Monday, October 31, 2016

Huntington Beach State Park, SC

We had a team meeting this morning trying to decide where to travel to this day.  Treky looked up to the sky and said, "Look, there's an arrow pointing East.  Maybe that's a sign.  Let's go East."

One of our favorite camping spots is Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina.  This is the headquarters building where we check in.

As usual, Tippy and Treky patiently wait while I sign us in and get a campsite.  I get a 35% discount as I am over 65 and am a South Carolina resident.  See Treky?

Huntington Beach has a beautiful campground with old Oak trees and paved roads around to each campsite.  We got site # 78 on loop 2.

This is the view from Treky's rear windows.  Magnificent Oak trees touching the ground.

This is the entrance to the walking path to the beach.

There is nothing man made about this path to the beach.  All natural is one thing we like about it here.

Tippy is a little leery about what might be lurking in those bushes but she's game (as long as I'm with her).

Tippy: "Maybe we should stop and think about this before we go deeper into these woods."

All natural nature on this path.

Tomorrow we will post our visit to the beach itself.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Treky's Brain

Treky's in the driveway - He's always ready to travel.  Treky is a 2015 Roadtrek 190 Popular Anniversary Issue Class B motorhome.  He's built on a 2014 Chevrolet 3500 Express Van chassis.  He is equipped with four AGM house batteries, 225 watt solar panels, a 3000 watt inverter, and an extra alternator under the hood to act as a generator.

With all that stuff, Treky feels that it is important that he keeps me informed about what's going on inside his body.  He has the usual engine temperature, oil pressure, battery and fuel gages.  He also shows me the outside temperature, the direction in which we are traveling, his total mileage, our speed and the gear that we are in.

He tells me how far we can go until we run out of gas.  When I fill up, he can go about 500 miles.  Usually we get about 16.9 miles per gallon. Treky holds 31 gallons of gas.

He shows me the engine revolutions per minute.  At a speed of 65 miles per hour, Treky's rpm is usually about 1700 rpm.

Treky keeps up with when his oil needs changing.  Here he says that he has 10% oil life remaining.  I have calculated that this means we can go about 700 more miles maximum before we must change his oil.

He even tells me his tire pressure.

Front and rear tires.

Since he was manufactured in August 2014, his  engine has operated 1026.9 hours.

I bought Treky in November 2014 - almost two years ago.  During that two years, Treky has safely transported Tippy and me 53,323 miles and has shown us so many wonderful places in North America and has led us to meet so many wonderful people who have become our friends.

Life is good to the three of us - me, Tippy and Treky.  We believe that everyday is a gift and we intend to take advantage of everyday.  

Tippy and I thank Treky for being such a wonderful member of our team.  We could go nowhere without him.

The day after tomorrow, we head to the beach.  Yeah!!

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Traveling Food

One of the most important things that we have to pack when preparing for a trip is our food.  It's important for me and Tippy to eat properly when we are away from home.  I'm 86 years old and Tippy is six years old.  We can't afford to eat any bad food.

For breakfast, I sometimes eat a bagel but I prefer eggs.  The device on the left is a microwave egg cooker.  You can cook two eggs at a time.  I crack an egg, put it in the cup like container, break the yellow and microwave it for four minutes at 50 percent power.  That's for one egg.  I buy eggs in a half-dozen carton.  The full 12-egg carton is too big to fit in my small fridge.

At some point in the egg-cooking process, I sprinkle on some pork sausage crumbles........ummmm

Some other foods that I like to pack are Tippy's chews to keep her teeth clean, apples, soup and Folgers coffee singles.  To use the coffee singles, just put one of the coffee bags (they are like tea bags except they contain coffee) in a cup, add water and microwave until boiling.  That's good coffee.  In addition to food, I always pack shower jel and bug repellent.

When we stop at a rest area about 10am, I like to have a peanut butter cracker and a coke.  

Tippy says, "What about me?  I can't eat that human food, What about me?"

We include a 15 pound bag of Tippy's dog food as well as a very large water bowl filled to the rim.  She likes that.

I know in advance that she is going to be so good that I will have to reward her with a treat or two.  Her favorite is the banana flavor.

Tomorrow, I will bring Treky home and turn on his refrigerator.  His solar panels are sufficient to handle the electricity used by the refrigerator.  

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Friday, October 28, 2016

Granbury, Texas # 9

As part of our rally activities, we attended the live performance of the musical "Oliver" in Granbury, Texas.  

Tippy, Treky and I drove over to Granbury early so that we could look around and have something to eat before the performance of "Oliver". This is one of the sidewalks that surround the town square.   Granbury is about 17 miles from Glen Rose.

I went on a walking tour of Granbury led by the owner of the historic Nutt House Hotel.

The Nutt House Hotel - The lower floor is a gift shop and the upper floor is actually an operating hotel.

The county courthouse rests in the center of the town square. - Typical of old small towns everywhere.  Treky parked in the courthouse parking lot.  I asked a policeman if there was a time limit on parking there.  His answer, "No, you can park there all night and sleep in your van if you want to."  It pays to ask.  Some places will tow you away if you exceed their parking time limit.

This is the old Hood County, Texas jail in Granbury.  There is a museum inside but it was not open.

1885 is old in Texas.  Many of the original settlers of this part of Texas did not arrive here until after the Civil War.

Another street scene surrounding the town square.

The performance of "Oliver" was in the Opera House.  This is an opera house window with a reflection of the courthouse.

Good information - The show was great.

You know that I hate to eat out alone.  These two wonderful couples invited me to join them for a catfish dinner at Lyndas in Granbury.  The man on the left is retired from the home office of State Farm where I was an Agent.  The man in the middle worked on the space program in Huntsville, Alabama at the same time as I was employed on the same program.  The man on the far right is me.  There are great and unselfish people in this world and I have been fortunate to meet these two couples.

Today is Friday.  Next Tuesday, we will go to Huntington Beach State Park for three days to rest, relax and checkout the damage done by hurricane Matthew to the coastline of South Carolina.  So, we will not be posting for the next three days.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pumpkin Carving Contest # 8

While I was touring the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, others were back at Oakdale Campground in Glen Rose, Texas decorating and carving pumpkins.  This one looks like a cat to me.

I see onions, carrots, lettuce, and maybe cucumbers.  What's this all about?  At least it was entered in the contest.

I think that a real artist carved this one.  It is a Roadtrek RV - doors, windows and the signature three little windows above the windshield - even lights inside.  

What is this?   I'm sure the carver had something in mind??  I'm sure that he/she had fun carving this pumpkin and that's what matters.

If I were a judge, I would award this pumpkin "The Most Expressive" ribbon.  Look at the sad mouth and eyes - even a furrow on the forehead.  Very sad pumpkin.  Good carving.

This one really looks like a cat.  Spooky.

I like this one best and would award it first place.  The judges didn't agree.   All of the carvers can be proud of their works of art.  It takes courage to enter a contest like this - fear of being ridiculed, etc but being among friends makes it enjoyable.  Congratulations to all carvers for a great job.

Tomorrow, we will post about Granbury, Texas.

Ron, Tippy and Treky 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center # 7

That's a Rhinoceros.  Note the size of the fence.  Our tour guide said that the fence is merely a suggestion.  This rhinoceros can walk through the fence at anytime.

 She is pregnant and weighs about 7,000 pounds.  Her eyesight is very poor - she has excellent hearing though and uses her hearing to maneuver around her lot.

 This one came right up to the bus for the food that we throw out.  I think it is beautiful.

Wild Turkey, I think.

Look at those horns (or antlers).  The tour guide explained that one (horns or antlers) grows out from the head and pushes up. The other grows out from the tips.  I don't remember which was which.  Me Bad.

I know this one - a zebra.  Every zebra has unique stripes - no two are alike - sorta like fingerprints.

This wraps up my visit to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.  It is a non-profit agency and receives no money from the Federal Government or the State of Texas.  Expenses are met by private donations and by giving these tours.   It is located near Glen Rose, Texas.

Back to the rally tomorrow,

Ron, Tippy and Treky