Sunday, May 13, 2012

Day 13, 14 & 15 We Are In Texas!

We were so tired Friday and Saturday after a full days of traveling, that we did not update the blog.  We actually need to tell you a few things that happened Thursday night.  The folks went out to eat and Mama said it was the best meal she has had yet while on our HUGE adventure.  It was at Beef O Brady. It's a chain restaurant, but we don't have them in our area.  Mama had a Beef Burrito. It had skirt steak, rice, peppers, onions and some cheeses and a sauce.  It also came with tortilla chips and salsa.  Daddy said his food was good, but he wasn't as impressed as Mama was. 

We went for a walk around the lake and we were told there was an alligator in the lake.  We guess he walked from the canal, through the resort and into the lake.  That would have been a sight to see.  We were not impressed as other people were.  We've seen gators and a rattler on this trip, so it's old stuff to us.  LOL

Gator in the lake.
We left the resort around 7 a.m. on Friday.  Here Scout is ready for takeoff.  The RV is a lot smaller when it is closed up.
We arrived in Pensacola, FL at 6 p.m.  We gained that hour back that we lost coming down to Florida.   We would have made better time, but we had a few issues getting gas.  You see, getting gas in an RV is not fun.  Mama has an app that she is using that is making things a lot easier.  It tells us where the gas stations are that are better for RVs.  Daddy tells her how many miles before he wants to stop and she checks the app and tells him where to stop.  We stopped at this station at lunch time and it was packed.  Daddy drove through the parking lot and hit a dead end.  When you are towing a car behind you, you can't just back up.  You have to unhook the car, move the car and back up a 35' motor home.  Let's just say that Daddy was not a happy camper.  After we did all that, the guy in font of us at the pump took his sweet time inside the gas station.  He came out, put something in his car and went back in.  We probably waited 10 minutes for him and once he got to his car it took him forever to move it.  People can be very rude to RVers at time.  It takes a good 10-15 minutes at a gas stop.  We probably lost 45 minutes on that stop.  The next stop was better, but a motorcycle pulled in right as we got to our pump and took it.  We had to wait for him.

The love bugs were terrible. They were all over our windshield and front of Goldie.  Mama took a photo with her phone.  She will try and download it later.   We were told to get them off our vehicle within 24 hours or they mess up the paint. Apparently, they show up here twice a year

We were very tired by the time we pulled into our campground.  We stayed at Pensacola RV Park. 
The owner was very nice.  She told us how to clean off the love bugs and was just really sweet.  Scout convinced a lady that she needed to adopt a greyhound.  I think she really is going to check into it.  Mama fixed Sloppy Joe's on Baked Potatoes for dinner with green beans for a veggie.  She didn't care for the Sloppy Joe's.  They were just something you heat in the microwave.  We took a walk around the park and went to bed at 8 p.m.

We left the park around 6 a.m. We passed though Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana on our way to Texas.  Mama's camera skills were not very good and missed some of the border crossing signs, but here are the photos she took.



Heading into a tunnel.

Yikes!  We are in a tunnel!

Missed the Mississippi welcome sign.

Part of the Louisiana welcome sign.

Swamp land.

Swamp land.

Swamp land.
A very tall bridge.

We are in Texas!

The Texas exits are a lot different than what we are use to.  You have to drive down a frontage road to get to places.  We were confused by that at first and missed two gas stations.  Finally, we figured it out and stopped at our last gas station.  It would have been fine but the Jeep drug at the entrance and a wire got messed up on our braking system, so now we don't have brake lights on the Jeep when it is being towed.  We finally arrived at our campground only to find that we could not get into the campsite.  There is a tree growing in the middle of it.  We don't know how anyone can get into it.  The spaces are very tight.  Daddy said he might be able to do it, if the neighbor moved his truck and car.  We called the RV park owner at 5:50 p.m. and left her a voice mail asking if we could take another site.  We started looking online for another place and Mama started getting upset because no one was answering their phone.  Finally, we found a place, but it was about 20 miles away.  Mama drove the car while Dad drove Goldie.  We rode with Mama.  We were all nervous because we didn't have a clue where we were  going.  We finally found the campground and the owners were very nice to us.  They found us a nice site that over looks a small pond that has a fountain in it. We checked in a little before 8 p.m.  We ate dinner, checked out the park and went to bed.  The other RV park owner called us back at 9 p.m. saying she was sorry she missed our call.  It's a good thing we didn't wait around for her.

This morning, we drove the route to Daddy's work.  It's further away now that we are in a different park.  Mama thinks it's too far.  We were told it would take Daddy about 2 hours to get to work because traffic here is terrible.  It took us about 25 minutes to get there today, but it's a Sunday.  We went by another park that was near the first park, but it didn't have any place for us to walk.  It's just motor home after motor home.  It's a very cold looking place.  Daddy decided that we should stay at this park.  There is a lot of places for us to walk and the owners are nice.  It's too bad the first place didn't work out, but even it we could have gotten into our spot, we don't think we would have liked it.  The long term section was pretty nasty looking.  We are paid up for a month, so this is our home.  We will take pictures and post them tomorrow.


The last few days have been stressful, but things should improve since we are parked for a month.

Joey,
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