|I like to take shots of my camping sites and set-ups wherever I go.|
I was about 28 miles out heading toward my campground of choice when the dashboard lit up with a “check engine” warning light. It freaked me out, immediately. This is the first hint of anything to go wrong since I purchased this newer model SUV capable of towing my travel trailer. I pulled over, shut off the engine, popped the hood and checked the engine compartment. Absolutely nothing looked out-of-place or out-of-order from normal. The engine was running well up to that point … or so I thought.
Finding no apparent issues, I restarted the engine and listened carefully for anything that didn’t sound just right. I heard nothing, so I carefully drove forward, gaining speed and pulled out onto the highway as traffic permitted then drove the rest of the way with the CD player off … listening and watching the road and the dashboard gauges.
At the moment, I had to keep these in mind while navigating to my selected campground, as darkness loomed. Setting up by flashlight is a bit more difficult since some tasks take two hands to accomplish. I did what I could and essentially needed to do, then went inside, set-up the cable TV, my computer so forth, while my supper was on the stove. I’d finish up the set-up and awning extension early in the morning.
At the first opportunity, I took the car to an auto parts store to hook-up my car to their diagnostic device so that it could “talk” to the car’s on-board computer. The answer is (drum roll, please) … the Torque Converter Clutch Solenoid is stuck in the OFF position. The auto parts store did not have the part, but the bad news is that someone will have to drop the transmission fluid pan to access the part and replace it. Best estimates are: Parts=$80, Labor 8+hours at whatever their rate is.
Immediate repair will have to wait. I have no choice.
Instead, I proceeded to make plans to see whatever I can for free or reasonable admission prices. After paying the monthly rate for camping as well as a deposit for metered electricity use, available and budgeted funds are limited. I’m considering looking for a job – heaven forbid.
However, I took part of Monday – a rainy day – to visit the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. This was the group of young men who defended England and Europe from the skies during World War II.
|The Flying 8-Ball Museum as viewed from the access road.|
|Vietnam War Era F-4 Phantom Jet. The U.S. Marine Corps also had F-4s in their combat inventory.|
|This B-17 Bomber, "City of Savannah" is a restoration project - in progress.|
|In WW-II, Air Force operations were based in England. It is fitting to have this English Chapel of the Fallen Eagles here.|
|The Memorial Gardens - I roamed, viewed and experienced it with silence and all due respect.|
|This reflecting pool was dedicated to Captain Benton F. Love, Jr. of the 351st Bombardment Group.|
As I travel to see this beautiful countryside and meeting new people, I want to visit such places dedicated to the history and greatness of the citizens who helped make our great land, great. It is also my hope that folks discover these places to visit, enjoy and show your respect and reverence.
Thanks for your visit.