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Posted Aug 25, 03:23 PM


Sammy was a little upset by the trip. He never likes change and this trip included many new and big changes for him. The first couple of days he ate very little and stuck to us like glue. He can stand to loose a few pounds so we weren’t worried. He seems to be back to normal now and we even left him alone for about an hour yesterday and he was fine with that.


Sammy was a little upset by the trip. He never likes change and this trip included many new and big changes for him. The first couple of days he ate very little and stuck to us like glue. He can stand to loose a few pounds so we weren’t worried. He seems to be back to normal now and we even left him alone for about an hour yesterday and he was fine with that.

It’s amazing how quiet it is here. I expected to hear our neighbors all the time but we never hear anything and we have someone on both sides.

I had this image of what an RV park is like and part of that image was that every site has a cement slab. Where we are, we do not have a slab but what we do have instead is a nice shady lot with lots of trees all around. It’s more like camping in the woods than being in my idea of an RV park.

The only negative is that right outside the door it is all sandy and gravel. Anyone who has seen Sammy eat knows this doesn’t work for him. He takes a mouthful of food, drops most of it on the floor and then picks it up again to eat. Why he does that, I’ve no idea but that is just how he eats. End result – he is now eating on the kitchen floor till we get the outside sorted out.

Yesterday I saw an RV patio carpet that I think we will buy. Some of our neighbors have one and they say it works really well. That will allow us to enjoy sitting outside and Sammy can also eat on it.

There are lots of activities in the park. Every Friday a full breakfast is served for only $3. We went yesterday and it was excellent. The only problem is they give you way too much food. No wonder so many people are overweight! There is line dancing everyday at a very strange time – 8 – 9:30 am. I went this morning to see if it was good dancing or just really slow and easy. There are some good dancers and I had fun. I’m slated to teach them some new dances next week.

There is a sign in the office that says there is internet access throughout the park but that isn’t true. We don’t have access where we are. To have access in the RV we would have to move closer to the office to an open, unshaded area. We decided we can live with taking our computers to the office. Yesterday was my first time and I was not able to send email and everything was VERY slow. Robert hasn’t had trouble so hopefully I just hit a bad time. He is there now and I’m writing this in the RV so that when I go I won’t need to be online so long. Sammy is not allowed in that area so one of us stays with him while the other goes. Soon I think he’ll be ok alone.

People are very friendly here at the park and in general in this area. We met another couple who own a Hitchhiker II and they are going to help us level ours – hopefully today.

We have not yet picked up the boxes we shipped. The agent in Panama told us they would be ready for pickup on Wednesday. I think that was another case of just telling us what we wanted to hear. They didn’t even get shipped until Wednesday. I called Thursday morning and was told there is a customs hold on the shipment. I called Friday morning and was told now there is a USDA hold. The lady assured me this is all perfectly normal and that there is nothing too be concerned about. Hopefully Monday we will be able to get everything cleared and picked up.

I can’t imagine where everything will go and we’re already thinking of what we don’t actually need here and can be either put in storage or gotten rid of all together. We packed with the idea that we would need some warmer clothes as we moved through different climates. Now that we’re planning to stay longer in Texas, they can go to storage.

The first day here, Robert went to the RV garage to schedule the hitch installation in the truck. It’s a good thing we are not in a hurry as the first available day to do it is September 4th. They will install it that day and then we have to hitch up the RV and take it there to make sure everything is absolutely correct. We’re going to ask someone here to come help with that first hitching up so we don’t do anything really dumb!

Talking to all these people here in the park and hearing of their travels and where they’re headed we’re wondering if we made the right decision to stay so long here in Texas. I still think overall there are lots of benefits and for sure we’ll have travel plans in place by the time we’re ready to leave.

I’ve hoping that some of the time we can work 4 days and then have 10 off as that will give us enough time to explore some areas that aren’t too far away and get a little more towing experience under our belts.

I’ll try to add something every day but may miss some due to our internet situation.


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