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?

17 comments:

  1. Nice that you are there and can spend some quality time with Carrie, enjoy you Texas winter.

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  2. Settled for a few months gives you a chance to have great times with Carrie. Enjoy.

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  3. I hope you enjoy your visit there. I lived in the SE Houston area from late 1946 until the end of April 2002. I got to see an awful lot of growth. One big memory was when they started digging the hole that became the Astrodome.

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  4. You all do get an early start!! I must admit we started early when we left Florence and by the time we arrived at Chewacla we still had a lot of daylight left!! It felt good and we didn't seem as tired!
    The Elks Lodge is very nice!! I like that end spot too!!
    You guys enjoy your time in Houston and being with Carrie!!

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  5. Hey, that's my spot! I agree that's a great little Elks campgrounds. We like staying at them too. Some are really nice and others just convenient. Enjoy your winter with family!

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  6. "Read all the by-laws." I'm with you on that. I always read owners manuals cover to cover.

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  7. Being near family--priceless. Glad you got spot #1 again.

    I read all documents pertaining to anything I'm considering doing. When we were RV shopping I would sit in what I anticipated being "my" chair and read the manuals. That tested the comfort of the chair long term as well as let me know what we were in for.

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  8. Sorry we will miss you this year.

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  9. Enjoy your stay there. We have reservations in Harlingen for January. Maybe we can get together down there.

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  10. Geez, 8:00 is practically the end of the day...haha! Glad you got your favorite site. That is the best spot in the park. We liked that Elks. The concrete sites make for a great longer term stay. And the pool setting is icing on the cake:) Enjoy your time in Houston and your time with Carrie!

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  11. Gotta love those uneventful travel days, safe arrival, and your favorite site! Enjoy!Looking forward to seeing what you get into while in Houston.

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  12. Enjoy your stay. We will be out that way shortly.

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  13. Have yet to visit Texas. Maybe after the holidays we could fly out for a few days. The camp site looks amazing

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  14. I get frustrated when Elks lodges have fulltimers living there. Makes it tough for people traveling through. Can't count on a spot.

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  15. An uneventful travel day and then staying awhile is always nice.

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  16. Nice to see that you made it to Houston without any major events. Enjoy your time with family. Hopefully none of them had issues with the recent hurricane.

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