Friday, November 5, 2021

Ohio to Florida - backroads

Xenia Ohio to Silver Springs Florida - No Interstates

Kingsport, TN

Mountains, fall leaves, cotton ready to be picked.

Augusta, Ga

Downtown Halloween party with music and trick or treating

Luigi's Italian restaurant, downtown Augusta, not really that great.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Ocala Arts Festival 2021

Finally got to try the Brisket Sandwich; was very good! Next time looking for the Smash Burger.




Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Sam Stroup


Samuel James "Sam" Stroup

( October 23, 1962 - October 22, 2021 )

Samuel J. Stroup, 58, of Spring Valley, Ohio passed away Friday, October 22nd, 2021, at Soin Medical Center. He was born in Nuremberg, Germany on October 23rd, 1962 the son of James and Wilma (Boerner) Stroup. He volunteered with the Spring Valley Township Fire Department for 15 years and was a member of New Burlington Masonic Lodge #574. He had a successful career spanning over 25 years as a Golf Course Superintendent, winning the MVGCSA Golf Course Superintendent of the Year Award in 2009, and was currently employed at Dodds Memorials in Xenia, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Stroup, and his mother-inlaw, Georgia (Gaffin) Blythe. He is survived by his wife, Debby (Blythe) Stroup, whom he married on September 21st, 1985, two sons, Zachery (Amanda) and Cory (Malissa) Stroup, four grandchildren, Abigail, Ava, Olivia, and Aiden Stroup, mother, Wilma (Boerner) Stroup, father-in-law, Lawrence Blythe, two sisters, Jenifer (Travis) Lansing and Shery (Billy) Baker, sister-in-law, Rita (Robert) Glaser, nieces, Jennifer (Brian) Vandergriff, Jessica (Dustin) Orner, Julie (Marcus) Lehman, and Alysa Snell (Dagny Barga), and  nephew Tahner Snell (Kaili Deck), along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces, great  nephews, and many close friends.

He enjoyed building things, traveling, camping trips to Kentucky, and
spending time with friends and family. His greatest enjoyment came from
spending time with his grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Neeld
Funeral Home in Xenia, Ohio on Thursday October 28th, 2021 from 5-8
PM with a memorial service beginning at 7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers,
the family asks that donations be made in Sam's name to a charity of your

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Cedar Key 51st Annual Seafood Festival

We went later in the day hoping to miss any large crowds.
Worked out pretty good.

Jeni was driving through the woods at 60 mph while I was looking for Bears, Snakes, Deer, etc when she says you have to look up in the trees to see if the bears are up there. Like that Eagle - what? Stop the car, turnaround, drive back - there it is!


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Inspiration4 Rocket Launch

Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit. The mission will be commanded by Jared Isaacman, the 38-year-old founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot and adventurer. Named in recognition of the four-person crew that will raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, this milestone represents a new era for human spaceflight and exploration.


Saturday, August 28, 2021

Deland, FL

Enjoed lunch at Tables restaurant in Deland, FL.
Lots of interesting shops to visit.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Time to study some more

 The ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio is your ticket to every privilege granted to amateur radio operators all frequencies, operating modes, and power levels. It has all the questions and answers, with detailed explanations, for examinations taken between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2024. To upgrade to Amateur Extra, you must already hold a General class license (or have recently passed all of the exams required for a General license). This guide is all you need to not only pass the exam but understand the material. You'll study small sections at a time: Operating Practices Rules and Regulations Electrical Principles Components and Building Blocks Electronic Circuits Radio Signals and Measurements Radio Modes and Equipment Antennas and Feed Lines Topics in Radio Propagation

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The Lake Apopka North Shore is a true diamond in the rough. The restoration of former muck farms has transformed this area into a haven for wildlife and a jewel for the recreating public. The 20,000 acres that make up the Lake Apopka North Shore, were once part of the lake itself. However, these valuable wetlands were separated from the lake in 1941 by a large levee. This decreased the size of Lake Apopka from more than 50,000 acres, to just over 30,000 acres. Lake Apopka is the state’s fourth-largest lake and is fed by a natural spring, rainfall and stormwater runoff. The headwaters of the Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes, the lake was designated for cleanup under the Surface Water Improvement and Management Act of 1987.

A Sunday Afternoon drive with Gary & Liz Colgan