Friday, September 19, 2014

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

Going to the balloon festival in Albuquerque, NM.. 
I will be there Oct. 4-13 then moving on to Santa Fe.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Foretravel Dining Table Upgrade

Foretravel offered 3 dining arrangements; booth, J bench with sliding table top or table and chairs.  We liked the booth idea although the space for your feet below, was very tight.

The coach I bought had the J bench arrangement, which I liked the least, but it is what came with the coach I bought.

Soon, after much frustration with the sliding table arrangement, I began sketching out ideas for a new table.  The existing table only allowed about 10-12" for someone to squeeze into the seat at the aft end, whether the table was pushed in or out.
 ....the blue tape was the conceptual new table .
 If the slide was in, the table had to be pushed in towards the seat so someone can walk for and aft in the coach.  This left NO space to sit except awkwardly at the corners.

 If the slide was extended, you would normally slide the table top towards the isle for more seating room, but even then seating was uncomfortable.

While at Foretravel factory this winter, I began sketching ideas for a table with some similar characteristics of the one I built for my sailboat.  One that could flip, drop or twist, for any needs.

I kept it simple but it works!

The main idea was to have a constantly good seating position at the table whether the slide was in or out.  Secondly, the table surface area could be doubled for full table benefits.

I bought a sheet of 4' x 8' furniture plywood and a similar sheet of Formica that would match the Corian counters now in the coach, from Lowes.

Joe Griffin, a friend, came over to help out.  I cut the plywood into two 16" x 44" panels and then softened the outer long sides with a 3/8" gentle curve facing the seat and rounded the outer corners with a 2.5" radius.  Also, pre-bent the Formica with heat, to prevent cracking of it when applying to the outer rim.

All went well.  Used the existing pedestal as the tables base, but added 4" in length to the table and always allowed 16" from seat back to table .  This now allows comfortable seating.

Secured one section of the plywood to the pedestal and using a piano hinge (continuous hinge) secured the other one on top, so it could be folded out towards the isle.

To support the leaf that would be flipped towards the isle, I bought a piece of 4" x 12" x 3/4" walnut online, and used my router to pretty it up!

It lifts into position to support the extended table top and itself is supported by two 10" Drop Leaf Supports. (national hardware V1896  N249-250)

another job done.....................

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Telford Hotel music night

A week ago I took a break to eat lunch at a small luncheonette on the crossroads of Old Hwy 90(E/W) and 136(N/S) in Wellborn, Florida.  While there,  I noticed a flyer for 2 Peruvian guitarists who were to play at the very old Telford hotel in White Springs, Florida not far away.

 White Springs is the home of the Stephen Foster State Park.......a tribute to him and is "Way down upon the Suwanee River" etc.
 Carillon Tower, play the keyboard several hours per day. 
 Spacious RV/tent sites, offer table and fire pit as well.

 I walked about 4 miles of trails through the woods.

 Morning light................

 Suwanee River is low right now, yet 50 miles is overrunning it's banks due to high rainfall.

Anyway, I love
 immediately booked 2 nights at the park's campground, invited some friends for dinner and the show.
....Game on!

Wonderful evening! Ckick to PLAY this video~!

Wonderful Music...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jazz Night

Received a call from an old friend that he and other of my musician friends were going to get together  for a night of jazz jamming in Clearwater, Florida.

I packed up and got there!

This clip is of Ron Reinhart on keyboards, his kid brother Dave on drums, Gumbi Ortiz on conga's(lower left), Ted Shumate on guitar and Tim George on bass guitar/both off to the right.

Turn up your sound!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gilla Cliff Dwellings, N.M.

A few years ago, we decided to visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings recognized as the Gila Wilderness National Monument. We were not let down by the surroundings or the cliff dwelling themselves.
                                                     Lake Roberts

The drive in to the remote area can be taken on Route 15 directly north from Silver City, N. M. or a round about Route 35, which is safer for vehicles longer than maybe 25'. Tight turns on old roads, with overhanging trees make 15 fine if your in a car or small RV and that is the road I took in 3 years ago. Now however, driving a 40' RV and towing a car, I chose the longer, milder, Route 35.

The views going in were beautiful and more so as I gained altitude in the mountains.

Roads began to get steeper as you can see here! Steep climbs and descents.

                                                    in 3rd gear.

 and the signage warned well in advance of any 'interesting' road conditions.

I'll let the signs speak for themselves.

Well, with one exception. Many turns had no guard rails and if lucky there was an ''arrow” alerting drivers which way the road was going to go. On this one turn...they added a bright red and white reflector...for those asleep at the wheel and don't understand a mere arrow!

 It was at least a few hundred feet down, if someone drove straight.

The drive is 40 miles and it normally takes about 2 hours. I took a bit longer as I often took time for photos.
Wildlife sometimes are on the road, so care has to be taken for them and cattle that free range out here.  To try to keep them within some boundaries, Cattle Guards cross the roads on perimeters.
Cattle won't cross these openings across the roads.

Once at the Visitor Center, I took time again to view the display area. Places like this are special and getting a feel for it's history as it relates to the world geologically or early human life here, always intrigues me.

The Apache jar, sealed with pine pitch.

A simple sandal worn by some Indian.

Once I got the rig parked, Pete, my pooch and I took a walk along the stream bed. It seems that back in September, there was a massive flood in this region, toppling old growth and washing out millions of tons of sediment in the streams.

I came across this fused section of mammal bone material, on a low bar mid stream, that because of the placement of it, was one of the last items washed from an embankment. Not sure what it is, but I'll be researching it. It's not bear, elk, deer, moose etc. , I've checked.

The 3 vertebral sections are fused and the last one is quite different.

The next day, I was at the entrance for the hike up to the Cliff Dwellings early. Arrived at the top relaxed and already took many photos. Early morning is so quiet up here....except for the sounds of birds. They are everywhere.

Had a nice chat with the gent who was to offer the tour of the dwellings.

At one time, ranchers wishing to drive out Apaches, burned all organic material within these cliff dwellings  and destroyed most of the pictographs..  Above is what is left of ?

These cliffs were the result of several different volcanic flows.  Within this layer, can be seen small bits of rock within a material that was liquid at the time...then hardening to this solid layer.

Spent about 2 hours up there and on my decent, noticed lizards warming up on the rocks and a butterfly/moth landing on rocks that had moss or ?

 The same color as it's wings.

Down below at base camp, called the Upper Scorpion, I hiked several of the trails that were still walkable. Again, the floods damaged many of the hiking trails and unless you wanted to cross streams several times, hiking was limited.

However, I found a couple of interesting items... One, a man made 2 room shelter under a rock overhang.

Inside, it was no more than 4' high and there was evidence of a cooking fire having charred the ceiling of one section.

At another location, pictographs were still visible on a section of rock face that had collapsed, leaving only broken fragments and a picture puzzle.

Stayed for 4 days, then moved on. Very relaxing and Pete loved all of it.

He gets excited when I'm driving and he even 'thinks' there are animals to see. Horses, cattle, goats, antelope, rabbits...he doesn't care, he just loves the 'looking'.