Thursday, July 25, 2013

One Adventure Down - Now Revamp

Well we were so excited for our first workamping job but it turned out to be a bummer.  We have been at Coffee Creek RV Resort in Santo, Texas, but things just were not going right.  The resort is nice and if you are ever traveling down I-20 west of Ft. Worth and need a place to stay for a couple of days, it would be okay.  For us and workamping it just was not going to work out.  I stopped working completely after one week and was told that it was just great as they really only wanted Fred and he could the full 24 hours required - they really only needed men.  I had no desire to sit in the coach all the time but I left it up to Fred.  After another week he made the decision to leave also as things were not changing.  He talked the owner and he was just fine if we wanted to leave so we made plans to leave on Sunday, July 14th. 

The friends we had made there went with us to the only place I really wanted to go in Ft. Worth to celebrate my birthday late and while we were there we learned that the next week would be their anniversary.  So we all went to my favorite German food place in the entire state - Edelweiss.  We had a wonderful time and the food was GREAT!!

Rick & Pat Ratzlaff
Fred and Rick

Fred did not like his food - lol

We got up early Sunday morning and headed back for Houston area.  We had to be back at the repair shop on Wednesday anyway as they had received our rear bumper and it needed to be installed.  We decided that we would head back that way and would just go stay at Wolf Creek on Lake Livingston.  We had been there visiting with Ed and Debi Hurlburt and really liked the place so we made our reservation and headed that way. What a great decision that was - we had the time of our life and enjoyed just being able to relax and regroup after what we had gone through at Coffee Creek. 
We were right on the lake and got to do some fishing, relaxing and even had a chance to see family.  The dogs had the time of their life playing around and it was their first experience with fish so it was funny watching them.  Fred caught the most but I caught the biggest so I won the fishing contest (well I would have won either way).
We then headed to Russell RV Repairs and spent two days there and got a new rear bumper that looks great and also got our coach upgraded from a 30 amp to a 50 amp.  Now we can run both AC at the same time and stay cool inside.  While we were at Russell we got to spend some time with family and friends and Ed and Debi Hurlburt.  It was a great visit and nice to be home for a while.
We looked around and found a new workamping job at the Confederate Reunion Grounds Historical Site in Mexia, Texas.  Have to report on July 19th so we started making plans for there.  Good visit home but now on to our  next adventure!!
The following pictures were taken by my 5 year old granddaughter at dinner with the family and friends.  I think she did a good job.
    Andy & Lisa                                                                                      Brenda & Eileen
    Fred & Brenda                                                                                   Clayton & Hunter

    Part of the group                                                                               Jean and me with Clayton

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Adventure Continues - Ft. Worth and the Stockyards

Got a day off and we headed to Ft. Worth for the day.  Fred and I both  had been to the stockyards but have never really looked around or took part of anything there.  To do on our list - Stockyards; eat at Tim Love's Restaurant; go to Bill Bob's; visit courthouse; and eat at Edelweiss German Restaurant.  Full day planned and lots to see.

Stockyards - Wow it was really neat.  We walked through the mall area and saw a lot of neat things - replaced my Minnetonka sandals as my dog eat my others.
Track is for train that runs
on weekends
Center of the Mall

We then found out there was to be a cattle drive down the middle of the street so we found a place on the curve and waited.  While we waited we watch a guy with one of the biggest long-horn I have ever seen allow kids to climb all of him and take pictures.  It was such a well behave bull that I was wondering if he was stuffed - but nature called and found out he wasn't.  The guy had a bucket sitting right under him and he hit the spot - it was so funny. 

Went to the Cowboy Hall of Fame - neat place;

Then off to lunch at Tim Love's place; (for those that don't know he is a famous chef and was on Iron Chef -  The food was wonderful and Fred said his Buffalo burger was the best he ever ate.

After lunch we went to the only winery/wine bar in the area for a wine tasting. 

Walking around we found out that the White Elephant Bar was the bar where Walker, Texas Ranger was filmed - CD's Bar.  Of course we had to go there as Fred's nickname as a police officer was Walker.  It was interesting and had some things there from the TV series.

Then we were off to Billy Bob's, the larger bar in world and I really believe it is.  What a place!!!  There had to be at least 10 different dance floors; lots and lots of bars; pool tables everywhere; a bar area that is out from the noise so you can visit but still get the atmosphere; a fancy bar room with animals mounded ever where; and even a bull ring.  They have real bull riding every Friday night for $3.00 with stands for watching.  It took us about an hour to just walk around the place.

We had some time before dinner so we decided to hit the Botanical Garden.  This was nice and made for some great pictures.  Really big place and we only got through a small part before the heat and time caught up with us.  If you ever get the chance I would say go but not in 100 degree weather!!!


Now on to dinner at Edelweiss - YEA!!!!  Well so we thought - they are closed on Tuesday so will have to go back - oh rats another trip to Ft. Worth - lol. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Fourth of July 2013

This is our first holiday in our coach and our life on the road.  We have met some new friends workamping here at Coffee Creek and they have invited us to join them in traveling to Granbury, TX.  We all had to get up early and go do our duties as workampers, but today did not require everything we do normally, just the necessary items - pick up trash and clean out restroom - YEA!!
It was a wonderful day out and the weather was just great.  Temp was 59 when we got up that morning and the high for the day was only expected o be in the upper 90's. 

The drive to Granbury (30 minutes) was really nice and the small Texas towns that we saw along the was were unique.  We are enjoying seeing the beauty of Texas; it is as if we are old west explorers and seeing it for the first time. We get to Granbury and it is really a lovely town; has a lot of the old favor to it but yet it is still a good size modern town with all the extras as if you are in the big city.  Granbury is also the county seat for Hood County so I was able to get another one of my courthouse pictures.  The town square was all set up for the 4th of July celebration.  I loved the courthouse and the old bell tower - it stills works also!!

Rick and Pat took us to a place called Babe's Chicken House for lunch and it was really great.  They serve only chicken cooked different way and in a family style matter.  We had a wonderful lunch and then headed out to look around and just see what we could find.   
The town has a lot of great old building and the old jail is still standing.  Of course Fred being retired cop and jailer he was really interested in seeing it.  The old stone building was really neat and the jail was upstairs with the living quarter for the sheriff downstairs.  I would highly recommend if you get a chance to stop by this town.  The Brazos river runs through it also and there is a great park and beach area along it for enjoyment.  We definitely plan on going back before we leave the area to do some more looking around as it was crowded today needless to say.