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Trip Start Sep 27, 2010
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Trip End Mar 23, 2011


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Monday, January 10, 2011

Well, we should have moved on but it's just too nice being here. We have been at Lazy L&L longer than any other place we have ever camped, anywhere (excepting Halifax NS of course, but that was different) We have enjoyed our time immensely, we wouldn't have lingered otherwise. I suppose we have become 'Winter Texans' for a while and sometimes I wish we were full timers and could stay here until spring when this area is transformed by all the wild flowers. Nice as it is not to be in snow it would be even better to have green grass instead of brown. Then we could wend our way northwards to visit the states as yet unexplored and maybe visit with some of the lovely people we have met along our travels as they too have escaped winter.

It has been great to actually socialise with friends, go places together, have people 'over’ for dinner/drinks etc. but don’t worry Gill & Anita we just have more friends not instead of friends :) Just before Christmas Malc had some inspiration from one of the groups we had seen at the Gruene market (remember the girl "playing" a crutch?) and research found this to be a “new” musical instrument – an ugly stick watch this clip and all will be revealed! Anyhow before we actually leave and get back on the road again we need to fill you in on all the things we have been getting up to whilst we have been here. So here goes…

Are you sitting comfortably? Once upon a time Jack (aka Malc) and Jill (aka Betsy) went up the hill…literally.

Rodney & Margie our hosts – you will hear lots about them as they have been so gracious and generous in trying to make sure all their winter guests have a good time – asked some of us if we would like to visit their cabin ‘up on the hill’ Of course being the shy/retiring people we are we said yes, also being inquisitive we are always ready to see another cabin for ideas. We had no inkling of how far this dwelling was and thought that maybe we could either walk or take Toad, wrong! It soon became apparent when we saw the fleet of all terrain vehicles that Rodney brought out of his ‘shop’ – for shop read workshop/barn. This was going to be more of an expedition. So, with many willing volunteer drivers we set off up the track - all terrain was certainly called for. We were in a 1942 Willies jeep with Margie at the wheel and as we climbed higher she explained that when she was young this land was roamed by the family’s cattle and they would have to come up here to check on them. Now the areas main residents are deer, including a herd of Axis that Rodney feeds. When we reached the summit we found he had already been there some time and was cooking burgers and sausages. The view was wonderful, what a great site for a cabin. Margie took us a little further to a look out point where the views are spectacular; we were high above the river with magnificent panoramas and the camp ground looking like a model far below us. After a tasty lunch, thank you R&M (of L&L) for your wonderful hospitality. Malc took a turn driving on our decent and as you can see I did my best to record the action on what was a very bumpy ride! We stopped to watch the Axis feeding…magical.












































Belmont – we had been introduced to this place by Rodney who took us and a dozen or so other campers in one of his school buses (he has 5 previously loved ones, along with 3 mini buses all used for ferrying ‘toobers’ back from their float down the Guadalupe river in the summer and many other vehicles too numerous to mention) to the Belmont Social Club. Now you could say this is nothing more than a large corrugated shed and in some respects that would be right, but put together a package of great food, good music and a wonderful atmosphere and you have so much more than a shed. Unfortunately the bus decided to be awkward and we had to cut the visit short as the alternator was playing up and Rodney didn’t want us to be stranded. However we did go back again with some friends and had a brilliant evening the following Friday night. One thing we have noticed about many of the venues around this area is that there is plenty of live music and no matter what the genre the audience is made up of young and old alike and everything in between including families. Where does that happen in the UK? Three generations enjoying a night out together? Not for a special occasion but just because that’s what they do - nice. In fact the two families that run this place had their children helping out, the triplets; 10 yr olds were polite and efficient. The star of the night was one of these, their daughter who took to the stage like a pro and sang her little heart out. If you clicked on the link above you will have seen how the social club only opened in December after extensive effort and work. It looks like it’s going to be a great success. If you didn’t click then go back and take a look! Incidentally it was a garage in a former life and at one time was 100’ nearer the road – but hey anything can be moved!

Ice Hockey game

We were lucky enough to go to a Rampage Game at the AT&T Centre in San Antonio with friends Steve and Janis and her daughter Sally who lives in SA. Thanks you guys J (Apologies for the American accent) We have been to an Ice Hockey game before up in Halifax, but I have to say that this was rather more of a show – complete with all the razzmatazz you would expect here in the good old US of A. It wasn’t just a great game – close finish, Rampage narrowly beat the rivals from Oklahoma – but all through the evening there were little interludes to keep the crowd engaged. Like the pause in play when soft toys in the shape of the mascot (a bull) floated from the roof with vouchers attached down into the eager hands of the fans. Or when the mascot came out onto the ice and ‘fired’ T shirts into the audience, or when members of the public got to compete on the ice (no skates mind you) for the ultimate prize of a Harley…you get the picture. There was a reasonable crowd there, about 8000 or so and as there was a big football game the same night we thought that wasn’t bad. However the amount of gross fast food that was consumed almost continuously throughout was a bit off putting – sorry fans! Towards the finish, another goal would mean a treat for all the fans in more ways that one, said goal was scored so as we left the stadium everyone was given a voucher for Chick Fil A …yes fats food (until that typo, didn’t realise the significance to the spelling of fast when related to food) and yes we did use ours! Later this month this venue will host the SA Rodeo, we went when we were here before with Anita & Malc so we won’t be staying for this one.





















During January the River walk in SA is routinely drained for maintenance and to clear the plethora of rubbish that accumulates in the water. Not just bottles and chairs as you might expect, but even sofas we are told! High spirits indeed. Anyhow we went to take a look and were astonished at how deep it is in places, as you can see some of the heavy trucks look small. Work being done includes scooping out the thick layers of mud and laying gravel in order to give the river ‘bed’ a more substantial bottom should anyone accidentally fall in! It seemed quite a big project, but was finished in less than two weeks.










 Not far from the river is the old market square where there is what is said to be the largest Mexican market north of the border. It was certainly colourful if rather quiet the day we went.



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