It’s going to be difficult to find excitement to compare to my stay at WalMart, and I definitely don’t find it on the next night.
Once again, it is a long day! Unfortunately, I have been experiencing a lot of sleepiness during my morning drives, and have been needing to stop each day for a little power nap. Later that afternoon when I stopped to check for a nearby campground, I found nothing within my price range. So…thinking I would stay away from WalMart this time…I look for something else. Lo and behold, I look up, and there is a sign for Cracker Barrel right in front of me. Must be fate!! When I pull around to the back parking lot, it is empty, and I end up having it to myself all night.
In the morning, since I’ve not eaten very well for a couple of days, the thought of a big plate of biscuits and gravy sounds very enticing. And it was delicious!!
Moving right along…next stop…my first time in a National Forest…such fun!!
First night of leaving Texas I decide to just stop at a Walmart…somewhere. I get settled in at the edge of the parking lot. It was a long, hot day, and I was not prepared for the excitement to come…
As dusk settles in, Coco and I sit out on the steps where it is a bit cooler. Suddenly I hear screeching wheels of a car coming around the corner. I look up to see a police car seemingly headed straight for me! At the last minute he turns into the first lane right next to me, slams to a stop, jumps out of his car while pulling his gun. Now I am in full panic mode. The officer yells at a male figure walking up the isle toward him to “Get on the f****** ground”. “Get on the f****** ground or I’ll shoot your a**.” Wish I had thought of my camera as this was the stuff of movies! At this point they were on the other side of the police car, but I see the officer put the man in the backseat of the cruiser, then he walks around the car, looks up, sees me, and in a very calm, quiet voice makes a comment about the weather. Then he gets in his car and quickly takes off, lights flashing.
So there it is…the most exciting time I’ve ever had at a Walmart!!
Well, here I am sitting and sitting in Texas, my home state. Waiting for the results of one final test. Once I get that I’ll be heading north to, hopefully, a little cooler weather. My stay here has been great for the most part. I’ve spent time with my beautiful daughters, saw a Grandson graduate from college, a Granddaughter graduate from high school as valedictorian, watched the same Granddaughter sign to play softball for the University of Texas, Dallas, where because of her academics will have her tuition paid for all four years of college. I attended a graduation party for both of these, celebrated the graduation of another Granddaughters fiance from college, ate lots and lots of real Mexican food(sadly not to be found in northern states). In the last game I watched my Granddaughter play, she fell while delivering a pitch, and tore her ACL. She will be out of the game for several months after surgery.
I’m staying on the property of some of my dearest friends. These are but two of their many horses, and I am greeted with a similar view out my door every day.
The above was written two weeks ago, so I’ll add a little update. I left Texas a couple of days later, headed north.
My Granddaughter had her reconstruction surgery, and is making an amazing recovery!!
My Grandson is off to his first job!
The friend I was staying with took her prize donkey to a show, and he won Reserve Grand Champion!
And I was off to my first trip into a National Forest…I’ll pick up on that in my next post…
Texas Hill Country
Now, I will admit that sometimes my brain is sorely lacking stimulation…and I’m not sure if the following was stimulation, or simply boredom. However, I do think my results are quite interesting.
One day as I was traveling to Texas on a road similar to the one above, though considerably busier than this one, I became focused on how many RVs there were on the northbound side of the road. Of course, at first I was just jealous, because all those people were headed for places I would like to be going. But alas, my TT was waiting for me down in Texas, where I had left it for the majority of the winter.
There were a LOT of 18-wheelers on the road, but there were also a LOT of RVs!!! My little pea-brain decided I should count how many RVs I saw compared to the number of semis. I counted for a rather large number of miles, and then did it again later in the day, just to substantiate the claims I am about to make. I came up with an average of 1 RV to every 19 semis. Then, I thought…that’s not really a fair accounting of how many people are RVing…I need to eliminate the semis from my count.
At that point, I started counting passenger vehicles compared to RVs. Low and behold, I actually ended up with…1 RV to every 9 cars. That means that 10% of the population is traveling in RVs!! How smart are they?!? I wish there had been a way to know how many were full timers opposed to part timers. I’ll have to work on that one!
Ya’ll have lots of fun…and be safe!!