Working Week Wrap-Up

Current Location: Westlake RV Resort, Houston, Texas

We’ve been here several days now. Malcolm worked during the days at the office on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Our location here a few miles west of the office is fairly convenient from a drive-time standpoint. The average trip to the office or back home is around 25-30 minutes.

We mentioned in a previous post that Malcolm had replaced the ceiling-mounted speakers from the trailer’s home theater system with ones from a Bose Acoustimass 6 system Malcolm purchased on Amazon. The remainder of that system was installed after we got here.

We quickly found out that the inexpensive home theater amplifier/DVD player that came with the trailer wasn’t quite up to the task of driving all the speakers correctly. On Thursday, Malcolm came home with a new low-profile Marantz home theater receiver. Like the Bose system, it was an outgoing model so he got a good price on it at Best Buy.

With all that out of the way, we found that the cabinet holding all the equipment tends to get pretty warm with the door closed. Malcolm picked up a variable speed computer fan with a USB connector and plugged it in up in the cabinet. The door is slightly propped open with a pencil for right now, though we plan to figure out a more elegant solution at some point.

We checked out the pool here at the campground and found it was really nice. It is heated (not sure if electrically or via the Texas sun). They also have a nice spa. The facilities here are really well-maintained and clean.

Saturday was shopping day. We stopped by a mall to look for a couple gifts and drop by the Apple Store to pick up a new power supply for Malcolm’s computer and a couple new cords to replace some older, fraying cords. We also went to IKEA and grabbed a couple items for the trailer. We also hit Costco and dropped some spring cleaning remnants off at Goodwill. Later in the evening, we went to Half Price Books to look over their used record collection and picked up a few records.

This morning we went to Christ Church PCA in Katy (our usual Houston-area church) and had Tex-Mex food for lunch. Right now we are relaxing in the trailer preparing for another week of work for Malcolm.

In Houston for a While

Current Location: Westlake RV Resort, Houston, Texas

Last Night: Sunrise RV Park, Texarkana, Arkansas

Yesterday we pulled a long haul (491 miles) from Nashville to Texarkana so that we wouldn’t have as far to go today. We traveled the rest of the way into Houston today (318 miles) and arrived at Westlake around 2:00 PM. We headed out soon after setting up and picked up a rental car and stopped by Home Depot for a few items.

Malcolm brought the rest of the new sound system in and hooked it all up this afternoon before and after dinner. It doesn’t exactly work correctly with the inexpensive home theater receiver that came with the rig, but it works OK for now.

We headed out to the grocery store after dinner and stocked up for the next couple weeks. Malcolm heads into the office in the morning and will be working here for about 2 1/2 weeks.

Texas Work Complete

Current Location: Rainbow’s End, Livingston, Texas

Yesterday we traveled from Hot Springs, Arkansas to our “home” location here in Livingston, Texas. The goal was to get a license plate for the trailer and to get both the truck and trailer inspected (not necessarily in that order).

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Since we were arriving before 5:00 PM in Livingston, we called ahead to make sure we had a campground spot (no problem) and to find out where to get our truck and trailer inspected. We were told to stop by a body shop on the north end of town. We called ahead and they said they would be open until 5:00, so stop on by.

We stopped by and they inspected the trailer for us. They indicated we would have to come back with the truck unhitched from the trailer to inspect it, so we headed on to the campground and got set up. It was about 4:30, so we ran back over to get the truck inspected and to have them correct the year indicated on our trailer inspection (it is a 2015, they put 2014). They corrected the trailer inspection but said they couldn’t do the truck until Wednesday (today), so we headed on to eat dinner.

We had dinner at Shrimp Boat Manny’s. They have delicious Cajun food and, as the name implies, a lot of seafood entrees. Malcolm had several Cajun selections, Val had the grilled fish. Yummy.

Today, Malcolm headed to get the truck inspected. The inspection person looked at our current truck registration sticker and said if they didn’t say we needed another inspection then we were good until next year. Malcolm then headed down to the tag office to find out what was needed for the trailer to get registered. He needed to take some paperwork back to the trailer, fill it out and return with it and Val. We headed back downtown and got the trailer tag with no problem.

Fully Licensed now

Fully Licensed now

After the trailer tag was done, we headed over to Joe’s Italian Grill for an excellent Italian lunch. We filled up the truck with fuel and headed back to the trailer. Malcolm took care of a couple maintenance items on the trailer. He found that a couple of the outdoor slide seals are already coming apart (and a couple were not secured, allowing them to slide). For now, Malcolm secured the sliding seals. We’ll look at having them replaced in the next couple weeks either at the rally or on our own.

Tomorrow morning, we’re heading out northbound. We’ll probably stop around Texarkana for the night.

Halfway Through Texas

Current Location: By the River RV Park and Campground, Kerrville, Texas

We packed up and headed out from Van Horn about 8:30 AM this morning. We would say it was a relatively quiet trip today, except that Callie would beg to disagree. We suspect all the recent changes (new rig, staying in hotels, etc.) the past couple weeks has thrown her out of whack. She eventually quiets down in the truck, but really raises the roof when we first get underway.

We called ahead to a couple campgrounds along the way because we were finding places full or nearly full. Fortunately, we found a place today as well as for Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll have to look while we are on the road tomorrow to find something around Houston.

This campground is nice and cozy. It sits near the Guadalupe River. It is across the street and over the hill behind the rigs parked across from us.

Our site looking toward the river

Our site looking toward the river

This afternoon’s dinner was packets cooked on the grill. Malcolm realized when he went to turn them over that the gas cylinder had run out (small green Coleman cylinder). We knew we had purchased two cylinders shortly before we traded rigs and could have sworn we had brought them with us but couldn’t find them anywhere. We put the food in the refrigerator and headed up the road to WalMart to get more gas cylinders.

Back at the trailer, we finished cooking and eating dinner. We headed out to get some dessert, then back to the trailer. While pulling down breakfast bars to pack in the bag we keep in the truck, we found the gas cylinders along with all the other outdoor kitchen gear that Malcolm finally remembered putting up on the very top shelf of the pantry. It has definitely been a long week or two. Looking forward to things settling down.

Mountains with Friends

Current Location: Van Horn KOA, Van Horn, Texas

On Saturday morning, we made another run to Goodwill (our second in as many days) to drop off extra stuff we don’t need in the trailer. We figure we’ve dropped two or three hundred pounds of stuff off. We’ve also sorted out some items that will go to other family members and we’ll drop them off in Alabama next week until we can deliver them.

We also picked up a couple more items from Camping World that we needed. We also stopped by Lowe’s and got some wire rack shelving to put in our laundry closet to replace the questionable wood ones that are in there now. We didn’t get those mounted yet. After our shopping trip, we stopped by the trailer and grabbed the camera. We then met our friends Becky and Jeremy and their children at a coffee shop in north Tucson.

We loaded in our respective vehicles and headed up the windy road from the valley that Tucson is nestled in and ended up at over 8,000 ft. altitude at Mt. Lemmon. We stopped and did a little souvenir shopping after grabbing a light snack. We stopped on the way up and back down to grab some pictures (included below). We headed onto the Air Force base with Becky and Jeremy and visited with them at their trailer until fairly late in the evening. We said our goodbyes and drove back to our trailer.

This morning, we packed everything up, hitched up and headed out around 8:30 AM on our continuing eastward trek. We drove a fairly long distance today and stopped in Van Horn, Texas at the KOA we stayed in on the way out west last month. We gained two time zones on the way. Arizona is in the Mountain Time Zone but doesn’t honor daylight savings time, so we started in Mountain Standard Time, entered Mountain Daylight Time in New Mexico and entered Central Daylight Time just west of Van Horn. As a matter of fact, Van Horn is the western-most city in the Central Time Zone.

Road Runner sculpture at rest stop

Road Runner sculpture at rest stop

Stopped in Van Horn

Stopped in Van Horn

Started hanging items in the trailer

Started hanging items in the trailer

Here are pictures from Mt. Lemmon.

Us

Us

Becky, Jeremy and children

Becky, Jeremy and children

Scenery

Scenery

Rocks

Rocks

More Rocks

More Rocks

Yet More Scenery

Yet More Scenery

Yup, you guessed it - scenery

Yup, you guessed it – scenery

Cool scenery

Cool scenery

Stopped along the road

Stopped along the road

Rock on another rock

Rock on another rock

Different angle

Different angle

License plates for today’s trip – 27 of 51 found.

License Plates

License Plates