Saturday, December 21, 2013

Let's Look At Christmas Lights

Do you love to drive around and look at Christmas lights? Well, we sure do and one place we love to go see is the River Oaks area of Houston. Kiki was raring to go so we grabbed a couple of bottles of water and off we went!
 Everything was so beautiful and Kiki was getting a lot of attention too!
We had a lady pull up beside us and ask what kind of vehicle Kiki was and she wanted one!
 George posing.
 This is River Oaks Boulevard and on the left is the River Oaks Country Club.
 Thousands of lights.
 These trees were as tall as the huge two story homes behind them.
There was so many beautiful homes with lights and I just finally put down my camera and sat back and relaxed in Kiki and felt like a kid again.

Til next time,
Shelia :)

Brauning Lake RV Resort ~ San Antonio, TX

I wanted to share with you another little short trip we took in Kiki during November.
 We just love San Antonio and went in search of an RV park and found this one.
 It was lovely perched right on this little lake.
 Plenty of trees and lots of RVers. Some seemed to be living here.
 The staff was nice and friendly and we were led to our space and George commenced to get Kiki all set up.
 Chloe Dawn was ready to take a walk but got tired of waiting on me so she started to spy on the neighbors.
 The neighbors were just cackling up a storm! :)
 We really enjoyed staying here. Like I said, it was almost full (I get a little uneasy when there's not many folks around), the parking slabs were nice and flat and our site had electricity, WiFi, cable, water, sewer. There were monthly activities that sounded great but we didn't stay long enough to join in. There was a huge laundry room and a cute little store for supplies. Also a pool and hot tub.
 The weather this time of year was really nice and we took a nice walk and then came back and sat in our lawn chairs. I felt like some one was watching us!
 That little nosy busy body! :)
 We had hamburgers that night at a little cafe close by so we walked to it. I don't remember the name of the place, but those burgers were nasty! :P But that's okay. We slept well and got up nice and early, had some breakfast and it was time to hit the road again.
Chloe Dawn was saying, "Hurry up, Daddy! I'm ready to go!"
That's my girl.

Keep traveling,
Shelia ;)

North Padre Island

In mid November, George and I hopped into Kiki and headed to Corpus Christi, Texas, and wound up in Padre Island.
We had made no plans and just came upon this county park located on the north end of Padre Island.
 The campsite was very basic and was really like a huge parking lot. We had water and electric hookups, a dump station and there was a pretty large bath/restroom but I felt creepy when I went in there. There were not many campers around at the time we camped.
 I borrowed this photo and I'm so sorry I failed to get the source. It wast just like this and pretty empty.
 Just a few feet over the sand dunes was the Bob Hall Pier and the beach.
 The water was just gorgeous. This snap is straight out of my camera and was taken around 4:30ish in the afternoon.
 The beach was pretty empty too. The wind was really blowing and being mid November may have had something to do with it.
 George went for a barefoot run on the beach.
 Chloe Dawn and I took a little walk!
It began to softly rain on us through the night and was quite cold the next morning. 
This campground was really not my cup of tea and I wouldn't want to come back.
We'll find a better campground next time.

Keep traveling,
Shelia ;)

It's About Time!

Well, I thought it was way over due to post about Kiki again.
Some of you may know my little mother passed away in October, she was 90 and lived a long full life. So Kiki's blog has taken a back seat for a bit and it's time to change that.
 We had mother's funeral here in Galveston at the retirement home's chapel where she lived and she was taken to Odessa, Texas, to be buried beside my daddy.
 My daughter and little grandson, Camp, flew down to be with us.
We had never seen little Camp as he was just 5 weeks old. You can see the joy on our faces to get to meet him and give him some grandparent love.
After mother's funeral, we all hopped into Kiki and headed out for the drive to Odessa
 Little Camp really did well in Kiki. His little baby carrier was strapped into the seat right behind the driver's side. Here is hubby loving on that little boy! But no, I'm not driving...we're stopped. I don't get to get behind the wheel too often...hubby is always going to 'let me drive' but somehow it just never happens. :)
 Okay, I guess you've all heard of 'Friday Night Lights' - the show about Permian High School football in Odessa. Well, I didn't attend Permian but their rival, Odessa High School. It still looks so much like it did when I graduated in 1970. You see that little ledge? Well, I used to sit there with my girlfriends after lunch almost every day until it was time to go to class.
 We had to drive around town and look at the changes, as we hadn't been back in years. Many jack rabbits all around town looking so spiffy!
We also ate at a local bar-b-que place called 'Johnny's'. Man that was some good food.
Our daughter was born in Odessa and we drove by the places we had lived and where mother and daddy had lived.

Then we were back on the road again. We had to pull over quite a bit for our daughter to tend to the baby, with all the help grandma could give. We were getting tired and hungry and made it to San Angelo. We had a great Mexican food meal at Fuentes Cafe downtown. It was already dark and getting late so we decided to go to Spring Creek Marina and RV Park where hubby and I had stayed this past August. We pulled Kiki up to the office and it was closed. They had put out a sheet with available spaces and we went in search of one. 
 We slept well in Kiki. Hubby and I slept in the bed and daughter and little Camp slept on the seat behind the driver's side that becomes a twin bed. Little Camp was so happy to be out of his carrier and didn't even make a peep all night long! He's a little doll!
 Next morning by the time we all took our showers and ate some cereal it was after 9 am. So we unhooked Kiki and went back to the office to pay. They were not open! We needed to hit the road so hubby left his card and we called the office a little later on down the road. The man was so nice and told us since we were so honest we didn't need to pay anything! Merry Christmas! :)
There's still very kind folks in this world, y'all!
 We had to take a little time to drive around Austin. Our daughter met her hubby at UT while living there so another tour was in order to spy old haunts.
 Austin was hustlin' and bustlin'! 
We were making great time in Kiki until we got to Houston. Interstate 10 was shut down but we didn't realize it until we where knee deep in traffic. We stayed on that stupid I-10 for almost 3 hours!! 
Needless to say we made it home and all fell into bed.
I have a few more little posts to share with you soon.

Keep traveling and don't get stuck in traffic,
Shelia ;)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Texas Hill Country

I thought I'd share another little trip in Kiki with you. 
Now Texas is a very big state and we keep exploring campgrounds.
In my last post we had traveled to San Angelo and this was the last leg of that trip.
 If you're familiar with the Texas Hill Country, you know how pretty it can be.
We decided to take Kiki to Kerrville and found this nice park ~ the Guadalupe River RV Resort.
We stayed two nights and with our Good Sam's discount it cost around $35 a night with electricity, water, sewer, wifi and cable.
 There goes Mr. Precious walking into the entrance.
Again, it was HOT here!
 This was a very nice campground. So clean and all kinds on amenities.

 There were two swimming pools, a hot tub, little store, club house and laundry facilities.
This was the first time I had ever used the laundry at a campground and it was quite fun.
Doesn't take much to humor me. Well, I didn't bring any laundry detergent but the store sold little 'one load' boxes and dryer sheets for .99 a box.  It cost $1.25 to wash and $1.25 to dry. I'm thinking I should start saving my little quarters to take along on our trips.

 Our spot was #34 underneath the oak trees. While Mr. Precious is setting up, let me take you on a little tour. It is my job after all to snap pictures. :)

 There were nice furnished cabins you could rent and a lovely little playground
 Down the hill from our spot were wonderful walking trails and little pieces of the Guadalupe River.
This is the upper river and it's smaller and swampier looking.
 This snap was pretty but really dirty looking so I enhanced the colors for you.
 Little squirrels were everywhere.
 Chloe Dawn, she's fuzzy here because she wouldn't stand still, loved taking walks down by the river exploring. She is a city girl, after all! :)
I have to tell you, the one time I didn't take my camera with me I saw a herd of deer!
Honey, I'm telling you! There was a buck with antlers at least two feet high and mamas and babies!
They saw me coming and they froze with their tall necks in the air. Then they started to run off to cross the river. As they ran single file, I counted 20! I couldn't believe it and I'm still kicking myself for not taking my camera! You live and learn.

Well, looks like Mr. Precious has us all set up.
 We just bought these little lawn chairs at WalMart and were so excited to get to use them.
 So excited, we forgot to cut the tags off! ;)
We did sit out in the mornings under the trees and watch the squirrels and it was quite nice.
 Another first for me! I had never used the gas burners in Kiki's kitchen before and this time I bit the bullet and cooked away. I tried to cook as much as I could and see what all I could do.
There is no oven but we have a microwave to heat stuff up in. As you can see, this was breakfast and I was frying up those little link sausages again. They just taste so good in the mornings. We don't do this at home so it's a treat to us. I scrambled eggs. I brought a pan big enough so I could boil some corn. It's so good right now. I did some preparing at home. I shucked and broke the ears in half and put them in zip lock bags so I would just have to toss them in the water to boil. I washed and cut up lettuce and put it in a zip lock too. I had heard about the germs with the precut lettuce in bags.
The only thing I'm missing is lots of ice. I drink tea or Dr. Pepper all day and I love ice.
 It's almost dark and Mr. Precious walked outside and took a few snaps. That's the window over the kitchen area and the pink is me!
 He caught me doing the dishes. See I'm putting down the little sink cover as this becomes our storage spot at night for our bathroom things - toothpaste and toothbrushes, glasses, soaps and lotions.
I'm talking small here.
Oh, I wanted to tell you something we will never do again. As you know, Kiki is 'our wheels'. If we need to leave the camp we have to unhook everything and drive where ever. Well, I had cooked as I told you and we were running out of the real food. Mr. Precious had seen a busy little restaurant across the highway from the campground and said we could just cross the highway, Interstate 10.
We got out there and cars were whizzing by at 70 to 80 miles an hour. Mr. Precious is a runner but I can't run! I have arthritis in my knees. So we make it to the turn lane and cars are whizzing by us now on both sides! You talk about scary. I was praying my tiny head off for God to protect us. He did, we ate, it was good and we crossed the interstate to get back to the RV campgrounds. No, no Nannette! Never again will we cross an interstate!
 The next morning after her walk, Chloe Dawn was raring to go ahead. She hopped up in her little seat and was waiting anxiously. What a little doll.
Well, bye bye to Kerrville and yes, we loved this park, recommend it and would come back. Next time I'd bring a bathing suit and my own laundry detergent and would take my camera with me at all times! :)

Til next time,
Shelia ;)