Fifth Year and Counting . . .

Well, today marks the beginning of our fifth year of full-time RV’ing. Actually it marks our fifth year of any kind of RV’ing, since we never part-time RV’ed at all.

I was up about 6:30 trying to remember all the things I’m supposed to do before we hit the road again. It’s amazing how much stuff you can forget in only three months.

We had planned to head out about 10:30 but that was not to be. Right after we got here in late November, the park repairman worked on our water faucet and tightened my hose splitter back on so tight I couldn’t get it off.

Hose Divider

When I tried to loosen it with a wrench the PVC pipe started to bend. Not a good thing.

So I called the office and ask them to send the guy back with some wrenches. And of course, working together, we almost immediately had a 20 ft geyser of water spouting up from the pipe connection. And raining down on the electrical box. Oh, boy.

As it turns out, it didn’t break. The PVC elbow hadn’t been glued on properly and just came off. But at least I had someone to share the blame.

So, by the time we got this fixed, and then I got paid up at the office, we didn’t pull out of the park until about 11:30.

Leaving Galveston Bay RV Park is always hard to do. The beautiful sunrises,

Galveston Bay Sunrise 8

sunsets.

Galveston Bay Sunset

the many birds,

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron3

White Ibis 1

Birdfeeder 1

Galverton Bay Hawk 3

Egret and Spoonbill

Spoonbill 5

are just a few of the reasons we come back to this park year after year.

But leaving the park, we didn’t go far, just about 9 miles down the road to Monterey’s Little Mexico in Dickinson. It’s a tradition for us to stop on our way out to town to have one last bowl of their Chicken Tortilla Soup before we leave the area.

Finally, by about 12:30 we were on our way to Canyon Lake, TX about 230 miles away to stay at the Lake Pointe RV Park there while we visit our friend Gina.

A few hours later we had our second traditional stop, at the Buc-ee’s off I-10 at the Luling exit. And we were surprised to see that, as big as it is with a huge building and 32 gas pumps, they’re adding a lot more parking and 32 more gas pumps.

How many places have you seen with 64 pumps| The manager said that, depending on the season, they get 2 to 6 tankers a day just to keep them stocked with fuel.

A little over an hour later we pull into Lake Pointe RV Park, got checked in, and set up.

Lake Pointe RV Park

This is our fifth time to stay here, and besides being a very nice park, and a cheap park ($12 a night with Passport America) Jan loves it for all the deer roaming the area.

Lake Pointe Deer 1

They are everywhere, very tame, and will even eat out of your hand.

Even Mister has fun with them. When I had my back turned while setting up, he managed to pop the latch on the screen door and get out. When I realized he was loose, I started looking around and found him about 75 feet away, stalking a 4 point buck that was grazing on some corn that someone had put out. This is a cat that just doesn’t know his limitations.

About 6 we headed over to our friend Gina’s. She lives on a 600 acre cattle ranch nearby and feeds raccoons on her back porch.

Raccoon Herd

Jan was happy to find that this trip was a 1 gate visit. You have to pass though three cattle gates to visit Gina, and depending on where the cows are grazing, 1, 2, or all 3 gates may be closed, and since Jan is in charge of getting out and opening and closing the gates (we took a vote and she lost), this means less work for her.

Picking up Gina, we drove over to the Italian Garden Cafe for a great Italian (of course) meal. It’s a must-stop place whenever we’re in the area.

Later, after dropping Gina off at her home, we headed back to rig to pretty much collapse. We’ve been on the go so much the last few weeks it’s relaxing to just get back on the road.

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Thought for the Day:

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods." H. L. Mencken

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4 Responses

  1. Loved all the bird photos! Thanks for sharing…

  2. The photos were great. I especially got a kick out of the parrots queueing at the bird feeder! Too cute.

  3. Hope we get some better weather while you are here in our neck of the woods. Right now they are predicting rain. Got fill up Canyon Lake after the drought you know! How long will you be in the area?

  4. We planned on heading out on Monday the 20th, getting into Yuma on the 26th.

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