Saturday, October 21, 2017

TEXANS/BROWNS GAME…ANOTHER DEFEAT FOR THE BROWNS

Sunday, October 15 – We never dreamed we would be attending the Houston Texans vs the Cleveland Browns football game while here in Houston. We didn't even have our home team shirts to wear....dang! Carrie, our daughter, got extra tickets at work – in the corporate Club Seat Section - and they didn't cost us a dime. She already had four tickets down by the field, so we joined a couple of co-workers of hers and enjoyed the game. This is Marsha’s first professional football game.

Prior to the game there is the necessary tail-gating. What a fun time that was. We joined Michele, a friend of Carrie, and her family and friends in the parking lot for food, drinks, and people watching. There was even the required bus decorated in Houston Texan colors to complete the experience. It was a fun group, and we enjoyed getting “pumped” for the game.

Our Hostess and Host, Peggy and John Wayne.
Peggy and John Wayne

They have a great tailgating set up.
Peggy and John Wayne

tailgating party

We arrived early to see if we could lend a hand.
tailgate party

There were tons of Browns fans tailgating.
browns fans

Of course, Carrie had to welcome them with her famous pudding shots.
tailgating party

Nice boots.
Browns boots

Most people wear the name of a player on the back of their shirt. Not the Browns’ fans.
Browns shirt

Ignore those shirts we have on.
Paul and Marsha Texans

Unfortunately, the Browns continued their losing streak. Our adopted team – the Texans – put on a good show for the fans. It was nice to enjoy the game in a stadium with the ability to close the roof. It was 90 degrees outside so the roof was shut and the AC was going full blast. COOL....LOL

Browns game

Before the game started, we walked around the Club section…so this is how the other half lives…LOL  There was a very good band playing songs to get the crowd fired up. Before we knew it, the lead singer grabbed Carrie, and she was out there dancing with the band. Y’all probably know she is our shy daughter…NOT!

Carrie dancing

Texans getting ready to enter the stadium.
Texans

All Browns’ players standing for the national anthem.
Browns

We had such high hopes for the Browns starting with the first play.
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Yes, we did get a touchdown, and Marsha can actually prove it with her photo. Look at the bottom left part of the photo. Browns have the ball and touchdown.

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After the game we returned to the tail-gating area and enjoyed a cold beverage and ate a few left-overs before saying our good-byes to Carrie and her friends and headed home. We rode the light rail train to the stadium, so we avoided the post game traffic. We had a pleasant ride back to our truck. This is a pretty good deal. For $15, we parked all day and everyone in the car received free round-trip tickets on train.

Carrie and us

Once reaching our train stop, we jumped in our truck and were back at the Houston Elks campground in about 20 minutes. Even though the Browns lost we sure enjoyed our day. Another fun weekend here in Houston!

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

CELEBRATING EIGHT YEARS ON THE ROAD.

Monday, October 16 – Tomorrow is the beginning of our 9th year of traveling. We no longer “full-time,” but we continue to travel more than six months per year.  We completed the circle by ending the year at the same location we started – Houston, TX. I guess that's why we refer to this as our “Southern Home.” It is also home to our youngest daughter, Carrie, which we enjoy spending some time with each year. It didn't seem like we did much exploring this past year, but looking back we were pretty busy. Here's just a sample of where we ventured and what we saw during our eighth year of travel.

Langtry, TX – Judge Roy Bean Museum and Pecos River. An out-of-the-way place, but a great place to visit.

Judge Roy Bean

El Paso, TX – Explored the city, Chamizal National Memorial, Missions, UTEP. There is a ton to do and see in El Paso. It was a nice surprise.

El Paso

Las Cruces, NM – Old Town, White Sands Missile Nat'l Monument & Missile Range, N.M. State University, Dripping Springs Hike. We had a wonderful visit with our good friends, Pam and John, while we were here. What fun.

Pam and John

Maricopa, AZ – Reunion with long-time friends from Class of 2009-10, the Dwarf Car Museum. We had a fantastic boondocking place. What fun having happy hour each day and sitting around the fire enjoying each other’s company.

our gang

Yuma, AZ – Los Algodones, NM, Cloud Car Museum, Yuma Proving Grounds. A visit to Mexico is always in order when we are in Yuma.

Organ Pipe, AZ – Organ Pipe Nat'l Monument, Hickiwan Trails hikes, the “wall.” “The Wall” was one of the highlights for Paul…Marsha not so much. The Nat’l Monument is an awesome place to see so much beauty.

Organ Pipe

How much excitement can one person take?
The wall

Tucson, AZ – Saguaro National Park, Hiking. One of our favorite places to visit.

Tucson

Sedona, AZ – Red Rock country, Hiking, Truck towed for repairs (yuk). Sedona is gorgeous, but way too crowded for our liking. Even when we went out for a hike at 8 a.m., there were already tons of cars in the parking lot. Not fun.

Sedona

Usery Mountain Park, AZ – Hiking and relaxing. We will be back!

Usery MT.

Apache Junction, AZ – Superstition Mountains, Hiking. Always a beauty.

 Apache Junction

Phoenix, AZ – Spring Training Cleveland Indians Baseball. Love those Indians!

Goodyear

Back to Houston – Rodeo time, Art Car Parade, Visits with daughter, Houston Ship Channel and Kelly & Dave (daughter & SIL) arrived from Ohio for visit. What a wonderful time we had when Kelly and Dave arrived. We did more in three days than most people do in a year. The kids are young and can go nonstop. We try our best to keep up. After they left, we chilled for a week…lol

family photo

With May heating up in Texas, it was time to head north. We arrived back in Ohio to spend most of the summer. Long-time friends, Duane and Louise, were in the area, so we met up for a nice long lunch.

Duane and louise

We did scratch off another “must see” on Marsha’s bucket list. We made a trip to Gettysburg, PA, to visit the Civil War Memorials. We really enjoyed the history of the area and recommend it to fellow travelers. While in the area, we added Harrisburg, PA, to our list of State Capitols we've visited.

Gettsyburg

Right before our departure from Ohio, we had a wonderful lunch with our dear full-timing friends, Margery and Paul. They spend all summer in Ohio Amish country. How could they be so near us all summer, and we had to wait till September to meet up. Boy does time fly!

Marsha always takes photos of everything, but for some reason didn’t take one this visit. Probably because she was yacking so much. Anyway, this is a photo back from 2012. This works better anyways because we all look so much younger…lol
Margery and Paul

We did add a new state to our map of “States Visited,” …Pennsylvania.

 

SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS FROM OUR 8TH YEAR ON THE ROAD:

Starting Date: 10/17/16

Starting Location: Houston, Texas

Ending Location: Houston, Texas

Truck travel miles: 13,574

Number of different cities visited: 23

Average length of stay per visit: 4.52 days

Average campground cost: $19.93

Highest price paid for diesel fuel: $3.099 (Sedona, AZ)

Lowest price paid for diesel fuel: $2.05 (Houston, TX)

Average price for diesel fuel: $2.45

Average miles per gallon: 10.005


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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

HOUSTON, TX, HOME FOR A FEW MONTHS

Monday, October 9 – With Houston, TX, just down the road about four hours, we took our time getting on the road this morning. Many of you will get a kick out of this but it was about 8 a.m. when we headed south on US-59 (future I-69). That's a late start for us. We like to head out early and finish our day's drive early.

Skyline of downtown Houston.
Houston

We arrived at the Houston Elks Lodge before noon finishing another uneventful drive. Wonderful not to have driving problems! We feel at home at the Houston Lodge. This is actually Paul's home lodge. He transferred his membership here last spring. Our youngest daughter lives in Houston also, so it's nice to spend some time with her. We've learned our way around the Houston area and even are pretty use to the driving. We also know when NOT to drive through town!

The Elks Campground has ten full hook-up sites. Eight are concrete pads and two are gravel. The road to the sites behind the lodge is gravel. The sites are not spaced very far apart, especially when some insist on crowding their car of truck in between the sites. There's a 100 space parking lot thirty feet away but people don't walk much these days. The Lodge does have free internet, but you have to be in the first four or five sites to pick it up.

We always try to get the end site (Site # 1) so we have a little privacy on our patio side, and it is Bella’s favorite spot. Although the lodge patio and swimming pool are nearby, people aren't there until evening. There are a couple sites occupied full time by permanent residents (not happy about that) but most are over-nighters or monthly renters like ourselves. We've tried several times to convince the Lodge to add some sites but they don't seem to interested in doing that.

Elks Lodge 151

Elks Lodge 151

Looking right.
Elks Lodge 151

Looking left.
Elks Lodge 151

We will be here through the Christmas holidays. Well, our RV will be here. Marsha flies back to her Ohio family in early December to spend the holidays, and Paul and Carrie fly in just before Christmas. We then return before New Years with intentions to head to the Rio Grande Valley for January.

Update to Elks Lodge membership: Marsha is now a member of the Ladies Auxiliary group. If we were here fulltime, she would quickly work herself up to President….lol   She also read all the By-Laws. Who does that?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI

Saturday, October 7 – We had an uneventful trip today from just south of Louisville, KY, to a little west of Little Rock, AR.

sign

MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi

We are staying at JB's RV Park in Benton, AR. We've stayed here several times in the past and always enjoyed our stay. It is located a little over a mile off I-40. It is in the woods, so getting satellite reception can be a challenge but we've always managed. The streets are gravel as well as the huge sites. Spacing between the sites is good but some sites are laid out front to back with the neighbor so you are sharing patio space, which we don't necessarily care for. There are FHU sites and some water and electric only sites. All sites have 50 amp service. It is a nice park to sit out under the trees and relax. It has always been quiet and peaceful when we've been here. They have filled up nearly every night we've been here, so call ahead and reserve a site. We called the day before and was able to get the last site. The cost is $27/night for W&E or $30 for FHU.

 JB's RV Park in Benton, AR

 JB's RV Park in Benton, AR

Looking right.
 JB's RV Park in Benton, AR

Looking left.
 JB's RV Park in Benton, AR

 

Sunday, October 8 - Another uneventful travel day. How nice that sounds.....I hope I don't jinx us! We stopped for the night, or should I say afternoon before lunch time. We are at the House of Prayer RV Park in Tenaha, TX. We are just off TX-59 (future I-69) about 45 miles north of Nacogdoches, TX. We considered pushing on to Escapees Headquarters at Rainbow’s  End in Livingston, TX, but decided to make a short day of it. We want to get everything (meaning satellite) all ready for the Indians vs Yankees baseball game tonight. The Indians are ahead 2-0 in the five game series.

House of Prayers RV Park

House of Prayers RV Park

Looking left.
House of Prayers RV Park

Looking right.
House of Prayers RV Park

Lots of friends to keep Bella company.
House of Prayers RV Park

A little bit about the House of Prayer taken from the Internet: Through the years we have had many faithful campers and snowbirds come through our park. We cater more to senior citizens and disabled and allow no drugs, drunks, and whatever other deviant behavior that may be unpleasant for a retirement community. We also have 22 nice 1 & 2 Bedroom cottages with bills paid available to be rented monthly. Very nice for a widow or older couple looking for a quite place to live away from the bustle of the city.

House of Prayer RV Park has eight overnight sites ($10/night). They are laid out very nicely with plenty of space between very long sites. FHU sites with all the utilities located nicely, mid-way on each site. No trees but for some reason we had difficulty hooking up the satellite. The one negative is that the sites are on grass, so one must be alert for red ants!

Speaking of insects....are you fighting the dang stinkbug infestation? They are all over the country. Remind me of the Japanese Beetle infestation of years ago.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention in a recent post concerning the highway conditions. I am frequently critical of the poor highway surfaces in Louisiana. Well, Ohio I-71 from Columbus to Cincinnati is as bad as I-10 in parts of Louisiana. I just don't understand states letting interstate highways become nearly impassable. It sure isn't very enjoyable to drive an RV on American highways. I don't see how truckers survive. Rant complete! LOL Sounds like I'm in a grouchy mood with the bugs and the rough roads but I'm my usual sweet self....right Marsha! One more short day of travel, and we will be in Houston for awhile.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN….HEADED FOR HOUSTON

Thursday, October 5 – We pulled out of our summer home this morning in Canton, Ohio, with rain drops falling. When will Paul learn not to wash and wax the 5th wheel and truck before traveling. He swears it rains every time we travel. Within an hour it was pouring. Before we got out of the state of Ohio, we were in a deluge.

RAIN

It wasn’t till we crossed the Ohio River in Cincinnati that the rain finally stopped. We extended our planned stop because Paul didn't want to set-up in the rain. He, also, wanted to get past Louisville, KY, and tomorrow morning's rush hour just in case we had another day of driving in the rain.

We stayed at Grandma's RV Park just south of Louisville in Shepherdsville, KY. We've stayed here several times in the past. Nothing to write home about. The roads are gravel and the sites are gravel. The sites are very level with full hookups but we are pretty close to our neighbors. They do honor Good Sam discount which lowers the price to $30/night. Last time we stayed here (several years ago) the price was $20. Jeesh!

Grandmas RV Park

Grandmas RV Park

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Grandmas RV Park

Looking left.
Grandmas RV Park

We hit the road early again on Friday morning. Both days we wanted to get to our destination and set up before the Cleveland Indians game started in the American League Playoff Series.

Day two was a much drier drive and about one hundred miles shorter. We passed into the Central Time Zone (Love it!) and arrived at our destination about lunch time. This is a nice little RV park in Denmark, TN, which is about 50 miles east of Memphis. Joy – O RV Park has about 25 sights with gravel road and level gravel sights. There is a swimming pool, but it is closed this time of year. We wouldn't use it anyway... :-) They do have a laundry room and restrooms. The owners are wonderful helpful people.  The sites are full hook-ups with 50 or 30 amp electric. Price is $27 - $30 per night. We shake our heads and pay the price. When we started RVing in 2009, we tried to stay under $20 per night. Now we've come accustomed to thirty dollar nights but certainly aren't happy about it! And we don't stay at fancy RV parks!

Joy-O RV Park

Joy-O RV Park

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Joy-O RV Park

Looking left.
Joy-O RV Park

Tomorrow we move into Arkansas and then into Texas on Sunday. We plan on arriving in Houston on Monday. 

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