LIVING OFF GRID

This blog is about our travels in our solar powered "Airstream" and living off grid, in our passive solar home, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.

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Sunday, 10 November 2019

ANASTASIA STATE PARK FLORIDA

Friday night was wet and windy but Saturday morning the sun broke through the clouds.

We left Flagler Beach and headed south to Tomoka SP for an overnight stop.

On the way we stopped to watch these kite-surfers enjoying the strong winds.

If I was younger I think I would enjoy the sport.

Today we pulled into Anastasia SP and will be here for the next two weeks.

The beach looks beautiful and the sand dunes are incredible. Looks like more long beach walks are on the agenda.

Stay safe and thanks for checking in.


Friday, 8 November 2019

EXCITEMENT

As most of you know we are on the road staying at state parks in Florida. We are now the proud grandparents of grandchild #3. This little bundle of joy came into the world on November 6th at 11:30 pm weighing 9 lbs. 11 oz. Maggie is doing fine and so is Sean. We can't wait to get home and hold her in our arms.

In the meantime we are enjoying some relaxing time on the beaches of Florida.

Sunrise at Flagler Beach this morning.

Dinner on the beach last night.

Not sure when we will be able to post again as we depend on free wi-fi which some campgrounds don't have.

Thanks for keeping an eye on us.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

HALLOWEEN

This afternoon we walked Kate over to Owen's school to watch the Halloween parade. It's raining and not the best day for Trick or Treating.

Kate was dressed for the occasion and was eager to join her brother in the parade.

I think someone is a little tired. She had swimming lessons this morning and a busy night tonight so she may need a nap this afternoon. I know grandpa does.

Finally Owen's class arrived and Kate was able to join them. She wanted to stay all afternoon and wasn't too pleased when she had to leave. Guess she's ready for school.

Brother and sister.

Just a few more hours and the real fun starts.

Happy Halloween everyone.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

ROTATE BATTERIES

We have 16 batteries which are a year old and store the energy produced by our solar panels. I read from one OTG person that if you rotate your batteries they last longer; something about current flow and position in the battery bank.

My batteries sit 4 to a cart with the idea being that |I could easily rotate them when desired. Of course each battery weighs 90 lbs which means moving 360 lbs all at once. Add to this the wheels I used all came with brakes which aggravates the process when they get accidentally applied.

So I got busy, removing all the cables, lifting each battery off the cart, removing the brake lever on each wheel, moving the cart and then replacing the batteries. In the future I can leave the batteries on the cart which will simplify the whole process. In total it took me 3 hours.

It will be a few years before I can say if this really does lengthen the battery life, but why not try?

I think our job list has been completed and now we just need to drain the water lines and put antifreeze in the drains.  Once that is done we will hit the road and report when we can on our travels south.

Thanks for keeping an eye on us and we will check in a.s.a.p.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

CHAINS ARE ON


Another perfect fall day yesterday. I took advantage of the warm weather and got the chains installed on my skid-steer.

Installation requires some lugging, pulling, stretching and crawling so best to do this job when the sun is shining.  I think we are ready for departure now.

Friday brought an unexpected problem; no heat in the front loop. When those red lines surrounded by the blue gauges are full up as in the photo then you know the water isn't circulating.

I checked the pumps and all seemed to be working but the middle pump was very hot. I disconnected the wires and called Glenn. Fortunately he was in our area about to finish his day so stopped by on his way home. We bled each line to make sure there wasn't an air bubble preventing the water from moving. Still no flow. Next we took the motor apart and discovered the impeller wasn't spinning; it was stuck from calcium buildup. Cleaned it and reinstalled everything. Flipped the switch and checked the gauges. Problem solved; we now have heat in the front loop. Thanks Glenn.

Looks like we will have wet weather for the next ten days; a good time to be leaving home.

Safe travels everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

IT NEVER ENDS

We have a list of jobs we would like to complete before we head south; not sure if they will all get done. We did manage to wrap our porch in plastic the other day. Doesn't look pretty but it does keep it snow free which we prefer.

We still have garden beds to clean up, chains to put on the bobcat, batteries to rotate for the solar system and the list goes on; we are busy.

As you can see, fall is coming to an end and winter can't be far behind. The little feet that ran through the leaves last week have gone home and our place is quiet.  Like the changing of the seasons life goes on. Soon our third grandchild will arrive and we will celebrate together. Our grandchildren are such a delight to be around and we get spoiled every time they visit.

Time to get to work.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

IS IT TIME TO LEAVE?

Fall is almost over and we are thinking it's almost time to leave. We are like the Loons that arrive in the night and then are gone without notice in the fall.  The silence of the lake announces their departure. I think when we leave we will simply get up one morning and decide it's too cold to stay any longer.

Until that day arrives we will enjoy what is left of the fall colours.