There’s an old saying that goes “the sun has rose, the sun has set, and we ain’t out of Texas yet.” But what the heck, we’re not in a big hurry to leave the Lone Star state so, it doesn’t matter.
When we left West Monroe, Louisiana Tuesday morning we had an easy run west to Shreveport on Interstate 20, then took U.S. Highway 79 few miles southwest into Texas. As soon as we crossed the state line the highway improved, though it wasn’t bad before, and it didn’t take us long to get to Carthage, where we hooked up with U.S. 59 to Livingston. Except for several construction zones it was a nice trip all the way.
Livingston is home to Rainbow’s End, the headquarters of the Escapees RV Club, and I’m pretty sure that if you stay there long enough you’ll eventually meet every other RVer in the world. They all wander through sooner or later. In fact, we didn’t even get to the park before we met our first one. We pulled up behind a pickup truck at a traffic light down town and the driver got out and waved his arms at us. It was our friend Russ Davis, who we have not seen in almost a year. He and his pretty wife Debbie are spending a few days at Rainbows End before continuing west to the Escapade rally in Tucson.
Our friends Charles and Chris Yust had invited us to use their lot, and once we were parked and hooked up, we drove a few miles to see two very special friends of ours, Sal and Bonnie Bellomo. We met this wonderful couple in our first year on the road and they have been loyal supporters of the Gypsy Journal and dear friends ever since. After years of fulltiming, they hung up the keys and say that they now do their travels through the paper and my blog. We had a very nice visit and look forward to getting back to see Sal and Bonnie again the next time we’re in the area.
Yesterday morning I stopped at the Escapees office to meet Kelly Burns, the advertising director of the Escapees magazine, and her boss, Teresa Moore. I told Kelly that we have something in common, my boss is named Theresa, too. I had a nice visit with them, as well as the very friendly receptionist, whose name completely escapes me, even though I asked her twice. I usually remember the names of nice ladies like her and I have no excuse except that I’m getting old.
We left Livingston about noon, and after a stop for fuel at the Flying J in New Caney we got onto the beltway around the north side of Houston, dodging kamikaze drivers for the next 26 miles before we made it out the west side onto Interstate 10. We arrived at the Colorado River Thousand Trails preserve in Columbus at 3 p.m. and were greeted by Greg and Jan White. There was an open 50 amp full hookup site next to them, right on the river, and once we shared hugs all around we got backed in and hooked up.
By then we were hungry and they recommended a great Mexican restaurant called Los Cabos, so we all piled in the Explorer and went to dinner. This place definitely gets added to our Favorite Restaurants book! After one bite of her shrimp stuffed avocado, Miss Terry said we’d definitely be going back. Everything is hot and delicious, the portions are very generous, and the service is excellent.
We’ll be here a week while I work on the next issue of the paper and we hang out with Greg and Jan. And I don’t plan on turning the alarm on our clock even once!
It’s time for a new Free Drawing, and this week’s prize is an audiobook of Hostiles, the third book in John Daulton’s excellent Galactic Mage series, which one reviewer has called “a great blend of magic and science.” To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – If you need the promise of heaven and the fear of hell to be a good person, then you are not a good person.