Friday, February 5, 2010

Texas in an RV

So we went to Texas for a little vacation...

Our rental RV broke down on our first day, on Saturday afternoon, when no one in town could help fix it. We limped it into a campground where we sat for 2.5 days until the rental company could have it towed. This is what we did during those 2.5 days at the little "Mom and Pop" campground. This may have been our best time together. Isn't that always how it goes?

Looked for tadpoles...

Climbed a tree...

Planned a wedding where Ashley's future husband climbs a tree to carry her down. The bride and all the bridesmaids will carry pine needles.

Took a nature walk...

Played in the water...heard gun shots as it was the last day of duck hunting season...talked, held hands, sang around the campfire and enjoyed simplicity. There is joy in no phone and no computer!

In the afternoon of the 3rd day the tow truck arrived to take us to a mechanic. We told the rental company that we needed a van to pick us up as there are 7 of us. They sent a 5 seater PT Cruiser. Umm. No. Once we were towed to the mechanic, this is where they had us wait. Yes, it was that dark and that small. We decided to brave the highway and walk the quarter mile to grab an expensive burger.

The highway wasn't as crowded on the walk back to the mechanic. When we arrived at the shop we were told that the RV was his now and that they were sending us a new a few hours. Umm, where are we supposed to go? So, he was kind enough to let us stay. We started packing for the move. The new RV arrived 2 hours after the shop had closed. We moved in the dark and started the drive to meet up with family, only to discover that the RV the rental company brought to us was still winterized. I am grateful for a husband who can be peaceable on the phone as I am contemplating flying across the table to give them a piece of my mind about the five children in my care. Peter was firm...and learned how to de-winterize an RV. While we were driving we started to notice a gas smell. The refrigerator! He had to call them about that one too. They told us to turn off the gas, so we went without heat that night. It was only 40 degrees in the vehicle. And on and on and on...So much so that the guy taking the calls said he hadn't seen a log that long in a really long time. In spite of it all, we still had a great time and learned more than anyone could possibly want to know about RV...unless of course you are contemplating purchasing one, which of course we are...shocked?

This is the farm we liked. 30 acres and a nice sized house with a boys dorm on one side and a girls dorm on the other.

The Texas traveling crew on our last day together. We hope to see you soon as we miss you already!

Dinner at Risky's BBQ before heading to the Ft. Worth Stockyard Rodeo. This was our second time there. Yea, we really like it!

The kids like this form of travel. We had too many sodas and snacks all with the benefit of a table upon which toi serve them.

Our last day at Cooper Lake. We saw many hog and deer prints while we strolled through God's gorgeous creation. One evening at the campground we counted 12 deer. The children were thrilled. Peter wanted his gun...

But I was busy threatening the RV rental people with it.

The kids and I ended our last nature walk with a cap gun fight around the RV.

Our last evening was spent by the campfire, then playing our new Kids Sequence around the little RV table, smelling a strange burning smell coming from the RV, discovering the electrical panel had a problem with the battery negative, calling the company, driving two hours into town, cleaning out the RV and sleeping in a hotel. The rental company was sorry for the problems we encountered and wound up giving us many of our nights free and a coupon for our next rental. Yes, we will use it.


petersonclan said...

So I guess Kentucky is out... :(

Your adventure sounds, adventurous. You're a good woman. Something like that would turn me off to RVing forever.

Anonymous said...

Those pictures were great !! Loved the one of you with the gun after the RV ppl...Don't know how I missed good! Looks like such a happy time :)