Hwy 377 North

674, Rocksprings, 377, Junction, Wolf Caves, Rock Crawling, Brady, Brownwood, Stephenville, 281, Mineral Wells, Baker Hotel, 59, Selma Park, Bowie, 82, Tishomingo, Atoka, 63, Hartshorne, San Bois Mountains, 2, Robbers Cave State Park, 59, Stigler OK, Sallisaw Brushy Creek City Park, Lower Boston Mountains, The Ozark Plateau,

Climbed out of the escarpment where KCSP is and onto the Edwards Plateau, through Rocksprings then dropped down into Junction. The roads are good and the scenery is awesome. We stayed in the Junction City Park for three days. Moved on up 377 to Brady, TX. Richards City Park. A little rough but full hook ups and showers for $20 a night for 10 days. Very nice Historical Jail down town, great visit. Then up to Stephenville, nice city park with Elect, Water and dump station for 10 days at $15 a night. Nice bike trail and city streets to ride our bikes on. Mineral Wells is a big little town with an amazing old Hotel. Made our way Bowie and stayed at the Selma Park. Little rough no water but great electric and a lake. We tried the Tishomingo City Park, only to find out there was no Electric so we moved on to a Walmart at Atoka. If you want to be adventurous follow us east on OK Hwy 63 east out of Kiowa to Hartshorne! Another name sake town! Then we moved into the San Bois Mountains to Robbers Cave State Park to find they had too much Electric!! All sites pegged out our meter. So back to our old faithful Walmart at Stigler OK. RCSP has everything but electric wish we could have stayed more than a day, very nice place. We went on to Brushy Creek City Park, a few miles off Hwy 59 but well worth it. Good electric, water, Wifi, and showers $15. If you think of Oklahoma as being flat, try OK Hwy 2 and 59! Another fast run 15 days from KCSP Texas to St Louis, MO.


We have “Hitch Itch” again!

Addax Antelope, Mouflon Sheep, Scimitar Oryx, Red Deer, Gemsbok Antelope, Corsican Sheep, Sika Deer, Blesbok Antelope, Axis Deer, Gran’s Zebra, Elk, Blackbuck Antelope, Wild Boar,

We have had a great two months at Kickapoo Cavern, but we are ready to move on. Headed North again to see the “Momma” and hoping to summer in North Dakota this year.

This year we where lucky enough to be in the right places to view the “Total Eclipse of the Sun” and my second “Total Eclipse of the Moon”!

We also had a brush fire in the park this month. Was interesting to watch young men with Viet Nam Era military equipment fighting the fire. Mostly hard work with hand tools.

This month the sun came back again and we are having the weather the way we like it, warm in the day time and cool at night. Kickapoo has dark skies, peace and quiet, lots of walking trails, beautiful views and a great way to re-connect with nature.  There are two neat little towns with in 40 miles, good for day trips. Del Rio and Uvalde are 60 miles away.  Devil’s Sinkhole is near the town of Rock Springs and is well worth seeing. Plus they have a restaurant called “The Jail House” that serves “Road Kill”, not sure what road it is killed on, but mighty tasty. Must be the way they cook it. And, the drive from the park to Rock Springs is amazing.This month we started taking long road trips and have found some interesting areas near by. One is Camp Wood and it looks to be very nice. It is on the East Nueces River at the end of the Nueces Canyon, part of the Three Twisted Sisters Trail. I understand The Big Oaks RV Park is the place to be.

One Saturday night the Park Manager and his Wife took us over the boarder to Ciudad Acuna for dinner. We where kids the last time we went over the border and it was a great time. Something we would not have done with out our chauffer and interrupter. Barber Shops and Dentist Offices on every corner.

Now that I am back on the grid again I will be posting more often. And I want to thank Alan and the Gang at KCSP for making our stay an experience we will always cherish.

Kickapoo Cavern State Park, Texas

Stuart Bat Cave, Seargeant Memorial Trail, Barbado Ridge Trail, The Long Way Home Trail, Pine Canyon Loop, Vireo Vista Trail, Armadillo Lookout Trail, Bee Cave, Chert

We arrived at Kickapoo Cavern to find an Artic Cold Front that tested our rig down to 16 degrees one morning and three days of below freezing temperatures during the day. This place is remote and has one land line and internet at the office. Small campground that has been in operation since 2010.
Its very interesting here, quiet and calm. As you walk through the hills, its like my ears are ringing with silence. As I hear the wind blowing up from the valley’s one foggy morning, I can see the fog rolling up over the brush. The wind here has a different kind of sound to it that I can not really describe. I think I am hearing a sound as if its possibly a car coming, only to see the sound is coming from a lone tree. I can understand how long ago people might feel the land is talking to them.
This month has been pretty dreary as its been colder than normal. Even on warmer days the wind has a bite to it. Guess I have gotten soft in my old age. I have added a couple videos on our Movie Page to try and give you a feel for the place. We find this place to be fascinating as are with most new places we go to. This places has only a few full hook up sites and very remote. It has very dark sky and quiet trails to hike. You can hike level trails in the valleys or climb up the rocky hillsides. Bike trails are available but only about five miles of paved roads. Hunting for an undiscovered cave or sink hole is for sure on the list of adventures. The cavern is really unique, totally unimproved so it is kind of a hard trek, but totally worth it. The total darkness is amazing, the guide said that if you stayed in the darkness for two weeks you would become totally blind. Nothing I would want to try! We are waiting for warmer weather to try to see any porcupines, they are suppose to be in the bat cave but like I say, been too cold to see them.

Uvalde, Texas

Showboat Drive-In, Newman’s Castle, Newmans Backery, Suzie Q’s Saloon, Bastrop State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Purgatory Creek, Canyon Lake, Guadalupe River, Potters Creek,Boerne, Pipe Creek, Bandera, Red Horse Saloon, Tarpley, Seco Pass, Utopia, Garner State Park, Concan,

A week at Tomball and we had rain and gloomy weather for six of the seven days. Did some remodeling on the rig and hanging out. We did have a day of sunshine on Lois’ Birthday and we got to do a much needed bike ride.
Spent a day at McKinney Falls State Park, went on the Onion trail and seen the waterfalls.
Moved on to Canyon Lake COE for Christmas and Lois made a wonderful Christmas Dinner and we spent the day counting deer roaming the park.
All month it has been cold, everything from rain to snow. Has not been ideal for exploring as we travel. But on our last day before we made it to Kickapoo Caverns we traveled West from Canyon Lake to Boerne, Bandera, Tarpley and Utopia. Through the southern end of the Hill Country and had a great ride through ranch country where we seen a lot of exotic animal ranches with animals we have no clue what there names would be, but we have some great pictures.
See Video (Hill Country Trail) on our “Movie” page.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Wishing to all our Family, Friends we have met in our travels and fellow Travelers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are still happy and healthy and back in Texas again!


Tomball, Texas

Galveston State Park, Hwy 146, La Porte, Baytown, Dayton, Hwy 321, Cleveland, Hwy 105, Cut and Shoot, Conroe, Hwy 75, New Waverly, Cagle Recreation Area, Huntsville, Huntsville State Park, WG Jones State Park,

The first snow I have seen in four years was on Galveston Island. We seem to have brought the cold weather with us. Went to down town Houston today at the VA Hospital. I love VA but Houston is like so many other cities, a place I want to avoid. Skirted Houston up to Sam Houston National Forest. Stayed at a the Cagle Rec. Area, that is on Lake Conroe. Weather got better and we got our bikes going again. Nice walking trails here with the tall pine forest.

Spent the day bike riding and kicking back at Huntsville State Park. Then spent a morning at WG Jones State Park. Not much parking and the bike ride was a little boring. We are now spending the week at Tomball, TX. Looking forward to exploring Tomball, enjoyed it when we were here a few years ago.  Of course, with Walmart, Lowes and Whataburger what is not to like! Oh yeah, the traffic sucks!!


Sea Rim State Park, Texas

Grand Isle, Breaux Bridge, Welsh, Intercostals Park, Holly Beach, Gulf Beach Hi Way, Port Arthur, Sabine Pass,  Sea Rim State Park, TX

We are starting to understand what it means when they say you can’t go back! Had an uneventful stay at Grand Isle again and got our Shrimp Po-Boy fix. And we are on our way west. Got to Breaux Bridge, LA where we use to spend over nights in a School yard in the past. But they have closed it to overnight parking since the last time we were there. If you park at the Wal-Mart you can easily ride your bike the mile or two to the center of town. It’s a great experience.

Then we arrived for a few days in Welsh, LA at their City Park. Full hook ups on grass pads, $15 a night, pay at the city hall. Not much to see but have a good place just as you come off the hwy to eat, Cajun Tales Seafood. Got to watch thousands of Snow Geese headed south.

Next stop was Intercostals Park nice place to set and watch the Tugs go buy. Elect and Water $12. Traveled around the Gulf Beach Hwy past Holly Beach, not much room on the beach for a rig as big as ours. Went on over the Sabine Pass and stayed a few days at Sea Rim State Park, $20 plus $3 entry fee without a Texas Pass. They have a great boardwalk, which includes an alligator. Good place to ride the bikes, but other than that there isn’t much to do so we headed to Galveston Beach. Cross Galveston Bay from the Bolivar Peninsula on the Ferry to Galveston.

Back on the Bayou

Alton, MO, Couch School, Myrtle, Dalton, AR, Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge, Sedgwick, Jonesboro, Harrisburg, Cherry Valley, Wynne, Forrest City, Marianna, West Helena, Vicksburg, MS, Natchez Trace Pkwy, Rocky Springs Campground, Natchez Bluff and Information Center, Baton Rouge, Satsuma Oranges, Middendorf’s, Bonnet Carre Spillway

After crossing into Arkansas on Hwy 93 we moved onto Pocahontas, Jonesboro and took Hwy 49 south to avoid Memphis and wound up the night at West Helena Arkansas. It was a long six hour day for us but we have been setting all summer in Missouri and wanted to find warm weather before we slowed down. On the next day we crossed the Mississippi river on Hwy 49 Bridge into Mississippi. Then Hwy 61 south to Vicksburg Mississippi and onto Hwy 27 and onto the Natchez Trace Pkwy to Rocky Springs to Boon Dock for Thanksgiving.

Lois made a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner for us and we spent a half a day getting lost in the woods there. Rocky Springs is a small road side rest stop with a few pull outs for free camping. Had a great day of hiking in the Mississippi woods near Vicksburg. The Natchez Trace is really our way of traveling, slow pace and lots of pullouts.

Natchez water front is a real site for people that like old buildings and a great view of the River from the Natchez Bluff Area. And we had great BBQ at Pig Outs. Spent the night at the information center.

Made our way back though Baton Rouge, the roughest streets in America! And over to Hwy 55 to feast on Middendorf’s Thin Fried Cat Fish. Then found some friends at the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Plan to be at Grand Isle State Park the first of the week to visit friends.

So far this trip has been just like we like, slow and peaceful. Love to travel the roads less traveled and meet people we would never have met. Met Paul (a self proclaimed full blooded Cajun) at Bonnet Carre, he and his family are so fun! Playing music and living the high life.

We are leaving Missouri!!!

Round Springs, Allie Springs, Rivers Edge Inn, Hartshorn, Eminence,  Elk Capital of Missouri, Salem Lutheran Church, Wild Horses, Rocky Falls Shut-ins, Pick Ranch, fire tower

Have had a great time at Missouri’s newest park, Echo Bluff. Cold weather has hastened our stay here but it has been a great fall season for us. While we have lived in this state all our lives, we have not seen places around Eminence. The Rocky Falls Shut-ins is great and the Allie Springs Mill is Awesome also. Both places are just an afternoon but worth the ride. Being here so late this year gave me a change to test our rigs winter tolerances. I must say the rig did much better than I did. I would have to recommend that if your coming here in a large rig you need to go to EBSP as base camp. All the places we have been to here are with in a hours drive and the drives are as beautiful as the places them selves. And EBSP is totally reserve able and has full hook ups. All roads in the park are paved and brand new. If your into resorts the Lodges has the look of a Fine Hotel. We are getting out of here early and on our way to Louisiana, I plan to be making more post over the next month. Safe Travels

October 2017

And we are still in Missouri! Have done our time at Lake of the Ozarks State Park and are now at Echo Bluff State Park in Southern Missouri. I’m not sure if it is Southern enough for the weather but we are going to try to last this month before heading to Texas again. In an ever searching mode to find new trails, we have traveled to Echo Bluff from Lake of the Ozarks on Hwy 42, C, A, 133, 17, 106, D, 19 and into Echo Bluff State Park, what a ride!

Echo Bluff at first site looks like a resort on the Current River near Round Springs. We have found Wi-Fi and Cell to be great. The camp sites are all concrete pads and brand new. They say there are wild horses roaming here but we have not seen them yet. It is beautiful, lots of trees around the campground, but being new (only been open less than 2 years) there are no trees in the campground. Somehow it just adds to the beauty of the area.  Full hook-up sites, great trails, and lots of history.