Stink Bug Trap, Glenrock Branch, Napier Mine and Metal Ford

4/18/14 Friday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

Just explored the world on our computers (with TV on in the background) this morning. Spoiled with Internet available in our RV here (with Wilson booster helping). A great tip I came across regards a trap for stink bugs. We picked up a number of them in October last year (Skyline Parkway) and are still finding them in the rig. Here is a trap for them, based on their attraction to light.

TRAP: 2 liter pop bottle (straight sided Pepsi), very well cleaned

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electrical tape (cover bottom of bottle from bottom of label to underneath)

masking tape (4 ladders)

LED light (battery operated) (Sylvania dotted silver LED) Home Depot

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Use between midnight and dawn (so they are attracted to YOUR light)

(Thanks Marie for sharing this on the Thousand Trails/Outdoor World Facebook site)

 

Cut top off bottle top at top of label with razor blade (smooth cut), you will turn this funnel upside down to fit inside bottle (later). Take label off – can score with razor blade. Place electrical tape (wide) around outside starting at bottom of label area. This is so none of your light escapes there, thus letting the bugs enjoy the show without going inside to see it. Place your LED light inside at the bottom, with button to turn on at top. Place masking tape on 4 “sides” that go over the top edge a bit – to help the critters get up the plastic. They’ll fall in and won’t be able to get out. In the morning you can tie a plastic bag tightly over the bottle to suffocate them, then toss them down a toilet.

Demo on YouTube by the inventor. Call 412-821-1000 to have him send you one ($25 including postage).

We got out of Dodge again, on to the Trace near our campground.

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John is contemplating if he should jump to the other side (he was curious about a cemetery we saw at the top).  Not really.

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The Napier Mine was an open mine. If you walk between the fenced viewing area and shelter you’ll find a little path in the red dirt. It’s worth taking.

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After our wonderful breath of nature we forgot to take our campground walk. Oh well, you can’t be perfect. I got busy making our macaroni salad for the potluck dinner tomorrow. Marie came over to coordinate our plans. She found out that management is supplying all our serve ware as well as the ham.

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Jack’s Branch and Laurel Hill Managed Fishing Lake

4/17/14 Thursday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

Quiet morning, getting caught up with emails and researching cleaning the hot water tank. John doesn’t like to read instructions. I pulled up a video on You Tube. Hmm lots that he didn’t do.

After lunch we figured, as beautiful as it was, we needed to get out of Dodge. On to the Trace where we came to one of the many lovely stops, Jack’s Branch. We’ve figured out that around these parts Branch is their way of saying a branch of a river, so a creek or brook. We took nice stone steps down to the creek. Notice the rock shelf all across the stream.

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Then to our real destination, Laurel Hill, recommended by some friends. I had to get a photo of the sidewalk bridge from the restroom!

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Wouldn’t you know, we saw Amish enjoying a day off and fishing there, so of course I had to take photos (from behind). There were 3 horses (2 carriages). The last image is of “Mr. Shy” who stood stock still the whole time I was taking pictures, watching me. Was he daring me to take his photo?

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We continued to Lawrenceburg for groceries, then home. Once the food was put away we went for our walk. Both yesterday and today John was the one who proposed our walk; so proud of him.

After our brisk stroll I got back to my book “The Girl Who Played With Fire”. Such a great story!!! It took all my discipline to leave it each time I had to do something else. Now I really want to read the last book of the trilogy. By the way, John rarely reads anything other than Louis L’Amour but he read the 1st book by Stieg Larsson and is now beginning this second book I just finished.

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Heartbleed Web Server Vulnerability and Cleaning Hot Water Tank

4/16/14 Wednesday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

Yes, it was very cold last night. So much so that the frost was still on the grass in the sunshine this morning.

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W hung out in the rig all morning. John checked out his computer and TV shows while I worked at solving the Heartbleed issue. Justin (our computer whiz son) said that this is a web server vulnerability (not a virus). Thus some of the websites we visit may never have been vulnerable to it while others were but have (since April 7th when the news broke) patched that vulnerability. Then others are still vulnerable. Justin felt small websites (like for Credit Unions) were unlikely to be attacked by the Heartbleed hackers, so he’s not worried about those. He said most large websites will give you notice on their home page about their status in it’s regard. He gave me a website to use for checking if others were okay: www.filippo.io/Heartbleed. I used it but many of my websites didn’t show as good. You can also Google “site” and “heartbleed”. Since I consider our financial websites the most important I started there. I couldn’t find an announcement at our main one, so I called our advisor and he read their announcement, assuring me it was never vulnerable. In those cases (never vulnerable) you don’t have to do anything. Next I checked my email accounts. In most of those (like Google.com, Hotmail.com, Outlook.com and Yahoo.com) it seems they were patched. That means there is a small possibility someone used that small time of vulnerability to access my account possibly getting my password. So in an excess of caution I’ve changed my passwords for those accounts. Besides, we’re supposed to do that every 6 months or so anyway. Amazon.com was another site that was patched, that we’d happened to use during that small window of time (Xtend and Climb Ladder), wouldn’t you know. Thus went my morning.  UPDATE:  Comment by Justin below.  Google chromebleed or foxbleed if you are using either browser.  After installing this program it will let you know if the website you are entering is vulnerable.

Later John worked on a project: Clean out of our hot water tank. I first knew of it when he appeared with all sorts of insulation looking bits on his sweatshirt and t shirt. He’d forgotten to turn off the water (not to mention the washer/dryer was still running) before opening the tank. Blast of water on him. After shutting all water off it burst out again, but that time he was ready. I’m really glad it wasn’t worse. We relaxed the rest of the afternoon with reading and such. It was warming up and still sunny (almost 60 degrees) so we took our walk around the campground. We stopped at Marie’s place to ask if she’s coming to the potluck Saturday. She hadn’t heard about it and is excited to come.

At that time someone with a 5th wheel was nearby wanting to use the site next to her, but a black car was parked on it. A note was on the windshield from the ranger: This is a full hook up site, not an overflow site. Please contact management. This appeared to be someone saving the spot for a friend. A big no-no. I’m not thrilled with people who think they have more rights (more need?) than everyone else. Sure enough, a few hours later we saw a Class A motor home parked there. Sheesh

 

 

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Nashville: Camping World, Costco and Johnny Cash Museum

4/15/14 Tuesday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

Note:  we were exploring the Natchez Trace last year at right about this same time of year.  If you’re curious you can click on the Tennessee word in the Category Cloud to the right to visit those blog posts.

Cold as predicted but no snow. It rained throughout the night. D/S area has some wet at the edge.

As planned, we took off about 8:30 am, traveling for a while on my most favorite road of all, the Natchez Trace Parkway (National Park)

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We thought to turn to WSM 650 on the AM radio (the Grand Old Opry station) well before arriving at the Nashville Camping World at 10:15 am, We talked awhile with the salesperson. She commented that her gladiolas were really going to be upset. They are predicting 22 degree weather tomorrow morning. Ah Spring. We walked through a couple rigs, but no “winner” yet. On to Costco for nitrogen in the CRV’s tires and a couple grocery items as well as lunch. We were getting our gas there when the Rand McNalley GPS starting acting strange – showing us moving when we were just sitting at the gas pump.

When we did get moving it kept showing the car in places it wasn’t so it gave us bad directions. John was kind of feeling his way toward a freeway when he thought of my phone app: Waze. Why didn’t I think of it? So I got the address in the Waze just in time for it to direct us to make a turn towards Broadway and on to our goal: the Johnny Cash Museum. Oh yeah parking in Nashville – not so easy.

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John simply cruised around that block turning in to a parking lot. We found ourselves face to face with another car in a one lane spot but John saw a space to turn left into, a tight fit between 2 cars, that led us to a different parking lot. Whew! $10 for 1.5 hours. Not cheap. The plus is that we were at the back of the museum, although we still had to walk around to the front.

Johnny Cash Museum tickets: $14/senior.

Cash’s real (birth certificate) name is J.R. Cash. He was born in 1932 in Arkansas, one of 7 children. His father got into a farm program where he received 20 acres of cotton and farmed it with the help of his children.

Can you find him in his high school class? On his senior trip he realized his dream, going to the Grand Ole Opry, where he saw June Carter for the first time. After graduating he got a job at an automotive plant in Michigan.

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He returned to Dyess County 2 weeks later and enlisted in the Air Force where they insisted that he have a first name so he chose John. He was a Morse Code Intercept Operator using a radio receiver like this one. You also see reflections of images of Johnny on the opposite wall.

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During this time he met Vivian in San Antonio. When he was deployed to Germany he corresponded frequently with his love, Vivian. They married as soon as he returned home, in 1954.

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They moved to Memphis where he worked in a variety of jobs including appliance salesman. He also attended radio broadcast school while trying to get his break in the music field. After several attempts to get Sam Phillip’s attention at Sun Records he finally got a chance to record for him. Even then one of his band members dropped out that day. Nevertheless he recorded “Hey Porter” with the Tennessee Two. It wasn’t as huge a hit, though, as his next, “Cry, Cry, Cry”. It cracked the Billboard’s top 20. His next hits also were chart singles winners. His career song, “I Walk The Line” immediately shot to #1, staying in the top for 43 weeks.

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In 1956 he got to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. He’d always wanted to succeed in gospel music so he switched from Sun to Columbia records. He felt he had a better chance with Columbia because Sam Phillips didn’t feel gospel was for Cash.

Late in 1965 he was arrested for trying to smuggle amphetamines into Mexico. After a serious auto accident and near fatal overdose Vivian divorced him, unable to tolerate his unpredictable behavior and long term absence while on the road (about 200 concerts a year). By then Cash had moved to Nashville where he roomed with Waylon Jennings.

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He’d begun a relationship with June Carter who helped him overcome his addictions and embrace Christianity. By the time they married in 1968 they’d been performing regularly, with a number of hit duets like “Jackson”

Cash fell in love with the house on the lake at 200 Caudill Drive. As the original owner was having it built he talked him into selling it – to Cash, shortly before he married June. Cash hosted all sorts of musicians here, even Presidents and fans. The sort of place where music is born. When both Johnny and June had died (she in May of 2003 from complications due to a routine surgery, he in  September 2003 after recording the Nine Inch Nails hit “Hurt”), the house was sold to the Bee Gees singer in 2006. In the midst of renovation a spark ignited flammable preservatives used in the home.

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When our 1.5 hrs were up we were on our way home. Thanks to Waze showing where traffic is really backed up, we took a clear easy route right onto I-65, US 412 and the Trace to home. When we were well past Nashville our Rand McNalley GPS started working properly. Hmm.

Because we don’t expect rain for several days we pulled in our bedroom and unhooked the water hose, bringing our water filter inside.

 

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Cleaning Vinyl Surfaces

4/14/14 Monday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

It started raining at 1 am instead of 3 am, but of course we were ready. Kept hearing it through the night but the good thing is it wasn’t real heavy most of the time, though there was a lot of wind. In the morning I checked our D/S leak. It was just a little damp and that slide is out.

I spent my morning cleaning house with several small extra projects: cleaning the shower, dusting the mini blinds, cleaning our heat pump and space heater filters and the best one: cleaning our vinyl chairs. We’d learned at the Rally that Neutragena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser is the best way to clean vinyl. It’s in an upside down tube (lid at bottom) and colored orange. You’ll find it in the skin care section of a drug store. Most everything else I’ve tried just didn’t get down into the “pores” like this does. John’s chair almost looks new!

We decided to put off Nashville until tomorrow because now the rain is supposed to come in the afternoon, with big thunderstorms. No sense driving in that, much less treking between various Rvs. In the end the rain held off until nighttime. Go figure. I enjoyed my wonderful crime mystery book while John enjoyed his old Western TV shows. It’s so nice to have the choice to take it easy when you feel like it. It’s supposed to get really cold tonight (not freezing until tomorrow), with possibility of snow flurries. Windy still.

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Restful Day

4/13/14 Sunday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

Went to Sacred Heart Church in Lawrenceburg, about ½ hour away. Easy drive and Mass was actually at 10:30 am like the Internet said! This church reminded me of John’s original church in Leavenworth-small with a 2nd floor balcony for the choir. Lots of young families (children) too. We find that usually when we go to a church it’s a ways away, in a city, so often near good grocery stores thus we end up shopping on Sundays a lot. Same today.

Another easy going day with John watching golf (The Masters) and I researching RV purchasing. We plan to go to the Camping World at Nashville to look at RVs so I’m trying to get more informed. It was warm enough but really windy, so not a comfortable day to sit outside. We did have a visitor – our nearby neighbor, Marie, came over to ask where we were from in Washington State. She’s from Bremerton, traveling alone, but her brother will be joining her in a few days. They’re going on to the North East Coast too.  We had a nice visit.

After supper John saw that rain was predicted to fall during the night and on through Monday, so we got the bedroom slide in so we didn’t have to worry about our water leak there. He was kind enough to also remind me that I was going to clean house tomorrow and so I had time to clean the bedroom before we moved that slide in.

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Catching Up and Relaxing

4/12/14 Saturday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

This morning I continued progress on our laundry and finally got my blog writing/posting all caught up. That sure felt good! John watched TV after cleaning the bugs off our front windshield.

For the afternoon we took a hike (rather hilly place) around the campground. John found a Louis L’Amour book at the book exchange, I found “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff About Money”. I’m still reading “The Girl Who Played With Fire” though. The rest of our afternoon was like yesterday: I was outside in the sun reading while John stayed inside watching TV, mostly golf. No rain after supper, thankfully. It’s been breezy but lovely warm temperatures.

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