Monday, December 5, 2022

We made it through!

Both Waze and the Garmin RV took us this way. We are just under 12' by the way. Since the warning bars didn't brush the top of the RV Pat went for it!

The Bankhead Tunnel runs under the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama. It was built in sections and floated to the proper position, sunk and then joined underwater. It was completed in 1941 for $4 million and is 40' under the top of the water.

I don't remember going down, but Pat said we did. I was busy listening for the top of the RV to rip off. I've seen on TV where that happens and it isn't a pretty sight!

We are really enjoying our Advent calendars! Today's wine has been my favorite so far but all of the wines, cheeses, and chocolates (that one should go without saying) have been great. Pat doesn't care for white wines and I'm sure I heard him say yesterday's white wine was pretty good. I'm not a super fan of white wine either but paired with certain foods I enjoy it. My friend Debbie and I went to a wine pairing class in Quincy, IL many years ago and it showed me white wines in a new light. 

Advent Calendar day 5: Handle With Care Cabernet Sauvignon from Bulgaria, Mediterranean Gouda (earthy olives, sweet basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and spicy garlic) and a Dark Chocolate Ganache from Peru.

We had lunch at the Louisiana Welcome Center.

We're in with the big rigs.

I imagined lots of stories about this shoe.

Thank you to Cracker Barrel in Lafayette, LA for letting us spend the night. 
Where are the Piepers now? Lafayette, LA

Outback Springs

We're facing the wrong way but we have a glimpse of the pond out our dining area windows. Outback Springs RV Resort is a small park without many of the bells and whistles of larger parks. It's also a little cheaper than those bigger parks. Notice I said cheaper, not cheap. Nothing in Florida is cheap! It is owned by a couple from Australia and comes with a little Australian flair. They are currently in Australia and may not be back before we leave at the end of  February.

Tucked in the corner is a small hottub. Pat said the hot tub was hot. The pool? Not so much!

Day 4 of the Advent Calendars brought us Dancing Light a Trebbianco Chardonnay from Rubicone, IGT (Emilia-Romagna region in Central Italy), a Double Gloucester Cheese (made from milk from Gloucester cattle)  and a milk chocolate ganache.
Where are the Piepers? Bonifay, FL

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Cleaning day

Well at least we're getting a start.  Cleaned out the car, Pat is regenerating the water softener (the water here seems a tad hard) and in the RV we cleaned the fan/vents, and the air-conditioner filters. The biggest thing was cleaning under the theater seating.  You can't just scoot it out nor easily vacuum under it, but it is an accumulater. The windows and screens need cleaning, especially after being in sandy conditions, but they will have to wait until we get back from a trip to Houston. 

Advent Calendar Day 3: Winter Getaway a red blend from Portugal, Red Leicester cheese (English cheese made similar to Cheddar but more crumbly with a reddish-orange rind), and a Caramel with a touch of "fleur de sel" de Guerande sea salt (gourmet, delicate sea salt extracted from the salt marshes in the region of South Britanny in France).
Where are the Piepers now? Bonifay, FL

Friday, December 2, 2022

Pat can do just about anything!

Advent Calendar Day 2 consisted of Through The Forest a Pinot Gris from Hungary, Red Pesto Gouda, and a Cappuccino Chocolate.

Today we learned that we need to pull out the wine-of-the-day in the morning in case it needs refrigeration.

Today was toilet replacement day, a 20 minute job, he said. I did not reply. Several hours and 3 stores later it was in with no leaks on the outside and water staying inside the bowl. I mentioned the 20 minute job. Pat said it did only take 20 minutes to put the toilet in, it was fixing the leaks and trying to get water to stay in the bowl that took so long. Whatever! At one point he went outside to turn on the water and I was suppose to watch for leaks. There isn't a lot of room in the bathroom and I'm bent over trying to watch for leaks and a hose size stream starts going everywhere. I yelled loud but when that much water is coming out it seems like it takes forever to turn it off. No leak, he forgot to shut the valve. There were a couple of leaks but we now have a working toilet. Thanks Pat for being able to fix anything!

A standpipe water tower is a ground supported storage tank with a height that is greater than its diameter. They were popular water storage structures from the middle 1800's through the early 1900's. Several are still used.

Standpipe water tower in Tallapoosa, GA built in 1890. Sitting on top of a hill it welcomes visitors and can be seen a mile away.

Across from the water tower stands what started as an entrance to the town and gradually became an outdoor art park. Pat said it's a lot of junk, I see a lot of interesting art.

Where are the Piepers now? Bonifay, FL

Thursday, December 1, 2022

The best part of our trip to Tallapoosa, GA? Family!

Finally, Day 1 of our Aldi Advent treats, a red blend from France, white cheddar cheese, and a chocolate mousse with coffee chocolate. We had our own cheese but split the wine and chocolate.

We went to Tallapoosa, about 40 miles east of Atlanta, to get Koni shocks and a motion control unit for the RV at Safe T Plus Steering Control.  Better yet we got to visit my nephew and Pat's niece. 

We arrived on Tues. and Matt invited us for dinner that night in Marietta, north of Atlanta. Unfortunately his wife Sarah was traveling, but my great nephew Luke kept us entertained! By the way, my brother John had two sons, Mark and Matt. Luke completed their biblical foursome. Luke is 9 and a true joy! Matt prepared a delicious meal. Luke was proud, and rightly so, that he prepared dessert, Orange Blossom Teacakes from Raddish Kids. He even let us have seconds.

What a tree house! What's in the center? A tree of course! It has a slide, rock climber, and according to Luke, a trap door that Daddy bumps his head on. 

Leah is an assistant professor at a university in Atlanta. We met her Weds. for dinner at Atlanta's Chattahoochee Food Works. Located in an historic industrial space it is a 31-vender food court highlighting some of Atlanta's best. It was a new spot for all of us. There were too many choices so we just followed Leah to Belén de La Cruz for Argentinean Empanadas. Then for dessert we headed for cookies at Monster Cravings. Their slogan, "Our cookies are FUN, FRESH. AND DAMN GOOD." They have some interesting flavors. I had a s'mores cookie Weds. and took a chocolate with sea salt for International Cookie Day Dec. 4. 

Chattahoochee Food Works

I was impressed with the stamps they used on the Empanadas. I had chicken and cheese, and my favorite squash and cheese.

No self control! You were right Leah, my cookie I took home for International Cookie Day didn't make it past Thursday.😉

Safe T Plus was all about the customer. From a warm greeting, to a well stocked lounge, to a nice place to park our RV during our stay, they went out of their way to make us feel at home. Their service was excellent, fast, and prompt. We really like their steering control. It makes driving the RV much nicer, or so Pat says. Now the ride will be a little smoother too. If you ever need any of their products PCP1130 will get you $50 off anything you order from, and have installed at, the factory, Safe T Plus.

They were decorated for Christmas and provided snacks and "coke." Coca-cola's headquarters is in Atlanta but in the south a "coke" is generic for any soft drink.

Fortunately Google, and finally Garmin, routed us around this traffic jam. 

Our Aldi Advent calendars.

Where are the Piepers now? Bonifay, FL

Monday, November 28, 2022

Today we got to shop for the fun stuff!

What are your gas prices?

We want to thank Lane Southern Orchard in Fort Valley, GA for being our Harvest Host tonight. Before darkness came there were 3 fifth-wheels and a van joining us. We have repeated stays at only two Harvest Hosts, one being at a winery in Hershey PA and the other here at Lane Southern Orchard.

Not something you want to spend your money on that's for sure! Our current toilet has a built-in water valve that just won't quit leaking. Pat has tried everything and since the valve can't be replaced this was the next step. It's nice to belong to the Thor Diesel Group and the Palazzo group on Facebook because you can get a lot of help. In this case most with our problem ended up giving up and buying a new one too.

We left Brunswick today on a trip to the Atlanta area. A nice drive with some southern sites.

Cotton fields

We missed seeing the trees change this year,  or did we? As we left Brunswick we saw a few pretty trees. Interestingly enough,  considering we were going mostly west and not north, that by the time we got to Lanes Southern Orchard the trees were bare. Maybe different kinds of trees or the pretty ones were that color all year?

Logging trucks

The pecan trees near Fort Valley, GA were bare.

A lot of people were out in the rockers this afternoon enjoying peach shakes, peach cobbler (my choice), fried peach pies (Pat's choice), etc. They have other fruits and pecans too but peaches are the big one.
Where are the Piepers now? Fort Valley, GA