15, Thursday 2016 - St Clair Shores, MI
summer! Not excessively hot but continuously hot all summer long,
as fall approached October and half of November were very warm and
Middle of November brought Consumer's Power,
local natural gas company, out to change all the gas line piping
in our seven block area. New plastic mains and then plastic to
each home, (pics.) They
finish up on our street on the 15th of December, a few days after
our first snow storm of the year, 10" of the white stuff.
Starting to think seriously about heading
south now. I'm ready, Bindi's ready, the camper is ready, but
Grandma is still shuffling about thinking Christmas Christmas
Christmas, like they don't have Christmas in the South!
Talked with Emily this evening, she is
looking for somewhere to spend a winter week. "Come on down
we can squeeze you in," "For real?" Sure, we'll be
in Harlingen. Received this text an hour later "I have my
18, Sunday 2016 - St Clair Shores, MI
Well a week
ago we had 9" to 10" of the white stuff that I shoveled
"by hand" three times, and on the forth effort Glenn
came by with his blower and finished off the job. Now this passed
Friday evening another 3" to 5" of snow, along with
continuing freezing temperatures. (With no letup in the foreseen
future.) This morning we had a 9º start of the day, we are
up to 24º at noon.
24, Saturday 2016 - St. Clair
Christmas Eve at our place. Emily came in
a little early and asked "Gramps is it ok if I ask roommate
Ashley to come along to Texas with me." "Sure no problem
she's fun to have along." A few minutes go by and I
asked "Aren't you going to text Ashley?" reply "No
she all ready bought her ticket." I guess she knows her
No more little ones, our youngest
grandchild just finished her first semester at Michigan Tech and
is home enjoying the Christmas season. We are blessed having all
five of our grandchildren sharing Christmas with us. This may be
hard to understand but with no young ones around our oldest
grandson, Tyler a recent graduate from Western, said he
would be Santa. We've always had tons of laughs with Santa and
this year was no exceptions (vid.) I think a good time was had by
25, Sunday 2016 - St. Clair
Nice dinner with Daughter-in-law Susan
and her sister Lisa along with the Grandchildren. Next, finished
the evening with a visit at Craig and Barb's.
26, Monday 2016 - St. Clair
Happy 57th year Anniversary Bob &
Rain and warm all day, snow is finally all gone,
freezing weather again tomorrow.
27, Tuesday 2016 - St. Clair
All Christmas decorations are down AND
the packing-up begins....
28, Wednesday 2016 - St. Clair
Interrupted packing to visit Steph's new
apartment along with her dad, Glenn. We all went to the Eastern
Market for Brunch at Milano Bakery & Cafe, Outstanding!
29, Wednesday 2016 - St. Clair
30, Friday 2016 - St. Clair
Got together with Nick and Patti at the
Masters for a farewell dinner. They will be leaving Sunday and
have planed a little different path south this year. I think we'll
be on the Trace again this year. It's just such an easy drive
especially since I'm in the passenger seat.
31, Saturday 2016 - St. Clair
Shores, MI to Shephardsville KY Grand-ma's RV
at $32. 396 miles gas $2.24
this morning we were on the road at 9:30 am. temperature was 39°,
sky was heavy overcast, and we had light traffic all day. We had
strong headwind all the way through Ohio, killing our gas
First sop as always was I-75 exit 11, we
stop here just to recheck the vehicles to make sure everything is
before we get to far along. Mom had coupon for buy one get one
free breakfast at McDees, (which is right next to the empty
parking lot we navigate to.)
We drove through light showers for the
last hour before arriving at Grandmas RV at 5:30 pm. When we
pulled in another couple pulled in at the same time. As we were
both connecting up he asked where you from? St. Clair Shores I
replied. So are we. 12 mile and Little Mack I said, he came back,
10 and Harper. I introduced my self Bob & Carol and he
counter Jerry & Janet this is our first time going to Florida
for the winter. Small world Huh.
Our temperature this evening is a mild 45° at 10:30 pm. We should be in mid
Sunday 2017 - Shephardsville KY Meriwether/Lewis Campground TN
free 227 miles gas $2.02
Happy New Year!
Cloudy & Mild this morning with
NO wind. We were on the road about 9:30 am. and since gas was
running $2.39 2.49 in Kentucky though I should have enough fuel to
reach Tennessee, we did, got filled at $2.02.
As we we're driving south on I-65 nearing
Nashville, Talking with Mom I said Nick usually jumps on the
Natchez Trace south of Nashville because he feels the beginning of
the Trace is too hilly and curvy. We never though that but wanted
to see if his route was a time saver or what ever. To get there,
the first 40 miles was I-65 so on a Sunday that wouldn't be too
bad, but this is New Years day and we had to go by the stadium,
yep football day. We exited for Columbia and you want to talk
about curvy, hilly, stop lights, lots more than the Trace for sure
We did enjoy some very nice horse farms and subdivisions. I'm sure
in the future we'll start at the beginning of the Trace missing
all of Nashville traffic and enjoy more mother nature on the
We did have a minor inconvenience, about
two mile before where we were to enter the trace we hit a road
block 'South bound Trace closed take Detour.' That added about 2
miles to our path but took us right to the entry to the Meriwether-Lewis
Happy to receive a call from Uncle Ed
this evening, wishing us a Happy New Year. He said Ed closed the
shop for the holidays so he's been home taking it easy and
enjoying family. He thinks that's what retirement must be like.
Little does he know how much time you
don't have when you retire.
Monday 2017 - Meriwether/Lewis Campground TN to Tupelo MS whopping 120
Mild evening didn't get below 65° inside, outside read 59°. Walked Bindi this morning
and talked with a couple of the other campers. A Canadian couple
in a class B said they were on their way to Curling competition in
Las Vegas. I said how interesting my middle son took his family
curling this past week "He must be getting ready for the
Started out with a mild overcast morning
that cleared to sunshine after 60 miles. They must have just
resurfaced the Trace, as of yet, no center line. It was great
driving, so much so that when Mom said can I dive, I said in
Minute. I got so excited about the sunshine that I drove off the
road, just on to the shoulder that wasn't there. And of course
it's been raining over the past few day so needless to say I went
down about 4". Before I could jerk it back on to the road we
have mud everywhere,
We pulled into the
Trace visitors center to look things over and decided we may as
well spend the night here so I could clean the mess. Barns
Crossing RV is just around the corner so I called and
explained my muddy condition and he said sure wash up
Washed out the heavy mud chunks stuck in
the PT's grill and the camper bumper (pic.) Mom said there is a nice
Mexican restaurant just down the street, so I disconnected and we
hit Rita's where they had Margaritas 2 for the price of one.
Drinks were real good tonight as well as was the food.
Settled in for the night when the rain
came for a couple hours.
3, Tuesday 2017 - Tupelo
MS to Vidalia LA River View RV PA $21 - 340 miles gas
Warm weather, nice all day. Easy drive
Mom did the first half the day. We ended up camping on the banks
of the Mississippi River just across from Natchez MS. Pulling into
River View RV temperature outside is 74°.
It stayed warm all evening, but a cold front is marching towards
4, Wednesday 2017 -
Vidalia LA to Bolivar TX - Bolivar Peninsula RV $19 PA
287 miles gas $2.08
Happy Birthday Glenn. Good drive
day slight tail winds all day long. We got to Bolivar about 4 pm.
I think this tail wind from the north is bring lower temperatures.
This cold front keeps getting closer but today is still nice so
we're booking for two days. Talked with family & friends this
5, Thursday 2017 -
Happy Birthday Larry. Weather
is still holding, took a drive around the local area then went
over to Galveston. Walked the "Strand" (old town main
street) took some pictures. (pics.)
Kind of a fun day. Came home to a delicious cooked pot roast, then
washed the camper cause I was so energized.
6, Friday 2017 -
Bolivar TX to
Happy Birthday Ron. High winds this
morning high wind warnings till 6:00 am Saturday morning, may sit
tight today, we'll see how the day goes. I posted a few more local
pictures this morning. (pic)
Investigating the weather, we're in store
for a record cold snap. Winds subsided some what but did blow all
day. Carol talked with Bev, near Harlingen, who said their weather
was the same as we are having, so we decided so spend another
night here. The locals are looking for recorded low of 30° tonight.
The only outside we did today was to walk
Bindi who seemed to think the weather was OK.
7, Saturday 2017 -
Bolivar TX to Port Aransas TX - Nueces CP
$25 220 miles gas $2.07
Mom woke me at 7:45 saying we have
no power. Short investigation revealed area wide power
outage. Ran generator to be sure everything still works for us,
OK. Went out to disconnect water line found hose froze in place.
Use hot water to resolve issue. In house pump works so everything
operational for us. Mom called the office, said area power outage
power will be restored at 9:30. Had breakfast and boom at
9:30 power was back on. Brought the water hose inside to soften it
up so I could coil it for storage.
Bright sunshine and above freezing temperatures
now. On the road by 11:00, with a slight tail wind. Mom was on the
phone with Brenda while we we're driving, and learned Brenda's
sister past away. They were in Abilene TX to visit with her and
upon arrival there was no answer at the door. Entering they
discover Brenda's sister Ruth deceased. They'll be spending the
next several months in Abilene settling the estate as Brenda is
the closest living relative. Sad news to learn, Dick and Brenda
will be in our prayers.
We pulled into Nueces County Park early evening
and found only a few empty spaces. Usually at this time of the
year the park is relatively empty, they did have 80° temperatures
leading into this weekend, I'm guessing that's why the crowd. At
40° there is no one on the beach this evening.
8, Sunday 2017 -
Port Aransas TX - Nueces CP
Sun has returned. After a over
breakfast talk, we decided to stay here a couple more days. Took
Bindi to the beach for her walk, cold breeze bright sun 49° we only lasted a couple hours. I think I counted six
of us on the beach. Oh yes, plus the four or five surfboarders,
burrr. We did collect some more shells.
Later in the afternoon we drove to the shipping
channel serving Corp Christi, as I remember it's the second
busiest in the nation. Watched the Pilot boat go out and then
waited for a tanker to come in (pic.) Did some bird
watching as well, or I should say that watched us (pic.) Funny watching these
birds, a fisherman 100' away, lifted the rear lid of his pickup
which aroused their curiosity for some 50 or 60 birds hovering
over him. Then he rose his hand in a waving motion to shoo them,
which brought another 200 birds in. His final hand thrust upward
must of startled them because they lifted about 10 foot higher.
Then we watch him go to his cab through something to the ground as
far as he could then spend the next five minutes wiping his hair
with a towel.
Finished the 56° evening with our first
seasonal visit to What A Burger's.
Little PS. We are camped in an ATT
phone dead area for the next day or two.
9, Monday 2017 -
Port Aransas TX - Nueces CP
Finally, Sun and warm all day
along. Too hot to walk the beach in a sweatshirt. Spent the
morning walking the beach and fishing wall (pic.) Midday checked out
the Nature Trail on the bay, very quiet, nothing moving except us.
(pic.) This trail is
close to the area where they store the enormous oil platforms (pic.) Afterwards had dinned
at Cancun Mexican Restaurant, good Mexican food. Laundry in the
evening and that's the day.
10, Tuesday 2017 - Port Aransas TX - Nueces CP
Happy Birthday Bill!
We had trouble with our AT&T service, here at thee park, since
we arrived. Stopped at the AT&T store today and learned that
they are updating their cell towers in this area hence the
problem. Don't know when things we be done.
Took the ferry to Rockport this afternoon for
Mom's Wal Mart fix. Got Bindi walked in the morning and then again
in the evening. Windy this evening a front go through? Late this
it looks like our phones are work now.
Tomorrow our last leg of our journey, San Benito here we come.
Looking forward to seeing John & Anita tomorrow at Fun N Sun!
11, Wednesday 2017 - Port Aransas TX
- to San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14 168 miles Gas
Like Anita said I should have left
Wednesday because the breeze was out of the north. Today stiff
winds out of the south 28 mph all day, it was a long 168 mile
drive. We got checked in to Fun N Sun around 3 pm. We disconnected
the car at the gate and Mom drove to the site and I followed in
RV. Because the site is quite confined I had to jockey back forth
several times to get parallel with the cement pad. Mom was helping
out in the back with the instructions "If I'm getting close
to anything shout out." Every so slowly I'm proceeding sooo
slowly watching the cement pad in my passenger mirror, (said to my
self I'm going back for some time now) so I look in driver side
mirror and see a 6' water geyser splashing all over. I look in the
passenger mirror nothing, listen carefully nothing, then Mom
appears in the mirror with both hands up. "You got to be
We called the office, Lupe was sent out
and repairs we completed in about half hour. All the neighbors,
the office and everyone seemed to take it very well. The common
phrase was "Some things just happen." We've been
motor-homing since 1992, 27 years and this is the first our major
Talked with Nick & Pati this evening,
they have two more nights before they are in the Valley. Nick's
water pump went out, repairman said it had froze up and broke.
Nick told him he blew out all the water lines. Repairman said you
should always use the pink stuff because water will still
accumulate in the low areas even after the blowing out.
Walked over to John & Anita's to have
a much desired drink! John poured a couple of stiff ones then we
sat and talked for a couple hours catching up. Later we all went
for a bite to close the day.
12, Thursday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N
Sun site J-14
Square dancing first thing this
morning, then lunch with Nick & Dee (caller & wife)
and John Anita. We did Cracker Barrel. We talked for some time
before heading out.
Went over to near by Time Warner now called
Spectrum, to get connection for wifi. They could not fine our site
at Fun N Sun but would check out the problem and call me ( I was
still on their computer from last year?.) Well after getting back
to the camper our lovely neighbor Charlene stopped by and insisted
I use her wifi pass word. I was out side removing the hitch from
the car she had no idea I went for or was looking for wifi when
she just came over and offered me her wifi? It's super nice to be
near and know such a beautiful person.
Over at the Rec Hall they had Bingo
tonight, not the most exciting thing to do, but fun to see what
others enjoy. After bingo was over John & Anita went with us
to, a newly build/replacing the old, McDonald's. We had a little
snack when Anita found they charge her full price for a senior
drink. They got so excited about this error they gave us all a
free ice cream sundae.
High temperature today was 86°
13, Friday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site
Sea The World SCUBA Center's web page has been
down for some time. I got involved with the hosting company and
their subcontractor as well as the IP provider to get repairs
done. Started at 8:00 am with tech support at three different
handlers and at 11:00 am I hung up the phone and all is working
fine now. What did you expect it's Friday the 13th!
Got together with John & Anita and
ran some errands, had to stop at AT&T to see why Mom's i-phone
only rings for some calls others go directly to voice mail? It was
a five second fix. There is a setting named "Do not
disturb" that when it's on the phone will not disturb you, it
is now off. We're happy again.
After the errands we lunched at Chapita's
which in now operating under new ownership. All the same employees
and they promised nothing will change.
This evening we danced at Lakewood,
caller Nick Harley brought in caller Bronc Wise ( Jerry Story's
replacement.) We enjoyed the dance, he's a very good caller and
both callers seemed to enjoy themselves making it fun for
everyone. We had initially thought of joining them after the dance
at a restaurant but at 9:00 pm none of us four were hungry so we
decided to visit at our place with coffee and conversation.
It seems like we've been running every
since we arrived, Tomorrow our schedule is blank so maybe I can
get the car and Bindi washed. I also have some mud in the PT's
grill and on the bikes. That should fill my day tomorrow.
14, Saturday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N
Sun site J-14
Nice day for relaxing, low key stuff most
all day. Organized the lower outside compartments, sprayed around
the camper for bug prevention, Bindi & the car are
Met up with John & Anita made a
drugstore run, then stopped at McDonalds for a salad lunch. Had to
have an ice cream sundae as well as they were only 50¢.
Played some cards with J&A in the
evening and was telling them We've recently heard from Nasser
Shukayr and talk about how he was doing. Anita said "Next
time you talk with him say Hi from us, and tell we
wish him well." I explained he follows us on line so mission
Played with this page a little, installed
a "Feedback" link at the top of the page. We'll see how
15, Sunday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site
Quiet day, did go to 'What A Burger'
for lunch then John took us for a ride to see Santa
Ana National Wildlife Refuge area. That is the largest nearby
Refuge and we've never toured it, driven by it but though it was
small. The has a seven mile tour loop in addition to the many
short walking trails. We are looking forward to doing that for a
This being Sunday, we got back in time
for the ice cream social and free entertainment. This social thing
is kind of fun to watch, they serve 400 to 500 folks in less than
twenty minutes. Entertainment was a couple playing musical
instruments and singing, I gave the performance a C+ rating. (of
course if they were compared to my ability it would rate an A+)
Got an Email from Caller Errol who shared
some sad news, Michigan Caller Art Bentley's health is declining
and is suffering with server Dementia, he still has some good
16, Monday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site
Monday's Schedule - Fun N Sun's Computer Club has
done a great job on their web site Fun N Sun,
browse around and see all the happenings.
Invited J&A to joins us at Chick Fil A
for a salad lunch, after which a trip to Hobby Lobby was
necessitated by some important reason (I'm sure.)
Relaxed till the evening show at the Rec
Hall. From the city of McAllen their High School percussion band
came down to perform for us and what a performance it was. The
kids were fun and when it ended they received a nice long standing
ovation. Took a video of their last song (vid.) Fun fun fun..
17, Tuesday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Early start to the day, walked Bindi,
gassed the car and by 9:30 we were on our way to Lakewood RV Park
for square dancing. Fun time with Nick Hartley calling to ten
squares of dancers. During the breaks the girls decided that the 24th Winter
Texan Expo 2017 was an event we had to visit. So after the
dance, in place of lunch we rushed the thirty miles to McAllen
Convention Center. Best part was the free admission, and the
entertainment. Jeff Gordon was singing while we did our walking
isle by isle. Jeff Gordon is good, he'll be singing at the Fun N
Sun tonight and he's worth the $10 at the door price, you can
check him out here Jeff Gordon.
Finally we are driving again this time
looking for Willies, a restaurant in Alamo where you pay $8 for a
baked potato. It's better then it sounds. You get one giant
stuffed Potato covered with shredded brisket, cheese, onions, and
soaked with BBQ sauce and more I'm sure. It is more than a
meal, it's stuff ya. Everyone took some home except one of us...
18, Wednesday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Mom tackled the car's interior, cleaning
as needed, while I installed a new water filter in house. Shortly
after I finished installing the water filter Mon tells me she has
no water, I'm running around checking of all my connections then
out side to find no water coming in. Went over and checked the
neighbor's, no water. Area wide water outage for the rest of the
day, city problem.
Since a weather front moved through and
dropped temperatures to the low 60's we went to Wendy's for a cup
of chili. They are predicting two fronts to move through in one
day over the weekend, so we are looking forward to some big swings
in temperature and high winds.
John & Anita are flying out of town for a
few days, their granddaughter's hockey season is winding down and
plan to catch a game. They'll be leaving tomorrow so we went over
and played some cards to winding down the dry day.
19, Thursday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Dancing this morning, here at the Dance
Hall. Four squares, we had a lot of laughs and lot of fun. This is
the day John & Anita are flying to Minneapolis to see their
daughter's hockey game. They want to be at the airport by
2:00 pm so we elected not to lunch with the group which worked out
good time wise.
We drove straight home from the airport,
on the way Mom said she was feel like a cold was coming on, said
she was very tired. When we
got home around 3 pm Mom took some cold medicine and jumped in bed
and there she stayed till 3 pm
I did some small stuff around the camper,
programmed the TV so we could skip over the Mexican stations, took
Bindi for a long walk and that was pretty much our day.
20, Friday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Nice weather day, partly sunny and warm.
Took Bindi walking thus morning, Mom stayed in bed till close to 3
pm but was a wake through most of the inauguration. Mom did get
dress and felt she wanted to do something later in the day, so we
did some laundry. When we got home and found a large container of
hot chicken soup on our door step. It couldn't have been more
appropriate because at the laundry mat I told Mom she has to get
some food in her and she said we'll go home and have some chicken
soup, and there you go, hot chicken soup from our good neighbor
Charlene. Thanks a million Charlene.
Well after having some soup Mom jumped
back in bed (5:30 PM.) I have to wake her to get some jamas on.
21, Saturday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Mom's still feeling punky, rested most of
the day, she wants to be healthy for the Grandchildren who are
schedule to fly in Monday mid-day. One grandchild and one adopted.
Emily and Ashley joined us back in 2010 for New Orleans and Gulf
Shores. (see some old pictures here pic.) I don't think
we'll find as much to do at Fun N Sun but we'll check out the area
I mostly walked Bindi today, just had to be
outside, clear blue sky, hot sun, and 90°. I did some biking
around the park and then putter with the RV a little, have to be
ready for our guests arrival.
22, Sunday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Clear sky and warm sun with a stiff
breeze early this morning, as I was walking Bindi I scanned the
sky and seen large clouds of black smoke near by. Jumped in the
car with Bindi and chased down the source (pic.) I got as close as I
could and seen they were burning a sugar cane field, the flames
got intense (pic) but in
a matter of about 15 minutes there was only a slight sign of smoke
in the sky (pics,) job
Mom is feeling better today, I whipped up
some bacon and eggs for breakfast, Mon cleared her dish. Mostly
hung around the camper encouraging rest the whole day. We skipped
the ice cream social just to avoid contact. Winds kicked up pretty
good for most of the day and finally subsided after dark.
Weatherman shows warm weather for the next four days, should be
nice for the
23, Monday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Mom must be feeling better, we went to
Wal-mart. We've been setting around just waiting for flight
information when Emily text-ed, "Flight delay one hour in
Minneapolis." So I booted up the computer to see where they
are, as I'm checking the screen I received a call from John who
explained they just got aboard. I said flight DL3855? "Why
yes how did you know? Our Granddaughter is on the same flight.
"Reality?" Our guests fist view of Harlingen Texas (pic)
I hope we have enough room in the car for
everyone (Using John's SUV.) Well Everyone is here safe and sound
(pic.) On the way back
from the airport we stopped at Los Asados for dinner, by the time
we finally got back to Fun N Sun it was close to darkness. Took
the girls for a quick walk around so they'll be familiar with the
park so they can feel comfort on their own in the morning.
24, Tuesday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
The girls started the morning with an
early morning power walk, two miles around the outside walls of
the park. That was follow with an hour workout in exercise room, (pic) follow by pools side
activities (pic.) Lunch
time, Chick Fil A for salads. Now we're looking a 2:00 pm. nap,
yes? Of course not, South Padre Island is calling. High
temperatures and high wind were no deter. We are on our way to SPI.
The girls did their power beach walking
while Mon and I tagged along at more respectful pace. Took some
pictures (pic) along the
way just to show how nice the day was. We were back on the road
around 6 pm. and happen to drive through Rio Hondo and the car
turned right into Ornelas Bakery Shop, can you believe? Well since
John & Anita bought the girls some Tres Leche we would buy him
some Dark Piggies, of course we picked a tray of sweets for
ourselves. I guess there will be more running tomorrow. No
wait the hot tub is calling, the girls with flashlights in hand
marched down to the the tub. I think I have to close my
25, Wednesday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Back to SPI today. But first a power walk
around the perimeter of the park, not once but twice that's four
miles. Bindi and I only got a mile in, still feeling a little
punky, these girls came back and still had jump in their step.
Weather is warm and partly sunny so we went for
the 35 mile drive to the beach. First stop is to photograph the
entrance sign (pic.)
Next a beach walk, needless to say after my mile this morning I'm
still resting up. The girls got in a couple miles I'm sure (pic.) On the way to lunch
we stopped at the Turtle Farm where they rescue these and
bring them back for release. Here is a little guy who looks
like he's ready for release, (pic) We ended up at
Clayton's for a sandwich (pic.)
Clayton's is the location where a lot of Spring Breakers head to
during Break, At this time of the year it's nice and quiet.
Now for today's topper. By the time we got back
it was getting close to 6: pm. and at his time of the year it
seems like it only takes 15 minutes to go from light to dark. So
when the girls arrived here I explained that they should carry a
light in the evening and also ware your name tag, (Makes the
local folks know these young girls belong in the park.) This
evening, close to dark, the girls needed one more walk. They ran
around the outside of the park, in the middle of this farm country
where there are no lights and very few homes, at they came
to the back gate they discover it is chained lock at dusk,
darkness is setting in, they run back around to the front gate
(one mile) which is electrically closed in the evening. So what to
do, "Grandma we are locked out of the park!" (No name
tags, no light and it's getting dark) Mom was up front doing
some laundry so it was an easy resolve. They spent the rest of the
evening in the hot tub.
26, Thursday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Progreso Mexico is on our calendar today. After our morning
walkabout, after breakfast, after lessons in Pickleball,
after showers we're about ready to hit the road, it's noonish.
"Should we stop for lunch before Mexico or in Mexico?" I
then went on to ask "Do you girls like a good baked
potato?" reply "We sure do!" Well we know a place,
it's about 30 miles out of our way, but we've never enjoyed such a
potato, it's so big and loaded that Mom and I split one and we are
both full. "Boy that sounds great let's do it." So we
drove I-2 to Alamo, TX and stopped at the ever popular 'Willie's BBQ'.
We placed our orders and sat down to eat, as I
gazed the table Mom & I had the only baked potato?? I had to
ponder this, what did I miss? hmmm.
Mexican border, there have been some changes
here, walking in to Mexico you now detour through an unmanned
inspection room then return to the sidewalk? As I put my two
quarters into the turnstile I mumbled something about the increase
in the rate and a near by Mexican commented "We have to pay
for the wall." Big smile from Me.
Another major calamity, my favorite booze
shopping store has closed down. Oh my gosh right next to the exit
out of the country, always a fair price. I may have to protest and
only by half as much in Mexico.
A return Hello to Mr. & Mrs. Sellers, your
delightful daughter is a pleasure to share time with. you
should be very proud of her.
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A no plan day. The girls are appearing a
little lethargic this morning, Ashley was the first out the door,
not for a run but right over to the Physical Training Center to
work out, Emily was behind her a few minutes later. Mother Natures
also agreed it was a do nothing day, cold and cloudy. I think the
busiest part of the day was a few games of Euchre.
This evening we had planed to go to the
dogs, Dog races that is. The track is just down the street from
the campgrounds so it was just a short drive. I think we had a fun
time because it took us several races to figure out the
program. It was big fun watching the dogs shoot out of the
gates and see how fast the run. We didn't make any money but
enjoyed the evening.
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Craft sale day in the Rec Hall, I've been
waiting all year for this. Last year during the sale and RV
supplier has tables here and I bought two led high lumen lights,
which went twinkle in a week. I took them over and explained the
problem and the sales lady yes they had some problems and gave me
two new ones that run cooler. I'm a happy camper now.
We had breakfast and the girls started
packing. On the way to the airport we stopped for lunch at Texas
Road House, had a good meal. At the airport the girls
checked in and we said our farewells (pic.)
We head home to get some rest and fight
these colds that have been hanging on. Plane was scheduled to
leave at 3:30 pm. local time and at 4: 30 pm. we get a text from
Emily that the flight was over booked and it looks like there are
some problems. At 5:30 pm. I'm back at the airport picking up two
overnight guests. The story is a little mind boggling for a
company like Delta to take 3 hours to reassign a flight and
compensate the girls, but after 3 hours they were finally told to
come in a little early tomorrow for a conclusion. Needless to say
I picked up two unhappy campers who were very eager to join me
with my evening cocktail.
Later in the evening we headed over to
What A Berger to refuel and I think now they'll be able to sleep
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Light breakfast to start the day, the
girls took a long walk, John & Anita stopped in, we talked
about the Delta's problems. Anita is suffering a little with the
same type cold we've been playing with.
The girls have seats for the 3:30 pm departures
so we went over to Gatti's and pigged out (all you can eat.)
The day has brightened up, temperatures going up, looks like
we're having a nice day. Stopped by the RV and picked up the
luggage and headed to the Air Port, everything went smoothly. We
again said good bye and we were back at the RV with our feet
propped up relaxing. Text from Emily "We are departing watch
for the air plane." I went outside and in five minutes I
could hear the jet but didn't see it, they are on the way home...
6:30 pm. Emily calls "Gramps we are stuck
on the tarmac in Minneapolis. Been setting 1½ hours, everything
on the ground cannot be moved because of a major DELTA computer
problem. Text at 8:30 pm "We have seats for 10:30
departure." I replied "Sounds Great." I don't think
they'll be home until 2 am, but they'll be home.
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Up at sunrise, looks to be a beautiful
day. Mom answered an early call and I heard "What time
did you get home?" Next I here "WHAT?" long
pause... "You're still in
Minneapolis!" Bottom line they'll be leaving this
morning but not together, two separate flights 3 hours apart (more
problems for a car ride when back in Detroit.) Final
words I heard "I'll never Delta again!!!
Mom awoke with sore neck muscle this
morning, so sore couldn't turn head or touch he neck. John
& Anita stopped by, we all agreed must of slept in a funny
position, John check Mom out and gave her a all natural pain
medicine that reduced the pain in an hour and in couple hours was
moving her head around.
All that aside, this is a perfect day for
patio sitting, outside of a couple of walks that's what we did,
bright clear sky and warm temperatures made the day perfect.
7:45 pm. text from Emily. "I'm
home!" Hard to believe scheduled to depart 3:30 pm
Saturday and finally gets home Monday evening at 7:45 pm.
All as a result of Delta Problems..
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Weatherman states a week of beautiful
weather ahead. John said this January has been the best weather he
can remember. January usually has a strong variety of weather but
this year has been basically consistently nice.
Mom & Anita both have this Texas
cough hanging on so we are staying low key trying to keep them
rested. Skipped dancing this morning but Mom did do laundry and I
took Bindi walking. Talked with Glenn this afternoon he said
snowed yesterday and snowing as we talked, warm enough to have wet
ice at the stop signs, very hard driving.
On the phone with Nick, he was saying he
thinks his park will be giving up the "over 50" status
because they are setting up the inexpensive Fema type homes on the
many empty lots. They think they'll be renting to low income
families. He thinks next year will be different, not something to
look forward to for sure.
Got sad news via voice mail from Cousin
Jane this evening, Cousin Wayne's wife Judy passed away. Will have
talk with Jane tomorrow for the details.
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No plan day, Genealogy group planed to
visit the Harlingen library just to acquaint the group with a
personalized tour of what they have. Mom & Anita opted out so
this morning, after the Bindi walk, I wanted to visit a couple of
near-by RV sales locations. We checked out Trader Jack's which has
a lot of "On consignment" rigs. Trying to see if
we could get a little feel of what you get for how much. As we
figured there was no logic to pricing. We will just pay more
attention to what is posted on our local board. Last year one of
the dancers bought a real nice fifth wheel for a very reasonable
price and now they'll be leaving it here year around eliminating
the need of hauling something down every year. If you're staying
at only one park every year that seems like a smart thing to do.
Called Anita & John to see if
they up for a late lunch. We pick them up and and decided to head
to Raymondville (20 miles north) to eat at Casa Blanca (pic,) a restaurant that
has been here forever and always had good meals. Mom and I had
stopped here on the way down last year and found it was still
unchanged and happy to report still good. John & Anita
started coning here, on and off, since the 1970's and outside of
employees and the pictures on the wall see no changes, again we
all reported a good meal. Closed the day with cocktails and some
card playing at J&A's
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Square dance morning, up to the dancehall
by 10 am. We had four squares dancing and they are definitely a
fun bunch of dancers. Eight of us went over to Papa Joe's for
lunch to enjoy a good burger. We haven't seen Caller Nick &
Dee for a couple of weeks now, so we had a chance to get caught up
on all his doings. He's planning on lunch in Mexico tomorrow and
we may be join him.
Relaxing afternoon with perfect
weather... Skipped Bingo this evening.
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Mom biked up to the activity office to
get some tickets for the Rhinestone Review, and bumped in to John.
She told John we were running up to the RV store to buy a screen
filter for our AC unit John said he wouldn't mine tagging along,
so at 10:00 am we all (John & Anita & Mom) are heading up
to F street. I made the quick purchase and when I got back to the
car 10:20 am. Mom said they were talking about a fifth wheel for
sale at Tropic Winds ( a short distance up the road.) Got
to the park 11;00 am. looked for the rig for some time, not on the
lot # it was shown on, but stumbled upon it in the storage area as
we were exiting, decided to call to see if we could see interior,
"Be there in 2 minutes." (going on 11:30 am..) We all
checked it out, talked for a while, and back in the car it was
suggested we think lunch, Mom said Vermillion would be nice
(½ hour drive) then we could then check out the SAS store
(groan.) 12:30 pm. we are on our way.
Delicious meals again this year, they
been at this location for 83 years and obviously done it right.
2:30 pm. on the road to SAS. Shop shop shop Buy buy buy.. I think
it was 4: 30 pm. before we were heading home. We got back home
around 5:30 pm. Fat, Broke, and Happy!
Now that is how a retires' day goes, a
ten minute trip to the RV Store takes 7½ hours..
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Rainey morning, good down pour that
cleared up before noon. Mom went over to Wal Mart to do some
shopping and I just puttered around homestead most of the day. I
did get a nice long walk in with Bindi.
Mardi Gras Dance this evening, caller
Nick invited Darryl Lipscomb to share the stage (pic.) They call well
together and a fun time was had. We had a little more than seven
squares, I took several candid shots of the dancers (pics.) Mom & Anita still
have a cough hanging on so were trying to keep them rested. No ice
cream outing for us. Super Bowel.
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A lay back day, just a puttering around
kind of thing. Called J&A to see if they were up for a light
lunch, we headed over to What A Berger they have a nice salad.
Afterward we drove over to AT&T to see why Moms phone is
acting up. Talking with the rep we found the same problem was
caused by the same thing, the Moon is showing. We shut it off
again and all is well again. hmmm.
Super Bowl this
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Plans for late lunch with Ron & Bev
from our Jayco Group today. This morning talked with each of
the boys. Craig is in route home from San Diego, everything is
going well should be home tomorrow. Glenn is finishing up on his
flip, and Gary found us a good buy on a 2016 Dodge. We'll see how
all this pans out.
Mom Orchids, that we've brought from
home, have finally bloomed. Got some nice pictures (pics)
We met up for our late lunch at Stefano's,
John & Anita joined us. Food was good and a real plate full.
This restaurant just open under new name last year, but this is
our first visit here since it close several years ago. We use to
come here often when is was the Lone Star. Ron and Bev stopped
over our place afterwards where we caught up on all the news since
our last campout in Michigan.
Took Bindi on a late evening walk when
John & Anita signaled us in for some cards. Didn't get home
till after ten and after a half bottle of wine, I think I'll sleep
well. I don't know about Bindi, it wasn't much of walk and she
doesn't do wine.
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Dancing at Lakewood this morning, John
& Anita picked us up for the 10 minute drive. We had a real
fun dance this day. One thing that makes dancing fun is most
callers here in the Valley assign every couple a number and that
number tells you which square you'll be dancing in and that
changes every tip, so you never know who you'll be dancing with or
where. You get to enjoy more people and have more fun. They do
throw in what is called "Open Tips" usually the first
and last tips are open as well as one more in the middle. If you
want to rest you can always sit out an open tip.
A group of ten of us joined the caller
Nick & Dee for lunch at La Playa. Nick & Patti came down to visit
with us and joined us for lunch as well. This is the first time at
La Playa this year and the food and service were good.
Afterwards Nick & Patti stopped by
our place and we got all caught up on everything since our last
dinning out at the Masters, in Michigan, that was just before we
headed south. Everything is going good with them as well.
We had another beautiful weather day and
tomorrow they are predicting 90°. Lucky for Bindi she gets
her hair cut tomorrow morning so she can stay cool.
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Hot day, 92°. Beauty Shop for Bindi
first thing this morning then Mon went over to the genealogy group
meeting. She reported an informative discussion with a lot of info
about census reports.
I jumped on my bike this morning and
started up and down each of the many streets in the park, I got to
seven miles when Mom called me and said Bindi is finished, I still
had about three miles to go to complete every street in the park
but had to pause for the mutt. As we were leaving the park
for the pooch Anita called and invited us over for lunch. With our
baby in tow we got back to their home in a half hour with our new
girl (pic.) After
enjoying a good lunch we jumped into a card game to finish our
Back at our place, with temperatures in
the 90's, I elected to scrub down the camper. Mom decided to
stretch out in AC comfort while I spent close to three hours
playing in the water. I was drained by the time I finished, I
closed my day with a very good cocktail that put me in the nod
You can checkout Bindi's pictures here (pics)
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Dance day this morning, we only had four
square but had a load of fun. After the dance we invited Ken &
Jodi to join us for lunch, Ken said he would like to but he had to
head towards Brownsville. Someone then suggested that we eat at Vermillion
(outskirts of Brownsville) Ken then said they would love to join
Along with Nick & Dee we numbered
eight this day. As we were ordering our beverage the waitress
recommended Shock Top, Nick & Ken ordered it under Nick
recommendation, so I joined in. It was delivered with a slice of
Orange, can you believe, orange and beer? I stated "What man
would drink beer and orange," it must be like drinking Blue
Moon. They chimed in "Yes." "Groan, that's a little
girls drink!" I explained. Of course Ken & Nick tried to
explained it was a good wheat beer. Of course I told them hey had
better check the color of their skivvies. I let the combat die
after drinking my glass and found it wasn't bad. I enjoyed the
professional review describing Shock Top, they kind of quoted everything I
felt, even to enjoying
We got back to the park a little after 3
pm. This retired life isn't easy starting at the dance hall at
9:30 am and not get finished till after 3:00 pm. and that is only
the morning event. Mom still isn't feeling up to par so we went
over to urgent-care where they check her over said she was in good
shape and gave a script to combat the cough, now it's after 6:00
pm. We did make it back it time to watch the Big Bang.
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Perfect weather day. Lunch at the local
Blue Marlin for a scrum-shish fish dinner. Grilled fish smothered
in sweet cooked onions, best rice ever tasted, lettuce and tomatoes all scrum-delli-ishish.
After lunch settled down I finish my Fun
N Sun park-street ride and it only turned a total 8.9 miles. Then
this evening we went to a special Valentine Dance at Lakewood. As
we were leaving the Park we all seen this giant moon on the
horizon, we commented on how large it was. I grasped my grade
school knowledge and explained the the heated atmosphere at this
angle distorted the imaged and made it appear magnified. [Well
after getting home I researched it and most now agree it's
an optical illusion, and using this photo as an explanation (pic)], groan.
Didn't get home till 10 pm. had to do a
short McDonald stop along the way home. That is the day..
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Anita and Mom went garage sale shopping
first thing this morning. I thought I would wash the car today.
Puttered round a while then took Bindi for a 1¾ mile walk. Had a
good Texas wind this morning which is nice for walking when the
temp is over 80°, barley got the tee-shirt wet. Returning to the
camper I sat outside and Bindi plopped right down next to me, you
can tell she was whipped. Now Mom left somewhere around 9 am. and
it's now pushing 1: pm. Figured I had better give her a call
before I start to nibble. " I'll be home in a minute we are
on our way now."
They picked up John and everyone is read
for lunch. John took us over to Las Vegas (restaurant)
because we thought it might be slow since it's almost 2 pm. now.
Well they were waiting in line at the door so we buzzed over to
Chick-Fil-A and did salads. As we are leaving the parking lot John
is holding his hand to his ear, I look over at him and as he said
"Rio Hondo is calling." It was only a few minutes
and the women had trays in their hands selecting a weeks supply of
treats that only Ornela's Bakery could provide.
This evening, Rhinestone
Country is the entertainment at the Dance Hall, and we have
bought tickets. For a person that loves Polkas this entertainment
was a little too country for me, I think they lacked a little
finesse. The girls in the show did much better the the guys, but
overall I'd have place then low on the chart. It was good that we
only paid for back row seating. I did get some shots (pics)
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A nice do nothing type day, a little
breezy but nice. Someone mentioned going to the Island for lunch
today, so around one-ish Mom called Anita and in short order we're
on the road again. Somehow we finalized our destination and ended
up on the deck of Louie's
( Frumpy place with slow service that makes you think why am I
here.) Mom and I had the rib special that was excellent.
Headed over to the Gulf side and sat the
beach for a time, just watching the surf and families enjoy a warm
Sunday afternoon. Off course, a stop at McDonald's on the way home
not just for ice cream but a birthday burger for a ten year old
named Bindi. Back at the Park, we skipped the ice cream social
this evening not wanting to over indulge.
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Got a call this morning from Anita that a
friend has posted his 5th wheel for sale. Mom and I have been
taking about looking into something that was a little more
roomy and we could leave here on a site and eliminating driving
the motor-home down every year. We know others that have done that
and were happy about their decision.
I called Jim Welch about the 5th wheel,
Mom and I then walked over to check it out. It's an older
unit but clean and in nice shape. Mom was pleased with the
floor plan with three slid-outs it's very roomy. The condition of
the interior was very good. I asked Jim for a couple days to talk
it over, he said no problem.
Caller Nick let us know of a VFW
Spaghetti dinner tonight that some of the dancers usually attend,
so with John & Anita we went to for spaghetti. After dinner
dancers Dwaine & Bert invited us to their place for some
cards, we were home by 10 pm.
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Dance day at Lakewood. Woke to 98%
humidity, dark clouds, shifting winds, in a matter of 45 minutes
the humidity dropped to 82% with dropping temperatures. Texas
weather seems to be all over the map, by mid day full sunshine
temperatures in the high 70s.
Twelve of us header to Los Leones in La
Feria, after dancing. We've eaten here back in 2015 and reported
it as good Mexican food with very excellent salsa with good chips,
the same report holds true today. We'll have to get here more
often it's not that far.
Later in the day Mom and I met with Jim
to make an offer on the 5th Wheel. We talked about why we wanted
to do this and how we were slowly changing our life style by
staying in one place longer each year. We went on to talk price
and then we made an offer that Jim accepted.
After more 5th wheel discussion with Mom
at home we went back over to the rig with Jim and checkout all the
appliances and procedures for setup/teardown. Everything worked
well and went smoothly.
Mom and I finished the day talking about
the difference in the way we would now being doing things because
of a permanent residence in Texas..
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Woke this morning after a restless night
and talked more with Mom. We no longer will be changing plans on
our drive down to do extended stays in New Orleans, No longer be
spending our last month on the beach on South Padre Island, No
more excursions to Arizona and the like. 8:30 am. I called Jim,
explained my dilemma and withdrew our offer. He was very pleasant
and accepting of my quandary.
Mom went over to do laundry this morning,
I did some bookkeeping. Bindi got a short walk, when Mom returned
from the Laundry I learned that the Don-West flea market was on
today's schedule. John picked us up and we headed west,
keeping in mind that it was almost lunch time. At the market I
picked up a few pairs of short socks and the girls each picked up
a couple things before we headed a little further west to Alamo
for lunch. Yes we stopped at Willie's BBQ again. I ordered Brisket
and gravy, John did a chicken covered baked potato, and the girls
did BBQ Chicken. These potatoes are sooo big had to do a picture (pic.)
John took the scenic route home, we left
the morning at 11:30 am and got back at 5:30 pm. That's a heck of
a lunch hour??
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What to do today? Nick & Dee are
meeting up with Ken & Jodi in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico at
Poncho's Bar around 11:00 am. today. So with John & Anita we
were on our way to Poncho's bar this morning. By the looks of it,
half the winter Texan's from all the local resorts are in Nuevo
Progreso, Mexico today (sunny, warm and windless.) Poncho's
was full but we found seats at Nick's table. Nick had a Pina
Colada in front of him that took Mom & I back to the
Caribbean, so we joined in with him (pic.) We all gabbed for a
bit then made late lunch plans to meet across the street at
Arturo's for 2 pm.
We all split-up to do some shopping but
it wasn't long before John & I were at the fun place (bakery
/ restaurant) having coffee. As we were listening to local
trio's that pass through, play a few songs, pass the hat, then
move on to another restaurant, Mom & Anita came in to join us.
As we talked a good looking young Mexican stop by our table to
show us his penciled caricatures. Mom said "Oh how nice let's
have one done" (groan)
as she peered in to his
big brown eyes (pic.)
We had our picture drawn (pic.)
We did have a lot fun laughing and carrying on as spectators
stopped by to check the progress, everyone had a comment. He
finished up in about twenty minutes to half hour. Mom attempted to
have some conversation with him afterward, but he spoke very
little English, I stepped in as interrupter, pointing to myself
saying 7 - 8, he smiled an and said 24. Ah progress, we learned he
was 24, married and had two children, lived in McAllen TX. I made
arrangements to have him stop by Arturo's and sketch Nick &
By the time we left the coffee shop it
was close to two, so we made our way over to Arturo's to join the
group. We had some wait there before we we were seated, Nick &
Dee came in a little later. They were getting haircuts that
everyone thought were very good looking and of course Mom said I'd
love to get cut for only $5.
Late lunch came and went, Bacilio (the
art boy) did the drawing of Nick & Dee and then we were on
our way to have nails and hair done. John & I had seats in the
Salon but the strong chemical odor that prevailed suggested to me
that it was time for John & I to head to parking lot, it is
getting close to five pm. We walked the couple blocks to the
50¢ gate to leave Mexico, as we passed through this gate it
dawned on me that my passport is in Mom purse, oh boy! We found a
bench giving thought to just waiting for the girls. Well after an
hour it was time to do something, John walked back to the
turnstile and was able to get by without incident, twenty
minutes later he returned with two lovely chicks in tow.
This was another big day with a six hour
lunch, go figure! I did take some pictures with Mom's phone (pics)
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Dog show day and Bindi is enrolled. This
is taking place first thing this morning so a little extra
brushing then some rehearsal and we were on are way. The tent was
setup in back of the Rec Hall with chairs and all. They had over
40 dogs enrolled and they were all ready to show. (pic)
Here is the procedure, Host calls the
Dog's name, you parade your dog in a circle, come back and speak
of your dog, get a gift, then wait to see the standings.
It is fun, because most all are just
family pets and you never know what they will do. I got some
pictures of some dogs (pics)
and of course a video of Bindi's premiere (vid.)
New place for lunch today, John &
Anita took us to Lonnie's Down Home, it was like being in America.
Basic food menu and American clientele
with a real low prices.
A Bindi walk then Mom did some shopping
to close the day.
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This morning the Marine Military Academy host their
annual tribute of Iwo Jima. As they do regularly the students in
full military gear will pass in-review. Invitations are extended
to veterans and a number of the still living attend the ceremony.
The ceremony is what has been and still is to this day practiced
by the military, presenting of the troops, where they'll march
past the Officers and special guess for their inspection and
This morning there appeared to be about a
dozen Iwo Jima vets in attendance. For me this is a very emotional
event. Watching these men, all over ninety, Standing for the
National Anthem, and again struggling to raise again for the
troops as the pass in review. My thoughts jumped to the thousands
of stones in Normandy
and our young buried over seas. Just seeing these old soldier in
front of the Iwo Jima Memorial brings on tears (pic.)
On our way home we stopped a Mc Don's for
an Mc egg wrap, not bad. At home Mom took the time for RV
housework, that means walk Bindi for a couple hours, oh
boy.. Got a nice bike ride in before the Bindi walk. Later
in evening we were at John & Anita's to get some cards in an
accept delivery of their new sofa & chair. After the delivery
we were back at the card game, where John won big so we took our
chips and went home .
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Big plans for this day, do nothing. I
Biked the park and then biked out to the Dog Track after which
walked Bindi, that was the extent of the activities. Windy out but
nice. We did head out for a late lunch at Stefano's Brooklyn
Pizza, we had lunch here the other day and after seeing the pizza
going around we said we would be back, so here were are and I want
to say this was the most flavor able pizza I have ever tasted,
with only pepperoni, mushrooms, onions as extras.
One more walk and that's was the day..
Weatherman this evening is calling for strong winds and lot of
rain tonight. I secured the bikes and chairs as precaution.
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We didn't have any winds during the night
but rain started at 6 am. with a good moderately heavy down pour
for about two hours. TV this morning showed big time storm
damage in San Antonio last night, here we had sunshine by noon.
John called this morning said he talked
with Dwaine & Bert and the four of us were invited back over
to their place for some Wizard cards tonight. We were at their
place after the VFW spaghetti dinner last week and played
Hillbilly Rummy when they learned we played a lot of wizard, hence
the invitation. They are members of NSDCA (National Square
Dance Campers Association,) as are we, and they play a
lot of wizard cards while camping. Dwaine & Bert recently
bought an older park-model in Dixieland RV park and had it
reconditioned during the past summer, they seem to enjoy
entertaining and showing off their place.
This afternoon the four of us had lunch
at El Sabor De Mi Tierra, a near by restaurant that changed owners
a few years ago but still services a good meal. After lunch we
took a short local drive enjoying conversation and the good
weather. Later in the evening John picked us up for the short
drive to Dwaine and Bert's. We didn't get home till after
midnight, we may have to take a couple days off to rest up...
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This is dance day at Lakewood, Mom opt
not to go today because of a slight persistent cough which is
hanging on forever. So it was a low key day. We did join the dance
group at Papa Joe's for lunch, the rest of the day was quiet.
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This weather has been unbelievable this
year. Winds have been lighter, dryer, and warmer. This past week
in the high 80s and this week low 90s. Seems like the temperatures
are recording breaking every other day. The upper valley, McAllen,
will be close to 100° this week and here in the lower valley mid
Took Bindi for her walk while Mom was at
Genealogy session this morning. The rest of the day we moved
slowly, wash the car then Mom and I took Bindi to lunch (which
means we went through drive through and then found a shady place
to munch down.)
Big news here in the RV park. The
much liked park manager, Tony, was fired Tuesday evening. No
details out yet, but everyone in the park will be calling
corporate office to register a complaint.
Called John & Anita this evening and
got together for some cards. That's the day...
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Perfect weather continuing, although a
little to warm. Decided it would be to hot to walk the beach so
gave John & Anita a call to see if they would like to join us
for a county ride. We drove north to Raymondville for lunch
at Casa Blanca, afterward headed east to the gulf at Port
We had packed the car with all the
necessary equipment to do some real hunting, Port Mansfield is
know for excellent deer hunting and John guaranteed we would shoot
a nice size Buck. Well we were not out long before we spotted a
big buck to shoot, one shot (pic.)
In a very short time here's another shot (pic.) It is evident by the
previous shot that Port Mansfield is where it's at (pics.)
Hot weather and a long drive home
required McDee's ice cream & coffee.
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Today is over booked! River Cruise
planned for the morning and Dancing in the evening. Up at 6:30 am
and on the road by 8:10 am. We are on our way up the valley to
Mission, TX and at the Riverside Club to board the Riverside
Dreamer. There were fifty square dancers aboard for the two hour
cruise. Not a whole lot of sites to see along the way, but with
nice weather, good friends and dinner at the end, I think it was a
good time. Oh yes, guess who left their camera at home?
I-phone provided a couple reminders. Here's the all the (pics)
This night we square danced at Lakewood
Saltel, one of the best. We had 17 squares dancing and Nick & Joe
complementing each other made this dance great, we all had a fun
time. You can see how happy we are (pic.) I think this has been
the best dancing of the season. Since this was an evening dance
and we had a full day, directly home we went!
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South Padre Island is hosting an Arts
show of sorts with vendors, so off the four of us go. The 53
minute drive went by quickly. Just before crossing the bridge to
the Island we stopped in at the Pirates
Landing Restaurant for fish dinner. Restaurant was
crowded but we didn't have to wait, our waiter was good as
were the entrée's, so we left in good spirits.
I think we've done this show every year
so needless to say John and I were outside setting next to the
kettle corn tent sampling the product after a speed trip by all
the vendors. Just as we finished our large bag of kettle corn the
ladies came walking out. Yes we can stop at McDonald's, as we head
for the bridge.
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I suggested Laguna
Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge we haven't been there this
season, and I was curious to see the progress on road repairs. We
were on the road a little after 8 am. Weather was partly cloudy
with temps in the 70's, it was a very nice day.
Road to the park was much better but
major repairs are still pending. We had a nice sighting in the
park. As I was walking up to meet Mom in a bird viewing station
she signaled me to approach quick and quiet, walking in to the
blind I could see two Javelinas skirring off. This is fun, we've
seen them before but only on rare occasion at the side of the road
running off. I sat for a while and sure enough they slowly
returned step pause step pause then in full view (pic.) I got a few shots and
a short video (vid.) All pictures (pics)
With this warm weather they are talking
of an early bird migration but we haven't seen in large increase
of birds. We took a slow walk around several trails and did
not see a lot of activity. We got back to the car where I had the
most excitement of the day. Mom walked back to the visitor center
while Bindi and I got some drinks from the trunk. I sat in the
drivers seat and twisted the top of a coke and listen to the fizz,
when it stopped I gave a hard twist to free the cap and a huge
explosion of coke burst from the mouth, GROAN! My lap, shirt,
seat, door were soaked. I had few bottles of water and flushed
everything best I could, by the time we got home everything was
This evening at the Rec Hall is
information , ice cream, and music. They had an absolute full
house this evening, in front of the stage all seats were filled as
well as the Bingo area, I would gustimate 600 Winter Texans. I'm
thinking the attraction was the "information" portion
where folks wanted to hear why the discharge of Tony a good and
well liked park manager. They did speak of it only to say the why
and wherefores will never be made public for reason of respect to
was Helen Russell & Husband (pic,) we enjoyed the show.
During the performance they asked three from the audience up on
stay and handed then a washboard, tampereen, and maracas, then
during a song each made their contribution with instrument and
body movements that brought on a lot of laughter. It was an
hour of free fun. Here's a little better picture of Helen (pic)
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Walk, talk, and do
little else. Starting out on doing our taxes, that's most of the
day, even though it's going smoothly. Made a big sacrifice today,
went to the office to report my findings. I went out back to check
our electric meter and found it had the same reading on it as when
we checked in. They replaced the meter, Groan.
Called J&A to see if they wanted to
go to Los Asados for late lunch. John had to do some errands so they were
game. Bike store for John's new tire, Jewelry store for John's new
watch battery, then over to the cable company so John could pay
his bill. Lunch done, errands done, back home to enjoy the rest of
the day. Cards in the evening and John won again....
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Square dancing at Lakewood this morning
with six squares, fun time as usual. Had a quick
lunch at Chick Fil A so we could take Bindi over to the Vets.
Bindi has been doing a lot of scratching for a long time and no
home remedies seem to be working. We called our vet checked some
meds out, he said no problems with them. Over to a local
Veterinarian who prescribed some meds because scratching it
is a popular problem down here. We're hoping it works out
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Posted the photos taken at the Laguna
Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge the other day: (Pics.)
Catching up on odds and ends Bindi almost
quit scratching, appear meds are working, everyone is happy now.
We all went over to nearby Applebee's for coupon special lunch,
Ho-hum. Got some card playing in and John is still on a
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March is here an now and folks are
heading out, over the past few days we've seen several rigs leave.
It will be slow exiting till the end of the month then the pace
will quicken for sure.
Square dancing this morning down to four
squares, all fun dancers so it was a good time. Near by Blanquita's
Mexican Restaurant for lunch, a first time for us, we've
driven by their a full parking lot many times, it was time to stop
in. We were all glad we did, five starts for sure. Caller Nick
said he was have dance this evening for his new students and asked
all of us to angel at the dance, 7 pm. back to the dance hall.
Again four squares and dancing to all basic calls. Big rewards,
ice cream was served.
Busy day, relaxed at home this evening.
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Cold front came through last night,
temperatures dropped 22° over night only 72° and cloudy today, a
welcome change. The temperatures are to remain in the low
70's for the next couple days with rain tomorrow.
Mom got some laundry done and I got some
small stuff done around here. Bindi got her walk and I also did a
Looking forward to checking out the
in the park Auto Show tomorrow morning, the first of what they
want to be an annual event. Mom wants to take in the weekly
Brownsville Flea market, it's big. Finished the day
playing a little cards, John won again, Oh boy.
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First thing this morning took Bindi for
her walk and we walked to the front RV parking lot where the Auto
Show is to be. They had about a dozen cars already in the lot and
it's only 8:30 am. Looks like they are off to a good start.
Cloudy and threatening out but by a
little after nine we were heading to Brownsville Flea Market
anyway. They have four covered isles each a quarter mile long and
maybe another half mile's worth outside. We walked all the covered
isles and some tables outside. Weather stayed nice with even a few
minutes of sun. Didn't buy much, I did pick up a small motor for
the garage work shop.
Dirty Al's has several restaurant on
South Padre Island and has recently had opened another "Dirty
Al's" here on the main land, just down the street from the
flea market. We stopped there for a bite and I was happy to see
the Shrimp dish was anything but Shrimp. Each of the seven shrimp
took three bites to consume, and the seasoned French fries were
delicious. Anita hadn't had seasoned fries before and she really
enjoyed them as well.
Nick & Dee had invited us all over
for some cards after we finished dinner a Stefano's.
There were eight of us paying Hillbilly
Rummy, an easy fun game with three decks of playing cards (3
decks/w 6-8 playing, 2 decks/w 4 playing.) A game where you can
get in a lot of extra talking. We didn't get home till almost
Did get a call from Emily this evening,
she'll be on her way to Cancun with her uncle Gary and family
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Such an active day yesterday that we took
today off, hung around the park most all day, ate at home, biked
and walked a little, and that was it. Oh yes we did take a short
ride around San Benito just to check out some of the
neighborhoods, but that was our day...
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Talked with Glenn this morning,
50° in the motorcity must be time to head home. Mom had to
exchange something at the Kohl store so we called John & Anita
see if the they were up for lunch as well. Lunched at Los Asados
one of our favorite Mexican eateries before heading to Kohl's.
Cards this evening and I finally won a
game, I think the rest of the group just drank too much wine.
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Dancing at Lakewood this morning, six
squares today. Only a couple weeks left before Caller Nick leaves.
After the dance eight of us went to Los Leones in La Feria for lunch, then four of
us went on to do some shopping at Sam's Club which ended with
Frozen yogurt before getting back to the RV at 3 pm.
Bindi got her bath this evening, still no
scratching and that's good. Las Vegas Days at the Rec Hall, Mom
didn't win anything. Home the rest of the evening.
I seen this short video on line and could
not believe what I saw, I had to watch it a couple of times and
still found i hard to believe. Pit
Had an interesting thought I wanted to
share so I came back to the computer, booted up, checked the
email, then sat here wondering why I was sitting here, Senior Moment?
Oh Yes, Mom's Orchid (pics)
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Slow start day with no direction, As I
remember this was only the second time we stayed home for lunch.
Another downer, Mom had to do the laundry. I guess there was an
up-side for Mom, she got to go to Wal Mart for some what ever you
call it time. Bindi and I got out this morning for a walk in the
99.9% humidity, I was soaked when I got back, and it was only 8:45
am. As the day progressed it seemed to dry up somewhat. My park
bike ride was good as the breeze picked up a little.
Talk about senior moments, I think I just
experienced something, this must maybe an example. First off Carol
talked with Anita and Anita asked "Cards tonight?" Carol
"Hmm I feel like some French Fries". (Now go Figure?)
Anita response "Give us a call if you go." Now I assume
that must be women's talk, because as we are driving I said
"aren't you going to give Anita a call?"
"Just stop by!" Sure enough, I pull up and in a
minute John & Anita are at the car and we're off to Mc
Donald's for orders of French Fries. Now I know I missed
I'm sure we just have good chemistry
together because no matter who does what we are laughing, This may
not be funny but it sure set a tone for the evening. Over the
years John has lost a lot of weight to where he is now skin &
bones, having been in the health profession he realizes that he
has reached the bottom and it's time to consume small measured
portions of forbidden food. Now you have understand John, as he
prepares for this exotic moment every move is measured and paced.
First it's the picking up the small ketchup pack and opening a
corner, then it's one fry where he then lays a red stripe along
the length of the fry, now slowly places it in his mouth where it
is obviously savored and slowly chewed for a moment then
swallowed. A small smile then the process is repeated. Now if the
chewing process takes too long and the next fry is striped and
ready, he then feeds this fry to his mate. Sitting here in
McDonald's taking this all in lets me know this will be a fun
filled evening, John's in good form.
We are now at John & Anita's sitting
around the dining table playing cards. Outside temperature is not
bad maybe high 70s, in the house it's close to the same with the
overhead fan offering a gentile warm breeze. We are all aware of
John's lack of body warmth due to his low weight condition. Now
with this setting set, the scene goes like this; we're all getting
excited about the progress of the game, conversation quickens,
body temps raise, voices get louder. Of course none of the
conversation is of the game. Mom asks out of the blue, " Is
so & so invited to join us at Bert & Ernie's? tomorrow
night?" Now I know it's suppose to be Bert & Dwaine's,
and I'm smiling as I looked at the bewildered look on Anita's
face, expressing who is Bert & Ernie?? Now the smiles
start as Mom realizes something an I explained Anita doesn't know
Bert & Ernie, I mention Dwaine and the laughing starts and we
are getting hotter and our laughing louder. Anita quickly tells
John "lower the AC temp because Carol's is all flushed."
After a moment John returns with a warm long sleeve shirt on, and
in a few moments we all realize it feels warmer in here. Someone
says "John was cold so he put his long sleeves on and forgot
to lower the AC temperature," well the laughing starts big
time to the point of no eye contact, hard breathing, and your Mom
trying to talk, cough, and looks like she was about to pass out,
this senior stuff is very serious. Thank God this was all
without wine, can't imagine what if!
We must have a special chemistry between
us all, because we seem to always carry on about nothing and do
more laughing then anything else. It gets to be a serious
condition that we don't have a name for, or what to take for it.
We do know not to take wine for it!
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Skipping dancing this morning as we're
planning on two dances tomorrow. We did get together with the
group for lunch after the dance at Blanquita's (same as last week.)
Good Mexican food and they are only open daily till 3 pm.
Big weather pattern is moving through,
looks like it extends from the gulf to up to Michigan, some rain
is expected. Quiet day we did get some cards in this evening,
finally I won a game. The wine may have contributed to my victory
as one of us accepted a golf-cart ride home, may due to exhaustion
from all the card shuffling hmmm, wine?
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This morning we drove to Sunshine RV Park
about the same distance away as Lakewood RV. Nelda Eaton is the caller, we met and danced
with her when she first started calling in the valley a number of
years ago. She is presently the caller for Sunshine Park during
the season, and doing very well. Six squares dancing and this is
late in the season. Nelda has a beautiful voice and is a talented
caller. After the dance someone suggested What A Burger for lunch,
and so it was.
Cloudy all day with scattered showers
sometimes heavy. Nothing doing for us all day long until the
evening dance at Lakewood. Nick combined his final departing
Barbeque dance with a Luau dance and charges an extra two buck a
couple for the event. We were all asked to bring a dish to share
so with the $10 a dance charge plus the extra $2 charge and the
cost of $8 for the covered dish to pass we ended up paying $20 for
the dance which had nothing extra special about it? with over 24
couples in attendance and paying an extra $2 making some $48 extra
to cover most of the cost of the meat supplied. On the plus side
Nick always calls a fun dance and we always have a good time
dancing. For us this evening matters worsen, Mom started feeling
an upset tummy, I ended up taking her home, so we didn't even
dance this evening. Looks like the cost of dancing is going
to shorten our vacations.
On the brighter side, looks like
the weather is clearing up and tomorrow will be a brighter
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A brighter day, and Mom is feeling a
little better. Bindi and I took a walk this morning to see if we
could pick up a Z pack to see if we can bring to an end this
continuous bronchiolar coughing that's been plaguing Mom for over
a month now.
With medicine taken Mom suggested taking
a little ride to check the progress on the SpaceX property just
off the Gulf. We drove by last year and seen some heavy equipment
and ground work being done. Property is located just across the
back bay inlet at the south end of Padre Island (can be seen here pic.)
Gave John & Anita a call to see if
they would to take a ride this morning, and we were all on the
road with in a half hour. Driving south towards Brownsville on hwy
US 77 I decided to stop in at the SAS shoe store to see if my back
order came in, it had. I had a brief discussion with the manager
on how disappointed I was with the service, It appeared by her
demeanor that's the way it is here at SAS. I went to shelves and
found my size paid and left. In the car waiting Mom asks "Did
you get your 10% discount" (when ordered is was part of bulk
order.) Back in the store talking with same manage who could not
give me discount for bad service, check her records and finally
said "Oh yes here it is you get 20% off". Accepted the
refund and left.
Bright sunshine, busy Saturday morning
traffic with lots going on as wander near Brownsville, Mom says
"Since you stopped at SAS maybe we could now stop at Kohl's
so I can make a return." Of course we can, ask Saria where's
Kohl's. Two miles back she said just north off US 77, so back we
go. Business handled a quick McDonald's stop for two black coffees
we are off again. We all are getting a little gittie now after and
hour or so on the road, looking for Boco Chico road to head
towards the Gulf. Not positive of the roads but know the general
direction, John pull out our maps, Macomb County, Texas, Harlingen
area, Brownsville area. With two or three maps opened in the
Navigator's seat, arms spread, paper all over I had to pull over
because the backseat drivers could not see out the front windows.
Then some had the never to say we should ask for directions, can
you believe? Driving by general since of direction got us too
close, we had backtrack a couple miles to the roadways entrance.
Again whole lot of Ho Ho Ho-ing from the back seat.
We did get in a whole lot of laughing in
as everyone was attempting to help the driver. We've al been here
before but usually approached from a difference direction.
We made it to SpaceX location and found
nothing. A fence was there and a dirt mound that looks like it may
be the launch pad and one tracking antenna. It looks abandon but
it is Saturday. They are suppose to be firing a rocket from here
in late 2018.
Vermillion Restaurant on the way home
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Another front came through last night,
cloud cover and temperature down to 70° this morning. Puttered
around the RV all morning. Mom spent a lot of time on the phone
and after an hour or so I over heard Mom "You guys want to do
something?" John & Anita joined us and it was over to the
Blue Marlin Restaurant for good fish dinner then over to their
place to play some cards. I had a big game, and that's our day...
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It was nice sleeping last night, woke up
to 58° on thermometer. Looking to make a run to Mexico today to
replace the Z-pack we pickup and Mom lost a tooth filling and it's
been bothering her some so she hopes to get that handled.
We picked up our friends and headed over
to Progreso. Got the Z-pack and Mom got in to see a Dentist that
comes highly recommended. Dentist found decay under filling, he
cleaned and repaired the tooth and Mom's happy.
Back in the States we headed over to Willie's
BBQ for a baked potato, we each had a half a potato and we're
happy. Finished the day with cards, I almost did great...
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Anita called this morning and said John
was not feeling too well, they would not be dancing today. Sorry
to report that, so we decided to skip dancing as well and do a
What a beautiful day to just get out and
bum around. We did get to Kohls for a bit only to find that senior
day is tomorrow, I wonder what we'll be doing tomorrow.
We consumed our leftovers for lunch and
Mom was going whip-up a salad for dinner only to find our lettuce
has gone bad. Not a problem, jumped in the PT shot over to the
nearest fast food joint and was back in flash with two fine
salads. Mom got some time to spend in the pool this day, as
you can see this agrees with her (pic.) Looks like she owns
the space (pic.)
Not that we seen a whale but just had to
share this, it must of been some experience.. (vid)
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Office called us today and asked if we
had left the park. When we checked in I said for two months maybe
three, clerk said pay for three and if you leave early we'll
refund the difference, that sounds like a plan I said. It looks
like we've been here two months already. So I told her we
will be staying a little longer.
We have been talking about Padre Island,
down side is that Texas spring break started on the 11th so we are
dragging our feet a little. Bindi's hair cut and a couple other
things and we'll be on our way I'm sure.
Quiet day at camp, laundry got done,
biked a little, walked a little and of course a little cards. Mom
sounds a little better so that's good.
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Skipping the last square dance of the
season, we have an early appointment for Mom, she is concerned
that a spot on her shin that is red and not going away. Anita's
dermatologist, who was a veterinarian and changed professions,
comes highly recommended. So I took Mom to the Vet to have her
spot removed and sent out, results in week. Next Bindi's at the
spa today, we picked her and she looks good again.
We got home in time to go to lunch with
the caller and some dancers. A farewell lunch it was, as Nick was
heading to Alabama right after we finished eating. With nothing
planned for the day it looks like Bingo will be the highlight of
the evening. (Oh BOY)
Every Wednesday our Fun N Sun park has a
free train ride around the park, I was talking with Uncle Ed on
the phone yesterday about the train, as it was tooting by, then
went and shot a little video (vid.) Fun stuff for sure..
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Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Now for the
events of the day, Bindi's is first one, out for early morning
walk, weather is still great. We made it up to the office
area parking lot to the checkout the gathering of the special day
parade, nothing there and the parade is to start in half hour,
Now at 1 pm. singer Ralph Kuster
starts his show in the dance hall and Mom likes his singing so we
are going. Mom met up with Anita and went towards the dancehall
and I walked Bindi home. I puttered around the camper till I got
the call that the girls are holding seats for John and I. As I
leave the camper I could her the Train bell nearby so I ready the
camera to record the parade that was just up the road, here's what
I shot (vid,)
not too big a deal.
I walked up the road to the dancehall,
following the parade which was promoting the Kuster show along the
way. Walking through the doorway I learn the two hour show is free
and (a big AND) a free mixed drink or free beer, not all bad. The
show was good, mostly all Irish songs but some pop and Elvis. I
did did get some pictures, I like the one of Mom & Ralph
best (pic.) Couple more
Jason's Deli (buffet type restaurant) was
our late lunch destination. I asked the counter help if they were
serving St. Patty corn beef and cabbage, she didn't have a clue
what I was asking. I pointed at a sandwich on the poster and asked
what it was, she replied "Corn beef" I'll take that..
The other day at the evening dance at
Lakewood I recorded a video of one dance. One of the dancers is
confined to a wheelchair but still dances, we had the pleasure of
being in a square with her and we did good. (vid.)
Sometimes things just make me laugh. This
video has been around but you just have to smile (vid.)
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Mom walked over to the Craft show in the
Rec Hal first thing this morning, while I did important things
like taking pictures of a tiny ground squirrel out side our window
Mom returned with Anita and apparently we
are going to a World Birding Center just outside of Brownsville.
One we've been to before, but we need exercise. John drove
the back roads there getting us there a little after noon, just
missed the 11:30 trolley ride. The pretty Mexican girl working the
visitor center said "If you want to do lunch you can make
the 12:30 Tram." Where is there a restaurant near
here? "Oh there is a great restaurant specializing in fish
just around the corner, take a right out of the park and then the
next right to the highway, it's right there." None
of us were hungry this early, but a 'local' recommending a good
restaurant, the next thing we knew we were making right hand turns
to a restaurant. Nice clean place, good service, but we were the
only English speakers there. We did get orders placed and the food
was good but no-way were we going to make the 12:30 tram. We got
back at 1:15 just in time for the 1:30 ride through the park.
Open air covered buggy with a volunteer
whip cracker (pic.) A
nice ride not to exciting ride along a shaded trail where the
volunteer sprayed us with a bunch of not to important almost
facts. Mom seem to enjoy the venture and that's what counts. One
big difference is the Resaca is all dried up since our last visit,
they made efforts to retain the runoff and presently waiting to
have the Resaca filled with water. Wild life was at a minimum, we
seen two birds and a butterfly so I guess the we can call this a
I was able to talk everyone in to a cone
at McDonald's. John drove towards home and after some twenty miles
he pulled in to McDee's. I quickly walked to the counter and with
a big smile ordered for the group, ice cream please. Pretty little
thing at the counter said "No ice cream!" I
obviously was not a happy camper and asked how long before it's
fixed? "it'll be at leased ten minutes."
We'll wait while we drink our coffees!
Things don't always go smoothly in the
south, I think we made the best of it with on shot of half of a
butterfly and lots and lots of laughter...
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Day of rest, so I thought. We have this
yucca like short tree growing next to our patio that does nothing
but look good and bothers some people. Yesterday I observed
Mom and Anita chopping away at it and then leaving it only
partially finish. This yucca/tree has sharp razor like leaves and
a very pointy/piercing tip. Today I finished the job, so now here
is a before and after picture (pic.) John & Anita
pulled up in their golf cart just as the tools were being put
away. As I sat there admiring the tree they picked up three trash
bags of those dangerous cuttings and Mon & Anita golf carted
them off to the trash
Our camper is pointing south so our patio
is cooking the hot half of the day and our awning is rolled up 95%
of the time due to variable winds that usually change in an
unannounced moment, so we picked up our chairs and crossed the
street to Charlene's shaded patio to enjoy a drink. Husband
Phil came out to see what we were doing and join us for a drink.
Then our neighbor's from east of of us, Gerine and husband, came
over as well.
It's way past lunch, like 3:30 now, I
suggested eating, some said Pizza, so Stefano's Brooklyn Pizza it
was. The four of us enjoyed the short drive over and the
deliciously different pizza.
Had to skip ice cream this evening as I
had eaten too much pizza. I did force myself to have a healthy
long Bindi walk. Now I should say how much better I feel...
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A very very Happy Birthday to Grandson
Robbie & Grand-friend Ed, who we've only been good friends for
73 years now.
Mid-day meal, grilled chicken salad at
What A Burger. Quiet day as we see more and more vacant RV sites.
The mass exit is under way.
This evening the local acting group put
on their interpretation of a live 1940's radio broadcast of
'Jane's day in court.' A fun event, they explained that some
radio broadcast were done in front of a live audience where signs
were held-up as to when to applause and when to groan, as so it
was. Including commercials of Brylcreem, Carter's Little Liver
Pills, and Camel Cigarettes . Here are a few pictures of the show
(pics.) a short video of
Our park manager Tony O reading his part (vid.)
Afterwards we played some cards and John
again came out on top, he needs more coaching...
21, Tuesday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Here's a first for us, the new Chick Fil
A in Harlingen sponsored a Bingo. Yes Bingo. Anita had us all up
and on the road by 8:15 am. to insure a seat for the 9:00 am.
start. First off we had breakfast there because of our early
arrival to get good seating.
Bingo went this way; everyone received a
single sheet with two cards on it. As numbers were called you
marked of on both cards. first game was a simple straight ling
Bingo on one card. Winner came forward spun a wheel and won a gift
card for a drink, desert, or meal. They also had table items like
tee shirts, water bottles, cozy and the like. Now the second game
was one vertical row one horizontal row none across the free
square on both cards. You continue on with the same two card sheet
retaining all the previously mark numbers. Games continued with
the same sheet until we progressed to a two card total fill. I
think it took five game to get a total black out of both cards.
After that we got a new sheet of two cards. I guess what made this
more fun for me was the fact that each progressive game went
faster because some numbers were already blacked out from a prior
game. We only had to do this for one hour.
Afterward we hung at home till our two
pm. lunch date at El Gallito, (first time this season) good
food, good service and real good price. Oh yes, it is only a mile
from the park.
Back home again when neighbor Charlene
knock on the door and said Dinner on the patio, corn-beef and
cabbage, will be ready at 6:00 pm don't be late. What a cook, the
main dish was some combination of corn-beef, sauerkraut, bread
bits, cheese over, and what ever good cooks hide in their meals to
make extra special.
We have a couple things planned for the
next couple days and hope to be leaving for the South Padre on
Friday, we'll see how that works out...
22, Wednesday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Weather continues to be great, a little
too dry for the locals but no complaints here. Trying to establish
a mind set that it's getting time to move on by thinking of things
that have to be done before leaving like putting up the bikes etc.
It was Logan's for lunch, a few errands,
talked with the boys back home. It was sad to learn that Craig's
Christmas gift of a droan had a mind of it's own and headed off
into the unknown. The search is in its forth day now.
We played cards in the evening, oh yes, I
ended up on top in our card game for a change! That was our day...
23, Thursday 2017 - San Benito TX Fun N Sun site J-14
Mexico today, John & Anita, and Mom
all have appointments for teeth cleaning ($25) in Nuevo Progreso.
Soon after the cleaning we were walking the shopping district to
the coffee shop for some entertainment and pastry. At Rene's
Restaurant Bakery they have roving musicians that play for a half
hour and then move on to another store. This morning we had six
men playing trumpets, and strings. Anita went to have her nails
done, Mom went for a haircut, while John and I finished another
I spotted a ½ gallon of Tito's for $24,
back home it's over $37, so now our cabinet will be full again. We
finished our roaming around, walked back across the border and
headed back to San Benito. We went to the Longhorn Cattle Company
restaurant near Fun N Sun for their baked potato, which I opted
out of for a brisket sandwich.
This evening I ready for departure, bikes
up, hoses away, name plate and chairs away, we are ready outside.
Mom went over to the laundry and she was done by 9 pm. At 9:15
John called to see if we were ready for ice cream, we hit
McDonalds to close the the day... Tomorrow is departure.
24, Friday 2017 - San Benito
TX to South Padre Island Isle Blanca County Park site C83-1 wk
full $200 Miles: 37 gas: $2.05
Morning winds picking up big time out of
the south, drive took a little over an hour. We took a site we've
been on several years ago, Got all connected had left-overs for
lunch, relaxed for couple hours then took a walk on the beach.
Wind slowed down and sun was shining. Met up with Ron & Bev (Jayco
Club) in the park, their daughter & son-in-law are down here
visiting for a few more days. We just took it easy the rest of the
25, Saturday 2017 - South Padre Island Isle Blanca County Park site C83
Out to beach early this morning, Bindi
and I were setting on the beach wall (pic) at 7:00 am waiting for
the sun to rise out of the Gulf. At precisely 7:30 we seen this (pic,) not a quality shot
but with these do everything for you cameras it takes me 10
minutes to figure a setting out to get something a little better (pic) but the sun is already
way off the horizon (pic)
I enjoy seeing the morning folks walking (pic) or fishing (pic) or shooting the sun (pic.)
Mom wants to join the the beach cleaning
efforts this morning so we are off to Claytons at 9:00 am., one of
the gathering points, at the north end. Here you register, pickup
you garbage bags & gloves and start picking up trash, bottle
caps (the big item in this area today.) Here's where we started (pic.) Mom got over a ½ bag
in a short time (pic)
while I was mostly looking for I don't know what.
Back at the camper we had our lunch,
rested for a while then walked out to the beach for a few hours of
people watching. There were families strung out across the beach
as far as you could see. Well it is a beautiful family Saturday,
with great water and lots of sunshine.
After dinner we walked over to Ron &
Bev's camper, their guest, daughter Sam and son-in law Jason (pic,) will be leaving this
weekend. As we walked up we found Sam packing their truck, they
will be leaving shortly. Jason hurt his shoulder back home in a
snowmobile accident and it's really troubling him, Sam will have
to do all the driving. all (pics)
That was pretty much the day.
26, Sunday 2017 - South Padre Island Isle Blanca County Park site C83
Hot sunny day thank goodness for the
wind. Beach walking and now a days pavilion sitting, in the shade.
Beach has a lot of folks out here. We decided to an emergency run
to McDonalds for an ice cream cone, then on to Wal Mart. We got
back to the Park gate around 3:30pm to find two lanes of cars
backed up about a block long of folks wanting to pay for the day
pass, day pass runs $10 now. Fortunately there is a third lane for
campers so I was able to by pass the wait and use my card to lift
Short Bindi walk this evening, I had to
drag her from her couch perch to go, It was a little to hot on the
beach this morning so she was just letting us know rest please.
27, Monday 2017 - South Padre Island Isle Blanca County Park site C83
Didn't think the morning haze had cleared over the water
so I didn't go down to the beach but did sit on our patio and did
see the sun (pic.)
Here's a shot of our corner lot (pic) with another view of
Mom and her coffee (pic)
watching the neighbor walk their dog (pic.)
Back at Fun N Sun the other day I took a
picture of Mom at one of her favorite cactus (pic) and the flowers at the
tip of it (pic.)
A lot of cactus are in bloom now, here at our park is a Prickly
Pear in bloom (pic.)
This evening Mom wanted to drive over to
the Convention Center where there is a bird watching area were we
can walk about and see what's active. Here they have a nice
elevated walkway through the sanctuary out into the back-bay (pic.)
We saw Spoonbills and White Heron but could not get any good shots
(pic) (pic.) We spent the evening
out here taking a lot of pictures but none that caught my eye (pics.)
28, Tuesday 2017 - South Padre Island Isle Blanca County Park site C83
Spent the morning beach walking without Bindi, felt she
could use some rest. While walking Mom called John & Anita to
see if they wanted to meet for lunch. We met up in Port Isabel,
just across the bridge, at one of Dirty Al's restaurants called
Pelican Station (has a caboose out front.) Specials this day were
fish/shrimp tacos or grilled chicken salad $8.95, so I ordered
Shrimp. Dirty Al's does a nice job with big shrimp and seasoned
fries that I have a hard time getting past them. Cost $10.95 (use
to be $5.95 when we first came here) you get 6 large shrimp with a
large order of fries, on the plus side they throw in an extra
We went back to the RV to indulge is some
special deserts that our guess brought in from their stop in Rio
Hondo. Oh yes painful as it was I ate Carbs... Well I guess the
only pain I had was waiting to get back to the RV.. We gabbed
and played a couple of games of cards that Anita and I split
the victories of.
Took Bindi for a short walk, she was
anxious to walk again and that's good. That was our day..
29, Wednesday 2017 - South Padre Island Isle Blanca County Park site C83
Warm breeze out of the south all day
long, hot and humid weather continues. Oh week ends this Friday so
we decided to start for home, Mom's cough although is better is
still hanging on so home it is.
We decide to make a run to pickup some
shrimp to take home when Ron & Bev drove up, asked if they
would like to take a drive so the four of us head to the shrimp
store. This gave us a little gab time as they will be heading back
to Harlingen to have dinner with Dave & Peggy who will be
leaving the valley tomorrow.
Mom and I did What A Burger for the last
time before leaving. We then did a little biking around the park.
Also did some rust removing and tire filling before storing the
bikes for the trip home.
30, Thursday 2017 - South Padre Island Isle Blanca County Park site C83
On the road at 7:45 this
morning for Mom's appointment back in Harlingen, about her skin
spot on her shin, this is follow-up from the visit on the 16th.
The spot was cancer, the doctor said all looks good and should
have no further problems but to check with her dermatologist when
After Mom's visit with the Vet we went
over to Fun N Sun to do our laundry as she still had money on her
laundry card. Next we stopped in on John & Anita to say our
final good byes and decided to that over lunch at Blanquita's. We
headed back to the Island around 3pm. where we ready some for our
Ron & Bev stop in for a time to whish
us safe traveling, they too will be leaving soon as well.
31, Friday 2017 - South Padre Island to Port Aramsas, TX Nueces cnty park $25 miles: 209
Emily... We love you.. Heading north at 10am this
morning, bright sunny day easy drive. Got a little sleepy about an
hour down the road and Mom volunteered to drive. 75 miles later we
stopped for a bite to eat and walk Bindi, then I got behind the
wheel for the final lap.
Registering at Nueces and found they only
had one site open for only one night, our only other option would
be on the beach with no hookups. As we were talking another clerk
came up and said they had an early checkout which would give us
any amount of nights, we said we'll take it for two nights. After
hookup we walked the beach until Bindi said she wanted dinner and
1, Saturday 2017 - Port
Aransas, TX Nueces cnty site48
There are a few more folks here then when
we stopped buy in January. We enjoy it here next to the shipping
channel where we can get a few good shots like this (pic) (pic.)
Spent a lot time on the phone today, we
were sorry to hear of Marge dieing. Every thing else in Michigan
sounds like it's OK to come home to, sunny mild day there. We had
some sun this morning then his afternoon it clouded over for the
rest of the day. Haven't been in a restaurant for two days now,
don't know if I'm have withdrawals or not.
April is now here and talking with a
number of campers around us, traffic heading north will be heavy.
Planning to leave in the morning. Sever weather north and west of
us and it's moving north so we should be OK to go.
2, Sunday 2017 - Port
Aransas, TX to Crystal Beach TX
Bolivar RV site 3 $28 miles 226 gas $2.05
Overcast all day with a slight tail wind,
good driving day. Checked in for one night then checked weather
map for next stop, Natchez MS. Weather forecast shows sever
thunderstorms for the Louisiana area for tonight and clear and
sunny for tomorrow. We'll check when we get up in the morning.
3, Monday 2017 - Crystal
Beach, TX to Vidalia LA River View RV site
105 PA $18 miles 286 gas $2.05
There were sever storms in all Louisianan
last night, this morning is bright and sunny without a cloud in
the sky, we'll move on today.
We had a good driving day with again a
slight tail breeze, in fact Mom drove a hundred miles in Louisiana
to the outskirts of Alexandria. We seen signs of the big storm of
last night with up rooted and broken off trees, flooded fields,
and creeks. Sky was clear and blue all day long this day.
Camping on the banks of the west side of
the Mississippi River give us a nice experience of watching river
traffic. Took a few shots of a supply boat motoring up to a
tug/barge and transferring some supplies. (pics.)
April 4, Tuesday 2017 - Vidalia, LA to Tupelo,
MS Barns Crossing RV $35 miles 270 gas $2.04
We are doing good, on the road again
before 9 am. Six miles to the start of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Clear blue sky's again and easy driving, in fact so easy it was
ninety miles of driving before a car approached us from the rear.
We did however have one encounter, a herd of twenty or so black
cows must of broke out of a pasture and came out of the woods
across the road in front of us and then back into the woods. We
had to wait several minutes till they all crossed safely.
Checked in at Barns Crossing RV, located
at the north edge of Tupelo. We then went to gas-up the RV and Mom
wanted to shop Wal Mart, so we are filled-up all the way around.
That's our day..
April 5, Wednesday 2017 - Tupelo, MS to
Meriwether Lewis campground miles 224
Weather is still holding, blue skys with
some white puffs. Forecasting wind and rain tonight. We pulled in
to the last free campground at the north end of the Trace. We
arrived early in the day and still found only a few sites open. I
think there are around 60 sites here and as we walked the park it
looks like 80% are from Canada.
Winds came early evening and lasted till
about 10pm. During the night we had some pitter patter on the roof
but nothing to keep us awake, no big rain.
The Trace is detoured at this mile marker
so when we leave in the morning we'll head east over to I-65 to
get around Nashville.
April 6, Thursday 2017 - Meriwether Lewis campground to
Shepherdsville, KY Grandma's RV $31 miles 241 gas
Light rain to start the day and that
continued throughout most of the day. Got to Nashville about
10:15am and found traffic light with no problems. Lots of truck
traffic and a moderate wind out of the west (broadside.) We were
happy to reach Shepherdsville to unwind. We called ahead to insure
a campsite but never got an answer on their phone. When we pulled
onto the campground we were happy to see several open sites, but
again no one home the was closed. I pulled onto a campsite and
tried to figure out what to do before connecting up. Soon another
camper pulled in to the adjacent site. I went over and talked with
them and they had the same scenario 'Tried calling all day no
answer don't know what to do'. I walked through the campground and
found a couple of campers and asked if they knew what was going
on? They explained they don't usually come to the office till
sometime between 4-6pm. (It's only 2:30pm now) They went on to
suggest to just take a site there shouldn't be a problem. So we
just sat tight till after 4 and there was no problem.
The rain stopped short time after
Nashville but we still had some wind for the rest of the ride.
Temperatures are in the 40°s, it's cold out side. Going down th
the low 30°s tonight but bright day tomorrow and warming
April 7, Friday 2017 - Shepherdsville, KY to
Coldwater, MI Branch Cnty Fairgrounds $20 miles
360 gas $2.25
Cold and sunshine this morning, suppose up
to warm today. Spent a lot of time on the phone today, received
several calls questioning whether we've been sucked up by a
tornado or blown away by high winds that have been reported on TV,
since there has been no Journal entries for the past few days.. I
had to explain the entries are here it's just the wifi that's
Talked with Dick about our stopping at
Jayco Service to investigate bathroom floor repair, I asked him
who should I see there since he's had a ton of problems with their
new rig. Dick gave me a name and also offer his place to help with
repairs, I thank him but I was mostly interested in his repair
knowledge since he' worked so much with RVs.
First stop was at Jayco Service in
Middlebury IN, to talk about bathroom floor damage. We talked for
some time when the service manage gave me a number of a local RV
repairman that they call on at times. We drove and talked with the
the repair man named Al, who wrote up a quote much less than Jayco.
Jayco for complete repair, $8 to $10K. Al, the local repair
concern, $1,400 for localized area repair.
After all the repair talk Mom suggested
the Blue Gate for a chicken dinner, the first dinner out since
leaving Texas a week ago. The Blue Gate was packed, after we got
seated the crowed started lining up outside. This is the largest
crowd, in off season, I ever seen in Shipshewana.
Since it was only 6:30pm and none of the
campgrounds were open here we decided to drive up to Coldwater MI
and camp at the county fair ground where we can get electric. We
were settled in by 7:30pm and now were ready for the final leg of
our trip Home!....
April 8, Saturday 2017 - Coldwater, MI Branch County
Fairgrounds to Home
Oh it's crispy this morning, awoke to 33°
. Good news though, we are bringing sunshine and warmer weather,
high to be 66° today..
Overall trip review:
General overall view, this year's trip south
was not as good as we had hoped for. We've had numerous
highlights, thanks to John & Anita, but equally as many
lowlights, Mom's Texas cough that lasted the entire vacation (no
sore mussels, no fever, no upset stomach, just a cough..) We still
danced, we still ate out everyday, and did just a little
sightseeing. I caught Mom's cough for a couple weeks and don't you
know we both were with this cough when the girls came down to
visit for a week. We were able to get around some but sure lacked
enthusiasm. Problems with the motor-home, bathroom floor damage
and the water pump wire added to the lowlight. This year problems
lead to the longest stay at a single location since we've been
On the upside, the weather was the
best and most stable we ever experienced here in Texas.
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