Sunday, January 01, 2017


Rain Drops Falling

8am - Last nite while watching the movie “A Star Is Born” starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristoferson, rain began falling.

The rain drops on MsScampy’s roof reminded me of a time many years ago when I was on a river trip. It was nite then also and I was inside my tent. The rain falling on that tent made a “tit tit tit” sound that mesmerized me.

I stopped watching the movie so that I could better listen to the rain drops. As I was listening it dawned on me that the sound of rain drops is more entertaining to me than the movie! Amazing!

The rain continued for about 20 minutes. Then slowly, the rain drop sound faded and then was gone. After the rain sound was no more, I lay in bed listening to the silence for awhile before watching more of the movie.

The rain started and stopped falling many times during the evening. And each time the rain began, I stopped the movie. After a few hours of mostly listening to rain drops on the roof, I put the movie away and tried to sleep. But it seemed that wished to hear rain drops on the roof more than I wanted to go sleep.

The next thing I knew, it was morning. And the rain had gone away. A new day and a new year had dawned. Bringing a gorgeous bright Sun.

1pm - MsScampy's Fresh Water Tank
We knew that the fresh water tank was very low. We paid it little attention! Because we now had the Camco Water Bandit [link]. We were positive that for sure there was fresh water available at the South Shore Boat Ramp where we Nite Camped.

However, we were wrong! The Water Bandit is likely only workable on a standard hose bibb. The thing is, very few places where RVs camp have standard hose bibbs. If they did have standard hose bibbs, who would need the Water Bandit?

Piped water sources are:
  • Sink faucets
  • Some shower heads
  • Park water bibbs which have no threaded end for a hose
Anyway, we tried Water Bandit on three different water sources, and it failed. Miserably!! The rubber end of Water Bandit was too small in diameter and length. The rubber too weak [began to crack].

Also, Water Bandit does not hold the metal male threaded end very well. In our failed attempts to use it, the metal end blew off! Same with the rubber end. Water Bandit is just bad news.

Note: Why didn't Camco field test their Water Bandit product?
If Camco had field tested, they would have come out with a hose adapter that worked with the water sources that are actually available in the field!

We made our own hose adapter back in our early MsTioga days. And it worked great! Click this [link] to view. Actually we carried two of our own hose adapters. The one shown in this story made from 1/2" water hose. And another one from 3/4" water hose. Two are necessary because of variations in the configuration and size for water sources.

3:30pm - John & Mimi's home
We have traveled from last nite's camp near Sea World to John & Mimi's home.

John and I are going to play a round of electronic golf. John has a neat set-up in his garage!

PS: John bested me by 2-strokes on the Pebble Beach Golf Course.

5:30pm - Supper tonite
  • Fried chicken
  • Baked beans topped with cheddar cheese
  • Fried squash
  • Fried sliced red potatoes 



  1. Awe, that was a nice post - Happy New Year George

  2. George I would have field tested water bandit before taking on camping trip. I always field test products before using so I know it will work. If not, I take it back and get a better one. I do not know why companies do not field test but I do.

    1. Hi Rita,

      You are very smart to do field testing before a camping trip!

      Tioga George


  3. Your supper looks so-o-o-o very good! Today, our good luck New Year's meal was the traditional collard greens with smoked ham and black-eyed peas. How do you fry your squash? Do you put the slices in an egg wash first, roll in all-purpose flour, and then fry with the potatoes?

    1. Hi Dee,

      Thank you sooooo much for your "supper compliment." 😎

      Frying vegetables is something that I love to do for supper:
      * Potatoes
      * Zucchini squash
      * Brussel sprouts
      * String beans
      * Chopped white onions

      Sliced or chopped. Sauté and seasoned with garlic salt. No egg wash. No breading. Simple cooking.

      Tioga George


    2. George, yes, the zucchini squash does hold up better sauted than, say, summer yellow squash. Before you know it, you will be a Julia Child. She knew nothing of cooking (she grew up in a privileged family) before she went to cooking school in France after WWII. If you get a chance, watch the movie "Julie and Julia" which somewhat is a biography of her life after WWII.

    3. By the way, Julia was originally a California gal, and her last days were spent there.

  4. Dear George, have you tried using the organic Coconut oil to sauté veggies - it has a very good taste and you can use the coconut oil for so many other things. I keep a little jar in my bathroom and rub some on my fingernails and cuticles after shower - really helps. You can also use it as deodorant and I do each day.

    1. Sandy, the coconut oil is such a great idea. I think I'll try it on my toenails after showering. It seems like toenails age faster than the rest of my body! (LOL!).

    2. LOL! coconut oil can also take high heat - Google it for a wealth of information