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Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Hi guys,

We use an Olympian, also. But ours is the slightly larger version that comes with removable legs. You can also get a storage pouch for it, which we do not bother with. The legs are great because you can move it around. It also has more BTU than the smaller one. One of the things we really like about this grill is that it is very hot. I can get it up to 700 degrees if I want - it gets hot enough to sear steaks with, which most RV grills do not. The only downside of this "hot" grill is that slow cooking is very difficult. On the lowest setting I have to slightly prop open the lid to keep it at 200 degrees. We have used this grill fulltime since '99. I have added a new burner, but other than that it keeps on cookin'.

Ours is plumbed directly into our main propane line. I just added a T, a valve and used 16' of propane hose with a quick connect on it. The hose stores in the propane compartment when not in use, but that would depend on where your compartment is located...ours in on the right side. I just deleted the regulator when put together the grill. We are tapped into the low pressure pipe that feeds the main "run" of the RV. This same hose also feeds our gas fireplace that we use for ambiance when real fires are not allowed.

I enjoy reading your journal. My wife and I spent three months in our motorhome this past winter and are now looking at fifth wheelers to go full timing. You mentioned wanting to get a sign with your names to hang on your RV.
I would sugest that you look at www.redwoodcountrysigns.com
(405) 392-4657 They have a large selection of signs.

Wow! The first picture with the tree reflections is truly beautiful and accurately captures the mood. What a day this must have been for you guys!

We all love the photos you take. What type of camera do you use? I have digital that is several years old. Takes great pics, but it doesn't have near the zoom capability yours seems to have.

Thanks for the info. I'm sure others will find it helpful as well. Of course you know me - I'd blow something up trying to do all that. :)

Glad you enjoy reading the Journal. Thanks for the sign tip.

It was a wonderful day. We think everyone should come visit the Okefenokee Swamp at least once. There is no place like it on earth.

We are glad folks like the photos. We do get a few questions on the camera, but this is the first in awhile. It's a good place to provide some info.

With all the web stuff and enjoying life, I don't like to take the time to touch up and process photos.

So everything you see is an untouched original version. Granted, I take a billion pictures to get one that is just right. :)

My camera is a Nikon D70 digital that comes standard with a 18-70mm lens. I also have a 70-300mm lens for the great zooms and close-ups.

Of course the proper lens is never on the camera at the right time, so I spend a lot of time fumbling to change lenses and trying not to drop them in the water or over a cliff. :)

Ninety percent of the time, I keep the setting on "Auto" and let the camera do the work. I just point and shoot without messing with the other various settings. About half the time I leave it on "Autofocus" and the other half I focus manually.

I do not have the big flash and only use the internal flash. That's why many of my photos are too dark (as has been observed by a few people).

I love photography, but I'm somewhat of a lazy photographer. I just try to be in the right place at the right time and let the camera do its job.

That has worked out quite nicely most of the time. :)

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