Category Archives: Texas

Another Long Day of Driving with an Exciting End

May 15, 2014 – Thursday

When we woke up at Walmart, most of the other RV’s were already gone. There must have been at least 20 of us spending the night there. We had our own campground, dogs got to mingle as well as the people. One lady, had a relative in Norwalk, where I grew up, and she lived in Cerritos area I think she said. She also belonged to SKP and has stayed at our RV park in Aguanga before. Small world.

We left Walmart in Amarillo, TX at 9:20 and just 15 minutes down the freeway we saw a lot of cars stopped on the frontage road on the other side of the freeway. I thought maybe there was an accident, but then I noticed them pointing cameras out into the field just off the freeway. I looked and just barely caught a glimpse as we drove past, of the Cadillac Ranch cars! Bummer, I didn’t even have a chance to take a picture. I did a google search and “lifted a couple of photos” off the website RoadsideAmerica
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We crossed into New Mexico at 10:30.

All along the freeway there were big billboards for various tourist traps at a gas station. First one we saw was for the Flying C Ranch. Bill said I could stop, and it was time for the dogs to have a potty break…so I did. We walked the dogs, then I went in to browse around and my reward at the end was a Pecan, Carmel Blizzard at the Dairy Queen there. Yummy

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Farther down the road, we started seeing similar signs for Clines Corners, a famous stop so I’ve read. Bill gave me the OK to go see it too, so I took the off ramp with intentions to stop. It wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would be, probably had the same souvenir stuff and the parking lot was a lot smaller and had pot holes all over it. I decided to skip it and get back on the freeway.

Bill’s goal was to make it to Albuquerque today, which was a little over a four hour drive for me. I had looked thru my Passport America 1/2 price book before leaving Walmart, for a campground that advertised full hookups, laundry and free wifi. After two nights of no hookups, I was ready for electric and to do laundry finally. When we finally got there, it was a dumpy place with older RV’s that appeared to be living there with junk around them. The place was gravel and weeds. It was ugly. I told Bill I could t stay there, so we continued west.

SEE PART 2 of where we stayed and more COPS! Just a tease….

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Goodbye Oklahoma, Hello Texas

May 14, 2014 – Wednesday

We had a quiet evening at good old Cracker Barrel last night. We were on the road this morning at 8:30. Destination, Amarillo, TX. We are both in a much better mood today. Bill says he is feeling better.

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We see billboards for Cherokee Trading Post in Clinton ahead. They advertise live buffalo too. Bill asked if I wanted to stop, so we did.

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So many fancy boots, hats, and western stuff. Then we went outside to look at the buffalo.

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Bella and Chica didn’t react at all to seeing the big animals. As we walked back to the RV, I noticed a dead bird on my front bumper. Bill thought he saw a bird fly into the RV earlier that day. Poor little thing.

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We continued only stopping to eat lunch and get gas. Along the way I snap pictures of the Welcome to Texas sign, the leaning tower in Groom, TX, a huge cross, and the famous Big Texan Steak House. If you can eat their 72 oz steak, you get it for free.

During our lunch break, I found a half price campground in my Passport America membership book. Full hookups, and they had a laundry room, which I could use about mow, all for $12.50. Nobody answered the phone when I tried to call a couple times to see if they have space for us. Since it was just off the freeway in Amarillo, we just decided to drive there and hopefully get a spot. When we saw it, we drove in one driveway and out the other. It was a dumpy looking campground. Down the road we got gas and saw another campground. It looked a little better, but too many old, permanent trailers living there, so we passed on it too. I got my overnight RV parking website up and found a Walmart nearby.

Good old Walmart and Cracker Barrel have saved us a lot of camping fees. I went in and got a haircut and bought a few groceries. One stop shopping, haircut and camping. We got her around 3:00 I think, and there was already about six RVs here. Tonight there are probably at least fifteen of us parked for the night. Big expensive motor homes as well as a few old ones. It’s like a real campground here. The dogs found a few other dogs to socialize with too. One lady I talked to with the long haired Chihuahua even had relatives in Norwalk and grew up near there.

I have a few more pictures to go with the text above, but for some reason, WordPress isn’t letting me add more right now. I’ll try publishing this post, then go back and try to add the other pictures.

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Last Four Days and Haircuts at a Truck Stop

April 7, 2014. – Monday

Left Balmorhea State Park at 9:20 am. Took the 17 up to the I-20 where it connects in Pecos, TX. Saw our first TX oil pumps on 17, lots of them. Gased up in Pecos ($3.29 a gallon) and set our destination for Midland. Doing some research, I read about a Petroleum Museum in Midland that sounded interesting and had good reviews, so that address was in the GPS.

As we got close to our destination, GPS said we were there and it was on the right. Neither of us saw it left or right so we kept going as we saw a Walmart ahead and needed some things. We had a little scare driving on the road running along side the freeway ( a frontage rd) to get to the Walmart. The freeway off ramp dumps directly onto this road without stopping. In CA, you almost always have to yield to traffic on the road you are entering. Anyway, as I got close, I noticed the car exiting the freeway wasn’t even slowing down. I had a split second to decide what to do, so I sped up and swerved to get more distance between us. I didn’t know if I could brake the RV fast enough. Just then we both noticed a Yield sign for people on the road, not exiting the freeway. Lesson learned! In TX it works different than in CA. Also, the off ramps we have taken are angled so its very hard to see what is coming from the right when making a left in an RV.

After parking at Walmart for potty breaks, we decided not to go back and find the museum. We didn’t even go in Walmart. Bill wanted to continue to Abilene so I used the overnightrvparking website to find a place to spend the night. I choose a Flyiing J Truck Stop, which we got to at 3:50 after more driving in the wind and rain. The RV overnight spots are close to the pumps and front of the truck stop store. Chica loved looking out the window at all the activity all night.

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Here we are parked for the night. Bill and I went inside to see what the truck stop had. Besides the usual food, drinks, trucker supplies, showers and laundry mat, they had a barber shop. Bill needed a haircut and so did I. My daughter teases me about getting haircuts at Walmart, wait till she finds out I got one at a truck stop.

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This is the view from inside our RV.

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Outside of the RV view

April 8, 2014. – Tuesday

Before leaving the truck stop at 9:15, I went in and got coffee and a cup of biscuit and gravy. Then we were on our way.

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Next stop was a Country Store and Curio Shop in the same parking lot we stopped for a break. They let us bring the dogs in too.

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Another windy day for driving, but I drove us right thru Fort Worth and Dallas around noon. There wasn’t much traffic.

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Bill’s cousin Pat lives in Rowlett, just outside of Dallas. It was nice to meet Pat, her daughter Kelly, her son-in-law Jimmy and their kids Katie, Jacob and Patrick.

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Bill and his cousin Pat

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Bill and Pat looking thru her old family photos. Bill was happy to make copies of relatives pictures.

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They have four dogs, a huge one, medium and two small ones. My dogs didn’t like any of them and growled at them. We ended up holding our dogs then finally putting them in the RV. We had a nice home cooked chicken dinner with Pat and her family. Afterwards we all went out for frozen yogurt. Bill and I love that stuff and hadn’t seen any yogurt stores since we left CA.

April 9, 2014. – Wednesday

This morning when we took our dogs in their house they got along fine with the two little dogs and the cat! There was no growling today. They played so well that Jimmy offered to dog sit them while Pat, Kelly, Bill and I went thrift store shopping, something we all like to do. I found a dog nail clippers for 25 cents but nothing else. Then we had a pizza lunch finished with another yogurt store.

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Jimmy holding Chica and their cat

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Pat and her dog

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April 10, 2014. – Thursday

Last night they told me to come over for breakfast of biscuits, gravy, sausage and eggs. Yummy, all my favorites. Bill filled the RV water tank with their front yard faucet so I could shower and wash my hair before breakfast. Again, the food was great.

Our RV came with flat screen TV and DVD player that we couldn’t figure out how to work. He figured it out pretty fast and I wrote down the instructions so hopefully I can duplicate the steps to do it all. Thank you Jimmy!!!

Pat and family planned a BBQ this evening with another cousin driving here from nearby to see Bill. I’m sure glad Bill is getting to spend time with his extended family. It was nice for me too, as I have met very few of his relatives.

We had a huge BBQ of crab legs, ribs, chicken, hamburgers, potato salad, cucumber salad, deviled eggs, and a large variety of deserts! After dinner we took the following group shots.

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Swimming With the Fish

April 6, 2014. – Sunday

We had a leisurely breakfast since we decided to stay an extra day. The dogs and I had low fat hash and eggs. I mixed dog food in the pups hash. Bill had his protein shake.

Walked the dogs, put them back in the RV and went to the office to pay for another night. Most people are leaving today so we will almost have the pool to ourselves. We walked over to see the pool again.

Bill got my water noodle sling chair and snorkel gear out of the bin while I got my bathing suit on. Chica and Bella enjoy sleeping on the bed or sitting on the table looking out the windows at campers and dogs going by. They do this when we leave the RV too.

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Touching the pool water with our hands, it felt like bath water almost. We picked a spot to set our towels and I got into the pool first, sitting and floating on my noodle chair. The water was colder than I expected! Bill stuck his feet and legs in and said it was too cold for him.

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After an hour, the sun went behind the clouds and it started getting windy and cold, so I got out. It sure was fun floating around and snorkeling with the tiny fish. They would swim all around me and I could touch them. I wish Bill would have gotten in but he sat there and took pictures for me at least.

I took a warm shower and read my WordPress For Dummies book while Bill and Bella napped. Chica looked out the window while I read. Feels good to have another non travel day to rest.

Saturday’s and this post were all done from my iPhone. I’m using the phone for my camera. I wish I could type on my iPad instead but tethering my iPhone to a wifi only iPad ate too much data. 😦
I’m still learning. I noticed I posted one photo twice and can’t figure out yet how to delete one of them. I can on the iPad and netbook but not my iPhone!

Tonight I will be looking at maps and researching where we will stay tomorrow. We are a few days away from visiting Pat, one of Bill’s cousins east of Dallas.

Balmorhea State Park, TX

April 5, 2014. – Saturday

We took the dogs to the dog park one more time before leaving Low-Hi RV Ranch in Deming, NM. This time there were dogs for them to socialize with. Bella had no problem meeting strange dogs. Chica on the other hand acted scared.

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Getting the RV ready to move, requires a check off list of things to do. Bill went out to unhook the electric and water while I was getting the inside ready. I was expecting to dump the sewer tanks when I got done since Bill already teased me that dumping would be my job. Then I heard him getting the dump hoses out of the bumper holder and looked out the window to see him dumping our tanks! He is a true RVer now!!!

Left Deming at 10 am and got to the NM/TX border at 11:30. Stopped at the TX Visitor Center in Anthony, for brochures and to eat lunch in the RV.

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I called Balmorhea State Park to see if they they had any campsites and they reserved one for us. It was a long day of driving as we didn’t get to the park till 6:00 pm.

This state park has the world’s largest spring fed swimming pool. It covers 1.75 acres and is 72-76 degrees year round. Scuba divers enjoy the clear 25 ft depth sections. There is a wading section and different depths between the two.

In addition to the pool and campground, there are 1930’s retro-style lodging in the San Solomon Courts made of adobe. Canals run thru the park.

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We walked over to look at the pool but waited till Sunday to go swimming. Meanwhile we rested up from the long drive and went to bed early.

Not sure how to delete the duplicate RV picture.

See Sunday post for pool pictures.