We left the park this morning, and I was happy for that. This was a park that I would not return to. I don't want to share all my complaints, but this park fell far short of what I consider to be minimal standards. It's not at all what we expected. So if you are ever on the road and see Ellie Ray's RV Resort, just keep looking!
It was a beautiful sunny day, nice for driving. We had to go about 100 miles south to Dade City, FL, to Withlacoochee River Park. This is a county park, nicely maintained. Once you get used to saying the name, it's a little gem of a campground for RV's and tenters. It covers some good acreage, and has playgrounds and kayak/canoe access to the river. There are some big parking lots for day use. It's mostly thick with trees and shrubs and vines, but also some open meadow areas. The campsites for RV's are limited, and they are scattered among the trees so there is some privacy. One step off the trail and it's a jungle out there!
We needed to pick up a few things, so after parking and setting up the trailer, we took a drive. We wanted some firewood, and it's not sold in the park but they do send people to a guy nearby who cuts and sells wood. So we followed the GPS down some twists and turns and found the wood. Then we turned our attention to groceries, and found a Publix market to pick up some provisions. Tonight we played Rummikub, which isn't ideal with only 2 players, but we still make it work. It's a game much better played with a group of 4 or more.
It was raining this morning, so we took some extra time to sleep and be lazy! Something weird was going on with the furnace. It had been running occasionally during the night, but we keep it at 60 for sleeping so it was not overworked. It ran when we first woke up and set the thermostat higher, but then we noticed it wasn't keeping up to that. We could hear it start to run but then shut off before producing any heat. We checked for propane flow by lighting the stovetop burners, and that was fine. Bob did need some time to "research" the problem, which means time spent on YouTube and Airstreamers Anonymous (Facebook group full of information) and lastly, look at the instruction book. Because, guys don't need instructions, even if they have never seen that appliance before. Don't get me started!
I was ready to go outside and hold an umbrella while he opened the furnace compartment. He had also checked the propane tanks (we have 2) and found that one propane tank was empty. When that happens it is supposed to automatically start pulling from the other tank. It was apparently pulling enough for the stove, or burning gas in the line, but not enough for the furnace. Bob flipped the valve to the full tank and the furnace started working normally. Good thing, since it's a cooler day with highs in the 50's. We'll need to get that valve checked out. For today, Bob gets the gold star for repair man!
Bob walked around the park in the rain and I politely declined his offer to accompany him. I stayed in and worked on some sewing and cleaning and a supper that's one of our favorites. Fettuccine with chicken chunks(from a roasted chicken), cherry tomatoes, pesto (from our own garden), kalamata olives and a bit of shredded parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper and dig in!
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