Thursday, January 27, 2011
An early start
After sitting in one spot for over a month, a certain pattern develops. In our case, this seems to be getting up at no particular time, taking care of the essentials, Anneke’s exercise class, maybe some WII exercise for me and giving the computers a workout. Then we make up a plan for the rest of the day. So when Carpenter RV in Pensacola called and said that the part for the Norcold recall had arrived and it would be great if we could get there by 8 AM today, our pattern was busted. Setting the alarm for 6 AM, we managed to get underway in time to make it the 50 miles or so to the dealer with time left over to top off the diesel tank at the station almost next door to the RV place. One of us had more problems than the others in adjusting to this new operating mode.
Carpenters also looked at the small water leak in our windshield. Winnebago is famous for these leaks and the difficulty in repairing them. Since ours is in the minor stage, we are trying a simple caulk repair. We will hope for the best.
After drinking all the free coffee we could handle, we were out of the facility at 0930. That was one of our shortest repair stops ever.
With some time in reserve, we decided to head to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. This area is a large expanse of beach covered with the famous emerald sand of Northwest Florida. We enjoyed an almost deserted beach along with lunch and a great view of the Gulf of Mexico. Only Halley was prohibited from walking the beach, but since she is scared of the water, this was not a major disappointment.