Saturday, July 19, 2014

JULY?

We slept well with every window in the fifth wheel open last night !  Coffee around the campfire felt gooood early this morning. We slept like a rock. There was almost no boat traffic out on the lake and the lake surface was like a pane of glass this morning at sunrise. At the time of this writing, it is only 64* ! Now, just what’s up with that ? Is it really July ? Here we are in the last half of July and we are sitting around a campfire talking about how good it feels.

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There is a faint breeze this morning, just enough to move the air a bit, and it is quiet for a Saturday morning on the lake.

Last evening just before dark a whole line of boats came through the cut around Housley point. They were headed towards Ebone Point campground, loaded down with tents and sleeping bags. Shuttle traffic to Ebone Point has been light though it is the time of the year for the annual campout at the boat in only campground.

It is quiet and cool for a July. I think I will have another cup of coffee and enjoy the fire a bit before I go check the email.

Friday, July 11, 2014

MOBILE

Another video flashback of the ten thousand mile Oliver Legacy II 2014 Tour. Mobile Bay Alabama, right down on the water, on the East side of the bay, just South of the Old Spanish Fort, is a great campground. Though it is a bit strange to get to, it is such a pleasant stay ! Here is a quick look at a short video scan around of the campground.

State Park right down on the water at Mobile Bay Alabama

We probably would have never found this cool place, it it weren’t for MrPrez ! ( Obviously, this is his screen name.) Our communications with the Prez had been going on ever since we first got back from the Oliver Show Site out in Quartzsite Arizona. It was clear from our exchanged messages, that he was monitoring our progress via the internet. And by the time we had worked our way around the Gulf of Mexico to Mobile Bay, he had figured out what kind of campsites we seemed to prefer. His directions were very specific. They went kind of like this. “Turn right off of the I-10 Mobile Bay bridge, cross over to the bridge beside it, and turn right”. WOW !

Now I thought to myself, “either this is one unique interchange, or we are fixin’ to get this Oliver wet!”

Well, we stayed dry and his directions were exactly right ! Soon we were comfortable and ready to show the Legacy II to the Prez’es !

Thanks MrPrez for a heads up on a great campground !

Saturday, July 5, 2014

LEGS

Our lawn chairs are an important part of our overall camping experience. We haul them thousands of miles and drag them out into all kinds of weather and outdoors settings. They get rain, snow, sleet and get burns from campfire cinders that pop out of the fire. Ours, like every one’s, have had a rough life. When they started sinking down on the rear leg’s and trying to tip over backwards, it was time to repair. Here is a look.

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As you can see the leg caps have worn completely through. Here is the finished look.

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The caps are walking cane tips and are a soft rubber compound, making the chairs easier on carpet and linoleum, when they are used in a campground’s club house.

Because the chair’s tubular legs can cut through the soft rubber cane tips I put a washer in to negate that. Here is a look at the old cap and the new one.

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We have been dragging these around America’s Heartland for three years now, I wonder if they have another three years in them ?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

BENEFITS

The benefits of converting our trailer’s G4 Halogen lights to LED’s keep on coming ! Our office slide is normally filled with geegaw’s and doodads’s from various projects, along with lots of wires, and a large Radio Shack power supply.

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The power supply provided twelve volts to operate our satellite dome for television. The twelve volt office slide circuit was not able to carry the TV dome, halogen lights, entertainment center as well as all the other 12 volt stuff at the same time. Remove the halogen lights from the circuit and there is now enough capacity to carry the TV dome.

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Here is a look at the leds in the light fixture with the fused circuit to power up the dome via the switch below..

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Betty says, “ it’s about time some of that clutter went away !”

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I respond, “clutter ? What clutter ! It’s hardly visible with the TV swung back in place !

Saturday, June 21, 2014

FIRST

It is the first day of SUMMER  and we are not on the lake yet ! Things just keep coming up and getting in the way. When Family or friends need something, it just takes precedence.

Betty and I have been day tripping to the lake quite often, but it isn’t the same as camping there. Here is a couple of pix from yesterday on lake Ouachita with Brother in law Ron Graves.

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Sun burned and smiling, Ron has just caught the big fish of the day. Here is a look at a large mouth Bass that he caught also.

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It was a slot limit fish that was released right after the photo.

Got the generators test ran and checked out  and will start loading the support trailer with the water tank, blue boy and all that stuff today.

Lake, we still got it on our mind but just ain’t got there yet !

Saturday, June 7, 2014

10,000

Our tour with the Oliver Legacy Elite II has came to a end. We made a South East and Gulf Coast and Eastern and New England loops, logging on ten thousand miles on the Pony Express !

Now  our focus is on catching up on Family events and fishing. Our first thing to do was to get the boat out of the barn, washed off, oil changed and refueled.

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New traps are rigged up and ready to use. The old trap is on the bottom, the new ones will take up less space on the boat.  Between thunder storms the boat needed to be vaccumed out.

The jugs checked and loaded.

Now, if the weather will just give us a break, we’ll get the boat out on the water for the first time this year !

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

BOAT

Arrived at the docking port just after midnight. Got the boat out of the barn the next afternoon.  Went to the tire shop. Hey we want nothing to take time away from fishing, especially a flat. Then to the car wash. The boat is now in the yard charging and we are checking the battery’s.

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The boat is a 2011 model, so the tires and battery’s can be getting near the end of service life.

When the boat came out of the barn it was dirtier than I have ever seen it ! After the initial blasting  of the dust and bird dropping away, a hand washing will get it ready for the lake !

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Next will be a oil change, then look for a replacement bait trap or two.  We lost another bait trap last year, so today we will go to town to get oil, filter and a couple of bait traps.

Lake, we’re getting’ ready for it !