Saturday, April 5, 2008

Want to buy a campground ?

This must be the trip for interesting and unusual campgrounds. First we had the one with only 9 sites then this one. Day one we were out walking the dogs after setting up, when we saw 3 people sitting at a table. We jokingly asked if this was where Happy Hour was held, it was and we stayed for a couple of hours.

This is a nice open campsite at the foot of the Barilla Mountains and the Davis Mountains. Neat and clean. The bank has either bought it back from the owners, foreclosed on the loan, or called the loan.Anyway the bank owns it. A lady, Ronnie, works the registration office and a young man,Chris who stays here often, helps in the maintainance.

It is easily one of the best laid out campgrounds we have been in and one of the friendliest.

There is a beautiful house on the grounds, empty, a huge storage shed, empty, and one of the weirdest fire pits we have ever seen. One could have human sacrifice services there. It has got to be five feet deep.

Day 2 Erwin goes to buy ice and we are invited to dinner. One of the campers here had rigged up a redneck smoker out of a burner, chips and a cardboard box and had smoked sausage and a brisket...who says we don't know how to live?I had spent the most frustrating day trying to download pictures from my camera, grrrrr, so I was ready for some company.The cook and his wife have lived as full time campers for 17+ years. Now that is way too long for me to live in less than 290 sq ft, and their camper is much smaller than ours.

After dinner we stayed at the lodge and watched Battle Star Galactica on wide screen with surround sound, our private little theater. On our walk home, I was speechless by the sheer number of stars we could see with the naked eye. People, what you see now wherever you are is nothing compared to here. McDonald Observatory says it is the blackest sky in the nation and I believe them.
Today we took a rideon Texas Highway 166, a scenic highway. I will post pictures as I can.While we were in the area,we rode up to McDonald Observatory to buy his ticket.
it was advertised as a Wildlife viewing highway. We think these animals are antelope, maybe. the tree is there to show you that Spring is just around the corner.

Erwin is helping set up an antennae for the WIFI which already works well and has been given a free night's stay.Yes we are looking for other odd jobs he can do, ha!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Literally on the road

This is so cool. I have my computer in the truck and can get on the internet. I love you Verizon.
We are on I-10W headed to Fort Davis TX. We just passed through Indian Mesa Windmill Farm, click here pictures to follow.I am good but not so good that I can post pix on the fly. Although I understand there is now a media card that will work with WIFI, will check that out the next time I am in Buy It Now.
We left this morning around 10 AM, stopped on the way and had a picnic and now it is just boring, boring driving. When you get excited about a windmill that is bad!
If we weren't pulling this camper we could go 80MPH but alas only 60 for us.
We have been to Fort Davis before. This time we will stay long enough that Erwin can go to the Observatory over and over again.The temperature is 91 and the humidity is 8%. Cannot get over the fact that humidity levels can be that low!
And then on to El Paso. I just read on a blog that one can purchase glasses cheaply in Mexico. Hope to check that out while we are there. Plus we had been told about a restaurant and that was on the blog too. Nice to have an advance scout for our trip!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

San Angelo Texas

We are finally back on the road. We have been in Livingston TX at the Escapees Care Center volunteering again. Kaye had to go help her mother after she broke her leg and Erwin stayed at the center and volunteered for a few extra days til Kaye returned. But things worked out well and we hit the road on March 25th.

Our first stop was Lampasas, TX at this small campground with only 9 sites The sites were small but shaded. As luck would have it we were right next to the laundry. Good, huh.

Next door was this lovely llama that kept turning her rear to the camera for every shot.
We were told about this festival in the next town on Sat so we had to go.

Yep, you got it Diamondback Jubilee. Little did I realize we were talking poisonous snake. Snake hunters brought their catch to be counted, measured, caged and later sold.

There were teenagers, an old car show, and everything snake you can imagine..wallets, visors, money clips, etc.

We left the next day for San Angelo, TX. Our campsite is right next to Lake Nasworthy. It is shady and rather spacious. Today we went to play golf at the nine hole municipal golf course . You must realize this is maybe the third time I have been on a course. I did right well on holes 1 and 2. On hole 3 I powered up and struck the ball. It hit a cement ditch about 20 ft in front of the tee box, shot behind me, rattled around in 2 trees, and landed 35-40 behind me....Best hit of the day! I have never laughed so hard. Actually, I did beat Erwin on one hole. The rest of the of the holes were totally forgettable.

PLUS, we are totally hooked on Battle Star Galactica. We are watching Season 3 and waiting for 4 to start . We have it planned that we watch the last DVD on thurs and the new shows start on Fri.

Below are pictures of Sam Houston's grave, and animals we saw on the way to the Jubilee.