Saturday, October 25, 2008

Trip Day One

Helloooo everybody from KOA East - Lafayette, LA. Cajun country. Land o' the boudain.

Beautyful weather. Sunny. Warm. Sitting here with a mojito under the trees. Here's an update for Day One...

Ready to leave Houston for Indiananner

The Brake Buddy is attached to be sure the car and motoryhome stop quickly!

The Saturn is firmly attached.

Leaving town.

A casino in Louisiana. We don't have them in Texas. So millions of dollars annually travels to Louisiana from Texas!

Friday, October 24, 2008

T - 1

Looks like good traveling weather. Now that Autumn is here, we'll have cool traveling. I alway say you should be cool when you travel. Plus, it saves on electricity not running the A/Cs.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

T - 2

The Windy is resting for now, all clean and loaded with clothes and um, cat litter...

I had fun airing up the fronts. I had to remove the purdy chrome wheel covers so the air pump fitting would screw on tight. It takes the pump about one minute per pound of air, but after a while the tyres were properly inflated. I did manage to blow a fuse.

I'm gonna wait until after this trip to do the digital tv thingy. I do think that I have a broken antenna, so I'll pack an antenna that I can rig outta sight inside. Gotta be careful with those outside antennae.

I remember one time, leaving a park on the beach down in Galveston, I noticed someone twirling their hand in the air. That's the universal motorhomer's sign for, "Hay, stooopid, you left your antenna up!" I think the antenna just broke because of old age, or over-exuberant cranking.

Oh, did I mention that I've shined the tyres? Lookin' showroom fresh!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Trip Preparations

I've been getting Windy ready today for the trip Nawth. First it was a drive to the Discount Tire store to check the balance on the front tyres. Apparently, DT doesn't make enough money on 19.5 tyres, so they refused to do work they've done in the past, saying somebody's tyre blew sometime somewhere. Hawgwash. 19.5s are safe since they're one piece wheels.

Anyhoo, after a good grumble, I washed up Windy and it looks goood.

Tomorry I'm gonna get an off-air digital receiver and rig an electronic antenna and run all that thru the satellite receiver so the tv system will be up to date for the 'digital conversion' coming next year. DirecTV's H20 receivers will pick up off-air broadcasts and incorporate those channels into the guide. Two problemos I have are that the newer H21 receivers don't pick up off-air channels and the satellite tooner in the Windy is an older model anyhoo. But my older model does pass thru off-air tv. I'll upgrade it when I ditch the reg'lar tv and put an hdtv up front. Then I'll have off-air and satellite hd. I'll probably never go outside.... no, wait, I can watch tv outside. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!

Monday, October 13, 2008

It's Autumn, so it's time for a journey!

Heading off to Tennessee and Indiananner at the end of the month just because it's there. I know, I know... Most peeps head the other direction as winter approaches. But I'm different, 'K?

Got the Windy all gassed up. Replaced a burned out lite bulb and verified that all three brand-spankin' new batteries are performing properly. I replaced 'em all by myself! All the mechanicals are good to go.

I'll post pics.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Devastated Surfside Condo

This is the condo we planned to stay at before Himmicane Ike visited. It looks like a few months will pass before this beachfront condo will be ready for visitors.

Bolivar Peninsula is now an island

What was Bolivar Peninsula is now three separate islands, and most homes there were destroyed.

“It’s no longer Bolivar Peninsula,” state Rep. Craig Eiland of Galveston said. “It’s an island times three. The roads are cut, and the bridges are out. Residents won’t be back anytime soon.”

No bodies have been found, but officials said the situation was grim. “I’m not Pollyanna,” County Judge Jim Yarbrough said. “I think we’ll find some. We certainly expect to find some.”

Yarbrough said emergency crews were on the ground. He urged the remaining 300 residents to leave on emergency boats and helicopters.

By next week, sheriff’s deputies will institute martial law, forcing remaining residents out of the area.

Transportation to the area is cut off. The Bolivar Ferry will be down for months. There is no estimate on when the service will return.

Himmicane Ike and Houston

Large area won't have lights till after Monday

CenterPoint Energy executives issued a timeline for power restoration Wednesday evening, indicating it will be after Monday before most lights shine in a huge swath of the Houston area from Spring to Pearland to Baytown.

David McClanahan, CenterPoint's president and chief executive, emphasized that many customers in those areas will see their power restored earlier, and the company said high-voltage lines and other major points in the system are repaired.

Dozens of neighborhoods deal with sewage backups

Sewage backups have plagued more than 30 neighborhoods across Houston because more than a hundred motors that keep wastewater moving to treatment plants have been without power since Hurricane Ike barreled through, a city official said today.

About half of Houston's 400 lift stations have regained electricity, said Alvin Wright, spokesman for the city's public works department. But backups have occurred at more than three dozen lift stations since Ike struck, he said.

Ike evacuees, the furry kind, arrive in Houston

Hurricane Ike not only devastated Galveston, forcing thousands of residents off the island, but the killer storm also displaced countless domestic pets. Some five animals have already been found dead, said Caroline Dorsett, executive director of the Galveston Island Humane Society, which she said was destroyed.

Animal advocacy officials and a legion of volunteers from around the country now are working to rescue the stray pets and reunite them with their owners in Houston.

"These animals are part of people's families," said Kay Mayfield, director of emergency services for Colorado-based Code 3, a national animal rescue group that is in town working with SPCA to search for the animals. "They need to be rescued just like humans do."

SPCA officials are asking Houstonians to open their homes to the storm-weary pets for the next 10 days. If the animals are not claimed within that window the host can opt to adopt the pet or return it to SPCA's shelter at 900 Portway Drive, Nandlal explained.

The animals are cute and diverse in age and types: From kittens and pups to Tabby cats and Pomeranian dogs. One black and white Rat Terrier, Maxine, was swollen with pregnancy, but frisky and energetic. Some of the pets were nippy, growling and revealing their teeth. Others appeared docile, searching for any comforting hand to pat them on the head.

"These animals have been through a very big storm so clearly they are under a little bit of stress," Nandlal said.
~The Houston Chronicle

Galveston's crippled water system concerns heath officials

Galveston desperately needs to repair its crippled water distribution system to avoid widespread disease, health officials said today, as broken sewage lines, polluted water and dangerous debris continued to pose grave health hazards.

No infectious diseases have been found in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ike, Galveston County's top health officials said.

But as people come down with diarrhea, nausea and one case of flesh-eating bacteria, Galveston city manager Steve LeBlanc said the island is facing a growing health crisis.

"We just want to avoid a mass infection type situation," he said.

The single medical treatment facility - the University of Texas Medical Branch -was partially flooded during the storm.

Its emergency room has been taken over by two U.S. Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance Teams.

Residents of hurricane-battered Galveston may be able to return to their homes in a week, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas said today.

Electricity has been restored to the University of Texas Medical Branch and surrounding areas, LeBlanc said. The entire city, he said, should have power in seven to 10 days.
~The Houston Chronicle

Saturday, August 02, 2008

A Little Maintenance Needed!

OOPS. Just checked on the 'Windy today. All the batteries are ded.

The car batteries lasted 4 years. Same with 'Windy's.

Off to the dealer!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ultimate RV Trip - In A Few More Years

Wouldn't it be cool to travel to Mars? Mebby some day.

We're here. Wish you'd brought oxygen!

Friday, June 27, 2008

R.I.P. Alfa, National, Western RVs

Bummer. As gas prices rise, fewer motoryhomes are being sold. Three excellent manufacturers have just bit the dust.


Alpine Coach

National RV

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Down By The Coast

We're spending a few days down near Kemah, TX. This is an up 'n coming area near Galveston Bay. It's close in and doesn't take much gas to git to. The draw is seafood. This area has some nifty condos and small beach houses, but some of the prices are astounding. Best to have your own motoryhome. What? You don't have a motoryhome. Well, drop by and git one.

Restaurants and amusements at the Kemah Boardwalk.

The Kemah waterfront taken from the bridge in the morning sun. Someone else took this picture.
Getting ready to ride the 'Beast' onto Galveston Bay!

The grass is green down by the bayou.
This is the adjoining RV park.
There are always birds in the bayou. The other day, I counted 6 cranes.

Monday, April 14, 2008

3 Weeks In The Hills

Camping at Inks Lake State Park in the Hill Country, near Marble Falls, TX.

Fishin's Good!


Beast a lurkin'.

Arboretum in San Antonio.

Your photographer.

Garner State Park
A one lane bridge!!!

2008 Bluebonnet Quilt Shop Hop

Castroville, near San Antoni

An Alsatian-style home in Castroville
A serious quilter, my DW...
Cats, quilts, 'n cake.A kimono quilt.

Here's how you make a quilt kimono...
The final shop, in Kerrville. We covered almost 550 miles on the Shop Hop!
Alas, the 3 weeks has come to an end. Back to work soon. The 'Windy is back home after almost 4 months residing in the Hill Country. If only we coulda been with her for the whole time. For a while, we had a 'cabin' in the country! Lotta nice folks in that part o' Tejas. I met quite a few 'Winter Texans'. Many of them are now returning home to the frozen north, well, I suppose it's thawing now.