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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 […]

Next Stop? Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay…

We continued south from Weston Lake and our next planned stop was the Eagle Hammock MWR Campground located on the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia. We reserved a Lake Front Site, and the accommodations were very nice. Full hook-ups, including Satellite TV, and free laundry. We meet several great folks while there, all veterans, and very friendly. Several of us got together and went to Appleby’s for our free Veterans Day meal and a couple beers. Also, we meet several families who were heading to Torrey Oaks as their next stop.  So we’ll be seeing them again later this winter. We had a very nice stay at Eagle Hammock, and […]

A Night Out with Curt & Tina ~ Downtown Columbia

While staying at Weston Lake we had the opportunity to spend some time with some friends that “once upon a time” lived in Maryland, Curt & Tina. We decided to try the Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse in downtown Columbia. Stephanie and I had experienced one other chain of Brazilian Steakhouses, the Fogo de Chao locations in San Antonio and Baltimore.  We were extremely impressed with the Fogo De Chao, food, service and atmosphere. The Cowboy was not quite on par with Fogo De Chao. However, we enjoyed our meal (thanks Curt!), and then decided to take a walk across town to the Twisted Spur Brewery for a night cap. The following night Curt […]

Congaree National Park

While at Weston Lake Campground we traveled about 30 minutes south to visit the Congaree National Park. We walked only part of the elevated boardwalk, as part of it was damaged during hurricane Matthew. The most interesting thing was the tremendous loblolly pine trees. They claim there some loblolly trees within the park that are 12-15 stories tall. We didn’t see any that tall but we did see some very tall ones. Much of the area was cover in standing water.   And to add to the confusion there is another “Weston Lake” within the park, Ha!   It was all free, the one downside was the mosquito population was overbearing, we bought some repellent […]

Downtown Columbia SC

While at Weston Lake we visited the South Carolina state capitol building and explored some of the Vista area of Columbia. We had great weather and enjoyed a short film explaining the history of the building. South Carolina State Capitol Building We had a nice day for our visit and had a quick lunch, before heading back to our coach.

Another Thousand Trails Disappointment

So after our time at Magne Shade, we had a reservation at the Forest Lake Thousand Trails campground in Advanced NC (we’re Elite Members) which is about 10 miles from Magne Shade in Mocksville, NC. Unfortunately, because of the reservation system Thousand Trails utilizes, basically, they pretend all sites are of equal size and allow folks to park on any available site, often resulting in a 12′ rig parking on a 60′ site, this process leaves a lot to be desired. When we arrived at the campground, we checked in at the front office, they claimed to have 2 empty sites large enough for our 43′ coach. The Campground Ranger […]

A Stop at Magne Shade for a Magnet Tune-up

We’ve had our Magne-Shade shades for a little over a year. They make a significant difference in the amount of solar heat within the front of our coach, even tho we had the interior shades. Additionally,  I like the ease that they are placed onto the windows. We have the windshield shade, the driver’s side window shade. However, since installing them I’d struggle with the magnets becoming unstuck from the glass. In particular the large upper corner magnets on the windshield. Therefore, I’d made an appointment with Roger at Magne Shade to see if he could rectify the problem. Roger and his assistant worked on the magnets for a few […]

Our First Stop

We decided to make our first day a short drive, so we stopped at the Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista, VA. It was about 4-5 miles from Interstate 81.   The campground has two sections, one wooded and one in a large “Rally Field”. We stayed on the Rally Field, easy access 50 Amp with Water and a dump station. They accept Passport so our fee was about $19 for the night. We went into town for some Mexican Food at Don Tequila at 2255 Beech Ave, very good and reasonably priced. Nice campground for a day or two stay or a good place off I81 for an overnight, we’d […]