Archive for June, 2007

Going to Corpus Christi Friday, June 29, 2007

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Since we were so close (220 miles) to Corpus Christi from Galveston, we decided to go there for a few days and take a looky look.  It has been years since we were there and maybe that might be a place we would consider and want to retire to someday.

We stayed in Rockport but that looked rundown and old.  We took the ferry to Aransas Pass.  We liked that town but it looks to pricey for us.  Corpus had really grown.  Do we want that big of a city (over 277,000)?  We need to research prices and such before we really make up our mind.

While we were in CC we drove to the Padre Island (not South Padre) National Seashore Park.  At the entrance they had a big sign with fees posted.  We read them and it said Lifetime Pass for Seniors-$10.00.   We turned around and went to the free beach nearby and walked around.  We were going to go home and research the fee.  How old do you have to be to be a Senior?  After going downtown CC and eating at Water St. Seafood Co., we headed back to the 5th wheel to research the pass.  Well, it does help to be old sometimes!!!!!!!!  For $10 if you are 62 or older you can get a LIFETIME pass into any national park, national forest and national seashores.. And ½ price off any camping fees and things like that.  Well, guess who is old enough to buy a Sr. Pass?, Tinka.  There was not a long line at the entrance of the park.  In fact, no one was in line when we were there.  So to avoid the lines at another National Park we went back to the entrance and Tinka purchased a pass.  And now she can take 3 people in with her for free (Rick).  That is such a bargain.  There are a lot of National Parks that have camping sites so we know we will use it a lot traveling around.  Most of the National parks are not properly updated to handle the newer, larger RV’s.

(We opted for a few more amenities)


After entering the park, we took our chairs and cooler, sat and enjoyed the beach for the day.  We kept seeing 1 or 2 people in golf type vehicles riding up and down the beach about every 30 minutes.  They were obviously workers but what kind of work were they doing?  All we noticed is that they were just riding up and down the beach.  Finally, a local explained they were the Turtle Patrol.  They were looking for turtle or turtle tracks coming from the sea.  The turtles come up on the beach to lie their eggs.  The Turtle Patrol is then supposed to gather the eggs and take them to an incubator somewhere to hatch and then put the baby turtles back in the ocean.  More information about the turtles is available at

A Cure for Insomnia Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Having trouble sleeping?  We have a cure for you!  You take a 5 year old girl and a 6 year old girl to the beach for a week.  That is exactly what Papa Rick and Grammy Tinka did.  We picked up one granddaughter, Ayden, on Father’s Day and another one, Gracie, on Monday night after Father’s Day.  On Tuesday morning we pulled in the slides on the 5th wheel and headed to Galveston.  We parked at Dellanera RV Park, which is a sand dune away from the Gulf of Mexico.  On Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday, the girls played on the beach.  They entertained themselves by jumping over waves, riding boogie boards, feeding the birds and riding their pink air rings.  In between all that, they loved playing and digging in the sand. 

Papa Rick and Ayden on their boogie boards.


Feeding the birds.


Lifeguard Rick (in chair) ready for action.

 aat-the-beach-sm.jpg After dinner and showers every night, the girls would pick out a movie to watch.  It was fun for them to lie on the hide-a-bed and watch DVD movies.  The TV would be set to turn off and then it was sleepytime.

asleeping-sm.jpgThursday we drove by the Carnival Cruise Line and saw the Ecstasy in port.  Then we headed to the free ferry.  We drove our truck on and rode the ferry to Bolivar Peninsula.  Papa with a casting net.


After driving around for a while, Rick and Tinka stopped at their favorite restaurant at Crystal Beach and had Crab Nachos. 


Those are the best!!!!!!!  Of course, the kids did not appreciate thsoe and had a grilled cheese sandwich and a hamburger.  We’ve tried to make crab nachos ourselves several times but they just aren’t the same!  After our great lunch (dinner?) we went to Stingaree Marina and bought chicken necks.  We needed the chicken necks to go crabbing for soft shell blue crabs.  After catching, mainly, baby crabs we headed back to the ferry and home.  As soon as we arrived back at the RV Park the girls played in the sand at the playground that was just outside our door.  Another movie to end the day and then  to sleep!!!!

Family Truckster on the ferry.


 Girls, with identical dresses, climbing stairs on ferry.  After unpacking clothes, the girls realized they had the same dresses.  That is all they wore all week long when we went out on the town.


Friday—We spent all day long at the beach.

Saturday-We drove around for a while looking at beach houses, went shopping and then back to the beach.  Ayden’s father, Lance, drove down from Dallas and arrived in the afternoon and the girls spent the rest of the day at the beach jumping over waves, riding boogie boards, feeding birds, flying kites, riding pink air rings and building a sandcastle in the sand.

Sand Castle Patrol



Saturday night we cleaned up and went out to eat seafood at Fishtales.  We sat upstairs on the outside patio overlooking the gulf with the gentle breeze keeping us cool.

Lance at Fishtails with a dark Gulf in the background


Sunday-Would you believe more of the same?  That night we were going to go play Miniature Golf but it started to rain.  So we decided we would try again in the morning but guess what it was doing when we awoke?  Raining!!!!!  Lance loaded the girls in the backseat and headed back to Dallas.  We packed up and headed to the Corpus Christi area.

What a great time we had with the granddaughters!!!!  But we are exhausted!!!!  So, if you are having trouble sleeping, take 2 young granddaughters to the beach for a week and that will cure your insomnia.

Now you understand why we haven’t posted an entry in a while.

Sorry for not Blogging Sooner Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

To backtrack a little and then try to catch up to date.  We stayed in Tucson from the 4th of June until the 10th of June visiting our friends Roland and Karen and visiting the area.  On Sunday, June 10, we drove from Tucson to El Paso, TX.  We stayed in the Mission RV Park which was located close to our friend’s house, Sherri.  We all went out to eat and then over to see her son and his family.  Mainly, we had to see her granddaughter, Ava, who is one year old.  She is a cutie!!!!!!!!! Plus, she is going to have a baby sister soon.

When we left AZ and about the time we entered NM, the landscape was greener than we had ever seen it.  All through NM and then all through Texas it is so green and beautiful. Unbelievable!!!!!  Remember we had just driven through the same area 3 months ago heading to CA.

Monday, we got up and drove to Midland.  Between Pecos and Midland I could not get over the green landscape.  But they have had lots of rain just like Dallas has.  We visited with 2 aunts and 2 uncles.  Patricia, a cousin was in town.  It was a good surprise to see her.  We went out to a favorite Mexican restaurant and then over to my aunt’s house to visit.  It was good to see everyone again.

This was our view out our window in Midland.  Of course, oil wells!!!!


On Tuesday, June 12, we arrived in Weatherford and set up camp at our old stomping grounds, Cowtown RV.  We spent our time getting our truck checked out and getting things put in storage.  Do we really need 12 bath towels, plus 6 beach towels with us?  We DO have a washer and dryer!  We have 5 dining room chairs that are very heavy.  One is a desk chair that we just sit in the corner because it is too heavy to move in and out of our desk.  We use a folding chair instead.  So we put 3 chairs in storage and now we have only 2 dining room chairs, more room and less weight.  We ran out of time and didn’t empty all the clothes we had with us that we do not wear.  We tend to wear about 3 or 4 sets of clothes over and over and that is all.  So if we post pictures and you keep seeing the same outfits on us you’ll know the reason why.

We had been losing power steering fluid and thought it was the power steering gearbox that we had replaced last year.  Alas, no such luck.  It turned out to be the hydrobooster.  I didn’t know either.  But that controls all of the hydraulics such as brakes and steering.  It turns out that the new replacement was also defective and when you turned the steering wheel far to one side or the other, the brakes would engage.  Not good.  So back again for another replacement.  All seems well now.

Wednesday we went to one of our favorite places to eat in Weatherford (Boo Ray’s) with some friends, David and Carla.  Thursday was a busy day.  Rick went back to his old company to have lunch with the regular gang and Tinka met up with a friend, Brandy, at the mall to eat and visit.  Thursday night, Lance drove over after work with Ayden, the granddaughter, to visit and eat.  This is the first time in 3 months that Tinka had seen Ayden.  She sure does miss that little girl while we are traveling the country!!!!!!!!!!  We went to Wal-Mart to pick up our favorite pizza.  Wal-Mart has a Papa Murphy’s Pizza in the Weatherford store.  While we were gone we didn’t see them in any of the Wal-Mart’s.  You order your pizza, they put it together while you watch, then you take it home and cook it.  Delicious!!!!!

We can’t stay in one spot too long so we packed up and moved on Friday.  Actually, we decided that instead of driving all over the Dallas area every day to visit people we would take our RV to whatever area of Dallas we were going to be visiting.  We had reservations at Cedar Hill State Park for Friday and Saturday.  This was several firsts for us.  It was the first time to take our RV in a state park and first time to ever go to Cedar Hill State Park.  Cedar Hill SP is gorgeous with lots of trees and trails.  A lot of RVer’s would rather stay in State or National Parks than commercial RV Parks because the sites are usually spread out, you are not crammed in with neighbors right beside you and the scenery is usually better. Friday night we went over to our friends, Jerry and Dana’s and they prepared us a delicious dinner.  On Sat. afternoon we had a pool party to attend in the area.  Now a pool party in the Dallas area during the month of June this year means RAIN.  Yes, it rained a while and then it would stop a while (and on and on and on).  We enjoyed seeing old friends even if it did rain.

Now we are up to Father’s Day.  That means we have to pack up and move again closer to Rick’s sons.  I will post about what we did and where we moved for Father’s Day later.

Back in the Dallas/Ft Worth area Wednesday June 13, 2007

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

We will put in blogs for the last few days soon.  We arrived in Cowtown RV in Aledo last night.  It feels good to be back in the area.  We are busy getting the truck checked out, getting the truck and 5th wheel inspected and just general errands we need to do here in Weatherford.  And, of course, the most important thing, seeing family and friends. 

We are going through the 5th wheel and removing items we can live without forever or until next time we are here.  We decided we have too much stuff and we are going to simplify our lives even more so than now.  So move over junk in our storage unit.  Here comes some more!!!!!!!

We wil blog in a couple of days after all our cleaning is finished.  Hello to everyone in this area we know!!

Tucson, AZ Saturday, June 9, 2007

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

We stayed in Blythe, CA one night and are now in Tucson.  When it is about 90 degrees with the dry heat here in Tucson it is pleasant.  When it about 103 degrees it is HOT.  At night it is very pleasant sitting outside.  We are visiting Roland and Karen, some friends here that we knew in Dallas.  They just moved into a new house and of course, we had to go see it. 

This is a somewhat hazy panarama of the northern Tucson valley. (Click picture for larger view.)


We had to go to Mexico one day. We parked on the US side and walked across the border. First stop, the liquor store for some Crown Royal for $18.  Next stop, a favorite bar for beer and guacamole. Is this breakfast, brunch or lunch?  Then on to a restaurant for lunch or is it considered dinner now? 

These are just pictures of the streets in Mexico.




A fence dividing the border.  Homeland Security at work.


We have spent the last 2 days planning and making reservations for when we are in Texas.  When you make a reservation at a motel or hotel you have a lot of selections.  You certainly don’t have that option in a RV Park.  First, you choose a RV park that is close to where you want to be.  Then you have to decide are the sites wide enough for our 4 slides and is it long enough?  Old RV parks aren’t always big enough.  So we look for the phrase “Big Rigs Welcome”.  That doesn’t necessary mean it is true!!!!!  So now we have reservations in El Paso, Midland and Cowtown in Aledo where we lived for about 6 months after we sold our house.  Today we have to make reservations at several places throughout the Dallas area and Galveston. 

Next stop–El Paso on Sunday!