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Old 02-12-2024, 08:27 AM   #41
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[QUOTE=DutchmenSport;1288108]No. Those corners have a lot of open space to move. It does rub a rubber seal on the bottom (inside the wall of the trailer), but it has enough spring / sponginess to it, it will slide over it with no problem. /QUOTE]

Okay, good! I think mine's probably worse than yours, but hopefully I can figure it out.
 
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Old 02-12-2024, 04:15 PM   #42
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That was a lot of damage to the slide for only being 4-5 years old. It should have been solid for at least 3 years you would think, so only 1-2 years of leaking.

And as to mpg, I have a 2012 so same engine. I do get around 19-21 mpg on our freeways driving at 62 - 65. Mesa is pretty level and you can see the mpg go down on even slight grades. I have never taken it for a road trip tho! LOL
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Old 02-16-2024, 07:45 AM   #43
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Today is Feb 16. Yesterday was our half-way point! 6 weeks over, 6 weeks to go. The time sure is flying here.

OK, another update. Thank goodness, the weather has finally warmed up. Nights are in the upper 40's and days are hovering near 70. It rains about every 4 or 5 days it seems. About the time things get good and dried out, it rains again. Some of the flowering trees are beginning to bloom now, the moss on the ground has turned from a dull brown to a neon green! It's so bright, it doesn't even look real. Flowers are beginning to pop-up a little too now. We talked to my son back home in Indiana and he said the weather there is just COLD! I'm glad we're here now!

I've been doing tours of the Oakley House on Wednesday's and Friday's, and "they" started me on a new project. It seems they need an inventory of every item (actually in the park), but the focus is currently on the plantation house. Not just a list of what's there, but it's size, dimensions, and anything about the item that can be recorded. So, every spoon, every dish, ever candle stick holder has to be recorded and then photos taken of it. From what I understand, others have made attempts, but before the job was over, either a computer crashed, or the person working on that project moved on to a different job. So, I'm giving it my best shot. It puts me in the house every day, for about 6-7 hours when I'm not doing tours or running the grocery store. Getting up close and THAT personal with all of these historic artifacts is really quite interesting. I never in a million years imagined I'd ever be doing something like this.

So, here's the latest story, and the back drop is the "inventory."

There are 2 rooms in the Oakley house that existed in every plantation house. The dining room and the butler's pantry.

In the dining room, dirty dishes, cast iron pots, Dutch oven pots, and cookware would never, ever be brought into the dining room and the occupants would never be served directly from the dirty pots. No no.

Food was prepared in an outside kitchen over an open hearth fire place. Yes, dirty fire soot covered pots. The pots would have been brought into the butler's pantry and the food then placed on the plate. THEN the enslaved person would bright the dish (plate) with the food on it to the dinner table.

Now you know what the function of the butler's pantry was for.

On display in the Oakley house, on the dining room table is a little white cone shaped "thing" called a "sugar hat". This "sugar hat" is made of cane sugar and egg white. It's placed in a mold and hardened. Once hard, it's removed from the mold and placed on the table. The cone was passed around and a pair of "nippers" (or scissors) was used to cut off a chunk of the sugar and it would be dropped in your beverage or used to sweeten your food. It was, basically, a very large sugar cube.

In the butler's pantry, they have on display the "mold" for the "sugar hat". It's a white porcelain cone shaped item, placed upside down, right in front of the display where it has sat ... well ... forever on display. It's never been moved, except to be dusted!

Now, let's put all this together!

Yesterday, when I went into the building to continue the "inventory", the first thing that grabbed my attention was the fact the sugar hat "mold" was sitting on the dining room table next to the sugar hat - sugar cone! WHAT! Who moved that. It really grabbed my attention.

I am almost 100% positive I was the last person out of the house the evening before, and I definitely was the first one in the building the following morning! How did it move there?

I looked in the butler pantry, and sure enough, it was not there, it WAS on the dining room table! .... Spooky! Yea!

Was this my (second) ghost encounter? I had a weird event earlier....

I took this photo on Feb 9. You can see the sugar hat mold on the pantry, it's pointed out with the red arrow. This is where it has always sat. Never moved, unless the cabinet is dusted down.

I took this photo on Feb 9 because I wanted a photo of all the dishes together.



I took this photo on Feb 13 in the morning when I entered the dining room:



Here's a view of the entire table. The sugar cone is at the far end of the table, it's behind a crystal glass, so is the mold, it's hard to see. But this is the entire table set up for display!

spookey? right?

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Here's the story of my first "spook" (paranormal) or unexplained experience at Oakley...

I was walking the gravel path way that leads from the Plantation house, past the outside Plantation kitchen, past the Plantation garden. This path leads to the site of the only known grave site of a former enslaved person who worked as a slave and after the Civil War, worked as a share cropper on the Plantation, and requested to be buried on the Plantation property when he died. His name was William Gardiner, Jr. There are no records where the other hundreds of enslaved were buried or after the Civil War where the share cropper workers were buried. Only this one person is known. So, the area is marked as a historic cemetery in memory of the all the enslaved that worked and lived and died on the plantation. It's kind of a "hallowed" spot now. It in itself is kind of eerie!

Behind and to the side of that is an open field where Civil War reenactments occur.

So, I'm walking up this path with both my doggies. It's about 1:30 in the afternoon. I approach the fenced garden area when I notice a black cloud of smoke that passed right through me. It's a wood fire smoke, a cloud, maybe 15 feet, kind of oblong, like a puffy cloud. It was definitely a wood wood fire smoke and actually, a bit overpowering. It really, really grabbed my attention!

I thought, "now that's weird!" I kept walking to the outside Plantation kitchen to see if someone had a fire going in the hearth for a cooking demonstration ... Nope, no fire, not even ashes in the fire place. I then walked over the black smith shop thinking someone started a fire there and was preparing for a demonstration. Nope, no one there.

I went back to the same spot where I saw and smelled the smoke .... nothing. I walked around ... nothing .... nothing! I asked the other staff about it ... nothing! Weird? yes? A ghost from the cemetery or the battle field? Who knows? Weird?

Here's the trail where I saw and smelled the smoke:



Here's the back side of the Plantation outside kitchen building:



And here's the black smith shot:

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For more information on the "hauntings" at Oakley, here's one of a few articles I found.

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And oh ... fyi ... I replaced that one broken slide cable yesterday. It was the upper, rear facing, (in) cable for the kitchen slide. I'm glad I carry extra cables with me all the time. I have one more as a spare, but I had my wife order 2 more last night. I hope this is the one-and-only-one for this year! It seems, about 2 break every year. I'm getting pretty good at replacing them now! This was my 7th cable. Every one has been at a different location. .... 4 slides with 8 cables on each slide, .... um .... that's only 24 cables! ... (only? yea, ha!)
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Hey--been meaning to remind you, myself, and everyone else in the South to make sure you (to make sure I) block off the pin box before Spring gets too far sprung. If I forget and wait too long in the Spring to do it, I get Carolina Wrens nesting in there. You won't want to have to worry about birdies in your pinbox, at the Audubon State Historic Site!
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p.s. Birdies in the Pinbox would be a good name for a band.
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Thanks for the update. I always enjoy them.
My brother and I liked to go to South Carolina the last part of February. It was always warm down there. We would go hog hunting on the Cowden Plantation (Google it). Kenny Jarrett of Jarrett Rifles (Google it) would let us camp on his property and loan us his Jeep. It was a nice midwinter break.
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An interesting story about a plantation near us.
A family near us bought an old farmhouse it dated from the civil war. It’s not that large but a beautiful old home. It had an outbuilding and a grave yard on the property. The couple that bought it was remodeling the house and discovered it was a plantation house and the outbuilding was slave quarters. The new owner had passed the house on the school bus when he was a child and wished the house was his.
The interesting part.
The original owner had enslaved the new owners ancestors and the grave yard was their final resting place and they had no idea. They have finished the restoration of the house and grave yard and have family celebrations in their new home all are invited.
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An interesting story about a plantation near us.
A family near us bought an old farmhouse it dated from the civil war. It’s not that large but a beautiful old home. It had an outbuilding and a grave yard on the property. The couple that bought it was remodeling the house and discovered it was a plantation house and the outbuilding was slave quarters. The new owner had passed the house on the school bus when he was a child and wished the house was his.
The interesting part.
The original owner had enslaved the new owners ancestors and the grave yard was their final resting place and they had no idea. They have finished the restoration of the house and grave yard and have family celebrations in their new home all are invited.
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That *is* interesting!
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That *is* interesting!

Yes. This is one of those great American stories. Pretty wonderful!
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mlh, thanks for sharing that story. I'm also learning some very interesting things about this part of the country that are truly amazing, bewildering, and perplexing, all at the same time. The history here is simply mind-boggling.

Almost every day, I'm learning something new. There are new twists and turns to be discovered. Then to top it off, some of the ancestors of the original family that owned this specific plantation will come and they share stories or events and share their connection with the history here.

This last week-end my wife and I, and doggies, visited Port Hudson, where the longest lasting battle of the Civil War occurred and thousands of people died on both sides. It's also the location where the first 2 black regiments served in the US military and were instrumental in the war.

We also visited the Port Hudson National Cemetery and the Louisiana National Cemetery. We've visited several cemetery's now and the impact each cemetery has on my wife and me is just overwhelming. So many people died.

It's a very, very, very sobor reminder that "freedom" really is not "free!" Millions of people have paid the ultimate price so screw ball's can go about complaining about how horrible things are in the USA for them. I shake my head and feel deep gratitude when I look at those graves, one after another, after another, in straight, "dress-right-dress" rows and columns!

We also went to visit Fairview-Riverside State Park and Fontaineblue State Park in Louisiana and checked out their campground for consideration for camp hosting there. Well, first ... they have their hosts lined up. They do long term positions. Some have been there for years.

But the thing that really grabbed my wife and I when we drove up was ..... "UGG!!!!"

After being solitaire at Audubon State Historic Site, and after experiencing the primitive campground solitude at Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina, stepping foot back into a regular campground is like stepping into Las Vegas again! Wow! Campsites, of course, were nice sized for being a state park, but still..... everyone crammed in together .... ugg!

Our little world at Audubon, even with the ghosts, is so delightful. No other campers around, no traffic at all, no disturbances, (except the coyotes, armadillo's, racoons, a bob cat we've never seen, squirls, and snakes). Yes, the snakes have finally come out! There's enough interaction with the tour groups to satisfy my need for human contact and when 5:00 pm rolls around, the gates are locked and we're solitary again! It's imply awesome. Returning back to conventional campgrounds IS going to be hard.

We have 1 more month to go! (All of March). It's hard to believe we are almost 2/3rd of the way done.

Meanwhile, in addition to doing tours, I'm working on an inventory of the plantation artifacts. This stuff is simply amazing!

Some more images:

Sugar Safe.
Sugar "hats" cones were stored in these. They could range in height from 6 inches to 18 or 24 inches. Sugar was kept locked up. There are 2 compartments inside that would fit 2 - 18 inch tall Sugar Hots (cones).




Back Hall, 2nd floor.

Paintings: Left: Eliza Piere-Borrow-Bowman-Lyons.
To the right: Her son from her first marriage (Robert H. Barrow)
Top: Her 2nd husband, The Rev. William Bowman, the pastor at the Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville, one of the founders of the church.

(Eliza would marry a 3rd time to Henry Lyons. Henry Lyons was the 2nd Supreme Court Justice in California.) (look him up on Wikipedia!)

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Another story of a local black woman Henrietta Lacks. She died in 1952 of clerical cancer in John Hopkins Hospital after an unremarkable life. She has affected the lives of most Americans including mine and yours and many millions around the world. When she died some of her cells were collected that have been alive and dividing and now there are 50 million pounds of them. They have played a part in almost every vaccine starting with polio up to Covid and numerous other diseases. It’s estimated she has saved the lives of a hundred million people. Look her up. It’s a fascinating story. We all owe her a debt of gratitude.
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