Monday, April 23, 2012

Day 1 Migrating North From Florida To Wisconsin

Wild Flowers in the ditch
 Well, we are on the road again, after a long rest in Northern Florida, Our goal today is to make it to Chattahoochee KOA.

We have been on the road a few hours enjoying the Spring Flowers that are everywhere but we are bucking a heck of a headwind today so our mileage is dismal and it's kinda creepy the way the rig sorta sways. 

I have to admit though, our old Fiver was darn scary in a wind, so this is much nicer, (if there is such a thing).


Oh My Gosh, Who's place is this? It's so clean!(Stuff on counter goes in Truck)
I spent the morning deep cleaning the rig, a habit I gained a long ago and have been glad for it ever since. I simply will not move the rig until the place is spotless. This way when we set up, all I have to do is sit back and enjoy.

I started doing this because I had an unnamed fear of dirt building up under the slide as it moved in and out, causing problems eventually, (I don't know what, maybe binding? or grinding to a halt because of some cat toy or bead I left rolling around), so I started vacuuming rigorously every time we moved before we put the slide in.

Everything Packed up and stowed for the Big Move!
It has worked wonderfully for me because I really do look forward to stopping for the night to a clean house, clean sheets, clean dishes...the list goes on and on, but it is one nice way to make your life on the road a little sweeter.


Then we move to Doyle's end of the trailer and see that he has acquired a new toy. Thankfully we had a lot of room this year on the way back, or this would have been left behind.

There's a great story behind our new Yacht, you see, we were on the beach and Doyle came running up to me towing this barnacle and seaweed covered Dingy behind him, with this Little Boy Look on his face that clearly said, "Look what followed me home, can I keep it?" I was dubious at best about the prospect, we were three miles up the shore and there wasn't much to recommend this craft, it was "Seaworthy" but where I come from, (Lake Superior), this wouldn't qualify as a life vest.
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 So, to make a long story short and save you the debate that followed in somewhat heated terms, we lugged the boat up the shore and over the dunes to our truck and then Doyle spent a day or two cleaning it up.

I did some research on this boat and it turns out it's quite the sailing craft, it can be neatly rigged to run sail and the site has pictures of people actually skipping across the waves in one of these. Yeah, right.

I noticed most of the "Sailors" were kids and that the small bay they were in had a breeze that just rippled the surface. I myself I think would rather take the peril of survival swimming for shore than put my faith in this craft in a pinch...

But, it amuses Doyle and he thinks it will be nice for trolling the small rivers around the area we are planning to stay in this year in Wisconsin, and I agree, it would be good for that, and if all else fails we can always fill it with dirt and plant flowers in it.
More Wildflower pictures to take your mind off the vision of our inevitable drowning...


Saturday, April 21, 2012

One More Day At The Beach

Above is a Panorama Photo I made with my new camera, it has a program that "stitches" photos together. Pretty Nifty, eh?

The picture to the right I call "Vacation's Over", someone apparently decided to leave the beach and not take this
"Infinite Puzzle" chair with them, from the looks of it, it was a good idea.

Below are some other great pics of things not usually photographed at the beach....

I'm not sure what all these flowers are, if anyone knows, drop me a comment and I will amend this post.

Doyle thinks the flowers on the left are Bachelor Buttons, I think they are just pretty...

Below is something you don't see often, fire charred palm trees making a comeback, beach areas are often burned off or they become tangled and a huge fire hazard.





Here we are, bags and satchels full of shells, enjoying our last day, (this season), at the beach.






I was hard to say Goodbye but we leave knowing the ocean will be here waiting patiently for us.









And finally, the magnolias decided to bloom this year before we leave, the air is heavy with their scent and I'm thrilled because it's the first year they bloomed before our departure!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Found a Crafting Lap Table for RV or Truck!

Here's a nifty little item I found at Michaels Crafts, it's supposed to be a child's lap table, but I took one look at it and thought, this is what an RV Crafter Needs!

It's lightweight, fits between the arms of an average chair or the seats in your truck!

It is durable and flexible, easy to clean.

Has pockets on either side for your crafting goods.

It also has an unbeatable price of $6.00 at Micheal's, but if you don't want to make a special trip, (gas being what it is these days), I am providing a link to the Amazon site below.

The reason they are so much more expensive is that to have them individually shipped is so much more expensive.

They might be at other department stores, have a look around at "W" world and see if they have them.

 It's also perfect for crafting while going down the road, I always have some lap craft going, or my lap top open, this is the perfect solution for eating, computing and crafting on the road!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ode To my Old Camera

Mom and Her Dog "Elvis" in 1954, Note the Snow Banks
My Mother started taking pictures when she was just a Teenager, she saved up her money working at the Mineral Center Border Crossing in Minnesota to buy a Brownie Camera.

She took hundreds of pictures as a child and thousands more as we grew up. We had Kodak's, Polaroids, and even a Bell and Howe wind up movie camera.

She was an original Scrap Booker,  she kept ever ticket stub, napkin, book of matches program and ticket of our many wonderful journeys.

She was also a marvelous painter, her scenery oil paintings grace the walls of many North Shore Businesses that would compete to have her work.

Mom's Camera Model
She instilled me with her love of photography, getting my first Kodak Pocket Camera when I was 8 years old. We didn't have photo developing services in the North Land, so I would put my film in a prepaid envelope and send it out to Duluth, getting my prints was equivalent to having Christmas year round!

My Dad also dabbled in Photography, he even had a dark room in the basement which I spent long hours helping him develop rolls of film.

Fast Forward 40 years and it's time to mark another milestone in my photography career, I have finally retired my Sony Digital Camera of 11 years.

This Camera has been to Sturgis on the back of a Harley, captured all of my Kids Graduations, and taken literally thousands of photos. Thousands. That's a lot of pictures.

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When I bought her she was state of the art 5.1 MEGA pixels, (which is odd, are there such things a JUMBO pixels?), and cost a hefty $500.00. I sure got my money out of her though, even to the point where when the buttons wore out I had to use a system of jiggling and wiggling the knobs to get her to take any pictures at all.

Her digital display screen was loosing pixels and she just wouldn't focus reliably anymore, she also stubbornly insisted on casting a yellow hue to every picture, or worse yet a ghastly blue cast.

Reluctantly, it was time to let her go....not that I'll be trashing her, my Husband needs a good snap shot camera, he's really not into taking many pictures of importance, generally he uses his Phone Camera, which is odd because he doesn't have a clue how to get them off of it, he has to have me do it!. It's weird to know his Phone Camera has more pixels and better images than my old reliable! But it will serve him well for what he needs.

Indignant Crane
So, here's some shots with the new camera, a Canon G12. I chose it because of its reliability and it's ability to let you have some manual control over picture taking but has a great auto setting too. It is also fully Mac compatible, something my Sony never was.

I'm fairly impressed but was a bit stupified by the ability to just set it on AUTO, Point and Shoot. No mucking about, no wiggling buttons...it was kind of a letdown after years of fidgeting to get a descent picture, this camera just turns on, you point it and push the button. Wow.

I am going to be spoiled. No yellow cast, no deathly blue hues to correct...and TWICE the Pixels, (even if they aren't MEGA pixels, I can live with that).

So, Yours Truly will be posting more often now because I finally have a camera that will DO THE JOB without giving me a sick headache.

I ran around the RV Resort this morning snapping this and that, most of the shots were zoomed and I didn't use any kind of stabilization. I also just used AUTO mode, just to see if it could handle it.

I have made a few short videos, will have to post a few once I get the feel for it, still prefer my Sony HDR SR-11, which is still one heck of a digital video camera and will be for some time!

Shadow test...GOOD

Shooting into the sun...GOOD!
I don't generally post video to my blog because many people on the road do not have the bandwidth to waste on watching video, instead, I try to say it all with photos, as my Mom did, Bless Her Heart.

Hope you all are doing well and will be posting more often now that I have a reliable way to document our lives.

We will be heading North next instead of this week we decided to wait out the huge storms that are rolling through the Mid West this weekend, our prayers are with those Good Folks and all who chose to travel this week.

Take Care and hope to see you all down the road, sure is quiet here at the Park, just about everyone has left for the Season!




You can tell we've been in one place too long....clutter everywhere!

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