There’s been no shortage of projects here at Faith UMC. We’ve disassembled a coffee machine, helped rewire an electrical panel, install handicap rails on a toilet, and even fixed a couple of car problems. However, the biggest project by far is the addition of several overflow sites to the RV campground. This involved over 100 ft of sewer pipe and water pipe and even more wire for several new RV outlets. With the arrival of Ron and Pat from Iowa, we had a skilled electrician on site who made quick work of several electrical projects, including the new RV sites.
Orion Jr’s bimini and enclosure were the first real projects that Cathy had sewn from scratch. To say she’s come a long way since then is an understatement. It has been a source of frustration every time we launched the boat to know how much better she could do now. So, this summer, we decided to replace the bimini. She started the work in September, just days before we found ourselves scrambling to get Orion Jr out of the way of serious flooding. The half-finished panels were tossed in a bag and put on hold. With the boat sitting in the church’s parking lot, she had a chance to finish the work started months earlier. It was a relief to see the finished 3 panels of the bimini in place. And they look so much better than the one they replace.
However, it is likely to be quite a while before the bimini is actually deployed on the water. With our decision not to go to Marathon, and our travel plans to go to Alaska this summer, we won’t be using Orion Jr before next winter. So, Dave decided to remove the new batteries he’d just bought and put them into the RV to give us the power we need to “dry camp” (without being plugged in).
In an innocuous building in downtown Jacksonville, there are dark things happening – monsters, pirates, dinosaurs, talking bears. It is the Sally Corporation, makers of animatronics for amusement parks and businesses worldwide. We were treated to a delightful hour tour of the facility one morning along with about a dozen others visitors. From design to production, we were taken through the process of creating the silicone faces, the mechanical moving parts, to the finishing of make-up, hair and costumes. A Tyrannosuarus Rex roared at us, a pirate challenged us, and we were even given a lesson in Hindi about the founding of the Sikh religion. And, of course, there was the talking bear. It was a lot of fun. And it’s free. If you’re passing through Jacksonville, look it up. You need to make reservations, but it’s pretty easy to do.