Sunday, February 17, 2019

Time With Friends, Old and New

We have enjoyed time with lots of friends this week.  Tuesday Kelly and Debbie came by and we shared lunch and lots of conversation.  We hadn't seen them since we moved out of Grand County in 1991.

Saturday morning we joined Bob and Marcia at the pancake breakfast at their resort next door to ours.  We have known them since about 2001 or 2002.

Saturday afternoon we attended a pot luck dinner at our resort with residents from the North Central States.  Everyone at our table was, like us, from Colorado.  It was fun to meet people from our home state and learn more about their lives.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Repairing the Damage

Wait, why can't I see who is outside our window?

Oh, there he is.  We had our house painted this week. Back in October there was a hail storm in Gold Canyon and our Airstream, our truck and the house were all damaged by the golf ball sized hail stones.  The truck has been repaired, the Airstream is at a dealer's collision repair facility in Tucson and now the house has been repaired.

Most of the damage was to the paint, with some to the stucco, itself. Some was to the decorative beams.  The roof was also damaged.  That has not been repaired, yet.

The preparation to paint began with covering the windows and other parts of the house that were not being painted.  They taped down plastic to keep the concrete protected, as well.

After spraying the dark trip on the beams and doors on the front side of the building.  Then they covered the stone work and newly painted trim pieces, including the front door.

We stayed inside and heard the sprayer operating.  When they started removing the plastic and paper masking, we went out to look.

Now everything looks good again!  Thanks, Hector and Sons painting.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Hiking Silly

That doesn't mean we were silly. It means we hiked Sill Mountain. It is a silly name but the mountain is a little bitty thing just off the north side of US Highway 60 not far from our place. We met Barbara there for a hike up and around part of the silly little mountain. The parking lot there is always full of cars because the trails are so close to many people and the hikes fairly short.

After hiking for about an hour and a half, John took this picture of Barbara and me and we decided to drive to Kneaders to meet Ron for lunch.

We had a good day with these friends.  I just wish we had taken another picture once we met Ron.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

We have been on the move and busy since leaving Fort Stockton, Texas. On our trip back to Gold Canyon we stayed in Anthony, Texas, right outside of El Paso, and Willcox, Arizona. Once here there were doctors' appointments, exercise, laundry, church and a new Dish Network Hopper installation. It is getting so a new TV setup is as complex as a new computer with all the frustrations and adjustments to a new system.

Now it is time to deal with the damage we sustained in the hail storm here last October. Sunday we took the trailer to Lazy Days in Tucson (a 100 mile drive) and spent the night on the huge and nice KOA here. Since we were to deliver our Airstream to the repair shop at 8 am, we decided not to get up and leave at 6 am to get there.

The park is nice and might be a good location to spend the winter.

Today we have a new ride.

Quite a difference from our heavy-duty 3/4 ton pickup. But it is fairly comfortable and we fit in with all our neighbors. It seems almost everybody today drives a small SUV.

We will have the car for about a week but we don't get the trailer back for a month or more. Glad we didn't plan to go anywhere in February.

Soon our house windows will be wrapped in plastic so the painters can repair and repaint the hail damage to it. At least we don't have to move out!

Monday, January 07, 2019

Moving West

Thursday we turned our truck to the west, beginning our journey back to Gold Canyon from Houston. First stop was San Antonio. For years we have been staying at Blazing Star when in San Antonio. We had stayed there before going to Houston the week before. But we decided to check out the San Antonio KOA. It is large, with gravel roads and pads. They have children's bikes for rent. The sites are a little wider than at Blazing Star. The KOA isn't as refined but it feels so comfortable, reminding us of the way we traveled the first years of RVing. Actually both campgrounds in San Antonio are good, it just depends on what you are interested in.

Our next stop was Junction, Texas, about 120 miles to the west. We have stayed there several times and enjoyed the Llano South and Llano North campgrounds. We decided to vary our routine and went to a small park, Pecan Valley RV. With only 12 sites and located several miles out of town next to a pecan orchard, it has a very different feel from either of the Llano campgrounds.  The park has pretty good WIFI.  We had discovered before that we can't get Verizon service for phone or internet on our phones in Junction.  The camp hosts at Pecan Valley informed us that Kimball Country, where Junction is located, has no Verizon service at all.  The sites are large and it would be a great place to chill out for a while if we were tired of traveling and not interested in sightseeing. I always try to take a photo of our campsites and we took quite a few pictures at Pecan Valley.

Sunday we moved west again, to Fort Stockton. In case you had never traveled across the center of the country, especially in Texas, you may not realize the distances involved. For travelers like us, we choose to drive about 200 miles, more or less, if at all possible. That means in this state we stay in the same towns on each trip. We were in Fort Stockton for one night in mid-December. The Fort Stockton RV Park is large and old. Many of the sites are occupied long-term by oil drilling employees. But they had a café serving good chicken fried steak and pretty good wifi. It is a little run down but familiar.

Tomorrow we head west again, returning to the El Paso area, and then probably either Benson or Willcox before returning to Gold Canyon.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

A Great Way tp End and Start a Year

We came to Houston to see where our granddaughter Kylie is attending university and swimming on the Couger women's swim team.  Kylie's parents and brother--our son Eric, wife Liz, and our grandson John--were here, too. We hadn't seen any of them in months so it was a special way to bring 2018 to an end and begin 2019.

On New Year's Eve, we met Eric, Liz and John for a BBQ lunch.

After some good conversation and catching up on each other, they headed down to Galveston where they are staying for a few days.

New Year's Day we met them on the University of Houston campus and drove to Kylie's apartment so she could show us around campus.

The campus is decorated with lots of modern art. Here is one building with what looks to me like polished graffiti, but what do I know?

One art work Kylie really likes is this serpentine piece. It is lit at night and the words projected on the surrounding concrete.

We ended our visit with lunch at Kylie's favorite taco place downtown. The food was really good and we again had a good visit. Finally, we needed to get back to our RV, Kylie needed to get back to her room and the others headed back to Galveston.

It was good to them.  We don't know when we will be together again.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Beautiful Places

When I was looking for someplace to stop between San Antonio and Houston, I found Schulenburg, a small town right off I-10. I think what attracted me to it was a mention of the painted churches in the area. Am I ever glad we toured them yesterday. Such beautiful places, art done to honor the God the people have worshiped here for over 150 years!

Only a short drive from the RV park brought us to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in High Hill. German and Czech immigrants fleeing the Austrian Empire celebrated the religious freedom they found in Texas by building churches with painted interiors designed after European cathedrals.

The ceiling painting was one of the first thing that caught my eye.

The sanctuary is a contrast of light and dark.

The sounding board above the pulpit and the pulpit are distinct in each church.

Next, we visited St. John the Baptist in Ammansville.

There is a totally different feel here.

The white ribs in the ceiling highlight the curves.

Look at the detailed painting and stencil work here.

At Dubina we found St. Cyril and St. Methodius, another stunning worship facility.

Notice the ivy leaves outlining the sanctuary.

Again, the detail in the painting is amazing.

Each of the churches had detailed images of the Stations of the Cross.  Here are 3 stations in the Dubina church.

St. Mary's Church of the Assumption in Praha was the last inspirational painted church we saw.

This is the pulpit and sounding board to project the pastor's voice.

Look at the painting of the Last Supper on the high altar.

Angels hover above the altar.