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I Left My Liver in San Antonio

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Much of our stay in San Antonio is a blur and I blame our friends Otha and Leah Livingston for all of it. If you know who they are then you know what I mean.
When we found out that Clark’s former co-worker and friend, Otha was at school in the San Antonio area we figured it would be nice to stop and say hi. When we learned that his wife (and my friend), Leah was flying out for a long weekend to visit him we made sure to time our visit to coincide with hers.  What follows are the few things I remember about that meeting…please don’t judge us.

We parked the Mutiny at Traveler's Carefree RV Resort which was the closest RV park to downtown San Antonio (see our Lesson Learned in Austin TX). Carefree is your typical ‘blue-hair’ (no offense intended) resort complete with Harold & Thelma’s 42-foot Super Grand Deluxe rig parked next to your “wow, our rig looks so tiny, old and dirty“ trailer park reject…her flower boxes bursting with red, white and blue plastic flowers and his lighte…

Austin Texas...or Home of My Second Favorite Coffee Shop

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In an effort to save money and get the most ‘bang for our buck’ (after purchasing an annual Texas State Parks Pass...which saved us a bunch of money) we opted to stay at McKinney Falls State Park outside of Austin, Texas.  We both love music but Clarks has a much more refined appreciation for singers and songwriters (while I am happy to put on some Marilyn Manson while cleaning the RV). But I’m learning…so we were both eager to find some good live music and Austin has no shortages.

With this being our first year of RVing we knew there were going to be plenty of lessons to learn (one being not to drive up roads with big signs that say “No RV’s”). Well, Austin provided us another learning opportunity and one I hope my fellow RVer’s can appreciate. We have a fixed income (and opt to not work at this time) so we often look for the cheapest RV park in the area. We do take into consideration park reviews, location, hookups, amenities but it has become our habit to immediately rule out anyt…

Still Mooching in Texas...aka Driveway Camping in Round Rock

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The last time I drove through Texas I was 14 years old and my dad (and therefore our family) had received orders to move from an Air Force base in Georgia to one in California. All I remember was it taking about 182 days (so it seemed) to get out of that state. Other than that there wasn’t much that left an impression…so at 42 years old I held the same expectations of long dreary days of driving through a whole lot of nothing. The only saving grace this time was that we actually had people we liked who lived in the state and therefore there was at least that to help break up the monotony of the vast prairie landscape.


Well, I don’t know what happened but they sure did make Texas more interesting and beautiful in the almost 30 years it took for me to visit again! Yes, there were still vast stretches of prairies and winds sweeping the clouds into interesting shapes. And sure, there were miles and miles of barbed wire fences holding in (or out) I don’t know what for we didn’t see a whol…

Resting up at the Texacali Rose...

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Catch up-wise we've made it to February...which is great except that we are still 5 months behind! Luckily, for those who follow us on Facebook, you've been able to get some updates on our location and route as well as a few pictures of what we've been up to...perhaps to the point of annoyance (or concern if you've seen all of the "cocktail" photos).

I swear the only drinking problem I have is that I don't currently have a drink...which I intend to rectify right this moment. Stand by...

Okay, seriously...contrary to popular belief we really don't eat out that much nor do we booze it up often. Just ask Clark who, when he sees me making dinner, says "let me guess...chicken and rice?"...and he is always right. I swear he would rather starve to death than eat another tuna fish sandwich for lunch...and yes, I've tried to change-it-up by sneaking him one of my hummus wraps once...and only once.

So, February had us changing our plans again be…

Playing Catch Up...

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Wi-fi, why do you forsake me?! The campgrounds keep teasing me with promises of wi-fi...often free but sometimes we have to pay. And $5 per day isn't going to break the bank. However, if it doesn't work I may break something...This has definitely had an impact on the old blog (including my personal blog) and keeping up with friends and family and planning routes. Looking back through our posts it's hard to believe that I haven't even made it through our January adventures and here it is early July!

We are *this* close to adding some sort of mifi and are currently studying Technomadia's new book The Mobile Internet Handbook to get educated enough to do it right.

Our travels led us to Mesilla, New Mexico. We decided, due to the continued weather concerns, to stay south through El Paso rather than head through the impending snow in Alamogordo en-route to Carlsbad Caverns. However, we did make a side trip in the Jeep to visit White Sands National Park (about an hours…