Friday, March 15, 2013


Thursday, March 14 – With severe thunderstorms and 65 MPH winds predicted on Saturday night and Sunday, we decided to leave a day early and get to Houston before the bad weather hit.

It wasn't all smooth sailing! After stopping for a bathroom break, Paul noticed one of the rear dually tires looked low. He grabbed his air gauge and sure enough it hardly registered on the gauge. Of course, the station we were in did not have a reverse stem on the tire compressor and neither did the next station we stopped at. Paul carries one in his tool box but gas stations don't have the same quick disconnects. We eventually found a car dealership that had the equipment we needed and added air.

The remainder of the trip was uneventful. Paul did check the tire after setting up camp and found it a little low. Must have a slow leak that will have to be taken care of. He thought for sure the truck was equipped with tire pressure monitors from the factory. Guess not. Better check the owner's manual.  (UPDATE:  Got tire repaired at Discount Tire – free!  Pressure monitors are not in dually tires, just the front ones.  Anyone know why?)

Bella in one of her many different sleeping positionbella sleeping

We returned to our “home spot” at the Houston Elks Lodge (actually in the suburb of Stafford) today. We will be here about two weeks to visit daughter, Carrie; catch up on some “day-to-day” chores; and take in the Houston Rodeo.

The Elks Lodge is full. This is getting to be a pretty busy place. The sites were full when we left in December and remained full most of the winter. We are in one of the two gravel sites, Site #9. Sites 1 – 8 are concrete pads and Sites 9 and 10 are gravel. All the sites have 50 amp full hook-ups. The cost is $15/night or $325/month.

Site 9
houston elks

Looking right.
right of site

Looking left.
left of site

Big yard for Bella to roam.
yard for Bella

Since we have arrived, we have been running tons of errands, doing laundry, visiting with our Elk friends and being with Carrie. The traffic never ceases to amaze us. There is no such thing as rush hour…it last all day.

rush hour traffic

Sign for the day.
beer sign

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