Lake Mead N.R.A.

Lake Mead N.R.A.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Day at the Beach and a Rookie Battles with the Satellite Dish

February 2, 2010.  We had a small shower early in the morning around 2:00.  Joyce wasn’t sleeping well, so I wasn’t sleeping well!  After falling back to sleep I got up to watch the sunrise out the back window of our rig.  It was cloudy, but still, we hadn’t seen the sunrise for 3 mos.  It was such a wonderful sight to have the sun come streaming in through the back window. Below is a picture taken through our back window.
I got outside early,  temps were in the 50’s and it warmed to 62.  However, in the bright sunshine it felt much warmer.  And let me tell you, I was in the bright sunshine for several hours this morning making my first attempt at setting up our Dish satellite.  I wasn’t having any luck, but I got lots of encouragement from folks passing by.  I had no idea what I was doing and it showed!  Eventually I gave up as I was waisting time and it was too beautiful of a day to waste. 
We took Maggie and Rico for a walk.  Then we got on our bikes and road into the park out to the beach.  Although it was windy and cool, it felt warm on the beach in the sun.

I actually prefer a day like today on the beach rather than during the summers when it’s hot and humid.  We decided we were going to be back to watch the sunset.  You just can’t beat the beautiful beaches in the panhandle of Florida with their hour glass white sand and large sand dunes. 

While on the beach, we ran into a couple we had spoken with last night.  We decided to all go to lunch in Destin.  We got into our car and drove about 12 miles to Destin and ended up at a restaurant, Cheeseburger In Paradise.  The restaurant had a tropical beach theme and was guessed it, Jimmy Buffet music.  We had a good lunch and enjoyed the company of our new found friends.
When we got back, I took Rico for a walk around our campsite loop.  A couple of men at different campsites asked if I had been successful in setting up the satellite.  When I told them of the difficulty I was having, they each offered to come over and help.  So, before you know it, I was back playing with the satellite dish or watching Ron and Gordy give it a try.  They ultimately were unsuccessful and by the time they gave up, Joyce and I had missed our chance to get out to the beach for the sunset.   Even so, I sure appreciated their help and efforts.  I continued to play with it on my own, and finally got it after making different adjustments.
All in all, it was a full day.   I felt like we were on vacation today.  The bright sunshine was so invigorating!


  1. Love your blog Darren.. Keep it going, I read it every day. I feel your pain with the dish.....good luck. ha ha
    Wish I could have been at the Jimmy Buffett resturant with you. I am a Parrott Head!!!!:-)

  2. Beautiful white sandy beaches. We're not too far away but haven't made it to Grayton yet.