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Texas – Fort Stockton & Junction

Texas – Fort Stockton & Junction

Places to Eat, Traveling
We stayed at a private RV park in Fort Stockton that was ok.  They had a nice little restaurant on the grounds that Joe ate a good breakfast at one morning.  The restaurant was only open for breakfast and dinner and we thought that strange but after we were there a few days we saw why they did that.  They also had a very nice dog park that Lily loved and if you felt like it you could take a dip in their pool.  Tom, the ground maintenance guy became Joe’s best friend.  If Joe was outside, Tom was visiting.  Tom was 77 years old and he and his wife work-camped at the park.  We stayed five nights in this park.  Half of the park sites were full of workers…
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Texas – Colorado City, Balmorhea, and Terlingua/Big Bend

Texas – Colorado City, Balmorhea, and Terlingua/Big Bend

State Parks
We spent five nights in Lake Colorado City State Park in Colorado City, TX.  One or two campers would come in each night and leave in the morning.  Except for those few we were the only occupants of the park.  We thought on the weekend that a few more would come in but nothing happened.  The park really had nothing to offer except quietness and an occasional Roadrunner.  We did meet a very nice couple from Colorado City that came out to the park for a night.  We had a very nice visit and learned so much about the area from Craig.  Cathie and Craig were married in November and were new at the RV world.  Both were retired and hoping to travel a little in their Class C.  Craig…
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Texas – Mineral Wells

Texas – Mineral Wells

Traveling
We were excited to leave Oklahoma City and head to Texas our 2016 winter destination.  As always, we look first for a Corp of Engineer Park or a State Park and we like to check out parks we haven’t been in so our first pick was Lake Mineral Wells State Park in Mineral Wells, TX.Lake Mineral Wells SP had three very nice campgrounds; primitive, 30amp and 50amp.  All had nice spaced sites with plenty of live oak trees.   We picked a lovely site in the 50amp loop for the first week that overlooked the lake and was private.  Of course when we checked in on a Tuesday there was no one else in the park but the weekend brought many families.  Our site had a bad decline when you stepped…
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Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma

Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma

Traveling
After leaving Ohio we decided we had the states of Missouri and Kansas to fill in our United State map so why not stay a night or two in these states on our way to Oklahoma.  We made a rule 5 years ago when we started full-timing and putting our state stickers on the United States map that in order for a sticker to be placed we must stay at least one night in that state.  It cannot be just a drive through.  We now have just the northeast states left to fill in (plus Hawaii). Missouri was a two night stay in Higginsville in the rain and cold.  We had scheduled some warranty work on our Lifestyle in Chanute, Kansas on Dec 1st so Missouri was a quick stop. …
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Saying Good-Bye – Minnesota/Christmas 2015

Saying Good-Bye – Minnesota/Christmas 2015

Traveling
Our plans for Christmas this year was to park our RV in Oklahoma City, rent a car and drive the 800 miles to Minnesota for a January 1st Christmas celebration with all of our kids and grandkids.  We had scheduled to pick-up the rental on the 26th, leave OKC on the 27th and get to MN on the 28th.  Things changed and we had to move our scheduled leaving date up a few days. My 93 years old dad has been living in CA for the past 6 years near my sister so he could stay active and out of the cold MN winters.  He lived on his own in a condo in a senior community where he enjoyed dancing, walking, lawn bowling, and bocce ball.  He was very active…
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Illinois – Thanksgiving

Illinois – Thanksgiving

Traveling
Joe and I have spent the last two weeks in Benton, Illinois at Gun Creek Corp of Engineer campground.  We came from a crowded expensive park to this beautiful park sitting on Rend Lake for $8 a night.  We will hate to leave it tomorrow but the park is closing on Monday for the season and we need to keep moving south. We have shared the park with deer hunters, fishermen, and some families who just want the peace and quiet of this park.  Crappies have been biting and the hunters have been getting their deer.  We know this because the deer carcasses have been hanging in the trees (not a pretty picture).  We have shared our campsite with a pair of eagles and sometime their adolescent offspring.  They sit in…
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Campground Etiquette

Traveling
Give me a minute while I hop onto my soapbox.  Joe and I have been campers for over forty years and looking back over those forty years things have really changed.  Campgrounds are getting busier especially on weekends.  Families are enjoying the great outdoors with bigger and better campers, their kids, their bikes, their dogs, and their fun which is great.  What they are forgetting is that other people are also camping next to them who don’t care to have their kids, their dogs, their loud music or televisions blaring into their campsite.  I wish when we checked into Winton Woods they would hand a list of “Campground Etiquette” to campers, not that they would read it.  Some campgrounds actually do include etiquette with their rules. Winton Woods County Campground…
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Ohio- Visiting Family

Ohio- Visiting Family

County Parks
We just spent nineteen days in Winton Woods Campground in the Cincinnati area.  This is always our “home” in Zach and Lauren’s area when visiting them.  We always leave there saying the same thing, nice park, a little too busy, too expensive, but our only option in that area.  One of the things we love about the campground is the 2 mile paved walking trail around Winton Lake. It was great spending time with our son Zach and his wife Lauren.  They love to find a new place for us to try for dinner and this time it was Terry’s Turf.  Their specialty is gourmet burgers which were truly yummy.  But as wonderful as the food was the ambiance was even better.  The place was very tiny, seating about 25…
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Wisconsin – Door County

Wisconsin – Door County

State Parks
Leaving Minnesota and the grandkids is always hard.  We will see Cate in a few weeks as she and Cassie are flying to Ohio for a visit with Zach and Lauren while we are there.  Also Christmas is just around the corner so we know we will see them soon.  The time between Christmas and when we return to Minnesota in the spring is the long stretch when it really gets hard.  Those grandkids know how to pull at the heart. We decided to investigate Door County this year on our way to Ohio.  We have heard many wonderful things about the peninsula and our daughter Amanda had been there the first part of September and she loved it.  We have never been to the peninsula so it was time…
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Six Weeks in Minnesota

Six Weeks in Minnesota

Traveling
So much to do and so little time to do it!  We had only about six weeks back in Minnesota after our great Alaskan adventure before we left for Ohio and then south.  Of course, we wanted to get in as much grandkid time as possible so they were our priority.  Each of them spent a night in the mini (one at a time of course) which was a lot of fun for them.  Cate especially loved the idea of spending a night in the small space and tried to talk Joe and me to let her have the big bed and we take the little bed.  It didn’t happen and she loved sleeping on the little bed.  Alex had to sleep on the floor because we worried about him…
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