Friday, November 29, 2013

Hope your Thanksgiving was great!!

I haven't had internet service at the campground so I am behind in posting.  We are staying at our son's house right now.  Other son and his family arrived on Wednesday.
They went straight to work preparing for Thanksgiving.
Ashlynn had a t-shirt on announcing that she was going to be a BIG SISTER!  What a wonderful Thanksgiving surprise!
We had a fun day with family and friends.  This is the first time in several years we have all been under the same roof.  Couldn't be a better Thanksgiving.  I have much to be thankful for.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

They can't all be rainbows and sunshine!

Today has just been one of those days you wish you had just stayed in bed with the covers over your head!  We woke up to another cold windy day.  After a little discussion we decided since the weather was so glum we might as well get on the road and get closer to Houston.  Jim searched for a campsite and found one in Rosenberg, Tx.  We headed out close to noon with only 67 miles to drive.  First problem we encountered was Jim's rig kept loosing air.

I don't know all the technical stuff but it wasn't good and he would have to pull over and fiddle with something and it would start working again.  Down the road we would go and oops it did it again.  I am not sure just how many times we had to stop.  Needless to say once was too many as far as Jim was concerned.

We finally made it to Shiloh Campground.  You can't pick a winner every time.  That is what I learned today.  Oh this place is rough!  Most of the sites are occupied by people living here and by the looks of the rigs, I think they have been here since this place opened maybe in the 50's.  LOL
We were so disappointed we unhooked the car and drove around looking at our options.  It just so happens that there is only 2 campgrounds in this area and they are both equal in beauty.  We are going to stay here tonight only.    The ground is so wet and muddy that when Jim put down the jacks they sank into the mud!  We didn't put out the slide or put down the jacks.  All we have done was plug in the electricity.  Oh dear, on a rating scale of 1-10, this place gets a 1.  I give it that because we have electricity for heat.  Otherwise Walmart parking lot would be sooo much better.

Doug went to their bathroom because he had to do something that would have added stink to the already terrible equation.  I guess he could have hooked up the sewer so that he could dump before we leave.  Well already too much information.  He just got back and told me he almost got thrown  by the commode.  It seems it wasn't fastened down and to make it worse it was covered in ants.  Oh lord, can it get any worse.
These pictures make it look so much better than it is.  LOL
We left the beauty of the gulf for this.  LOL
Later... tomorrow will be a better day~!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Next stop Serendipity Bay Rv resort

We left out this morning to lowering temperatures and blowing wind.  Yesterday it was 87 and we were on the beach.  Today in 2 hours time it dropped over 20 degrees and it is now in the 50's.  What happened!!!
 By the time we got down the road a few miles, it started raining.  We had to cross in a ferry.  Here we are waiting on one to arrive.
Here one is, ready to unload.  This is our first ferry ride in the motorhome.
We did fit!  Us on one side and the Matthews on the other side.
Looking out the rain soaked windshield crossing the bay.
 We traveled a very long, hard 104 miles today.  The wind was terrible. But it was worth it.
This picture was taken from inside the motorhome looking out the front windshield!  What a view.  We are at Serendipity Bay RV Resort. in Palacios, Tx.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A day of exploring and driving on the beach!

I drove on the beach today!  It was scary and fun.  The waves were crashing and the sand was very loose in places.  I slid like I was on ice.  Only this was fun and I didn't wreck.  As the sand got more loose and the beach smaller and smaller I let Jim drive us back.  It was so much fun, I must do this again.

We rode the ferry again and of course it was dark so my picture didn't turn out very good.
Thats's all we did except go shopping and that is boring to write about.
Maybe tomorrow I will drive on the beach again, who knows.  One more day here and we leave for somewhere else.  Where shall we go next?????
While riding around checking out the scenery we came across this rv!  LOL

Port Aransas

We left out early this morning heading for Pioneer RV Park in Port Aransas.  Lucky us they were having a special.  Stay for two nights and get the third one free!  Three nights it is!

We arrived around 1:30.  This is a very nice park sitting on the gulf.

Libbie and I walked the pier to take a look at the beach.  We both love the beach and could spend all our time there.

Walking the pier we came across this sign in the concrete.  Hmm  "Wait here".  Wait here for who?  Wait for what?  Why?  So many questions, no answers.  I will ask at the office tomorrow.

The wind was blowing hard as can be seen by the heavy surf.  It was rolling so fast I couldn't tell anything about the water.  Is it clear? Hopefully the wind will die down and we can tell more about it tomorrow.

We drove around looking for a place to eat some good seafood and of course had to stop at Walmart.  While in Walmart Libbie asked a local where to find some good food and she recommended, Blackbeard Too in Englestien or someplace like that.  It was 5 or 6 miles down the road so we headed out looking for it.  Of course we missed it the first time but we finally found it.  We had looked on Urbanspoon to check it out and Urbanspoon had it a 74% rating.  We didn't know whether to try it or not but decided it was just another adventure and to go for it.  We were glad we did.  The food was great and the service was good too.  The reviews had said the service was very bad.  Not so for us.  Maybe they were in a bad mood when they arrived.  Who knows, but I would definitely return to this place.  They even had live music.  I recommend the shrimp.  They offered blackened, fried and grilled as a special tonight.  Doug and I ordered the grilled, Libbie the blackened and Jim the fried.  All three were very good.  Sorry no pictures of the food, we were too hungry!

I almost forgot to mention that we had to cross on a ferry to get to our destination tonight.  I have only been on a ferry one other time.  I had seen a lot of signs giving rules for the ferry when we were coming into town.  I was hoping that we weren't going to have to cross the ferry in the motor home.  We didn't.  It was much more enjoyable in the car.  It was dark so sorry no pictures.  Maybe we can get some before we leave.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Alamo and Riverwalk

We spent an exciting day in downtown San Antonio yesterday.  We rode the city bus!  That was an experience.  It started with us getting off at the wrong stop!  The recording said the stop was for Alamo so we got off.  Well it was S. Alamo and about 6 blocks south of where we wanted to be.  What's a little extra walk.

After walking the Riverwalk we headed to The Alamo.  It is so much smaller than I thought it would   be.

It is very interesting to be where such a famous battle was fought.

 They even have a plaque where Davy Crockett was suppose to have died.

We tried to go to the Tower of the Americas but they had detour signs everywhere. And they all went nowhere.  lol  I bet we circled downtown for an hour trying to find a way to get to that tower and never did find one.  We could see it, just couldn't get to it.  Oh well..  We must have picked a bad week to travel to San Antonio.  I have never seen so many closed roads and detours.  Our poor GPS was confused from the time we got there til we left.  I am sure if it could, it would have asked us why we even bothered using a GPS if we weren't going to follow its directions.  It would say turn right and right would be closed.  Turn left and left would be closed... UGGGGGGHHHHH!  No wonder we never could find a way to the tower!  Maybe next trip.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

San Antonio!

We are staying at World Travelers RV Campground.  This campground is hidden behind the large office building.  You would never know it was here.  It is beautiful, clean and very quiet.  There are a lot of snowbirds wintering here.  I can see why they would choose this place.  The sites are a very level gravel.  They rake them between each use.  It is very packed so that it doesn't pit or dig out when you walk or drive on it.
 After settling in, I actually cooked!  I made some spaghetti and garlic bread.  MMMMMmm.
                                    Since I am behind in my posts, now let's catch up for today.

We got up and decided to go to the Traders Village since there was a race being held in downtown San Antonio.  Well I don't know how long this race was but every road we tried to take was blocked for the race!  It was a case of, "you can't get there from here"!  We weren't but about 9 miles from the Village but we spent 45 min. trying to find an open road to where we needed to go.  When we finally did, we were 15 miles from our destination.
When we finally got there this was one of the first things that I saw.  This man was playing this harp like a guitar!  It was beautiful!  This was about all we saw that we liked here.  Was very disappointed.
Very big place, but it was time to move on.

After going back to the Rv to rest for a couple of hours, we headed for San José Mission.  This mission was built in 1720.

They still have mass inside it today.

The outside walls around the mission have rooms in them.
The glow that is you see is light shining from outside.  These were holes in the walls for rifles. Bang you never saw me.

Beautiful but hot day.  We are going downtown to Riverwalk tomorrow.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Outlet Mall and Austin

 I have been to several Tanger Outlets but never one this large!
 This mall has everything from Nieman Marcus to Factory Direct Tools.
 Notice the red brick tower on the left of NM.

 If you look very very close you can see it on the right side of the first of the three distant trees. Long ways off, huh.  This is the half way point.  There is this much again on the other side of my car! Goodness this was one HUGE outlet mall.  Momma got new shoes!  LOL
When Libbie and I got back to RV park, this is what the guys were up to.  They were working on the lights on Jim's toad.  It seems he didn't have any.
This morning we got up and headed for Austin.   Our first stop was Lady Bird's Wildflower Center.

The guys weren't to keen on this.  I wish we could have seen it when everything was in bloom.

It was still a pretty place.

These muscadine vines are probably beautiful when green.  We left there and went to see downtown Austin.  We stopped at Barton Springs, a spring fed pool in downtown Austin.  There were lots of people swimming on this nice November day.    There is old downtown and then you cross the bridge
and there is new downtown.  It is a beautiful city.
 Sorry about the quality of this picture but I had to try to take it.  This is the weirdest thing I have ever seen.  It is a lamp made out of cow horns and armadillo shells.  The shade is made out of two armadillo shells. WILD! This was in a shop in old downtown.  There were shops full of vintage clothes and costumes and imported items from India and Mexico.  Everything from handmade paper to voodoo looking dolls.
 We finished off the day going to the Congress bridge waiting for the bats to come out.  We waited for about 2 hrs.  The bats took the night off I guess.  They never showed.

We left and headed home.  We stopped outside of Austin and had supper at Mi Ranchito.  It would have fit in on Diners Drive-ins and Dives.  It was a dive but the food was excellent.  We found it on Urban Spoon.  It had a 97% rating. They had the best tamales I have ever tasted. Their tacos and enchiladas were also good.  It was a long day