Saturday, June 2, 2012

Galveston Island State Park

Friday evening we made our way down to Galveston Island State Park and enjoyed a stroll on the beach. The water was muddy out to around 100 yards or so, but was warm to walk in with your shoes off. 

The sand was super fine and felt good on our feet.  In places there was a good bit of vegetation washing up on the shore, but it was easily avoided.

The kids had a great time and got to see some wildlife including a clam and hermit crab.

Tia holding her clam.

Hermit crab.

It was about 70 miles from Houston to Galveston so the drive was not too long.  We did get held up in traffic leaving Houston since it was during the evening rush hour, but nothing like you would hit when traveling around D.C.

We may still try to stay at a RV park along the beach in Galveston for a week or so, but it looks like we are stuck in Houston a little while longer since Smitty did not order everything we needed for our driveshaft disconnect, the first time.  Now it looks like it may be Wednesday or later before we get out of here.

This evening I grilled a couple eight ounce filets I bought from Whole Foods along with asparagus  and baked potatoes that I rubbed with olive oil and sea salt.  

I drizzled olive oil on the asparagus and seasoned it with sea salt and pepper then grilled it too.  There is nothing quite like grilled asparagus, but then almost any grilled food is better tasting.

The kids had hotdogs along with the asparagus and baked potatoes.  Everyone liked it so much that they gobbled everything up except for a couple of hotdogs.

I think tomorrow I will let Misty pan sear some tilapia fillets and drizzle it with a lemon basil butter sauce she has a recipe for.  It is very good and really adds to the taste of the fish.

Don and Misty

Home is where the slides are out!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hot In Texas

Today in Houston it is 95 degrees, but it feels like it is over 100.  Also today the power went off for about six hours, which was not too big of a deal for us since we have a generator and could still use the air conditioning, but our neighbors had to run out an rent one, to keep their fifth wheel's air conditioning running.

I took the Yukon to the shop this morning and had them measure the drive shaft to order the new one that will be used with the disconnect for dingy towing.  Once it comes in, in a few days, they will install everything we need for towing and we will be on our way.

I think before we head to Alabama, we will try to get a place on the beach around Galveston, TX and stay there a week or so.  That is the good thing about living in an RV is that we can pick up and go to wherever we want, when we want.  It is not always as easy as that, but we do have a lot of options.

Something I forgot to mention on our trip from Arkansas to Texas is that I think both Misty and I will be getting tickets in the mail for traffic violations.  

While I was driving through some small town in Texas on the way down here, I could not stop the RV in time for a yellow light, which turned red by the time I got under it.  I saw the flash of front and rear cameras and so assume I will be getting a letter from that town's police department soon.

While Misty was driving the Yukon on the tollway in Houston, she used an EZPass only lane exit, without having an EZPass, and so did not pay any toll.  She saw the flash of the camera too, so we figure she will be getting a ticket also.  I am to let you know though that she was following the GPS which told her that exit and by the time she realized that it was an EZPass only lane, it was too late to get out of it.  I do not think that a judge will care about that though.

Avery asked me to also show you his angry face in the blog, so here it is.  He is such an angel!

The power is back on and all I have eaten today is a banana, so I think it is time to go find some fajitas to eat.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

On The Road Again

Yesterday we left Little Rock Arkansas for Houston Texas.  It would have been a seven or eight hour drive, if we had driven straight through, but we stopped at the Crater of Diamonds State Park  in Murfreesburo Arkansas to see if we could find the big one so I would not have to work anymore.  Well I guess I'll keep my job a little while longer since all we found was sweat and dirt.

Of course the trip could not start without some type of hitch, so we were not deprived of one.  The RV has both backup and side view cameras that assist you when driving, especially when changing lanes.  Well for some unknown reason, probably due to a certain three year old pushing buttons when our backs were turned, the cameras do not respond when I put on the blinkers.  I also noticed the images were reversed along with the menu text.

After trying everything I could try and even calling CoachNet technical support, I had to drive without my cameras.  Of course the RV has trucker mirrors which are more than capable of doing the job, so I guess I will just have to use them until I can get the cameras fixed.

We have finally made it to our Houston destination and will settle here for a week or two so that we can get a driveshaft disconnect installed on the Yukon so it can be dingy towed.  Right now I am driving the RV while Misty follows me in the Yukon, which makes for a boring trip.

We are staying at Traders' Village RV park.  All of the reviews I have read about it, say it is a very nice and affordable place to visit and has great places to shop and eat.  We shall see.