Tuesday, September 17, 2013

9/16/13 - Dayton, TX

We left camp, drove to Liberty and stopped to see mother at the nursing home.  Then we took the Casita to the house in Dayton and unloaded.  There was some rain half way to Houston and the traffic through town was awful.  We got home and unloaded the Silverado and went to have a beer at Whole Foods.  Tomorrow we will wash the truck, clean the backyard flowerbeds and I have about 6 loads of clothes, including mothers.  We will go through all the mail my son gave us.  And the house needs to be cleaned. We’re back to normal everyday life.

     10,474  -       Miles driven
    83   -      Days gone
    81    -      Breweries/brewpubs visited
    24   -      National parks/monuments visited
    21  -       California missions visited (all of them)
    8  -       Diners, Drive-ins and Dives visited
       8,768  -       Pictures taken
$1,564.01   -     Camping fees paid  (an average of $18.84 per night)
$2,335.59   -     Gas cost (an average of $28.14 per day)

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9/15/13 - Zavala, TX

We left Judy’s house and drove to Sam Rayburn Reservoir between Lufkin and Zavalla.  We got a site at Hanks Creek Park Corps of Engineers campground.  We don’t have cell service, internet or over the air TV.  We had to drive 8 miles into Zavalla to call mother, my son and my brother.  We needed to let someone know where we were in case of an emergency.  While we were in town we found 2 geocaches.  Mom’s friend passed away at noon today.  She and mom went into the nursing home the same week and were roommates for years.  She had cancer.  We will go home tomorrow.  Look for a recap of the trip after we get home.  We will be home a couple of weeks and then go to the Pineknot rally near Crocket, Texas.  We watched a movie, “Pirate Radio”, that we bought at a resale shop.

9/14/13 - Troup, TX

I took stuff we won’t be using the next couple of days out of the Casita and put it in the Silverado.  We will be home in a couple of days and then off again for a Casita rally in a couple of weeks.  I finally put the patches from the 50 states we have visited up in the Casita.  We found a geocache today also.  Jim helped his sister build an arbor for her Banks Yellow Rose to climb on.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

9/13/13 - Troup, TX

I cleaned the Casita and did a few errands. 
Then Jim and I went with a realtor to see a house between Troup and Arp that is for sale.  It is on 10 acres and has a pond.  There were 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 2 half baths.  The master had 1 shower, 1 jetted tub, 2 toilets, 2 sink areas and 2 walk in closets. The kitchen had double ovens, granite counter tops, a butler’s pantry, and a dining area.  It had a library, an office area and a really great room for arts & crafts and sewing.

It had a huge garage barn with 3 bays and a work area that Jim could use for brewing beer and making bullets.  The Casita could have easily fit into the barn along with the truck and cars with lots of rooms to spare.  The barn had a living area on one side with a kitchenette and bathroom.
Jim and I didn’t like the flooring.  It was unsealed limestone like you would use to side the outside of a house.  The 2 fireplaces were made of the same stone.  The house itself was made of logs, which reequire a lot of maintenance.  I didn’t like the gold accents in the bathrooms and the bar area. It looked really dated.  It would need a little renovation.  I really, really liked the floor plan though.  The back porch was screened in.  There was a small fruit orchard and a place where the owners had a garden. There were trees up the drive.  It had a circle driveway with roses inside the circle. We would have to buy a small tractor to keep the place mowed. 

If we were younger………maybe?  We will continue to look.

Friday, September 13, 2013

9/12/13 - Troup, TX

We left camp around 10 am this morning and drove to Troup near Tyler.  Jim’s sister lives here and we will visit her a few days.  On the way we stopped to visit with Debbie and Larry at their house.  We got to see the shop for their business, Little House Customs.  Larry modifies Casita trailers, fixes them if something is broken, and sells parts and accessories.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11/13 - Dallas, Texas

Today is the 12th anniversary of 9-11.  We drove into George W. Bush’s Library in Dallas on the SMU campus.  They had some special exhibits and movies pertaining to 9-11 in their classrooms today.  We walked through the library and saw the replica of the Oval Office during Bush’s term.  In the library there was a section on 9-11 that contained some of the metal girder from one of the twin towers.  Channel 5 NBC from Dallas was there and interviewed me in the special artifacts exhibit.  They took video of my presidents t-shirt that I was wearing and my sparkly sequin red, white and blue cap.  They also wanted me to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.   You can see their video on the link below.  I show up towards the end of the video at 1:27.  If the link doesn't work, a video we took off our trailer TV is also posted below.

When we finished at the library, we drove to a good beer bar.  We have already been to the brewpubs that you can visit in Dallas.  There are quite a few microbreweries but they don’t offer samples except on weekends.  You have to go to a bar to buy them.  I called Peticolas Brewing and he told be to try Craft & Growler fairly close to the Bush Library.  We drove there and had a Grandbury, Texas beer – Revolver, Blood & Honey; Ft. Worth, Texas – Martin House, Pretzel Stout; Dallas – Community, Mosaic IPA; Dallas – Peticolas, Velvet Hammer.  We got back to the Casita at 5:01 and turned the TV on.  They did play part of my interview at the Bush Library.  I told mother that I sure sounded like a country hick, she laughed really hard.  At 6 pm they shortened the news clip and the interviews with a teacher and me weren’t on there.  But they did show me walking by the exhibit.  I cooked supper and we listened to it thunder (but it didn't rain).  There was another pretty sunset.

9/10/13 - Princeton, TX

The sunrise this morning on the lake was really pretty.  We got on the internet and booked our site for the Green Eggs & Ham Rally in Alabama on March 10-16, 2014.  Then we hooked up and drove to Lake Lavon Corps of Engineers Clear Lake Campground near Princeton, Texas.  I called Debbie G. at Little House Customs to see if they could come camp with us.  She and Larry just got back yesterday from Kansas and they have a lot of reservations for work on trailers this week.   

We got to the campground and around 4 pm.  All of the lakeside camping spots were available but they had no shade.  We decided to get one of the camp sites in the trees.  There is only one other trailer here besides the campground hosts.  We sat outside awhile and then walked around a cemetery that is near us inside the campground.  The oldest headstone was from 1889.  We found a geocache by the grave of Fleetwood Hall.  Hall was my grandmother’s maiden name.  There was a pretty sunset on this lake tonight.  I cooked supper and then we watched some TV.  Tomorrow we will be going to the new George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas.

Monday, September 9, 2013

9/9/13 - Tulsa, OK

We did absolutely nothing today.  We stayed around camp.  Jim fixed pancakes with turkey sausage for breakfast about 11 am.  We had snacks for lunch.  We went into Supulpa and stopped at two resale shops.  We got a music CD and two movie DVDs. Then we went to Dollar General and a grocery store.  I fixed supper.  Took showers, washed hair.  Rearranged stuff in the Casita cabinets.  Are you bored yet?

9/8/13 - Tulsa, OK

We drove a couple of miles to the town of Arcadia.  There is a Round Barn from 1898 built by some Shakers that we stopped to see.  The roof had collapsed and it was restored in 1992.  We also stopped at Pop’s.  They sell around 500 different flavors of soda pop.  Outside is a large soda pop bottle.  Instead of taking the toll road to Tulsa we drove on Route 66.  In Chandler we took a picture of the old Phillips 66 gas station.  In Stroud we stopped and ate at The Rock.  This diner is still using their original grill from 1939 that is named Betsy.  The owner, Dawn Welch, was the inspiration for the character Sally Carrera in the movie, “Cars”.  The diner was also featured.  She told us they flew her to the opening of the movie and got to meet all the people who supplied the voices.  This was also a Diner Drive-ins and Dives place.  We had lunch there.   

We got a site just West of Tulsa off Route 66 on Heyburn Lake at a Corps Of Engineers campground.  We stayed here last year also.  We unhooked and drove into Tulsa to Kathy and Gale’s house, friends that Jim has known for years.  They fixed a really good supper for us of chicken, mashed potatoes and a great salad.  Then we had strawberry rhubarb cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert.   

The gate at camp was supposed to be locked at 10 pm.  Before we drove into Tulsa I went to the office and specifically asked, it is also posted on the window.  She said to get back by 10 pm or we would have to park outside and walk in.  We arrived at 9:45 pm and the gate was already closed.  We banged on the door of the camp host's RV next to the gate house but no one responded.  Jim called the sheriffs department and they gave him a phone number to call the Corps of Engineers.  That number didn’t work.  While Jim was on the phone I moved a large boulder to create a gap we could drive the truck through to avoid the "severe tire damage" in the outgoing lane and we got in.  Jim helped me move the boulder back.  I called Allen to check on the mail.

9/7/13 - Oklahoma City, OK

We went to Kim and Steve’s around noon today.  They took us to a really good burger place called Tucker’s Onion Burger.  The burger had grilled onions on it.  We then drove by the Milk Bottle Grocery Building.  This was once a building owned by the Townley family that housed a market and more recently a Vietnamese sandwich shop that closed this year in July. Then Kim wanted to go to the Womb, Flaming Lips Art Gallery, a little shop with an art gallery attached.  The weirdest item was the strange giant octopus in a stall in the restroom.  Kim saw the tentacles on the floor and wouldn’t go in.  I went in to see the whole thing and as soon as I saw the eyes looking at me I was freaked out.  Kim said no way would she sit next to that thing!  Then we went back to their house and watched a movie and some of the football games on TV today.  A couple of their friends also came over and we ordered pizzas and Kim made a really good salad to eat with them.  Everyone brought beer and we had a beer tasting.  We got back to the Casita and went to bed about 1 a.m.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

9/6/13 - Oklahoma City, OK

After breakfast this morning we drove to Kim and Steve’s house.  Steve had to work today so Kim, Jim and I went to Martin Nature Center.  We walked two of the trails and went to the visitor center.  There were two geocaches there and we found both of them.  One was really easy and the other one took four of us to look for it.  Jim was the one who finally found it.  We went back to their house and met Steve there for lunch.  Steve went back to work and Kim, Jim and I went downtown to see the Land Run of 1889 Memorial.  This is a group of 45 large (one and a half times life size) bronze statues commemorating the opening of Oklahoma Territory Indian lands to settlers.  The land run participants are frozen in motion as they rush to claim their homesteads.  This monument is really impressive and the level of detail is incredible.  Jim’s grandfather was in the Cherokee Strip land run of 1893.

Next door was Bass Pro so we went in and looked around.  Then Kim directed us to Tap Works.  This is a bar with a very large selection of really good beers.  She wanted to show us a bar around the corner called Skinny Slims.  This bar is in a flat iron shaped building -- it’s really narrow on one end and the other end isn’t much wider.  We walked back around the corner and went into Bricktown Brewery,  Steve joined us there.  I wanted to go to Leo’s BBQ that was on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, so we drove there for supper.  We stopped at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies.  We all got different flavored fried pies to go and went back to their house.  We watched “Two Headed Shark Attack” on SYFY.