Saturday, February 17, 2018

2017 Rockport Texas

January 13, 2017 

Rockport Texas for 6 weeks

We normally leave for winter vacation the day after Christmas. This year because of commitments for Sherry’s weaving business we were delayed until the 13th of January. The weather forecasters were predicting a winter storm so we were trying to stay ahead of the bad conditions. We traveled south to Indianapolis and then took I-70 west to Effingham Illinois. Then south but we ran into Ice on the roadway and the windshield wipers were building up with ice as we drove. This lasted for twenty five miles then the roads cleared and we continued driving to reach Little Rock Arkansas. We overnighted at a Walmart and continued south the next morning. We had filled the water storage tank at home as the weather was above freezing. However the water was leaking from under the RV as we used the pump. We try to add enough fresh water when we leave to allow for toilet use.

     We stopped at a restaurant in Marshall Texas and couldn’t open the entry door to the RV. Were lucky to have a Class C motorhome and could gain access through the front doors. We continued to use this access until we were able to repair when we reached Lagoons RV Park in Rockport Texas.

 After arriving in Texas I discovered if I turned the drain valves to the on position and then to the off position they quit leaking, the seal on the valve must have reset itself.
Sherry’s mom and Bennie were already here at their condo and they were happy to see us arrive.
          After troubleshooting and determining with the help of several neighbors that the lock would have to be replaced. Bill our neighbor helped me cut the old lock to pieces so we could remove the defective bolts that were jamming the door shut. This was a Tri Mark lock and it has alignment pins these pins came loose during our travels and extended into the door strike blocking any chance of getting the door open.
     We took the parts to our local RV parts place Camper Clinic and with the help of their service tech we ordered a replacement. They didn’t have one in stock but were able to have it shipped from San Antonio it arrived the next day. So we secured the door with a rope until the replacement could be installed. I purchased Loctite from Ace Hardware to keep the pins from causing future problems. After spending $163 dollars all was back in operating order.  
     Sherry discovered water on the floor next to the Kitchen slide. Upon investigating I found the drain plug on the outside of the water heater was leaking. With some Teflon tape I was able to stop the leak. We left an internal panel off and ran a fan to dry up the water on the floor, after we had soaked up all we could with towels.  
     So for fun after the above we went to the Jam session at the Rialto Theater in Aransas Pass.
 Bennie at Goliad Mission
 Mom, Bennie and Jay at Goliad Mission
Bennie, Carol, and Mom Nancy boat tour
 Randy and Carol hunting shells in front
of Laguna Reef condo.
      Randy on the Industrial boat tour

Bike riding, Pizza at Panjos with friends from the park and lunch with Mom and Bennie at their condo. We typically play card games or Tri dominos in the evening with the folks. If the weather is nice we set out with neighbors in the RV park for Happy Hour and visit. We attended several lectures at the Texas Maritime museum on diverse subjects. We had family members that came to visit for a week in February and we showed them the local sights. This included the Big Tree, Aransas Wildlife refuge, the beach at Port Aransas, the beach at Rockport, USS Lexington, Padre Island national seashore, and lots for restaurants. We also took the Industrial boat tour from Port Aransas to Ingleside and learned about lots of oil rigs and equipment. This was a great informative trip.

 Big Foot oil rig
 Ship for laying pipe
 Gulls were close to boat tour
 Just enjoying the ride
Note the large cranes to pick up rigs.

      The downside to this Texas winter stay was Bennie not feeling well.
      In years past we had talked about seeing the Missions in Goliad Texas. Sherry, Mom, Bennie and I took a day trip and went to Goliad. We toured both Missions and the fort. This is where Mexican Santa Anna of Alamo fame executed Texas General Fannin and his 300 volunteers. “Remember Goliad” became the rallying cry for Texas forces.
      Downtown Goliad is a quaint town square with a courthouse and businesses surrounding. We had lunch at the Hanging Tree restaurant. Right across the street on the courthouse lawn is the Live Oak tree that was used as a hanging tree for law breakers sentenced from the court.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Glendale Reservoir

October, 10, 2016

Glendale Reservoir

     This is a small Fish and Wildlife area in southern Indiana. We have camped here for a long time. Jay’s family were traveling here to fish in the 1960’s and it was a great place to catch bluegills. Sherry and I used to tent camp here and fish. We would typically travel here in late April. Then we could fish and hunt Morel mushrooms the same trip. There is no better eating than a fried mushrooms and bluegills. We have lots of good memories of doing both and so we planned a trip to go fishing.

 Since I have never towed two items at the same time I am very reluctant to try this configuration. The 32 foot RV and the 15 foot Jeep with a 14 foot boat and trailer. Sounds scary to me. So Sherry drove the RV while I led with the Jeep and boat in tow.  We stayed three nights in the campground at the reservoir and while the fishing proved tough we did catch a few bluegills. They have made several improvements to the campground since our last visit. Sites have been paved, camp host added which provides security as well as a bait shop. This campground is a real gem for fishermen and several were here this trip.

       We reacquainted ourselves with the area and journeyed to Washington the closest town. Another close town is Jasper, this is the first place we encountered Walmart. Wish we would have bought stock at that time. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New Hampshire, Vermont, and Finger lake area of New York, stay as Hwy rest park.

Saturday, August 6, 2016 

     After touring 201 we returned to Skowhegan, Maine and drove west on Highway 2 toward New Hampshire.  The scenery was very nice with lots of small towns an beautiful countryside.


Staying on Highway 2 we journeyed into Vermont and upon examining the map determined we needed to head south on I-91 to reach the finger lake area of New York. We left I-91 and took Vermont Highway 4 thorough several more small town and really enjoyed the slow pace. We would have liked to stop in Woodstock, Vermont but didn't find a place to park the RV and tow vehicle. This quaint town had lots of cute and interesting shops along the street.  This bummed Sherry out and I am still hearing about her disappointment. We planned on staying in the Adirondack area of New York. We stopped and called several campgrounds in the Glen Falls area but were unable to find any campsites for the evening. Most said you had to make arrangements and reservations months in advance. Not being able to secure a camping spot we journeyed onto I-87 and were very tired from our long drive. We pulled into a roadside rest stop and slept a few hours.

 Captain Sherry at the RV wheel

When we awoke we talked about what to do and both being disappointed from the night before we decided to head toward home in Geneva.After a long 10 hour drive we were able to sleep in our home bed.