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  • #76
    68 degrees on its way to 86 with 92% humidity but a 0% chance of more rain .... South Dakota's storied wind is very much in evidence .... Henry mug pressed into service .... summer set to arrive tomorrow with temps in the mid 90's .... a couple of administrative items checked off this morning .... first, Maureen has booked our current site for 2020 .... a few years back the concept of it being wise to book a year in advance would have seemed unnecessary .... this 6 site park is no longer a secrete .... second, she placed an order with the local butcher for $2,200 worth of steaks to leave here with us .... we will start dropping them on when we get to St Louis on our way home ....
    Jim
    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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    • #77
      fishing in today's high of 92 with little wind and high humidity was tough .... during the 4 or so hours we trolled for walleyes, I had one of those days where I couldn't even hook a rock pile .... upon returning to the camper we had to replace 3 water hose size washers .... doing so required disconnecting our 3 filters, cleaning all metal connecting parts, reinstalling all new washers and sealing all threads with Teflon tape .... cleaning and storing my fishing gear has to wait until tomorrow when the high is forecasted to be 73
      Jim
      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
      '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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      • #78
        last October the eye of Hurricane Michael literally passed over our camper while we were camped near the southeast coast of Virginia .... it raged for hours and did tremendous damage .... we have a well built camper and at no time did it shudder from being buffeted by hurricane force winds .... shortly after midnight last night we were awakened by feeling our camper vibrate (literally for a few seconds) after being hit with a blast of wind from a very strong thunderstorm ..... to be clear we have felt the same type of movement before but it sure doesn't happen often .... once the sun came up, large pools of standing water once again gave evidence to the heavy rain that had fallen ..... thankfully, the only evidence we can see of the strong wind is an overturned, heavy lawn chair and bunches of small branches down .... 80% chance of more such storms on tap for today
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        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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        • #79
          below are pictures of downed trees, tree limbs, and flooding from this morning's storm .... our area clearly got by easy
          Jim
          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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          • #80
            Sunday has been designated as the day we have 30 +/- of Maureen's relatives over for a gathering featuring a Frogmore Stew .... consequently preparations have already begun .... Thursday - buy and put ice in our big cooler .... Friday - shopping for all of the ingredients that aren't already on hand (example, we bought a bunch of extra large shrimp before leaving home) .... Saturday - precook as many items as possible, begin stocking up RO cooking water, remove and clean the necessary pot and burner out .... Sunday - put it all together and have a good gathering .... projected weather ===> high 79 with 76% humidity, 40% chance of scattered Thunderstorms, 8 mph SE wind .... all-in--all, not bad
            Jim
            '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
            '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
            '04 Sea Pro 180DC
            '17 Elio reserved

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            • #81
              I don't know how many of you have moved away from the area in which you grew up but if you did, you probably can relate to this. As we drive around this area, I have many 'flashbacks' of events of the past. It is nice to be able to go 'home' again.

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              • #82
                its been a beautiful 4th in east central South Dakota .... understand from our kids that they've had pretty strong thunderstorms back home .... at noon we grilled burgers at a relatives and later mowed under our slide overhangs .... we have to get serious in the morning about getting ready for Sunday's Frogmore .... we've been in Estelline for 3 weeks and since our arrival we have put over 500 miles on our truck .... if things continue as they appear, we'll be pushing 4,500 miles covered by the time we get back home
                Jim
                '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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                • #83
                  our only agenda items for today have been going uptown to buy ice to precool our big cooler and a trip to Walmart in Brookings for a meds refill and buy groceries needed for Sunday's family gathering .... thankfully this morning's rain has passed .... hopefully things will have a couple of days to dry out before the next storms roll through .... big day on tap for tomorrow precooking and preparing food items for Sunday's Frogmore .... in addition, testing the burner used cooking the Frogmore is a top priority
                  Jim
                  '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
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                  '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                  • #84
                    today has truly beautiful day in the neighborhood .... its been a long time since we ran our Holland Companion for something over 5 hours .... we are now about as ready as we can get for tomorrow's gathering of Maureen's family .... the plan for tomorrow is to start cooking around 9:30 and eat around 1PM .... after tomorrow our customary organization of July family gathering will have been met .... I always enjoy it but do freely admit that I'm also happy to see it over
                    Jim
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                    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                    • #85
                      Lots of work goes into hosting one of those. Fun while it lasts but glad when it's over.
                      Clif and Millie
                      Mabank, TX (sorta)
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                      • #86
                        dead on .... grilling/carving meats was yesterday .... prepping veggies begins about 9AM .... burner will be lit around 10:30 .... cooking begins around 11 .... serve around 12:30
                        Jim
                        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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                        • #87
                          Jim,
                          Inquiring minds are wondering how it went.
                          Been following your adventures.

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                          • #88
                            its become a family tradition and really went well .... one of those things that we really look forward to and are somewhat relieved once its over ....
                            Jim
                            '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                            '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                            '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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                            • #89
                              for the most part, today was a relaxing one and for the most part, a beautiful one as well .... 2 housekeeping chores taken care of --- cleaned and placed the Frogmore cooking gear back in storage --- had to drive 3 blocks to town where we refilled one of our camper's 40lb propane tanks .... sadly, refilling tanks is expensive out here but its cheaper than hauling it 50+ miles to save a few bucks at the next place where we can get it filled ....
                              Jim
                              '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                              '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                              '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                              '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                              '17 Elio reserved

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                              • #90
                                shortly after noon the rain moved on and things begin to dry out .... we were scheduled to drive to at nearby town tonight to watch a couple of relatives kids play baseball ... apparently, their playing field hasn't dried out sufficiently so the games have been cancelled .... can't say that I'm sorry .... we've been here for about a month and I don't recall a single day passing without friends from years gone by dropping in to visit with Maureen .... as noted in post 1 in this thread, we've had to change our route home .... its hard to believe that a road we need to travel on our way home is still closed following flooding last March .... now that reservations have been changed, we can only hope there won't be any further flooding or other such disruptions
                                Jim
                                '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                                '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                                '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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