Love our perked coffee. We have the challenge of making coffee in the morning and not using our Keurig coffee machine. To use that machine we had to start the generator because our inverter is only a thousand Watts and the Keurig coffee maker is 1500 watts. So we bought a percolator and it only took me three quarters of a pound of coffee to get it to the point that we love the coffee. Here’s a quick video of our success.
Just a quick update we’re having a great time here in Arizona. We thought we’d share our camping location here in the desert. We camp on BLM land which is bureau of Land management. This land is owned by the United States government and that’s by the people of the United States. We are fortunate to be guests and able to use this land. Here’s a quick look at our campsite from this morning.
Well we’re more south but the weather is certainly not yet that warm. Today we’re going to head from Athens, Louisiana to Rocky Springs Campground.
Athens is located in the north west corner of Louisiana. The village was named after the ancient city of Athens, capital of Greece. No resemblance though. The nearby welcome centre is quite a landmark. We were fortunate to stay at a BoondockersWelcome host home here in Athens.
After a couple hours of driving we arrived at the Mississippi Welcome Centre in Moss Point.
The stop is located as a rest stop right off the I10, offers travellers complimentary coffee until noon and has a great piece of art work inside.
We decided to take a night at Roosevelt State Park in Morton Mississippi.
The park was conveniently located outside of Jackson Mississippi and just before an entrance to the Natchez Trace at Clinton. Great park with all services $17 USD all taxes in.
It was a cool night however our furnace kept us nice and warm as did our IKEA comforter.
All sites were back in so we disconnected Lilly and backed Harvey into the snug space.
In the afternoon we decided that we would stop in at a city camp park in Lafayette Louisiana.
The Acadiana Campground Park is a nice little park nestled on the edge of a Lafayette housing neighbourhood. Although the sites were back in sites with only one pull through which was occupied they were of a good size to fit our rig.
To our surprise was a park within a park.
The Acadiana Nature station is a cool and I mean cool place to visit. The evening temperature here while we’re here was in the freezing range.
We weren’t aware of what time the station would open in the morning or what time we’d be leaving so we took advantage of the 30 minutes that it remained open while we’re here and gave it a quick tour.
Perhaps it was our quest to live like Robinson Crusoe but we love the construction of the nature stations office.
We took a quick walk on the wooded boardwalks through out the woods we headed back to Harvey and had a great dinner and sleep.
We started the day off with a visit to the Gator Chateau ….
We both got to hold this baby Alligator and were educated on their release program.
Later we stopped at the Texas Welcome center right after crossing the border over the Sabine River of Louisiana into Texas. The in an area called Orange, nope, no orange trees where we were.
These folks here are really great they help you with lots of information ideas and maps.
Next time we travel through Texas and meet up with a travel friend from last year!
Our first overnight was at the Tilbury North Enroute rest stop. It turned out that a lot of trucks and RVers had the same idea. Capacity crowds made it feel like a campground.Heading to the Ambassador bridge, connecting Windsor with Detroit, we were reminded that there are only 17 intersection traffic lights between Detroit and The Ontario/Quebec border. All of them within site of the Ambassador bridge in Windsor.We approached the CBP gates and were redirected to the only gate for RVs our size. Unfortunately, while towing a car (toad), using our Blue Ox towing system, we are unable to backup haRVey. The friendly traffic folks had to stop all lanes of bridge traffic so we could do a full circle turn back towards Windsor and line up at the full RV body scan booth. The scanners are those big yellow boxes down the sides of the driveways. After a friendly onboard visit by the border patrol officer and a chat about his assignment and travel tips while posted in El Paso, Texas we were on our way south.Our trek south along the I75 through Michigan has to be the roughest road outside the I10 in Louisiana across the swamp and the rock roads through the Arizona desert.We were relieved to see the Welcome to Ohio sign overhead and the extreme road conditions change.
We continued our journey we took a short lunch break and time out to purchase of our Cricket phone plans in Madison Indiana.After an hour driving on narrower than comfortable county roads, due to our quest for adventure, then we arrived safely. It was a year ago that we stayed with Sharon and Todd at Reflections.It’s easy to see why we visit this Boondockers Welcome.We had the opportunity to go hiking with our friend Todd. It turned out to be a great 2.7 mile hike around the lake.it was a great hike and I got to see some great little growths on trees.Even some little people in the forest.We both had a really great visit and we’ll look forward to coming back to seeing our friends but it was time to hit the road as the weather is cooling off and with rain forecast that could be snow.We took the day to drive from Indiana, through Kentucky, Tennessee and Boondock in Athens, Alabama.Saturn 1B Rocket in Elkmont, Alabama.Installed in 1979, the 224′ / 68 metres tall Saturn 1B was a forerunner of the Saturn 5 launch vehicle for NASA missions. It boosted unmanned Apollo modules and a few orbital trips.Next time we head south and west. Mississippi here we come!
Earlier this year we installed the Valor TPMS – Tire Pressure Management System in haRVey.
Up until now, the method of checking our towed Toyota car Lilly was a handheld tire gauge. This was only happening from time to time.
We took Lilly to Rick’s Auto repair in Rodney Ontario for installation of sensors inside her tires.
Nick the technician did a great job getting the clamps and sensors installed. I had the opportunity to help with the installation. After a quick balance of each of the tires they were reinstalled.
Each sensor has its own corresponding chip and identification. I ensured that each chip was marked with the corresponding tire position LF LR RR and RF.
The next step was the placement of the chips into the Valor command module.
It was a quick call to the north American distributor Don and I will step through resetting the computer. It was a piece of cake and just like that Lily was reporting temperature.
Now now as we travel down the we will constantly have a readout of the pressure on each of the 10 tires. If the pressure or temperature changes outside the parameters we will be alerted giving us plenty of time for us to pullover and avoid a costly accident.
Were glad to have this safety measure in place as we head on down the highway.
A challenge with living full-time in our RV is connecting with friends that visit our hometown. We were thankfull to have a visit with Tammy and Mike from The Netherlands.
Our travels together took us to Erieau Ontario to see the higher than normal water level of Lake Erie.
It’s always terrific to spend time together getting the best pictures is an adventure in itself.
A day of adventures is never complete without a walk on the Port Glasgow beach a a visit to a favorite of ours, Tall tales cafe
We had the opportunity to craft a story, collectively with the kids about the Niagara River monster. A definite tall tale! The tallest tale teller of all went to our great friend Mike!
With our home base park closing at the end of October we were invited to stay at our friends Bob and Simone in Dutton Ontario.
We had a great stay with them and we’re very thankful. a great staging point for us for water and to fill up our propane at the local Rona.
We had the opportunity to visit Strathroy and have Lunch with our friends Tena and Grant.
They always have tips and are happy to dream with us on what the upcoming trip may have in-store. Thank you dear folks.
Aftera quick trip to pick up haRVey we were on the way to our first night stopover at Tilbury Enroute rest stop. It appeared from the number of neighbours that we had at night they had the same idea.
We were up and ready to roll leaving at 6:38. With clear roads and warning of snow showers later this week we are heading south.
We had a great time on Port Aransas beach (Port A) but it was time for us to move on. We’ve talked before about towing our 2019 Toyota Corolla which we have affectionately named Lily but I don’t think we’ve ever shared any pictures or videos how we do this feat.So here goes we’re hooking up Lily to Harvey and turning it around on the Port A beach. This will give you an idea of how wide the roadway is at the North end of this island. Kathy drives the rig 99% of the time because she is capable and loves doing it.Port Aransas is a city on Mustang Island, on the Texas coast. It’s known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches and fish-filled waterways. As Port Aransas is on an island we drive South until we get to the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge that will take us into the city of Corpus Christi.Our trip has been primarily about smaller towns and villages, that’s what we really like, not the bigger cities and centers. On our trip South we actually bypass Corpus Christi and head south on State highway 77.The land is extremely flat and from time to time we’ll see the border patrol doing checks on vehicles heading in the north direction. We love change in vegetation as it’s really beginning to look desert.It isn’t until January that we will actually be stopped out of order station and that will be on the west side of Texas.We’re heading to Harlingen, Texas and to the FedEx Depot to pick up a previously arranged shipment of a new Sailrite sewing machine. We’ve had our eye on this for some time and aren’t disappointed when we pick it up as planned.Our plan is to use it for several of the projects that we have in mind including curtains and bike covers. Maybe some future boat projects as well.We headed off to Winterhaven RV park, which is towards South Padre Island in Brownsville. The area that we were going to be going to is the southernmost area of the United States along the Mexican border, the intercoastal waterway and South Padre island. We stayed two nights in Winter Haven RV resort.We got to enjoy a very simple RV Park. We also enjoyed seeing prickly pear cactus up close in person for the first time.All along the road we are continue to be blessed by the changing dynamics of the scenery. Texas has been very flat along the gulf coast and we can see how hurricanes can do so much damage.We are also quite surprised that we were not met with any of the uprisings that were being reported by national news agencies of the illegal aliens trying to infiltrate the border.We decided even though we arrived mid-afternoon that we would take a drive and go down to South Padre Island.… about 45 minutes away from our RV park.We definitely weren’t disappointed as we went there’s a little town of Port Isabella.It just happened to be that Port Isabella was celebrating their Christmas parade and the arrival of Santa Claus.We took a quick trip over the bridge to South Padre island…and came back to enjoy the parade.The Point (Port) Isabel Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located in Port Isabel, Texas, United States that was built in 1852 to guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. Of the 16 lighthouses originally constructed along the Texas coast, Port Isabel is the only one open to the public. With a perch 50 feet above the ground, it is popular with photographers and other visitors, because they can enjoy great views of South Padre Island and the beaches. In fact, a number of couples have climbed the 75 winding stairs, including three short ladders, to exchange wedding vows at the top of the tower.this is a beautiful lighthouse that you see when you come back from South Padre island and just before you go across the bridge that joins the mainland to South Padre island.The two-mile-long Queen Isabella Causeway, located in southern Cameron County, Texas, is the only road connecting South Padre Island, Texas to the mainland. The Causeway was opened in 1974 and replaced the previous bridge, which had also been named Queen Isabella Causeway. This bridge also spans the end of the Gulf ICW.Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapsed on the night of Sept. 15, 2001, killing eight people when they plunged from the roadway 80-feet below into the bay after a tugboat and tug slammed into the base.Let’s say we looked differently at the bridge causeway after learning of its history. The bridge which is totally safe now with new navigation lanes had pelicans flying along the side of the road as we travel across.The sunset was amazing over the water and up to the town of Port Isabella as we settled in for the towns Christmas parade.It was amazing the number of kids and families gathered who almost all spoke Spanish which of course is no surprise as we’re only a few miles from the Mexican border and of no surprise as this part of Texas was once part of Mexico.Next trip we take a look at San Padre Island.
We decided to take a week to rest, tour and rejuvenate at Goliad State Park, Texas. This state pass is certainly paying off with great benefits. We don’t pay daily park fees and we get discounted campsites. We’ve seen a few people who commented on blogs and on Facebook that they spend lot of time picking up and moving and we are going to take a break.
We’ve used the strategy of no more than 300 miles a day, staying a place for at least 3 days, and don’t arrive after 3 o’clock. We’re calling it the three three 3-3-3. Well we have broken our rule almost every time we stopped. We really haven’t gone over 300 miles in the single day however we have arrived after 3 p.m. and that has not been a great experience.
Onto our story, we’re in Goliad, Texas. Goliad was a mission station that was founded in 1759.
We got to visit and stay at Goliad State park, you get the opportunity to tour around the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Mission and imagine what it would have been like so many years ago.
We enjoyed our time in this state park, however we were put in the back parking lot, as I call it and not in the pull through sites where a lot of other campers were located. In the end it was really nice and quiet and there was only two of us back there for the second half of the week.
The first half the week we got to meet a family of folks originally from the Philippines.
We moved our vehicle so they could all camp together and we were invited to join them as they celebrated there annual gathering. Some of the folks that we met there were teachers from Houston and their kids. It was interesting to see them cook their food in a traditional Philippine way.
One of the reasons why we stayed in Goliad for a week was that it was the American Thanksgiving weekend.this is our first time to cook Thanksgiving dinner two times in one year and we took advantage of it because we both love turkey and had an awesome turkey dinner.
We also got to meet up for the couple of campers, Tim and Patty who stayed on Magnolia Beach at the same time. We have become Facebook friends with them and their two dogs.
With time on our hands and hours on haRVey’s generator we determine that we should take on the generator’s oil change.
We successfully changed the oil and put in new synthetic oil, the generator runs like a gem, giving us reliable electricity when we throw the switch.
With a week we decided to tour the small town of Goliad. This gem had a handsome town square.
With the down turn in economy over the years many the buildings although restored and looking in apparent great shape we’re not occupied.
One very large shop,
Square Gallery was full of antiques and collectibles from days gone by and even newer collectibles.
This included books and treasures collected by the two owners Kathy and Gaye. We got to visit with them and it was a great time. Lots of laughs and lots of history.
The county courthouse was a gem in the crown in the middle of this town square.
What also made this town special were the living oak trees that we’re not destroyed as the town was developed.
These trees were living right in the middle of many of the streets and we loved driving round the streets taking pictures of them and seeing how the street have been routed to go around them even the middle of some blocks of houses and stores.
Our location, afforded us the opportunity to go to the nearby town of Beeville.
Although there wasn’t a lot to see in do in this town there was some nice architecture and another great county building.
It was only about 30 miles to the west of Goliad so it was a quick trip.
We decided that we would drive back to haRVey, but then like every other trip we took another side trip and we thought we should investigate Cuero.
We decided to head north to small town called Cureo.
We had been told by other campers with their grandchildren that there was a really nice Christmas light display located in this town.
We drove the 30 miles north and definitely not disappointed. I think this is the biggest display of Christmas lights at we’ve ever seen.
The community had closed the summer playground swiming pools and county grounds and turned it into a magical drive thru with millions of lights or that’s what it seemed liked.
I don’t know if I mention there was an any snow!
Another day we got to visit the clinic here in Goliad. Kathy stepped on the side of her foot and we thought that she might have fracture to bone.
After an xray and a nurse practitioner visit, we received confirmation that all was okay….we could move along.
Before we left Goliad we went 30 miles to the east to a town called Victoria. We decided that we would buy some snaps and install our curtains directly to the wall around the windows instead of hanging them from a rod.
The curtains fit tight and provided some nice protection.
Victoria is the town with every store that you’d ever want to shop in. We got the snaps and headed to haRVey.
The next day we packed up and drove south though to Port Aransas. Here we took the free ferry across the harbour and ICW to the Padre Island National Seashore.
After we tested out the Sand to ensure that we would be comfortable parking on the beach here, we purchased a $12 annual pass for the Port Aransas Beach.
We took our car Lilly for a nice 7 miles drive up the beach.
We took the opportunity to pick up provisions and set up on the lovely beach area.
Next time we head down highway 77 to Brownsville area.
Just a 8 miles north of Lake Havasu City centre, Arizona, on the east side of the highway 95 is the Craggy wash area of BLM land.
Lots of great rock climbing.
You can’t see RV’s from the highway as you need to drive the one mile to the rocky valley camping. This is away from the airport
An ideal boondock location because the road is accessible for all size RVs, it’s convenient to town, and you have the option to park beside other RVs if you want to socialize or pull in farther for more privacy.
Hope you enjoy these 360 photos.
We arrived in Texas and stopped at the welcome centre.
The staff gave us Winter Texans a very warm welcome. “You’re ours until you leave” they said. We received lots of tips maps and hints for our travel.
After a free but noisy stop at the Texas Rest Stop…
… we returned to Winnie Texas and headed to the Gulf Coast.
This was our first sight and drive along the Gulf of Mexico coast. Isn’t she beautiful? And the coast is wonderful too!
Our campsite was next at the Galveston Island State Park on the beach. We met new friends from Louisiana. Little did we know that 3 campsites over folks from Germany who had ship there RV to Baltimore would be in the next campsite on Magnolia Beach. We loved the water and sand and our time at this park. Unfortunately there was no space to stay however we did find out later that there were lots of empty campsites that evening.
A stop over at the Walmart and laundry the next day to take care of business. We find the grocery section very big in the stores.
We took a couple days rest on our way back to the coast at Farm Road FM 521 River Park.
An awesome boondocking camping site. Got to meet local river fishermen Glen and Dusty from Wadsworth. They were trying to top their friends catch from the day before of a 30 pound catfish.
After a short drive through Port Lavaca we camped only a few feet from the water’s edge on Mangolia Beach. Our first time bringing Harvey and Lilly on to the beach. The roadway is about 60’/20 meters wide and hard packed with shells. Beautiful sunsets and large boats passing along the coast.
We had only one night on the beach and really want to go back here because it was so beautiful.
It was great for us to travel here as little did we know we would meet one of the people that were camping here at our next stop. A couple, Tim and Patty from Wisconsin with their motorhome Betty ended up being right beside us in Goliad State Park and historical site.
Next time we pick up in Goliad…..