The Longdogs

The Longdogs
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2024-5-31 Morgan's High School Graduation

 Our granddaughter Morgan graduated from Byron Steele High School, Cibolo TX. It was a very early morning for us all as Morgan had to be in place at the Alamodome at 8 AM even though graduation didn't start until 9:30 AM and that is during morning rush hour. We all rode together and dropped her off. Then we went to a coffee shop for an hour. Quick photo at drop off.

Steele is a very big high school so lots of graduates but they had the process down pat.

Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude even though she finished her senior year at Steele after coming from a very small high school in Brownwood. We are really proud of her. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Her high school principal is retiring at the end of this year. She hugged every single one of about 600 graduates.

That side of the Alamodome had the smallest crowd since viewing wasn't as good. There were a lot of people there for the graduates.

Proud Dad.

The Phipps family, Helen, Morgan, Steve, and Cameron. Cameron and Morgan's mother came for the graduation.

2024-05-10 TRR Rockport TX Rally

 Off to another rally at one of my favorite places in Rockport Texas. I've hosted quite a few rallies at Wilderness Oaks RV Park for two different rving groups and we always have a great time. 

We started the rally off on Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM with a big selection of cheeses and crackers put on by Jimmie Andrews, my co-host. After we all discussed what we wanted to do this week, most of us took off to The Shack Smokehouse Seafood for dinner.

We had about 13 members and 3 guests but it was one of those events were members came and went during the week. Since some members have been here several times while it was a first time for others, we often broke into small groups to do our sightseeing.

Some of us went to Goose Island State Park and the Big Tree.

The Fulton Mansion was a "must do" for several members who had never been there before. This house was so far ahead of it's time when it was built with running water to an upstairs bath and toilet.

Others had an interesting trip to the Maritime Museum. 

The pool at the park was very popular for cooling off. It's a salt water pool although we did smell some chlorine when we first arrived. when we checked with the office, they told us that they had to shock the pool with chlorine for a couple of days due to heavy humidity which turned the water slightly green.

Elaine brought along her propane firepit so one evening we all gathered around to roast hot dogs which were accompanied by chips and baked beans.

Most of us managed a stop by the Rookery park after Jimmie told us about it. We saw Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. It was pretty amazing. There is a huge colony here.

We have passed by this pile of oyster shells year after year and the size fluctuates. There was a sign showing that the shells were for sale. The business shucks oysters for people.

This weekend was a busy one for the Rockport-Fulton area. There was a huge Market Day in Rockport which many of us visited.

An then, the biggest event of all, the Babes on the Bay Fishing tournament.

This was the 25th annual Babes on the Bay tournament. There were 200 teams with anywhere from 1 to 4 women on each team, that's a lot of women! and our own Jimmie Andrews was in on the fun! this is the official team shirt.

She was in the tournament, and this was not her booth, lol.

We had dinner at Panjo's Pizza one night. It was great and popular dinner place with most of the group.
Another huge favorite was the Sausage gravy and Biscuits breakfast prepared by Elaine. It was delicious. She even made a couple gluten free biscuits for one of the guests.

Downtown Rockport is always a fun visit.

You can't see Rockport without seeing boats.

I almost forgot that one night we all gathered at my site to grill our dinners and then moved into the rally room to eat. We also played a lot of Mexican Train and Rummikub during the week.

Everyone wants to have their fill of seafood while here so we met at Paradise Key for lunch on Saturday. We saw so many boat trailers parked everywhere while the contestants were busy with Babes on the Bay. A few motored into Paradise Key and tied up for lunch.

All in all, it was a good rally and everyone left with plans to attend their next rally on their minds.

2024-05-04 Hords Creek COE Park, Coleman TX

 I had a late start when I left Caprock Canyon. My tow bar was stuck in the extended position which I figured would get me home just fine once I hooked the car up. What I failed to consider was how hard it would be to get the car into the exact right spot to hook up. I was an inch off....then I was a half inch off...then a quarter inch....for quite a few tries. Finally Freida, our park camphost came out to see what I was doing. One look told her that I got the car into the exact right spot but then it moved a quarter of an inch back when I put it in park. She stood there with the pin and popped it in while I kept my foot on the brake. Whooh!. I was off. Fog was incredibly thick for the first hour and a half of the drive and then the driving rain hit. It was coming down in buckets when I arrived at Hords Creek COE outside of Coleman TX. Even my underwear was soaked through by the time I got checked in because they have plexiglass covering the window except for three inches at the bottom. The host was hard of hearing and I couldn't hear him because of the driving rain. Once we finally got my site issue resolved, I pulled in, parked, and changed into dry clothes. I waited to hook up the electric until the rain stopped.

The lake is down so far that it is sad. No swimming beach left, boat ramps closed, etc., but it is still a very nice park.

There are lots of shade trees. A few sites have full hookups but the others have water and electric. They also have cabins and group meeting rooms.

Needless to say, I did not unhook the car,

Three friends from the Texas Ramblin' Roses were also at the park on their way home to San Antonio. Deb had trouble with her truck and had to take it into Brownwood to the dealer the next morning. Fortunately they were able to fix it. For some reason, she called to make her reservation rather than doing it online and the "helpful" person put her in the campground on the other side of the lake where she was the only camper the first night. The second night, there were a couple of tenters. We had a very heavy rainstorm that night.

Before the rainstorm hit. Pat and Kathleen asked if we all wanted to go into Coleman for pizza. They have a fantastic wood fired pizza place in town. Naturally we were up for it. We arrived back at the park just before the heavy rain hit.

I discovered a little leak in the cupboard where I keep Harley's dog food. I could see that it was coming in along the wiring from the antenna. It was definitely my trip for problems. First, the towbar that stuck, then the leak under the bathroom sink, the door lock with the latch that fell out, and the leak in the cupboard. On the bright side, I didn't have any hail damage.

While at Hord's Creek, I took the opportunity to thoroughly flush the black and gray tanks. The deadlock on the door was still working although it wouldn't unlock from the outside so I had to enter through the driver's door. I planned to call the RV repair shop first thing Monday morning to get repairs done. I decided to grease the heck out of the tow bar. When I arrived home, it retracked just like it is supposed to do. One problem solved!

My husband took the old door lock out and measured everything so we had one on it's way from Amazon the next day. Then he decided to look at the leak under the bathroom sink. I wasn't sure whether it was the pex water lines or the drain line. He was pretty sure it was the faucet itself. Amazon to the rescue again and he installed the new faucet right after it arrived. My son climbed on the roof and located a small open spot where the caulk around the antenna wire comes through the roof. I headed to the RV dealer near us to pick up some self leveling RV roof caulk. While he was up there, he decided he would just touch up all the caulking around the vents and openings. Two days later, the RV went to storage with all problems fixed. Good thing because I am heading to Rockport TX on the 13th for another rally!