We started our day like a school day, and after Bible reading we moved a lot of stuff so Ted could drive less than a mile away to change the oil. I realized that we could set the boys up with toys in the truck right where we were and they could play while we changed the oil, so that’s what we did. That way I was able to help Ted, and hopefully the change went faster.
By 9:30 we were in the parking lot with everything out and the boys playing. By 11:20 it was all cleaned up! It took longer to change the generator oil than the bus oil, which was crazy. Draining the bus oil was easy since Ted put in the switch for the oil last time. He got it set up with the oil bucket underneath, flipped the switch, and then we sat in the truck for 5 minutes while it drained. Then we got busy! Ted changed the filter on the bus too; that’s the trickiest part. I hold the oil pan under the filter but over the axle while Ted unscrews the old filter and puts in the new one. Putting oil into the bus was the second trickiest part; the height of the funnel competes with the height of the cavity I had to work in, so I ended up spilling some oil there. Oh yeah, checking the oil is also tricky. It’s so hard to see exactly where the line of oil is on that stupid dipstick.
I think the hardest part of changing the generator oil was getting the filter off. The wrench kept opening up and not gripping the old filter. But Ted finally got it. Then it took longer to drain that than the bus. But we finally got it all, and all cleaned up. Then Ted took the old oil stuff inside to dispose of correctly, and that took longer than changing the generator stuff. Heh. He dripped oil inside and they made him mop, and then they told him to mop again cause they didn’t like how he did it. Base life.
We finally made it back home, set up enough, took showers and headed out to lunch. I found Maple Street Biscuit Company that looked good so we tried it out. Everything was served on their homemade biscuits. Ted had fried chicken, fried egg, bacon, cheese and sausage gravy on a biscuit. I had fried chicken, goat cheese and a ton of pepper jelly on a biscuit! Max had fried chicken, bacon and syrup on a biscuit. I also got fried green tomatoes (I think I’ve finally decided I like those, but don’t love them), and Jack had the mac and cheese with 5 kinds of cheeses. It was all so delicious; we’d all be happy to go back there again! I’d seen on Yelp that they had a blueberry goat cheese hand pie and I really wanted one of those, but they don’t serve them anymore. Boo!
After lunch we headed to St. Augustine, the US’s oldest city. Ted saw that Jack’s pass would get us a discount at the Castillo de San Marcos; it got us in free! Go Jack! We got there just in time for the cannon firing.
We looked all around the castle, though it drizzled off and on the whole time we were there. It’s pretty cool to see how they did things so long ago. We got to read about how so many other fortresses were wooden and therefore relatively easily beaten, but this stone fortress has stood for over 300 years. It was crazy to us to see that the bunk beds there for the soldiers held 2 men per upper bunk and lower bunk! No thanks! I guess there was no rolling to the middle though, with the wooden bed and the puny mattresses they had. What hardships people back then had, and how easy we have it now!
After we were through exploring we walked through the little downtown there and stopped at lots of shops: candy shops (where a lady put some quarters in the machines for Jack, so he could watch the gumballs go through the mazes, and then gave both boys free slurpees when they got the right colored gumballs, so we bought a potato chip chocolate bar and Turkish peanut butter taffy), pepper shops (where we bought buffalo wing sauce and pepper jelly), oil shops (where we bought blackberry and ginger white balsamic vinegar), ceramic shops (where I drooled over all the Mexican pottery), etc etc etc. We also bought a black tea pineapple with milk bubble tea. The tapioca bubbles are kinda weird, but I do like them. Oh yeah, and I went into a clothing store where the woman tickled Jack a couple of times and then gave him a big American flag. That boy! He makes friends wherever he goes. On our walking ‘tour’ in the still drizzling weather we also saw the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the US.
We left St. Augustine around 5:30 and headed home. We’d planned to go out to eat again but none of us was really hungry then, so I made us ham egg and cheese muffins after we’d been home a while. I washed our 2 big blankets and our dirty clothes from working this morning in the free laundry there on base, and my blanket only took 30 minutes to dry! I also saw some clothes on the free rack so I scored a ‘Buy me tacos and tell me I’m beautiful’ shirt. Heh. After the boys were in bed Ted and I watched the British Baking Show before we went to bed.