Thursday, November 3, 2011


Monday, October 31 – After a little research on the Escapees' Forum about where to go for our annual state inspection, we ended up going back to Harrison Body Shop in Livingston, TX, the same place we had our inspection done two years ago. We arrived about 8:30 a.m. and moved right in for the inspection. Everything was up to snuff, and we got stickers for the motor home and our car. The tech even remembered to warn us about the dip between the driveway and the street that many motor homes get hung-up on and end up scraping bottom. They have two other exists and if you use them, you shouldn't have a problem.


After our inspection we headed over to the welcome center to hook-up the toad and head to Houston. Once again, even though there was some traffic, and we were driving in the fourth most populous city in the nation, we easily sailed through the city on Route 59 to the Houston Elks Lodge located in Stafford, TX, (just on the southern out-skirts of the city). The camp sites at the Elks are all full, but luckily they have two gravel sites on the end we can use until one of the concrete pads open-up.

We talked to Matt, who we met the last time here, and he said he was pulling-out tonight after work. We would be able to move into his site....this is the site we normally have when staying here. He pulled out just as it was getting dark, so we parked our car in the spot until morning. We'll move over there first thing tomorrow.

So we are in our “home port” until after the holidays. If you're passing through Houston on your way to warmer climates, stop and say hello!

Our site at the Elks.



Bella always enjoys herself when we are here. This time the is a pile of limbs close to our spot. She has taken it upon herself to clear out any moles, chipmunks or anything else smaller than her.

Here is her watch and wait pose.

Her sneak attack approach.

Her…I've had a long, hard day position.

We are sorry to report that she hasn't caught a dang thing…YET!

Just incase you are interested, here are some facts and figures about Houston…

  • The Houston Metro Area covers 8,778 square miles, an area slightly smaller than Massachusetts but larger than New Jersey.
  • Founded in 1836, the City of Houston has a 2010 population of 2.1 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau -- Houston's population in 1850 was listed as 2,396.
  • The metro area's population of 5.95 million in 2010 is 6th largest among U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, according to, and a 26% increase since 2000.
  • If Houston were an independent nation, it would rank as the world's 30th largest economy

    More interesting facts in the following blogs. All information is taken directly from the The City of Houston Official Site for Houston, Texas.

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


    1. We stayed in the Galveston Bay RV resort last year when I visited my daughter in Spring, just north of Houston. Unfortunately, it was an hour's drive on the expressways every time I wanted to see her! But we enjoyed the park where we stayed. There are lots of monk parrots there, they roost and get fed by the people staying in the park. Have a wonderful stay while you visiting Houston!

    2. Looks like you've found Bella (and yourselves) a comfortable home for the holidays!

    3. Looks like a comfy place to spend the holidays.

    4. Hello, Houston, looks like you have 'no problems'. Glad to see you all setup and relaxed.

      Great news on the inspection too - it's almost as good as getting a clean medical report!

    5. That Bella is the greatest cat ever. We need to take relaxin' lessons from her. Nice to know you guys are settled for the holidays. So are we now.

    6. I hate driving in the Houston area. A few years back we were sideswiped on I10 near Katy. The van that hit us never even slowed down.

      Len's daughter and family live in Clearlake. We will be in that area but not until early March. Surely you will be gone by then.


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