Sunday, April 25, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
We left Borne TX and the Escapees Class BoF Rally with kind of mixed feelings. This was a great rally and we met a lot of neat new friends. Much fun but, the urge to see new places was felt by all.A few were staying a while but we pulled out on a nice sunny morning after a week of clouds and lots of rain.We headed north and drove through many miles of beautiful wildflowers. All along the route to San Angelo (our first planned overnight stop) we saw people stopped along side the road taking pictures. At a couple of our stops we talked to local people and the all said that it has bee a few years since the flowers have been so profuse. The last few years have been so dry that not many flowers showed. a great spring to be in south central Texas.We left San Angelo and felt lazy so we only traveled about 125 miles to Midland. We stopped for the night. Midland is the center of most of the TX oilfields....the area produces one fifth of the nation's total petroleum and natural gas output and has the third-largest oil field in the United States. . It is also hometown of former First Lady Laura Bush and the childhood home of former President George W. Bush. It is also home to The Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Associated with the CAF is the American Airpower Heritage Museum. Leaving this morning we traveled across the plains of south Texas. It still amazes me when I think of people traveling across this country on foot and horseback.The vast distances and unyielding landscape are still mind boggling today, let alone on horseback at a time when there were no roads. arrived early..... (Mountain Time change) to the warm weather we have been looking for..... It was 86 degrees today. The Caverns tomorrow.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The ltlgrntruck is on the road again. We left Rockport Friday morning with hugs from our new friends—Dave and JoAnn from Indiana--vanilla. Heading north to Smithville TX and an ATHS chapter truck show –here--- we traveled through the wild flower capital of Texas. Living in MI all our lives we are use to spring being green—Texas is different as most of the winter it is quite green and so spring means the wildflowers. The colors are amazing---Red, pinks, oranges, whites, yellows and of course blue. Just beautiful every where we look. As we pulled out of the commerce center parking lot we were flagged down by a woman in a pickup truck and she said park in the firebarn lot and follow me home. We are having happy hour and will grille some steaks and chicken later What a welcome. There were about 15 or so people there--- members of the Yellow Rose chapter. They all welcomed us and made us feel right at home. We stayed in the parking lot overnight and early in the morning(7 am) left for the park. It was a beautiful day with about 50 trucks and 100’s of people looking. Smithville was having their Jamboree festival. About 20 of the trucks left the park and lined up to join the parade. We went around and through the town with 100’s of family’s lining the streets. After the parade we headed west about 20 miles, found a campground and crashed. Sunday afternoon we let for Boerne TX and the Class of 2007 Escapees Rally. A couple of years ago some people decided to form a Birds of a Feather (BOF) group with fulltime classes--- 2005,2007 etc. So now they are having these rally’s each year.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, around 1pm we dropped Grizz off at the boarders and headed to San Antonio. We found a motel within walking distance to the Riverwalk and the Alamo. We rode the boat thru the Riverwalk at night with all the lights lit up. Friday we went to the Tower of America, saw the 4D movie and rode the elevator to the top. We stopped at "Dick's" for lunch. Their main objective is to be "dicks". They throw your placemats at you, insult you, took Jessica's sunglasses off her head etc. Literally being dicks. Drinks come in "manly" or "girly" size. After that we went to Market Square. Saturday Bob went to the car show on the beach at Rockport. He got a plaque for 2nd place in the truck division. After retrieving Grizz, Jessica and I checked out the downtown shops and a flea market. Sunday was spent back on the beach, and Monday by the pool at the rv park. All too soon the week was over. It was time to get Jessica to the airport and head her towards Michigan.