Mission, Here We Come!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 082015

Yesterday was a beautiful day here at the Colorado River Thousand Trails preserve in Columbus, Texas. Blue sky, a light breeze, and about 70 degrees. It would have been a good day for kite flying, but I was focused on getting as much done as possible on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal because we’ll be back on the road today.

Greg and Jan White had been parked on one side of us and a fifth wheel on the other, but both rigs left on Wednesday and we seemed almost isolated.

Winnie at Colorado River TT small

But we got new neighbors on Saturday when a motorhome pulled into the site on one side, and then yesterday afternoon three rigs arrived together. One parked in Greg and Jan’s old site, next to us and the other two on the other side of the road.

I took a break for an hour or so when longtime RV vendor friends Dutch and Di Irrgang stopped by for a visit. We have crossed paths several times in our travels over the years and it was good to see them again.

While they were visiting we heard a strange noise, and at first I thought it was a loud truck going past, or maybe an airplane. But Dutch said he thought it was a boat on the Colorado River behind us. That surprised me because the water level in the river is usually pretty low. But sure enough, a few minutes later we heard it again, and it was an airboat going by again in the other direction. That’s the first time I’ve seen anything but a kayak in the river in all of our visits to this campground.

What we do see is a lot of wildlife. I’ve shared pictures of the large herds of deer that hang out here before, seeming to ignore us humans who come and go all the time.

Deer feeding 6 small

Big buck at RV small

Terry also saw a pelican flying up the river the other day and then spotted a large group of them hanging out on a sandbar. Maybe they’re headed to the beach for Spring Break.

After Dutch and Di left I worked on the paper for the rest of the day and evening. While I was doing that, Terry put the finishing touches on the latest creation to come off her loom. People keep asking if she’ll be selling any of her shawls. Maybe someday, but right now she’s making them as gifts for people she loves.

Then, after making a delicious dinner of her garlic aioli, she made up a batch of homemade peanut butter cookies. Yes, I know, I’m a very lucky man.

Today we have a 325 mile trip to one of our least favorite places in the country, Mission, Texas. We know a lot of RVers who love the Rio Grande Valley, but it has just never appealed to us. However, three of our favorite people in the world live there, Ron and Brenda Speidel, and Jim Lewis. They will make the trip worthwhile. We’ll hang out with them for a week or so, and then it will be time to move on down the road again. Our next stop will be at the Escapees Lone Star Co-op in Hondo, Texas to visit two more of our favorite people, Mike and Elaine Loscher.

From there it will be straight to Arizona. We need to be in Tucson in a couple of weeks for medical appointments and then for the Escapes Escapade Rally. It won’t be long now!

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