Saturday, November 10, 2018

Heading Home To Oklahoma Nov, 2018

After our summer at the Florida Grande Motorcoach Resort, it's time to head back home to Oklahoma. We are anxious for cooler weather and to be with family. Our first leg of the journey was from Webster to Holt, Fl where we spent one night at Eagle's Landing RV Park. It's a no frills park, but it was clean with spacious sites. It was fine for a over nighter.

Since bad weather was in the forecast for Oklahoma we detoured to Bay Saint Louis, Ms and the Silver Slipper Casino RV Park. It also is a no frills park but it is across the street from the beach and we have nice views. We booked the site for three days, but now heavy thunder storms are forecasted for the day we planned to leave, so we may extend our stay. We do our best to avoid inclement weather as it's not worth the chance to travel in it.

                                         Nice sunrise and views of The Gulf from our site.

So we did a little exploring and found a nice local restaurant named "Shaggy's". It was on the beach, food was good, and the staff great. Time for seafood!

Plenty of photo ops in the marina areas.

After leaving Bay Saint Louis, Ms we had a nice smooth trip to Shreveport, La where we stayed once again at Diamond Jack's Casino RV Park. We had some nice weather which makes for nice stops at the rest area for lunch.

We arrived at Diamond Jack's and stayed in site 35.

It's a decent place to stay, but it does have a train track very close and you get noise from the trains.

We arrived safely back in Lawton, Oklahoma and are parked for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

President Trump Rally

On July 31st, 2018 we had the honor of attending a President Trump Rally in Tampa, FL.  The gates were scheduled tom open at 4 PM so we figured we'd get there a couple of hours early and go shopping....Wrong! As we drove by the fairgrounds at about 2 PM we saw a huge crowd that had already started gathering the night before. So we decided to secure a decent parking spot before it got out of hand.  We spent about 2 and a half hours in the hot humid Florida weather with thousands of the nicest friendly people you can imagine. Everyone got along just fine and we had a blast.

The crowds were so big that I started to worry that we might not be able to get in, but after a long wait, we made into the venue. The energy was simply electric, what a crowd.

I usually don't buy or wear caps, especially political stuff, but one vendor had this cap and I just had to have one. I think it's awesome!

Attending the President Trump rally was definitely an experience we will not forget, it was such a memorable evening. Thank you President Trump!

I might add that there were some people who stood out a bit...LOL

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Stateroom Decoration

We got tired of the boring mirrors on the closet doors, so Kathy decided it's time for a tropical bedroom decor.

Step one in the remodel was changing the closet doors, so she ordered shower curtain fabric from Amazon.  Now to measure and cut the fabric to fit.

The material and some watered down Elmer's Glue gave us this result. Assuming the glue holds, this turned out very nice.

                               Next she wants a bedspread that will match a little better.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Front End Restoration

Most Class A coaches have a protective film on the front end usually by 3M or Diamond Shield. After some time, this film gets damaged by yellowing, cracking, or mold under the film. Our coach was no exception so it was time to start the task of removing it. I started with the passenger front bottom corner and worked about two hours a day removing the film and the adhesive. If you're lucky the bigger the piece you can peel off at a time, the less adhesive residue is left. After two days I got this piece looking from this:

                                                                        To this:

I've experimented so far with plastic razor blades to start the peeling of the film, and then I used some old "Scratch Doctor" polish I had to help remove the adhesive. The polish actually is doing a good job, but I got some "Goof Off" adhesive remover to see if it will make the job a little easier.  It does okay so I will use it up and then try a different product next.
I then bought some expensive "GraphXOff" and it really screwed up some of my paint. As instructed, I tried some on an inconspicuous place and I saw no problems. I then put some on by the headlight and it ruined the paint job. I contacted the company, Auto Trim Design, and it was basically "tough luck, your problem" so they really suck. I did not want to use any more since I have no idea where it may eat the paint next.

I then went to the over the counter "Goo Gone" and it made the removal of the adhesive so much easier. I peel the decal off as much as I can to minimize the remaining adhesive and the Goo Gone takes it off with very little effort. I wish I would have kept track of my hours, but total is roughly 20 hours of work. Look at the left side of the body compared to the right, this is with Goo Gone.

Overall, I enjoyed it as I save about $750 and I worked at my pace with my stereo on. I finally finished the project and she looks good. The paint under the 3M decal was still very nice.

                                                                      From this

                                                                          To this!

 During this process I noticed the headlight lenses had fogged terribly. Using the Turtle Wax Polishing Compound the fog was instantly cleared off. What an awesome find!

                                                      The lenses turned out very nice.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Confederate Railroad Concert.

On June 14th we went to Weirsdale, FL to watch Confederate Railroad at the Orange Blossom Opry. But first it was dinner at Eaton's Beach Sandbar and Grill. A little pricey for me but food was good, service was good, and a nice touch when the owner stoped by our table to chat and thank us for coming in.

                                                        Big dish of shrimp and grits!

Then it was off to the Orange Blossom Opry, a small modest venue that holds roughly 400 people. The Orange Blossom Opry band got things warmed up and were actually very entertaining.

Then came Confederate Railroad with their typical humorous redneck country style of music. They interacted with the crowd and played many of their popular songs like "Daddy Cut The Big One" and "Trashy Women". Sadly despite people yelling and requesting "I Hate Rap", for some reason they acted like they didn't hear us and did not sing that song. But it was a fun filled evening non the less with reasonable ticket prices.

                                                     The Confederate Railroad tour bus.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Villages

A short distance away is The Villages, a wonderful retirement area here in central Florida. This nice area is full of restaurants, shops, and daily entertainment. Since it was our 42nd wedding anniversary weekend we decided to spend the day there. They have three "town square" area spread across the area with their own themes. We visited two of them and really enjoyed watching these seniors having such a great time. The area is famous for golf carts, the primary transportation for many here.

                                                           Golf carts are everywhere!

                                             Dinner at R.J. Gators with lake side dining

                Then it was watching the people sing and dance with the outdoor entertainment.