Roughing It, In Style.

Posted by on April 22, 2012

Got up at 6:15 am so that Michael could get ready for work and I could make him some breakfast before he left.  While I made breakfast (scrambled eggs, bacon & banana bread) Michael made a fire to warm himself…  LOL

Michael's 'campfire'!

Michael left just about 7:30 am to head over to pick up the weapons that they will be using this week for Best Warrior.  He was only gone about an hour and a half before he came back to sit and wait for the rest of the soldiers to get to Ft. Rucker.  Since he had the weapons in the Government van he had to sit with them and basically guard them until they were able to get more secure accommodations.

Very pretty campground

I noticed this morning that the fee for our passports, that I sent off on April 12, was taken out of our checking account.  So that tells me that they got the renewal applications and have begun working on them.  It will be interesting to see how quick the turn around is.

We brought the satellite dish along thinking that it would be a good time to see if we could get it set up and zoned in on a satellite.  Unfortunately, it rained from the time we got here yesterday until we went to bed so we didn’t get a chance to set it up.  Since Michael had some down time this morning while waiting for the rest of the soldiers to get here from Montgomery he worked on getting the satellite dish set-up.  He looked at a website online that was supposed to help him align with the satellites but it showed that there basically was no direct line due to all the trees.  He decided to buy an app (DishPoinerPro) for his Droid Bionic cell phone for $19.99 that was supposed to help find the satellites – and it did!  In no time he had the TV up and running!  Woohoo!  I will be able to watch TV all week!

Up and running! Woohoo!

About 1:30 pm our power went out.  The Camp Host had told us last night that they had been having power issues lately so we didn’t think a whole lot about it.  However, I did have a pot of chili simmering on the stove so we powered up the generator (something that needing doing anyway) and we were in business.  Even with the generator we had no water because the entire campground is without power which means the water doesn’t flow either – thankfully we had fresh water in our tank and were able to use it.

About 2:15ish Michael needed to leave to meet the rest of the soldiers and I had to go to the commissary so we headed onto main post although in separate vehicles.  We didn’t get very far down the road when we came upon a couple of MP cars in the middle of the road blocking the way.  We soon found out that a power line was down and lying across the road.  However, they’d made an off-road path around the power pole so that we could continue on our way.  Unfortunately, for a Greystone (a Heartland product!) 5th wheel that was headed out of the campground he was stuck until they could get things fixed.  When I came back from the commissary at 4:30 the power line was still down and I had to take the little off-road detour but the Greystone was nowhere to be seen.  Don’t know if he backed all the way up or if somehow they were able to get him across.  (We also have a Sundance in the campground!)

The car ahead of me going around the pole. You can see the downed power line if you look carefully

This is after the car went around the pole and is back on the road again. You can still see the downed line.

Whenever we come to an Army post it feels like coming home.  Being stationed in Montgomery where there is an Air Force Base was a bit hard to get used to…different uniforms, different customs, we have MPs (military police) they have SF (Security Forces), they call the PX a BX (post exchange vs base exchange).  So to be back among our own kind is nice!  LOL

Michael made it home about 6:30 pm and we had our dinner before he went over to take a shower.  I had a bit of a headache and chose to lie down in bed and read.  We made it an early night knowing that Michael has a tough week ahead.

2 Responses to Roughing It, In Style.

  1. Denise Wilson

    See the android system is wonderful…..just takes some getting used to

  2. 2psnapod1

    Nope…sorry…you can’t convince us…neither of us like the Droid. You can get the same app for an Iphone!

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