Thursday, November 29, 2018

DeFuniak Springs to Spring Branch Part 2

Pretty slow at getting back to this! Did you have a good Thanksgiving?

When we left Livingston, Louisiana we stopped in Sulfer Louisiana for another three nights. Hidden Ponds RV Park was quite nice!  Of course it rained, as it had been for several days.  Did the fridge deal again....what a pain!  But sometimes you have to just 'git er done'.  I don’t recall doing much except we did enjoy a last meal of sorts.  Just up the road was a recommended buffet style Cajun restaurant.....well that’s all we needed to hear!  We both indulged and thoroughly enjoyed this ‘last Cajun meal’.

Our journey along I-10 is continued and we land in Dickinson Texas at Galveston Bay RV resort and Marina. We’ve been here before and booked a week.  Because of road construction we had to take a detour and Jim decided to outsmart everyone by cutting through a neighborhood.  It got smaller and smaller and no matter how many roads we wanted to turn down the access was blocked.  We ended up turning around, by backing up and blocking traffic!  No matter, Jim saved the day and managed to get us on the right road and we were in the thick of it. NASA Parkway has a lot of interesting things to see and do.  But driving a rig shouldn’t be part of your plans.  It’s a good thing we stayed a week, we both needed some rest.

One of the perks around this resort is the Monk Parrots.  And where there is water, there are ducks

While there we did the fridge thing....boy is that getting old!  I know we went out a couple times. Jim indulged me and took me to a Scrapbook Store.  I was in heaven! So many goodies I could have bought but that need/want warning came on.  I only bought a bottle of Nuvo Drops.  Needed it, sort of.  I’ve never used it and wanted to see if I really did need some....I’ve used it a couple times on my cards and I think I need more.  Just have to figure out how and where to store it!

I have continued to make cards, some of you have gotten them. I don’t always remember to take pictures but check out the paper craft page if you’re interested.

Next stop Schulenburg Texas. What an interesting area.  We spent a week here.  Have you heard of the painted churches? Well it’s a big draw here and we managed to see a few.  Check out the link for some gorgeous photos and the history of the Czech and German Immigrants! Also stumbled across a winery where we spent some time eating and drinking.

The Churches we visited are beautiful from the outside.  But inside is indescribable.. And they we hand painted!

It was difficult to get good pictures inside because of the subdued lighting

 One of these churches we couldn't even enter the door was locked on the inside.

You can get a map at the visitor center for a fee and you can even schedule a tour.  We just used the map on the RV resorts paperwork.

Again we did the fridge thing, I’m sure because it still isn’t repaired.  Though it is better!

Found a cool duck...what do you think of that hairdo?  There was only one so I'm sure she's lonely

You know as you age you tend to forget things.  I know we walked the RV park, but I’m not sure what else we did during our stay here.  Our living room slide has been 'tired' the last few months.  Jim had to help it to close.  When we left Schulenburg he had to get help to close it.  So, another thing to add to our repair list.

On November 1st we got back on I-10 and headed to Spring Branch.  Mostly all set up.  We had a crack in the hot water tank, so Jim had one delivered here and called a repairman to install it.  We've eaten out way to much but thoroughly enjoyed every bite!  We've driven some new hills and back roads and traversed familiar roads just for fun.

So there you have it, our trip west to our home in Spring Branch.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

DeFuniak Springs to Spring Branch Pt 1

On October 9th we left DeFuniak Springs just as  hurricane Michael was getting ready to come ashore east of us.  No, the hurricane didn’t chase us out of town.  We had less than a month to get to Spring Branch.  We’d lingered as long as we could in Florida.  Twin Lakes is a place I could live but it sure is pricey!  The views are worth it just not in our budget.

As we drove west on I-10 the traffic was light in both directions but we did see utility trucks heading east into harms way.  We also saw staging areas at rest stops and a couple of convention centers.  God bless these first responders who leave their loved ones to help normalize stricken areas.

The area needs our help.  It takes a long time to recover from a disaster like this.

Our stop in Gulfport at the US Navy CB base was only three nights.  We had a lovely lunch with Linda and Rick Kasal at Shaggy’s in Long Beach. They were camped over at Bay St Louis.  We met them in the valley at Bentsen Palms RV Resort.

We also had to buy a small dorm fridge.  While in Twin Lakes our refrigerator decided to not work properly.  I think the fan is out.  Anyway we couldn’t get a service person to come out so we just lived with it.  Every few days we’d unload it, store freezer items at the clubhouse and fridge items in cooler.  Then unplug the fridge and let it defrost over night. Then reload the next day.  In Gulfport we got the dorm fridge so we could go through this process again putting freezer items in cooler etc.

Our next stop was Livingston Louisiana for three nights.  Lovely place right off of I-12 just before you get to Baton Rouge.  We’ve stayed a couple times. Again we did the defrost the fridge deal.

I continue to make cards, working on them when I can.  Usually when Jim is napping.  Check out my Paper Craft  page to see more

Stay tuned!

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