When we first got to Florida in December, after several months of working hard at Amazon, we initially thought we would just kick back and relax a bit. In a sense, we’ve done that…but we have also used the time to get several much needed projects completed. Diana has been taking care of paperwork, and preparing some very delicious meals. I’ve been tackling many of the maintenance projects we’ve needed to get done, which I’m about halfway through. We have made it a point to head to the beach as often as possible, so as to not miss any good beach weather. So far, the weather has been extremely kind to us!
On New Years Day, we headed one hour south to Summer Crush Winery (formerly Endless Summer Winery) in Fort Pierce for their New Years Day celebration. We visited them last year as part of the Harvest Hosts. They have made a few improvements and are bringing in some big name acts, so we plan on making a few more trips down there.
This is our 4th of the last 5th New Years that we’ve been in Florida, and it still seems surreal to us seeing people in summer clothes in January.
The Uproot Hootenanny Band provided the lively entertainment for the day. 😎. The base fiddle player reminded me of our friend Greg Young. I kept looking to see if his wife Cori was in the audience.
We also made a separate trip to Fort Pierce to pick up Honeybell tangelos from our favorite fruit stand, Ace High.
Their harvest was a bit smaller this year, due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew, but what was left was delicious!
We also visited the National Navy SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce. SEAL stands for sea, air, and land. This is a very well done collection on the property of the original training grounds for the Navy’s elite frogmen. Outside there is watercraft, some of which you can go inside. There is also an obstacle course that children are able to explore under their parent’s supervision. Inside there is a very educational movie on the history of the SEALs, and several exhibits of weapons and gear that they have used through the years. Be warned that the movie at the beginning is about two hours long. We didn’t plan for this, so we were rushed to see the actual displays as a result. When we got back to the car we discussed how military museums leave us with mixed feelings. We certainly honor this elite military team and all of our nation’s service men and women, and we appreciate their defense of our country’s freedom. We also feel uncomfortable when war is glorified or presented in an action/adventure sort of way, as we found in a few instances here and at a few other facilities. If you find military museums to your liking, this one is worth your time. Our admission was $10 per person. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4, and are closed on Mondays.
One of the maintenance items we’ve taken care of thus far are front brakes on both vehicles. The Escape was just a matter of taking the front wheels off, removing the calipers and replacing the pads. The truck was a bit more involved, as the left front caliper that my friend Rod and I replaced last January was defective and not working properly. It consistently read 20 degrees hotter than the other side, and there was more wear on the inside brake pad. Luckily it was still under warranty, so I changed that out as well.
I also washed and waxed the fifth wheel. Waxing is a bigger job than it sounds on a 2007 rig, as the Fiberglas sides had oxidized a fair amount. The system I used included an oxidation remover, which required a lot of elbow grease! It’s done and it looks fabulous. If you don’t believe it, just ask me. 😉 (My mom would have said, “Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back.” 😀Diana)
In addition, our auto-slider Pullrite SuperGlide hitch needed some maintenance.
The biggest issue was that the old tracking roller (the one to the left with the smaller nut) had come loose. Had it fallen out, we could have lost control of the trailer. The new roller (to the right) has a castle nut and cotter pin to prevent that from happening. Other than that, it needed a few minor adjustments to tighten up some of the play in the hitch travel.
Oh, and then our refrigerator decided to quit on us. A few quick readings with a multimeter showed that it wasn’t getting any 12-volt power. Luckily it turned out to be a blown fuse. 😀. Thank goodness it wasn’t a fried circuit board, as this run over $100, and there are two of them.
The only maintenance projects left are to replace the rear brake shoes on the Escape and all of the brake shoes on the trailer. That should be finished up in the next week or two, which leaves us the rest of the winter to play!
Stay tuned to see what we are up to next! 😎😎
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