Lake Mead N.R.A.

Lake Mead N.R.A.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Selling our Carriage Cameo Fifth Wheel

2010 Carriage Cameo FW and 2009 Dodge 3500
It's been a busy year since we moved into our new home. We've really enjoyed getting to know our neighbors and the area as we've endured the growth of the neighborhood. 

Customizing the 4 bedroom, 3 bath home to our wishes and designs has been a long, fun, expensive, and on-going process. Especially when you consider that we started with nothing more than what we carried in the RV. So we've purchased all new furniture and other household goods over the past year. During this time, we've resigned ourselves to the fact that we likely won't use our Carriage Cameo fifth wheel for recreation.  We are very happy in our new home and would like to downsize from our large dually truck and fifth wheel to something that we are more willing to use on a weekend basis.  

Yet another reason we haven't used our fifth wheel over the past year is that our oldest boxer, Maggie has had health issues and has been declining. She's 10.5 yrs. old and Rico is not far behind at 9 yrs. old. We haven't thought it would be in her or our best interest to take her camping.

One of our favorite campsites in the Texas Hill Country
The point is we've decided to sell our fifth wheel. It's in great shape.  It is very clean and as my blog readers and anyone who knows us can attest, it has been very well maintained. We are selling the 2010 Carriage Cameo FW and will consider selling  my 2009 Dodge Dually 3500 diesel truck with just over 40K miles at an additional cost. 

Bedroom dresser and cabinets
View of living room and top of island

Below is the narrative in my local (St. Augustine) Craigslist Posting
2010 Carriage Cameo fifth wheel model 35SB3, with beautiful cherry cabinets. One owner luxury fifth wheel. Total length is 35'9. Non-smokers. Very well maintained with no issues. Top quality rig ideal for full timers. Bedroom slide-out, kitchen slid-out, as well as a living area slide-out. Bedroom includes full front closet, side bed closet dresser/6 drawers, residential, pillow-top 80" queen mattress, 21" flat panel TV. Bedroom 2nd a/c. Lots of lighting including overhead puck halogen dim-able lights. Full bath with heat and a/c vents, window, fiberglass shower, vanity with medicine cabinet, sink and Corian counter top. Electric fan with vent cover. Lots of lighting, too. Kitchen with Corian counter tops, double sink with Corian covers, 3 burner lp range, Convection oven, vent hood exhausted to outside, Fantatstic Vent Fan. 10 cu.ft. refrigerator freezer. Kitchen work area is very well lit. Two full pantries with pull-out drawers. Double closet (this is in addition to the front bedroom closet) washer/dryer connections. Solid wood dining table with hidden leaf, 4 chairs. Two can be folded-up and can be stored away. Samsung 37" flat screen TV with Samsung DVD/FM/ipod surround system. Living area has 2-cushion sofa and new reclining leather loveseat and cocktail table. Dim-able puck ceiling lights and day/night shades throughout. Three speed reversable ceiling fan in living area. Exterior patio side electric heavy acrylic fabric awning. Generous basement storage PLUS rear trunk area with three access doors offers great storage. 50 amp electric service, Ducted Mach 15k btu a/c-heat pump plus in-floor central lp heat. (2nd a/c in bedroom) Heavy duty, quality Goodyear RST G614 tires, MorRyde suspension with heavy duty shackles. MorRyde king pin, A custom/ removable 2 inch receiver is installed on the king pin for a bike rack. This rig also includes the Quadra Big Foot 4 jack full automatic leveling system which can raise all 4 tires off the ground. Max Air II roof vent covers. Roof is TPO vinyl - not black streaking hard to maintain rubber! Carriage quality is hard to beat and you can see it by the solid feel in the floor walking inside, the solid wood cabinets, and attention to detail. This is an awesome RV. Title in hand, bank certified funds only. Asking $40000, which is well below NADA.

So If you know someone who is interested please pass on this information and have them get back to me via email:  America by RV

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Some photos of Historic Old Saint Augustine

I thought I would share some pictures of Historic Old Saint Augustine and some excepts from Wikepedia:
St. Augustine (SpanishSan Agustín) is a city in the northeastern region of the U.S. state of Florida, and the county seat of St. Johns County.[4] Founded in September 1565 by Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental United States.[5] St. Augustine lies in a region of Florida known as "The First Coast", which extends from Amelia Island in the north to Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Palm Coastin the south. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 12,975.[3] St. Augustine is the headquarters for the Florida National Guard.

Tourist Carriage Ride
The vicinity of St. Augustine was first explored in 1513 by Spanish explorer and governor ofPuerto RicoJuan Ponce de León, who claimed the region for the Spanish crown.[6] Prior to the founding of St. Augustine in 1565, several earlier attempts at European colonization in what is now Florida were made by both Spain and France, but all failed
The Bridge of Lions
The Bridge of Lions is a bascule bridge that spans the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, Florida. A part of State Road A1A, it connects downtown St. Augustine to Anastasia Island.
Boats tied off in Matanzas Bay by the Bridge of Lions
A pair of Medici lions made of marble guard the bridge, begun in 1925 and completed in 1927 across Matanzas Bay. The lions were removed in February 2005 and returned in March 2011.

The man considered the "Father of the Bridge of Lions" was Henry Rodenbaugh, the vice president and bridge expert for Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway. In the early 1920s he organized the bond issue to finance the new bridge, selected engineer J. E. Greiner to design it—and had his young daughter Jean pour the first bucket of concrete when the work began in 1925. Its construction came at the height of the extravagant Florida Land Boom of the 1920s, and the bridge is one of its greatest landmarks. It was designed not merely to carry cars, but to be a work of art, and it cost ten times as much as more prosaic bridges constructed nearby at the same time. It was completed after the land boom busted, and the 1927 dedication ceremony had to be paired with the annual Ponce de Leon Celebration in cash-strapped St. Augustine
Traffic waiting for the draw bridge to go down
The Bridge of Lions is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was included by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) on its list of the "11 Most Endangered Historic Sites" in the nation for 1997. The Bridge of Lions was later featured on the cover of the Trust's 1999 engagement calendar.
From its earliest days, it was hailed as "The Most Beautiful Bridge in Dixie."[3] It has long been a symbol of the nation's oldest city.
It gets its name from two Carrara marble Medici lions statues that are copies of those found in the Loggia dei Lanzi in FlorenceItaly. The statues were a gift of Dr. Andrew Anderson (1839–1924), the builder of the Markland House, who spent the last decade of his life putting works of art in public places in the Ancient City. The statues were his last gift, and he did not live long enough to see them installed. He had them made by the Romanelli Studios in Florence, Italy, which a decade earlier had provided him with smaller versions which he displayed on the front steps at Markland. Lions are a symbol of the Spanish royal family, harkening back to St. Augustine's past as a Spanish colony
Renovation work was completed on March 17, 2010 when it reopened for use.[8] Following the removal of the temporary bridge (to an offshore reef), and landscaping, the restored Lion statures were returned after a 6 year absence, early in the morning of March 15, 2011,[9] principally completing the bridge renovation project.
The tallest Building in Saint Augustine, the Cathedral Place Office Building standing next to the Cathedral Basilica.

Our trusty Jeep Ruby

A row of restaurants where we had breakfast

Inside the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is a historic cathedral in St. AugustineFlorida and the seat of the Catholic Bishop of St. Augustine. It is located at Cathedral Street between Charlotte and St. George Streets. Constructed over five years (1793–1797),[3][4]it was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on April 15, 1970.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine Tower

Cathedral Place Office Building tower

Historic Aviles Street
Sixteenth-century Aviles Street, is billed as the nation's oldest public street. The street is listed on the city's town plan of 1573.

The street is full of restaurants and shops and is the host to many festivals, the most notable being the Fiesta de Aviles.

Aviles Street Shops

Flagler College
Flagler College is a private four-year liberal arts college in St. Augustine, FloridaUnited States. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008.[2]
The Princeton Review ranks Flagler in the top tier of southeastern colleges,[7] and its campus as one of the most beautiful in theUnited States.[8] It is currently included in The Princeton Review's Best 366 Colleges Rankings.[9]
The college has been named in recent years by US News & World Report as one of the southeast region's best comprehensive liberal arts colleges,[3] and is included on its list of "America's Best Colleges".[4] 
The school is located on 19 acres (77,000 m2), the centerpiece of which is the Ponce de Leon Hall, built in 1888 as a luxury hotel. The architects were John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, working for Henry Morrison Flagler, the industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

I hoped you enjoyed this brief yet incomplete history of Saint Augustine. I wanted to just focus on some of the pictures that I had captured during a late morning stroll after breakfast on Joyce's Birthday. Saint Augustine, is rich in beauty and history that spans centuries. There is so much to see and do in this magnificent city on the First Coast. It is well worth a visit.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular

October 20, 2012 Stage Coach RV Park, St. Augustine

We are starting to see some real progress on our house. More to come on the house in a later blog. We've been in this campground 5 months excluding the month we spent on the West coast.  I gotta admit that 5 months in the same location sure makes the rig feel small!  This is the longest we've spent sitting in one spot. Our longest volunteer gig was 4 months. We can't wait for the house to be finished. The snow birds are starting to trickle into the campground and the temps have really cooled. We've had the air conditioner off for several days now and it's been much more enjoyable outside.

Saturday, October 20th, we attended The Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular with our daughter, Ashley. The FREE event featured a dynamic over-the-ocean sky show highlighted by the world-famous United States Navy Blue Angels along with other military and civilian flight teams, live entertainment, a street festival featuring static displays of aircraft and military vehicles, simulators, recruitment booths, a kids area and a Meet The Performers Autograph session. 

We have been to air shows in the past but couldn't pass this one up as they are always a good time. This one was unusual for us as it was held on Jacksonville Beach and the spectators were encouraged to watch the show from the beach. Other shows we had seen were either held off a runway or on a military base.
"Fat Albert" passing over the Jacksonville Beach Pier
It seems we got there late so we missed the earlier shows leading up to the headliner, The Blue Angels.
The show started with "Fat Albert" a C-130 transport for the Blue Angels warming up the crowd with some slow and low manuevers.

As soon as "Fat Albert" lumbered off the Blue Angels F-18s made a dramatic entrance from Mayport Naval Station across the bay!

The sky erupted with the sounds of aircraft and jet engines. Each time the jets disappeared the crowd began searching the sky for the elusive number 5 and 6 jets which often performed their own stunts.

This is how our daughter, Ashley enjoyed the show.  Flat on her back on the beach watching the planes pass overhead!

The show was amazing and we really enjoyed watching it. It made us proud of our soldiers and military aviators and the freedoms we enjoy because of their sacrifice.

Afterwards we wondered about the concessions and the tourist district of Jacksonville Beach.

We had taken a shuttle bus from St. Johns and had paid $20 for parking so we didn't have to fight the traffic and crowds getting to and from. It was a fun time and we will likely be back for this annual event.