Thursday, October 3, 2013

ON THE MOVE TO MISSION, TEXAS

Wednesday, Oct 3 – We had a nice drive from Albuquerque, NM, to Lubbock, TX, today. We stuck mostly to state highways avoiding the interstates. We usually cross Texas via I-10 but that gets pretty old very fast! We'll drop South tomorrow to the San Antonio area, again using state highways.

Gorgeous sunrise this morning.
sunrise

We are staying at the Lubbock Elks Lodge. We stayed here several years ago on our tour of Texas. As a matter of fact, we are in the same site....#1. They have 10 FHU back-in sites. They are gravel located on the South side of the lodge parking lot. Excellent park.

Lubbuck Elks

Lubbuck Elks

Looking left.
Lubbuck Elks

Poor Marsha! She was so fired up to see the Cleveland Indians in the Wildcard game. Sadly, the Tribe lost. She said she will be rooting for Boston to win it all.

Marsha and Tribe towel

Thursday, Oct 4 – We continued our cruise down the back roads of Texas. SR 83 & 84 were our most traveled routes today. There certainly wasn't much traffic on these roads...nice. Texas has exceptionally nice back roads.

It was interesting to see how things changed from Lubbock where cotton is king, down into the West Texas oil fields and then reaching Sweetwater, TX, where there are 1000's of windmills. That's one reason why Texas is growing.....jobs galore!

windmills

We sped straight through San Antonio during the mid-afternoon with no problem. Once south of San Antonio, we were greeted with the butterfly migration. John, aka “Shoeless Joe,” assured everyone in his blog that he blazed a path leaving 1000's of dead butterflies in his wake. Well John, you didn't blaze a wide enough trail because there are 1000's more dead on the highway and 100's on the front of our truck and RV.

butterflies

We are in the Bar M Campground, Pleasanton, TX,  in the only site they had open. This park has been open for a year and is completely full with pipeline workers. We grabbed the only site available, and it is only open for tonight....good luck! The manager said we are only the 5th one-night stay they have had this year. Everybody must be making money around here.

The Park is very clean and the owners are wonderful people.

Bar M RV Park

Bar M RV Park

Looking Right…gated park
Bar M RV Park

Looking Left
Bar M RV Park

We'll continue South tomorrow on Texas SR 281 to the Rio Grande Valley. This will be our third day driving across Texas. L-O-N-G drive days too! It will be nice to sit in Mission, TX, for a few weeks.

Blogger is in a funk. I tried to change the description of the header photo, but Blogger won't save it. Nor will it save the update on the weather widget. Here is what the header photo description should say…

The picture at the top of the blog is a photo of the sun rising outside Lubbock, TX.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!

16 comments:

  1. Sorry about your Indians.
    I thought I had all the butterflies out of the way for you. My bad.

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  2. That's a lot of butterflies. Are you going to move over to Florida or are you staying in Texas this winter?

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  3. It will be nice when you get to settle for awhile. I know Jim is looking forward to getting to AJ so he doesn't have to drive for awhile. Well, at least for a couple of weeks.

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  4. Blogger will not let me post a description on my header photo anymore. It just won't show up. Don't know how to fix it. Rick?? Help please.

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  5. Hey, I thought is was just me! Good to know I am in good company with Marsha and Susan. I can't change my schedule list. Something about Favicon. Whatever that means! HELP SOMEBODY!

    I feel bad about all those butterflies. Was going to say I'm glad I didn't run into that situation but then I suppose that is what caused the problem to begin with - people running into them.......... sorry for the pun.

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  6. You know we will be routing for Boston. Praying they can hold it all together. Tampa has always played tough. See ya in January.

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  7. It is a long drive through Texas, but the back road are great like you said.
    Enjoy your time in Mission.

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  8. Ah, Lubbock, my hometown. It has it's own beauty, huh?

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  9. Sounds like a great Elks park. We've been to a few gated ones. When we're just passing through, we look all we need is a safe place to sleep. Elks are at the top of our list.

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  10. Oh, someone is playing baseball? Humph, had no idea. lol....now that we are settled in Michigan for a week or so, we can count on having TV reception, since we are moochdocking.

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  11. Sounds like you've got some long driving days ahead of you. Be safe!

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  12. Do you have to be a member of the Elks to be able to camp in their places? It is sad to see all those butterflies dead on the highway and vehicles. I just hope my Hummingbirds make it south in better shape. Enjoy your time in Mission Texas!!

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  13. back in the 80's when Texas had their big oil bust. . .and was forced to "diversify" . . .it was predicted that by the beginning of the 21st century, it would be the fastest growing economy in the United States. . .I'd say that's pretty close to true. . .glad you are getting to enjoy it!

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