Monday, November 7, 2011


We hooked up and after talking to everyone we headed for home. The temperature is totally different today from the last couple of days. It was 68 degrees when we got up this morning.

We got home finally after 81 days of camping!

We averaged $12.34 per night for camping (a total of $1,000.00).

We visited 22 states.

We visited 8 covered bridges in New Hampshire.

We visited 10 covered bridges in Vermont.

We visited 9 VFW halls.

We visited 60 brewpubs/breweries and 2 bourbon distilleries.

We spent $2,479.19 for gas.

We traveled 10,492 miles.



It was only 36 degrees this morning. Jim and I hung around camp this morning and read. I am trying to read “The House of the Seven Gables” since we saw the house in Salem, Mass. The lady with the animals moved into the spot across from us. The couple who bought Marv and Vicki’s Casita left this morning to meet their son. We had some lunch and then Henry said they were going to see the falls and we followed them. The falls were almost dry because of the drought and you could walk all over the area. We walked around the falls a little while and then went to the park's bird blind and watched the hill country birds feeding. We sat out at camp again at night and had potluck dinner. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so we got everything packed away so it wouldn’t get wet.


When we got up this morning it was 25 degrees. The water in the park was frozen but thankfully we had water in our tank. Jim and I hiked a short trail to Twin Falls. You couldn’t get close because the area was closed beyond the overlook and there was so much undergrowth you couldn’t even see them. The hike through the woods was fun though.

Henry and Debbie came into camp just as we were getting ready to leave for Blanco to go to the Real Ale Brewery. They got the site next to us. After sampling the beers at Real Ale, we went back to Johnson City to have a Real Ale 15th anniversary beer (they had it on tap). The brewer was cleaning the spent grain out of his mash tun.

When we got back to camp two of Henry and Debbie’s friends, Bill and Jackie, were there in their big rig and Jim and Karen were there with their Casita. They were a few sites down from everyone. Also Sonya who had just bought a Casita showed up. She had in the trailer with her a cat, two dogs and a bird. She didn’t let the office know she was meeting up with us and they assigned her a site clear on the other side of the campground. We all sat at Henry’s and had chili, veggies and dip, muffins, velveeta and rotel dip and chips and other snacks. It was kind of chilly so we used our gas grills for heat since there was a burn ban in effect.


We left camp and drove to Pedernales Falls State Park to meet up with some other Casita people. On the way we passed through Bastrop. You could see the wild fire damage in the area. There were lots of burned trees and lots of empty slabs and rubble. When we got to Pedernales Falls, there was another Casita there. Bill and Jackie were from Canyon Lake and had bought Marv and Vicki’s Casita. After setting up we drove into Johnson City to a new brew pub called Pecan Street Brewing. It is just across from the courthouse on the square.

As we were leaving the campground, Paul and Reine were pulling in to the office and I told them where we were. When we returned they had set up camp next to the other Casita across from us.


Jim, Elton and I had breakfast this morning in Dayton. We left and then drove to Lake Somerville and stayed at a Corps of Engineers campground. We usually stay at Yegua Creek Campground but they are doing some renovation on it. We drove down the road to Rocky Creek Campground. On the way here we passed Lake Conroe. We couldn’t believe how low it is. All of the houses along the shore have their piers totally out of the water. This lake is the same way. It has been down so long that plants are now growing where there used to be water. There are a lot of deer roaming in the campground. I don’t know how they find enough to eat.


We got up and had coffee and then Linda, Gary, Jim and I went to Café Du Monde. We all had an order of beignets and café au lait. We then hooked up and drove to Liberty, Texas. We visited mother. My brother and my son came also. We gave my son some of the stuff out of the truck to hold for us. We took way too much with us and didn’t use half of it. We went to my brother’s house and spent the night. He had some really good soup and made some cornbread to go with it. Then we had ice cream.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Bob baked cinnamon rolls for breakfast.We visited with him for a while and then we hooked up and drove about 50 miles down the road to Covington, Louisiana. This is where our friends Gary and Linda live. They used to live in West U and Gary was Jim’s boss. We talked a while at their house and had a beer. Then we went to a bar called the Barley Oak by Lake Pontchatrain. You could see the causeway from the balcony where we sat. It was beautiful and sunny today. We drove around a little more and then stopped by a store to buy some snacks. We went back to the house and had cheese, salami, grapes, veggies with dip and some crackers with wine. Later in the evening we went out for dinner at New Orleans Food and Spirits. The food was really good. Jim had red beans and rice with pork chops, Gary had fish and Linda and I had shrimp and grits. Linda had candy for trick or treaters tonight but by the time we got back from dinner no one came around. She will donate the candy to the church food bank. We camped in Gary and Linda's driveway.