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.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Florida Grande Motorcoach Resort Summer of 2018

We've been here for four days and it's time to enjoy the amenities. We've gone grocery shopping, visited the Webster Flea Market, and now it's relax time in the swimming pool.

 The resort also has a nice fitness center which makes it so convenient to try to live a healthier lifestyle.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Headed To Webster, FL.

We discovered the Florida Grande Motorcoach Resort in Webster, FL and decided it might be a nice place to visit. We planned on taking some time off from working and just pay rent, but when a workamping opportunity arrived we jumped on it. At first we wanted to arrive in the fall and even explore the idea of purchasing a RV site. For around 15 hours per week helping to keep the swimming pool clean we can live in this Class A resort and not pay rent. Sounds good to me! Our journey started 3 days later than what we planned due to tropical storm Alberto dumping wind and rain in Florida and the Gulf Coast. We had great weather until we arrived in the "sunshine state" as we encountered our first gully washer, which we seem to encounter on every trip to Florida. On the bright side, it rained so hard it cleaned most of the bugs off of the windshield.

                                                      All hooked up and ready to roll!

We spent day 1 in Tyler, TX, day 2 in Livingston, La, and day 3 in Cottondale, FL. Coming down 1-10 in the Florida panhandle the clouds opened up.

                                               Site 78 at Lakeside RV Park in Livingston, La.

                                                Going to cool off in the park swimming pool.

                                          Site 23 at the Hitching Post RV park in Cottondale, Fl.
                                     This place was too close to the interstate and was very noisy.
                                                    Heavy rain just west of Tallahassee, Fl.

On day 4 we arrived at the beautiful Florida Grande Motorcoach Resort and after meeting the resort manager, Cathy we got the opportunity to choose our site. Cathy was kind enough to give us a tour on her golf cart and we chose site 42. Just as we pulled into our site, yes it rained again. We had to wait about 20 minutes but finally started getting our home in the new neighborhood all set up. Then it was time for an adult beverage on our beautiful patio. Kathy enjoying a glass of wine.

                                                 Getting our site fixed up for our stay.

                                         We have a very nice site here at Florida Grande!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time For A New car.

After towing our Honda CR-V around for nearly five years, we decided...well Kathy decided,...she needs a new car. The Honda was a great little car that was easily towed behind the motorcoach.

While we were still in Montgomery, TX working at the Lake Conroe KOA we went out for dinner and happened to park next to a Cadillac SRX. Kathy takes one look at it and says, "wow, that's a pretty car". So after some research, we started our search. She was determined the color had to be "misty gold"since it would better match the paint on the coach and it would not show dust and dirt so much. It took a few weeks but she found her misty gold Cadillac in Dallas at Sewell Infinity. It's not new, it's a 2012 model and since it is a Cadillac it has all the bells and whistles. Of course it is towable all 4 wheels down.

Next, we get to outfit the car with the appropriate baseplate to attach our Falcon 2 tow bar to and wire the car so the lighting all works while in tow.  We purchased the baseplate and wiring from RV General Store in Newcastle, Ok and they had it installed by their contract employee. It appears they did a good job, but we'll see when we hook up at the end of May. We are headed to Florida to stay at the Florida Grande Motorcoach Resort.


                                                         Hooked up and ready to roll.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Upgrade and Maintenance While Visiting Family In Oklahoma.

After a year working at the Lake Conroe KOA we returned to visit family in Oklahoma. We will do some upgrades and regular maintenance while we are home. The first project will be upgrading the entrance door. First I replaced the worn looking and slightly damaged door latch and lock assembly to a tune of a $136.

 I dismantled the door to replace the latch so I decided to add insulation, paint the inner panels, and prepare it for some custom upholstery. I bought the reflective insulation at Lowes and chose gray as the color for the panel. I bought Plasti Dip paint as it's a rubberized paint and is supposed to adhere better to the plastic.

A fresh coat of gray Plasti Dip rubberized paint.

Kathy working on the insulation and material for the door. We purchased the material from Hobby Lobby, and used Gorilla Glue spray adhesive to attach it.

So we went from this to this! We have around $20 in materials for our custom door. We are proud of our project, not bad for amateurs.

 Then Kathy decided that the backsplash mirrors behind the stove have to go. She ordered the gel looking peel and stick backsplash and started the project.  First was to remove the mirrors and exposing the bare wall.

She has the eyes and the patience to cut and get things nice and straight.

When she got finished the project looks very nice, much better than the outdated mirrors.

Next we have to repair a baseboard in the state room. I accidentally got Gorilla tape on the wood and damaged the finish.
 Of course it's then time for fresh oil and filter to keep her running smooth. 6 gallons of Rotella and a Fleetguard filter will do just fine. Next are the two fuel filters.

While changing the oil I noticed a radiator hose that looked dry rotted and cracked. I lost about 8 gallons of coolant while removing this 8 inch long hose, so now a new hose and gallons of fresh antifreeze/coolant. Of course I put two new fuel filters on while I was down there, all the filters are the Cummins Fleetguard  type.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Workamping with father-in-law. April 2017-2018

April of 2017 we brought Kathy's father, Jim, with us to Lake Conroe KOA to give him a taste of the real RV life and workamping. Our manager, Pat Childers, was gracious enough to give the 79 year old a job working at the pool, playground, and then later on doing some landscaping.
Jim had his own travel trailer and was parked next to us so we could all spend quality time together. Kathy helped Jim get his life back in order by setting up his bank account, medicare, social security, and other things he needed. Jim enjoyed the work and even built up his savings account with his earned wages.  Jim was plenty happy with his 30' travel trailer, it had all the comforts of home.

Jim, just like many other full time RVers, mentioned that he wished he would have done this a long time ago. The friends and the memories you make can be priceless. Kathy also got to spend quality time with him and make memories for herself.

Image may contain: one or more people, people playing sports and outdoor
Image may contain: one or more people, people playing sports and outdoor

The Conroe area has many nice restaurants and we visited most of them for the good food and entertainment. Sam's Boat was Jim's favorite for sure, followed by The Big Sombrero.

We enjoyed the music on the patio at Sam's Boat overlooking beautiful Lake Conroe.

After a year, Jim headed back to Lawton, OK to spend time with other members of his family. We all had a great time and hated to see him leave.