Thursday, October 27, 2011

Friday to Thursday, October 21 to 27, 2011

Friday, we drove the Jeep up SR 246 to Highlands, NC.  It is a beautiful, twisty, mountain road (I would not drive the motorhome up it), and the fall colors were great.2011 North GA fall colors2011 North GA fall colors2011 North GA fall colors2011 North GA fall colors2011 North GA fall colors

The fall colors in the GA mountains are as beautiful as can be found anywhere.

On Sunday, the 23rd, we headed south and a little west.  We stopped in Greenville, AL at camp Wally World for the night.  Then on Monday, we continued to Defuniak Springs, FL for the Escapees Chapter 26 Fall Rally.  Here are a couple of picks from the rally social hour.Ch 26 Fall 2011 RallyCh 26 Fall 2011 Rally hostsCh 26 Fall 2011 Rally crafty  Tuesday, we drove over to Crestview, FL to pick up our mail.  On Thursday, we drove to see the highest point in Florida, 345 feet above sea level.  .DSC01579DSC01580

Type at you later.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday-Thursday, October 13-20

We left the Montgomery, AL area and drove to Columbus, GA for a wonderful visit with our son, Doug, his friend, Harley, and her son, Gauge.  Saturday, Doug took us out to Waffle House for breakfast and then to Stone Mountain for the Highland Games.  We watched the caber toss and the pipe bands.


Sunday was my birthday, and we all went to IHOP for breakfast.  Doug and Harley gave Marilyn and I a Sirius radio for our birthdays, and then he took us all to Oscar’s in Ellersly for delicious steaks and scallops.  We will definitely go back to Oscar’s.

Monday night we said our goodbye's to Doug, Harley and Gauge, and Tuesday, Marilyn and I drove to Old Federal COE park on Lake Lanier.  We had planned to do some walking, but only got a short one in Tuesday afternoon because it started raining.  Then Wednesday turned cold, rainy and very windy.  We even pulled in one slide due to the wind.  So we did nothing all day but stayed in the house.

Thursday morning, we packed up the motorhome, and drove to River Vista Mountain Village in Dillard, GA.  Escapees Chapter 16 is a small group.  We had 8 for social at 5pm – it was too cold to have it outside.  Mary made chili for dinner.  It is supposed to get warmer on Friday – a little bit.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 11-12, 2011

On Tuesday, we went back to the Montgomery visitor center , where we took the trolley (thank you Lon) for information, and to not have to pay for parking at the various stops.  We got off the trolley at the Alabama Capitol Building where we took a picture of the front of the capitol, and one down Dexter Ave.


This capitol building is still being used by the Governor and various members of his cabinet.  The House and Senate have moved out of this building.  The House and Senate chambers have been re-decorated to look like they were when the building was first used in 1851.


Note that the house does not have desks like the senate.

The Confederate States of America was formed February 4, 1861 in this House chamber, and Jefferson Davis was elected First President of the Confederacy on February 9, 1861.  On the steps of the capitol is a star marking the spot where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office.


We continued our tour of the Capitol of Alabama by visiting the first White House of the Confederacy.  It is a beautiful house.


Wednesday morning, we fought small ants in the motorhome, and in the afternoon, we took a drive on the rest of the 54 mile walk by Dr. King and everyone else marching for the right to vote.  We saw the church where the march started, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge where so many were beaten by the police.DSC01546DSC01548

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

We went to Water Street in downtown Montgomery today to the Visitor Center in the old Union Railroad Stateion, and then up the street to the Hank Williams Museum. We had our first Chick-fil-A since leaving FL in April, and Marilyn got her first Publix fix since that time also.

There really is a town of Kawliga, AL on Lake Martin, and, according to the Hank Williams Museum, there really was an Indian who stood on the shore of Lake Martin waiting for his Indian Maid to come back to him.  Her father supposedly thought Kawliga was not good enough for her.  Hank Williams heard of this story and wrote his famous song about Kawliga.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2011

So far, nothing from Direct TV.  I checked this morning, and no credit for my 9/9 payment.  Our neighbors suggested that we push the re-set button to see if we could get Direct in on the King Dome.  It worked.  On Friday, we waited around until 2:00 to hear from Nathan.  He did not call, so I went to the cabinet shop.  He said to bring my rig around to the shop door, and he would install the spindles before close of business, Friday.  We did, and he did.  The cabinets on the passenger side slide sag in the middle.  He put a support between the cabinets and the counter top.  It makes quite a difference, and there was no cost.  We checked out of the repair facility and the campground on Friday afternoon.

Saturday.  We left Red Bay, Tiffin’s repair facility and Allegro Campground, behind us, and headed down I-65 to Montgomery.  We are in Gunter Hill Campground, a Corps of Engineers park, just 15 miles west of Montgomery.  It is a nice park, and we plan to do some sightseeing in the area.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Monday-Thursday, Septemberd 3-6, 2011

Monday.  We left Bowling Green, KY, and continued driving down I-65 to Decatur, AL where we turned right to Red Bay, which is in the northwest corner of Alabama.

Tuesday.  Norris, the service writer, came by in the morning, and we were also assigned a full hook-up site in the campground.  We went through our list of wants during our hoped for 3 hour express service.  He said that the express service would only take about two or three days before we would be going in to a repair bay.

I worked on bills.  Direct TV had written me an email that said I had not paid my last month’s bill.  I checked my Bank of America bill pay, which said that my September payment of 9/7 had been delivered to Direct TV on 9/9,  Of course, their Customer No Service said that they had no record of the payment.  They wanted proof, which I understood, in the form of a copy of my bank statement showing the withdrawal, and a copy of the cancelled check (there is no actual check when you use online bill pay).  I asked if I could attach copies to an email, and was told that all I needed to do was go to their website and send them an email.  Of course there is no way to attach files to one of Direct TV’s Customer No Service emails.  However, I did send am email asking how to send them attached files.  That evening, Direct TV’s Customer No Service sent me a response email saying that I had to fax my information.

Wednesday.  I put together the pages I needed to send  by fax to Direct TV, and went to the Tiffin campground office to fax them.  After several tries and not being able to send the fax, I again called Customer No Service.  They had no solution, and no other fax number.  We went round and round.  Marilyn and I went back to the RV, and I called Direct TV back again, and told them I wanted to cancel my service.  I got a young lady from Tennessee who actually spoke southern which we could understand.  She gave us another fax number to try, so we went back to the campground office where Marsha suggested we try the fax in the store.  The store tried several times, and surprisingly enough, one of them went through.  In addition, we sent a copy by snail mail.  Maybe we will here from them and they will have credited my 9/9 payment.  From now on they can pay the fee for me to use my Discover card.  I will not send another check, nor will I let them automatically charge my credit card.

Thursday.  A few minutes after 7:00, a young man knocked on our door to talk about whether our extended warranty would cover any of the items on our list to get repaired.  He said he would call the company.  Around 10:00, when I was getting ready to clean our windshield, they called and said they were ready to have us come into n express service bay (express means they will do everything on your list that they can get done in three hours).  Bay 32 with Stanley and Jonathan,  they completed everything on our list.  Both living room slides work right (shear pins, new shafts, added fluid, fixed a couple of light switches that were hot, and a few other items).  We still plan to get a new washing machine when we get to FL.  At 2:30 I drove to Bay Diesel to get the chassis lubed.  I decided to pass on the engine oil until next spring  instead of wanting to get it done again within 2K miles.  Tomorrow morning, Nathan is going to install spindles between the passenger side cabinets and the counter top to prevent further sagging.

We are almost done, and will type more later.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saturday & Sunday, October 1&2, 2011

We had decided not to leave yesterday, because the tires spun on the muddy grass.  So this morning we went to WalMart, and since it was a lot drier after lunch, and I put some boards under the back wheels, we were able to pull out onto one of the roads here in the fairgrounds.  After dumping gray water and adding more fresh, we parked close to a 50 amp pole for the night.

We woke up Sunday morning to frost on the top of the Jeep, and the windshield covered with condensation on the inside.


We were on the road about 8:40am, and then stopped at Wal-Mart for diesel fuel at $3.57 per gallon.  So shortly after 9:00, we really got on the road.  Our final stop for the night is at Sam's Club in Bowling Green, KY.