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.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Visits with Family in Round Rock & Flower Mound TX

9 December 2017

This weekend we drove up to Round Rock and Flower Mound TX to visit Christine and Liz's families, John's daughters.

We met Chris and family, except for Jack who was still at school, for lunch and visit before going to Flower Mound to visit Liz and grandsons and to spend the night. We last saw Chris and family in April of 2016 and Liz in June of 2015.Too long between visits. On the way back we stopped by Chris's since Jack was now home to have another visit.

Michael, Liz, Ryan & Zorro

With Grandsons Michael & Ryan

With Liz & Grandsons

Chris, Dave, Jack,Cameron, Kate & Levi

With Grandsons Cameron & Jack

Chris & Family


Both families are doing good and seems like yesterday that the grandsons were babies. They now range in age from 21 to 16. Chris and Dave have added 2 dogs to family, Kate and Levi. Liz has a cute dog named Zorro, so I got my petting in today or as I call it, "my pet fix". Thanks kids for a great visit..it was so good seeing you again. Since we have decided after this trip to stay Texas and west, we may see you more often.

Of course on the way we made a Buc-ees stop for gas in Temple and on the return. Also after leaving Chris's we stopped in New Braunfels for one of their good sandwiches. Gas was $2.02/gal. Sure will miss these cheap Texas gas prices.

This week we will see Eric and family again and visit a dear friend close by. Leave Friday for 1 night in Beaumont before arriving Shields Navy Base in Gulfport MS for 2 weeks. Hope to get a family photo on our next visit this week. Below is one I posted earlier.

Kendyl, John,Amy,Cindy,Parker & Eric



Hope e messaged photo of their day trip to Camp Sherman near Sisters OR. Another great family.

Shawn,Hope,Colt, Cade & Casey




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.