May 13th to May 20th: Orlando in Summary

I neglected writing about Orlando. I have an extensive history in the area and wasn’t feeling the daily update. I lived there in 2006-2007 and again in 2013-2015 along with some other short visits and a billion and a half visits to Walt Disney World. I spent the week in the Four Corners area which is technically part of Clermont.

I was able to see a bunch of friends/coworkers during the week who I miss. But more importantly determined that I did the right thing leaving Disney.

It started a little moist on moving day.

But we got situated in the swamp at Thousand Trails. I’ve determined I’m not a big fan of these private equity firm owned campsites. But it seems natural in the city of Amway and Camping World.

I took a trip out to SeaWorld Orlando. I have wanted to check out the penguin experience for a number of years. After going on the roller coasters it was clear where their new priorities land. The dark rides were in need of some work and the coasters were intense. The new water rapids ride with a vertical lift was nifty. Fit and finish isn’t really a thing here but I suppose most people don’t notice.

A particular strange point was that all the coasters don’t permit any loose articles, even a wallet or cell phone. But they want you to pay for a locker for each attraction.

Fishing was fun too.

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May 10th: Lizards

Georgia rediscovered lizard hunting today but was ultimately not successful.  

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I went hunting for bug remover. Two Walmart locations, 1 Publix and 3 auto part stores later I had found this:

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It works magically but apparently can burn your paint off if you don’t mix it correctly. 

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And then we searched for more lizards.

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May 7th: Muffaletta and Other Kibble Adventures

Today Georgia walked the French Quarter. I had another ‘you’ve spent too much time at Disney when…’ moment as I was constantly associating buildings to New Orleans Square.

For the record, good things do not come from Sysco. I spent the evening with a friend and observed his vet give the pup acupuncture to help with a nerve condition. Anything that helps. Then I stuffed my face with local Mexican food.

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Lazy Day

Today we threw the ball but Georgia wasn’t that into it because of the humidity and heat.

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I also installed the dash cam and phone mount in the truck. 

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And we took a nap! Sometimes it’s really hard to just do nothing but I’m making progress.

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New Orleans

Today we fixed the angling of the trailer. It’s pretty much level now. 

Driving is a lot more pleasant with this vehicle. 

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We settled in the Bayou.  

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Escaping Texas

Today I finally left Texas. But not without Texas putting up a fight. 

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Other fun things: two trips to the registration office and an inspection of the trailer. 

But, I haves the plate! 

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And we made it out of Texas.  

With a couple bugs.  

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Preparing for getting on the road

Today I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get the safety chains attached. The hitch is different and most trailer places didn’t know what to do. 

Six stops later I had the right attachment.  (Since been adjusted further). 

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Georgia is obsessed with chickens.  

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And we experienced a pretty crazy thunderstorm. 

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And more Texas

Today the dealership completed the spray liner and I installed a toolbox in the truck. I exchanged my California ID for a Texas license and worked on getting the trailer registered and ready to move on. 

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Unfortunately I have to go get it weighed at a commercial scale because California doesn’t put the weight on a title.  

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Still trying to get the weight distribution correct as well. 

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Cow Transport 2.0

Today we completed Cow transport enhancements. I traded in the F-150 for a F-250. The new truck is heavier than my tiny trailer and this will improvise road feel for towing for 8 to 10 hours a day.

I’m also more than doubling my towing capacity and should get better milage (Diesel). The new truck has adaptive cruise control, forward collision/lane keeping, the blindspot system extends to the trailer. There are also better headlights and automatic wipers… basically making continuous driving better.

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It’s also Georgia approved.  

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The Universe of Energy

Today we fixed a golf cart. And acid etched the concrete unintentionally.

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And discovered the insanity of Texas (or my assumptions) where camo wearing men take their wives to see drag queens.  And people freely tell you how Texas is the best country in the USA. 

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Pleasure Pier

Today we are visiting my parents in Galveston, TX. 

Georgia tried to ride a golf cart. 

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We also looked at some fish. 

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And I visited Pleasure Pier which is not at all related to Pixar Pier. 

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Not all days are sunshine and rainbows

Today Wednesday, April 24th was a bit of a mess. 

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It was moist outside.   

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It was moist inside. 

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Forgetting to remove the sink stopper before trying (unsuccessfully) to clear the gray water tank sensors was not one of my brightest moments. After a day with a shop-vac and damprid things seem to be okay. It’s pretty tight in here when you can’t go outside without getting soaked. Georgia did get a chance to play ball during an interlude in the deluge. 

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The evening was a reminder to appreciate everything, every person and every moment.

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Catching up New Mexico to Texas

I think I might get more value out of returning to a format I used once before where i made a post everyday no matter if I did anything particularly interesting.

But first to catch up I’m now in Austin, Texas after a stop in Santa Fe to check out Meow Wolf, a visit to Meteor Crater, a tour though White Sands National monument and a night sleeping in a rest stop because I tried to rush through the nothingness of west Texas.

While leaving Flagstaff you must see the Impact:

Then it was time for New Mexico. We made an overnight pitstop in Grants before making it to Santa Fe. The KOA there might need a new copywriter.

Santa Fe was a neat town, I didn’t expect it to have such a heavy art influence. I had a chance to see some old friends, fight with a evil credit card reader on a washing machine and check out Meow Wolf. House of Eternal Return a bit hard to explain but definitely worth taking a visit to. One of my favorite things was the signage on areas that Guests weren’t authorized to enter. Strange details make things fun.

After we left Santa Fe we stopped in Alamogordo, NM to check out White Sands National Monument.

We then continued on to possibly the least enjoyable part of the trip so far, West Texas. I tried to drive through to Austin but only made it within 125 miles. That’s a 531 mile trip in one day going no more than 62 MPH. I started to feel exhausted and we parked at a rest stop and slept for a good 8 hours before continuing on. Naturally, I can’t get away from ‘Star Trek’ either.

That brings us to Austin. We spent a couple days at a small RV park in South Austin and are now hanging out a few miles out of the city at a quieter location for a few more days. There’s a lot to see here and Georgia even stepped into a lake!

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