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Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty…

Jim says:

In yesterday’s Blog entry I ranted and raved about the U.S. Postal Service. and it was well deserved.

When I went to the Pensacola Post Office on Friday in search of my package and it wasn’t there…Sandy (who would be the only employee working there on Saturday), volunteered to call me if it came in. She did call and it did come in. Hallelujah!

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Sandy – A service orientated postal employee.

The Priority Mail package that took five days from St. Louis, Missouri to Pensacola, Florida, a distance of 734 miles. I think it must have traveled by Mule-Express!

Back to the motorhome…time to install this puppy dog. Its function is to take the 20 volts created by the solar panel and reduce it to 14.1 volts so the coach batteries do not boil. Once the batteries are fully charged it shuts off the current flow. When I use the batteries for a function like watching TV, the controller once again allows the current to flow into the batteries until they reach full charge.

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Not a very complicated device…just have to be sure to get the wires in the right connection.

It took about one-half hour to install properly. The reason it malfunctioned was because the original installer did not properly secure the wires to something stable. While bouncing down the road the wires jiggled around and broke the connector off of the circuit board. I’ve got the wires secured now and hopefully I’ll not have to deal with this issue again.

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Installation complete…functioning properly.

Sandy retires in one year, two months and two weeks and wants to go RVing! Happy Trails, Sandy!

Thanks, Sandy for going out of your way to assist me!

Thanks to American Legion Post #240 in Pensacola, Florida for allowing me to park in their lot for the last 13 days while I took care of this matter.

I’ll be back on the road again soon.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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Waiting on the United States Post Office in Pensacola, Florida…

Jim says: I’m ready to move on, but I cannot.

In my many years of RVing, I’ve used a General Delivery address with the U.S. Post Office system numerous times. I’ve never had a situation quite like this one…

The norm is to pick a post office located in a smaller town where I expect to be in about 4-7 days (depending on how far out in the boonies it’s located) and my mail is sitting there waiting for me when I arrive. Now I’m sitting in a larger city waiting on my mail!

Last Monday I gave two different mailers my General Delivery address here in Pensacola. The first one was a smaller package sent from Stuart, Florida…only 534 miles away…it arrived yesterday…after four days. The post office clerks can only shrug their shoulders when I ask why. Between two major cities, 2-3 days is what it should normally take.

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Photo courtesy of the United States Post Office.

Now, I’m just sitting here in Pensacola, Florida waiting for the U.S. Post Office to get my solar panel charge controller back to me. I had sent it to the manufacturer for repair in St. Louis, Missouri, only 734 miles distant. They told me they put it in the mail last Monday…and here I sit…waiting. I cannot leave until it arrives and my solar charging system does not work without this component. In addition, I’ve seen all of the interesting things to see here (at least for me) and the daily temperatures are running about 80 degrees…a little warm for me. In addition, the motorhome waste water tanks are approaching full and the nearest dump station is 30 miles away.

One would tend to think, the longer you do a function the better you get at doing it. Not necessarily true…at least when it comes to government!

I’ve got my fingers crossed for today! Fortunately, I’ve got a lot of good books!

Why is a good book like an RV? Because both can take you to many wonderful places!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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Fort Barrancas, Pensacola, Florida

Jim says: Barrancas in Spanish means “bluffs” and that’s where this fort is built…on the bluffs overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay. The Spanish completed Fort San Carlos de Barrancas and Bateria de San Antonio (the water battery) in 1797. The water battery used to bounce cannon balls off of the waters in the bay and into enemy ships. The water battery makes Fort Barrancas very unique as it is the only one in existence in all of the forts in the United States.

From 1839 to 1844, the U.S. Army with a force of some 60 contracted slaves made improvements to the Spanish water battery and built Fort Barrancas over the ruins of San Carlos de Barrancas. It is said to contain 6 million bricks.

I’ve been to many old forts in my travels and spent and enjoyable 1.5 hours exploring this most unique one.

Here’s a few photos I took…

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Enemies attempting to enter Pensacola Bay had to approach from the Gulf of Mexico (bottom of photo).
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Three forts protected the bay entrance. This diagram shows the range of their guns and overlapping fields of fire. Fort McRee no longer exists…the remains are underwater.
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This model shows Fort Barrancas and the white part is the Water Battery and it faces the entrance to Pensacola Bay.
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This view of Fort Barrancas shows the only entrance via a drawbridge. The Gulf of Mexico is to the left of this view.
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The entrance to Pensacola Bay as seen from the wall atop Fort Barrancas.
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Fort Barrancas as seen from the Water Battery. The Gulf of Mexico is at my back.

To see the other 50 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/FortBarrancasFL041510

Fort Barrancas is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is part of the National Park system. Here’s the official government website…
http://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-barrancas.htm

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the Gulf Islands National Seashore…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Islands_National_Seashore

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Fort Barrancas…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Barrancas

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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Pensacola Historical Museum

Jim says: As you might imagine, Pensacola, Florida being a major seaport on the Gulf of Mexico has an interesting and colorful history. It’s known as the City of Five Flags. Since its founding in 1523, the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, The Confederacy and The United States have flown over it. Old Hickory” Andrew Jackson accepted Pensacola from Spain on February 22, 1820.

Yesterday I spent an enjoyable hour in this smaller, but very well done museum.

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Like most seapots, Pensacola had a Red Light District.

To see the other 22 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/PensacolaHistoricalMuseumFL041410#

Here’s the official website link…
http://www.pensacolahistory.org/Museum.html

Here’s a City off Five Flags Legacy website link…
http://www.visitpensacola.com/celebratepensacola/legacy.asp

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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A Scouting Expedition Of Sorts…

Jim says: Yesterday I headed out on a scouting expedition of sorts. I drove the Bronco about 35 miles east along the Gulf Highway. I stopped at a couple of VFW’s where I may want to park my motorhome. They had smaller parking lots so I’m unsure about them. Then to a Camping World Store and bought some needed items.

Then I crossed the Navarre Causeway Bridge on to Santa Rosa Island.

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Approaching Santa Rosa Island with the Gulf of Mexico in the background.

Turning right I drove the two lane road that runs westerly for about 20 miles back to Pensacola Beach. In the middle between the two extremity points is a 7 miles stretch of a gorgeous white sugar sand beach.

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The Gulf Islands National Seashore white sugar sand is just about blinding in the Florida sun. This stretch is 7 miles of zero development.

I wanted to explore possible overnight parking places. Lo and behold, I found several where I can park the motorhome overnight and no charge. The fees do not start until Memorial Day Weekend. So, when I depart my present location at the American Legion in Pensacola…this is where I will head.

How long will I stay? Who knows? Whenever to mood strikes me…I’ll move on. I just love being a full-time RVer!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida – Day 3

Jim says: Yesterday was the final and a 4.5-hour day at the museum.

Here’s a few photos of some things I saw…

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From the Art Gallery
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From the Art Gallery
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From the Art Gallery
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From the Art Gallery
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Tribute to Bob Hope’s 60 years of entertaining the troops.
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Loaded For Bear!

To see the other 56 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/NavalAirMuseumDay3040910#

Here’s the National Naval Aviation Museum official website link…
http://NavalAviationMuseum.org

Here’s a Wikipedia information link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_Naval_Aviation

Here’s a Facebook link…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pensacola-FL/National-Naval-Aviation-Museum/71553655173

On my final day I finished the first floor exhibits which included…
* The remainder of the U.S. Coast Guard,
* The Emil Buehler Naval Aviation Art Gallery,
* Modern Day Aircraft,
* Bob Hope’s 60 years of entertaining the troops, and
* I sat through two IMAX movies…The Magic of Flight and The Hubble (Telescope).
Here’s the links for the IMAX movies trailers…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMVRquMjNk8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO4ZWJlROwE

Well, three days (16.5 hours total) later I am finally done with my visit to this amazing museum. And what’s most amazing of all, IT’S FREE!…No admission charges to the Museum. IMAX films are $7.50. What a great experience!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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