This is a tale of the true life of a Fulltimer even in the Keys. We seem to have left our charmed life at the bridge from Homestead. Rain, extreme winds, destroyed camera and now…………
This morning we take our time with breakfast and the last of the pack up for our move 12 miles North to Long Key State Park. We’re in no hurry since check out time here is 1:00 and check in time there is 3:00.
Finally at 12:40 we decide to pull in the slides and bring up the jacks. I try to start to bring in the slides and nothing happens. Nothing but clicking. GREAT – we have 15 minutes now to find the problem, fix it, bring in the slides, bring up the jack including the lazy one that we are still having to crowbar up most of the time, get the blocks out from where they were under the blocks, brush the sand off of them, put them away, put the dolly on the RV and get out of the site.
I think the battery is dead. What in the world would cause that? David tries this and that and discovers that the house battery boost isn’t working. Finally he concedes that we’ll have to jump the rig with Ruby. It’s now 1:00. Getting Ruby in place so that the jumper cables will reach the engine battery under the steps is a real trick but after a few tries we manage without scraping either Ruby or Winnona against each other.
When he opens the battery compartment we find that someone has started a nest. We aren’t sure if it was started recently here or at Bahia Honda before we left there. The nest builder doesn’t seem to have chewed any wires thankfully.
We are only about 10 minutes late getting out of the site and to the dump station. We arrive at Long Key at 2:00 but of course they want us to wait until 3:00 to check in. So we go around to the day use area and pull over and have lunch.
I do love that in a Class A you can just get up from the driver’s seat and walk back to use the bathroom or the kitchen. SO nice!
When we pull into site 24, we find it is sloped and we’ll have to use the horse mats under the back tires. We dig a little trench under the front tires and when we go inside to level the coach we find amazingly that those two things have made the coach level as it sat. All we have to do is put down the jacks.
Some good luck we think, after our earlier problem. Then when we go to plug into the electric box, we find that big ants have invaded our remote display for our Progressive Industries EMS. Ewwww!!
David didn’t notice them when we did our hurried exit earlier today. No reason to look at the remote then but he does look at it when we plug in here. They are all over and inside the box.
I hate chemicals but in this situation, we have no choice, I spray the compartment and then all around the tires and the jacks. I spend a while trying to get the now dead ants out of the remote and succeed mostly. But when we hook it up, it no longer works. Like the camera, we will have to replace it. The EMS system is working and that’s good news since it has saved us and our electronics many times. We just can’t see what’s going on.
Other good news is that our site, and all the sites at Long Key, have fantastic ocean views. We’ll have the sounds of the ocean all day and all night such as they are in the Keys with the calm waves. The down side is that the campground is also right on US Highway 1 and the highway noise comes and goes all night and all day too.
Our neighbors are here to greet us when we pull in and we’re looking forward to getting to know them all well.
Because I have no camera and David doesn’t always use his, we have no pictures of setting up our holiday decorations today. But we do have one picture of our progress thus far.
The day is spent with me ordering a new camera after taking my Canon out of the rice and finding that it simply will no longer even turn on. It won’t even be a Yule present becasue Carrie is coming on Saturday and I have to have a camera by then. Thanks to Amazon Prime the “refurbished by Canon” SX50 will arrive on Wednesday. The cost of a new one has gone up considerably in the two years I’ve owned mine.
David spends some time on the phone with Progressive Industries over replacing our remote under the life time warranty. They want a receipt for the purchase. We should have kept that receipt with the other papers on the EMS but we instead kept it with the receipts for the month we purchased it which was in 2010. Of course we no longer have those credit card receipts. Who has room to store 5 years worth of receipts?
BUT amazingly we purchased it from RV Upgrades and when we call them on the outside chance that they would have it somewhere in their system, we work with a simply wonderful representative Cheyenne who really goes above and beyond to do what she can to find the receipt. They have of course replaced their accounting system in those 5 years and the records are not readily available so this is an ongoing saga of trying to get the remote replaced under the warranty. Stay Tuned.
By now I have developed a morning routine. I am out at 6am in the dark walking the campground road to the end circle and from there out onto the beach. I walk as far south as I can go and then turn back north to the day use area as I watch the colors in the sky increase and then decrease as the 7:00 sunrise approaches. The Nikon sunrise pictures are too disappointing to use but this one of Ruby decorated isn’t too bad. Although you can’t see her entry door outside lights.
When I return after sunrise, David is up and preparing to go for his walk. While he is gone I do 45 minutes to an hour of Yoga and then we have breakfast. Still no camera, so no pictures but that all changes later today when the camera arrives. Now I’ll have it for our next trip to Key West tomorrow.
In the afternoon we take the kayaks out to paddle north along the coast of Long Key. I get all the way to within sight of the bridge to Islamarada but David turns back before that but I’m able to catch him on the trip back.
The water is a little choppy but not bad. We encounter the usual suspects, the black crowned night heron, the snowy egret, the comorant, the little blue heron.
But sticking close to the banks we also find some new characters like these lovely tree snails.
We also encounter some not so fun characters like these Portuguese man of war. Beware,as interesting looking as they are, especially being blue in color and having that long tail, they sting.
We paddle through a field of little red mangrove shoots at the beginning of creating another island.
Another nice day on the water and nothing was lost or broken. Tomorrow is a Key West day and I have no idea what we might do. Thanks David for the paddle pictures.