Texas, here we come

Trip Start Feb 12, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Castaways RV Park

Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, November 13, 2006

We finally, crossed into Texas at Texarkana.....love that name. We then went through Tyler, TX to have the braking system, between the RV and the Jeep, calibrated. Although, we didn't have any problems towing the Jeep, the system needed adjusting to the new RV. 

We were soon on our way again and drove on to Willis, just north of Houston at Lake Conroe. While at the Castaways RV Park, we landed up buying another RV parks membership, in Resorts of Distinction, which we have used a lot since then.

Also, while there, I connected with another St. Margaret's classmate, Suzi Schriber Swanson. Her husband is in the oil business and we had a lovely lunch and chit-chat afternoon at their townhouse in Houston.

The morning we left the Castaways, as we were driving out of the park, we saw a RV that was completely destroyed by a fire during the night. Luckily, the occupants got out, but what a sorry mess.

Our next stop was at the very nice Bay View Park in Rockport, TX. They had a great semi-potluck Thanksgiving dinner that almost felt like a family gathering. The park supplied the turkey and everybody else brought a true smorgesborg of all the trimmings. All those potluck dishes covered the tops of three large tables (actually, pool tables with boards over them). What a feast!!

While there, in the RV next to us we met Bev and Wynn Jones and I went with them one afternoon, for a 'dolphin cruise' at Corpus Christi. Another Rver couple there, Renae and Norm Komayashi, were very helpful. Renae makes business cards for RVers, taking their photos, sometimes with their RVs, then prints up the cards with all of their appropriate information, etc. Norm is also very knowledgeable about computers and held a sort of class/clinic in the clubhouse.

We finally made it to Brownsville, TX and stayed at the Coast to Coast Winter Haven Park. It was one of the best parks we had been to yet but we also wanted to look around to choose where we wanted to stay for the winter. During the first week or two, we drove all over the 'Rio Grande Valley', home of the 'Winter Texans', and checked out many other parks, including the Autumn Acres park where Jan and John were. However, we didn't find any other park that we liked as well as Winter Haven and since the prices were comparable, we made arrangements to stay the winter there.

Winter Haven is a senior, age 55 and over park, with some full-time residents in various housing, like regular houses, mobile homes and RVs. Between about every other couple of streets there's lovely canals (called Resacas) and the properties next to them have decks or patios, etc.

The park has a big clubhouse and a whole list of activities for anyone to choose from, such as all kinds of card games (Terry likes bridge, pinochle, Texas Hold-em and cribbage, I like a couple of canasta games), shuffleboard, aqua-aerobics, BBQs, exercise and dance classes and so much more. There's also the Winter Texans Olympics. Terry won playing pool, golf, and bridge.

We really liked the park and met a lot of nice people. The only bad thing, was the weather. Contrary to normal, it was the coldest and wettest winter in 25 years!! Still, no snow, but generally just colder than we like. But in spite of that, we enjoyed our time there.
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