Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Snowfall in San Antonio

8 December 2017

The weather turned rainy, cold and windy this week with unexpected snowfall last night. First snowfall we have experienced since we were at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in September of 2011. Prior to that Butte MT in May of 2010 and Bryce Canyon in October of 2009.
Put Electric Blanket on bed and made a pot of chili to keep us warm.

Snowfall at FT Sam RV Park-San Antonio



Even though the snow was light, Granddaughter Parker and friends were able to build two snowmen. Hope to see them when we go over today.

Granddaughter Parker (Long Blonde Hair) and Friends


John finally got the new toilet installed yesterday. Not a job he cares to do again, but at least he now has the knowledge of how to do an installation. This one is so much nicer that the old one. If you decide to own an RV, you better know how to take care of certain things that can go wrong..fortunately, he does which has saved us a lot of expense.

Saturday we are traveling up to Round Rock to visit Christine and family. We will then travel to Flower Mound to visit Liz and grandsons returning on Sunday. We are just taking the car since it is a short trip.

Sun is shining today with temperatures expected in the 50's.

Day After-Nice to see Blue Sky



Oh yes, we seem to have a ghost traveling with us...hee hee..

Our Traveling Ghost

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Arrival FT Sam RV Park-San Antonio

01 December 2017

A short drive today..3hrs from Del Rio to San Antonio and Fort Sam RV park, our home until the 15th. This is our 7th stay here. It is a vey nice park with full hookups, large pull thru spaces with ample separation between sites. Price is good at $120/wk. There is no WiFi in the campground except at office, but we use our MiFi with Verizon. Very nice commissary and exchange. The usual gate to campground by the cemetery is closed due to construction of road between the cemetery sections. We found the Walters Gate off IH 35 at exit 159B much better and are using that. This is even better than the main gate off Harry Wurzbach across from the Towers.

Site #30

Beautiful Sunset

My Favorite Christmas Banner



Fort Sam Houston is now a joint base with Randolph AFB  and Lackland AFB and was designated a NHL in 1975. It is one of  the Army's oldest installations with the largest collections of historic buildings with the first soldier arriving in 1845.

After settling in, we drove over to son Eric and family who live off 1604 and Evans Road. They have their Christmas decorations and trees up...even one for dog Bailey. Cindy works at home for USAA and Eric works for a specialty advertising company called Baymaregroup. He and a friend have recently started a Tshirt company called Wagetshirts.com with the goal of encouraging people to wage love, hope,peace, forgiveness, kindness and compassion. 10% of net profits will be donated to St Jude's Cancer Research. I ordered 2 long sleeve shirts.

Bailey

Bailey's Christmas Tree

Family Christmas Tree

Nutcracker Collection Display

Snowman Collection Display


Kendyl is working after school at McAllister's Deli so we decided to go there for dinner. By the way she has been accepted at Oklahoma State University studying Veterinarian Medicine with a scholarship. Congrats Kendyl..job well done. Parker who is soon to be 15 in January is very involved in school activities especially cheerleading. Both girls have a very busy schedule with school and church activities. Keeps Eric and Cindy busy as well. Proud of all of you.

Kendyl, John, Amy, Cindy, Parker & Eric

Acceptance to Oklahoma State University


The RV toilet John ordered from PPL in Houston was delivered and John spent all day Saturday taking out the old one and found that the new one was wrong height and had wrong flange fitting. Our old one had 4 bolts and the new models only have 2. So we called them to order one that he feels will fit. As it was too expensive to ship back, we decided to drive the 3 hours to Houston returning the new one and getting another with an adapter kit.He was very impressed with the service and store.

 Of course, you can drive in Texas without stopping at Buckee's..one of the best gas stations, mercantile's and food areas in the USA.So we stopped at the one near San Antonio for a sandwich and to browse. I think they are only in Texas so if you pass one, be sure and stop. After picking up the toilet, we stopped at their newest location just west of Houston on IH10..unbelievable..there must be at least 40 gas areas, car wash and gas was only $1.96/gal. We decided to get another sandwich for dinner..sliced sausage with barbeque sauce. Very good. Oh yes, their restrooms are spotless and large stalls. They don't allow tractor trailers either which I think is a good idea..less conjestion etc.

Posing with Buckee




Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fort Duncan-Eagle Pass,TX

29 November 2017

Today we drove down Hwy 277 to Eagle Pass and a visit to Fort Duncan with a stop at the Eagle Pass AFS so John could get photos of the old base buildings not in disrepair.

Fort Duncan was a US Army base set up to protect the first US settlement on the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass. It opened in 1849 and was reoccupied in 1868 by Federal troops. There are several buildings still standing and the museum was open. The post consisted of a storehouse, four officers quarters,hospital, two magazines and barracks. Most of the buildings remain except for the barracks which is a shell.

We got a nice tour of the museum steeped  in history and basically manned by one person from the area. Open in afternoons and no charge. He has amassed quite a collection of memorabilia of the fort and town.

Bakery & Commissary
Barracks Plaque

Remains of Barracks


Post Headquarters now Museum

Fort Plaque


Powder Magazine






Visit to Fort Clark-Brackettville,TX

28 November 2017

Fort Clark-Brackettville TX

Our drive today took us via Hwy 90 East with a detour to Camp Wood NE of Brackettville to visit site of  Camp Wood and Mission San Lorenzo de la Santa Cruz. The mission was established in 1762 to protect the Lipan Apaches from the Comanche tribes. After the mission was abandoned until 1857 when a permanent camp named Wood used as a Texas Ranger Station. An effort is being made to restore the mission. Only stones and markers remain today.






Fort Clark began as a US Army Post in 1852 to defend the settlers and travelers against Indian attacks on the Pecos Trail. During the next 100 years it was home to Buffalo Soldiers regiments, Cavalry units and the Black Seminole Indian Scouts. During WWII, it was the headquarters for the 2nd Cavalry and housed more than 3,000 German POW's.

Guardhouse now a Museum


Barracks

Commissary

Sutler Store now a Gift Shop

Officer's Club


Bacelor Officer Quarters

Post Headquartes-Burned Thanksgiving day 1959


Post Theatre


Commanding Officer House


Post Swimming Pool


Today is has been repurposed into housing, businesses, museum,golf course,hiking, biking trails, motel and RV park.

This is definitely worth a trip and had it not been for the lateness of the day, would have liked to spend more time.

Took a lot of photos. Also in the area is the replica for The Alamo buit for the John Wayne movie. Unfortunately it has been closed for years.

Tomorrow we are driving to Eagle Pass to visit the Eagle Pass AFS which is in deterioration and then to visit Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass.

Arrival Laughlin AFB-Del Rio,TX

24 November 2017-01 December 2017

Early departure today for what we thought would be Fort Bliss in El Paso for 1 night, alas they had no sites so we opted for the KOA in Las Cruces..our second visit. Nice campground for a stopping or few night's stay.

25 -26 November

A 300 mile drive to Fort Stockton at the Fort Stockton RV park..our 2nd visit here as well. Nice park just off IH10 east of Fort Stockton..nice pull thru sites with full hookups and Roadrunner Cafe. We will be here 2 nights as John as some sites to explore within 100 miles..primarily Ozona AFS established 1957-1963 since closed with deteriorating buildings and housing area. Latham who lives on the property was gracious to show John around and relate history. At one time his grandmother owned the property which has since exchanged hands manu times. We then drove back toward Fort Stockton to Pyote to visit remains of the Rattlesnake Bomber Base and AFS. Could not have access so John got picture of monument on highway. The name came from the many nests of rattlesnakes when building the base.

27 November 2017

A 200 mile drive today via Hwy 285 to Hwy 90 to Del Rio and Laughlin AFB ..our stop for 4 nights before going to San Antonio. Roads in West Texas are long and desolate...seems only fit for sidewinders. Coming into Del Rio we crossed over Amistad Reservoir..to the south it is in Mexico and to the north in Texas. This is a very large boating and fishing area

Crossing the Amistad Reservoir

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Laughlin AFB is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing, the Air Force's largest pilot training bae dating back to 1947. It is a census designated place with a population of around 1600.  This is our first visit. Went to Rudy's for barbeque dinner..one of our favorite Texas barbeque restaurants.

Site #19

View of  FAMCAMP


Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving in Tucson with Darin and Kerry

23 November 2017

Today we shared Thanksgiving with son Darin and son-in-law Kerry and Kerry's Tucson family. First time we had seen his family since Darin and Kerry's wedding in Las Vegas in 2014. Wine and appetizers followed by a feast of turkey, ham,yams,mashed potatoes, dressing, green and fruit salads, mixed vegetables, mushroom green beans. There was so much food and many leftovers. Homemade blueberry, pumpkin and apple pies completed the feast. As expected, they did a bang up job of hosting and presentation. Thank you so much. It was a Thanksgiving to be remembered. We are so thankful to have such a wonderful family. You are special to us and may our blessings continue to grow.

Kerry and Darin

With my Guys

Cousins Tim & Deb, Kerry's daughter Erin & Brittany

Kerry, Mike,Darin, Myra & Lily

Tim, Kerry's Sister Rosine,Cori,Erin,Brittany,Mike,Myra & Lily

Rona, Cori, Myra and her Mom Sherry

Kerry's niece Lily Checking out the feast

Kerry's Family


Our Texas family celebrated at Chris's in Round Rock..an annual affair. There were 6 grand kids present and 3 kids...Chris, Dave, Jack, Cameraon..Liz, Ryan and Michael.Eric, Cindy, Kendyl and Parker.  Texas grand kids range in age from 14 to 21. Chris and Liz are John's daughters and Eric is my son.

3 Texas Families

Texas Grandkids


Daughter Hope and family Shawn, Colt and Cade celebrated in Shady Cove with her dad and stepmom and family.Colt and Cade are 14 and 11. Sure they did some fishing while they were down there on the Rogue River.

Storey Family with Shady Cove Family


Sure would be nice if someday we could all celebrate together..5 children, spouses, and 8 grandkids.Know that being in five different areas, it would be hard to do.

Thank you kids and grandkids for giving us so many blessings. We love you and think of you often. Sometimes it is not easy blending 2 families, but seems to work for us.

Happy Thanksgiving to family and friends.