Letter Home 10

 

Where we’ve been and what we’ve done, from Lake Charles LA to Destin FL

You can use the timecode links below to jump to a particular section of the video

 

Lake Charles

Twelve Oaks RV Park http://www.twelveoaksrv.com/

Froggeez 0:08

Mud Bugz 0:24

 

New Orleans

Pontchartrain Landing http://www.pontchartrainlanding.com/

Getting lost 1:02

Wandering NO 2:26

Pontchartrain Landing music3:23

 

Destin

Destin West Resort https://www.destinwestrvresort.com/

Getting settled 3:54

Clams! 4:06

Crabs! Reference crab video

Sand Sculptures 4:54

Froggeez! 5:25

Beach Shenanigans 5:54

Squeaky sand & more beach views 7:06

 

 

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The music used is 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner, Fresh Fallen Snow by Chris Haugen, A Dusty Road by Dan Lebowitz and Heavy by Huma Huma

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Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

Crashing waves in silence

Revelle’s River Campground

After staying in the NRQZ for a week, we decided we needed to be closer to civilization for a while.  If nothing else, we needed a grocery store closer than an hour away. We looked at a few places near Elkins WV and chose to stay at Revelle’s River Campground where we camped in the spot shown above. That’s Fay trying to hide behind that skinny tree.

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Good things…

Are going to happen here.

We arrived at our spot in Charlottesville and quickly found this beauty sitting at the corner of our “yard.”
Amanita rhopalopus. Apparently smells of ammonia and rotting meat. We haven’t sniffed it yet. Probably won’t try a spit test either
Yes, we built a little fence around it. Our pet mushroom.

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Tweaking the Netgear Nighthawk MR1100 for RV travel

So, you signed up for an unlimited network plan and while it worked great at first, you’ve moved to a new location and you’re now getting < 1Mbps speeds.

You might think that you need a booster if your signal strength is low or you might be at a complete loss for what to do if your signal strength is ok to good but you’re still getting terrible transfer speeds.

It could be that your router is not quite clever enough and latching onto the LTE bands that are strongest yet provide terrible bandwidth.

This happened to us when out in the wilds of Bushnell FL back in June of 2019.  The first night of our stay we had great signal strength but atrocious throughput.  When we sought out help we were told that yeah, cell access there is just terrible.  We could walk to the opposite corner of the park and probably get a decent signal but everywhere else we could forget it.

Ummm.  No.  We were going to be at the park for a week or two and there was no way we were going that long using our precious limited minutes on our Google Fi plans, from which we got both decent signal and speeds.

I was going to find a way to get something, anything, usable on our unlimited plan from OTR Mobile.  Especially since on the first morning of our stay we had pretty decent speeds.  Until it started to rain at which point bandwidth went into back the toilet.

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West Virginia Touch Me Nots

Thistle Meadow Winery

While on our way to West Virginia from Asheville NC, we stopped for a night at Thistle Meadow Winery in Laurel Springs NC, a member of the Harvest Hosts network.

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The many faces of Chipster

We stopped at Snowshoe in WV yesterday and after walking around for a bit Susan stopped for a photo op with Chip.  He’s always willing to sit or stand for food.  He’s pretty much willing to do anything for food.

The entire lot of photos are over in his gallery but here are a choice few.

Nyah Nyah!
Dog shark!

Erm?

Got food?

Ticklish Mushroom

While wandering around Rutledge Lake RV Park near Asheville NC we ran across a very noisy mushroom.

 

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The music used is 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner, Fresh Fallen Snow by Chris Haugen available from Google https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

 

Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

Well, this day didn’t suck

It was cool and flowery smelling this morning when Michael took Chip out for his morning walk.  Actually it was more accurate to say that Chip made it very clear it was time to go out and walk.  So, walk they did.

There isn’t much to recommend the area for a walk with the boy.  We have a very small RV parking area which has room for 6 rigs.  There’s plenty of grass and smells for the boy but it doesn’t take much time to cover the available territory.

There’s a “residential” street across the highway but even that has enough traffic to make a walk less that totally relaxing.  Residential is in quotes because it’s really a country road with smaller roads or driveways leading to houses, every 50 yards or so and a creek and cow pasture along the way.

On the other hand, we made it out to the local TI and got some much needed information on the largest local attraction, the Biltmore and decided that yes, we should go ahead and make a day of it.  It sounds like we could actually make several days of it.

We were considering going out on our last day at this camp, so we could drive Fay over, they have a lot for RV parking, and Chip could be happy at home while we tour the grounds, yet close enough we could check on him during the day.  We may just limit our Biltmore tour to 5 hrs and leave Fay parked at camp.  We’re not sure yet.

We also dropped by the Folk Art Center and was amazed and came away with a great looking mushroom reference and a strong desire to stay here for a few years.  Fiber, wood, clay, glass and metal arts, oh my!

By late evening we were treated to cloud lightning and lightning bug shows.  The latter were filling the trees around the camp and even going off high above our heads.  It looked like the trees were filled with stars.

Now there’s an impressive rainstorm drumming down on the roof while tree frog stowaways, we still have at least two, sing outside our bedroom.

Nighty night.