Archive for: ‘October 2014’

JAX Airshow

October 27, 2014 Posted by Deb

Jacksonville, FL, is the home of the Blue Angels and thousands were waiting for the 3:00 p.m. show at the Naval Air Base. Deb found it on the internet at about 8:30 a.m. the day of the show, and we pulled into the parking lot 70 miles south at about 10:30. Of course in our hurry we forgot camp chairs, any kind of shade, and drinks. As it turned out there were miles of exhibits, food, and people and not much call for chairs.

One of the Larger RC Aircraft

One of the Larger RC Aircraft

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The events leading up to the Blue Angels were no slouches except for maybe the jet powered outhouse. Our vote went to Team Oracle for the best biplane stunts … a specially designed plane inspired by RC aircraft and the only one that could approach RC type maneuvers. Our ears voted for the F-22 … that plane had everyone running for their ear plugs. Some of the lines to get in the more popular planes were hours long and yes, the people in the foreground are part of the same line as those in the background.

The People in the Foreground are Part of the Same Line as Those Going in the Aircraft

The People in the Foreground are Part of the Same Line as Those Going in the Aircraft

The Blue Angels didn’t disappoint. The highlight for us was a surprise double high speed low pass by two planes, one from behind, as the crowd was focused on the four plane diamond formation off center to the right. The announcer was part of the deception.

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Putting Down a Tap Root in Georgia

We settled into the Coastal RV Resort right in the middle of a Region 5 Newmar (our brand of RV) gathering. There were Newmars everywhere and we went from feeling like we had a big rig to “holy s…t those are big.” Our guess is that if you have a really big rig, you probably want to show it off at the official events. The monster rigs were shiny, too … the local detailing company made a loop through the park. Anyway, we made contact with the Newmar Kountry Klub but have not joined. We’re more comfortable being on our own for a few years and we’re not quite ready for seminars and organized trips.

Oh … and our main focus is the boat right now which is about 11 miles away bobbing up and down 8 feet twice a day and waiting for us to move back aboard and clean off the bird crap. Kind of a weird feeling being split between two homes.

Beaver Lake Arkansas

October 18, 2014 Posted by Deb

Our good friends, Dale and Augie from Mokakat, rolled out the red carpet for us on Beaver Lake near Belle Vista, Arkansas. We came down from Kansas City where we spent couple of wet, cold, windy days getting some warrantee tweaks done on the land yacht. Dale and Augie tried to describe their cabin and surroundings when we sailed, on and off, up and down Belize with them. It’s hard to think that we just texted them on a whim as we were blowing out of KC and might have missed a gorgeous part of Arkansas. They have great neighbors as well and the lot we used for the RV belonged to one of them. Both neighbors either overlapped briefly or just missed us in Belize.

Beaver Lake: View from the RV

Beaver Lake: View from the RV

Found Later You Are Supposed to Take the Gator Off Road

Found Out Later You Are Supposed to Take the Gator Off Road

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Augie & Deb ~ Old Friends Now

Augie & Deb ~ Old Friends Now

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We ate hamburgers, steak and chicken and drank a much higher quality of beer than is normally in our refrigerator. We hiked on our own the first day then Dale showed us where the real hiking was along the overhanging bluffs of Beaver Lake. He said that in the winter, the water coming off the overhangs forms massive icycles. He loaned us the “Old Red” gator and it was the perfect transportation on roads that were dug out of something just shy of a cliff. Dale and his neighbors did most of the digging themselves with rental bulldozers.

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Dale ~ Beaver Lake Tour Guide

Dale ~ Beaver Lake Tour Guide

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Leaving the North Country

October 11, 2014 Posted by Deb

In about 12 hours we will fire up the V10 and start the RV moving south toward warmer weather. We stuck it out in the north country at Lake Elmo Park down to 35 degrees two nights in a row. That’s enough. We came north for Deb’s surgery on 9/22/14. It was major surgery involving two bone spurs, two disks, and three vertebrae and they went in thru the front of her neck. She went home the next day and took a 6 hour road trip on day four. She is pain free on the right arm for the first time since December and can feel her thumb again. Not bad.

We currently call Lake Aquabi home in south central Iowa. It is still t-shirt weather until 8:00 p.m. and we can’t believe the difference one state makes. We’re breaking out the summer toys all over again.

Morning Fog on Lake Ahquabi

Morning Fog on Lake Ahquabi

Hiking Lake Elmo

Hiking Lake Elmo ~ Therapy

Rolling on South

Rolling on South

Rubber Duck Race

October 4, 2014 Posted by Deb

The thirteenth running of the Hills Iowa Rubber Duck Race was as good a reason as any to take a four-day-old spinal fusion down the road to Deb’s relatives. It’s a two-day food event with Frisbee golf, bocci ball, camping, big fires, fireworks, and other activities to celebrate the end of the summer.

The highlight is the “running of the ducks” in the creek through the property. At a buck a duck, it was 10th place gets 2 buck, last gets one buck, and first takes the rest. This year number 13 passed the small superman duck in the last couple feet. It was a great come from behind and I’m sure the owners of duck 13 (Nikki of the Smalley Clan) were happy with the results of their long hours of training.

Hiking Jeff 'n Marti's

Hiking Jeff ‘n Marti’s

Famous Duck Photographer

Famous Duck Photographer

Ducks on the Run

Ducks on the Run

New Toy

October 1, 2014 Posted by Deb

A great year for new toys. The trimaran was a big hit but the new RV  kind of blew that away.  We took delivery on a new CanyonStar RV from Newmar. It’s a 40 by 13 foot  RV with a toy hauler garage where I mostly hang out.  Driving it is much easier than what I remember on older RV’s but cross winds, road construction, and rush hour traffic are still a headache.

Rearview Toyhauler (or Chuck's Man Cave)

Rearview Toyhauler (or Chuck’s Man Cave)

Fold Up Sleep Number Bed

Fold Up Sleep Number Bed

Monsters in the Dark

We didn’t know how quick the holding tanks on the new RV would fill up so we took it easy on them given a park building about a hundred steps away. Deb passed on the walk to the camp toilets one night and said there was an animal hissing at her. The scary beast turned out to be the door hydraulics … :)

Lake Elmo (where they have hissing monsters at night)

Lake Elmo (where they have hissing monsters at night)