The RV Road Trip Fulltimer's Blog for April 2011
It is in San Antonio and we'll have to go there to pick it up. That's not that far of a drive especially when you're going to pick up a new RV. Oh, and more thing.... April Fools. Yeah, I know... no awesome Winnebago Via for us. So was I very convincing? :)
Now for the real blog entry of the day... Our recent trip to South Padre Island also included a stop at the Port Isabel Lighthouse. This lighthouse has been there since the 1800s and it is really neat. You can go all the way to the top but it is a lot of work climbing those spiral stairs. We both went to the top, it is not often you get to go in a lighthouse so we didn't pass up the opportunity. Here's a shot of the lighthouse.
There are tons of neat shops right near the lighthouse and we took a stroll to see them all. There were lots of crafts, some guy making pottery, a fishing pier and much more. We spent several hours in this area and really enjoyed it. Cynthia posed with some of the pirates and there were 2 pirates that I liked but they were on the roof so I couldn't pose with them. See what I mean?
We took lots of pictures while here and they are all available in the picture gallery. We took 3 videos on this trip and we are still trying to edit them. We have Sony Vegas as our editor but it is complicated to use. Once we get them edited, we'll post them on the site and let you know. And again, sorry about the April Fools joke but hey, I had to do it. :p
The expense summary has been updated and is available in the RVer's Library (see menu). We started getting a laundry allowance so that will save us about $40 per month. So just because we won't be showing a laundry expense doesn't mean we are wearing dirty clothes - LOL.
Anyway, the heat is really starting to turn up here in South Texas. Last week they set a record for 103° in April! It's been averaging in the mid to upper 90s daily so we stay indoors a lot. The A/C does a great job of keeping the camper cool despite the heat outside. The window insulation I put on was well worth the $21 I spent on it at Home Depot.
We saw a great RV online that already has a wheelchair lift in it. This is awesome! We get excited over the craziest things, don't we? :) Here's a pic of the camper. No, we didn't buy it... we just thought it was cool.
I did a little more riding and stopped by The Border Theater in Mission, Texas. The theater was completed in 1942 and is a fine example of a mid twentieth century motion picture theater. The walls are adorned by southwestern images of desert and cactus resembling a â€œborder townâ€, hence the name. Designed for up to 740 patrons, opening night featured the Roy Rogers movie â€œHeart of the Rio Grandeâ€. History is cool.
I wanted to get in some riding today but it has been very windy. It is usually not too bad but a sudden cross wind can put you into a ditch or the other lane so I'd rather not risk it. There's always tomorrow. We're wanting to go visit the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg and maybe Tuesday or Thursday we can get over there. We're really looking forward to that. Oh yes, we will take pictures for you!
While out on a trip to the grocery store, we decided to take a picture. HEB is so much better than Walmart, and cheaper, too! We went out to eat at Texas Roadhouse one night with a bunch of friends from the park. Here's a shot of us, the rest of the pictures are in the gallery under Mission. And finally, a shot of CJ riding in the electric car. He loves to ride in the golf carts and will jump right in when someone stops.
We're not sure why CJ was squinting. Maybe he didn't want his picture taken that day.
We finally made it to the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, TX. The museum showcases the rich heritage and blended culture found in the Rio Grande Valley between South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. We took a ton of pictures while inside but even with 90 pictures, we didn't even come close to taking a picture of everything. This is a large museum with lots of really good exhibits so be sure to visit if you are ever in the RGV. Below are a couple teaser images, the rest are located in the picture gallery under Texas.
I'm about to hit 400 miles on the new scooter so it will be time to take it in for its first service. Basically, I will let them check the valves and I will do everything else myself. I've already changed the oil once and checked everything for proper seating, wear and tear and so forth. I need to get it done soon as I have a Doctor's appointment in Harlingen which is 55 miles away. I will take the scooter on that little trip. On the scooter it will cost about $6 in gas, in the truck it would be about $35 in gas.
I've been trying to justify upgrading from Libre Office software to MS Office. Libre Office is free and MS Office is about $120 or so. I downloaded the free trial for the new MS Office and have been using it, I already had Libre Office on our laptops. While MS Office does have some nice features and it is pretty, I haven't been able to find the need to use it over Libre Office. In the business world, it would be entirely justified but for the casual use we have for it, Libre Office beats MS Office. I should note that MS Office has a free web version so if you don't care for Libre Office, that might be an option (as long as you have internet).
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