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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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

We escaped… they can’t get us now!

Seriously, we finished our first assignment as south Texas gate guards in the Brush Country near Cotulla & Artesia Wells, Texas. It was an eye-opening experience to say the least. Now, when we hear about pipeliners, fracing (everything from Frac to Finish you might say), we know exactly what is being talked about. Been there done that.

First, this job was supposed to be a 3-day job. March 28th marked our 3-month mark on that job and we were finally released (they closed the gate) on April 3rd.

One thing we will not miss is the 9.2 mile caliche road from the highway to our gate. That got old. In fact, our first stop after leaving the ranch was the San Antonio KOA. While in SA, we went to Firestone and put new tires on our soon to be 3-year-old car. They still had some tread life in them, but they did take a beating on the roads, plus we needed a front end alignment. Like the new tires much better, they are not so noisy.

We took advantage of being in civilization and treated ourselves to a belated anniversary celebration at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Man, they do have good food there! I found my new favorite wine too… Movendo Moscato, Italy. I usually like Moscato wine, but this stuff has a sparkling kick to it. YUM!!!

Bob and I at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in San Antonio, Texas. Celebrating 14 wonderful years together!

We left SA on Monday after getting some repairs done on the Silver Bullet, at Iron Horse RV. We’re visiting my best friend in Katy, Texas tomorrow so we are staying at a nearby campground in Brookshire, Texas. That whole west Houston area has grown so much since I move away in 1997. It’s amazing!

Then Thursday we will mosey on up to the Lake Conroe/North Houston KOA for a few days. My son James and our two granddaughters, Bree & Aidree, live in an apartment across the street. Looking forward to seeing them. It’s been a while.

Saturday we will head on up to our home-base in Teague. We plan on heading back to the gate guarding lifestyle around the end of May/early June. Yes, it will be hot, but then again… it’s hot all over Texas. What else is new?

Update on Captain Jack: As I wrote about earlier, one of our Chihuahua companions, Captain Jack, developed epilepsy recently. He has been on Phenobarbital for a month now and is doing very well on it. We had our vet in Mexia (Dr. Bennett) call in a refill on his medication to the Katy Walmart today. We did not want to risk running out of his medication as that would probably bring on more seizures. I’m so glad we can get his medication on the road.

I’m going to Whole Foods in Houston tomorrow. The store in San Antonio sells out of their grass-fed beef as soon as they get it in. So I’m getting to the Houston location on Wilcrest & Westheimer tomorrow morning… they get their shipment in on Wednesdays. Grass-fed beef is actually quite healthy for us to eat. Much better for us than grain-fed beef, and God-forbid… the pink slim we’ve been hearing about in the news!

That’s a wrap for now.

Till next time,

Vicky