Hey ya’all! We are in Texas!

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Posted by whalerho | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 28-04-2009

Our first stop in Texas was the “Hill Country” area and the small town of Fredericksburg.  What a beautiful area.  We were told that when there is sufficient rain, the hills come alive with blue bell flowers.  Well, Texas didn’t get much rain this season so the flowers were sparse but it was still really beautiful.  Our state campground was right on Canyon Lake.  We  love state campgrounds as they allow so much space between each site.  It makes the camping experience  nice and peaceful.

We took a day trip into San Antonio and spent an hour on a boat tour down the famous Riverwalk.  This city is a must see as it is clean, beautiful and the people are very friendly.   We also took of tour of the famous Alamo and got to learn about what made David (Davy) Crockett so famous back in 1835 during the big battle of the Alamo.  Neat to visit a place where the kids can see history come alive. 

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The following day we ventured into Austin and visited the Texas State Capitol.  Austin is a metropolitan city, full of cool shops, great restaurants and neat little apartments dotting the tree lined streets.  After a tour of the capitol, we walked around the city en route for a great BBQ spot.  Ken has visited Austin before and wanted to return to the same BBQ place as it was one of his favorites.  We found it and boy was it good!!  We ordered beef ribs, brisket and chicken and sat outside, overlooking a small creek.  We were virtually silent throughout our whole meal as it was so darn yummy and who needs to converse with food like this in your mouth!

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Our next Texan stop was near Houston.  We’ve never seen so many oil refineries and see why Texas is oil country!    We endured a HUGE storm during our stay which included some tornado warnings.    We sat inside with the lights out, just watching the lightening strikes every 3 seconds.  Really something!  Happy we didn’t take off into the air like the cow in “Twister!” 

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Our next stop is Lousiana and  we are shifting our appetites to visions crawfish and jambalaya!

Arizona and New Mexico

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Posted by whalerho | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-04-2009

We are back in the states now and making the transition to the land of consumerism, albeit it’s been a bit rough!  After our long stay in Mexico, we made a brief stop in Tucson for some work on our RV and then to Cave Creek.  The kids visited with friends and we traded our beach gear for some items we need for our Alaskan trek this summer.  We stopped at a great state park in eastern Arizona called  Roper’s Lake State Park .   It was such a nice state park and we really enjoyed the relaxation.  We had a storm following us with very  high winds and  had to tuck ourselves into our RV with the slides in to remain on land.  Not really but it felt like we were going to blow away!)

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We headed to New Mexico next and stayed at a campground which was a 30 minute drive to the Carlsbad Caverns.  We spent a day touring the amazing caverns and walking through the many beautiful rooms.    We took an elevator 750′ down and it was  cool in the depths of the cave.  We also hiked to the area where the bats live and fly off every evening at dusk, en route for dinner.  Really amazing place. 

The following day we drove to infamous Roswell and visited the International UFO Museum.  All the artifacts and data within the museum were enough to make a skeptic reconsider.  Very compelling and also quite creepy!   It was a lot of fun to check out the town and see how so much of its identity is based on the “UFO” landing more than 60 years ago!  The kids picked up ‘driver’s licenses” which REALLY look authentic.  The photo is an alien (of course!) and their names are each ” A. Leon”.  Too funny!

Off to Texas now and the Hill Country.  Looking forward to some yummy BBQ!

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