Wednesday, November 24, 2010


 Monday, November 22 – We begin our “Holiday Travels” this morning by heading to Houston. Our plans are to stay in the Elks Lodge Campground. We stayed in an Elks at Gulfport, MS and enjoyed it, so thought we would try it in Houston.....actually it is Stafford, TX, a SW suburb of Houston. If all goes as planned, we will be there for about a month......Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Arrived after a nice 3.5 hour trip. The Elks seems pretty nice. They have 10 concrete pads with 50-amp full hook-up sites. Nice price too! It was very easy access on TX-59 with plenty of shopping near by....looks promising!

There are currently five RV's in the campground. There were three here when we arrived and one additional one arrived while we were away. We are in one of the end spots. We always try to get the end spot, if available. That way, Bella our cat, has more room to roam around on her leash. One less neighbor too and a little more area for us to spread out.




Elks Lodge from our site.


We went over to our daughter, Kelly's apartment, to visit and go out for dinner. We had a great visit and enjoyed catching up with her busy life. Paul brought home her sweeper. It isn't working, so he took it all apart and found the switch needs replaced. He'll look for a new switch at Radio Shack tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 23 - We are meeting Duane and Louise Wegley for lunch today. We met them last year at Escapees Rainbow's End in Livingston, TX, and have been able to touch base with them several times during our travels. They are Workampers for Escapees and are spending some time relaxing in Livingston before their next assignment in Deming, NM.

We had a great time catching up on each others lives. Duane and Louise are doing great and finishing up their R & R. We had a great lunch at Olive Garden. It was nice visiting with them and we'll see them down the road!

Thank you again Duane for the two cravings you gave us. Duane gave Marsha a cute Santa Claus pin and a beautiful cross. You can see a picture of the cross on their website.

Duane, Louise, Marsha, Paul


After returning home, Paul went to the Office to pay our campground fees and to get his free “out-of-town” Elks visitor beer. It is only $325/month (a little over $10/day) which included electricity. He enjoyed talking to some of the men in the lodge. He then fixed Kelly's sweeper.....replaced the switch and a couple crimp connections.....all for less than $5. She's going to owe me big-time!
We heard that Houston set a record today with the high of 85. It isn’t too tough to live in this temperature in November no less.

Wednesday, November 24 – We did a little window shopping this afternoon at Ikea.  We are considering replacing one of the sofa’s with a chair and footstall and wanted to see what Ikea had available.

We passed this AWESOME looking motorhome.  Somebody did a tremendous job rebuilding this wonderful relic from the past!


We went to Lowes to buy a Christmas tree and this is what we found.




Marsha went crazy. It just doesn’t seem like Thanksgiving with temperatures in the 80s.

Paul is getting into the season spirit.


We did manage to wade through all the beautiful flowers and find Kelly a Christmas tree.  Kelly mentioned that we use to wade through snow to cut our tree….now we’re in shorts and t-shirts at Lowes…

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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


  1. The traffic in Houston looks like a parking lot ... been there, done that.

    We stayed at Elks in Biloxi. It's right across the street from the beach but didn't checkout the one in Gulfport. Like you we grabbed the end spot in Tempe but only realized that it was also next to a very busy driveway at wee hours in the morning. Next time we'll choose a neighbor over the dumpsters and that driveway.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. You're having great weather and we are about to set a record low for the high on Thanksgiving. But it's still so much better than the snow and the temps in the 5 to 8 range.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. you are now just 90 miles southeast of us and we too have been basking in the warmth but the weather gods are about to change all that here in southeast Texas..

  4. Why can't all of our kids have enough sense to move somewhere warm to facilitate holiday visits? :)

  5. We are headed to that Lodge as well! Do they take reservations? WE'll be there probably in a week as we are in San Antonio now and stopping at the Elks rv park in Ottine on our way to Houston. See you soon I guess!

  6. We are headed to that Lodge as well! Do they take reservations? WE'll be there probably in a week as we are in San Antonio now and stopping at the Elks rv park in Ottine on our way to Houston. See you soon I guess!


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