oaks at Point South. The campground is nestled amongst many, many oak trees and all the sites are pull thru but some are a little tight getting in and out of.

Yesterday we took a trip over to Parris Island where Russ had done his Basic Training back in 1969 when he joined the Marines. We toured around the base seeing some of the places that he had called home for 12 weeks back then. We also stopped by the commissary and picked up some fruit and water.

We left the base and headed over to Beaufort, S. C. and rode around some of their streets just checking out the historical houses here. We also found the Lowes Store and got some additional bolts and nuts.

It was back to the little house on wheels where I took a walk around the park noticing that there are a lot of Florida tags on vehicles here. With the weather getting colder people are on the move to warmer weather.

Russ went over to the pond today and did some fishing. He said that he did not even get a bite but enjoyed just being out near the water. He did see two alligators in the water but they had nothing to do with him. Thank goodness.

Well it is time for the baseball game on TV so will close for now. I hope everyone has a good week and that your team wins.

Kamper's Lodge of America, Wilson, N. C.

October 18 – 21. We left Pocahontas State Park and headed to Wilson, N. C., and Kamper’s Lodge of America. It is located about 6 miles from Russ’ mothers’ house and we had complete hookups. Once we got set up and to her house, we visited for a while and then went to Bill’s Bar-B-Que for lunch. The food was great and we all got our fill. We took a ride around to the houses that they had lived in and many changes had taken place. We went back to Ms. Sarah’s and visited with Russ’ sister Susan and nephew Connor. It was a good day.

On Sunday, we all gathered at Ms. Sarah’s for breakfast. It was all the things that Russ likes eggs with red-eye gravy, country ham, biscuits and tomatoes. Yum, Yum. Russ watched the race from Martinsville on TV while I messed on the computer. I later decided to go to Target, Ross, Marshall’s and a shoe store. I only bought a drink for our dinner.

After dinner it was back to our house on wheels and watching football for Russ and Desperate Housewives and Brother and Sisters for me. We have had a good two weeks with family and will see most again in the spring.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA.

October 10 - 18. We arrived in Chesterfield, VA., about 1 pm and headed directly to Pocahontas State Park. this park is just over a mile from my mother and sisters house and we like it a lot as it is well layed out and so very convenient for us to come and go. We were at my sisters at 2. We found out what the agenda was for Friday Night and then went back to finish setting up the RV and changing clothes so that we looked human. We went to the funeral home and spent a short time there visiting family. They all looked tired and needed to go get some rest. We came back by Brian and Dana's house. They moved into it in March after Jenna was born in January. What a place!!!!!

On Saturday, the funeral went very well with Military Honors. At the reception of the remaining 12 cousins there were 11 there. It is the first time in about 35 years that we have all been in the same place at the same time. It was great and we all got acquainted with each other.

Sunday we went to my cousin Mary's for a birthday party for Aunt Lizzie. It was great to see my cousins and get to know their children. Susan, from Illinois, was going to stay the week with her mother but her family had to leave for the long drive back to their rented home. Their house was completely destroyed during the spring floods along the Mississippi River. She and her husband, Bob, are trying to figure out what they are going to do about living arrangements from here on. Suzy, our prayers are with you and know that we are here to help out with whatever you need.

On Tuesday morning, we went to Ironbridge Medical Center for a doctor appointment. We have decided to change from California to Virginia as we do not know exactly when we will be back in California and this way we can get what we need while here.

Thursday night I went to meet with friends Cindy and Dennis McKay and their three adorable children, Morgan (5), Carter (3) and Madison (7 weeks). I have not seen them in a very long time and have longed for this day. I knew about Morgan but was, for sure, very surprised to find out about the other two children but am very happy for all of them. I did enjoy seeing them all and wish them the best and hope that we can continue to communicate. Thank you, Cindy for allowing me this time.

The rest of the week was spent with my family. We went over to see Lori and Dave’s house that they are building. Hopefully they will be in it within the next month; but, for sure by Christmas. Dave and Lori, you have done a great job and the work is something for you to be very proud of.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Knoxville, TN. and Advance, N. C

I know that it has been a while since I last wrote but it has been a very busy and in some ways a good two weeks and in some ways sad. In this posting I will just write about all that has gone on and then start back to doing individual stays.

October 2 - 3. We have been having problems with the ice maker leaking in the refrigerator. It has gotten so bad that it was now soaking the carpet by the refrigerator and there was water all underneath. Russ decided that it was time to shut the water supply off and we would just buy ice until we could get it fixed. We called Buddy Gregg in Knoxville, TN., and set up an appointment to have this looked at. Zeke came out when we got there and found that there was a whole in the water line and a plugged up drain hole. He proceeded to cut off about 4 inches on the line and then flushed out the drain hole. No more leaking. Thanks Zeke for the fast fix. Also, thanks for checking further on the recall listing and finding that we did not have to wait 10 days for the needed piece to come in.

October 3 - 10. We left Buddy Gregg's about 8 am heading east along I-40 toward Advance, N. C., and Thousand Trails Forest Lake RV Park. We drove around the park looking for a spot that maybe would have 50 amp service and we would be able to get satellite service. We found two sites that we felt would work and just as we were headed to them there was a 5er pulling out of C46 and he said his spot had all that we wanted and that they were leaving early. We took that spot, and, yes it was a very good spot.

We stayed around the campground for the weekend going to the Manager's Meeting on Saturday and taking walks around enjoying the fall air. Russ did some fishing while I read. On Monday, we took a ride up to Graham, N. C. to check out a campground that I was thinking about staying at while we visited family in the area. It was not good with a lot of permanents there and the roads had big ruts. No thank you. We will just stay where we are for the week and travel.

On Tuesday we went down to the Richard Childress Racing facility and took their self-guided tour. After leaving there, we went to his winery and picked up a couple of bottles of wine. After arriving back home we received a phone call from my mother that my Uncle Lewis Youngblood had passed away. She said that the funeral was to be on Saturday morning and that a family visitation would be held on Friday night. That meant instead of leaving from TT on Saturday that we would have to leave on Friday and head for Richmond, VA. We were already planning on being in Richmond on Saturday so out we would head a day early.

On Thursday we went up to see Steve and Trisha Brewer, Russ' uncle and aunt up in Mebane, N. C. Steve had lung cancer surgery earlier this year. He is doing really great and looks fantastic. We spent all day with going to see the old school house they are working on, riding around the neighborhood and seeing all the growing that the area is doing. We had a very enjoyable day. We hope that Steve continues to improve and Trish, we love you a lot.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN.

Tuesday morning we left Memphis, Tn. and headed east along I-40 to the home of the Grand Ole Opry. We traveled north on I-65 to Millersville, Tn. and Nashville Country RV Park. A very nice and accommodating park.

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On Tuesday night we were fortunate enough that the Grand Ole Opry was performing that night so we purchased tickets and took the shuttle bus in to see the show. They were honoring Bill Monroe and all the performers were Bluegrass Musicians. It was a very good show and lasted for just over 2 hours.

From Grand Ole Opry


On Wednesday we went out to breakfast at Shoney's and mailed a baby blanket to a friend back at Spring Lake. The rest of the day was spent doing laundry and just resting. At 5 pm the campground had an upcoming performer singing on the lawn and we enjoyed her talents a lot.

Thursday morning we left Nashville Country RV Park heading south on I-65 and then South east on T-155 passing by the Opry House and shopping center. We were glad that we had decided to take this route as I-65/I-24 were completely backed up for as far as the eye could see. We were heading for Knoxville, TN. and Buddy Gregg RV Center to have the ice maker on the refrigerator looked at as it was leaking. We arrived about 12:30 pm and registered at 1 when they returned from lunch. About 3:30 Zeke came out to see what he could find and within the hour he said that we were fixed and ready to hit the road. What had happened was a pin hole had worn in the water hose so he cut off about 4 inches and the drain needed blowing out. Thanks again Buddy Gregg.

Friday morning we left Buddy Gregg about 9 am after having breakfast at Cracker Barrel just up the street. We traveled I-40 to NC-64 in Mocksville, NC. We are at the Forest Lake Thousand Trails until Thursday. We have been to this park two other times and we really enjoy it here. The trees are beginning to change color and the weather temperature is just perfect. Days in the 70's and nights are in the 40's. Great for sleeping.

Well until next time, Take Care.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

Once we arrived in Memphis and got all set up at the Elvis Presley RV Park. We walked across the street from the campground to Piccadilly Cafeteria for a late lunch. They really have good food with all the seasonings done the correct way.

From Graceland


After lunch we walked the 5 blocks down to "GRACELAND", home of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. We took the total tour seeing the mansion, then to the cars, costumes, and airplanes that were owned and worn by Elvis from 1955 - 1977. We had been here in 2005 and still enjoyed taking the tour.

We then walked back to the RV and just enjoyed the afternoon. I did take a short nap and when I woke up, went outside and talked with the neighbors, Patricia and Tom. They are returning to Florida after being in Alaska for the past few weeks.

We moved again on Tuesday to Nashville. Will do a post on it later. Until then, Take Care.

Catching Up from the Rally

Sorry that it has been a while since I last posted but we were very busy during the FMCA Rally at North Little Rock.

From Rally at the Rock


We were parked up in the Wheat field area above the Sand Pit and Rock Garden. There were approximately 75 - 80 rigs parked in the Wheat field. Once we got set up and electricity was finally flowing to our little home on wheels, we were very happy campers. We enjoyed live entertainment every night (4). We did not move the car the entire time we were there as we took the provided trams or golf carts that were making rounds on a daily basis. The Rally Mall was well staffed with all types of vendors selling RV goods and services. The quilts that were on display were beautiful and those receiving them will be very proud.

From Rally at the Rock 1


The city of North Little Rock allowed all in attendance with their badges on to ride the electric streetcar across the river to Little Rock and enjoy all the museums, restaurants, city library, hotels (Peabody with the Duck Walk), and the Clinton Presidential Library.

There was also a Dealer's Party where the new motor home dealers served Margarita's, Smoothies and Ice Cream Sandwiches while people enjoyed going through the new rigs. They had a couple of high end Newell's there as well as many other kinds of motor homes. It was fun going into all of them and just looking to see if there was something that you could not live without. I found nothing that I liked better than what I have now. No trade here.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon there was an ice cream social out in front of the Rally Mall. We had our ice cream and then went to the Irish Pub down the street for dinner. I had fish and chips and Russ had the beef stew and mashed potatoes. The food was really good.

On Sunday morning, the Wyndham hotel provided a breakfast buffet. There were 3 different settings and they provided eggs, bacon, potato patties, biscuits and gravy. It was good and everyone got there fill.

We did not win any of the door prizes but we did have a good time and will go to more of these rallies in due time.

We had said that we were not going to be in any big hurry to leave on Monday morning, but as most of you know us, we had everything picked up, jacks stowed, car attached and were ready to leave whenever we could get out. The people next door had their car parked in the middle by the generator and we could not move. Finally about 8:15 he came out and I asked if he would move the car and we would be out of his way. He did and down the road we went heading for Memphis, Tennessee. We had only 142 miles to travel and it was a very easy drive. Some of the trees are beginning to change color and there was no construction so as I said a very easy drive.

Will talk about Memphis soon so take care.