Tuesday, June 28, 2016

6/28/16 - Krebs, OK

We left fairly early this morning and got 10 miles down the road when the Casita's passenger side tire blew out.  We called our Good Sam Roadside Assistance service and an hour later a wrecker showed up to change the tire.  We were on a very busy highway with no shoulders and logging trucks speeding by in both directions.  We got parked as close to the edge of the pavement as we could and then got out our chairs and sat in the shade on a hill away from the truck and trailer.  After the tire was changed we drove back into Broken Bow and bought a new tire.  Then three hours after we started out we drove on to an Army Corps of Engineers campground on Lake Eufaula.  After setting up the trailer we drove to Krebs, OK and had some beers at Pete's Place, a restaurant which is the home of Choc Brewing and Prairie Artisan Ales.  We had a few beers there and then had dinner at Roseann's Italian Restaurant.

6/27/16 - Broken Bow, OK

We left Judy's at noon and drove to Beaver's Bend State Park, north of Broken Bow, OK.  After unhooking the trailer we went to Beaver's Bend Brewing in Hochatown, OK.  At night we watched our DVD of Lil Abner (1959).

6/25/2015 - 6/26/16 - Troup, TX


We went to Walmart, Dollar Tree and a thrift store.  Then at night we grilled burgers.  Today was a day to do nothing.


We drove to Athens, TX to check out Athens Brewing Company.  Then we went to Penni and Rush's house and had grilled hamburgers and poppers.  A couple of Jim's great nieces and their families were there as was Judy and Penni's daughter.  The kids had a great time playing in the pool.


Friday, June 24, 2016

6/24/2016 - Troup, TX

This morning I went to Family Dollar and Brookshire's to purchase a few items.  After noon, Jim and I went to Tyler and Judy worked in her yard again.  We stopped at two Goodwill stores.  The Brookshire's grocery store headquarters is in Tyler.  Next to the warehouse where they load all of the semi trucks is the Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store.  This is a free museum and it contains hundreds of stuffed animals, many of which were shot by the owner of Brookshires.  We walked through the museum and a replica grocery store from the 1920s.  Then we went to the Tyler Mall and walked around in the air conditioning.  Jim looked for some sandals but didn't find any to fit him.  Next we went to True Vine Brewing and had a couple of beers.  On the way back to Judy's we got a pizza from Pizza Hut.  At the Tyler Goodwill store Jim bought some music CDs and I bought a movie, "Lil' Abner",  made in 1959.  I remember this movie playing on TV once a year --  I haven't seen it in many years

6/23/2016 - Troup, TX

Judy worked in her yard most of the day while Jim and I went into Tyler and walked along the Rose Rudman trails.  This is a very nice cemented walkway that has a lot of trees supplying shade to the trail. There are exercise stations along the way and a playground for children.  It follows a creek through town and the trail goes under a couple of roads.  Sort of reminds us of the trail system along Buffalo Bayou but shorter.  Along the way we took a picture of some Trump graffiti on a couple of rocks.  We also walked on the Bridge of Locks.   This bridge has a lot of locks attached to the iron railing.  They were put there by couples who threw the keys into the creek below so their love can never be broken.  Some people used combination locks, totally not understanding the premise.  After walking over 11,000 steps we went for a cold beer at Rose City Tap Room that has over 50 taps of really good beer.  We also stopped by to see Jim's nephew Rush and his wife Penni at their home before returning back to Judy's house.  Jim had purchased a couple of hats for Penni and I at Costco and we took one to her.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

6/22/2016 - Houston, TX

After taking important papers and valuables to my son to store in his safe while we were gone and picking up the Casita on Monday we were finally able to begin packing.  On Tuesday we had the wheel bearings on the Casita replaced and also had a brake job done.  Then today I put the groceries in and we took off.  We are staying at Jim's sister's house in Troup near Tyler for a few days to visit her.  He also has a couple of nephews and a niece and their families close by.