Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10/15/16 - West University Place, TX

We got up early to watch the sun rise over the lake.  Then we hooked up the Casita and drove home.

Here are some statistics for this trip:

Days gone: 115
Miles driven: 10,568
Gasoline cost: $1,551.87
Breweries visited: 166
National parks/historic sites visited: 8
States visited: 7
Camping cost: $1,794.50
Average camping cost per day: $15.60

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10/14/16 - Texana Park and Campground, Edna, TX

This is the last day for us to camp --we will be home tomorrow.  We drove to Texana Park and Campground near Edna, TX (formerly Lake Texana State Park).  After getting a site right on the lake we went to HEB in Edna, and Jim went into a couple of resale shops.  Then we went back to camp and hiked some of the trails and found 3 geocaches.  At camp we sat out by the lake and watched the sun set and the moon come up.  I made enchiladas for supper and Jim updated the blog for a few days.  The office was closed and we wanted some wood to build a fire on our last night.  The camp host gave us some to use.  They get it from the sites after people leave and they clean up.  We had a nice fire after it got dark.  We had three barred owls across the street start hooting.  They were really making a beautiful noise.  The group camping in tents next to us had three children with them.  They gave one of the children a laser light that she used it to shine on the owls and scared them away.  I said rather loud, it was nice to hear the owls until the little girl next door used the laser light to scare them.  The father then told her to stop but it was too late and the owls never came back.

10/13/16 - Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX

Today we drove to Goliad State Park -- we camped here in May also.  We got a site and then went to find some geocaches in town and one in the park.  Most of the ones we found today were in cemeteries.  The graves were really old, one of them was from 1843.  Jim went into an antique store.  Then we went back to camp and I fixed chicken stir-fry which we sat outside and ate.

Friday, October 14, 2016

10/12/16 - Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Mathis, Tx

It was clear when we got up but around 9 am it got really foggy.  We saw a Crested Caracara, near our campsite.  We left Choke Canyon State Park and drove to Lake Corpus Christi State Park.  Between the park and Mathis we saw a bobcat run across the road.  When he got to the other side he couldn’t get through the fence.  The holes in the fence were too small for him.  He went into a panic trying to find a way through and to safety.   

After unhooking at our site we hunted for some geocaches.  We found one but the other two were not there any more.  Then we drove to Lipantitlan State Historic Site.  This was the site of an 1835 battle between the Mexicans and Texians.  From there we went into Corpus Christi to Railroad Seafood Station which has a microbrewery.  We left the truck in their parking lot and walked across to the bay to walk along the seawall.  From there walk along the bay you can see the WW2 aircraft carrier Lexington.  Then we went to B&J's Pizza and Pub where we met Betty, a friend of mine who I used to work with at Brown & Root in Houston, and John, a friend from our neighborhood in West University Place.  They have a small brewing system and we had some of their beers with our pizza.

10/11/16 - Choke Canyon State Park-Calliham Unit, Calliham, Texas

We stopped at Walmart before leaving San Antonio.  We got a site in the state park and are the only ones camping in the whole place.  There are lots of turkeys in this park.  We saw an osprey and an owl, too.  Also, there are a lot of mosquitoes!  You can't stay outside without spraying down during the day.  At night it is unbearable.  There were lots of them in the Casita that we had to kill.  We found 3 geocaches in the state park today.  We drove into Three Rivers and went to an antique store.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

10/10/16 - Travellers World RV Park, San Antonio, TX

Today is our 12th Anniversary.  Jim took me to Don Marcelino’s in Del Rio for breakfast.  When we got to Uvalde we stopped by my niece Lauren’s house to leave the books I got from the library sale.  After getting an RV site in San Antonio, we drove to Alamo Brewing and met James.  He is the brewer for them.  We had some beers and then the three of us went to eat at La Fonda on Main for our anniversary.  We wanted James' wife Tina to go but she had gone to a girls night out in Austin.  Maybe next time we will meet her.  After returning to camp we went for a walk on the part of the San Antonio Riverwalk that goes past the RV park.  It was dark when we returned.  At night we shared the Prairie Artisan Apple Brandy Barrel Noir beer for our anniversary.


10/9/16 - Holiday Trav-L Park, Del Rio, TX

We left Ft. Davis after being here for 13 nights.  We stopped in Langtry at Judge Roy Bean's Law West of the Pecos Jersey Lilly Saloon.  Mary and Fred showed up here also.  We got a camping site in Del Rio.  Then we went to the VFW for a beer and to Walmart for some staples.  Jim filled up with gas so we wouldn’t have to in the morning while the Casita was attached.  We walked all around the RV park for our steps then Jim watched the Presidential debate.

Monday, October 3, 2016

9/26/16 - 10/8/16 - Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis, TX

This post will be for the time we stay at Davis Mountains State Park for the Javelina Roundup Rally.  This post will be for 14 days.

We had breakfast at Marathon Coffee Shop this morning.  When we got up we learned that there had been a shooter near our house in Houston and he had shot 9 people.  We watched ABC 13 in Houston via live stream for about and hour and a half and then went for breakfast.  It rained all day today. Our reservation for the state park is not until Thursday but when we arrived they had a space for us to camp until then.  We will probably move on Thursday again.  We don’t have cell service again so Allen went over the mail with us by Facebook Messenger.

Today is National Corned Beef Day, I fixed corned beef, fried egg, green chili salsa and tortillas for breakfast. We walked all of the roads and up to the Lodge to get in our steps.  We sat out at camp and Brian made 14 bean soup.  I took tamales.  A skunk ran us out of Fred and Marys spot.

We drove to Alpine and went to Sul Ross University – Lawrence Hall to a Weight Watchers meeting.  Then we met Brian, Vickie and Marv at LaCasita Mexican CafĂ© for lunch.  Then Jim and I went to Plaine Coffee and Tumbleweed Laundry.  After washing clothes we went back to camp and sat outside with friends.

We went for a walk this morning around camp. Jim replaced a rivet on the Casita.  Then we drove to the lookout to get cell service and I called Amelia to wish her a happy birthday.  I couldn’t get in touch with Martha to wish her a happy birthday -- she was having her second chemo treatment.  We hiked the Montezuma trail and the trail to the office.  Afterward we sat outside with friends.  I drove to the lookout around 7 to try to get in touch with Martha again but no success.  We saw a tarantula at camp.

 Jim, Fred and I went for a hike on the Skyline Trail and the CCC Trail.  On the way we found Fred’s geocache at the overlook and then Fred replaced the container to another geocache he had placed.  We found that one also.  In all we got 14,000 steps each.  After getting back to camp we went into town to the Drug Store and Hotel and had lunch.  Duke and Beverlee went with us.  It rained before we could get back to camp and our chairs got wet.  We went back into town in the evening and had a beer at the Bistro at the Limpia Hotel.  Then we sat outside with friends.

We walked early in the morning and talked to friends.  The went into Alpine to Big Bend Brewing.  A couple with a Casita from Ft. Worth were there also.  We stopped by Ace Hardware before returning to camp.

We had breakfast at the Lodge this morning.  On Saturday and Sunday they have a buffet breakfast.  Then we walked the Lodge trail and found 3 geocaches placed by our friend Fred.  After returning to the Casita, Jim watched the Texans game and then the Cowboy game.  Duke’s brother from El Paso surprised them by driving to visit today.   Beverlee fixed chili for supper tonight.

This morning Ann and Gene supplied coffee at their site.  She made some really great sticky buns in her Dutch Oven to go with the coffee.  We drove to the lookout to get cell and internet service to take care of some business.  At night we went to Gary and Marlene’s campsite for supper.  I stepped in a hole with my right foot and skinned my right knee, tore up my right elbow and put a gash in my left hand.

My knee hurts today and my elbow, too.  We drove to town and went to a couple of stores.  Jim walked to get his steps but I didn’t get mine today.  Everyone met at Fred and Mary’s across from us for potluck at 2 pm.  A lot of the staff and volunteers came to eat also.  So did the Park Service Ranger.  At night we had leftovers from yesterday and today for supper.  Then we watched the debate between the Vice Presidential nominees.

Beverlee and Duke fixed SOS for breakfast this morning.  It was really good!  We drove into Alpine today.  On the way we stopped at Fort Davis Outfitters.  We had lunch at a Chinese buffet in Alpine and then went to the Museum of the Big Bend on Sul Ross University Campus.  Jim wanted to stop at the Humane Society thrift store and then we went to Dollar General.  Big Bend Brewing opened at 4 pm and we got there just as it opened.  We had a couple of beers and they gave us some swag to take back for the raffle at the Dixie Cup Homebrew Competition.  Before leaving Alpine we stopped at the grocery store and picked up a cake for Marlene’s birthday in two days.

We walked around camp this morning and then we drove the scenic loop out of Ft. Davis.  This loop takes you by the Davis Observatory.  We stopped and took a few pictures of the telescopes and the view from the mountain.  Tonight was soup night at camp and we had some really good live music from a neighbor of the rally host, Brian.


This morning we drove into Ft. Davis to the Hotel Limpia’s coffee shop, The Porch.  We had some coffee and sweet rolls.  Then at camp we had a pancake breakfast at the interpretive center.  After lunch we drove to Marfa.  We walked around the courthouse square and went into the Hotel Paisano.  This is were the cast stayed while filming “Giant”.  We went to the Marfa & Presidio County Museum that is in an 1880 adobe house.  Then we drove to the Chinati Foundation art museum.  We walked around the outside sculptures by the foundation's founder, artist Donald Judd.  At camp we had cake for Marlene’s birthday.  It was very cold and windy this evening and we didn’t stay outside long.

This morning Fred and Mary fixed biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  Then we went into town to the book sale at the Library.  I got some children’s books and CDs.  I also got me some paperbacks and Martha a book about Elvis.  Jim got two DVDs.  We found 4 geocaches in town and then had ice cream at the Caboose.  Jim watched the Texans game and I went for a walk.  We had hotdogs at Fred and Mary’s in the evening.  Then at 7 pm a bunch of us went Fort Davis State Historic Site.  They had a night time walk around the fort.  This was a trial run to see if they would do it again and we were the guinea pigs.  They had a few people carry lanterns and the volunteers were dressed in period clothes and they told some stories from the era.  It was a lot of fun.  When we got back to camp we went to Brian’s to sit by the fire.  It was cold again tonight and only five of us sat outside.

9/25/16 - Marathon Motel & RV Park, Marathon, TX

After hooking up and dumping, we stopped at the office for wi-fi before leaving camp.  We stopped at WalMart in Del Rio and then continued on to Marathon.  It rained all day while we were driving. We got a site at the RV park where our friends usually stay when they are in this area.  It is owned by a friend of theirs and it was in our half price camping club.  They have a really nice common patio area with a fire pit, fireplace and a water fountain.  We walked into town and went to the Gage Hotel’s White Buffalo Bar & Grill.  We sat and talked with Danny Self, the owner of the RV park where we are staying and the friend of our friends.

Friday, September 23, 2016

9/19/16 - 9/24/16 - Garner State Park, Leakey, TX

We arrived at Garner State Park for the Fall Traveling Rally.  This rally is held every year in a different Texas state park. We will be here until Sunday morning.  This post will be for 6 days. 

After setting up we walked around camp to talk to the people who were already here.  Then we took a walk.  At 9:30 we went to Deb’s site and sat around to talk.

We went for a walk and stopped in at the park gift shop.  Most everyone went out for lunch and we went to the river to relax and cool off.  We watched more people come in today.  Around 8pm we went to visit with friends in camp.

I fixed oatmeal for breakfast this morning.

Jim fixed breakfast sandwiches this morning then he went with Bill to hike and hunt for geocaches.  I cleaned the Casita while he was gone.  Tonight was chili night at camp then Jim went to watch the Texans game with Keith and Beverly while I watched some TV in the Casita.

9/23/16: Jim went with Bill and Rob to hike Old Baldy.  After he returned we went into Leakey to the Family Dollar and to the Hardware store.  On the way back in, we parked near the office and Jim updated the blog and we checked email.  This afternoon we went back to the Frio and tonight was grill night at camp.

Jim made waffles and then we picked up trash in our camp to get a special event listing for geocaching.  Deb Gamble made a stop by the Casita and gave us a hot pad holder for use in the microwave when using a bowl.  Eighteen of us went to the Laurel Tree in Utopia for lunch today.  They have a tree house built by the HGTV tree house builders that you can reserve for lunch or supper.  Tonight was pot luck night.  This is the last night for this Fall Traveling Rally.