Monday, December 28, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
We are not fishing quite as hard while at Lake Ouachita. Rain, winds out of the East, friends visiting, going to town for supplies and so on and so forth, consumes our days. We have a large rain fly over the fire pit and cooking area which gives us a gathering place around the fire with full coffee cups where we plan our day. Checking the forecast has allowed us to adjust our activities so that between weather events we are cleaning fish, repairing the jugs or cutting firewood.
Meals have been absolutely primo events with all kinds of Dutch oven fine fare. On a personal note, clicking on the photo’s to get a better look can trigger campfire cookery cravings !
Dutch oven treats such as yeast rolls and blackberry cobbler as well as things like racks of ribs barbequed over the campfire have been such a real memorable treat.
With regular fish fry’s scattered through the week, the variation of side dishes has been amazing.
As our campers and fishermen have came and went over the duration of our stay at Big Fir campground, each has brought different skills to the cooking fire and kitchen area.
The clickable video link below gives a quick look around the campfire during a rain shower.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Our boat has sat in our campsite, out of the water, for the best part of a week. Heavy thunderstorms and high winds from the east will capsize our boat where it is tied up at our lakeside campsite. When the National Weather Service sent an alert to our cell phones we knew that it was time to pull the boat out of the water.
That means it is time to pull the bait traps out of the water, repair jugs and other chores around camp so that we will be ready to fish. He, he, now, after three days of rain and storms, none of which amounted to a hill of beans, all is ready to fish and I have gone to looking for things to do around the fiver while it is raining, After five days I have read all of the books from kindle that I have on my tablet. The rain finally quit last night and this morning I am starting the reverse process. Traps are baited up and back in the water, and the boat is ready to launch, when the NWS sends out a lake wind advisory ! There will be gusts up to 30 MPH !
Crud, crap and crim o nettly ! Oh well were’ on the lake, it is a beautiful day and I think I will cut a little firewood because there is nothing quite like the smell of a campfire on the banks of the state’s largest lake !
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Back in 97’ or 98’ while fishing down on Lake Greeson I found a Hickory stick that I liked. It caught my attention because it had been stripped of it’s bark by a beaver. Now, Hickory is a bark that Beaver’s seldom like, so, it caught my eye. The stick was quite long and still pretty green, but it was fairly straight. Naturally I hauled it home and it stood by the fireplace, with me thinking about it, for a couple of years. I had a hiking stick on my mind.
Hickory is well known for it’s strength and being a particularly hard wood when seasoned, and this one was well seasoned. My cool Sister, Candy who is quite the Artist took it home to Centennial Colorado to carve on a bit. And a bit of carving it did take, it is well seasoned Hickory for sure.
The first year she carved a long haired, bearded mountain man on it.
The second year she sculpted a Black Bear on it.
Followed by a silhouette of a Ghost Fish.
Then the nick name that Granma’ gave me.
Who would have thought that a old stick floating in a lake could make such a light, strong, beautiful and very useful keepsake ?
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Sharp eyed mountain folks have always kept a look out for Polk salet early in the spring time. Back in the day, here in the mountains after a long winter, that the main food staple might have been pork that was salted down in a barrel, the early salet sprouts were a real treat. Though now it is more of a tradition, we still look forward to spring time polk salet greens. Betty picked these this morning.
We are camped on the shore of Lake Ouachita, Arkansas’s largest lake, jug fishing. We especially love the polk salet fried up in scrambled eggs.
A word of caution though, after separating the leaves from the stalk, they must be washed, checked for insects, discarding the damaged leaves. Then they are ready to cover with water and bring to a gentle rolling boil, cook until the water turns green and the leaves are tender then drain, rinse and boil again until completely tender. Then drain, rinse and drain completely. Cook in hog jowl or bacon grease until all moisture is gone, then add scrambled eggs to suit. We like onions in with ours.
It sounds like a long complicated and lengthy process but it goes quickly and is well worth the effort.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
One of our most important chores around our fiver each year is the checking of the condition of the solar storage battery bank. Lots of things can go wrong over the course of a year what with all of the miles that we tow. However, strangely enough it is the prolonged stays in the docking port with full hookups that wreak the most havoc on the battery bank.
The coach’s converter provides a constant charge that tries to cook the battery’s to death. Under those conditions the acid level can drop causing the lead plates to loose efficiency.
Keeping the acid level up over the lead plates is done using distilled water. The trick is how to put a accurate stream of distilled water into each cell until it is at the correct level. Needing to add the water in a confined space means that the gallon jug can’t be used. It is just too large.
This Coca Cola bottle’s slim design and small size works out well after a cleaning in distilled water. After each cell in the battery bank is carefully topped off, the next step is to clean and inspect all battery cable connections.
After four years, this connection seems to be working well but corrosion is obvious, meaning that it could loose connection at any time. Yep, it’s time to do some routine maintenance and cleaning ! I wonder, does this qualify as Spring Cleaning ?
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
We are Back home in South West Arkansas. After being out on the road for awhile, we are always behind on chores around the fifthwheeler, dually, Jeep, Boat, and all kinds of other stuff. Today I was changing oil in our generators, we have two of them, a Honda 1000 watt and a Yamaha 3000 watt.
Both are quiet and efficient, but, the thing that amazes me is just how little oil they actually have in them. The actual oil change doesn’t take very long, but, the getting them in and out of the dually, where they are strapped in and locked down to prevent theft, takes awhile.
This little Honda 1000 has had a rough life. Tens of thousands of miles rattling around in the back of our dually, then, run un mercilessly on extended boondocking stays. Yet, regular oil changes keep them both alive and well. Tomorrow, if the weatherman should be wrong, and we don’t get rained out, I’ll start on the boat.
Now, there again, the boat has been in storage in the boat barn, and, it will take a bit to get it out, washed off and ready to start the servicing process that includes a gear oil change in the lower unit.
Have you figured it out yet ? Yep, you know it. We’re getting ready to go fishing !
Monday, February 16, 2015
As Betty and I ran ahead of the ice storm to hole up in our docking port, I thought about how such a serious weather event was handled in different parts of the United States. This week the New England States have been inundated with massive record setting snow fall and ice. As we watch the evening news we are amazed at the sheer mind numbing logistics of keeping travel routes open up there so people can survive.
Here in the South when we get a quarter of an inch, of freezing precipitation, we are really up against it ! The logistical support and the finances for it just are not there. Things just pretty much tend to shut down. Here in S/W Arkansas we only got 1/4 of an inch of ice. Here is a look at Hohenwald Tennessee, where the Oliver Travel Trailer Plant is.
This photo from Robert Partee’s back yard show’s that they got much more than we did here where Betty and I are holed up.
That has got to just absolutely overload local government resources and cause all kinds of School, Church and plant closings. I heard that the Oliver plant may well be down for a few days because rural workers can’t get through on the roads. The County road department is likely struggling with the task of snow removal from the roads.
I guess that what with about half of our Nation under a Winter storm advisory, we didn’t fare too badly here, with only a quarter of a inch of ice.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Overnighting at @ The Houston East RV Resort, located @ 11810 I-10 East of Houston in Baytown, Tx 77532 Our phone number is 479.243.5450 We have appointments to show for the next two days, so come on by and see the beautiful Oliver Legacy Elite II !
Here is the way we look in campsite B-1.
We are the first trailer in the second row.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
At first light, well before the first rays of sunshine splash across the Beach at the back of the Oliver travel trailer. The fishermen and their boats come flying down the intercostal waterway. It is Saturday morning and they are in a hurry, although it is somewhat foggy, to get to that perfect spot where the red fish are “tailing”, and cast their lines. I slip out of bed hoping to give Betty a few more minutes snuggled down deep in the warmth of the comforter, in the morning chill. After shaving, I return for a fresh tee shirt when I see that the wylie Poco has slipped quietly into my warm spot ! Here is a look.
The Intercostal Waterway is a busy place here at Bird Island Basin, down on the Padre Island National Seashore, just South of Corpus Christi Texas. There are wind surfers, fishermen, tug boats with barges, campers and lots of visiting with neighbors. The Canadian Neighbors on one side always have something going on, like his drift fishing rig. And the neighbor on the other side is always surf fishing and reeling in one large fish or another.
As the sunshine burns off the thin layer of fog, I think, it is time for another cup of coffee and some serious lawn chair piloting time !
Friday, January 30, 2015
Absent With Out Leave ! As our last appointment of the day was over, at Mathis Texas, and we took measure of what we needed to do next, we came to a startling discovery ! We were ever so close to the National Seashore just South East of Corpus Christi Texas ! Now, that is where all measuring of what comes next stopped. Right there. Dead in it’s tracks. And a full fledged escape began to happen ! Yep, we went off schedule, off route, played hookey’ and I mean, we went full fledged AWOL ! Here is a look.
In this photo the early morning sun reflects brightly off of the Ollie that we are pulling behind the Pony Express. We slept all night with the windows open, listening to the surf on the beach. A gentle breeze blowing through the windows. It was quiet, really quiet. This morning about sun up, a ICE heilo made a beach patrol pass by us. I snapped this photo as the heilo passed over the visitor center.
Breakfast Burritos with Picante’ sauce ! What a great start to a Beach Escape Day !
After breakfast we will move up to the Malakeet campground, dump tanks, top off with water, then move over to visit with cool Casita friends that are camped at the Bird Island Basin campground over on the estuary, or LaGuna Madre side of the island.
Island camping with the Ollie, it’s the BomB !
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
We had the pleasure of meeting some really great folks while in Grand Prairie, but other appointments were calling on down the road. We had hoped to make San Antonio for the night, but we were able to squeeze in one more showing before hitting the road this morning, so, we made it to Bourne before shutting down for the night. Here is the location. 33000 I-10 Boerne Texas 78006 Call us at 479.243.5450 Exit 543, campsite 147 Come give the astonishing Oliver legacy Elite II a good looking over !
Sunday, January 25, 2015
We will be spending two nights, Sunday and Monday at the Trader's Village RV Park in Grand Prairie Texas 75052 As you turn into the RV Park we are in the first row on the left in campsite # 407. We are shining up the Oliver Legacy Elite II for your visit and are looking forward to seeing you !
Saturday, January 24, 2015
1-24-2015 We are overnighting at the Pavilion RV Park in West Monroe La. 71292 The physical address is 309 Well Road. Their web site is www.pavrv.com
We have ran out of the rain and cold and it is tee shirt weather ! Call us at 479.243.5450 ! We are ready to show you the 2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II !
Friday, January 23, 2015
MERIDIAN MISSISSIPPI, OVERNIGHTING
Left the Montgomery Alabama area in the rain early this morning. Drove in the rain to Meridian Mississippi where we are camped just East of town in a newly renovated KOA Campground. Setup in the rain and it is still raining.
Our physical address is, 3953 KOA Campground road Toomsuba, Ms. 39364. We are in campsite #1 right by the office, come on by and see us ! Wev'e got the coffee pot on and we are ready to show you the beautiful 2015 Legacy Elite II ! Click on the map below for a larger view. Call us at 479.243.5450
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Montgomery Alabama overnighting at K & K campground 1808 I-65 service road E, that is across the river and is near Millbrook, Al Located right by the K & K camping center. Here is the web page link: http://www.kandkrv4u.com/ the coordinates are N 32* 27.329' W 086* 23.000' Call us at 479-243-5450
We are located where pin “C” is at on the map. Click map for larger version.
We are looking forward to your visit !
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Oliver road team has left Florida and is heading North up I-75 to near Macon, Georgia where we will turn West on US Highway 80 which follows, somewhat, the old Dixie Overland Highway, one of America's oldest Paved coast to coast highway...s. This "Heart of Dixie" route will take us all the way to Dallas Texas where we will head South towards the Padre Island National Seashore. There is so much history along this route that we will be going slower than the usual Interstate Highway speeds, so, call us at 479243.5450 and we will show you the 2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II that we are pulling ! Here is a look at our route.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The 2015 RV Super show is in the History Books ! We are North on I-75 at High Springs Florida. Staying at the High Springs RV Park ! Stop in and visit for a spell ! Since we were dry camped in a parking lot, we need to catch up on the usual camping chores of tank fills, dumps, laundry and so on and so forth ! I will be looking for your visit ! Here is a link to the RV Park Reviews listing.
Friday, January 16, 2015
We arrived at the 2015 RV Supershow in Tampa Florida and are having the best time ! There are thousands and thousands of RV’s to see and many cool street performers to watch.
Tram trains cruise the many parking lot’s to give rides up to the entrances.
Poco and I are napping as this tram passes by.
One of the entrance gates.
Riding the tram to the gate.
The half scale wall is at the show.
Betty talking with visitors about the Oliver Legacy Elite II.
This fifthwheel can haul your cycle in a slide out !
Busy days here at the super show. Wish you were here !