Getting ready to hit the road again…


I find it hard to get to my computer these days. We have been so busy. Honestly, some times I don’t turn my computer on for 4-5 days. Let me see if I can get caught up…

We got back to Texas, from our winter in Las Vegas, in February. On the way back we spent several days in Mesa, Arizona. I met up with an old childhood “best” friend, Angie Darzes-VanDaele. She now publishes a bridal magazine for the Phoenix area brides. It was so good to see her. I can’t wait till we go back!

We also spent a wonderful evening with my cousin, Spencer Wallace, and his wife at their home in Mesa. They have a very nice place there. Huge back yard with trees, grass and a pool! We enjoy traveling and getting to see family and friends… to keep in touch. People matter 🙂

When we reached San Antonio we spent several days at Iron Horse RV getting our new water purification system installed in The Silver Bullet. We get tired of hauling around bottles of water… and filling them. Plus we like to use the water dispenser in the door of the refrigerator and the ice-maker. Now we have very close to bottle quality water.

I’m writing this on my iPad and can’t put pictures into the post. When I get back to my computer I’ll post some pics.

Back to San Antonio, we also enjoyed having dinner with friends of ours who live in New Braunfels. They are fellow RVers, just not full-timers. While at Iron Horse, we met a wonderful Canadian couple. They are Betty and Paul Sutton and they are from the Yukon area. They were in the middle of their USA tour and enjoying every minute of it. Things are considerably cheaper down here. They were in having a propane leak tracked down and fixed. We became Facebook friends. As we say in Texas, Betty is a hoot! (if you are reading this Betty, that’s a good thing 🙂

Next stop was back to Teague and to the three granddaughters there. I did not realize we had been gone from them for 5 months. The 2-year-old was getting p_ssed!!! She was demanding we get HOME! N O W!!!

After sitting in Teague for 2 months, we were itching to get on the road… again!!!

So we went to Glen Rose, Texas to visit a Coast to Coast resort we had not been to before. We have decided to start visiting more of these as we travel, much more affordable. The resort was the Tres Rios RV River Resort. Again, I have a picture I’ll post when I get back to my computer. It was a very clean, level, and pretty park. On the fifth day we left for Denton, Texas. Our old hometown.

When I met Bob, the first weekend we met physically after emailing and calling for three months, it was the weekend of the Denton Jazz and Arts Festival. He informed me that he never missed it, but he was giving it up to see me. I’m so glad he did 🙂

This was our first time back for the festival since we went full-time in 2008. The best act was The Original Blues Brother’s Band. They were outstanding!

Tonight we are spending the night in Katy, Texas. We went to the Hotze Health and Wellness Center today. Bob was due for bloodwork and we are working on our allergies. So we are spending a rare night in a hotel. Man, have they gotten expensive… yikes! Tomorrow we will be back in Teague. The grandkids are babysitting Capt. Jack & Jesse for the night. Those little doggies are in heaven with all of that attention 🙂

On May 15th we will embark on a 2-month trip to Illinois. My parents are up there and we want to spend some quality time with them. Last year they sold part of their farm and moved into town. My mother is in love with her new-to-her-house. They used to spend 4-6 months every winter in Yuma, Arizona in their motorhome. (That apple did not fall far from the tree… think?) With their age and Dad’s health issues, they have not gone for the last two years. They hung up their “travel keys.”

As we were calling around trying to find a campground in their area that could accommodate our rig, we got offered a sweet job. We will be Camp Hosts at Johnson’s Sauk Trail State Park near Kewanee, Illinois. We will work three days a week in exchange for a full hook-up site. We’ll work Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For us that works out great. I can go golf during the week and we can visit with Mom & Dad anytime. And best of all, we work right from our campsite. No bathroom cleaning, just sign campers up when they come in, let them know what there is to do in the area and collect their money. Kind of similar to the gate guarding gig, but only 7.5 hours a day and three days a week. We are signed up for six weeks.

While we are up there, Bob’s daughter from Iowa (and our grandson Tyler) will come with their trailer and spend a few days camping with us. We will also be visiting my aunts, uncles, and cousins who all live up there. I’m hoping to get some of my high school friends together for an afternoon… maybe we can pull this off!

While we were in the DFW area last weekend, we went to Whole Foods Market and stocked up on grass-fed beef, pastured pork & chicken, and organic produce. I’m ready to roll 🙂

I recently read a tip for full-timers that we have decided to do. We have two credit cards we use to pay for almost everything now. We pay them off every month so we are not running up debt. One is a Cabela’s visa and the other a Discover. Both earn points.

Here is what is cool. While we were near Dallas, we went to Cabela’s to buy some summer gear–shorts, socks, shirts, etc. Our bill came to about $117 and our Cabela’s points payed for $94.63!!! Wow 🙂 And everytime I order from Amazon, I get to apply my accumulated Discover points. Not too shabby!

It all adds up…

I’ll post some pictures soon and will keep you posted on our travels.

Till next time,

Vicky

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9 thoughts on “Getting ready to hit the road again…

  1. So happy for you two to be getting back on the road. We have to hang around till June 3rd for doctor appt and we are going to follow suit. Plan to go to Arkansas for a couple of weeks. You are right Hotels/motels are getting a little on the high side. Nothing like driving your bed with you.
    Have fun, Mickey

    • LOL… you are so right about the bed Mickey! We went to Houston on Thursday and back to Fairfield on Friday. That night at the hotel was torture. We take our sleep number bed with us everywhere. We really missed it that night.

      Are you going to Hot Springs? We like going to Arkansas. We spent a week at a new park there last year, Catherine’s Landing. It was very nice and had a salt water pool. I never want to get into a chlorine pool again. 🙂 Have fun and be safe!
      Vicky

      • Well, I’m on day 5 now. I don’t know for sure that it’s helping but it’s not making it worse so that’s a good sign! Thanks! 😀
        Be safe and have a wonderful time!

  2. Like reading your blog. My Sister and I are headed to the Outter Banks NC the end of May with my parents in their big RV. We LOVE RVing. Spent about an hour yesterday looking for a RV site near Dayton Ohio for our 1st night’s stay, but most require a 3-night minimum when it’s part of Memorial Day weekend. So it might be a stop at the Dayton Wal Mart that night.
    We have been all over the US in their RV. Started RVing when I was drag racing. Pulled my car behind it and would stay at the tracks.
    Maybe we can meet when you are here after we get back from our trip.
    Leslea Carroll

    • Glad you enjoy my blog. Thanks 🙂 Your trip with your family sounds like fun. It’s great y’all travel together. RVing isn’t for everyone, but we sure love it. That’s why we are full-timing. Wherever we go we are home!

      We’ll have to get together when you get back from your trip. I’m eager to hear all about your drag racing days. What a trip 🙂 Say hi to Jill and your parents. Have fun on your trip and be safe.
      Vicky

    • I’ll get to the pictures in a day or so. Nursing a sinus infection but I think I’ll get it licked in a day or two. I’ll keep you posted about the camphosting gig for sure. Thanks! Vicky

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