On the Road Again – Winter 2016

We got off to an almost perfect start. We set off on our winter journey on December 27. The day before, we got lucky with unseasonably warm weather which cleared the driveway of snow and most ice and gave us a comfortable opportunity to finish packing. The next couple of days looked good for traveling with no weather issues. Nearly everything was packed and ready for a very early morning take off. Unfortunately, Opa woke up and was not feeling well. So, my brain had to refocus and I started making plans to spend the day or more at home. I started by making a big breakfast since there wasn’t much to do anyway. Then I snuggled in my recliner and enjoyed some Facebook time and morning tv. I was making plans in my head to work on an unfinished embroidery project. Just as I was all set in my plans for the day, Opa announced that he was feeling good and was ready to travel. Ugh! Ok, quickly clean everything up and get moving. Ironically, we were on the road at about the same time that we left the year before.

We managed to get a lot of very good driving time in and actually got to the same campground that we stayed in at an even earlier time than we did last year. We stayed at The Double J in Chatham, IL again this year, but this year there were more campers and no snow on the ground. It is a perfect place for a stay over. They have electricity, heated water lines, and sewer.    We got moving early in the morning and made it to our second destination, Delta Ridge RV Park in Forrest City, AK. We stayed there last year when there was hardly anyone there. But this year we were lucky to get a spot. It’s not a very big place and not a destination, but works perfectly for an overnight stop. It is not expensive and is conveniently right off the freeway. It’s very clean and has many services nearby, including restaurant and grocery store right there and fast foods and fuel services also very close. One more day of hard driving from here and we’ll make it into Texas where we will be taking a well earned break for a few days. Our goal was to get out of nighttime freezing temperatures which could do a lot of harm to our plumbing system.

Our campsite at Atlanta State Park
Sunset looking over the lake

Ahh! We made it into Texas and were looking for openings in the state parks. That was difficult. We were hoping for a full hook up campsite with a water view. Not to be had. All of those campsites, along our driving path, were full. We hadn’t taken into account that many people would have time off with the holidays and went camping. I forgot that this is one of the better times to camp in Texas. The weather is pleasant! Duh! Ok, I finally found a campground along our path that was not full. We got a site at Atlanta State Park in northeast Texas. Although, we don’t have a water site, we actually have a little view of the water and it’s a short walk to the beautiful picnic area surrounded by water. We have a huge campsite under a canopy of lots of trees. It is very nice here. A great place to take a break and rest. We’ve been taking walks everyday (Coda is happy). And we’ve been enjoying some reading and game time. The campground has cleared out on New Years Day, leaving only a couple other campers. It is very peaceful. One could stay here for quite awhile.

Hundreds of pelicans were wintering on the lake

And now we have to figure out the next step. Although we have plans to stay with our daughter in Houston for a few days and then onto Galveston Island for a month, we may have to change our plans. A glitch has come up. Good thing we are able to be flexible.

A closer view of some of the pelicans

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