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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Last night Monello and I had our semi-annual fight to clear the baffles and ward off boredom. Dishes were thrown, cops were called, and we both spent the night in jail until the campground owner could come and post our bail.
    My FIRST reaction was: Broken dishes?? if you're living in an RV why haven't you invested in melamine dishes or at least the unbreakable corningware ones
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky_bee View Post
    My FIRST reaction was: Broken dishes?? if you're living in an RV why haven't you invested in melamine dishes or at least the unbreakable corningware ones
    I suppose we could throw paper plates at each other...

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    The river is back within it's banks. Now it's just cold. It should pass once the weekend gets here.

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    War = Peace
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    Last night the local community gardens had steak night. The gardens is a sort of Wentworths meets a classy flea market. They have an odd mix of retail with the bulk being plants and assorted outdoor garden items. It's hippy chic in an Austin, TX sort of way. It's 1 of those businesses that you hope it makes it. They are a business but you get the impression that they are striving to make a difference.

    The first time we went there we didn't really have any expectations. It was a just pop in and see what is going on. Vrai got a mum for our picnic table. There's a stocked pond and they have loaner poles. Kids have access to chalk so they can channel their inner Michelangelo and do murals on the sidewalk. The outside is dotted with picnic tables, elevated bar tables and several fire pits.

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    Our steaks were well seasoned. The check in process was a bit clunky. The line to check in was really slow. You got a ticket with a number on it. Steaks were cooked in batches of 20. We met our neighbors there. It wasn't planned, they saw us and came over as we were getting our table. Since it was nice, we decided to eat outside. The band was busy setting up and doing their checks. There was a cash bar but not a lot of beer selections. After we got our steaks we went inside to get the salad and potatoes. The spuds were enormous. We ended up chatting and comparing notes with our tablemates. He's also retired military, so we had a lot in common.

    It was a pleasant evening with good company. The music was decent but it wasn't the focal point of the night, at least not for us.

    And we now have our cable TV back. The campground updated their cable but ran into some compatibility issues. So we used the antenna and got 9 channels, 4 of which were spanish language. It's 68 degrees out. We have the screen door open and life is good.
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    Campgrounds all over the country have a few things in common. In my pre-Vrai days, I often camped in state parks. Most are decent places with some amenities. They are a reasonable choice for the fiscally conscious. They are most often surrounded by forest. You get a bath house, site with a picnic table, most likely a fire pit, maybe a post to hang a lantern. The rest of the park is yours to enjoy.

    Now we stay in commercial campgrounds. They have upgraded amenities and more of them. We seek out places that have a swimming pool. Bonus points if it's heated. There may be a hot tub. Many places have a social hall or some sort of meeting place. Plenty of places have cabins or other buildings that you can rent if you don't have camping gear.

    Commercial campgrounds have a pattern to them. Late Sunday until around late Thursday afternoon we have the run of the place. Then the migration begins. All the weekenders show up. There is a lot of movement in the campground. You start to see more kids. The average age of the campground drops. Here a few of the sites have a fire pit. Ours doesn't have one and if it did, we wouldn't use it anyway. By Friday evening you can smell the aroma of the campfires. Adults will sit around them and drink. Most groups aren't very loud. Just working folks trying to recharge their batteries and destress.

    This weekend, one of the weekenders showed up with a towable smoking grill. This guy wasn't playing. It had 2 large cylinder grills and 2 attached propane tanks. He had a bunch seasoned wood with him. We never did see what he was making in that beast. Only someone that is serious about their barbeque would own a contraption like that. But then again we are in Texas, the BBQ capital of the universe.

    It poured last night. Today it's overcast and colder. Now the exodus begins. The weekenders are breaking camp. 2 of the tent sites were occupied last night. I'm sure it sucked being in a tent in a downpour. It reminded me of the time when we were in Marathon in the Florida Keys. 2 young couples were tent camping on the point at the campground. It was windy as could be and was probably going to storm later in the evening. The 4 of them were in the pagoda getting hammered. They were past the point of no return and were facing the night of having their tents blown away while they were in them. I told them to just set up in the pagoda, this way they would have some sort of roof in case the skies opened up. They were gone the next day and I never found out how they fared the previous evening.

    Just a few more days here. We have BBQ brisket and beef ribs along with fajita chicken meat in the refrigerator. The anticipation is growing for our next destination. There appears to be a lot of things to do in Corpus Christi. We will be in a campground that is very close to the naval air station. I see some golfing and bay fishing in our future. Anyone that has been to CC, make sure you let us know the must see and must avoid places. TIA
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    Last week in Bastrop and I'm in forward mode - checking out the events in Corpus Christi and filling my calendar. It happens that Three Dog Night will be at the Corpus arena on Nov 30, so I told Monello, "Guess what you're getting me for my birthday? Give me your credit card...."

    It'll be nice to get back to the beach. I'm kind of scared, though, that I'll find another happy place in CC. I have too many happy places as it is, so I hope it's just another cool place and not somewhere I fall madly in love with.

    When we go somewhere, I check out their tourism websites and other community resources. The official tourism site for CC is lame and makes me want to punch it. Their calendar showed nothing, yet a quick run around the website shows all kinds of events listed individually so you have to dig for them. Why is it so hard to put them on the, you know, events calendar?

    It's rained most of the time we've been here in Bastrop, but we've enjoyed it anyway. It's still a contender for when we decide to come off the road and land somewhere permanently.
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