Friday, October 24, 2014

At the Beach - but - Not ON the Beach

We are camping at the KOA in Myrtle Beach, SC.  This campground is located about 1/3 mile from the beach and is just off US 17 S at 5th Avenue.  It's heavily wooded -  big change from  camping right on the beach - cheaper too!

 Treky likes it here - I leave my folding chair on the picnic table when we leave the campground to shop to indicate that our site is taken.  In my many years of camping, I have had only two cases of someone stealing something.  That's pretty good odds so I don't worry about theft.

I like my folding table - I've always had one but never used it.  

Note the ceiling rope lights

I can drive Treky.

A river runs through the campground - we have not experienced any mosquitoes or other insects - we leave the windows down - the temperature in the afternoon runs about 65 degrees and in the high 40's at night. - Nice!

Tippy and I enjoy the two or three miles of trails through the campground - We like to walk - Our goal is for me to take 10,000 steps (that equals five miles at my stride) daily - of course 10,000 steps for me equals about 1,000,000 steps for short-legged Tippy.

OK, we've seen this place, let's go somewhere else - let's travel - It's getting to be winter here - we don't like cold - Maybe in a week or so, we can head south.

See yawl then...............

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Treky Reborn

A very strange thing happened to Treky while we were at the rally in Hillsborough River State Park, Florida.  When we went to sleep, this is the way Treky looked.............

This is the way Treky looked when we woke up the next morning - Metal Flake Brown with solar panels on top???  Otherwise, everything looks the same on the outside.

The spare tire is missing.  It has been relocated under the rear end where the generator was.  Where's the generator?  It's under the hood driven by the Chevrolet engine.  It now puts out 3.0 KW.

Tippy likes the inside - Bamboo  cabinets and radiator heat and air conditioner that runs off the 4 batteries. 

Treky's little shelf is missing so I have to use the fold up table.

One thing that hasn't changed is Sonny's Barbecue baby back ribs.

More about Treky's changes in a day or two as I learn about the new systems. For example: Norcold compressor type refrigerator.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hillsborough River State Park - Last Day

This is a campfire circle - or if campfires are not your thing, the doors on the structure open forming a screen and movies can be shown - makes a nice activity at night - mosquitoes permitting

The trees form a canopy over the campsites - very nice

Throughout the park are nice "dog walking" trails - nice and flat - no inclines for old men to climb. Roadtreks are everywhere.

It's almost impossible to see due to the reflections in the water but there is an alligator there in the Hillsborough River.

When you get away from the cleared camping area, the park is a dense jungle.

Tippy says, "Enough of the dense jungles and alligators, let's get back on pavement and civilization."

Last night, the Roadtrek group had a pizza supper and were entertained by a comedian.  I brought this piece of pizza back to Treky to share with Tippy.  The club does not allow dogs in the eating area - when Tippy heard this rule, his language was too bad to publish.

I will be visiting here in Florida this weekend and then headed home for annual doctor visits (checkups).  My next trip will be to Kissimmee, Florida early in November. 

We may see something interesting before then - if not - we'll see you in November.

Ron, Tippy & Treky

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hillsborough River State Park - Second Day

One of the local Roadtrek dealers helped sponsor this rally and has the newest models on display- This one is on a Sprinter chassis with a Mercedes engine.  It's beautiful but it's too big for me and Tippy.

Everybody likes Halloween

A little commercial.

I don't need to buy any more windshield covers.  I just was not installing them correctly.  Now you can see the correct installation.  Treky says that Ron is getting old and can't figure out the simplest installation. Tippy reminds Treky that Ron is the one who pays for the gas that fills his tank so  be careful what you say.

Like the rest of central Florida, this area has some large Oak trees.  Look at the size of that trunk.

And it  reaches to the sky.

Tippy thought that this is one of the best campgrounds ever until he saw this sign - - - -WHOA!

We will see you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hillsborough River State Park, FL - First Day

Treky says, "Everyone has taken a picture of the sunset over the mountains or over the sea - but that's old 20th century stuff. Now in the 21st century, this is a cool picture - sunset over Walmart"

This is the first sign that greeted us as we entered the park.  Tippy thought is was cute but he says, "don't take me near Florida water - Alligators you know.

Treky is  in site 8.  He likes it - it's level, has 30 amp electricity and water.  I like it because it's shady.  The temperature is in the mid 80's.

I installed out windshield reflector. I need another one.  This one doesn't cover the complete windshield.  Two would do just fine. Some thing else to buy.

This is the Hillsborough River.  Our campsite is about 20 yards away - Tippy says, "that's about 2 first downs away".

On our first night, we had pot luck supper - There are some great cooks in our Roadtrek bunch.  My contribution was sliced tomatoes.

Ron, Tippy & Treky say, "We'll see you tomorrow, WiFi permitting. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

An Early Start

When Tippy and I went to the RV storage area, we noticed a new resident - a Corvette (we think).  Treky thinks the Corvette is beautiful - He says that she could have parked anywhere in the RV storage area but chose to park next to him - Tippy says, "Just proves that Corvettes have bad eyesight.  Shame Tippy.

Once we got Treky parked in the driveway and plugged in, we all got excited.

"But Tippy, but Treky - it's just 2 am - we need to sleep" - nobody could sleep - We love traveling.

Treky's favorite parking place at the Florida Welcome Center - and look, there's another Roadtrek - We never did see the driver.

Blueberry Hill RV resort is our interim overnight campground.  I have paid up to $45.00 per night at this campground but today, they charged me only $18.00 - The clerk kept asking my if I belonged to this and that RV club  -  I got discounts for many memberships (I belong to too many RV clubs) - the final question was, "Are you a veteran?  When I said yes the clerk said, "That's good for a 50% discount.  Great news.

The first thing we did after checking in was to dump the black and gray tanks and fill the fresh water tank with "fresh water".  Now we are set for long term camping.

Tippy loves the dog run here.

These are "Sand Hill Cranes"  - What a bunch of characters - I laughed and laughed at their antics - Life is good.

One thing, among many, that we like about Florida is the Palm Trees.

We'll see yawl tomorrow from Hillsborough River State Park.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Headed South

I'm gathering up stuff.  I'm bringing Treky home this afternoon and leave early in the morning headed to Hillsborough River State Park near Thonotosassa, Florida for a Roadtrek rally.  You can see my rolled up clothes.  Under them is an aluminum sun reflector for Treky's windshield.  That should help the air conditioner keep Treky cool in Florida.  To the right is non-refrigerated food.  I'll load the refrigerated food in the morning.  In the front is my hat with pins that I got at the 2014 rallies we attended.

This is my camera holster.  It is about 5 inches long.  The "S" hook is used to attached the holster to my belt loop - then I'll be ready to take pictures when the opportunity arises.  Inside the holster is my camera (Canon Power Shot ELPH 530 HS with a 12X zoom lens), two extra camera batteries, one SD card adapter, two extra micro SD cards.  

This is my home work station.  I have completely converted all of my files to either Microsoft One Drive or Google Drive.  I have no PC computers - I use only Chromebooks - no spinning hard drive, no Windows, no virus, no updates, no start up or shut down time, and on and on.  I like Chromebooks.  That's my reflection in my Chromebook screen.

The big news with our team is that in addition to several rallies coming up this year, WE ARE GOING BACK TO THE ROSE PARADE.  We'll spend New Years Eve in Pasadena, California.