Two Nights in Texas


Our two nights at Hanks Creek Campground are over. It’s been different not having my InterWebs; I can’t remember the last time we were in a campground with absolutely zero connectivity — but it’s been a delightful visit.

Staying with the Corps is something one must always do with the Corps ultimate purpose in mind. The campground is open once again after having been closed due to flooding for four months earlier this year. And of course with a flood closure there is the subsequent cleanup and recovery by the facilities that has to be taken into consideration. Our reservation wasn’t affected — the closure ended several months ago — but it’s always a possibility and one does well to keep that in mind when you’re making travel plans. Just because the park is here doesn’t always mean it will be open.

There are several campgrounds around this lake, the fee collector here has been living on this lake for the last nine years as a volunteer or contractor — clearly he and his wife like this lake, and this area. They have worked their way around the lake at all of them but like this one best. Positions as contractors — a bid position — are a lot different than volunteering and it’s not a gig I’d be interested in. As I mentioned once before, if for some reason you have to be off property during the course of your contract it’s up to you to find a replacement to cover your duties. That’s not a hassle I care to deal with; I’m retired!

I’ve been taking care of some little chores while here. Among them I decided to apply some silicone sealer to the suction mechanism for my GPS box. As much as I like the Rand McNally GPS system, they are heavy little units and occasionally the suction mount has come loose — I’m hoping a little silicone will delay that. Also, I could have used my WiFi signal booster while here but because I haven’t yet found a way to mount the outside antenna permanently I never put the antenna up for less that 4 or 5 days… so we lived without even though I could have gotten some signal if I had chosen to erect an antenna tower. I’ve been thinking about the system I use and might have dreamt up an alternate that would be erectable in a couple minutes instead of half an hour or more. Also, a stretch of bumpy roads a couple days ago resulted in some electronics moving around in the bedroom/office and I think I’m going to look at some changed back there too. There’s always something to think about in this lifestyle.

Today (Thursday) we have a measly 175 miles to cover. We’ll cross into Galveston via the free state ferry at Bolivar. That’s the same thing we did two years ago and we avoid all of the Houston mess with a few extra miles on the clock.

Talking about mileage — during our drive on Tuesday we turned over 79,000 miles on Serendipity.

When we bought her in April of ’14 she had fewer than 64,000 miles— so we’ve put pretty close to 15,000 miles on her in 30 months. Figure it out; that works out to an average of 500 miles per month. Not really a lot of driving I don’t think — not for full timers. But full time RV’ing is what each RV’er makes it.

I’ve got a long list of things I want to research when we get settled after this location adjustment. We’ll have three nights there, one day to rest up, a day with family, and of course the 1/2 day of travel before and after.

20161026104437246I’m enjoying the warmer weather. I’m really curious to see how we fare with weather this winter. The last two winters were cooler and wetter than average at both locations. This year is forecast to be much more normal — if anything slightly drier and warmer than average. I am not a fan of HOT weather. So this whole pursuit-of-warmer-winters has been a calculated experiment for me (and for Peggy — she too isn’t a lover of really HOT weather). Going into our 6th retirement winter it’s the first year we’ll be at a place we once considered as a long term option during semi-normal season — so I’m particularly interested to see how things go this winter.20161026104417245

We have clearly entered the land of Snowbirds. You don’t see TV commercials for RV dealers up north — or you don’t see them where we’re from. You do here. We’ve seen adverts for both dealerships and for individual RV parks already. 20161026102632244The campground here allows extended stays — beyond 14 days — with the approval of the local ranger during the winter season. I have a raft of questions about how that works out practically — but I can see us making a day trip during the cold season to check out a park or two ‘near’ San Antonio and I hope to clarify my uncertainty about that at the time. Still… it’s a reminder to those who aren’t RV’ing now as to the details that need paying attention to! 20161026102201242There are some things I can be really anal retentive about and rules and regulations fit right into that weakness.

It’s been a nice trip on our way to Texas this trip.  2/3 of our route was US highway or state routes.  Staying off the Interstate was lovely.  It’s nice to be able to get places quickly, but it’s nicer to see the country — including small communities.  It’s also interesting the way some states are better designed for RV’ing.  In Arkansas it wasn’t always very easy to find fuel stops I could fit into, or pull-overs that were RV friendly.

At any rate…. we’re here and we’re having a good time. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here again tomorrow.  Stop by and say HI!

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2 Comments

  1. That odometer goes to show you that full timers aren’t the gas wasting folks we are made out to be sometimes, Peter. I used to put that mileage on in ten months going to and from work!

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    1. You’re right Jim. Most of my adult life I’ve been used to putting on 20-30,000 miles a year some years as many as 40,000. We do put miles on the car over and above the RV — obviously, but I bet that even compared to retired sticks & bricks residents living in their home town with church, and charities, and errands and doctors visits and restaurant and such we still compare on the low side.

      Still, it’s not something I think about. I was actually surprised to realize what the number might be. We don’t “not drive” for any reason — we just don’t have a reason to go. We’re content with where we are when we’re there.

      Of course the years I drove truck and bus — well, there were 100,000 mile and 150,000 mile years!

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