January 2016 Travels
On New Year’s Eve Day we left Short Stay Recreation Area in Moncks Corner, South Carolina and headed west. Rain was forecast for the day but we were lucky and it didn’t start until we had about 4 hours done. We took I-95 South and then picked up back roads to take us west. We stopped in the town of Claxton, Georgia for lunch in the camper and noticed Claxton Bakery that sells the fruitcakes that Tim loves. After eating we walked over and bought him a fruitcake. Claxton Fruit Cakes have been made for over a century with a blend of nature’s finest fruits and nuts.
We arrived at Southern Trails Rv Resort in Unadilla, Georgia about 2PM and Tim set up the outside of the camper in the rain while I sat in the truck. Guess I think I will melt if I get wet but sure appreciated it. LOL.
This is a pretty nice campground, full hookups, laundry, tables, pool, playground, laundry, pull thru sites, and rec hall. We belong to Coast to Coast so the cost was $2 a night for 50amp service. Love a bargain.
The first day we took a ride to Warner Robins Air Force Base and did some shopping for food and misc items. When we returned home we took a nice walk around the campground. We are going to try our hardest this year to lose some weight.
After a nice dinner of Parmesan Chicken, fresh green beans, rice and cranberry we sat down and played on our computers and then watched some tv.
Sunday Morning woke up to 54 being the temp inside our home. We ran out of propane and my goodness was it cold. I had to wake Tim up to go switch the bottles. We enjoyed a cup a coffee and then got ready for church at Centerpoint Church in Warner Robins, Georgia. We totally enjoyed attending church here with Pastor Jason Comer – very uplifting and a great speaker for a young guy. We found this church thru ARC after attending Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. After church we stopped at Target as we are looking for old fashioned boots for when it rains so we can still get our walks in. No luck but I did buy 2 new tablecloths for the dining room table. We then went to Academy Sports where we bought 3 bottles of propane for cooking on the grill and some waterproof spray for our hiking boots. Back home we had lunch and then we sat in our chairs and both of us fell asleep. Guess and hour nap for old folks is okay. The rest of the day and evening were spent playing on our computers, tv and having another good dinner. I must say it was an awesome day.
Monday morning we were up around 8:30AM and sat playing with our computers while drinking our coffee. It is our normal way to start the day.
We left around 10 AM and headed to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. We needed to get our prescriptions transferred from Charleston Air Force Base here and were informed it will be a 72 hour wait. We hope it will be shorter but only time will tell.
While on base we visited the Exchange and picked up a few things. Back home for a late lunch and then another nap. I have decided I cannot sit in my comfortable chair in the afternoons as it puts me to sleep. I must stay busy so we can go to bed at a more reasonable hour. Why I ask myself, I am retired?
Tuesday Morning we got up at 9:30am and drank our coffee, took showers and played on our computers. After lunch we drove to Robins Air Force Base to pick up our prescriptions which were transferred from Charleston Air Force Base. We then went to the exchange and bought the new Fit Bit Scale which will synic with our fit bits. We then went to the class VI Store to get a bottle of wine to cook with. We parked the car in a parking lot and walked for about 35 minutes thru housing to get in our exercise for the day. Stopped at Walmart for a few things and then got diesel for $1.85. Decided to stay in Warner Robins and have a pizza for dinner – pretty good for a cheese pizza. Filled our bellies and no dishes to clean up made the day.
Tonight we will watch a little tv and maybe read some. Until tomorrow have a good night sleep.
We woke up to freezing temps with blowing winds so during the morning we stayed in our nice warm home. After lunch Tim started to put things away and flush the tanks while I cleaned the bathroom, and then made our bed up clean. Later in the afternoon he went outside and came in to tell me that the whole basement floor was wet. Why? We took everything out and used the shop vac to get up the water and then he found the flush valve was loose. Always something in our little tiny house, that alwys needs something fixed. I am so glad I have a handy husband that can fix most things. We got that all put back together and enjoyed the warmth of the house for the rest of the day. We had a great dinner of baked potato, steak and tossed salad which was very yummy.
Tomorrow we move to a Corp of Engineer park about 200 miles away.
Our trip today was very interesting. We saw a huge Proctor and Gamble Factory, Keystone Foods, loads of pecan trees, Golden Peanut Company, and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.
We checked into the Corp of Engineer Campground called Eastbank on Lake Seminole. This is a huge lake with over 376 miles of shoreline. The campground has 65 sites with tables, lantern posts, fire rings, dump station, water and electric, showers, picnic shelters, volleyball/badminton, horseshoe pits, and shuffleboard. This lake sits on the Florida/Georgia line and covers over 37,500 acres of water. We love all campgrounds developed by the Corp of Engineers and this one did not disappoint. With our senior pass it cost us only $77 for a week. It rained most of the week but we did get a few nice walks in, ride around part of the lake, and a nice nature trail hike.
Our next stop was going to be in Louisiana so we started out early. We hit the time change from Eastern Time zone to central about 10 minutes out. At the rest area I saw a truck that said “Santa’s Escort.” Does anyone know what that is – I thought Santa came in a sleigh!
We had reservations at Abita Springs Resort in Abita Springs, La for a full hookup site. When we got there – no full hookups and they put us in a really wet area which did not sit too well with us. We decided to stay just one night and continue heading west. The campground seemed to have some nice facilities especially the clubhouse, pool, pond and picnic area. This year it has been extremely rainy so most things are muddy. We both slept good and the next morning we headed out.
Entering Texas you see a sign that says its 880 miles across the state on I-10. Part of the trip is interesting but the other part is boring as there is nothing to see but land and more land that looks empty.
Our stop was at Gulf Coast RV Resort in Beaumont, Texas. This is a really nice campground with about 125 sites with full hookups, pull thrus, showers, laundry, library, rec room, free breakfast every morning, free wi-fi, satellite tv, pool, exercise room, store and supplies, and a playground. The restrooms are the cleanest I have ever seen in a public place. We stayed here for 3 nights in order to do laundry, shop and go to our favorite restaurant in the area Pappodeaux Seafood Kitchen. We both had delicious meals with a nice glass of wine.
Next stop was Braunig Lake RV Resort located in Elmendorf, Texas about 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio. This is a huge campground with full hookups, cabins, lake, fishing, propane, showers, dump station, shuffleboard, horseshoes, Lodge, pool, spa, conference center and laundry. While here we did the River Walk and enjoyed that greatly. We had a nice lunch at The Country Line Restaurant and then walked about 5 miles. We went into the San Fernando Cathedral which is one of the oldest Cathedrals in the United States. It was built between 1738 and 1750 and the sanctuary walls are the original walls. The thing that amazed me was the Stations of The Cross. They are all carved out of stone and just beautiful.
While in the area we also toured Lackland Air Force Base. This is the base that all enlisted in the United States Air Force go for basic training. It is a very big base with a beautiful exchange.
Driving across the big state of Texas are next stop would be Parkview RV Park in Fort Stockton, Texas. We only spent one night here with full hookups and plenty of room to stay hooked up to the truck.
Fort Bliss RV Park was our next stop in El Paso Texas. This campground sits in the scenic foothills of the Franklin Mountains and has 132 sites, full hookups, pull thru, tables, grills, laundry, shoppette, gas station, playground, rec room, showers, and pavilion. We will be here for 4 nights to do some shopping and just relaxing. The weather got warmer so we were able to sit outside and enjoy the warm sunshine. We also did a lot of walking while here.
Shopping on Fort Bliss is like being at a Mall which they call Freedom Crossing. They have shops, restaurants, exchange, commissary, beauty parlor, barber shop, class VI shop, cleaners, theatre, plus outdoor fireplace and loads of places to sit. It is just beautiful and wish more bases were like this. Of course this is the Army’s second largest base so loads of people are stationed here. The base was built in 1849 and consists of 1700 square miles.
Close to El Paso are the Outlet Shops so we spent and afternoon shopping. I bought a pair of loafers William Sonoma as I had never seen there outlet stores before. Glad I live in such a small house as I would have been tempted to buy somethings.
We left El Paso, Texas and traveled thru the state of New Mexico until we reached Arizona where we stopped at Valley Vista Rv Resort in Benson. This is a pretty nice park with 155 sites, some full hookups, pool, hot tub, clubhouse, activities, shuffleboard, library, laundry, horseshoes and cable tv.
We woke up the first morning and realized that our inverter had quit. Tim got on the phone and got a new one ordered and the next day we found out they shipped it to Florida not Arizona so now we are stuck here for a week or longer. Yikes always something. Smile as we can do nothing about it.
Being in Benson we decided to check out the area and see what we could find. Our first stop was the Amerind Museum and Art Gallery located in Dragoon. This museum was founded in 1937 and houses a collection of Native American art and artifacts from the western hemisphere. The couple that started this museum were from Waterbury, Ct which is close to my hometown in Ct. As you travel this country you realize how small this world truly is. Our next stop was Cochise Stronghold which is located in the Dragoon Mountains. This was the hideout of the Chiricahua Apache Chief Cochise and today consists of a campground, picnic area and trails. We took a nice trail to get in some exercise. The campground is much too small for our rig but what a nice campground for smaller rigs.
We then stopped at Pearce which was an old mining camp and one of the richest gold diggings in Southern Arizona. The original store and post office still stand but in 1940 when the mine closed everyone just about left. Today it looks like maybe 5 families still live in the town.
Another day we took a ride to Fort Huachuca which is an active Army base established in 1877. They have a really nice museum which we toured. Today the base is the center for communications and electronic technical development. They have a beautiful exchange and commissary which we also visited.
One of our favorite stops was Fort Bowie which is now a National Park. This is the only National Park that I have ever visited that you take a gravel road and then hike to the Visitor Center. The sign said the trail was 1 ½ miles each way but believe me that was not true. Really difficult hike but we accomplished it and saw the old Butterfield Stage Station ruins, the site of the Battle of Apache Pass and an old cemetery. The Visitor Center we sat on the porch and enjoyed talking to the ranger and hearing about the area. Really nice day hiking over 5 miles up a Mountain and getting lots of exercise. This army fort was built in 1862 as a way to protect the pass from the Indians.
Another ghost town we visited was Fairbank which at one time was an old West railroad town founded in 1882 during Tombstone Silver boom. This town had the railroad depot, hotel, restaurant, bar, post office, several businesses and a school. By 1972 everything had closed up in the town and just empty buildings remain. On the property are many hiking trails and a cute school house and some buildings that will be fixed and then you’ll be able to tour them.
All in all our trip to Benson proved very interesting and different. The month is coming to a close and we have enjoyed our trip thus far. We have seen many interesting things and are only complaint is the weather is pretty cold this year even down south.
Stayed tuned for our continued travels west.