Sunday, March 30, 2014

On the move!

Today we move to Llano Grande Resort in Mercedes. We will be there for a week to finalize travel plans with our friends, Peter and Margaret.

We have been parked at Tropic Winds for the past 2 1/2 months except for a disastrous week out at Lazy Palms Ranch. In all, we have enjoyed our time here immensely. We did the Thousand Trail shuffle for most of the time. 2 weeks in the TT sites and 1week in an Encore site. The 10 weeks cost us around $500. Pretty good for full hookup with 50 and no electricity charges. The only downside has been the wind and weather, but everyone we spoke to said it was the worst winter they have had down here.

Most people have already left head home.

I will be posting a review of this park. We like it here very much

I will also post some photos of things we did, like trips to S. Padre Island. Mostly we have just been relaxing around camp.

So stay posted, much more coming up.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Planning our trip home.

I use a subscription web site to plan our trips. It is called RV Trip Wizard. Here is our proposed trip back to Ontario. Of course I can change this on the fly depending on circumstances. What do I like about this program? I can calculate our costs. I have set up our membership and discount campgrounds in the preferences, so it shows me what is coming up. I can set a distance I want to travel each day, and tells me the date I will get to each stop.

This page from the web site just about says it all.


       Runs on ANY computer, tablet or smart phone
       Access to over 17,000 campgrounds in the US and Canada
       New Parks are added as fast as we can find them!
       Include campgrounds of every affiliation (Passport America, Good Sam, 1000 Trails, etc)
       Plan using your own camping preferences, not what the “book” suggests
       Highlight your preferred campgrounds, or see them all
       See information for any campground at the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger
       See photos of selected campgrounds or the area around them using satellite view
       Add your own points of interest (POI's)
       See distances between campgrounds to plan miles to drive
       Choose the miles you want to drive, or hours - choose either one, or neither
       Turn-by-Turn directions
       Automatically save and easily recall trips
       Simple "what if we…" trip planning
       Unlimited trips
       Low Clearance warnings on your route
       Traveling with others?  Transfer a copy of your trip to them
       Find a golf course nearby
       Find a pet hospital nearby
       See bicycle trails near your campground
       Use while driving IF you have a wireless or phone connection
       Have complete data security
       RV Trip Wizard allows owners to update their RV Park information
       We use Google Enterprise Maps.  All routes are generated by Google but may be changed by YOU.
and so much more…   

Saturday, March 08, 2014

I have been sooooo LAZY!!

A month since I last posted to my blog. That is disgusting! Anyway, here is a little update to what we have been up to.

First off, the toe thing effectively hobbled me for most of the month. I pretty much took it easy, at least for the first couple of weeks, yoga, line dancing, hiking and walks were postponed. We did go for a couple of drives and went to the movies with our friends, Peter and Margaret.

We saw Monuments Men, which was excellent. A very low key movie that was more like a documentary (with some big name stars), then we went to see the movie of the ballet Swan Lake. That was lovely, Michael enjoyed the music, not so much the "men in tights" ;-). We also went to see Nebraska. A wonderful movie about an old man (Bruce Dern) who was convinced he had won a million dollars in a sweepstake, and his trip to Nebraska to claim the prize.

We have been thinking of going to one of the nearby County Parks for our "week out", so we took a drive up to Adolph Thomae park, in the north end of Laguna Atacosa Wildlife Refuge to have a look see.

Most of the sites are waterfront on the Arroyo River.

Sites are fairly large and the RV sites have full hookup with 50 or 30 amps.

A barge sailing west on the river.

Arroyo River

There goes the barge!

Michael and Timmy going down to the river's edge.

Vegetation on the edge of the river.

Boat launch

Info board

Arroyo River

View from the raised viewing platform overlooking the Laguna Atacosa Wildlife Refuge

Site #1. 

RV Sites. Fully booked for March break.

Our timing has not been good for going to stay at one of the nearby parks. We would have liked to have gone to Isla Blanca County Park this week, but it is March break and the hooligans have descended on S. Padre Island.  So we just stayed here at Tropic Winds.

As we head for the beginning of spring, the park is starting to empty. Snow birds from some of the northern states have started the trek home. There are still a lot of Canadians here.

That's us at the end of the row.

Not sure why the rest of these are in black and white. I guess I pressed something on the iPhone camera.
That's us in the distance on the left.

Our home park is still frozen and we will not be able to get in until the ground thaws, so we will stay here until the end of March, then start the drive home. Planning is such fun. I have been using a subscription program called RV Trip Wizard. I have all our camping memberships entered in the preferences, so it is simple to route ourselves back home, maximizing on free or low cost camping. We use the 2X2X2 rule. That is drive about 200 miles per day, arrive by 2 pm and stay at least 2 days (we like to stay 3 to 7 days per stop).