Winter Plans

As of this post, we are hold up in Minneapolis, Minisota for the winter.  And it’s cold!!!!

After loosing my remote software developer job we ended up north to work a 6 month contract.  We are staying with Stephanie’s Mom since there are no campgrounds open up here in winter and we might freeze to death in our camper in these temps.

We are hoping that some work will crop up in FL before winter’s end and we will be able to head south for some warmth and to see our friends in St Petersburg.

But as of now, it’s jackets and gloves for the Sikes…


Hot Springs National Park

After leaving San Antonio and Iron Horse RV with our new fully reinforced entry step (they welded a steel support structure under so it’s good and strong this time, thanks guys) we had a couple overnight’s in East Texas (College Station to see Papa Bush’s Library) and Texarkana to break up the drive to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Our parking spot for the week was at the National Park’s Gulpha Gorge Campground [our review].  This is a first come first serve park so we arrived early afternoon on Sunday and snagged an ok site (not on the stream).  After a conversation with the camp host, he said the people across from us (on the stream) were leaving in the morning so we could move there if we wanted (heck yeah!).  Normally switching sites is not OK here, so he was just way cool.

We spent afternoons sitting by the stream (or sometimes sitting in it) and treated our selves to a afternoon at the Qwapaw Bathhouse one afternoon for a hot spring water soak & massages. 

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Off to Memphis!

A whole lot of catch-up!

Well, its been about 6 weeks since our last post.  This is not going well with the weekly blogs I guess.

When we last left you in Louisiana:

We had a great visit with Frank over some completely terrible donuts at a supposedly area famous donut shop.  I can’t belive its been 25 years since I graduated from High School and about 23 since I last saw Frank.  It was great catching up!

After breakfast we hitched up the car and hit the road.  Totally forgetting it was Spring Break season, we were unable to get a camp site anywhere on Galveston Island for the week, so we ended up just off the island at  Bay RV Park [our review].  We spent a week here and then moved onto the island at Galveston Island RV Resort [our review].

From Galveston we traveled to San Antonio to visit Iron Horse RV to have some work done on Bettie.  Her step had been not fully retracting and was getting“squishy” so that needed some attention.  Turned out the wood had rotted out and so the step had to be re-built.  We also had the oil changed and the awning mechanism lubed up (it was not pulling out).

After spending two nights at Iron Horse we were finally on our way to Fredericksburg, TX to meet up with the Xscaper’s group for the Hill Country Convergence. We are spending the month at Quiet Creek RV Resort [our review coming soon].  Two days after arriving our step broke, so back to Iron Horse for some rework…

We had a wonderful time meeting Melanie and Travis Carr, the grandkids of the founders of the Excapees RV Club and the founders if Xscapers.  As well as several other couples, singles, and families all working and traveling full time.

We had a nightly happy hour during the event in which we talked about current, past and future travel plans, how everyone is making a living on the road (including full time for another company [like us], working as a consultant, work camping, and semi-retired). We also visited Luckenbach, TX and hiked Enchanted Rock.

With plenty of time to explore, I think we have pretty well done Fredericksburg and surrounding areas.  Including:

  • LBJ Ranch –more detailed post to come.
  • Wildseed Farms – the worlds largest producer of wildflower seed
  • Luckenbach, TX
  • Enchanted Rock State Park
  • Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery
  • A wine tour (with the group) to three local wine tasting rooms
  • Hill Country Distillers – they make vodka, gin, and fruit liquors (like limoncello) from prickly pear cactus pads.
  • A trip to Austin to visit the LBJ Presidential Library

Today, April 26, we leave Fredericksburg to head back to San Antonio to Iron Horse to have the step re-worked.