Yikes, I just looked to see when I updated this blog and I just realized something. I HAVEN'T! I understand how time would fly by if you are old and gray like my buddy Dave, but I'm not that old and I am certainly not gray.
Well, as promised in the last update, we have left Iowa and have made our way all the way to Texas. It only took us 6 weeks to make the journey. After a couple of nights in North Liberty and a night in Osage Beach, Mo. we made it to Branson. Stupid's highlight of Branson was eating at Famous Dave's BBQ. He says if you ever eat at one, make sure you get the mac and cheese. He says it's to die for. We stayed at Branson for 11 nights and the happy couple never went to one show in a theater. The tightwad took Shari to a couple free shows at the Branson Mall. One day he took her to see Johnny Cash and another to see Elvis. He said they were great because they were free. I did tour them around quite a bit to see Christmas lights and eat and shop.
After leaving Branson, I guided them on a trip through the hills and hollows of Arkansas to Hot Springs. My friend, Dave, asked if there is a better place to spend Shari's birthday than in Hot Springs? He did manage to take her out for her birthday to a great BBQ restaurant called McClards. This place has been in business since 1922 and they both said the food was fantastic. After 3 days of sightseeing we moved on down to Mt. Pleasant, TX. While in Mt. Pleasant the Happy Couple spent a fair amount of time at the Marks' compound at the End of the World. The Marks' compound is where Joe & Renee Hanrahan have built their vacation cabin. The Happy Couple were there for toddy time a couple of times, for steaks one evening, for Thanksgiving dinner, and again to watch the Iowa - Nebraska fiasco. The Happy Couple want to thank Joe & Renee and all the Marks' clan for their great hospitality.
On November 30th the Happy Couple rented a car, loaded it to hilt with about everything they had, and headed to Iowa. The purpose of the trip was to watch grandson Luke wrestle, granddaughter Emma play basketball, and see as many family and friends as possible to wish them a Merry Christmas. The trip was a success. Moe and I did have a complaint or two. Moe's complaint: while in Iowa she had to go get a haircut. My complaint: it was darned cold. "How cold was it?" you ask. Well, one morning I was out and about and I came upon a Snowy Owl. I said "I thought you birds just spent all your time up in the Arctic tundra. What are you doing down here in Iowa?" The owl's answer, "There isn't any difference between winter in the Arctic tundra and winter in Iowa so we just thought we would come south for the winter." With that I convinced Super Dave that enough was enough. We left the next morning and the temperature was 4 degrees. We didn't even bother stopping overnight. Straight through all the way. It is warmer in Texas. I want to really thank Carl & Barb Zahradnik for putting up with us for a week. Moe and I had a great place to stay in from the cold and my friend Shari had her own bedroom and didn't have to listen to Stupid's snoring all night. Moe and I did find something out after the trip was over....it seems that Hertz has a policy which states pets are not allowed in their rental cars. If anyone ask, Moe and I are just little people that walk on our hands and feet.
After returning from Iowa and unloading the rental car, we packed up the trailer and the truck and I skillfully guided us to Kerrville with an overnight stop in Lampasas, TX. We arrived here on Dec 13th. We are at Guadalupe River RV Resort which will be our home base for a month. It is a beautiful RV park with a lot of things to see and do in the area. The Happy Couple are really happy about the park. Shari is happy because they have activities such as crafts, water aerobics, etc. Stupid is happy because they have a bar on the property. Actually it is about 100 yards from our site. At least, we know where to find him at night. One of the first thing everyone noticed when we got to our site was the deer droppings all over the place. We have found out where they came from. There is a herd of about 30 deer that make their residence in the RVpark. They are fun to watch and Moe likes to bark at them. I just sit and watch.
What's in our future? We will be here until the 12th of January. The Happy couple will be joining many other people in the RV park for a Christmas potluck at the club house. Ron and Vi Powell from Burlington are coming down for a couple weeks and the two couples are going to a New Year's party at the club house. I am sure, during our remaining time here, we will be doing a lot more sightseeing.
As a close I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and the happiest of all Happy New Years. I am sure this would be the same wishes from the Happy Couple and Moe, but this isn't their trip journal so you will have to wait and hear from them. I have no idea when you will hear from me again. It may be tomorrow, next week, or next year. Who knows. Until then God's speed.