Monthly Archives: September 2018

Winged Warriors and Chicken Ladies . . .

Jan and I were out the rig door this morning about 8:45, heading for the Texas Renaissance Festival up in Plantersville, about 100 miles north of here.

We were supposed to meet up with Brandi, Lowell, and Landon, but they decided to try again another weekend.

We did make a Valero stop here in Santa Fe for gas and then got to the Festival about 10:45. We learned last year to pay the extra buck for Preferred Parking, which includes a golf cart ride to and from your vehicle to the front gate..

Much more important for the trip back to your car at the end of the day, believe me.

Since we hadn’t had breakfast . . . or coffee this morning, pretty much our first stop inside the gate was to get something to eat.

Jan went with a new treat for her, Avocado Toast.

TexasRenFest 2018 Avocado Toast

A new treat, and now her new favorite.

I started with my Renfest fav, Sausage on a Stick,while Jan got her protein fix with Chicken on a Stick.

TexasRenFest 2018 Chicken and Sausage

While we finished eating, we watched the Clan Tinker Circus troop. Made up of the Tinker brothers and sisters, they do magic tricks, and other acrobatic feats.

They picked this poor lady volunteer out of the audience to juggle knives around her,

TexasRenFest 2018 Clan Tinker 1

and later did a neat fire trick.

TexasRenFest 2018 Clan Tinker 2

We pretty walked the place from one end to the other, with Jan checking out the many shops, but only buying some new lotions and creams from her favorite shop.

Later we split a Funnel Cake from the Black Forest Inn area.

TexasRenFest 2018 Funnel Cake

The perfect amount of sweetie goodness.

We also checked out our favorite Birds of Prey area with this King Vulture.

TexasRenFest 2018 King Vulture

Not sure if he’s trained to do this, he was sunning himself, or he died a few years ago, and then they had him stuffed and put a small motor in his head. But whatever, he just stands there like this and let’s his picture be taken.

I did notice though that he kept checking out any small kids around him, and drooling.

One of the fun things about the RenFest is people-watching. You never know who, or what, you’ll see.

Anybody from Lady Godiva,

TexasRenFest Lady Godiva

to the Chicken Girl,

TexasRenFest 2018 Chicken Lady

to a Winged Warrior Princess.

TexasRenFest 2016 12

We really lucked up on the weather today. Yesterday it was forecast for 90% chance of rain, but that percentage started dropping this morning, and finally went away. This left us with beautiful weather all day and not a drop of rain.

So much for The Weather Channel forecasts.

By the time we had finished seeing everything we wanted to see, we found ourselves at the far end of the park, a VERY long way from the exit. So we hired a rickshaw to carry us to the front gate, giving all the peons our ‘royal’ wave as our driver (puller?) yelled at people to get out of the way because important people were coming through.

We finally headed out about 3:15, getting home about 5. And not a drop of rain.

Tomorrow it’s back to work for one day until we head out for Florida on Wednesday. I’ve still got some things to finished up on Tuesday, but not a lot.

Thought for the Day:

I know from personal experience that a mad hornet is much faster than an old Ford tractor.


Morays and Memberships . . .

Following up on yesterday’s anniversary celebration, Jan and I had dinner last night at the Aquarium Restaurant on the Kemah Boardwalk.

We’ve eaten a number of times over the years, but not since we started RV’ing in 2008.

Kemah Aquarium

The place is built around a 50,000 gallon seawater aquarium filled with everything from sharks to moray eels.

Kemah Aquarium 2

Kemah Aquarium Moray Eel

We started off with a dozen Oysters On The Half-Shell. We’re both always careful to count them so the other one doesn’t get an extra one. And of course we have to have a lot of horseradish to mix in with our red sauce.

Kemah Aquarium Oysters

Next up was one of our favorite Wedge Salads.

Kemah Aquarium Wedge Salad

Good, but not as good as other places that use the Blue Cheese crumbles. This one just used what seemed to be Ranch Dressing, and not as good.

For the entrée, we split the Broiled Captain’s Platter, which had a little bit of everything.

Kemah Aquarium Broiled Captain's Platter

The place wasn’t busy on a rainy Friday night, so we took our time and just enjoyed the ambiance. We also spent some time talking about our upcoming trips, and what we still needed to get done beforehand.

Kemah Aquarium Jan and Greg

We also spend some time talking about our future, and have decided to go for another 51 years together.

So far, so good.

Today, I spent the morning out in the drizzling rain, taking care of a number of pre-trip chores like adding air to the rig tires, cleaning up around the rig, and getting some yard stuff ready to take over to the storage room while we’re gone.

I also got two of the old rig batteries loaded into the truck to drop off at Lowe’s this afternoon so I could be my $20 chore charge back.

We finally headed out about 2pm with our first stop at Denny’s for lunch/breakfast. and then on over to the nearby Lowe’s to drop off the batteries.

Then heading up to Webster, we made a stop at the Rudy’s BBQ so I could pick up a bottle of their coarse ground pepper, before looping back around on the feeder at Bay Area Blvd to stop off and get a Costco membership. Our new Costco is set to open Oct. 19th, but the membership store is located in a nearby Baybrook Mall storefront.

We brought Costco membership years ago when we were out in Yuma, but let if drop because there weren’t any locations near us here in Houston. But now with one so close we’ll give it a try again.

Coming back toward home, we made a stop at the Santa Fe O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to get new bulbs for the rig’s rear turn signals and the license plate lights for the truck. And after a quick PO stop, we were home for the night by 6pm.

Tomorrow, we’re heading up to the Magnolia area to take in the Texas Renaissance Festival. Family Brandi, Lowell, and Landon, and Friend’s Chantelle, Eric, and Maddox will probably be meeting up also.

It will probably be kind of wet since there’s a 80% change of rain, but we won’t melt.

We’re just not that sweet.

Thought for the Day:

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.


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