Sunday, May 18, 2008

Summer is coming!!

Sunset from Kamp Kohut
The winter of 2007/2008 fades to memory as we are starting to close down the Kamp and prepare for our annual northern migration.

We have had a good winter. Little Jake is up to 95 pounds; Mike is triple that. He tore the cartilage in his knee this Fall and had it operated on in December. In April, he tore it again and is again hobbling around. He sees the orthopedic surgeon this week, but it's too late to do much about it now. At the end of February, when we got back from our dive trip in the Maldives Islands, Linda had surgery on her foot. That turned out well and she was back to her 3 1/2 mile morning walks in a few weeks. All and all we seem physically and hopefully mentally ready for this summer’s adventures.

We hope that the bus is fit and ready for the trip. Coming home last year we had trouble with the air conditioning. We waited until this month to have it worked on. Four hundred dollars later, Mike thinks we still have a problem. Guess we will find out the first couple of days trying to leave Florida. The weather here has been really hot the last couple of weeks. Air isn’t an option, it is a necessity. One other messy problem we dealt with this winter was leaking sewer valves. We had the new ones put in. However when Mike filled the tank to test them, there was still a leak if they were drained too fast. We have an appointment to have that repaired this week. Hopefully by next week that old bus will be ready for another summer of trouble free travels.

How about the Stanley Cup Finals this year, featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Detroit Redwings. All of our friends in Detroit are routing for the Red Wings and our friends and family in Pittsburgh are cheering on the Penguins. Our preference? Go Pens!

Can you believe what is happening to fuel prices? We started to check on the price of diesel fuel a couple of weeks ago. At that time it was less than $4.00 a gallon at a couple of station along our route. It is now over $4.60 and in a lot of places almost $4.80. At that rate it will be over $5.00 by the time we leave. We hate to even think what the prices will be when we start back. We did make what turned out to be one of our best investments at the end of last year. We filled up our boat (600 gallons) with fuel at the then ridiculously high price of $ 3.07 a gallon. Too bad we didn’t have bigger tanks.
A happy Memorial Day to everyone! Many thanks to all of you that have served our country.

Take care, Love,
Linda, Jake and the Fat Man