Today Gwen and I visited Old Fort parker Historical Park. We enjoyed seeing how the pioneers lived and how hard it must of been for them. Old Fort Parker is a reconstructed fort which pays tribute to the Parker family and other pioneers who paid a high price to settle in Texas. The Parkers and other members of their church came to Texas from Crawford County, Illinois in 1832. In 1832 , Daniel Parker a staunch theologian, had gained permission to settle in Texas. After organizing those who wanted to got to Texas into the Predestinarian Baptist Church, they all left Illinois in July 1833 in ox drawn wagons. Daniel and the majority of his followers settled near the city of Elkhart, Other members of the group preferred to settle farther west, near the Navasota River. Elder John Parker and three of his sons Silas, James and Benjamin began in Dec. 1833 to clear land and construct “ Parker Fort “.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
It is hard to believe that we have been at Fort Parker State Park for more than two week now. Time is going by fast and we have been having such a good time and staying busy that I have been a little slow updating the blog. Fort Parker is a small park with only 35 camp sites and 10 mini cabins. The site are setup so there is lots of room between sites and easy to get into. Some of the sites might be a little short for bigger rigs. We are on a host site on the top of the hill is the shelter area and have a great view of the campground.
The mini cabins are just a basic cabin with only a picnic table inside so campers must bring their own camping gear, cots, sleeping bags and whatever else you might need. The cabins do have electric and there is plenty of room inside. They also have a outside table and fire ring and room for parking. These are nice for people that like basic camping and gives you a nice place to get out of the weather.
The T pier is a great spot for fishing or watching the sunsets in the evenings. There is also a fish clean station for cleaning any fish you might catch.
In the day use area the is a nice nature center , boat ramp and the park rents kayak and canoes. There is also a shelter for picnics.
We are told what we are going to be really busy in the coming weeks with a Trout Clinic being held for the kids, there will be fishing, games and food. The local Bass Club is also giving the kids free fishing rods so this should be a good time. I will try to get lots of pictures if I get some free time. It is on the weekend of Jan 29th both Sat and Sun.
As soon as I have time I will be posting more pictures of the park so keep check back on the blog.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Yesterday we pulled out of Lake Corpus Christi State Park for what we thought was going to be a short trip to our next stop. Boy where we wrong, 6 1/2 hours later we stopped into Oak Forest RV Park. The day started out with our puppy getting sick all over me in the truck. It went down hill after that . We where getting ready to pull in for something to eat when we blow a tire on the camper.
To make a long story short we called road side service to find someone to change a tire. In the mean time a nice guy stopped to see if we needed any help. So him and I got to work changing the tire that turned out to be not that hard. I did learn that I need some better blocks in case this happens again.
Now we are just relaxing and enjoying the day the weather has turn out great 73 and sunny. First time we have seen any sun in about a week. Pulling out tomorrow for what we hope.will be a short 2 hour trip to Fort Parket State Park where we will be camp hosting for the next two months .
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
I have been a little lazy postings updates lately. Everything is going great here and we are having a good time and meeting new friends. Gwen has the Christmas tree and declarations up inside and lights outside on the RV and trees. So I guess we are as ready for Christmas as we are going to be. We are looking forward to the up coming Christmas Dinner that the park is putting on, should be a good time. Then there will be a pot luck dinner the volunteers are having along with a cookie swap. Guess I am not going to loose any weight this month. It is hard to believe that we have been here for over a months already. Time goes fast when you are having fun. It will not be long and we will be getting ready for our next move to Fort Parker State Park. Hope the weather does not get to cold there, it is north of where we are at now. The weather here has been all over the place here the last few days. There was a cold front that moved through and we had rain and cool weather for a few days and then the sun was back out yesterday and back in the 70’s . Now today it is cool and damp out. But at lease we don’t have snow.
We met a really nice couple camping behind. Now Gwen has a new shopping friend. Talking with them they where telling us the when setting up they noticed that the wheels on the camper on one side seems to be too close together. Stated that after they had looked under the RV that had the springs on one side had broken and failed completely and the springs on the same axle on the other side where broken in a couple different places. Do not know how they ever made it to the campground. They are not sure how long it had been like that are how long they had driven with it that way. They checked with a few of the local RV dealers and it would be two weeks before they could do any thing . So we decided that we would fix it at the campground. It was not as hard as I though it might be and after getting all the tools needed we had both springs replaced . Lesson learned always crawl under the RV and inspect every thing before heading out on a camping trip and carry a good bottle jack, Nice to have for flat tires or to make repairs.
Sorry we do not have any pictures to post. We have been just hanging around the campground visiting with the other camper and not doing any road trips lately. The campground has been full most of the time and we just like meeting the other camper and getting together and finding where they have been in their travels and where they are from. I have also taken time to make a few more ink pens ( my new hobby ) on the days it is nice and sunny. So for now we are just hanging out here in the South of Texas and thinking about all you guys up North shoveling snow!
Monday, November 21, 2016
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Cloud Nine RV Park is a great little on the top of a small mountain or hill. The road to the park is a little steep but is paved and in good condition so it was not a problem. The office staff and camp host where every helpful and friendly. The sites are fairly level and hook-ups are easy to get to and well layed out and well lite. All on the sites are gravel easy to get in and out of. The bath and shower are some of the cleanest and nicest that we have seen in our travels. The game and sitting room has a big screen TV and nice sitting area. There is also a pool table and others games. On the deck out side the view is really nice and a great place to sit and take it all in. I would highly recommend this park for any one looking for a place to spend some and relax. They also have monthly rates for the snowbirds. If we are ever back in this area we will be sure to stop in for a few days.