Beginning Our Trip Out West (February 9 – March 5, 2017)

This is a big year for Don and I.  We are traveling out west this year and have a lot of great stops on the agenda. Our next big stop is Big Bend National Park.  We’ve heard a lot of great things about this park and it has been on our bucket list for a while.  We are so lucky to be able to live this carefree RV life!

Our Trip Began with a Quick Visit to Reunion RV Resort, Robert, La.

February 9-18, 2017:  You may have noticed that we seem to stop here a lot.  It is a great stop close to Baton Rouge so I can visit with my parents and it gives us a chance to go through the RV to prepare it for our next cross-country trip.  While we were here we left the RV at Reunion Resort and went on a quick car trip with our niece, Alicia, to Chattanooga, Tennessee.  We loved spending time with family in Chattanooga.

See our campground review here.

An Overnight Stop at Paragon RV Resort, Marksville, La.

February 18-19, 2017:  This has become one of our usual stops when heading through Louisiana to Texas.  It is paved, quiet, and the sites are large.  However, we do not go into the casino since it is a smoking casino but it is fine for an overnight stop.

See our campground review here.

Back at Rainbow’s End RV Park, Livingston, TX

February 19-23, 2017:  We decided to take a quick trip home (to Livingston) so we could IMG_9257continue to prepare for our trip.  We had a lot to do in a short amount of time.  We picked up our mail and packages, got a new windshield for the jeep, RV tires aligned, and got both vehicles safety inspected.  Then, just before we left, we got the RV weighed to check to make sure the weight was well-distributed front-to-back, side-to-side, and overall.  I don’t really want to talk about it but just know VanGo (our little RV) is on a diet with us.

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Only in Texas – get your windshield replaced and shop for guns & ammo!

 

A Funny Story:  We went to Cook’s Tire Service in Lufkin, Texas to get our tires aligned.  We had tried to get it aligned at the Mercedes dealer earlier but they couldn’t because the sides of the RV protrude too far.  Well, Cook’s could do it and did a great job but when they went to test drive it for the safety inspection we must have had Mario Andretti for a driver because when we got back in the RV it was a mess.  The refrigerator and cabinets had come open and … well, I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.  I bet he had fun!

See our campground review here.

 

Austin Lone Star RV Resort, Austin, TX

February 23-27, 207:  The last time we were through here we missed Austin, so we made a point of stopping on this trip. Have you ever heard about the traffic in Austin?  It is awful and this resort is in the middle of it all.  However, this stop was all about retail therapy which made it the perfect stop.  You see we are going to a rally in a few months  and a cruise in May and we needed a few things.  The shopping in nearby San Marcos was wonderful.

See our campground review here.

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, TX

February 27-March 2, 2017:  You can see the high rises on the horizon from some areas of the park but you are in the wilderness.  We highly recommend this stop.  The sites are spacious, many are private, and the hiking is good. We will be back.

See our campground review here.

Fort Mason City Park, Mason, TX

March 2-4, 2017:  Wow, this place reminded us of Lady Bird Park in Fredericksburg but is in a very small town.  The sites are big, full hook ups, and you share space with the equestrian center.  Leave it to Texas to have camping and horses combined. It also advertises that the town is the original home of “Old Yeller.” And if you are heading south to Big Bend, this is the last stop that has major grocery stores, so we stocked up near Mason, in Fort Stockton.

See our campground review here.

Marathon Motel and RV Park, Marathon, TX

March 4-5, 2017:  I didn’t have high hopes for this overnight stop but it was great!   Marathon is in a dark sky area and the park has its own professional observatory.  It has a very Texas style vibe and if you visit be sure to take the short walk into town and visit the quaint coffee shop run by a Kiwi. I wonder how he got from New Zealand to this tiny, dusty, little nothing of a town.

See our campground review here.

Next Stop … Big Bend National Park

Happy Trails

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