Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ceder Point CG, On the Road to Calhoon Falls SP CG

Ok, sorry for being late in updating where we have been and going.

So, where are we going , Calhood Falls State Park Campground.

How are we getting there, Via Ceder Point Campground.

Ceder Point CG Link 

CP, is a small down home campground. What do I mean by that? Well it is a place where their are small units (annuals), and a few places for travelers. What makes this a down home place is the friendliness of the people that work and stay here. When we arrived people step out and inquired if we needed help or even suggested sites for DaGirls Rv. We settled in on a large wooded site with electric and water. Being self contained and staying only 1 night made it very easy in and out.

I struck up a talk with a man that made walking sticks, before I realized it, he gave me 3 new sticks. 1 ceder, 1 Mable and some other kind. It was then I realized that I had not completed 2 of my own. We continued talking and I realize that I had 3 diamond willows, that needed attention. So, I gave him one that had the most charterer.

But in the end it was morning, people were leaving, heading to work and of course it was our time to head out.

Della always knows what to say.

"That's my story and I'm sicking to it"
“SeeYa, Safe and Happy Journeys”

"DaGirls Rv, Me, Della, Susan & Tilly"

Monday, May 30, 2016

Beaufort, Charleston and Paris Island

So, this is where we landed, just in time for 2 not 1, but 2 tropical depression to land and play havoc with, weather and parts of the coastal area, including I-95 north and south.

It also played Havoc with Della "I want in".

We were able to go into Charleston on Saturday, prior to the rain really coming down. We spent about 2 hours walking around, and visiting the market. Amazing city and surrounding area. We even saw Fort Sumter across the bay. The photos were not the best as my camera battery went out:

By time we arrived home it was and had been raining for some time, so the grounds were wet. Let me tell you, rain may me a great comfort, but not when you live in an RV and have to listen to it all night long. Plus, when it rains as much as it did. You are limited to what and where you go and do.

This morning we choose to head over to Beaufort SC., to drive around and see some of the area before the next rainfall started.

We did manage to head over to Paris Island, and visit the USMC museum, During the 70's I lived in Havelock, NC. USMC Cherry Point is located here. I had many friends, who were Marines. We honor them by visiting the USMC museum located there. 

Della always knows what to say.

"That's my story and I'm sicking to it"
“SeeYa, Safe and Happy Journeys”

"DaGirls Rv, Me, Della, Susan & Tilly"

Saturday, May 28, 2016

BCC Problems

Ok, so recently, well actually on Friday, May 26th, to be exact we had a problem with DaGirls Rv. Let me go back to the beginning.

We arrived at The Oaks at South Point, just south of Yemassee, SC. We arrived after about a 5 hour drive from Saint Augustine, Fl.

We checked in, arranged for our site and settled in. Just as we were finishing up, I noticed the awning would not go out. I remembered this morning it was slow coming in and thinking to myself I would have to check it out later. Well this was later, but we did not need it, so I let it go. I then noticed that the seat motors (Captain) were not working. Then the front blinds were having a slow time also. So now became later.

First checked the chassis batteries, voltage good. Then off to the dash area where I went to look at the BCC, knowing that I had replaced a relay in early 2015.

So, once up and looking, the first thing I noticed was a burnt area under a hex screw. This screw provides chassis power from the disconnect relay to the BCC. I removed the screw and noticed it was loose, and not only loose but a small piece had been bitten out. How you may ask? By the screw arching to the board. All because it was loose.

So, wire brush and fine sand-paper, I was able to repair the screw and clean and repair the circuit board. A mighty fine trouble-shooting if I do say so myself. 


You might ask, what about the after photos. Well I forgot, but let me say this. Items are working now that were slow including the window shades. So see what happens after a screw loosens? Always look for the simple things, but it really helps if you have made a habit of reading up on how your Alfa works.
Della always knows what to say.

"That's my story and I'm sicking to it"
“SeeYa, Safe and Happy Journeys”
"DaGirls Rv, Me, Della, Susan & Tilly"

Well ?

Time to get back on track and start blogging. So, where should I begin?
How about where I left off, hummm no. I am going to dance around with what we have been doing since leaving Clermont, Florida.

Well for starters, we stayed in John Prince Park Campground for 12 days. Doing cleanup and visiting. Among the many items we located were old photos, electronics, slides, and Knick knacks. Some of which I will post. 

Also, we stopped in and visited Roger and Janice Brooks, whom we met in 2013. They retired in 2014 and became full timers, and during the winter months they volunteer at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

One thing, about wildlife refuges, if you know someone there you will definitely enjoy the time spent visiting. Especially if the people you are visiting are very knowledgeable, like Janice and Roger are. Their knowledge of plant, animal, and bird life in the refuge make it even a more enjoyable and exciting place to visit.

I have placed a link here to some of their writings, which they have accomplished while volunteering there.

Link to Roger and Janice Writings

But alas it was time to pack up and head north. North to where, where will DaGirls Rv take us? Well between Della and Susan, they both wanted to head to St Lucie Locks. This is a COE 9 site park right on the St Lucie river that flows to Lake Okeechobee via locks due to the water level. Once there and setup we were able to score an additional night, which allowed us to revisit the area. 

But this time we scored 2 seats on a river tour, called the River Lilly Cruises.
The cruise lasts about 1 1/2 or 2 hrs, depending on what they see and stop for. 

Link to Web Site

But alas our time ran out and it was time for DaGirls to go, and head up to Merritt Island, located on the coast and next to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. But before you continue reading, check the photos:

We located the Moose Lodge, and setup camp and checked in, and then it was time to head out and do the sight seeing thing.

What’s the main draw here? Why the Kennedy Space Center, of course. What’s the space center? Why the main launching center for manned flights. Remember the movie Apollo 13? Yep you guessed it. This is the place.

Our next location was St Augustine, and another Elks Lodge. Once there we setup, checked in and found a laundromat, as we had a rug to wash - thanks to hard braking and coffee pot fling. Now the lodge has nine sites, we just happened to pick the one with electrical issues later in the day. Good thing we were only staying 1 day, as the weather was turning and without A/C DaGirls were not happy. So, once we were done sight seeing: 

and daylight arose it was off again, heading north.

Where you ask? This time to a Thousand Trail CG called The Oaks at South Point, a little southwest of Yemassee, SC. Our digs for the next 5 nights.

Of course what is DaGirls Blog without Della:

Della always knows what to say.

"That's my story and I'm sicking to it"
“SeeYa, Safe and Happy Journeys”

"DaGirls Rv, Me, Della, Susan & Tilly"