Sunday, April 7, 2024

Stopped in New Braunfels, Texas (March 2024)

New Braunfels, TX  Sunday, March 3, 2024 through Tuesday Morning, March 12, 2024

We reached our first planned stop as we head East on March 3rd. The reason for this stop was specifically to spend time touring the San Antonio Missions National Park, take a walk on the San Antonio Riverwalk. and take a short ride into the Hill Country. Our original plan was to stop for seven nights but we ended up staying nine nights. During our time there we spent 4 days "sight seeing". We took a couple of rides to check out our route for leaving and doing some shopping. Plus, we spent time doing normal everyday things like cleaning and laundry or nothing at all. It really was a relaxing nine days that flew by. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Today we took a ride north of us to visit the Texas Hill Country Olive Company for lunch and to check out their Olives and Olive Oil Selections.  There was no real plan after lunch but to head back to where we are staying. It was a leisurely drive through some of the hills of Texas under clear blue skies and we did end up making a couple more stops. What I did not do is take very many pictures today I just mostly enjoyed the ride and the scenery.  

We have seen painted buffalo, elk, moose etc... in Escanaba we have fish but boots in Texas well that is just perfect!

Lunch, glass of wine and a beer along with a an olive oil tasting flight
at the Texas Hill Country Olive Company.
The salad was delicious, enjoyed the wine and beer, and
the tasting was fun. Then we left some of our dollars behind. 

A stop at the Treaty Oak Distillery.
We bought a flight of their bourbon unfortunately the person
behind the bar was not real engaging and we were the only ones
there. What we did discover is we probably are not bourbon drinkers.

We also stopped here. 
What luck a brewery and winery. 

It was a lovely place I bought a wine flight and Tom decided on a beer.
The young man who was behind the bar was very personable and
we were the only ones there so I ended up getting a couple extra tastings.
This was a fun stop and we again left some of our dollars behind.

We are stopped at a red light and that bird is perched
up high just checking out the

All and all it was a fun day. A lovely leisurely drive and a couple of fun stops. The distillery stop was somewhat of a disappointment but we were there during a slow time during the week. It is to bad the young girl behind the bar did not seem to want to tell us much about the product or possibly just did not know. The other two stops really were fun. 

Two Rides March 7th & 8th

The beginning of the road, York Creek Road, that the RV Park was on was an industrial area and it was the way we went coming and going. On the 13th when we would be pulling out we would be going the opposite way on this road which was two lanes with no shoulder. Curious as to what it was like on two different occasions when we went shopping and to mail a package out we went that way. The pictures below are from those two rides.

One the 7th these guys blocked out way

on the 8th this guy did.

There was something so beautiful about the trees along here.

Even on the 7th when the sky was completely cloud covered.

In the sun on the 8th everything looked greener and brighter.

The black of the tree trunks and the green just caught my eye.

I saw a lot of these wildflowers while we were in the area. I have
no idea, even after some research, what they are but pretty just the same.

Even though it was early we did see some scattering of bluebonnets.

Not all days need to be filled with new sights and go...go...go to be enjoyed. Normal everyday living also makes for a good day.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Going Back In Time to Three Travel Days at the Beginning of March

It is Wednesday Morning, April 3, 2024, as I finish writing this blog. We stopped in St. Augustine, FL for Easter and this morning we will be heading North into Georgia. 

I am still trying to get the Blog caught up to us. The next bit of information is an FYI for us: In the last blog I wrote about our time parked off of Ogilby Road in February. I blogged about leaving there on February 22, 2024, our two day drive to Quail Ridge and our time there is in this blog and this blog the second blog also contained information about our first travel day as we made our way to New Braunfels, TX which was our next stop.

For the most part I am just posting the pictures from our travel days. Not a lot to say really we were on I-10 and moving East.

Friday, March 1, 2024 (Roadrunner Rest Area to Walmart in Ft Stockton, TX -- 286 miles)

After about 31 miles Friday morning we left New Mexico behind and crossed into Texas and construction.

Going through El Paso.

It is really nice when the highway numbers are printed on the road.
Upper left: every time we have come through here I wonder
what this is?

We have been through Border Patrol Checkpoints before but
this was the first time we have seen a sign asking that you have
 your immigration documents ready. We were waved through.

Just west of Ft. Stockton this was on our left

and these metal figures were on our right. 

We ended out day at the Walmart in Ft. Stockton. We have stopped here before and it is usually a quiet stop and tonight it was. 

Saturday, March 2, 2024 (Ft. Stockton Walmart to Walmart in  Boerne, TX -- 284 miles)
Today we were reminded of two things pay attention to your surroundings and if a place does not feel comfortable just keep moving. We stopped at a small truck stop for diesel, there were only two pumps. While Tom was inside paying I watched two young men walk towards the motorhome from the back door of the store where they had been sitting and then disappear behind the Jeep. I did feel us move a bit while Tom was still inside the station which means they were trying the Jeep doors or fooling with the hitch. When Tom came back out I waved him inside to tell him what was going on. He went back out to pump the diesel and they were still behind the Jeep. At that point he asked them what they were doing back there and they claimed to be taking pictures though they were obviously looking inside.  After Tom finished pumping he pulled around to were some semis were parked to take a quick walk around the Jeep and check our hitch. Luckily nothing came of it but I was nervous while Tom was out there pumping the diesel. As soon as I saw them walking towards the motorhome I was sorry I had not trusted my instincts and asked Tom not to stop at the pumps but to circle around and get back on to I-10.

As we were pulling out of the Walmart this morning this was our
view. Evidently if you are running for office in Ft. Stockton this
is the place to put up your sign.

We stopped at this Rest Area and there were no spots to park 
and for a while there was no way out. 

 It is green!

I just liked the look of these trees.

More green.

Today's plan had been to stop for the night at a rest area but when we pulled in there were only a few spaces for semis and RV's plus they were at an angle. So I looked ahead, made a phone call, Tom pulled the Stinger "B" back out onto I-10, and we continued to the Walmart in Boerne, TX. 

Sunday, March 3. 2024 (Boerne Walmart to York Creek RV in New Braunfels, TX -- 59 miles)

Today we only had about and hour left before reaching our destination and check in was at  1:00PM so we were not in a rush to get on the road. So we took our time drinking our coffee before heading out.

Leaving the Walmart.

Merging on to I-10

Between this picture of us going South on I-10

and this one of us going North on I-35 there was a lot of construction
  on the bypass. No one was actually working as it was Sunday but 
  all the evidence of construction was there just the same.

I did not take one picture as we drove through the construction as I was to busy helping keep the Stinger "B" in her lane so she did not hit the cement barrier on our right and that involves a lot of leaning in towards the center of the motorhome. If you are scratching your head about that one then you have never sat in the passenger seat of a Motorhome. Everyone who has I am pretty sure knows what I am talking about...It is not easy and it is a stress full job!

We pulled into the York Creek RV Park just a little after 1:00PM, unhooked the Jeep, Tom backed the Motorhome into our spot, and we got settled in. Our reservations were for a week but we ended up staying 9 nights. This is a no frills RV Park and it looked like there were mostly long term rigs parked here. The park itself was clean and Tom said when he went to do jeans the laundry area was decent. For us this park was the right price and in the right location. It was Northeast of San Antonio and within an hour or less of the places we wanted to visit. We would stay here again if we are in this area.

Today, March 3rd, I saw my first Dandelion in person
for this year. Not the prettiest but one just the same...😊

We spent four days traveling East for a total of  873 miles. The weather cooperated and for the most part so did the wind. There were no construction delays worth mentioning. The traffic well it is what it is on I-10 and we knew what it would be like before we pulled on. All in all we would put this part of our trip in the good travel days column.

The Drive into San Antonio on March 6th, 10th and 11th.

Since this blog is pretty much about traveling on the Interstate, I-10, I thought adding our drive into San Antonia on I-35 would fit in here. The pictures below are a combination of the three times we made the trip. I will be talking about why we stopped here in the next couple of blogs.  

Once we were on I-35 it was not to many miles and we would
pass by this sign.

Then several miles later this was our view.

It really did not slow down traffic but it is going to be 
something when it is finished.

There is going to be a lot of highway up above.

In our opinion for flying both the US Flag and State Flag 
Texas wins! 

One of the days on our way back to the RV Park.

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