Sunday, August 18, 2013

Camping in Byron, Southwoods Campground


We woke up to a beautiful day today.  We were in no hurry so took our time getting ready to leave today.  I headed out to put the sensors on the tires of the CR-V and then took the Ranger up to get our tubs of clothes and food.

Sensor with the install tool on it.
We loaded up the coach fired up the CAT and hooked up the car.  Bonnie watched the lights and noted that the backup lights were now worked.  All the lights checked out, but when I went to adjust the mirrors they would not move, now what.  I have a switch that lets me adjust either the large flat mirrors or the smaller convex mirrors.  The convex mirrors are adjusting no matter what position the switch is in.  Another to do list item.  Not a show stopped so we headed for Byron, NY and the Southwoods Campground.  The Rindo's beat us there and were busy setting up camp.

Carolyn setting out the carpet after Bob turned the rig around
Yep Bob turned his rig around so the power cord would reach.  A while later Art, Donna, and Jake pulled in next to us on the other side.

Here come the Hanson's

Hi Art

Say hello to Jake
While Art and Donna set up I sent an email to the Beaver online group about my mirror and Bob started to take his door apart.  We were going to try to adjust his latch on his entry door as they were having trouble opening it from the outside.  We took out lots of screws and opened things up

Safety first so the window could not fall out.
 We ended up not having to remove the window screws.

Lots of rods and cams
We tried one adjustment but that did not seem to work.  Then we found the right one and hurray that worked.  The door works good and Carolyn is happy, she can now get the door open.  Best news is we got it all back together and did not lose any screws.

We looked at my mirrors but did not spend much time on it.

Mirror problem may be down in this mess
We also found the problem with my windshield washer not working.  A hose is off but its way up where I can not reach but we have a couple ideas.  Again an item for the todo list.  Now we need to relax a little.

Still have to put the tools away.
We all decided to go out for dinner.  The Hanson's had a recommendation from some friends about a place in Churchville.  We headed over that way.

Stones Countryside
Stones turned out to be a great choice and we all had lots to choose from and it was very good.  I brought enough Tuna Casserole home for a hearty lunch.

Back at camp we sat out and talked for a while, Bonnie listened to a sermon and talked to Elizabeth.  As it got dark we decided to for go the fire for tonight and all headed for their units.  Bonnie went to read and I used the Dish Anywhere connection to connect to our Sling Adapter and found out who got voted off Big Brother.  Then updated the blog and now its about midnight and I am heading to bed also.  Its been a good day and we have another couple arriving tomorrow and another on Saturday.


I heard the guys talking outside this morning just after 8 so I figured I better get up.  Art and Donna were ready to start making waffles, Bob was up to help them get some supplies.

Bob headed in to change for breakfast.
Whats that on your waffle Art?
The waffles were great and afterward we decided we were going to head for the Alpaca farm to check out some socks for Bob to use in his waders when he trout fishes.

All the ladies
 This is a breeding farm so most of these females will have babies soon.  The lady gave us a nice tour and provided a lot of information.  She has a small store and lots of items in it made with Alpaca.  Bonnie saw some things she liked but did not buy.  Bob bought a pair of socks.

This one was a spitter when she got tired of your attention

Feeding them some apples

A little brush fire.
Just as we pulled into the farm we heard a big boom and it was lighting this fire.

After the farm we headed over to Churchville to visit Camping World and we all managed to find something to buy.  We got back and I headed into the coach and started working on the mirror problem.  I had gotten some messages and suggestions from online and also Velvac the people that made the mirrors.  I opened up the coach and finally found the module I believe is bad after checking the switch and power.  I made a few calls and Monaco wanted $260 for the module and it would take a couple weeks to get it.  I called Velvac and they had it in stock and it will ship Monday 80 some dollars plus shipping I think.

Lots of wires here under the switched

Popped the switch out and it checked good
I believe this module is bad
Dinner time came quickly and we had a great meal at the Byron Hotel, the fish fries were great and I brought home a box again.  Lunch is taken care of for tomorrow.  I put the coach back together when we got home.

Now its time to relax around the fire.  We talked around fire and had SMORES until around 10pm.  Time to catch up on blogs and get some sleep, after I do the dishes.


I slept great  as I added a light blanket and it kept me just right.  I could hear voices outside getting breakfast ready so we got up and got ready.  I took out some blueberries and we added them to the pancakes.

The Blueberries are ready to flip
Breakfast was a big hit and the 8 of us had a good time around the table catching up.

Time for the cook to eat
Dick and Marge had not been to the Alpaca farm, Bob needed bigger socks and Bonnie decided to but some things so they all too took off for the farm.  I did our dishes and Caroline finished cleaning up.  Its going to be sunny and 80 today so I turned on the A/C and put up the inside sun screens on the big front window.  The farm group is back.

Bonnie's new outfit.
We kind of skipped lunch today and took it easy.  Marge brought out some chips and salsa and we all had a little of that it was really good.  The sun was bright and since we only are hooked up to 30amp power we could only run one A/C unit.  I kicked the circuit breaker once before I turned the hydro hot off electric and let it cycle on diesel power for a while.  The one A/C only cooled the coach down to 80 but the sun was hot and we sat around in the shade mostly.  Scott and Joni pulled in for the night, it was great to see them make it.   Caroline brought out some cheese and crackers and before we knew it Bob was heating the water for the corn.

Dinner was hot dogs, cole slaw, potato salad, beans, german potato salad, etc.  Of course there were several great desserts.  We always seem to eat good on these campout.

Trying to eat a light meal
Everyone enjoyed dinner
 After dinner Art started the fire and we all sat around and told our campfire stories.  I got a call from Don, a friend down in Virginia.  He was out camping also.  We have been trying to meet up somewhere and I was hoping it would be in a few weeks.  But they are coming to the Hershey are a few weeks after we are.  But it looks like we will be able to spend a few days with them in Virginia in November on our way to South.  Soon one by one every one drifted off to their units for the evening.

The right side

and the left
 Someone on the other side of the campground was launching these Chinese lanterns.  We were amazed how fast they go, there must be a breeze up above the trees.

Hard to get a good picture of them with the iPhone
 Well thats about it for tonight, tomorrow we head home.  I put the awnings in tonight before the dew got them all wet.


Another cool night for sleeping and I slept good.  Breakfast was supposed to be light but it turned out to be very filling and most of us over ate.  Bonnie got up and baked some very good biscuits and they were a big hit and so was her quince jelly.  Marge fried eggs and ham.  The two made good sandwiches.  Plus we had sweet rolls and coffee cake and even cookies.

Ready for the oven
Bonnie is getting pretty good using the convection oven in the coach.

I went to change the batteries in the sensors on the car tires but they are all working today, so fill let them be.

We left the campground around 11:30 and were home in about an hour.  We emptied the coach of food and dirty clothes.  Very humid so I needed a shower and Bonnie washed the bedding.  Now we are heading over to Elizabeths for supper.  So I will go ahead and get this posted.

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