Mister Wants A Hammock . . .

Saw this video online and now Mister wants one of his own.

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A few days ago I posted this amazing video of a quadcopter drone flying around and through a fireworks show. Here it is again if you missed it.

It was done in West Palm Beach, FL, but as I thought it wasn’t this past 4th of July, but back in May during West Palm Beach’s Sunfest..

And now the pilot is being investigating by the FAA because in flying through the fireworks, he may have flown too close to the airport. Of course the question is, how many planes would be flying through the fireworks, anyway, since the airspace had already been cleared for the show.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/faa-investigating-drone-shot-video-of-fireworks-ov/ngbh4/

And it sounds like the guy lives in South Africa, anyway.

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A little before 5 we headed out with Nick and Terry to have dinner at the Sherman House Restaurant in Batesville. We had hoped to eat here on Monday when we got to the park, but they’re closed on Mondays, so we went Mexican.

The Sherman House has been around since 1852 and has a great menu, including a lot of German specialties, as well as a really good salad bar. So we were really looking forward to it tonight.

But when we got to the restaurant, we found a large chalkboard out front that said, “Sorry for the Inconvenience. We closed at 4pm today.”

Bummer!

So we decided to try the nearby Chinese Buffet that had pretty good reviews.

THEY WERE WRONG!   And I’m not going to say anymore about it.

We even tried to save the evening with a stop at Dairy Queen on the way home, and they got a coup;le of our orders wrong.

Maybe we should have just stayed home.

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Got this picture today of Landon and his daddy, Lowell. Really looking forward to seeing them in August.

Lowell and Landon 2

Tomorrow we’re going into Cincinnati to see some sights.
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Thought for the Day:

"America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." – Clair Wolf’

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No Drones were Harmed in the Making of this Video . . .

First up, I thought you might want to check out this video of a drone quadcopter flying around and through a fireworks display. Supposedly it was done off West Palm Beach, FL, but I’m not sure if it was done this 4th of July , or a previous year. But it is amazing.

And if you want to try this yourself, and have about $1300 to spare, this is what was used.

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter          DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter 2

New DJI Phantom 2 with GoPro Hero 3+

And amazingly enough, the drone survived this experience to fly another day.

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On our last day here in Elkhart, the weather was still nice enough to once again sit outside with our coffee and muffins. Nick and Terry were sleeping in this morning so Mister decided to use Nick’s chair to catch some rays.

Mister in Nick's Chair

We also had a number of these guys running around, poking up out of their holes and looking around.

Elkhart Prairie Dogs 1

Elkhart Prairie Dogs 2

They seem to be some sort of prairie dogs. Both chipmunks and ground squirrels have pointy ears, and chipmunks also have stripes. But these have no stripes and no ears, but they’re smaller than other prairie dogs we’ve seen around the country.

For his part, Mister finally just laid down in the grass and went to sleep, oblivious to all the wildlife around him.

Mister in the Grass 3

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Since we were supposed to have rain later this afternoon, I went ahead and started putting away the chairs and other outside stuff so it would stay dry. I also packed away some stuff inside that I could go ahead and put up.

Later, after a nice nap, we headed out about 5pm with Nick and Terry to have dinner at Culver’s. We really like this place and I’m glad to see they’re coming to Texas.

After dinner, we made a quick stop at the nearby Wal-Mart. I wanted to get a new water filter to start using as soon as we get away from the bad, iron-rich water here in Elkhart. And I also grabbed a bottle of Diesel Kleen to dump in the fuel tank when we fill up tomorrow on our way to the Indian Lakes Thousand Trails down in Batesville, IN

When we got back to the rig, I had planned to go ahead and hitch up the truck, but I quickly realized that when we came back from having our windshield replaced I didn’t pull far enough forward to leave room to hook up without hanging over into the access road behind us.

So tomorrow it is.

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Thought for the Day:

Laws should be written only in simple sentences, no compound sentences allowed, and should be limited in length to one page, legal sized paper. This would solve a lot of problems.

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