Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

I must have gotten 10 emails asking me what it is like to spend the holidays on the road in an RV??

So much depends on where you are camped, I am lucky to be in an active park with plenty of group functions going on for the Holidays with a ton of nice people to share it with.

Sure, I don't have a "Tree" in the RV, but I do have Christmas Lights on the outside to contribute to the parks festive atmosphere! There is a tree in the clubhouse along with a ton of other decorations and I joined in to help with the decorating so it gets you in the spirit of things.

So my holiday plans are as follows!

Today, Christmas Day I will attend the Park Pot Luck Christmas Dinner at 2:00 pm - Park furnishes 4 Turkeys - 2 will be deep fried and 2 will be oven roasted and they are also baking a ham. The park residents all bring dishes to add to the main course and desserts - I am taking two pies.

New Years is another big party - with a prime rib dinner, live music and plenty of fun. We celebrate on Chicago Time so over earlier for the older folks...last year was fantastic and I expect this year to be the same.

What I have been up to!

I finished the Menu for the new restaurant nearby the park...nice place and great food!

Still loving my Camp Chef griddle and BBQ - Made grilled onions, foil wrapped baked potatoes and some boneless pork ribs the other night - this was just before I put on the BBQ Sauce!

Santa Arrived a couple days ago!

My followers all know I am in to photography and have a large amount of dollars invested in my equipment, well for the past three years there have been 2 items on my wish list and it looks like 2014 has been the year to acquire them.

Number one on my list was the top of the line weatherproof body by Olympus - I was lucky this summer to have a good friend, Toni Ard, who was selling her slightly used camera and we struck a deal and I got it in June. Three days ago my great Montana Friend Jim Flinchbaugh emailed me a link to the last item on my wish list - it was put up for sale by another photography forum friend and again was slightly used and the exact lens I have been wanting for a long time. It is one of Olympus's Super High Grade lens and rated as one of the best lenses they ever made. For the techie's it is a 150mm F:2 lens, affectionately called the Little Tuna. Olympus also makes a bigger telephoto a 300mm and it is called the Big Tuna, however not many people own that one as it sells for over $6000.00 new! And you rarely ever find one used. The 150 I am getting retails for $2499.00 and I am getting mine for less than half of that, so it was now or never.

The check is in the mail so to speak and I expect it will be arriving here at the park in another week or so!

Stay tuned - I will be shooting with this thing the moment it arrives and can't wait!

Merry Christmas my friends!!

Capt. Jim - "The Gypsy"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jim,

    Glad to see you're having a Merry Christmas in the park over there. I've been keeping up with your travels, just haven't taken the time to post a comment until now. I did see you comment about us Prius owners all being morons and I hope you did "really" mean all. :) Take care and be safe. Love the photos and hope to see more with the new lens.