Scheduling and Straddling . . .

After checking off some more chores on my my list in the morning, I spent most of the afternoon working on the scheduling of our upcoming travels.

I did find a really nice park near Rapid City for our week-long stay there and called to make reservations at the Passport America rate for the entire week. Nice.

I was a little worried about getting this reservation since it straddled the Memorial Day Weekend, but luckily we had no problems.

I’ve still got a few more dates to lock down, and a few more places to check out to stay and things to see. But it will all come together as usual.

About 4:30 Jan and I headed up to Ellinger for the Friday Catfish Buffet at Peter’s BBQ, stopping off to pick up our Ranger friend, Barbara Spade. Also meeting us there were our next door neighbors, Bill and Val Fullerton.

Peter's BBQ with Barbara

Bill and Val are kind of newbies, full-timing in their new Redwood 5th wheel just since December of last year. Before that they  were longtime tent campers.

We all had a great time talking about the RV lifestyle, and hope we’ll get back together soon.

Tomorrow’s another ‘working through the checklist’ day before we head back down to Clear Lake on Sunday for a family get-together at the local Cheddar’s. Looking forward to it.

Then on Monday Jan has her yearly appointment with her oncologist. in the afternoon. Originally we both had our yearly doctor visits that morning, but the doctor’s office called and rescheduled us until Tuesday morning. So that means two trips instead of just one.

Then Wednesday we moved back over to the Lake Conroe Thousand Trails for a week before coming back to Colorado River on our way to Tucson.

Thought for the Day:

“I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.” ― Edith Sitwell


No Smoked Butterscotch . . .

It was another travel day so we were out the door a little after 9, heading for Pearland about an hour and 45 minutes south.

We were there to take our long-time friend Bonnie out to lunch, and then spend some time together. We ended up at a nearby Chili’s for our meal, and we weren’t disappointed.

Jan had her favorite Margarita Chicken,

Chili's Margarita Chicken

while Bonnie tried our other favorite Grilled Caribbean Salad with Chicken.

Chili's Caribeean Salad

For my part, I’d recently seen the ads on TV for their new Smokehouse Combo, so I decided to give it a try.

Chili's Smokehouse Combo

It was good, but it would have been a lot better if we just hadn’t eaten at Rudy’s last weekend.The ribs and sausage just didn’t match up to Rudy’s meat and sauce, but overall it was a good meal, and I did have leftovers.

After lunch we went back to Bonnie’s to talk for a couple of hours before saying our goodbyes.


Then it was off to the  nearby Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club for a few things before we headed back home.

Of course by this time we were starting to encounter the beginnings of the Houston going-home traffic, so things slowed down a good bit. But finally we made it to Brandi’s to pick up our recently Amazon orders. We didn’t get to see anyone though since Brandi was still at work and Lowell and Landon were off getting haircuts.

Then right before we got back on I-10W we made a Starbuck’s stop for a couple of their seasonal Smoked Butterscotch Lattes. But even though it was still up on their menu board, AND I just saw a TV commercial for the flavor last night, the barista (baristaess?)  said they’ve been out of the flavor for several  weeks and won’t be getting anymore this year, and doesn’t know why  they’re still running ads for it. She said they get people in every day asking for the Smoked Butterscotch, and some leave when they find out it’s not available.

So this time we settle for our standard Cinnamon Dolce Lattes fort the road, finally  getting back to the rig about 6:45.

I mentioned yesterday how I was unable to get a reservation for one night at the end of April at the Turtle Beach Fish Camp Thousand Trails in California, and now I know  why.

It’s under 4 feet of water.

Blog reader Bill Duke commented that they just had to evacuate Turtle Beach and they don’t know when it will reopen. So I guess I’ll have to keep checking back.

Tomorrow and Saturday I’m back to working through my checklist. YAY!

Thought for the Day:

“Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing” – Ralph Waldo Emerson