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Wednesday the 16th of January we finally got a respite in the weather, and made plans to go to the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.
One of the major draws for this museum is a set of full-size replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships; the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria.
Joan and I were really surprised at how small the ships were! The photo below shows Joan on the main deck of the Pinta.
You can see that the replicas have fallen into disrepair, and most of these two vessels is riddled with rot. The museum guide says that salt water is being pumped onto them daily to keep the ships from further deterioration.
We found it interesting that there was no galley on these ships. A crude stove was lit in a sand-box on the deck to heat food. When the weather was rough- you ate a cold meal. Most perishable foods were consumed within the first several weeks at sea- after that it was hardtack and salty meat.
The museum has many very awesome displays which I will not try to cover in this blog. There are rooms dedicated to: Earth Science, Natural History, Reptiles of South Texas, Sugar Cropping, and more.
A couple of interesting exhibits caught our attention. One is this display on loan from the Smithsonian that shows clay figurines that were created 400 to 900 years before Christ!
Several days ago, despite cold and wet weather, we were also able to scoot up to Goliad, Texas, about 50 miles away to visit their Saturday market in the town square.
The Joys of Ammonia RefrigerationBefore we left Medford last November, we had a recall service done on the refrigerator, which entailed the addition of a temperature cut-off sensor and switch to keep the refer cooling unit from super-heating and catching the coach on fire.
After a quick web search (love the community) I found that steady red means that the device had sensed an overload and shut down the refer unit. I bypassed the safety device and the fridge started to cool again. I also discovered that two other coaches had experienced the same fault, so I helped others to diagnose the problem the same way I had.
We left it this way till the weather abated, then decided we needed a more permanent solution.
Tuesday the 15th I noticed that a small lump of carpet was caught up in the bottom seal of our forward slide-out room. The weather was cold and wet, but I was bored, so I thought I'd go out and see if I could pull the carpet out a bit and see what was going on. Turns out that when we installed the new vinyl flooring last winter, I wasn't able to get every little bit of the old carpet and pad out from under the platform that supports the sofa in the slide room, and now it was being caught-up and expelled as the room moved in and out. There was only an 18" by 12" opening to reach into and the opening ran 14 feet down the side of the motorhome. I had to get it out in one long piece cause I could only just reach one end of the strip of carpet. Long story short- about 8' into the long tubular opening-(way beyond my reach) the installers had paced a 1" nylon washer on the carpet and fired three 1" staples into to it and down through the carpet. It was not going to come loose until I went out and bought an 1/8 inch by 3' piece of steel and used it as a driver- laid across the floor- under the couch and out through the seal at the bottom of the slide. I wish Joan had gotten a picture of me after working 3 hours to get that 6' by 4" wide strip of carpet and pad out of there.
A warm day today I was able to finish greasing the chassis, a job that I started in Dallas and never finished. I was also able to clean up the leaky stabilizing jack, in hopes of discovering where the leak is coming from. (it's not a big leak, that demands immediate attention thank goodness.)
On a sad note, I got word today that a dear friend of ours died of post-surgical complications yesterday. Paulette Davis, payroll clerk at Adroit, wife, mother, and grandmom passed away and left a huge hole in our hearts. Paulette was kind, gentle, funny,warm and loving- and she will be missed by many.
Love to all
Jeff and Joan