Saturday, February 21, 2009

We Moved!

Yes, we left Rockport on Friday morning. We really enjoyed our stay there. Not so much the park we were in but all the people we got to meet up with. We got up early (for us) by 9:00 and were on the road by 11:00. We would have been on the road a lot earlier than that but people kept stopping by and asking, "Are y'all leavin"? No, we just wanted to see what it looked like all hooked up. ;-) The people in the RV Park were extremely friendly as was the staff in the office. The sites were just WAY too close for us and way too much concrete. We paid our final electric bill of $195 for seven weeks and we were off.

Here we are pulling out

On the highway outside of town we came upon a truck on the side of the road and there was a man putting out signs for produce. YAY!! I just LOVE fresh produce and really haven't been able to find all that much of it. I bought a pineapple, watermelon, tomatoes, avocados, oranges, zucchini, yellow squash, onions and red potatoes. Here's a picture of my bounty.

We were supposed to go back to Braunig Lake RV Park but there were no openings so we called Stone Creek RV Park in Schertz where we stayed in April of last year. We liked the park and they had openings. When we arrived at the park we found out the nice sites were either all taken or reserved. Bummer. They have nice covered cement patios with a picnic table. The site we're in has no cover over the table and the table looks like it would fit a couple of little kids. Oh well, we're only here for a week until we move to Kerrville for a month for our gathering of "chatters". We'll pack in a lot of visits with John & Erica while we're here too.

The Office

The Gazebo

Our Campsite

John and Erica were here today for dinner of grilled chicken breasts, zucchini, squash, potatoes and pineapple for dessert. LOL where did all that that come from?? YUMMY!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Touristy Things

Where does the time go? It seems like I just updated and it's been almost a week already. We had some visitors on Sunday so I guess I can use that as an excuse for not updating. Terry and Randy came to stay in the same park we're in for a few days. Even though we had never met them before Terry and I had been writing back and forth through our blogs for over a year. I already felt like I knew her. It was great to finally meet. They are on their way out west so they were only here for a few days. What a jam packed few days it was though. Everybody hit it off right off the bat so we ended up spending a lot of time together. Since they had met Mark, Dortha, Ellie & Jim before they wanted to see them also so we all decided to meet up for dinner at The Big Fisherman (where else?). We spent a great evening together with everybody and then came back here to our park where we sat with Terry and Randy getting to know them better.

Here we all are at dinner. That's Randy and Terry in the front

Monday was laundry day but it wasn't until late in the afternoon that the washers became available. The laundry room here is nice and it's pretty big with about ten washers and dryers but it seems they're always in use.

Tuesday we went to the Fulton Mansion with Terry and Randy. It's a restored mansion built by George and Harriet Fulton between 1874 and 1877 and for which the town is named after. It was quite modern for it's time compared what else was here. Most of the furnishings after the restoration weren't original though. The lady who was conducting our tour kept saying, "this is what they would have had". Cracked me up.

The Mansion

Randy and Terry

The Parlor

The Dining Room

After we got home we decided to pool our food together for dinner so Terry brought over mac and cheese that she had made and I made pork fried rice with leftover pork chops and some green beans and we were good to go. After visiting for awhile they left to go to bed and prepare for our big trip to Mexico on Wednesday.

We had planned on driving down to the border town of Progresso but when we discussed this with the others they decided they would take their cars because of the better gas mileage. Dortha, Mark, Ellie & Jim both have motorhomes and they tow a small car behind so all eight of us travelled down to Mexico in their two cars. It was a three hour drive and we were cracking up because some days we don't even go that far to a different campground. We had to set the alarm for 7:00 am (I KNOW!!!) in order to meet at their campground at 8:30.

We parked on the U.S. side for $2.00 and crossed over the Rio Grande River bridge on foot after paying our 25 cents (it's 30 cents to get back) and were in Mexico in time for lunch at Arturo's and it was excellent. No waiting for a table. We've been to Mexico many times before but Terry had only been there once and that was 24 years ago. I don't think it's changed at all. Her eyes were as big as saucers as we were strolling along between all the vendors. They still have the jewelry, leather goods, drugs you can buy without a prescription, various sweet treats and little kids begging for money. All I bought was vanilla and peanuts and Rod bought a bottle of Black Bush whiskey. The liquor prices were not really that good plus you had to pay another $1.25 at Customs after you cross the border. I really wanted to buy some avocados but Dortha told me they cut them in half and take out the pit because you're not allowed to take the pit back into the U.S. Interesting.

Rio Grande River

Halfway across the bridge

The "Mall"

Inside one of the shops

One of the street vendors

He was watching the goings on down below

Almost back in the U.S.

We saw this brush fire on our way back to Rockport

After leaving the border town we drove to Donna to visit the big flea market. It was pretty much just a whole lot of more junk. It was 4:00 by time we got there and they were closing up so we went across the street to the produce market. Now you're talking!! This place was great and I could have shopped there all day. I bought oranges, tomatoes, zucchini, onions and green beans. Sure wish we had something like this close to where we're staying. Terry didn't want to buy anything because she said if she bought something she might actually have to cook something with it. LOL

It was a GREAT trip and we enjoyed every minute of it. Terry and Randy left on Thursday and we're really going to miss them. Sometimes you meet people on the road and it's just so sad when they leave especially when you really connect with each other and they were staying only a few rigs away. I can't wait till we see them again somewhere. Don't know where or when but it will happen.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Catching Up

Okay, here I am catching up again and YES, it's about food! Sunday was the Super Bowl (seems so long ago, doesn't it??) and we spent it with friends here in Rockport at their RV Park. Mark & Dortha and Ellie & Jim are staying at the Last Resort and Sandra & Gordon are staying at Goose Island State Park. We all got together for a shrimp boil at the Last Resort. Seems there was an issue with the size of the pots so Jim cooked the potatoes, corn, sausage and onions and Dortha cooked the shrimp. What a great time we had. I've been "talking" to Sandra in our RV chatroom for over a year now and we finally got to meet. I really didn't even care about the game but I do love football and some of the commercials were good. I AGAIN forgot my camera so I shamelessly stole this one from Dortha's blog.

Thursday was errand day. We always start off Thursday with lunch at the Big Fisherman to fortify ourselves. LOL

These are the "Winter Texan Specials" We don't ever go on Tuesdays anymore

I'm getting tired of fried fish so I had the chicken fried steak (another Texas staple)

After that it was off to Camper Clinic for some much needed RV supplies. Rod's going to be busy with some little projects. A new anode for the water heater, some hinges for the overhead cabinet doors but unfortunately they were out of the little fans for the bathroom vent. Another project for another day......

One more stop and then back home

Friday was a girls day out. Dortha, Ellie, Sandra and I all went out geocaching. First we met up for lunch. We had planned on going to this little deli but when we got there it was closed. We ended up having our lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Works for me. For those of you who don't know, geocaching is sorta like a treasure hunt. You go online to the website and you can find out where the "treasures" are hidden in your area. You download them into your gps and off you go. The gps gets you close to the hidden treasure and with clues from the website you have to search a little bit. Some people have been very clever where they hide them. They can be as big as an ammo box or as small as your thumbnail. This was my first time trying this but Ellie is an ole pro. We were only going out to find six of them but Ellie had some more so we ended up finding nine. I had so much fun and plan on looking for some more.

First stop failed

The first treasure was in this parking lot

Here's Ellie's find

You don't always find a "treasure". Sometimes you just sign the log to prove that you've been there. This one is called a nano. It's one of the smallest. Can you see the log curled up in it?

Dortha found one!

Ellie & Sandra look really excited with this find. LOL

Thanks you guys for a really GREAT day.