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We are REALLY liking this place!

December 8

Our Monday jaunt.

In spite of significant rain Monday we went exploring anyway. It wasn’t the best day for a drive but the temps were in the 60’s and we were seeing new and interesting things.  We are both beginning to appreciate that there are a lot of things to do here and it would take a long time to do them.

Santa Ana NWR signEven though it wasn’t a good day for birding we went to check out the next two closest Wildlife Refuges.  The Santa Ana NWR and the Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park World Birding Center.WBC-logo BRG-WorldBirdCen Those locations are over 50 miles (one way) from Los Fresnos.  So the places we choose to visit regularly could easily determine whether we would want Los Fresnos to be our long-term rendezvous point,  or whether a site closer to them would be better.  A lot will depend on which birding sites we like the best, and what other activities we find pulling us back time and again.  Los Fresnos is great for access to Brownsville, Padre Island, and Laguna Atascosa as well as points not too far west.   But if we find that we are spending more time at westerly destinations then Los Fresnos becomes a liability rather than an asset.

We have not been in this area since 2009, and we found another huge factor — for us — during Monday’s drive.  The area between McAllen and Mission is far more heavily/densely developed.  Traffic is much worse: there are a lot more stores/malls/restaurants there.  We’re talking lighter than Milwaukee but still — it’s significantly more congested than where we are.  Other RV’ers might crave all of those details, specially the restaurant, but not us.

Where will we live, where will we live?

our new siteOn the Which-Site-Is-Ours front…. we talked with Michael and Carolynne today about changing sites and we picked a new one.  It’s funny how a few days in a place can give you enough information to change completely how you view it.  Before seeing the place with our own eyes were were wanting to be on the perimeter and out of the midst of activity.

After considering the drainage issues which won’t easily be resolved as there seems to be no city sewerage system this far out of town,  and getting to know a lot of the residents we scrapped the perimeter idea in favor of a site that is centrally located, close to the laundry (for Peg) and has better street drainage, and a concrete pad.  I’m doubtful we’ll get moved before the 18th.  There’s rain in the forecast for this Thursday, and if it stays dry it looks like it takes the better part of a week for this odd terrain to drain.

So, there you have it.  Another day in paradise. 🙂 Or at least as close as we’ve come in quite a while.  We love the people here. But… I’m realizing that my Northern Midwestern personality needs to slow down & I need to sharpen my hearing.  It ought not to be surprising for me to say that there are a lot of hispanics in the area — and for one thing so MANY of them seem so very soft spoken — I really have to listen more carefully when they speak.  The other thing is that folks here really are friendly; I tend to be more business like — and I need to slow down;  take time to exchange niceties before getting down to the business at hand.  I really need to work on this.  Once again today while we were at Bentsen-Rio Grande I was charging ahead of the staff officer at the reception and while I thought she was catching up to me, she was in fact ahead of me and I was the one playing catch up.  I guess momma didn’t teach me enough good manners.  sigh.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

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We were almost ready to move and then there was more rain…

We were scheduled to move to our permanent site on Monday — if there was no rain.  Texas Rain…And then it rained!  Moving plans are on hold.

First, let me say so there is no confusion on the matter:  Do not feel bad because we are temporarily sitting in a place that is not our ‘final resting place.’  (giggle)

  • Texas is coming out of a two year drought — and I do not hear anyone complaining about the rain — they need it, and although it may be inconvenient it’s not a big deal.  🙂
  • The Park put us into a Premium campsite until our longterm site is ready so we have it BETTER here than if we had moved into our assigned site upon arrival.  🙂
  • The only ‘drawback’ is that we haven’t put out a few gee-gaws and conveniences that we might like to — but it’s not like we are inconvenienced in any way.  🙂 rain

When the rain stopped this morning we went  ‘house hunting’ — which is to say we took the list of unreserved sites that I made from the map on the wall and we went out to survey which sites might be available as alternatives to  one we selected sight unseen over the phone.  We’ve been here a week; have seen what the roads look like after a rain; and how long it takes the water to disappear. It’s clear that there are better locations than that to which we initially committed.

Most of the resident comments have been positive about the park. (I’m talking about seasonal residents — I haven’t met very many of the longterm year-round residents, there are a few but most of the park is filled with seasonals like ourselves).   The two negative comments we have heard relate to how long it takes to get things done and how bad the roads are.  Or course complaints have to be taken with a grain of salt, and viewed without bias.  We don’t yet know how true or serious the comments about time-to-resolve might be.  The complaints about road condition I have to say are a function of what you are accustomed to.  Clearly the roads here in the park are better than some of the city streets in Milwaukee.  They are also filled with more potholes than many people would like to see.  I suppose the road condition could be rectified quickly if the rental rates were doubled; but no one’s in a hurry to have that happen. So, I’m just taking a back seat to the discussion and thinking to myself — “that’s not so bad!”

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This is the other side of the street in front of our site. The Frogs are going fishing! (just a joke)

Having surveyed open sites, we intend to check with the office on Monday to see whether there might be a different site into which we could move.  We talked with the Mattisons from Wisconsin (a couple we met almost two years ago while we were camp hosting in Spring Valley) and they encouraged us to do so.  The park is not fully booked and it should not make any difference to the management which site we take — just that we stay, enjoy our stay and consider returning – that’s what every business person wants.   We’ll let you know how that works out! 🙂

In any event, now that it rained pretty hard overnight, we won’t be moving in the next few days — perhaps for a week.  The underlying substrate is clay with some kind of light sandy earth on top.  Once that top layer saturates there’s no place for the water to go until it evaporates.  Given their normal rainfall, that’s not a huge issue.

I’m equally curious to see how this may affect movements when people are ready to leave in the spring.  I’d think that ‘spring showers’ might have an interesting impact of departures…. we’ll see.

Long story short though — more and more sites have concrete pads to prevent getting bogged down in the mud — which only exacerbates the problem taking away more surface area for the rain to soak into. …

A Reunion

Yup — more people we know!  You see, Wayne and Cheryl Mattison are to blame for our being here today.  In August of 2013 we met them and two other couples caravanning through Northern Wisconsin.  They stayed a few days at the campground we were hosting and as is our style when we meet nice people we spend time getting to know them.  They told us about Palmdale and we thought we would be here last winter — but of course the USFS got in our way and we never made it.  It was good to reconnect with them.  Wayne is a real live wire — to wit — he was wearing a SKI TEXAS t-shirt last night!Ski Texas

We have been meeting and making friends a lot.  There are Otis and Ann who live next door — they are from Castle Rock WI.  There are Don and Judy are from Springfield IL who arrived at the same time we did and like ourselves and several others they are waiting on the ground to harden so they can pull into their assigned spot.  They however have more of a problem — their tandem axle 42′ coach is more than 10,000 lbs heavier than ours!  We scale out at 30,000, they are over 41,000 lbs.  That weight seems heavy to me, but I assume he knows his own rig (which may or may not be true)    Don and Donna are from…. who knows…..  I forget.   Ralph and his wife are from Ohio, Then there are  Jim and Marilyn are from Yoder, Indiana.  logoquebecWe have also met two couples from Quebec — one of whom struggles with his English — but then I too struggle (with my non-existent French) — so we’re even.  BC_Logo_50bThere are even one (or maybe two) couples here from British Columbia.  Both the Quebecois and the British Columbians are a LONG LONG way from home! It’s a fun place to be.

A return to ‘normalcy’ (whatever that might be)

We are also settling into a little more normal life than that which we live while we are traveling.  Meal times are getting more regular — which makes my GERD happy.  We need to go back on a diet — the doctor ranked on my during my last visit and I should pay attention to her advice.  We putter a little, and generally we take a short jaunt each day.  And we are trying to get our walks in to get some cardio exercise.

Of course about the time we do we may have visitors.  Katy & Mike are thinking about visiting.  Peg’s cousin Diana is considering it, and so is our friend Debbie in Chatham.  We’d be happy to see any and all, and maybe we will — so routines are highly over-rated and don’t mean all that much.

We seem to get a slow start in the morning — I write in the mornings.  Then after a late breakfast we usually make a short trip someplace. Then return for an early dinner.  (Yup — usually two meals a day plus an evening snack of crackers and cheese or a dish of ice cream)

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

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The End of the U.S.

December 6I had to hedge my bets on this one.  We wanted to do one of those extremes of the U.S. but the geography doesn’t really cooperate — so we went to Boca Chica Beach today — which is the furthest south road that touches the Gulf.  And then we drove to Sabal Palms Sanctuary where we crossed through the U.S. Border Security fence to visit the sanctuary which is in no- mans land on the other side of the fence.  Texas Sabal Palm

tex_sabal_palmThe Sabal Palm may be the state tree of Florida but the Sabal Palms Sanctuary  is home to the largest native stand of Sabal Palms in Texas.

At the sanctuary they recently moved into a new visitor’s center.  The building in which they are currently houses is a former Rabb Manion — built in 1895.

The Rabb Mansion

The Rabb Mansion

Tours are available of both the bird sanctuary and the mansion.  Unfortunately for us, we arrived in the middle of a rain storm and we put off wandering around the sanctuary for a drier day (there was no indication of rain for today — so don’t blame us!).

On other fronts,  our drive to Boca Chica took us past a lot of typical South Texas terrain. There is an abudance of flat land here.  I almost want some hills, anything to relieve the tedium of the flat — specially after spending nearly a year in Oregon where not much of the area we were in was flat.  But, a little variation is a good thing.2014120612544108

The beach wasn’t anything to write home about I guess.  Like all the Texas beaches we have seen thus far it was wide and clean and there were people recreating on it.  Texans do love their beaches — even in the ‘winter.’  We saw kayakers, fishermen ( rod and net ), as well as an assemblage of  OHV’ers zipping up and down the sand.  There’s a mandatory Beach permit to allow driving on the Texas beaches — I don’t know how much the permit is but the fine is strategically posted:  $50-$150.

We are meeting more and more fellow Winter Texans — more about this in the next couple days.  And there you have it.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

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Predictability

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When we do finally get to move into our assigned site we’ll be at the corner of Sunset Drive and Texas Avenue. 🙂

No excitement here, we’re working hard at settling in.  Once again,  we’re going to be living here, not vacationing, so both of us are focussed on getting comfortable and oriented; not on  immediately setting out to explore things and go places.  We’ve been going.  We don’t need to go all the time.  It’s nice to just be.

After a couple months of really unpredictable weather (we were warmer in Grenada than we expected and colder everywhere thereafter) we are looking forward to something a little less volatile… and that’s a key for me.    Just today I came across this brand new graphic: How Predictable is the Weather

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San Benito, TX

You’ll note that we are trending towards places with weather predictability.  Duh….. This is intentional. 🙂  We’re still looking for places that stay within our comfort curve.  Coincidentally — with the most recent changes on The Weather Channel site — my handy little graphs are no longer available on demand — I’m glad I created and saved a bunch of them.

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Ft Myers, FL

I was reading last night about record temperature changes.  It seems that on a slightly different topic than this graphic, the place volatile in temperature  in the U.S. has been one little town in Montana where the most extreme 24 hour temperature shift — over 100º F — occurred in 1972 (from the -50’s to the +40’s)

That kind of volatility isn’t something I dig.  Our search for greater predictability has brought us here, and I was thinking about how nice it is — for this lifelong Badger — to be living in a narrower temperature range.  It’s amazing to be able — in December — to go to sleep without a heater/furnace/heat pump running and wake up in the morning comfortable.  Readers may get bored of my talking about temperatures but this is a dream come true for me and I am relishing every single moment.

Whether the summer will prove to be too hot for the likes of us, will be interesting to experience.  That may have to happen another year, (we aren’t planning on being here in the summer).  But plans have changed before and who knows what we’ll feel like by the time March 31st arrives!  Choices are good.

The Surge Protector Protection System

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It’s not very fancy but it keeps the water off the surge protector — but the storage bins don’t set flat on the ground when the cords have to pass underneath the tubs.

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After cutting down the inner tub (not visible) and routing the cords through the side of the outer tub.

I need to make a change to my Surge Protector Protection System.   There are limited occasions when a campground power post is far enough from our access door that I need a 50 amp extension cord to reach.  Here at Palmdale RV resort it seems that both sites — this temporary site and our assigned site –are laid out in such a manner as to need that extension cord.

Arriving just after a heavy rain alerted me to a safety issue.  With the power posts as low as they are my surge protector would be resting ON the ground, and with the  amount of rain they get here at one time I didn’t like that idea.  (No need to electrocute ourselves or anyone else.

I used a nesting plastic tub system to get the surge protector off the ground.  The tubs  were surplus to requirement and have been taking up space in the car. I cut one down so it was shorter and turned it upside down.  The surge protector sits on top of the inverted tub.  Then I cut holes in the end of the second (larger) tub — making exit points for the cords coming into the tub and going out of the tub while still sitting flat on the ground.  Invert that tub also,  place it on top of the first tub and weight it down so it doesnt’ get blown around and — VOILA — a custom Surge Protector Protector!

Barricaded Birds

LANWRWe took a quick little drive to Laguna Atascosa NWR and came away discouraged.  I was looking forward to spending a fair amount of time there on their 15 mile auto route.  Upon arriving we found that the auto route has been closed until at least some time in 2016. It seems that on that route last year two of the local ocelots were killed by cars and Fish & Wildlife are hoping to give the population a break from visitors and perhaps to construct underground viaducts for the cats to use instead of crossing the road.

Drainage Line Routing

Also the location of the sewer drains at the campground are not optimal for our drains.  sewer drain trestleWe have one of those plastic trestle systems, which we  use regularly.   I have been admiring RV’ers who use lightweight guttering to achieve a drain line without sagging bits and I want to do the same.  I’ll show you before and after pics when I get to The Home Depot for parts.

I need to check in at the office to see whether we can move today — there is an official earth firmness test.  First they drive over the site with a golf cart, then with something heavier, and finally with a farm tractor.  If the earth holds, it’s habitable.  I know it sounds a bit crude but in exchange for a 40′ X 90′ lot I’ll put up with it.  We have met folks who have been returning for 15 years and longer, and many of them have modified their lots (as I discussed a couple days ago).  Will we return?  Will we return regularly?  We have no idea yet and for one 4 month stretch we’re going to be sitting on grass without a concrete pad of any sort.  Will we like it?  I don’t know.  We sit outside in the warm weather a lot.  Can we find enough places to put our chairs and outdoor tent that are level enough to be used?  We’ll find out soon enough.

That’s about it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

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People Sure Are Friendly Here

30+ years ago Peg & I visited Key West and fell so in love with the place that we considered (seriously) whether to move. That would have been a mistake at the time.  people_clipart11A few days here and it’s easy to have similar thoughts.  Partly because of the people.  They really are friendly!  That is usually true of RV’ers, I know.  All I can say is that we’re really happy and comfortable at the moment.

80º thermometerIt’s Thursday afternoon.  The temp is 80º and it feels like 82º.  The sun is out, the earth is gradually drying out and with luck we hope to get moved into our permanent spot on Saturday. We’ve been sleeping at night without our heaters running and waking up in the morning quite comfortable.  On the negative side, with the unusual rains we’ve been having, we’ve been pretty humid, but we are in a semi-tropical area and humidity is to be expected.

There’s a lot going on here — which is to say there’s a full calendar of events and activities if one chooses to participate.  Peg signed us up for the Christmas Pot Luck — so we won’t be experiencing the  holiday in that dreaded condition: alone. I suspect that in this place it may be more important and harder for us to control our involvement in activities so as to keep the “Socialization of Peter” under control.  No one wants me to get too social!  Palmdale RV Resport MapI remember we teased my dad after he retired that he went from talking with No One — to talking with Anyone!  As it is we seem to be unable to walk one of our short RV Park ‘blocks’ without stopping to talk with someone.  While I’m the one who complains about too much socializing — I’m also the one who stops to talk and make introductions, whereas Peg would most likely just keep walking with a nod. Like I say — I really do LIKE people,  just in limited quantities. 1 person on the edge of the road is just what I like!

I may have outsmarted myself though.  When we were looking at sites online Peg wanted to be away from the center of activities and we sort of wanted to be on the outer perimeter of the park.  Our site  IS on the perimeter but I may have goofed by putting us in a site where our front window will be facing South and our large awning will be on the West facing the afternoon sun.  Here in this temporary site we are exactly reversed and I can sit in the shade of an afternoon and enjoy the breezes and type away.  We’ll, live and learn.  We’ll see how we like the other one once we get moved in.

I’m curious to see how full this place gets in January.  Right now there are a lot of open spaces but the reservation board I posted a couple days ago has an awful lot of names on it.   Right now it’s relatively easy to maneuver in and out of sites.  But with a full house that might not be the case.  We have much larger lots here than we have been seeing in The Valley. (We are in what would be called the Lower Rio Grande Valley and there are heavy concentrations of RV’ers all the way to Mission, TX and beyond.)

We made another trip to the grocery and for batteries.  We are trying one more time for an indoor-outdoor thermometer (the last three we have had seem to self-destruct or simply fail to work in short order)  and the first time I tried, it didn’t work.  Problem:  bad batteries.  And we also bought some more JAM…. it seems people in S.Texas sell more jam than the ones in Louisiana!  We’re also giving a try to another of those mostly fruit preserves — the Apricot Butter we had recently didn’t last long; this time we got Peach-Mango.  And we found a Strawberry/Blueberry/Blackberry/Raspberry jam.  Sounds interesting.  Bread in the oven right now to try it out in the morning.

As I sit here I can hear the sounds of people talking and laughter.  That has been the case pretty much since I came outside to write.  We are just South of Texas 100 but there’s not much traffic noise and we are both tickled to discover that the evenings are quite quiet!

That’s enough for one day.  Thanks for stopping by.  We’re glad to be here and to share what’s happening.  I’ll be talking with you tomorrow.

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Got Our Pass!

Foggy South Padre Island

Foggy South Padre Island

Foggy South Padre Island

Foggy South Padre Island

We awoke on Wednesday to heavy local fog.  We had considered a short trip (25 miles) to S. Padre Island and then groceries, but in the mistaken hope that the fog might lift we went out for breakfast and then filled up the fridge with provisions first.

By that time it was already 11:30 and we hung out with some of the neighbors for a while and ultimately decided to make the drive and just snoop around in spite of the fog.

SPI-birding-nature-ctrFirst stop:  the World Birding Center in South Padre Island.   To me, this is a magical place that makes birding easy.  2014120319171001Knowing that we’ll be here more than once or twice we bought our annual pass.  We spent a little time  enjoying the birds.

I took along a 38-300  mm lens just to make the trip easy.  It’s a heavy doggone lens but sometimes worth the effort.  I usually used it in the studio — it’s not a terribly Fast lens either in aperture or focus but it’s nice enough.

I was a little surprised to see this 2014120314135213 Kingfisher.  He was a long way away.  I’ll have my eyes open for him when we return.

There weren’t a lot of critters moving when we were there.  But it was nice just to get out and play with the camera just a little.

Well, I’m going to stop there.  It was a nice day and we are really enjoying being here.  It’s feeling good to be here;  not sure I’d say ‘like home’ but definitely homey.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

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The Universal (?) Nesting Urge

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The park pool

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And hot tub

Two days in a place does not an expert make but I’m noticing some interesting phenomena.  People really do love to “nest,” to customize, to make things their own!  This is not a membership park.  It’s a rental park:  by the day, week, month, or …. year.  I would not expect people to be making physical changes to the real estate; but they are.  Those who are renting by the year — or multiple years — have gone a long way towards making a rental property their own.

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And lending library!!!!!!!!!!

As for us, we haven’t yet been clued in on all the rules and what-nots; we haven’t been officially registered yet because we haven’t gotten into OUR site yet. We’re waiting, day by day,  to find out when we can pull into our own site and until then we’re just extrapolating.  There are more than a few sites that have been customized, I see workers digging out concrete forms, and there’s a calm feeling of laid back industry at certain sites.

I was talking with a couple of our neighbors.  Another couple pulled in within 5 minutes of us and they too are waiting for their site.  We’ll  probably be Friday or Saturday before setting our jacks for the winter.  The neighbor in the site to the East of us is from Castle Rock WI — and they’ve been coming here for 9 or 10 years – they brought a set of wooden stairs along to place outside their pull-behind trailer.  To our South is a couple who have a park model that they use 3 1/2 months a year and pay the annual rate.  I have seen a variety of pre-fab concrete squares and tiles put out to locate and anchor satellite dishes, etc.  And then there are concrete pads or paving stone pads for their cars.  Little niceties to make life more homey.

And here I am just trying to get my interior storage sorted.  Am I out of the loop! 🙂

laundryAt the same time we are noticing this, we are noticing slight changes in our own attitude.  There’s a nice 6 washer / 6 dryer laundry here.  When we are on the go (meaning moving every couple weeks) Peggy gets a little nervous about finding a nice laundromat at a convenient time.  But on the second day here, knowing we’re here for 4 months, Peg has already said laundry is no longer a ‘thing’ for her — she knows that with a laundry right on premise (that’s open for 23.5 hours a day) that getting our clothes washed won’t be a problem.  Funny how one instinctively relaxes into evident reality.  🙂

Ok — enough of that.  We have no idea what we’re going to DO today.  Perhaps not much of anything:  Monday was driving, Tuesday  was a bit stressful just getting moved, repaired, and settled into a new temporary spot.   We do need to get to the grocery — there’s a H-E-B store about 9 miles up the road.  Even in Milwaukee we typically drove 5 miles to a grocery we liked.   I checked on the fridge this morning and it’s cooling off nicely.  And we have ice cubes.   So that’s a possible chore for the day.  But I’m itching to get over to Padre Island just for a look-see.  My nose may get the best of my list of chores.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

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The Best $17.50 I Ever Spent

Can you guess from the title what I’m talking about?  Yup.  The Fridge is fixed.

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  • I called RV Mobile Home Center in Harlingen TX at 8:00 a.m..
  • Explained my problem.
  • Was given an appointment for 1:00 p.m..
  • We pulled in our slides, drew up our levelers and drove 30 minutes to the shop. But arriving early we had to wait 45 minutes.
  • 15 minutes into the repair  we were buttoning up the access panel and ready to go.
  • Total bill:  $17.50.

All of which I recount because in the Big City of Houston it was going to take 4-7 days even to be seen by a technician!  And with higher hourly rates to begin with I’m sure that the price would have been 5x to 10x what we paid here.  There are times when small communities really are better.  If you need lots of parts, not so much.  But you can find people with good experience who will treat you fairly in smaller communities and maybe that’s what I like about them.  They’re decent to customers.  Even after I factor in the cost of ice for 1 week I’m convinced we saved money.  (And got around to defrosting the freezer!!!)

What was wrong?  Just what I thought — it looks as if the water or humidity caused a false trip of the reed relay.  I watched the mechanic as he did (correctly) what I had attempted on Sunday — to use a strong magnet to reset the relay.  My mistake had been two fold:

  • I disconnected the wrong wire,
  • I expected it to be a ‘procedure’ — you do one thing and it’s fixed.  Instead if was more like try this and if that doesn’t work try that.  He reset it once and it tripped again.  He reset it a second time and hours later it seems to be just fine.
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Today’s topic is the collection cup, or drip collector at the end of the red vertical arrow.

The false trip was possible in one of two ways but I think I know which.   Last Sunday I posted this same picture — but with only the horizontal line pointing at the relay box.  All week long I have been thinking about what I found in the owners manual.  It said that in cases of high humidity the drip tube (the end of which is down inside that little collection cup at the bottom of the vertical arrow) can clog and cause an overheat.  Well, last Sunday morning the tube wasn’t ‘clogged’ by something stuck inside the tube, rather,  the entire collection cup was filled with water from the night’s rain and the tube was thus effectively ‘plugged.’   In retrospect it all makes perfect sense — blowing wind, heavy rain, all from the correct side of the coach fills up the little drip cup, or collection cup blocking the tube and sending the shutdown signal.  Voila

Its possible we’ll find in a week or a month or a year that there is a part failure going on, but he did say that these little boxes do trip accidentally every once in a while and that’s all that needs doing.

So, I’m a happy camper.   The packing up, moving, and relocating all took a good park of the day — but the weather was cold and overcast and not much good for reconnoitering anyway.

A Temporary Home

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The Camp layout

Just before we left the lovely little office lady named Winnie came to our door to say that there was a better site we could move into until ours dried up a little more.  I thought that was thoughtful — we were OK where we were but our satellite dish wasn’t getting a good read on the satellites so we were limited to a few channels. The move puts us in a less hectic location, and we have full satellite reception and we can settle in a little bit.

Most of the sites are booked — but I’m discovering that not all are booked for the entire winter, or even a significant part of it.  The site we are hanging out in now is reserved for an arrival on 1/10.  Until then, nothing.  From the layout of the board you’ll see there are a pot full of sites!

I’m sure we’ll sleep well tonight.  The fridge is cooling down now — it will take upwards of 24 hours to really get cold and start maintaining temps.  We’re in for a cool night, it’s the second night at the location. All signs are good for a peaceful and sound sleep.

Plans for Wednesday?  I’m not sure.  Peg’s talking about laundry.  We need to restock the fridge that we ‘ate down’ over the last week.  I’m itching to go over to S. Padre Island, or to the Wildlife Refuge. But we don’t need to do everything at once!

Family News

With our son in law’s foot surgery looming on the horizon next Tuesday we heard from them today that they had their final residential inspection and that they now have their official Occupancy Permit.  Talk about a corporate sigh of relief. Everyone in the family is great breathing more easily.  Yea!  Michael!

So with those words I’ll wish you a good night (I’m writing this Tuesday night for publication in the morning).  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.

Seen at a local restaurant:

Good Old Betty Boop!

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