11-16 March 2015; Moving West, Family and Fun

Wednesday was move day once again.  Terri and I have fallen into a pattern of making our moves during the middle of the week if possible.  Tech Tip:  We have found that we prefer to move during this time, as the roads seem less crowded, and the camp sites are less crowded as well.  The weekend campers and travelers are back at home and work, and it just makes it easier to move.  Also, if you have any issues, you are much more likely to be able to get service and find something open during the week than you are on the weekends.  We found this out during one of our shakedown cruises last June when we were stranded on the side of the road on a Sunday and waited about three hours for a tow.  As we have mentioned before, we like to plan our travels and distance so we can depart around 10 AM and be where we are headed by 3 or 4 PM.  This allows plenty of time in the morning for getting things ready to roll, and also gives you plenty of time on the other end to get set up and off to the grocery store or whatever else you need to get done.

We got to Guadalupe River State Park in the Hill Country of TX about 2 PM on Wednesday.  This Park is located about 30 miles North of San Antonio.  It is gorgeous!  We made these reservations back in January, as we had planned to meet two of Terri’s Aunt’s and Uncle’s who come to this area each year about this time in their 5th Wheels.  Unfortunately, her Aunt Aud and Uncle Dave lost an engine in their truck a couple of weeks ago, so they couldn’t make the trip.  Her Aunt Lois and Uncle Rick were still on schedule to make the trip however!

It was a cloudy, but comfortable day when we arrived.  The camp sites are real nice.  We were not able to secure the sites we had wanted, as this is a first come, first serve camp ground, and since it is Spring Break, this place stays plenty full.

All set up! Note the flag is attached to the truck.  Once again, our "back end" is in the trees, so Old Glory gets a little exercise each time we need to go somewhere in the truck.

All set up! Note the flag is attached to the truck. Once again, our Coaches “back end” is in the trees, so Old Glory gets a little exercise each time we need to go somewhere in the truck.

The sites a huge, with nice fire pits, and large tent platforms, as well as black topped RV sites.

The sites are huge, with nice fire pits, and large tent platforms, as well as black topped RV sites.

The previous residents of this site were kind enough to leave a bag of millet seed, and we have many, many colorful visitors.

The previous residents of this site were kind enough to leave a bag of millet seed, and we have many, many colorful visitors.

After a trip to the store, playing some cards and getting something to eat, we were in bed quite early so we could get up and explore in the morning.  We also heard from Lois and Rick, and they were ahead of schedule and would arrive on Thursday if all went well.

Thursday greeted us with sunshine!  What a welcome change, as it seems we have been in mostly clouds and rain since we left Florida in early Feb.  We biked and hiked a lot of the trails in the park.  This place has a lot to offer if you enjoy the outdoors.

A very popular day spot on the Guadalupe River in the Park.  The river is quite low, as we noted several kids wading across in ankle deep water.

A very popular day spot on the Guadalupe River in the Park. The river is quite low, as we noted several kids wading across in ankle-deep water.

Another shot of the river from one of the trail overlooks.  Beautiful country!

Another shot of the river from one of the trail overlooks. Beautiful country!

Lois and Rick got to the park late in the afternoon after dealing with nasty traffic in Dallas and Austin areas.  We had checked with the office off and on during the day, and since they were a day early and the park was full, there was no room at the Inn so to speak, so they we able to dry camp in the overflow area.  They got to our camp site in the early evening, and we ate and played some Sheeps Head.  We have missed playing this game a lot, and it’s great to have some folks with us that know the game.  The night went quickly, and we turned in so we could see what we could do in the morning about getting sites close to each other.

Friday was another awesome day, and it allowed me to give the Coach a much-needed bath.  It still looks quite ugly, as the water pressure is so low here, that it was hard to give it a good rinse, so I ended up with lots of streaks and spotty windows.  The windows were fixed with some glass cleaner and a lot of elbow grease.  Just past noon, Lois and Rick found a site in a nice area on the outer loop of the camp ground.  We were currently on the inner loop, and would have been quite a ways away from them.  It just so happened the site next to them opened up as well, and a quick call to the park office allowed us to snag that spot.  Lois and Rick headed up to get their 5th wheel, and Terri and I quickly buttoned up the Coach for a short move.  We wanted to do this quickly, as 2PM was rapidly approaching, and that is when the next wave of campers are allowed in, so we wanted to get moved before that happened.  All went well, and we were set up for the most part by 3 or so.  I decided to head into town to get the truck washed, as it was nastier than the Coach was, and no way I was going to try to wash it with the water pressure here.  We had dinner with Lois and Rick, and we were treated to an awesome meal!  Thanks again!!  We played some more Sheeps Head, and made plans to go see a band on Saturday that they know real well from their time down here in the past.

I had some phone calls to make Saturday morning, and we were on the road by about 1230 headed to see “The Almost Patsy Cline Band” at the Torre Di Pietra Winery which is located between Fredericksburg and Stonewall further into the Hill Country.  Man, there sure are a lot of wineries around here!  This one was awesome, and the music was even better.  Check the band out at http://www.AlmostPatsyClineBand.com.  They were awesome, and we did a lot of dancing…which is good, since the wine was quite tasty!  It was another gorgeous day in the Hill Country.  Once the band noticed Lois and Rick were there, they fired right up with a Polka Dance…pretty kewl.  We did a lot of the Texas Two-Step and Waltzes among other things that probably didn’t look quick like they should have.  Terri and I have gotten quite rusty in the dance arena.  Needless to say, we had a blast.

A great band!  If you are never in the area, look them up and check them out.

A great band! If you are never in the area, look them up and check them out.

A shot of a small portion of the winery.  They have a large dance area under cover outside, and the place was packed.

A shot of a small portion of the winery. They have a large dance area under cover outside, and the place was packed.

Good thing it was late afternoon when the event ended, as we needed to get some shuteye as we had tickets to Rodeo Austin for Sunday…which included tickets to see Dwight Yoakam after the rodeo.  This event is much smaller than Rodeo Houston, but it is very nice.  I actually prefer the smaller venue.

 

Our Grandson, Toby, loves to sing Old MacDonald had a farm...had to send him this picture, as we found his barn...it's in TX Toby!!

Our Grandson, Toby, loves to sing Old MacDonald had a farm…had to send him this picture, as we found his barn…it’s in TX Toby!!

 

Had to get a picture in front of the Longhorn...we are in Austin after all.

Had to get a picture in front of the Longhorn…we are in Austin after all.

Can't see this real well, but it is a picture of the leader board for the steer wrestling.  The #1 and #3 Cowboys are from Wisconsin...who knew!!!

Can’t see this real well, but it is a picture of the leader board for the steer wrestling. The #1 and #3 Cowboys are from Wisconsin…who knew!!!

Dwight put on quite a show, and played many of his oldies, but some new songs as well.  Too bad the sound is so pour in this arena.  It was real hard to hear him most of the time, but it was still a grand time!

Dwight put on quite a show, and played many of his oldies, but some new songs as well. Too bad the sound is so poor in this arena. It was real hard to hear him most of the time, but it was still a grand performance!

Since the rodeo and concert starts at 3 on Sunday rather than at 6 as it does during the week, we were able to get back home at a decent hour.  It was really nice outside, and Terri and I sat out for quite a while and just listened to the numerous Coyotes in the area.

For the first time since Sept, I couldn’t sleep at all, so finally got out of bed at about 0430 this morning, made breakfast, and decided to do this post.  Glad to get this done in the morning quiet, but I hope this doesn’t become a routine.

I am hoping to see the day break soon, as it appears we will be in clouds and rain (again) for the next few days, so we want to get some outside time in.  We also are excited as Terri’s mom and sister fly into San Antonio tomorrow to join us for a week!

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

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