Monday, January 28, 2008

Whew! I made it to Texas and I'm on the road again!

I finally made it into the RV park in San Antonio at about 5 pm on Friday night. They gave me an over night pull through space as it was raining. I was up at 6 am on Saturday morning getting my coach into my permanent space, doing laundry, assessing damage to the coach, etc.

The trip down in the RV last week was TORTURE! It was a difficult trip. I will say by the grace of God, I made it in one piece with the help of several "angels", kind strangers who helped me along the way.

My coach is a bit wrecked from the trip...I hit really terrible roads going down. The worst was just outside Dallas...my coach bottomed out twice and I swear I thought it was going to just fall apart! It's gonna cost me about $2,000.00 to repair it and make it road worthy again. I'll be selling my Jeep to fix the coach.

I worked all day Saturday on the RV and then drove to Austin (traffic was totally screwed up all the way there and back) to meet my new friend Nancy for dinner and drinks and I finally got back to my place in San Antonio on Sunday morning at about 1:30 am (3 hours there and 2.5 hours back, aghhhh!!)...I worked on a contract until 4 am, took a nap until 6 am...and got on a 10 am Southwest flight to Philly!

My friends Andrea and Alex picked me up at the airport drove me back down to Rehoboth to get my car and that's where I am right now. I was beyond exhausted when I made it to the hotel and I slept like a bear! I'm driving back down to Texas today...I leave in about an hour as I must get back to start work at the RV resort on Saturday.

If you ever plan to RV or travel out towards Texas, watch out for a ton of construction and rough pavement on I-20 in Alabama, Louisiana (just after you cross the Mississippi River), and especially on I-20 approaching Dallas, about 25 miles out. The signs say "BUMP IN ROAD", but be prepared to bottom out! If you need gas, I highly recommend the "Flying J" Travel Plaza truck stops. They are large, have plenty of parking, hot showers, good restaurants and they are easy to maneuver, plus they have fuel docks especially made for RVs and large towed rigs such as 5th wheels.

I plan to check out River Walk and the Alamo in San Antonio. I'll write and let you know how they are and I'll keep you posted about any other fun things to do and see.

Until then,
BIG hugs!
Barb :-)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you in 2008! I wish you much joy and great prosperity in the coming new year!

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Whew! I am soooooo glad the holidays are over! It was fun to see my friends, but it was good to make it back home and to sleep in my very own bed after many miles of driving and a great deal of eating, drinking and merriment!

I was in Baltimore and Philly for Christmas. Lots of driving and I also worked from my laptop most of the holiday as I'm a technical consultant working on a contract for the U.S. Army now. I made it to church in Baltimore with my best "boy friend" John on Christmas Eve and I must say that was the highlight of my entire holiday season! The service at the Baltimore Unitarian Universalist Church was amazing...it was so moving I cried! John and I looked great all dressed up for church...!

In the meantime, I love my consulting job...it keeps me busy and I can do it from anywhere in the country as long as I have a secure internet connection and a cell signal. As a matter of fact, I'm leaving the Mid-Atlantic (finally) as I've accepted a camp host position in San Antonio, TX. I start the first week in February through June. I feel this new position is a blessing. When I called, the resort manager said she had my workamper resume out on her desk and was looking at it. How about that? Pretty cool!!

I work 24 hours a week and get free electricity, water, and sewer; free WiFi, free cable television, and a $10 weekly laundry allowance. I also get a place to park all my vehicles (I'll be towing the Jeep and flying back north to drive the car down), a nice big site for my motor coach and the manager agreed to a 24 hour per week flex schedule so I can work on my gov't contracts, no problem!

I'll be finished with my Delaware State Parks commitment mid January and then it'll be time to roll out. I'm starting to really get excited about going south. I'm no big fan of cold weather, and I would have stayed up north to help out at the park, (TONS of work to done there) but the park manager decided not to have winter season hosts. I've been invited back in the spring, but with gas prices being so high I'm not sure I'll be back up this way. I've been wanting to get out to California, so I may spend my summer on the West Coast. It's not June yet, so I have no idea where I'm headed after San Antonio...serendipity...I LOVE IT!

San Antonio has been at the top of my list as a place I want to check out as I hear it's very nice there. Much to explore, lots to do and see...a new adventure for me. Also, Austin is another place I've always wanted to visit, so I get 2 for 1! I have a pen pal in Austin which makes it all that much better because I'll have a friend nearby. Also, my best friend's daughter lives in Austin.

I'm convinced that going to San Antonio is part of God's plan for me, so...T-E-X-A-S...here I come!

Until next time!

Hugs,
Barb :-D