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Lake Shawnee Campground - Topeka KS

Friday, October 17, 2014

We love Austin Texas . . .

 

last Friday we pulled into Austin TX. . .

Round Rock TX

well really. . .Round Rock TX, named after this round rock in Brushy Creek,

which had become a landmark along the Chisholm Trail during cattle drive days. . .

you know. . .as in, cross the creek at the Round Rock. . .LOL!

Supposedly, the wagon grooves can still be see in the bedrock of the creek. . .

we have never been when the creek is down low enough, but would love to see those!

Round Rock TX

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the little park where the “round rock” is located is a lovely place for a picnic. . .

the historic downtown area is also worth exploring. . .

and the next town over. . .Georgetown. . .is beautiful as well. . .

 

 

 

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but here is the #1 reason for our stop. . .an adorable “great”. . .Mr Jaden!

 

 

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His Mommy just happens to be my #1 niece, as in the first born. . .

Boy, are we ever having a blast with our brother’s and sister’s grands. . .so much fun!

 

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Dave’s #1 niece just happens to live in the Austin area too. . .

we were so happy to stop by and get our hugs from her. . .

 

We visited with a family friend. . .

had lunch with church friends. . .

 

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had Texas BBQ at the Salt Lick. . .highly recommend. . .

overall, a fast paced, wonderful weekend. . .fabulous!


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we’ve stayed in so many different RV Parks in the Austin area. . .

but we always seem to return to The Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. . .

FHU – 50A – pull through – $23. . .quiet and convenient. . .

nothing spectacular, but we love it!

 

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right across the street from Dell Diamond. . .home of the Texas Rangers Farm Team. . .

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and then on Monday morning, we made tracks for our favorite Thousand Trails Park

on the Colorado River in Columbus Texas. . .

Debi and Ed Hurlburt rolled in right behind us. . .

eating, visiting, and watching the deer. . .that’s what we’ve been doing all week. . .

it’s been great!

 

See you next time in Conroe. . .

til then,

Janice and Dave

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ah. . .Waco TX. . .what to say. ..what to say!

after seeing and having lunch with our beautiful friends,
the Stump Family on Sunday. . .
(pic taken on their California vacation this summer)
we pulled out of Granbury on Monday and headed for Waco. . .

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it’s a great stopping point between Fort Worth and Austin
for two reasons. . .
the Midway Corp of Engineer Park
50A – FHU – $24 – 1/2 off over 62
is right on Lake Waco which you can see at the end of the road right behind the rig. . .
and
Sam’s is very, very convenient. . .which is NOT the case in Austin. . .
picking up coffee, and a few other Sam’s items was high priority. . .
plus
I thought there were several things we could check out there. . .
nothing pressing on the schedule until the weekend. ..
let’s give it a whirl. . .

Once I checked out TripAdvisor, I realized it was gonna be slim pickin’s
as most everything listed were either museums, the zoo, or hiking trails. . .

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but hey. . .there’s an old timey soda fountain

at the Dr Pepper Museum. . .let’s go there first. ..
they made a delicious “root beer” float. . .yum!

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and then. ..the Waco Suspension Bridge
spanning the Brazos River is listed. . .
let’s go see what that’s about

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it was kind of interesting to find out that it was the first bridge across the Brazos River
and was originally built in 1870 as a toll bridge. . .and is on the Register of Historic Places. . .
I must say the park where the bridge is located had a few guys sprawled about everywhere,
and though we did not feel unsafe, it was a bit uncomfortable to hafta walk around them
to get from one place to the next. . .I certainly would not have felt comfortable to be there alone,
or even to bring my children for a picnic. . .but overall, an enjoyable stop. . .

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the ducks swimming along the edge of the river were a bit interesting. . .
I’ve never seen ducks with a poof on their heads like this. . .have you?

Dave wanted to visit the Texas Ranger Museum,
so that is where we headed next. . .

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although set up in typical “museum style”
there were a lot of interesting things to see. . .
these guys were “ALL THAT” back in the day. . .
and still play a huge role in Texas Law Enforcement. . .

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Check out the little 22 caliber handgun that slides right into your belt buckle. . .
awesome. . .I want one!  LOL. . .

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a lot of Texas Art. . .
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and Texas Sculptures displayed,
which I, of course, loved. . .

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Dave’s favorite thing. . .Walker, Texas Ranger. . .
you have watched that series. . .right?

see more pics from the Texas Ranger Museum

so, that was it. . .a week in the life of the Evans once our travels have wound down. . .

this morning we rolled into Round Rock Texas
for a visit with the awesome Mr Jaden, and his mommy and daddy. . .yaaa!


Janice and Dave


Saturday, October 4, 2014

All We’ve Done is EAT!


Last Sunday we met wanna be RV’ers for lunch
at Spring Creek BBQ in Lewisville. . .
Judy and Herb. . .thanks for treating us to a great meal. . .

you guys will do wonderful as RV'ers. . .no doubt!



Brenda and Jimmy Pesl
Tuesday night we met long time family friends
Brenda and Jimmy,
for supper at Riskye’s – Downtown Fort Worth. . .



Curtis and Brenda
Thursday evening Dave’s brother
Curtis and his bride, Brenda brought their motor home out



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to share the camping experience with us at Lake Benbook. . .
so we had tacos. . .lovely COE park. . .



Wouldn’t you know it. . .with the horrific storms that went around us,
but through the Dallas and Fort Worth area on Thursday evening
we lost power shortly after they arrived. . .and it never came back on. . .
we finally cranked our generator around 11 and went to bed. . .
Curtis and Brenda’s generator wouldn’t start,
but thankfully, with cooler temps they were able to sleep
comfortably with the windows open. . .
guess they had a REAL camping experience. . .


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Friday morning. ..still no power. . .
but this beautiful view and a cup of the good stuff helped ease the pain. . .


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more morning enjoyment. . .


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the only problem, and I’m not sure if you can tell in this pic. . .
but as I walked out to get a better pic. . .this Mom sort of postured up,
and started bleating very loudly (I had no idea they did that ! ! !)
I wasn’t as close as this pic appears, but I was concerned
she was going to charge. . .so I quickly retreated. . .(without turning my back)
and she and her yearling went on into the woods. . .goodness!

Shortly thereafter, we, along with Curtis and Brenda loaded up,
and prepared to move the coaches to Granbury for a visit
with Curtis and Dave’s Aunt and Uncle. . .


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who also felt the need to feed us. . .
and then took us all out for breakfast this morning. . .goodness. . .


Curtis and Brenda needed to leave this afternoon to return home,
as they pastor a church in the Ft Worth area. . .
but as I type, Aunt Barbara’s cooking a pizza. . .
so. . .see ya. . .gotta go eat. . .LOL!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Back in TEXAS! . . .

crossed the Oklahoma/Texas border and rolled back into the “home country” yesterday

in the last six months we have been in sixteen states. . .wow. . .

and visited twelve State Capitols. . .such a great trip. . .

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but at some point, we must return. . .we’ve got birthdays to make up for with grandaughters. . .

hugs to collect. . .doctors to visit (ugh). . .friends to see. . .lots and lots to do. . .

 

First stop. . .this fabulous little city park just out of Dallas. . .

50A water/electric only $9 per night if you are over 60. . .

hello. . .yes, NINE DOLLARS. . .is that unbelievable or what?


Wish I could show you how great it really is. . .you can barely see the lake

in the left of the pic. ..but it is so close, we can walk right over to it. . .

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Dave enjoying the view this morning. . .

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but here’s the real reason for the stop. . .

Mr Cuteness himself. . .our adorable “great” nephew. . .

oh, and his mommy and daddy. . .LOL! 

 

Our niece BROUGHT with them all the goods

for a complete BBQ. . .wow. . .so organized. . .I LOVE it!

All we did was fire up the grill. . .she and hubby did all the rest. . .

it was so great. . .and so delicious!  Thanks guys. . .

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time to take Mr Busyness over to the park and wear him out. . .

man is that boy fast. . .wow! 

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waiting for the delivery. . .there he is. . .so much fun. . .

after the slide episode he even allowed me to hold him. . .

wow. . .that was amazing. . .

you know how they get at that age. . .where they don’t want anybody but Mommy. . .

see. . .that’s what wearing them out will do. . .

I bet he was asleep before they made it to the main road. . .

 

See you soon for more hugs guys. . .love ya!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Oklahoma State Capitol–Oklahoma City

Oklahoma's State House

this morning found us on the lawn of the Oklahoma State House. . .

 

State Capitol Park

it was obvious from the moment we crossed into the Capitol Complex,

and drove down the boulevard. . .

Oklahoma's State House

that Oklahoma is an “OIL STATE” and proud of it. . .

way to go Oklahoma. . .I love it!

Oklahoma Black Gold

a prominent painting inside the building is titled “Black Gold”

another prominent image depicts The Magic of Petroleum. . .

you can read the story, and decide how much to believe. . .or not

The Oklahoma State House before the dome was added

we were surprised to learn that for 85 years the

Oklahoma State House looked like this,

because they ran out of funds,

Inside the Rotunda before and after

the ceiling of the rotunda area was flat as depicted on the left. . .

Capitol Dome

this dome existed only on paper until

then Governor Frank Keating prevailed upon

private industry and citizens to raise funds

to have it installed for Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration

Rotunda - Inside the Dome

this is much more beautiful, don’t you think?

Beautiful Architecture

there were moments of grand architecture throughout the building. . .

and I missed getting a pic of the Grand Staircase,

which was really, really great. . .

you should go so you can see it

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Famous Oklahomans

Will Rodgers, Jim Thorpe (Olympian), Mickey Mantle, and Sam Walton

A Storm passing Northwest of Anadarko

and can you ever visit Oklahoma without living in fear that one of these may happen?

 

We have enjoyed our few days here in Oklahoma’s State Capitol. . .

but it’s now time to pack it up and roll it on into Texas. . .

 

See you there,

Janice and Dave

 

more great artwork and architecture of the State Capitol Building. . .enjoy!