Texans for Awhile
We did manage to escape Wisconsin/Iowa and start heading South. Driving with a patch over one eye was a challenge at first but with my handy dandy back seat driver helping with looking to various directions we first made our way to a Casino in Southern Iowa near Osceola. Staying only one night we then headed for Branson, Missouri and stayed right in the heart of the city at one of our membership parks (Coast to Coast). We didn't attend any of the shows but rather chose to just relax and let my eye's rest. We stayed four days and when we left I was actually able to drive without the patch, now using both eye's (major improvement). We spent one night in a non member campground, paying the price, near Little Rock Arkansas before departing for "Secret Cove Resort" along the Cheney Creek Arm of Lake Fork.
"Secret Cove Resort" is just the kind of spot that Kathleen and I always look for if we are going to want to stay for an extended period of time. Remote, quiet, along water, full hook-ups, friendly owners, INTERNET for at least e-mail, good weather, and this little resort did not disappoint. After getting the 'tininthewind' set up I went right to work getting my boat ready. The owner Paul, came over and offered the use of an empty slip inside his private boat house right on the water. There I would have my boat sheltered from any weather and an electrical plug in to recharge my trolling motor. The lake as I had read, held large numbers of trophy bass, so I was feeling like I had found a real gem. I fished every day for a week, catching a few bass but not that big one that is known to be there. Near the end of the first week (we were planning to stay at least three), we experienced a refrigerator failure and had to quickly convert to living out of a couple of cheap coolers.
Calls were made, and we now have an appointment at a Newmar dealer just outside Houston, Texas for Tuesday December 1st to get it fixed or replaced. We are currently at a nice Thousand Trails park about 68 miles North of Houston and will head on in to the city area just before our appointment.
Thousand Trails had a special offer going through the web-site to experience some of the Encore Parks (top shelf) in the Rio Grand Valley (our ultimate destination) and so we have booked a two month stay at "Fun n Sun" RV Resort in San Benito Texas (suburb community of Brownsville) and following that, a one month stay at "Tropic Winds" RV Resort in Harlingen, Texas. From both resorts we will be no more than 40 miles from "South Padre Island". Friends, Bill and Margaret McNew are staying on Padre and we look forward to seeing them.
There is a lot to tell about the two Resorts we have chosen to spend the winter and it will keep me busy blogging about our experiences while there. Kathleen and I both look forward to setting up housekeeping in one spot for an extended period of time. The nic-nac's will come out and we can make things look like Christmas inside and out.
As a side note: my double vision problem continues to improve and I now have about a 90% return to normal. The 10% still affected is to my far left peripheral and that is where and how it all started. I am hoping that it too will clear in another month or so. I am "thankfull"!
Check back to the blog soon as I am going to do a piece about our oldest son, the pilot, Scott who left a few days ago for Ethiopia. He has been hired as a consultant to Ethiopia's National Airline to teach their pilots to fly 8 new Dash 8 400 aircraft, which is the air craft Scott teaches and flyes here in the states.