Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October review and November plans

To - Reidsontheroad blog followers,
As I posted before, I have used up all my web capacity for photos on this year’s blog.  I will create a new blog in January.  Meanwhile, here are a few updates, sans photos....
On our way back home (to South Texas) in early October, we stopped by an Airstream dealership in Austin, Texas.  We fell in love with a 25-foot Flying Cloud Airstream and traded in our 2012 22-foot Airstream for it.    Our old Airstream had served us very well, traveling with us all over the USA, Canada, and parts of Mexico.  The new one’s 3 additional feet make it seem so much roomier.  
We left the old Airstream at the dealership and drove 5 more hours south to Mission, where we have our tiny house.  After a few days, our new Airstream was ready to be picked up.  We decided to turn the trip into a tiny vacation.  We stopped first in San Antonio and stayed near the downtown, strolling the Riverwalk and enjoying the sites of that historic city.  The next day we picked up our new Airstream.  (This reminds me that we really have to name it.).  We took off for the Texas Hill Country, just west of Austin.  We spent a few nights in Johnson City, home of LBJ, whose ranch we visited.  This is also Texas wine country.  We did some wine tastings and then stayed overnight (free) at a winery outside of darling Fredericksburg through Harvest Hosts.  This Harvest Host site, like most, did not offer any electricity or water hook-ups.  That was ok as we needed to test the Airstream’s ability to “boondock”.  We woke up after a night off the grid to a dead battery.  So, we took it back to the dealership to get it fixed.    Good thing we discovered this while we were close to the dealership.
Back in Retama Village in Mission, Texas, we spent crazy weeks busily getting the house ready for our first guests.  We had a small shed built on to the back of the tiny house to store the garage-type “junk”.  What a relief to move charcoal grills, bicycles, camping gear, tools, etc from our house to the shed.  We had a shower door installed and finished buying furniture.  All, just in time for our first guests’ arrival.  Tony and Jenny, roadie friends from Nova Scotia, arrived with their R-Pod camper.  They spent a few nights with us here, parked and hooked up in our driveway, then all of us went to South Padre Island for a few days, camping near a marina.  Then, back here to show them the sights around here.  A highlight was a shopping trip to Progreso, Mexico.
Tonight we will be dressing up for a Halloween party at our village’s clubhouse.  Should be fun.
George is going to visit our daughter in Todos Santos, Baja California for a few days.  (Home of Hotel California).  Then our other daughter will come down from Rochester, Minnesota to visit us for a few days around Thanksgiving.  We hope to host more friends and family throughout the winter.  We are also busy applying for more housesits.  We may spend Christmas in Panama.  
While we are here in Mission, we plan to take short trips with the Airstream to discover new parts of Texas.  We are going to buy a Texas State Park pass and stay in as many Texas state parks as we can.  There is a lot to see!  
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Thanks again, for following our adventures!  
Karmen and George Reid 

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