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Old 02-06-2013, 03:05 PM   #121
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Thank you so much Deb! That is perfect!
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:30 PM   #122
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Lotsip, does it look like those SP's handle large rigs? Like 40'?
oh, for sure, seen those big rigs at all three of the state parks in Florida that I've been to so far.......see, Deb knows !
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:37 AM   #123
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Had my early morning walk on the beach at St. Joe's, and around the campground and ajoining trails......never get tired of that with my morning coffee!

It's pouring now, supposed to clear by mid afternoon, so, I am just going to upload pics of the dunes, beach, and pelicans, etc at the marina , that I took yesterday. In the marina pic, a guy was cleaning fish, and feeding the birds.

Leaving tommorrow morning, headed east to Ochlockonee State Park.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:30 PM   #124
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I don't know if this interests you lotsip, but Gary and I like lighthouses, so when we stayed at Ochlockonee River State Park we climbed two:

Crooked River Lighthouse (Carrabelle, FL on the north side of the highway)

Crooked River Lighthouse, Florida at Lighthousefriends.com

Cape St. George (St. George Island)

Cape St. George Lighthouse, Florida at Lighthousefriends.com

If you are interested in climbing either, scroll to the bottom of each link's page for their phone number to call ahead for hours and current info.

Deb
ps I'm sure you are aware of the huge snow storm approaching the east coast and Cape Cod area. (think: "the perfect storm" scenario)
It's a good time for you to be in FL, whew buddy!
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:53 PM   #125
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gonna try to upload videos, didn't work yesterday.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:05 PM   #126
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I don't know if this interests you lotsip, but Gary and I like lighthouses, so when we stayed at Ochlockonee River State Park we climbed two:

Crooked River Lighthouse (Carrabelle, FL on the north side of the highway)

Crooked River Lighthouse, Florida at Lighthousefriends.com

Cape St. George (St. George Island)

Cape St. George Lighthouse, Florida at Lighthousefriends.com

If you are interested in climbing either, scroll to the bottom of each link's page for their phone number to call ahead for hours and current info.

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ps I'm sure you are aware of the huge snow storm approaching the east coast and Cape Cod area. (think: "the perfect storm" scenario)
It's a good time for you to be in FL, whew buddy!

oh, i love lighthouses, deb, thanks for the tips !!

yes, have been giving my sister and other new england friends a ribbing.....about that snowstorm, hehe
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oh, i love lighthouses, deb, thanks for the tips !!
You are welcome. I hope it stops raining soon, I don't think they let you go up if it is (because of liability if steps become too slippery). The Crooked River lighthouse is unique. We'd never gone up a "skeletal" light before, (only the brick type) so it was a first of it's kind for us. I've climbed or been in 9 of Florida's lighthouses. (Boca Grande Lighthouse is one you go in, not climb up).

In case you are interested, in Tallahassee there is a really good casual local seafood place named Warf Express. You go in, order at the bar (from a menu laying on the bar) then take a seat. The hush puppies are wonderful!! But, of course, we live waaaay inland and Long John Silver or Red Lobster are the closest to fresh seafood that it gets for us, so what do I know?

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yes, have been giving my sister and other new england friends a ribbing.....about that snowstorm, hehe
Poor Sis...Eh well, I'm sure she and the friends are old hands it and know enough to hunker down and sit tight if the roads get too bad.

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Old 02-12-2013, 09:10 PM   #128
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hi everyone,

sorry i haven't posted lately, no internet at Oclockonee, which was lovely btw......spent two days there, lovely drive on rte 98 too......had two amazing seafood dinners at a little family restaurant in Sopchoppy......then two days at Manatee Springs state park, very lovely boardwalk, and actually saw a manatee.....!!!....thousands of huge black vultures nesting in the trees at the mouth of the spings.

just arrived in Homosassa today, carefree rv resort, seems nice, clean, cheap, plus cable tv and internet, albeit dialup-like speed, lol........so, no pics til i get better speed.

gonna check out the springs here tomorrow and old Homosassa village.
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Nice to hear from you. I knew you'd be "off the grid" and i-net while at Oclockonee. Glad you had a good time and meals while there.

Enjoy Homosassa and the manatees. We stayed in the Clearwater area (in a motel) several years ago. Driving along the gulf is slow going, but there are nice places to pull off and watch the sunset. We weren't pulling a trailer at the time. I just meant if you were out for a drive it's nice.

Are you going into Clearwater? Be careful on I-4. That length of road was at one time ranked the most dangerous interstate. It's just super busy.

The bridge over Tampa bay (from St. Pete going south) is a beauty.

Keep in touch and
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Ok, found decent internet at the public library here in Homosassa springs....gonna stay here til monday, then reservations at Trimble Park in Mt. Dora for a while.

Haven't seen the state wildlife park in Homosassa yet, looks like more rain today..maybe tomorrow...rained yesterday, went to the tampa indian casino, lol. Might check out old Homosassa village today, and get a spare RV key made. Also want to do the Florida state fair in Tampa, next to the casino, it looks huge !

Here are some pics i took at Ochlocknee and Manatee springs
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:05 AM   #131
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btw, i am having a terrible time draining my grey (sink) water..........am reducing the 1 3/4" connection to a hose to fill a 12 gal. plastic container I bought at the rv place, but the water seems to drain so slowly. and yes, i leave the air vent on the plastic container open........what am i doing wrong.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:18 AM   #132
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btw, i am having a terrible time draining my grey (sink) water..........am reducing the 1 3/4" connection to a hose to fill a 12 gal. plastic container I bought at the rv place, but the water seems to drain so slowly. and yes, i leave the air vent on the plastic container open........what am i doing wrong.
while it comes with a gardenhose adapter, that approach is not really optimal - what i did was find a PVC pipe coupler that matched the thread on the sink outlet on the camper, then friction-fit a PVC "T" to that (it just slides on and off, no threads, no glue) and then i drop a short length of PVC pipe from one side of the "T" towards the ground and here it goes into a walmart type Blue Tote water container. the other, open end of the T faces skyward and the base of the T is what connects friction-fit-wise to the threaded coupler.

your thinking is right, its slowing because of lack of air, but opening the air valve in the catching container is too far away to make a difference.
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sort of along these lines... the vent is really the key element here to break the vacuum formed by the draining water..

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:27 AM   #134
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Oh is that a white squirrel??
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sort of along these lines... the vent is really the key element here to break the vacuum formed by the draining water..

thanks for the tip, i understand.....seems it should be easier than all that though......but, maybe not.......will see if i can find a plumbing supply store near where i am now.....the rv dealer was clueless that i went to the other day here.
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Oh is that a white squirrel??
yup, not an albino either, its an actual species at Ochlocknee, they are all over the place
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Your pix of St Jos are SOOOOO beautiful!....can I go with you?
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thanks for the tip, i understand.....seems it should be easier than all that though......but, maybe not.......will see if i can find a plumbing supply store near where i am now.....the rv dealer was clueless that i went to the other day here.
Yeah, that pic is not mine, it's 3 pieces of PVC, the coupler, the T and a short pipe. Less than $7-8 or so. Easy.
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Your pix of St Jos are SOOOOO beautiful!....can I go with you?
I know right???
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Your pix of St Jos are SOOOOO beautiful!....can I go with you?
Sure, come on down, lol

Yes, St. Joe's is simply breathtaking!!
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