Grizzly at Mary Bay Yellowstone Lake

Friday, January 28, 2011

First (RV) Flat Tire Experience

This flat tire experience wasn’t near as bad as some of the horror stories I’ve heard. If there is a good time for a flat this one was it.

I had brought the rig home from storage in preparation of taking it to have the Norcold recall fix taken care of. As I got out of the rig I had this little voice say “check the tires” before you go inside.

Sure enough the passenger rear inside tire was down to 60 lbs. So I took it to a local auto repair shop and had it aired up knowing I would be at Camping World in the morning.

Next morning tire had lost 20 lbs of air. Good, a slow leak. When I get to Camping World I will be able to get it fixed there.

Upon arriving at my appointed time I ask if they could repair the tire with a slow leak. Now comes the dreaded response “we don’t do tire repair”. They sell you tires but don’t want to fix them?

Now I call my handy Coach Net road side service to find out where in the area I could get a RV tire repair. After a few questions a tire store just a couple of miles from my hose will do the repair work.

After the Norcold fix and more air into tire I go to the repair shop and get the slow leak back to a no leak tire. After watching all the work that goes into an inside tire repair I had visions of a hefty repair bill. Upon check out the bill came to $25! I wouldn’t begin to wrestle those 2 tires on or off the rig for that money. I paid and said thank you very much.

So if you are in Austin and in need of tire repair go to A to Z Tire Shop on south 1st street. Need to call them to get directions.

Sorry no photos. Couldn’t see any excitement of a flat tire picture.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hill Country Visit


Caribbean Cowboy

After much a-do we have our trip under way. We are spending a few days at the Caribbean Cowboy RV Park in the Hill Country.  This is a small park, secluded and very quiet.

Dianna, Pidge and DonDianna, Pidge & Don chatting









Today we met Pidge & Don from the The Frugal Travelers for lunch at the Lost Maples Cafe in Utopia, TX.  We follow each others blog and having a face to face get together is a real treat.  We did a lot of talking about our families, RV’ing and RV future plans.

After talking with Don & Pidge it seems they really enjoy their RV life and are excited with their travels. Thank you both for an enjoyable lunch and safe traveling.











Update on the Alpha WiFi amplifier.  After getting set up here in the park we were able to connect to the internet.  We had a weak signal with only one and two bars.  This called for the Alpha amplifier.  What a nice difference.

WiFi signal before connecting Alpha amplifierBefore

Signal with amplifier connectedAfterr

With solid 4 and 5 bars I’m pleased with the performance and now have the Alpha amplifier as part of my WiFi arsenal.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 10, 2011

WiFi Security - a Pandora’s Box

This was on the morning news and it grabbed my attention because all of us that use WiFi could be at risk. Below is the 2 1/2 minute news clip. It’s not long and it says a lot.

You don’t have to be a geek to be a cyber hacker anymore. Anybody that can install Firefox and an app called “Firesheep” is in the cyber hacking business.

We as RV’ers use WiFi a lot so we need to be extra careful on what we do on a WiFi network and what kind of network we use.

In the news clip officer Chip Riley used Twitter and Facebook as examples of vulnerability. A full time RV’er may use more web sites than those. We may want to access our bank/broker account or a private web site for our photography, hobby or craft activities.

Those of you that offer WiFi to others, please please make sure that you are offering a secure network not a Pandora’s Box. It’s easier to secure your network than install a web browser. Don’t allow your network to be access for a cyber hacker.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Memorable 2010

Happy New Year! 1/1/11
Another decade and another year has ended. My new year’s resolution for 2011 is not to make any. If I was to make a list you would have to scroll this page way too much. Plus it would be a bunch of things I wouldn’t accomplish in 2011. I like the way things are going now.
We started 2010 by attending the Discovery Texans January rally in Mason,TX. Sure was surprised at the number of Discovery's in one place.
In February we had the good fortune of meeting Laurie and Odell on their annual travel through Texas.
Just a few days later we meet Kirk and Pam who were volunteering at Government Canyon State Natural Area.
Kirk and Pam
April has us in Colorado Springs. We love the southwest at any time of the year.
Pike Peak
This trip we stayed in the same RV park and same space as our last trip. Our last stay was with our Trailer. What a difference in RV’ing!
May and June were excursions to Festivals and Market Day outings.
Pecan Street Festival - Inka Wayra
Wildflower Seed Farm Windmill

July was down to the coast for some summer time enjoyment.
The Humming Bird Festival in Rockport made a memorable September trip. If you’re into humming birds and in the area this is a must see event. Yes, it was raining that day.
October was renewing old friendships and the Farmers Market in Dallas.
In November we had a nice leisurely trip to Mississippi and Louisiana.
Christmas Day dinner with family.
We're hungry!
That was our year in a nutshell. We sure enjoyed it and are looking forward to our Travels and Experiences in 2011.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing 2010 with us.