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We arrived at McKinney State Park on Sunday afternoon & had to wait in line to check in. It is on the southeast side of Austin & very popular with locals for day use.

We had another very nice,private site but it was water & electric only. Luckily we were across from the restrooms which made it very convenient for showers.

We hiked the Upper Falls

The LowerFalls

The Rock shelter & Old BaldykOne day Jeff hiked alone to the McKinney homestead & gristmillIt’s Austin so that means FOOD! Unfortunately there is so much traffic,the parking is limited & our truck is SO big, we were unable to get into the food truck parks. We were able to go to one of our favorite Phoenix happy hour spots ,

Z – Tejas for the catfish beignets & shrimp tostadas & they were as good as we remembered. When we walked out the valet said ,I know you, you have the big rig. Ha!

We also went to the original Chuy’sWe also went to an Austin favorite, The Hula Hut for a beautiful sunset dinner on Lake Austin I think I should call this blog “Bonnie & Jeff eat their way across America”

On Friday we moved to Bryan Tx which is next to College Station. You can definitely tell we are in Aggieland. We are staying at Hidden Creek RV Park which is very new & very nice with a lot of amenities. I bet it is hopping on football weekends. They sell this “SHIT” in their camp storeMy spice allotment is full or I might have bought a few of these.

On to the next adventures!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

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We left the beautiful Garner state park and made the 4 Hour drive down to the coast to Port LaVaca. We set up in a private RV park called Texas Lakeside RV Park. After a week in the woods it seems like a resort.

A2478F96-BBCF-4131-94EB-D3D6871CAE2E I think it is a big draw for snowbirds and is fairly new , and has a nice pool, spa, weight room, laundry & a large community room. It also had cable and Wi-Fi. After we checked in, we drove to nearby Magnolia Beach where there is free beach camping. Beautiful but we aren’t quite prepared for no hook ups yet ……

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On Saturday we heard about Port O’Connor‘s annual crawfish fest and we were in! It is held on the beach with bands playing all day.

963CEE5B-D7A4-405B-B80C-E6BBFB1A0331 We bought the People’s choice tickets which allowed us to sample crawfish from about 30 vendors comprised of local families, organizations, & just about any type of group you could think of.

F578FFC2-7EAB-4960-9EE0-A7B4179B4571Each of us were given five tokens to place in the booths that you thought were exceptional. Oh how those vendors wanted our tokens. Beer was for sale at the park but some of them tried  to bribe us with free shots, free beers, and bloody Mary’s. Hey – I can be bribed.

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48EC8715-052A-4515-9B82-58293B97B29DAt the end of the day the place with the most coins wins the trophy. It was so much fun but we couldn’t eat enough to sample all of the booths but we Definitely gave it a good try.

 On Sunday we met up with some old friends from as far back as junior high. I love it when you meet up with someone you haven’t seen in years and it’s like you never skipped a beat. They have lived here for 40 years and were very gracious to show us around. Tim has been a tug boat captain & had so many great stories to tell.

AA612A8F-2D1F-4C0F-8E7B-225F91FF09BB It was very sad to see how devastated some of the homes and businesses are due to hurricane Harvey. Evidently the insurance companies are slow to reimburse & there is a shortage of workers. One day we went to the town of Port Aransas for a wonderful lunch on the gulf . It was so cool that all of a sudden the road stops you drive straight on to the ferry, cross the bay and drive off onto the road. Along this area we saw three oil rigs in for repair. They are huge!

50C3CC27-E58D-411B-99C9-A34795034186 39294F95-C5C2-4B1F-98EF-8A19937CDD2COn our last night Sue cooked us a fabulous shrimp dinner. They are so lucky to live at the beach. I think I ate seafood at every meal and brought some fresh shrimp with me to put in my freezer. 

Our next stop was back along the Guadalupe River at the River Shade RV Park in Seguin Texas. It is another private park and I could definitely spend some time here again. It was so beautiful to be right on the river.

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We found this great converted power plant across from where we were camping. It is a restaurant, brewery, with a patio that overlooks the river and you can tube the river from here.

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8BA995BD-60C9-45CD-B76F-551A1CA9AEDCit was a great week but now onto the next adventure. Thanks for coming along!

How it all started – Let’s catch up!

In late December 2017 we traded in my Acadia for a Ford F250 HD 4 x 4. In January, we went to several RV shows in Dallas looking for the smallest fifth wheel 30 feet or under that still had a couch that makes into a bed hopefully for grandkids, and that also allows access to the fridge and bathroom without putting out any slides. In late January we settled on the Forest  River  Impression 26RET. It is 30 feet from bumper to bumper and assures us entry to most state and national parks. We left it at the dealership until late March.

In February we listed our house.  In three days we had three offers, two well above asking price and one was cash .  And you know the saying Cash is king? Well maybe not so much. Two weeks before closing after putting on a new roof and selling most everything we had and packing up a lot, the people backed out due to health issues. Luckily for us one of the other offers had taken second position and were happy to step in.  Closing was set for April 5.

  Jeff was very happy to retire on March 7 with a celebration at work and then later that night with our friends at Outback.

 

 

We got up at 3am to make the 18hr drive to Columbus Ohio to take our son a truck full of furniture, tools, all of our photos & STUFF. the visit was short but sweet & we got a few snuggles & giggles with these sweeties

We hurried back home to finish packing & buying things for the 5th wheel. WHO KNEW YOU NEED SO MUCH STUFF!!!???

 

 

This is a small portion of our purchases.

 

And this about sums it up!!

 

On March 28 we did the walk-through on the fifth wheel and then moved it to Lake Lewisville to Hidden Cove Marina.

 

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Our adventure starts with a BANG!!!

This park was really pretty and we were on a peninsula so we had water views out each side  but we didn’t spend much time taking advantage of this park as we were busy getting out of the house & moving things into the 5th wheel & making it home

 

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The second night we were there I woke up at three am to a gunshot. This was quite quickly followed by several more gun shots which woke Jeff up. We thought we were in the middle of a gun fight and didn’t want to stick our heads outside. Soon it sounded like we were in a war and then like a fireworks factory exploded. We figured we better look outside and make sure we were safe and there was a big ball of fire in the sky pretty close to us.  There is a boat in the RV storage facility on the property which caught on fire and the gas and propane tanks were exploding. It was so LOUD!!! The fire department contained it quickly and we were assured we were in no danger, but there was no more sleeping for us that night. 

 

 

4/4/2018-4/13/2018 Country View Rv Park

We moved  NE of Dallas to Lucas for this week to continue getting used to things, making sure everything worked & to watch a few more ball games for these guys

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This was a very clean park but not much was happening there. About 90% of the people live there permanently  & they weren’t kidding when they called it Country View. This was our view most nights.

 

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Our bit of excitement here was having to leave our 5th wheel & fleeing from the path of a tornado & tennis ball sized hail. Luckily nothing happened at our park & the only hail we ran into was pea size. We closed on the house, went to a few more appointments,& said a few more goodbyes.

 

4/13/2018-4/20/2018 Cedar Hill State Park

 This state park is southwest of Dallas on Joe Pool Lake

All of the campsites are very private and very pretty. The bluebonnets were in full bloom  and there are a lot of nice hiking areas & wildlife.

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4/20 2018-4/23/2018 Kerrville-Schreiner State Park

This was our longest drive so far about four hours and I probably made Jeff crazy because I was very nervous. This is going to take some getting used to for me. This  was our first park without full hook ups so we had to learn water conservation.  Since we were only there three days it wasn’t much of a problem. This park is on the Guadalupe River. The river and all the wildlife made this a great spot. The town of Kerrville didn’t have a whole lot to offer but we found a great Mexican restaurant. 

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We noticed a lot of vintage VWs and VW vans in the park. When we asked,we were told that there was an VW rally in Fredericksburg. It was only half hour away so we drove to Fredericksburg walked around the VW rally. What a blast from the past!! There were about 300 entries. Some were restored to mint condition & others you wondered how they stay together.

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Wouldn’t this be fun!!

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This one had 60’s music blaring from the drive in speaker.

 

18E6F7DB-6911-41F2-9D2B-950B52452ED6After that, we walked the streets of Fredericksburg, had a great German lunch, and went  to the Pacific war museum. 

4/23/2018-4/27/2018 Garner State Park

Next we went deep into hill country to Garner state park. This has to be the prettiest park in Texas. There is wildlife everywhere . There were beautiful places to hike, huge trees and Jeff even got into the Frio River. 

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We took a lot of beautiful hikes but this 65 yr old with good use of only one arm has learned her limitations!!! Let’s just say—- I fought the wall & the wall won!!5CAD4793-C83D-4228-A483-79E6E39C1A69

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It was definitely different not having any cell service & very spotty WiFi but it gave us a chance to rewatch home movies Jeff had put on DVDs at night. Great week!!

I’m sorry for the long post but nowwe are caught up & I will try to do these weekly.