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.



9/18/16 - San Angelo State Park, San Angelo, TX

This morning I went to the Silverado to put a few things away in preparation for leaving.  I noticed that Jim had left his driver side car door open all night.  Nothing was stolen and we had guns and cameras in the back floorboard.  A cat found a place to sleep that night, on my fresh clean coat.  We got back into Texas today.  We had lunch today at What-a-Burger for National Cheeseburger Day. We camped at San Angelo State Park and went in to Zero One Ale House for a beer.  The weather was still threatening but it didn't rain.

9/17/16 - Midway RV Park, Dexter, NM

We drove to Dexter, NM (near Roswell) and got a site for the night.  Nearing Roswell, Jim’s MP3 player with about 7,000 songs on it randomly started playing Brave Combo’s “I Want to See a Flying Saucer”.  Coincidence?  After setting up the trailer we drove into Artesia.  Just as we were parking for The Wellhead Brewery, it started to hail on us.  Jim backed out and we found a bank drive through to park in along with about 6 other vehicles.  We stayed there for nearly an hour while it rained and hailed.  Just west of us a tornado touched down and the hail was baseball size.  When the weather let up we went to the Wellhead Brewery and on the way back to Roswell we stopped at Desert Water Brewing.


9/16/16 - Enchanted Trails RV Park, Albuquerque, NM

This morning we left Colorado and drove to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We stayed at Enchanted Trails RV park.  We always stay at this park when we are in Albuquerque.  Jim went to get the oil changed in the Silverado and I washed clothes.  After showers, we went into town to Rio Bravo Brewing, Monroe’s Mexican food (for green chili enchiladas) and then to Boxing Bear Brewing.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9/15/16 - Junction Creek Campground, San Juan National Forest, Durango, CO

Today we got up at 6 am to get to the train on time.  We rode the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.  The weather was perfect.  The ride to Silverton was 4 hours and the ride back was 3.5 hours.  The scenery was beautiful!  We rode through flat land with lakes, past streams and thrpugh the mountains with steep drop offs just beyond the railroad tracks.  Along the way we made a whistle stop for a few hikers that had spent the night in the National Forest.  After arriving in Silverton we went to Avalanche brewing and had pizza and beer for lunch.  We saw Jan and Jack from Belton today also.  They were riding on a train that left about 5 minutes ahead of us.  After returning to camp we went for a walk.  The harvest M\moon was so big and bright tonight that we didn’t have to use a flashlight.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

9/14/16 - Junction Creek campground, San Juan National Forest, Durango, CO

After breakfast we went into Durango and went to the Silverton Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad Station.  Jim purchased tickets for us to ride the train tomorrow.  We had lunch at McDonalds before driving to Bayfield and going to Bottom Shelf Brewery.  We were planning to drive to Pagosa Springs and go to three breweries we had not been to.  But we decided to drive back to Durango and go to Ska Brewing and to Carver Brewing.  We went to these two last time we were here.  I needed some things from City Market for supper.  Then we went back to the Casita.

9/13/16 - Junction Creek campground, San Juan National Forest, Durango, CO

Today we left camp and drove with the Casita back on the Million Dollar Highway through Silverton and on to Durango.  Half way between Molas Pass at 10,899 feet and Coal Bank Pass at 10,640 feet we ran into some really bad weather.  It started to rain and the temperature was 38 degrees.  The rain turned into sleet and driving on it was really scary.  At one point Jim pulled over to the side of the road so the people behind us could pass.  Our tires slid on the sleet on the road.  After people passed by us they made the sleet turn to water and we pulled back out and continued on.  We were never so glad to be out of the mountains and sleet and rain and get to Durango.  After getting a site that was recommended to us at the Junction Creek campground in the San Juan National Forest, we went into town.  We went to Animas Brewing, Steamworks Brewing, and Brew Pub & Kitchen.  We walked to a bridge over the Animas River.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9/12/16 - Uncompaghre National Forest, Amphitheater Campground, Ouray, CO

So far no more mice!  We drove from Ouray to Silverton on the famous Million Dollar Highway.  This is one scary road to drive with sheer drop offs and few guard rails.  There was a memorial on the side of the road for snow plow operators who had gone over the edge.  Just as we arrived in Silverton the narrow gauge train from Durango came into the station. We walked around town and then went to Avalanche Brewing.  We had a pizza for lunch there.  I had a great Bacon Maple Stout.  Then we went to Golden Block Brewing and walked around town some more before driving back.  There was a beautiful rainbow on the road to our camp.