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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I’ve Been Excused

We had a nice, relaxing, kick back day here at the Naval Weapons Station Earle campground.  We have been going so much during the month of June, we looked forward to a couple of days to rest and recuperate.

First item on our agenda was to sleep in late this morning.  Did I mention that we’re on a military base?

Right at 0800, loudspeakers all over the base played the National Anthem, as the flag was raised for the day.  After 30 years in the military, how did I forget that? 


Needless to say, we woke up, not complaining, it was so nice to hear the music.  And the words kept running through my head all day.  Too often we take our country for granted, and forget to honor the wonderful nation that is our home.  But patriotism is alive and well in the U.S. Military.  :c)

No Anabelle visit today, she has pre school several days a week, so we’ll just have to be patient.

Our mail package was sent to Corey’s house and in it I got a letter from the Minnehaha County, SD Jury Manager.  I have been officially excused from jury duty (Phew!).  Some day I’d like to be a juror, but now wasn’t a good time to be in SD for the month of July while DIL Amanda is getting ready to have her baby.

Our Independence Day Plans include a visit to my dad who also lives in NJ, about an hour and a half from here.  Even though we talk regularly on the phone, it will be good to see him in person, along with some of my brothers and sister.

I have a few minor maintenance items I hope to get accomplished while we’re here.  One major issue is I want to replace the Journey’s two chassis starting batteries (I had the three coach batteries replaced at the Winnebago factory service center in May).  They are over seven years old and even though they are working fine, they are nearing the end of their service life.  I want to replace them before they fail and leave me stuck on the side of the road some rainy night.  Call it heading off Murphy…

They are large batteries, and I will have to go to a Freightliner dealer to buy them.  I’ve checked Costco and Sam’s Club, they don’t carry batteries in the size I need.  I’m sure they won’t be cheap, but it is money well spent in my mind.

I can even wash the Journey here in this campground.  When I recently washed it, I didn’t do the roof, so now I’ll have plenty of time to get that done.  Maybe if I get a cool day, I might even get some wax on it.

Of course, that’s if I can work around the painting schedule at Corey’s house.  ;c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.



  1. I bet you are happy to be settled in and near family. Glad you got that notice from South Dakota!

  2. Ahhhh, now you talk about waxing your that I've finished ours.

  3. I forgot about the jury summons so I was running over all the things people ask to be excused for wondering which one of them this post was going to be about. Leads to some wild imaginings. :-)

    Painting, repairs and upkeep - all part of life on or off the road. Well maybe not painting actually. Can't believe you are going to have a brush in your hand again.

  4. What the heck size are those batteries Paul? I'm pretty sure that our starting batteries are not unusually large.

  5. I agree with you about the wonderful nation we are lucky enough to live in. Every time we stay at a base RV park, it especially makes me proud to be an American.

  6. I'm sure all the bad guys awaiting trial in SD are breathing a huge sigh of relief to hear you won't be on their jury!!