Happy Friday everyone! Wow, actually only a week between posts…I must be coming down with something. It has been a great and busy week, and we’ve put a lot of miles on the truck running back and forth to Wausau for various reasons.
We left you last Friday with some predicted severe weather moving in, but it bypassed us. That seems to happen quite often at this campground. The locals say it is because we are right on Lake Michigan. I don’t know what it is, but I hope this keeps up.
On Saturday, the 23rd, Garreck invited us to his company picnic. He works for Snap On Tools, and they put on one heck of a great show each year. We were lucky enough to attend last year as well. We were also joined for the weekend by one of Ashley’s college room mates, Amy, who we hadn’t seen in many years. It was a great weekend of enjoying each others company and catching up. Let’s get on with some pictures.
All in all, it was a great day, followed by a lot of card playing in the evening. On Sunday morning we joined Ashley’s family for church, followed by more fun and games. The weather was really odd on Sunday. Garreck and I were looking outside, and saw fog rolling in off of Lake Michigan. Their house is only one lot away from the lake so we went and took a look:
That sums up the weekend. On Friday, we got a call from the guy that was refinishing the couch, and he said he was done. We took advantage of a slow Monday to drive the truck up to the Wausau area and pick it up. We spent the night at Terri’s mom’s place. It was an awesome night, and wildlife were out all over. In fact, early on Tuesday morning, we were awakened by two adult and four young Sand Hill Cranes that were right outside the living room window of the house making a serious racket.
We were on the road about noon on Tuesday after going to Terri’s mom’s eye appointment with her, and going out to breakfast. We made it back to Caledonia about 3:30 or so, and got the couch installed.
We are really happy with the results, and Terri is looking forward to making new covers for the window valances now. We were up and at it early on Wednesday, as I had an appointment to get some warranty work done on the truck. The electronic vacuum pump for the brake system was failing, and covered under extended warranty. I got the truck in at about 0800. About 0930, the Ford dealer called and asked of I had added something to the vacuum lines. Why, yes, I have. The supplemental braking systems is “in-line” with the truck system, and provides application of the truck brakes when I am towing it behind the Coach. When I apply the Coach brakes, the air system on the Coach activates the brakes in the truck. They informed me that the new pump has different lines, and they would not be able to reconnect my supplemental braking system due to liability issues. They said they were able to disconnect my parts and zip tie them under the hood. Some things are never easy, are they? I made a quick call to SMI, Inc., the manufacturer of my Air Force One braking system, and they were awesome! They are a small family run business out of Indiana, and their tech support is outstanding. Boyd was the tech I dealt with, and he sent me pictures and graphics of what I would need to do once I got back to the camp ground. The pictures and graphics he sent were quite different from the set up I have, so I sent him some pictures, and he was able to overlay graphics to indicate what needed to go where. Here are some shots of the ordeal.
That pretty much took care of Wednesday. Yesterday was a cleanup day. I stripped all of the caulk off of the top of the slide out awnings where they attach to the roof and applied new caulk. You need to keep an eye on the caulk all over the Coach to prevent leaks and such. That took a few hours, but all got done. Terri spent a lot of time organizing in the Coach.
Today, we are headed up to the Wausau area to see family and friends and will be staying at Terri’s mom’s house once again. We will head back down on Sunday.
That about covers things for now. As always, we hope you are Happy, Healthy, and Living Your Dreams!!!