Sunday, April 29, 2012

RV Dreams Rally and Ahhhhhhhhh!!

Roger here....  The opening photo is of the "ahhhhhhh!" at Balmorhea State Park in West Texas ---- where we are at this moment ---- but first, the RV Dreams Rally.

Now that we are on the road again, our posts should be more frequent.  The RV Dreams Rally that was organized by Howard and Linda Payne was everything we expected --- so much information and SO MUCH FUN.  Every day was filled with so much information about our lifestyle (some we knew and some we had forgotten).  It was a great rally for both newbies and people like us who have been on the road for a while.  I don't have pictures of the seminars (that would be boring if you were not there), but I do have pictures of some of the off time and some of the fun.

First the off time.  Every day the puppies needed a walk.  Here are some shots of the walking area at Buckhorn Lakes RV Resort.

The picture above shows the large fenced dog area that will soon be available.  Our kind of place.

During the rally, we had a full afternoon of free time.  Five of us, all Retama Village residents who were at the rally, traveled to the Hill Country Wine Area, and enjoyed an afternoon at our favorite Texas Winery, Grape Creek Vineyard.  We shared a couple bottles of wine, a couple different cheeses, and some chocolate.  Ahhh!  Say hello to me, Kathy, Marian, and Mike.  (Dianne took the picture).

After the wine.... Dianne and I traveled a short distance from the campground to have dinner at Mamacitas in Kerrville, TX. 

Great atmosphere...  Delicious Mexican food... a bifsteca (steak) with charro beans, peppers, tomatoes, and rice.  (Two suppers with the take-home box).

Now the fun time....  The catered meals at Buckhorn Lake rate with the best catered meals we have ever eaten.  Take a look at the pork chop dinner on the last night.  With aluminum foil... another supper.  We are set for two days!

The theme for one evening was the Newlywed Game - full-timer style.  A couple of the questions give you a sense of the fun.

The last night of the rally was Hollywood Night.  Many of the attendees dressed up as celebrities.  We did not... this time.    Howard was Bruce Willis, complete with sunglasses (sorry, no picture).  Linda was Elizabeth Trailer:

The rally ended with a delicious breakfast, another tasty meal.  Linda sang farewell with her rendition of a Rascal Flatts song, "My Wish."

Howard and Linda weighed our motor home just before our departure.  This is an important safety issue.  We were relieved to know that our motor home's weight was evenly balanced and that we only needed to slightly adjust the air pressure in our tires.  It was nice to have this task done before hitting the road for six months.

Now for the ahhhh-time....  We have not been traveling for a while.  We definitely miss our adventures in nature.  Today, all that returned. We drove five hours west on Interstate 10 before arriving for a one-night stay at Balmorhea State Park in West Texas.  (Texas is a big state.)

The natural springs at Balmorhea create an oasis in a dry part of the southwest.  The opening picture (taken from our campsite) and the next two photos (also taken from our campsite) explain the drops in our blood pressure.

Bandido and Tequila enjoyed exploring the new campsite.

Dianne and I enjoyed the empty campground and the mountain views.

Our journey tomorrow will take us through El Paso, out of Texas (finally), and into New Mexico.  

The pet pictures of the day show Tequila taking time to smell the wildflowers at Buckhorn Lake.


Nancy and Bill said...

Looks like another fun Rally!!

Glad to see you are back to nature. It really is so theraputic:o))

Safe Travels and Happy Trails....

Tom and Debbie said...

We are sorry we didn't get to have more time to visit with you at the Rally. What a great time! Maybe sometime down the road.....
We will enjoy following you on your blog. Stay that wind.
Tom and Debbie
San Antonio