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New shoes for Ike

After about 12 months of researching and searching, we finally located a tire dealer (Conlan Tire, Mulberry, FL) to purchase our 6ea Continental Conti Coach HA3 (L) tires. After much debate, we decided to purchase the HA3s to replace our aging Michelin XZA 1s that were original equipment. Why Conlan? Conlan had reasonably fresh stock of our size (315/80R22.5) tires with a great price ($399 ea. +FET), they were participants in the FMCA tire program which is how I found them initially and most importantly they had a willingness to mount and dismount our front two tires with Tyron Bands. If you’ve never heard of Tyron Bands, they were installed on […]

Horses, not just any horse a Hermann Royal Lipizzan!

On a beautiful Saturday in Feb, we drove to Myakka City, FL to watch an open practice session of the Hermann Royal Lipizzan Stallions!   It was about 45-minute trip from Torrey Oaks, and well worth the drive.  These magnificent horses have an elaborate history, they are from Austria and they are the rarest and most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. And it turns out, they also spend the winter in Florida. They open the practice sessions to the public a couple times a week, weather permitting. The suggested donation is $5 or $10 per person (I can’t remember). The practice lasted a bit over an hour and on Saturdays, they […]

Our Winter – Golf, cleaning tanks and other fun…

I realize that I am a bit behind on our posts, so let me hit the highlights. We remained parked at Torrey Oaks RV Resort and participating in the full set of activities it affords. Stephanie has been extremely engaged in the day-to-day activities. She has been going to the daily workouts at the Fitness Center, Yoga, Walking, Water Aerobics & Line Dancing classes while also participating in the weekly Warm up America and the local Sewing/Quilting for Charity group and golf classes. One of the highlights of our time here at Torrey Oaks has been some golfing. Stephanie has never held a golf club before and has started out very nicely. Stephanie on […]

Torrey Oaks bound

So after a couple day visit with our son and Liberty, we set out on our final leg southward. We had decided to spend this winter at our site in Torrey Oaks RV & Golf Resort just north of Wauchula, Florida. We had moved IKE here for the winter last year while we both worked full-time. We would fly down about one week each month and spend some time in the sun and warmth. We really enjoy this campground and look forward to spending this winter here.

Headed back North…

So after 5 days cooling our jets while our windows were defogged, we headed north to visit our youngest son, and his dog Liberty. We reserved a site at Camp Blanding, which is about 16 miles from our son’s home in Green Cove Springs. This was our first visit to Camp Blanding, and we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at our site. Very nice large full hook up 50 amp site right next to the lake. The per day fee was $24.75 if you have no pets, I think the pet fee was $3 a day for each, a maximum of two. We got to spend some time with our son, went […]

Underwood at AMALIE…

Stephanie is a big Carrie Underwood fan. And our 33rd Wedding Anniversary was this month…and Carrie Underwood was scheduled to perform at the Amelie Arena while on her Storyteller Tour and since we were camped out with nothing to do just 45 minutes north at Suncoast Designers having our windows defogged, we decided to splurge and reserved a couple of Club Seats for that performance. We enjoyed the concert, the tickets gave  us access to a “CLUB” area which had several serving lines with Steamship round and or desserts etc, and oh yeah free drinks. A good time was had by all and we got home unscathed around midnight.

Through the fog…

During the two years we’ve owned IKE, slowly but surely, many of our windows have developed condensation between the dual panes of glass. We did some research, considered replacing or repairing them. Found two places east of the Mississippi, namely Dr. Fog in Arkansas and Suncoast Designers on the gulf coast of Florida that specilize in defogging RV windows. After speaking with both vendors, we decided on Suncoast Designers, in part because they were not that far out of our way and because their price was a bit lower ($225 per windows vs. Dr. Fog’s $250 per window) and their pro-rated lifetime warranty on their work. So we had an appointment for […]