Cave Dwellings: NOW WHAT??
Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Monday, September 26, 2011


  Dennis and I have been RV’ing the past few winters in South Texas and some in Arizona lately..No, not in “the Valley” , land of curbs, gutters , hot tubs and pools.  We use to spend a month or more at Falcon Lake State Park..We ALWAYS spend some part of December at Canyon Lake, North of San Antonio, stopping at Texarkana Wright Patman  Clear Springs on the way down and back…We love Texas, and we love to have a campfire AND Dennis cooks outside almost every night…and breakfast too.

OK, so I’m spoiled!! But we both love the idea of grilling outside most every night on the road…Oh, I do have a crockpot, and a stove and oven inside the Hiker, but there is nothing better than the taste of food cooked outside…That is just part of our “camping” experience which we personally do love.

Just yesterday, I was looking online at some of the parks in Texas we frequent and here is what I found….

“NO Grills are allowed in the parks or on the beaches. This includes wood, charcoal, gas or any other method of cooking that produces and creates a source of heat.

Bring premade foods or eat at the local restuarants, but NO grilling. The only items allowed are electric devices that you can plug in and cook with.

It is a ticketable offense if you are found grilling/cooking on Federal Property. “Crying face

This may be no big deal to some of you, but to McGuyver and me it really takes some of the fun out of camping.  Oh, I guess we will figure it out…We do have an electric skillet, and…a 20’ extension cord…Thinking smileI even have thought of staying around the Gulf Coast, where there are NO burn bans..We could just head straight out to Arizona and spend only a few days on the road in Texas , too.  I’m really glad we found this out…Man, they are just burning up down there in Texas..and I DO sooooo understand their fear of any fire at all…


 Speaking of McGuyver, he was on plumbing duty this Sunday at Terrie and Tim’s house…She called Saturday and said that they were having some water getting on their basement floor coming from their injector pump area….MCGUYVER TO THE RESCUE!!


I hate plumbing problems….They can get really MESSY!! Notice no photos of me…no way, Jose!  Den diagnosed the problem to be the sump pump in the injector hole…It was dead as Davy Jones in his locker…





This crusty piece of a pump looks like it was discovered on the Titanic..This one got pulled out of the hole…and a nice fresh new one was lowered into the hole..courtesy of McGuyver the Wonder Plumber…





I  managed to get in a bicycle ride this weekend before all the rain hit us…(and still is hitting us)…I remembered to take my trusty Kodak to get a few shots…


That cornfield above is right on a street in town..I found a “nutty” little friend on the way…Loved his hat, but it wouldn’t fit me..

For those of you who remember the Catholic Church that was moved in our town last Fall….



…Here it is  at it’s new location on the other side of town, and they added on to it…

Well, that is just about as exciting as it gets here in Sandwich…We are in a monsoon right now, which will probably delay Den’s farmer “wannabe” combine driving for a while…DRAT!  Oh well, that will give me more time to research  possible alternate places to go this winter if we don’t head to Arizona…Florida isn’t an option. Not that we don’t like it, but..we use to go there every year when the kids were  little and we are tapped out… (no offense to Florida)..

Our son, Kelly and his wife, Cindy, spent a week out in the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore….and they brought me a little gift…No, not an “all I got was this T-shirt” T shirt…My gift is a one of a kind and when they saw it , they said it had my name written all over it….




For those of you who don’t keep up with the latest “hot items” in fashion and wine glasses…This is a “RedNeck” wine glass..positively MADE for me to drink my wine while dressed in the latest craze in evening wear…(notice my lovely lighthouse cardigan)…DON’T DENY IT..I KNOW YOU ARE ALL JEALOUS!!!!!!!

“You only need to know 2 things to become a plumber. Sh_t runs down hill and payday is on Friday.”


  1. Okay, I want you to plan to visit me at Ananuac NWR (if I ever get out of Indiana) to visit me. I know we can cook out there, and your personal chef can wow me with his culinary skills. PLEASE!!

  2. I'm really not surprised about the no grilling in Texas. With the drought they have, the smallest spark would be dangerous. Love the wine "glass"!

  3. Cool wine glass, suits you to a tee..LOL

  4. I guess we can all understand why Texas is concerned about fires:(

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  6. Here's what I said:

    The Good Luck Duck said...
    You must have gotten that Mason glass in the South, otherwise it would be a Dixie cup [rim shot] It's very faincy!

    [After I posted it, I realized that that was wrong, wrong, wrong. You got the glass in the North.]

    Have I ever thanked you for having your word verification and comment box on the same page? I probably will again.

  7. You forgot the important third rule of plumbing...Don't chew your fingernails!

  8. Come on out to Tucson, it is so different from the Phoenix area. Always looking for happy hour friends.

  9. Your traveling solution seems simple enough to me but then again I am a New Mexico, Arizona, California person. So much to see and do and lots of room to see and do it all in. So much diversity of scenery as to never get bored and lots of room to roll with the weather wherever it's going to be warmest. If I ever went anywhere in Texas again it would be back to the Big Bend and Fort Davis areas where they at least have some great mountain scenery:))

  10. I see Dennis cooking with the Dutch Oven we just got one and tryed it out last weekend and loved it.

    That's a wine glass you can be proud of... Let's go to AZ this year please please..

  11. Gotta love the wine can double as a beer mug in a pinch.

  12. love the wine glass..and the jacket to go with it!!!..good for Dennis to the rescue!..and as for cooking outside?..we do that too..and lots of it..and campfires too!!..not camping without it..maybe when we are fulltimers our love of the 'weekender activities' will end?

  13. Nice job on the sump pump, Dennis - what a handy kind of guy to have around! I hate plumbing jobs of any kind!

    Pretty fancy wine glasses!

  14. Have a friend who LOVES those lighthouse sweatshirts and we can't find them anymore here in the Pacific NW!!!!

  15. Actually the third "rule" for plumbing is, "Wash your hands before lunch".
    Just thought I'd pass it along.
    You're welcome.
    Not so sure about the "fingernail" thing? Sorry. Fingernail biting is kinda gross to start with, so...

  16. Great glass, Looks like Denny had his hands full with the pump replacement. I made a pump out of one of those and submerged it in my pond when we had it to spray water and keep the algae down.Hope the days fly by until you are on your trip. Be safe out there.. Sam & Donna...

  17. My kinda wine glass! Cooking outside is OK if the weather is OK. On the road I use a portable propane grill that takes a bit of setup to use. I won't even bring it out if we are in a place for less than 4 or 5 days. But when I do, look out! Of course, Suzy is an indoor cook, and a great cook, and she loves to cook, so I humor her much of the time, and give the opportunity. She says to tell you she very much likes it when I grill.

  18. Love the wine glass!
    I am so glad to hear you guys love cooking outside....camping! We love that too!! Nothing better than food fixed outside in a campsite!! Good luck finding just the right travel plans!!

  19. The fires are really sad.

    That wineglass is SO YOU!! Love it...