Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015-02-25 Spring Branch to Fort Stockton, TX

Yesterday, I had to get a flat tire on the Jeep fixed. I tried to do it myself, but the jack fell over. I had to call Coachnet to come and put the spare on. After getting the spare on, I took the tire for a $12 repiar. It is now the spare. The Hicks, Forbes, Del Rosario’s, and Peters had social hour together. Then we all went to Antlers for good dinners.


This morning, we all had to say goodbye to Pete and Jo, but we will see them at Escapade. We drove 303 miles to Fort Stockton, TX where we socialized with the Del Rosario’s, and joined them for dinner.


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Monday, February 23, 2015


Today was a little freezing misty. The roads were still clear, so Marilyn and I drove to the SAS (San Antonio Shoe) general store and factory. Marilyn bought two pair and I bought one. Then we took the factory tour where we found out that all SAS shoes are US made. We did a Denny Orr lunch of McDoubles before driving back to the Peters’.


Sharon and Don Del Rosario drove in from Livingston, and are parked in a neighbor’s yard. The Forbes, Peters, Del Rosario’s and the Hicks had social hour before going Dots Burgerz N Brewz for dinner.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

2014-02-22 Sunday

We are parked at Pete and Jo Peters in Spring Branch, TX.


Saturday, the 14th, the day after visiting the Capitol of the State Of Louisiana, we drove down to Betty’s RV Park in Abbeville, LA to visit our great friends Sharon and Don Del Rosario. 20150214_114906. The took us out to eat real Cajun food for lunch, and then we went to a local bar for Cajun music. After a wonderful visit, we drove back to Frog City RV Park to get ready to move on.


Sunday, the 15th, we drove to Rainbow’s End RV Park in Livingston, TX where we spent 5 nights catching up on various to do lists, pick up our mail, and go to 4:00 social hours. On Wednesday, we drove to Lufkin TX so I could buy a new Surface Pro 3 (computer) and I gave Marilyn my Surface Pro 2 (her old netbook was so slow it was driving her crazy. Thursday morning we went on the park tour. The trolley was driven by Marv Butz, a long time friend. That afternoon. we went to the activity center for a potluck dinner. Other friends we were able to see at Rainbow’s End were Marge Dillon and Donna Clifton.


Friday, the 20th we drove to Spring Branch, TX to spend some time with Pete and Jo Peters. Around 5pm, Pete drove us to Harrell & Tommy Sue Hicks home for social hour. After some wine, we went to a Community Dinner theater. we sat wit the Peters’ and Acarregui’s. 20150220_19273320150220_192846.


Saturday, the 21st Marilyn and I toured the Texas State Capitol in Austin (our 41st state capitol tour). 20150221_12152020150221_12223020150221_12502820150221_130931.


This morning I went to out breakfast (Marilyn did not feel up to going) with the Peters’, O’Bryants, Acarregui”s, and others. Then after we watched the Daytona 500, we socialized (drank wine and told exciting stories about our lives as full-time RVers) with the Peters’ and Acarregui’s and Jo made a wonderful dinner.


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Friday, February 13, 2015

2015-02-13 Friday

Yesterday, the 12th, we left Plantation, driving on through the rest of Alabama, then Mississippi, and part way through Louisiana to Dusan which is west of Baton Rouge. We are staying in Frog City RV Park until Sunday.

Today, we toured the State Capitol of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. IMG_5804.

This is the statue of Huey P. Long. He was a former governor of Louisiana, and US Senator when he was assassinated outside the LA governor’s office in 1935. He is buried under this statue. IMG_5806.  Here are some pictures from the top of the LA Capitol building. IMG_5808 IMG_5810 IMG_5812.

After eating lunch in the LA Capitol cafeteria, we toured the State Capitol Museum. IMG_5813.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015


Yesterday Joan and Richard gave us a driving tour of the area, including the east side of Mobile Bay. Last night we played another rousing game of Nickel-Nickel. Richard one last night. I had won the night before.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015-02-10 Wednesday

Monday, the 9th, we continued west into AL, and then south on AL 59 to CR 28 and Plantation, Escapees RV Park. WE are parked in Richard & Joan Micelli’s driveway.

Tuesday, I finished the chapter 57 accounting work, sent the check to CARE, mailed membership cards and the Escapees Social Network application. Then we took the deposit to a Regions Bank in Foley where the ladies shopped at Hobby Lobby, Piggly Wiggly, etc.

Then we just enjoyed visiting.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015-02-08 Headed West

We had a wonderful time this past week at the Florida Sun Gators, Escapees RV Club Chapter 57 Rally at the Lake Magic RV Resort in Clermont, FL. We had good social hours, meals together, and great conversations. Yesterday we went to the Keel and Curley Winery. We all enjoyed the beer and wine tasting. Marilyn and I came home with a growler of Two Henry’s “Badd Apple Cider” (hard cider). It is delicious.

This morning, after donut hitches, Marilyn headed north to go west. We got diesel in Leesburg, FL for $2.58 per gallon. It was the cheapest we have paid since we went full-time in January of 2010.

We drove 280 miles (US 27 to FL 44, to I-75, to I-10), and are spending the night at Beaver Lake CG in Quincy, FL.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2015-02-04 Its About Time (Marilyn Says)

Yesterday we left Sumter Oaks RV Park, and don't plan to return until mid-October. We moved to Lake Magic RV Resort on US 192 in Clermont, FL for the Escapees Sun Gators Chapter 57 rally. We will leave here on Sunday, 2/8 to start West.

The last time I wrote a blog was on 12/21, and we have been busy just living at Sumter Oaks.

Marilyn and I had a nice Christmas morning just the two of us, and we joined friends and family for Christmas dinner at the Sumter Oaks activity center. 20141224_150556 IMG_5717 IMG_5742

On 12/29 we moved our home to site #69, which is a long-term lease (ERPU) site. It will be ours for the next 5 years with an option to renew for 5 more years. (Sharon Del Rosario took the pictures of moving day. Notice Marilyn backed the rig into the site.) 20141229_144359 20141229_144848. And then we celebrated with cocktails on the deck. 20141229_171115.

We celebrated New Year’s Eve with friends at the Activity Center. (Of course the clock was advanced 2 hours so us old folks could get home at a reasonable hour (Marilyn and I still stayed up until the NY ball dropped. IMG_4061 IMG_4063 IMG_4069 IMG_4073 IMG_4078.

January 2015 started the Real Music Series at Busch Gardens. On the 7th we saw the Coasters, we skipped the 14th, the 21st was Herman’s Hermits, and the 28th was the Diamonds. Both Herman’s Hermits and the Diamonds were great shows. Of course there are other things to see at Busch, like flowers and animals. 20150107_140952 20150121_134736 20150121_154009 IMG_5755 IMG_5786 IMG_5789.

We had friends (Nancy & Charles Elkins) visit us, and we visited friends (Pete & Mitzi Hull) and family (Paul & Peg Gifford, and Joan Bancel, 96 year old wife of Marilyn’s cousin).

On Monday the 2nd, we made our last trip, this year, to Busch Garden’s Real Music Series for Fernando Varela’s concert. At Busch, he does 3 shows per day, and we saw 2 of them because he is so good. We got pictures Marilyn and Terri with Fernando, Marge and Gordon with Fernando, and a group picture of the 4 couples (Forbes, Tobin, Jarvis and Dembsey). IMG_5766 IMG_5781 IMG_5792.

After the rally, we are heading to Tucson for the Escapade (Escapees national rally). We will continue west through Arizona to California, then north to Oregon, Washington and Canada, and then East through Canada returning to the US in Michigan, and finally back to Florida by mid-October.

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