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#61 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted February 04, 2014 - 03:49 AM

I guess it's time for an update :D

 

We are in a campground in Naples, FL, and planning on crossing the 'Glades either tomorrow, or the next day.

 

The Rainmaker is pretty much shipshape now, but it did take two trips to the 'Doctor'.

 

We found a pretty good service shop and they ordered the cover for the A/C.  When we went in to have it put on, the fella at the shop said that with the deductible on the warranty ($500.00), it would be best if we took care of as much at one time as we could.

 

With that we decided to replace the TV Antenna, as it has always been a real pain to rise and lower.  The gearbox was in pretty bad shape, so we had it replaced with a new antenna which is designed for the 'new' digital signal.  It rises and lowers just great now, plus it will actually rotate, which the old one didn't.

 

The in dash radio had never worked, so we had them install a new one that I had bought late last fall.

 

 They also fixed the leaking water line to the icemaker in the refrigerator.  I just had them bypass it as that was the easiest thing to do, as we never use the icemaker anyway.

 

The motor in the front roof air was making some noise when it first started.  Sounded like a bearing/bushing needing attention, so we had that replaced as well.

 

Waiting for parts meant that we had to wait over the weekend, so we went to a campground that they recommended.  That was a mistake.  It wasn't as nice as the one we were staying in, and $20.00 a nite more expensive.

 

After we finally got everything fixed, we went back to the 'original' campground and stayed there through SUN so we could watch the Superbowl.

 

While we were there, the water filter under the sink 'puked it's guts out'.  I was going to put some water in the cat's dish and what came out of the faucet was black!!!.  Then it stopped flowing all together.

 

So, bright an early on MON, we were off to Camping World for a new filter.  Once I installed that, and cleaned out a screen in the faucet head, all is well again.

 

We got down to Naples and I think that we will stay here another night, and then head across the 'Glades, and then down to the  Everglades National Park near Homestead.

 

One very interesting thing happened on the drive to here.  I looked up and saw a B-24 on departure from the local airport!.  I don't know which one it was, as there are two of them that are airworthy.

 

All in all, it's been a great trip so far, and I'm not missing all the cold weather back home  :D :D :D


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 07:58 AM

Make the most of those deductibles! 

 

That would be amazing to see the plane take off.  I love WW2 planes.  .

I like google.  Thought this was interesting.  18,482 built, only 2 left air worthy...the price to build them then and now!  Holy crap

 

 

Number built 18,482 Unit cost
$297,627 ($4.72 million in today's dollars)[2][3]

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 08:50 AM

Turns out that the CAF is in town, and that one it the one painted as "Witchcraft".

 

I was hoping that the B-29 "Fifi" was here, but they say that it will be here in March.

 

I'll be long gone by then though :(



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Posted February 05, 2014 - 09:50 AM

Have you ever stopped at Wright Patterson Air force museum in Dayton, Ohio

Well worth the trip if you like old planes.  I always enjoy going there so much.

 

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

 

This is my favorite one to see

 

http://www.nationalm...heet.asp?id=527


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 09:07 AM

I couldn't even guess how many times that I've been to the WPAFB Museum.  I first went there when I was just a young lad back in the late 50s when it was over in Fairborn, OH.

 

We are in Homestead FL this morning, and getting ready to make a run down to Key West, just to say that we were there :D :D :D

 

Yesterday we came across the Tamiami Trail (RT 41) to get here.  We did that rather than taking I-75 as we could take our time and look at the scenery. 

 

Along the way we spotted this sign in a number of locations.  Not something that you would see anywhere but here.

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We stopped at the big Welcome Center and I took a few pics. There was an elevated walkway alongside a canal where there were a number of gators, and other wildlife.  With Polarized sunglasses you could see a lot of fish near the surface.  Noticed a lot of Gar along with Brim and some Bass.
 
Here's some pics of a couple of the 1/2 dozen + Gators that were there as well.
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There were some Anhinga there as well.  I did manage to get a good pic of one in a tree
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 It's a diving bird, and not too easy to get a pic of when they are in the water, as they dive pretty quick after surfacing. I took a lot of pics trying to get one in the water and ended up with a lot that looked like this
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However I persevered, and did get this
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Turns out that the Anhinga's method of fishing is not with out it's peril, and that the hunter can become the hunted
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We went on our way and stopped a bit later at an "Indians separate the tourists from their dollars" village.
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Where I got a good pic of a decent sized turtle.  I'd guestimate that his shell was a foot or so in length.
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Well, it's time to batten down the hatches and head out.  More later.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 04:31 PM

I take it that was not a 'petting zoo'!



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Posted February 06, 2014 - 08:43 PM

I guess it cold be, if you didn't mind looking like Capt. Hook :D :D :D

 

We went down the Keys, and then back today.

 

Stopped at a waterside Reasturant/fish store and had some really good seafood.

 

We were originally going to stay the night down there, but it was danged near impossible to find a campground with any open spaces.  We did find one, but we decided that $110.00 a night was just a wee bit more than we are willing to pay.

 

We ended up back in the same site in the same campground that we were in last night.

 

I guess we will be heading back to central FL for a bit, and maybe stay in the Showcase of Citrus campground again.

 

It's close to the one thing that I have definitely scheduled to do before we go back home.  It's a huge item on my bucket list, and it's too good a chance to pass up.

 

I won't say what it is, but, it will be done in Polk City, FL.  Those that have been around here for awhile might be able to give a good guess if their Google Fu is strong  :D :D :D



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Posted February 06, 2014 - 08:46 PM

Steph said she should have stowed away in your RV.



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Posted February 06, 2014 - 09:33 PM

...give a good guess if their Google Fu is strong  :D :D :D

 

:watch_over_fence:   FantasyFlight.jpg ??


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 05:09 AM

Close. but no ceegar  :D :D :D



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Posted February 07, 2014 - 06:22 AM

Gonna take a flight in a bi-plane?


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 07:49 AM

Gonna take a flight in a bi-plane?

 

Yep!

 

http://www.waldowrights.com/stearman/

 

And, I WILL be getting the video :D :D :D


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 09:17 AM

Have fun! Make sure the seat belt is tight!



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Posted February 07, 2014 - 09:23 AM

That's a given :D

 

I fly sailplanes and having your seatbelt/shoulder harness TIGHT is a must.

 

Thermals can get pretty turbulent, and you don't want the top of your heat smacking the canopy.

 

It doesn't do the canopy any good, and it hurts as well  :D :D :D


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Yep!

 

http://www.waldowrights.com/stearman/

 

And, I WILL be getting the video :D :D :D

You going to put the dash cam on the propeller.

 

 

I would love to go up in one.






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