5-10 Mar 2015; Friends, Exploring, RAIN and Rodeo

Wow has it ever been wet!  We saw the sun for a bit on Saturday, but have not seen it since. At least it stopped raining last night, and there is a chance we will see some sun tomorrow.

Thursday was mostly a work day for me, so Terri headed off to spend the day in Katy with Cheryl.  They had a great time together doing girlie stuff I guess.  Terri called and said she would be home about 7:30 PM, and about 20 minutes after that she called and said the truck wouldn’t start.  Buggers!  We noted the truck started slowly after we’d unhooked it from the Coach this past time, so I had planned to check the draw from the Coach.  I hadn’t worried that much about the truck, as once it started, all was good…until Thurs night.  Thank goodness Cheryl had cables, and she and Terri had no issues getting it jumped and they got it started…other than your common jumper cables not being big enough to fit on all of the stuff they currently have on battery posts.  She got back to the coach later than planned, so we were in bed early.

Friday morning we found out the battery had a bad cell, and after dropping more than we wanted for a new battery, we were back in service.  Just for the heck of it, I hooked the battery charger up first thing in the morning, and the truck fired right up after it had been on the charger for a while, but it wouldn’t hold a charge.  We spent a bit more than we wanted, but have a five-year warranty, with three-year full replacement value. It works just fine now, but we have a ways to tow tomorrow, so we will see if the Coach is in any way complicit.  Hopefully not.

After that unplanned expense, we decided to travel some back roads to see what we could see.  A lot of nice country here.  We ended up at a place called to No Label brewery in old Katy, just to check out if they had a tour. We met some real nice local folk who said we should come back on Saturday when they have tours, tasting, food trucks and live music from 12-3 for $8 each. Sounded like a date to me.  Later in the afternoon, we headed over to meet Cheryl and her son, and they treated us to some awesome Texas BBQ!  Terri and I left with enough leftovers to have a full meal the next night as well…good stuff!  We got back in time to take a nice late walk around the park, which was jammed full again after it had emptied out in the morning.

Saturday was the best weather day we had this whole time. We got up and hiked and biked a little bit, then headed to No Label.  What a great time for the price. They occupy space that used to be a rice drying and storage facility.  It is very “warehouse” like, and really neat. The music and people were great…lots of families and tons of dogs!  They cap the crowd at 800, as they were getting up to 1,200 on nice Saturday’s, and that was too many for the space.   You bring your chair, pop a squat, and enjoy!

Were were early, and the place filled up fast for the three hours of fun.

Were were early, and the place filled up fast for the three hours of fun.

Food trucks!

Food trucks!

Some of the old rice driers. This used to be a huge rice producing area, but urban sprawl has wiped a lot of that out.  Apparently Katy, TX is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country right now.

Some of the old rice driers. This used to be a huge rice producing area, but urban sprawl has wiped a lot of that out. Apparently Katy, TX is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country right now.

Afterward, we bee lined it back to the Coach to take advantage of the gorgeous day and the miles of bike trails.

There are tons of awesome biking and hiking trails in this state park.

There are tons of awesome biking and hiking trails in this state park.

A great shot of the Brazos River.

A great shot of the Brazos River.

We sure are glad we got this time outside, as the rains came with a fury later in the evening, and didn’t stop until early Tuesday morning.  We spent Sunday in the Coach, and snuck out for a walk here and there between downpours.  We played a lot of cards and were checking our previous leak areas…so far so good!

Monday we were bound and determined to get out and about since we were cooped up all day Sunday, so we’re decided to head to the Houston Rodeo…even in the rain.  What a huge event!  It was $18 each for the whole day, which included the professional rodeo at night and a concert.  We spent most of the day in the exhibition halls.  If you can even think of it, they have it at this rodeo!  It is huge…we are in TX, right??  The area encompasses the old Astrodome, the NRG Stadium where the Texans play (and where the rodeo and concerts are) and the NRG Center, where most of the show animals, judging, and retail sales take place.  You can buy anything from a new truck, to furniture, cowboy hats, boots, and on and on…there is also the NRG Arena where most of the daily horse competitions are held.  In the middle of all of this is where the midway and all of the food tents and rides are located.  Check it out at http://www.rodeohouston.com.

The arena in NRG Center.  Nice place to show!  Thousands of animals here.

The arena in NRG Center. Nice place to show! Thousands of animals here. Not in this pic though.  Steer judging going on.

The cutting competition was a blast to watch.  The horses are awesome!

Watching the cutting competition at NRG Arena.

Watching the cutting competition at NRG Arena.

Terri and I got really soaked, but had a great time.  We got into the stadium in time for the 6:45 PM rodeo start.  We were in the nose  bleed section, but still good seats, and huge  jumbo-trons to help your old eyes.  The place filled up pretty well as the rodeo started.

Someone checking the grounds prior to the entry parade.

Someone checking the grounds prior to the entry parade.

 

I got so enamoured with the whole entry thing that I didn't get any good shots.  National Anthem was awesome.

I got so enamoured with the whole entry thing that I didn’t get any good shots. National Anthem was awesome.

The rodeo was fantastic!!

Justin Moore in concert.  We didn't stay for the whole thing, as it was 10 PM and we had a 58 mile drive.

Justin Moore in concert. We didn’t stay for the whole thing, as it was 10 PM and we had a 58 mile drive.

Terri was up real early this morning and took a walk since it wasn’t raining.  Here is a shot of the “dry creek,” well it was dry when we got here.  What you see is about 18 feet of water.

This was a dry deep ditch when we got here.

This was a dry deep ditch when we got here.

Good thing we came into the camp site from a different direction last night late.  Apparently this tree "got drunk on water, as Terri says," and fell over.  Was blocking the road, but the Park crew were on it immediately this morning.

Good thing we came into the camp site from a different direction last night late. Apparently this tree “got drunk on water, as Terri says,” and fell over. Was blocking the road, but the Park crew were on it immediately this morning.

We took another walk later on the pavement, as all the trails were closed…they were more little rivers than trails at this point.  The critters were out in force.

You can't see me?!?!

You can’t see me?!?!

Dang it, you saw us!

Dang it, you saw us!

We spent some time getting the Coach ready to move tomorrow, then headed into Katy to meet up with Cheryl one last time before we hit the road.  Terri had this traveling thing in her blood long ago.  She and Cheryl left their jobs in Madison in June of 1982 to take a road trip.  MS, CO, UT, CA, AZ, (and all the states in between) and back to CO, at which time Terri stayed in CO and met up with me again, and Cheryl headed back to WI, and then to TX where she met her hubby.  Too bad we will miss him this trip…we will get together again soon.  Here is a shot of the two long-lost friends.

 

Terri and Cheryl

Terri and Cheryl, with the signed bricks she gave us to hold down our yard mat.

We got back to the Coach about 6 PM, and got most of the rest of things buttoned up and ready for the final hook up tomorrow.  We have about 185 miles to go to get to Guadalupe River State Park which is about 30 miles North of San Antonio.  Terri’s Uncle and Aunt will hopefully be there on Thursday to join us, and then Terri’s mom and sister are flying in to spend a week on Tuesday.  Wish us safe travels!

As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy, and Living your Dreams!

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2 thoughts on “5-10 Mar 2015; Friends, Exploring, RAIN and Rodeo

  1. Sounds like a great trip! Would have loved to been with you guys for the rodeo, that sounded incredible. Sorry about the truck battery. Hopefully, the coach isn’t draining it/damaging it!

    Travel safe!

    Hey… what you guys up to in about 2 weeks? Could use a couple strong backs! 😉

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