Saturday, October 31, 2009

I Love Texas

We have finally found summer! It was just gorgeous today as we made our way to Livingston, home of Escapees. We are settled for a few days at the campground, which is fairly full. Lots of folks on the move already. Chuck is off playing poker tonight at the clubhouse. If there is a game that he won't play I don't know of it. The satellite hooked up and even worked on all satellites, which was not happening the last try. So we called and they turned on the locals. Wahoo! Amazing Race tomorrow. I have to get the coast to coast set up, but we have been getting the locals by calling with the zip code and even though it seems like some time it is a hassle they always turn it on. It became a game with us, they told us that it was the way it worked when we signed up, but guess it really isn't. So we just had to push that envelope.

Did it ever rain two days ago when we were in Mount Pleasant, it was like a wall of water at times. Then the thunder and hit very close to us and knocked out the electricity in the park. Took about four hours for it to come back on, and there was only a few minutes of Survivor left. There are only 2 show that we hate to miss and have been having a hard time the past few weeks catching them.

We had a very nice visit with our friends in Mount Pleasant. We met them in Colorado Springs and they were the ones who are responsible for our coming there to buy our truck. Could not ask for a nicer buying experience. Elliott's Dodge is one of the best.

We will be here for a few days and then make our way down to Rockport. Just waiting for a package to make it to our mailbox here. Nice campground here, lots of room, activities already getting going. Not sure that this would be a place that I would want to come to year after year though. Not too much around here. Life is Good.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rain, rain go away

So glad that we decided to delay our travel one day due to the rain. And by the looks of it we had a one day window, as they are forecasting a down pour for the next 36 hours. But it was so nice to see that sunshine, if only for a few hours. Reminded us of when we would leave the foggy northern California winter and head south. When you finally broke out of the fog into the sunshine was like coming back to life. They sure have had there share of rain here in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

We got here early enough that Chuck got the truck serviced and inspected. He was so happy with the dealership that he bought the truck from he wanted them to go over it and check it all out. Besides it was on our way.

That is all for now, HUGS to all.

Monday, October 26, 2009

And Away We Go

Happy Halloween
Guess the farmer was just bored with plain ole pumpkins

In the morning we will be continuing our trek south, having spent the week in Little Rock. We did not do much, the weather was not cooperating, as we have had more more days with rain than not. There has been so much rain in this area, there is standing water all over. The lake near the campground is way out of its banks. We did get to spend some time with our friends that spend their summer in the area before heading back to the valley in Texas, which was great. And yes, Chuck did get in some golf, but had planned one more round today, but it was not to be....rain. Hopefully it will be over with come morning.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bucket List: Nashville "Check"

What a great time we had
touring Nashville.

The tour we took was absolutely great. It was a
little pricy, but when you consider that
it also covered all the
entrance fees, no hassel with parking, it was
worth every dime.

We seen everything that we had hoped to and more.

We started the day going down town to the

Ryman Auditorium, which was at one time

the Grand Ole Opry House.

We had pictures taken on the stage and

got to tour back stage. Then it was on to the

Music Hall of Fame.

Very enjoyable and interesting.

Also took in the Legions Bar where we

had drinks and a bit of

good ole country music.

Wall of Gold Albums

There were about 3 of these.

Out side the Legends Bar

After lunch we headed off to the other side of

Nashville, you could say the newer side.
This sculpture caused quite a stir as the figures are
completely naked and very graphic.

This is where the Opry Mills mall and the Opryland Hotel

along with the new Grand Ole Opry.
We first toured the Opry House, and it was huge.
There was a group from Australia and they sang
a few songs, they were very entertaining, then the tour guide
not to be out done, did a great song. A real treat.
Then we were off the the Opryland Hotel.
It has acres under glass, very Vegas like, but instead of
going up this hotel spread out. There is a canal
running through the grounds, which we rode through on large
boats, there were waterfalls, beautiful flowers, just
so lovely. But huge, we all had maps to see that we got
back to the bus, and we all did make it.
From there it was off to the Willie Nelson museum, and by then
we were all so tired, we just more or less watched the movies of
his life. We were pooped!

The Blue Brothers
Love the flowers

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hunting Summer or at least Fall

We are out of repair jail. It was a very nice shop and all, but the weather turned so miserable that all we wanted to do was head south. So as soon as we got a clean bill
of health Wednesday we were set to leave come Thursday morning. Good thing
too, as we stumbled across the Rise N Roll bakery, near Shipshoena. That
place could be deadly! We bought pumpkin and chocolate whoopee pies, but did not even take
a bite. Gave them to the mechanics and girls at Duncan RV.
We were told that we had to treat the help, so we did our best. Thursday took
us to Indianapolis, where Chuck has a cousin. we enjoyed a nice visit and dinner.
The next morning we were off and the plans were to drive about 150-200 miles, but before we knew it were very close to Nashville. Called and got a reservation for 3 days at a
park at 34 dollars a night....high, but we are doing the touristy thing here.
Except when we got there it was 44 dollars a night and no sewer. What a difference
2 hours make. Just couldn't help my self, we left, and went down the road. Poor Chuck,
it was rush hour, but we made it fine.

These bushes are so beautiful, the leaves turn a glorious red.

Today we were off to check out the area. Ended up at the Opry Mills, which is a huge mall. So many things going on inside, could spend all day in there without ever going in a store. Our freebie's today amounted to 2 Accu-Chek Aviva monitors, crackers and a back pack. Plus we used our Home Depot 20 dollars gift card. Thought maybe it might not be good but it was along with the 20 dollar Burger King one that we had wonat a flea market near Celina.

We just wondered around till we had enough and then went to the movies.Seen Denzel Washintons new movie, Citizen. Really gory, but all in all a good movie. They sure are making some gruesome movies that are soon to be released.

Tomorrow we are going on a all day bus tour. Have to be there by 8:30. We were not able to get tickets to the Grand Ole Oprey. They only do shows, Friday and Saturday nights and one on Tuesday. If the tour is half as good as the advertising portrays it, we are in for a treat. If not we will still get to see all the sights of Nashville. Either way I'll have pictures.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Parking Lot Blues

That would be us, we are at Duncan's RV repair facility "campground", in Elkhart, which we have called home since last Monday. Thought we were good to go Thursday and the front landing jacks decided they wanted replacing, which if it had to happen it couldn't have happened at a better time and place. The manufacturer is replacing them and think they will be here Monday, so hopefully we will be back on the road come Tuesday. Will say this is a great repair set-up, would highly recommend Duncan RV to anyone needing work done.
The trees are starting to

really color up
Love to watch these horses, they are
so wonderful
We have enjoyed seeing some of the area, lot of Amish in the vicinity, and the shops are wonderful with all the unique craft items. Then there are the flea markets, farmers markets and craft fairs. And the quilts are very tempting, they are so beautiful and well done. Today we stopped at a craft fair and there was a horse on a treadmill walking away, and it was hooked up to a ice cream maker, yup, making ice cream. Needless to say, Chuck had to have some of that.

Come next year we hoping to attend the Escapee rally and Nick's, that are both being held in the area. They are scheduled for earlier in the year, which will hopefully be better weather wise. We have had quite a bit of rain and it has been cool, and now they are saying it will be flat out cold come tomorrow. Definitely time to start south.