Wednesday, December 29 – In preparation of tomorrow's departure, Paul spent the day checking out the MH's tire pressure, oil & coolant levels, packing things up and performing some regular maintenance. This will be the first “solo” trip for him.....he's always had Marsha with him to remind him of all incidentals. This better go smoothly or he's in BIG trouble.
We used Google Map for our route, directions from Norm and Jay (the friends we will be staying near), and the GPS all set and ready to go. Now if he get's lost.......
We've been here since November 22, so it's time to pull up the jacks and hit the road. Our next destination is Mission, TX. Marsha will be flying into Halengen, TX on January 17. That's only a short distance from Mission.
Thursday, December 30 – Up early to dump tanks and check tire pressure before leaving. Yesterday's heavy rain put a stop to pre-departure checklist completions. The plan is to hit the road “at-first-light” and make the six-hour drive in one day.
Well, Paul hit the road by 7:45 and had an uneventful trip arriving in Mission, TX, just before two o'clock. After getting parked, Norm took him on a quick tour of the Park. Can't really call this place an RV Park.....more like a small city of Winter Texans. We stopped and visited with friends, Jay and Betty, for awhile and then took a quick tour of the Clubhouse and pool area. We'll get pictures of all these areas in the near future.
He then returned to his site to get set-up. It took a little longer than usual. After leveling, Paul began putting out the slides and noticed one of the slides extended into a bush. That won't work! So he had to put everything back and move the entire motor home....JEESH! Then he started all over again and finally finished getting settled-in. It's good to be “home.”
Our friends plus Paul will be ringing in the New Year at the party at the Clubhouse.
A Little Catch Up – Marsha and the girls are back in Canton, OH. They got there on the 20th of December. She said she and the girls are having a great time shopping each day. They are borrowing dad’s car. Marsha said she feels like she is back in high school asking permission to use the car…LOL
On the 30th, Marsha and her dad were looking out the window and look what they saw…
Dad stopped Santa while Marsha put on her shoes. She then ran out to talk to Santa. This jolly fellow owns the local hardware store and decorates his golf cart. He drives around handing out candy canes and listening to children tell him what they hope to find under the tree. He said last year he handed out 3500 candy canes. He was a jolly guy. As she was talking to him, a little girl came running up the street, jumped in his arms and gave him a big hug. What a neat site to see!
Do you believe?
A picture of the immediate family minus Paul…:(
Marsha’s brothers and dad got a very special gift this year. They were so proud to wear it.
Rick, Rod, Dad, Mark
The biggest surprise of the day was saved for dad. We all chipped in and got him something he never dreamed he would own…a 37” LD Samsung TV. Surprised isn’t the right word…Shocked is more like it.
Rod and Marsha set it up, and Marsha is happy to report they will watch the bowls games in HD. Goooooo Bucks and Hokies!
The girls take a Christmas picture together each year. We gave them a snowman ornament on one of their gifts. They decided to turn it into a necklace. Very cleaver girls!
Kelly left on Sunday and Carrie on Tuesday. Carrie had a terrible time flying back to Houston. She had the first flight out at 5:27 a.m., and it was DELAYED. We didn’t have the snow the East coast did but… She should have arrived back in Houston at 9:30 a.m. but didn’t even leave Canton until that time. Of course she missed her connection in Charlotte. She flew stand by and finally got back to her house at 6:00 p.m. Long day for that girl!
Dad and Marsha will be spending New Year’s Eve at Rod’s house, Marsha’s brother.
We wish you all very healthy, prosperous and safe NEW YEAR!
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you back real soon. Have a GREAT NEW YEAR!