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Month: January 2013

There’s Still More to Love about Texas Food

January 7, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

There’s Still More to Love about Texas Food

Texans take their food as seriously as they do their football. Many Winter Texans and other visitors to the Lone Star State have the good sense to agree with them—that Texan food is that of the gods. 1. Po Po Family Restaurant Bright neon letters spell “CHICKEN, STEAKS, SEAFOOD” across the rock exterior of Po Po Family Restaurant. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Bright neon letters spell “CHICKEN, STEAKS, SEAFOOD” across the rock exterior of Po Po Family Restaurant, just off I-10, 37 miles north of San Antonio at the Welfare exit #533. The neon and the notice tell you what to expect at Po Po’s: a menu that requires no translation, featuring traditional American and Southern fare, cooked to order. Po Po is not just your ordinary restaurant. This eatery has a unique history with a cast of unique characters and circumstances, a matchless plate collection, as well as some of the best food in the Texas Hill County. The warmth and hospitality are hard to beat. If you have ever... [Read more...]

How to avoid tire blowup while RVing

January 7, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

How to avoid tire blowup while RVing

Having a tire blow up is not fun whether you are rving or not.    In both case, you need to change the wheel when it happens.   However, I think the worse kind of blowup would be the ones when you pull your RV. It happened to us twice so far.  We were driving with the RV behind and then one of the tires on the RV just blew.  The first time, we didn’t realize it and someone driving pass us kindly inform us of the problem.  That tire was on the driver’s side.   Fortunately, in Ontario the sides of highways is quite large and we were able to have space when we proceeded to change the tire.     The second time, we heard the tire when it blew up.   We were on our way on one big highway in the state of New York in the US.   We knew that we needed to stop and change it.   So we parked as best as we could on the side of the highway (which isn’t as large as in Ontario by the way).   Every time a huge truck or bigger vehicle would pass next to the RV we could see it move.  ... [Read more...]

Hiking the Picuris Peak Trail

January 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking the Picuris Peak Trail

…AKA a pleasant memory after a trying time. This past July, Terry and Ryan drove the remainder of our belongings and our camper from Wisconsin to New Mexico to join me in our new home, as I waited up all night, anxious for their safe arrival. Once they settled in, we decided that the best way to celebrate being reunited was to spend some time in nature to help us appreciate the beauty surrounding us. We headed up NM 518 to Forest Road 114 to hike the trail to Picuris Peak. It was especially memorable because Ryan was with us, knowing he would be headed back to his summer job in Des Moines in a day or two. He seemed to notice this sweetness as well, stopping to photograph wildlife and the profusion of wildflowers we encountered along our way. Hiking in, the forest road was at first level and quite passable.  We remarked that we could have driven in further, as did the trucks passing us heading into the Carson National Forest to collect firewood. But we were there to hike, so hike... [Read more...]

OLD GAS PRESSURE LANTERNS – Restoring My Past

January 3, 2013 by · 10 Comments 

OLD GAS PRESSURE LANTERNS – Restoring My Past

The bright white glow of the lantern hanging on a tree limb would gradually dim to a yellow ball. My Dad would remove the lantern from the tree limb, set it on the ground and vigorously move the pump in and out to pressurize the fuel tank.  Like magic, the lantern would come alive again with a bright white light.  This ritual was often repeated multiple times after darkness fell. We would sit near our campfire and watch the moths and flying beetles swirl aimlessly around the light – sometimes hitting the globe and succumbing to the heat from the lantern. These memories go back 54 years.  I was 12 years old and we were camping near Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee.  There was no RV – only a canvas tent and down filled military surplus sleeping bags from the Korean War rolled out on the ground. I treasure those memories, as they were a significant part of my indoctrination into the fun, mystery, and excitement of camping in the great outdoors. Lantern as found with no globe My Dad passed... [Read more...]

Do You Know Why You RV?

January 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Like most fulltime RVers I always read articles pertaining to the RVing lifestyle.  A lot of people who are standing on the fringe of RVing ask questions of any RVer they run into.  The most prominent question is…”Can I afford to RV?”  The usual answer is…”It depends on how much you need to live on per month.” That got me to asking the question, “Why do we continue to RV?”  You may think there’s an easy answer, but sometimes it’s more complicated than “Because we enjoy it.” While I can’t find exact statistics, I do know from talking with other RVers that the number of people working on the road is continuing to grow.  This lifestyle has caught on with more and more people.  Baby Boomers are a good example.  Many of them got caught at retirement age with no pension.  A great many of them joined the RV community and are able to live comfortably and many are working on the road. Now, back to why we continue to RV.  We were like all other RVers... [Read more...]

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