Mission, Texas - Back in the saddle again
Dec 1, 2007
|Saturday, December 1, 2007, we left Branson and headed to Texas. We chose a route that would probably have less hills and curves and that was to return to Springfield and catch I-44 toward Tulsa. We did not go to Tulsa, however. About 40 miles inside the Oklahoma boarder we took highway 69, which is an almost a straight line to Dallas, Texas. That route eliminates having to go through Tulsa and Oklahoma City traffic. Highway 69 is a four-lane highway all the way to Dallas but sections of the highway are badly in need of re-surfacing. Sections of the highway were very rough. After the first day of travel we got to McAlester, Oklahoma. We stayed at a campground on a hill, behind the Super 8 Motel. It is a pitiful place but has all the utilities including cable. $24 a night.
Sunday, a good day, to travel through Dallas traffic and with the help of the GPS system we had no problems joining up with I-35. We stayed the night near Temple, Texas, which is half way between Waco and Austin, Texas. At Temple we stayed at a Corps of Engineer's park, which we have stayed at before. It is a very nice place, with plenty of space between campers, a covered picnic table for each site, 50-amp electricity and water but no sewer hook-up. There is a dump station as you leave the park and that is no problem for us. The price was excellent which is $9 a night with our Golden Age Pass. We decide to stay two nights.
Tuesday, we traveled through Austin and around San Antonio to catch I-37. Of all the driving during this trip, I have decided the traffic through Austin was the most "un-fun" of all the travels. We stayed Tuesday night at Smith's Trailer and RV Park at George West, Texas. It was an OK place, but the internal roads are all dirt and with the dry weather they have been having, it was very dusty. The poor Jeep was covered with dust. It was a self-check in system, just pick a spot and drop payment in a drop slot. We had all utilities but no cable for $15 a night.
Wednesday, we took highway 281, which is a very straight and desolate four-lane highway through south Texas to the Rio Grande Valley. After a stop at the Flying J Truck Stop we arrive at the Canyon Lake RV Resort in Mission, Texas at about 1:30 pm. We got set up in the spot we picked last year which has our rear-end facing south and backed up to the lake and shade trees. Across the lake is the Rec. Hall, so this year we are a little closer to the Rec. Hall so hopefully I can get a stronger WiFi signal. We are also away from the cows and chickens where we were parked last year.
I feel it is my duty to mention the weather. While the reports from Kansas City have been about their cold temperatures and then some ice. The weather here has been sunny, warm and windy. I had to fight some winds as I was driving to south Texas. I had sort of forgotten about how much noise the Palm trees make in the wind. Also the Grackle birds and their sort of clicking sounds, remind us that we are back in Texas again. It was so warm that the third day we were here we had to turn on the A/C. It has been in the upper 80s but Thursday (Dec. 13) a cool front moved in and the high that day was only 63.
Thursday (Dec. 6), the day after we arrived, I went to help build houses in Mexico. I was ready to jump back into the building routine. It was the fifth house for them this season and the 288th house since this project was started at this RV Park. They started in 1995. The next few mornings it was so warm at 6:30 am in the morning that we were wearing short sleeve shirts and by the time we finish building at about 10:30 am we are sweating.
All the activities are back in action here at the park. Sunday and Thursday evenings are outside groups performing for a $3 fee. Monday is Bingo, Tuesday is Jam session, Friday is Bean Bag Baseball, Saturday is the Barnyard Races plus many other activities. There is always something going on in the Rec. Hall. They have planned two Christmas parties, a treat exchange and then a Christmas Dinner on Christmas day. It does seem as though there are not as many people here as there were when we arrived here in January last year. I guess the bulk of the people arrive after Christmas.
The afternoon after we arrived, I had to go the local fruit and vegetable stands they have along the streets. I purchased the fresh fixings for a salad and some fresh tomatoes. Then over to this guys house that sells oranges. He sells the best sweet oranges that he picks from his orchard in the back yard. An 18-pound bag is only $5. So we are back in the saddle again and all settled in for our three-month stay in South Texas. The mailing address is:
Kent Roberts #391
4770 N. Mayberry Road
Mission, TX 78573
And as always the phone is (816) 835-4270