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Saturday, June 30, 2012

A New Month, A New Location -- Sat., June 30

Cotulla and San Antonio, Texas:

Here we are. Lovely San Antonio, Texas: Riverwalk, The Alamo, green, hilly, varied flora, freeways, big grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, Six Flags, botanic gardens, a zoo, the Hemisphere Tower, caverns, history galore, paved bike paths, cheap gas. Today we made our move from Cotulla to San Antonio, about 1-1/2 hours. We just finished dinner at the Mexican (Jalisco state) restaurant across the street.

But let me back up. After four hours of sleep, I woke up and finished reading "One Ranger" (the second book) so I could take it back to Jerry and Kit today on our way out of Dodge, er, I mean Cotulla. The "One Ranger" books are a fascinating read about the history of the Texas Rangers and their crime-fighting skills.

Bob woke up about 2:30 a.m. and had some traffic coming and going through the gate so he didn't get his usual nap from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Both of us were very tired today. We knew our gate guard replacement was coming around noon. 

I played Suzie housekeeper to get ready for the move and Bob did his manly preparations outside. I vacuumed, washed counters in the kitchen and made sure interior items were battened down for the move. (Except I can't move the heavy recliners very well, so Bob took care of moving those out of the way of our slide.)  

Bob swept under the slide awnings to get out any spiders lurking there (at my insistence, being faint of heart at the sight of a spider). He put away the fresh water hose, took down our air card booster, emptied the grey and black water tanks, filled LOMA's generator with diesel and put in oil, took off the wheel covers, removed the chocks, hooked up the truck to the trailer, stowed the propane tanks and garbage can.

We were all done with our preparations at 11:00 a.m. While we waited, Bob took a nap and I started reading Kyle Mills "Storming Heaven" and checking vehicles in and out. 

Remember the Bewicks' wren we tried to discourage from building a nest under our dining room slide by removing all her nesting materials and putting up duct tape around the area to keep her out? Well, when Bob was cleaning under the slides, he found her nest. She had gotten around the duct tape and built a perfect nest. It had three little eggs in it. Oh no! Now what do we do with that? This is what we tried to avoid. When our replacement arrived we showed him the nest. He said he'll try to put it under his trailer. Who knows if the wren will be able to find her nest. We feel so bad. Pout.

Our supervisor and our replacement, a single guy, arrived at our site about 12:20 p.m. We gave our replacement the log books, instructions, and gave him a tour of where the motion detectors are located. Then we took off. I headed to Kit and Jerry's to return books and say good-bye. Bob headed to San Antonio. I followed close behind him.

The  RV park we're in is plush compared to the South Texas Brush Country. All it takes is two months in the middle of caliche dust and bugs to make you appreciate something different. 

Tonight's weather forecasters in San Antonio predict a 50% chance of thunderstorms. We'll see what develops.

Time for life's next adventure. I am looking forward to what's around the next corner.

Here are today's pictures:

Where the ground was wet, about 20 of these beautiful blue butterflies had landed.
The scissor-tailed flycatcher posed for a photo op.
Our site. Look....SHADE!!!
And a picnic table!

A view down the road in the RV park.

Our patio. Oh, look, a rainbow! Where did that come from?
The Escape pod at Travelers World.

Time for lights out. (I fell asleep sitting at the computer.)

Enjoy Sunday.


  1. Still sitting in GGS lot I talked to the new servicing guy. It may be Artesia Well or Los Angeles. He's just guessing. It is closer to Cotulla. I'll see what happens.

    Hopefully I will be out of here in two months. Would love to see you when I get to SA. Enjoy that shade.

    1. Susan,
      When do you think you'll move to your new gate? If you want, and I know it's far, you could drive to Cotulla and do the GG Ladies' Lunch at Dairy Queen. I don't know which day they decided on. It might be Tuesday.

      Keep us posted on your new spot.


  2. Well, you can check off Gate Guarding as "Done that." My bro-in-law did that for a while and is now working as caretaker on the ranch where he sat. The brave souls who do this work are just that. Best wishes on the new adventure.
    We are looking for workamping position in San Antonio area beginning October 15th. We will miss the Blue Ridge Mountains and the llamas but it is time to head back to Texas for a spell.
    Enjoy the amenities.

    1. Hi Jerry & Carol,
      Never say never. If we need the $$$ again, we could be back to gate guarding in a year or so. We would just make sure we are NEVER that close to an oil pad again, especially if there's H2S gas involved. That was the ultimate killer.

      We LOVE San Antone. This afternoon we plan to do a get-acquainted drive around the area. We've only been here once before (April) to walk the Riverwalk, embrace The Alamo and Volkswalk around Ft. Sam Houston. See:

      This will be our home for the foreseeable future, except when we're on the road. Maybe we'll meet when you come to workamp here. If you come October 15, we'll most likely be headed to Portland, OR to catch our flight to Australia. We'll be back in San Antone (if current plans continue) by Jan. 1, 2013.

      Everything's possible. You just never know.


  3. PS - If you are interested in a non-paying position, I would highly recommend Windy Valley Llamas in Blue Ridge, GA. You could not ask for a better place to park, and people to work for.

    1. That would be so awesome. I love your posts and your photos. Currently, we need to keep getting paid. Maybe someday. AND we love the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  4. Hey, if you're back in San Antone, have lunch or dinner at Casa Rio & sit outside on the river. It's a landmark with great food. I've been going there since I was a kid and that's been a couple of years. ;) Go early or at "off" hours to beat the crowds. It's worth it!

    1. Consider it done. When we walked the Riverwalk, it was my favorite place to photograph. Happy to know they have great food too.


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