Daughter, Quest for the Cup, & Back Home

We traveled North to the DFW area last week. My daughter had a surgery scheduled and we went to help her out for the week. Left on Sunday and drove to Abilene to spend the night. Boondocked in Walmart parking lot and arrived in Lewisville Lake park Monday for our week stay. Did not stay at the park much but did see a nice bird while there.

Baltimore Oriole




We spent most of the week at the hospital and her house helping with food, errands, Dr. appts, and medicine. She will have a cast on her foot for 8 weeks. Surgery went great, no big problems and she was doing good.



We headed back to the Big Bend on Sunday morning. One of the most interesting things we did while on the road was trying to find the elusive Walmart stainless steel tumblers that are wildly popular and almost impossible to find in any store.

These are “Yeti like” knockoffs that are better and MUCH cheaper. Yeti-$30.00+ Walmart-$7.74

Since we were traveling 500+ miles and pass by many Walmarts, the hunt was on!!

First stop was Big Spring, Texas where we spent the night. We asked the sporting goods clerk and he said they had a shelf full 2 days ago but none left now, however he had saved one for a fellow employee that hadn’t picked it up that he would sell to me. I finally had one!! But I wanted more… He said they had a truck in and might be unloading some later that night. Since we were in the parking lot all night it was no problem to check later around 9pm. We did-still no more cups. We checked once more the next morning and yes, you guessed it…none! So off we went.

Next stop Midland, Texas. Nope, none in stock. Clerk said one guy bought 25-30 cups and they couldn’t keep enough in stock for the demand. Usually lasted only 1-2 days. Had him check Odessa and he said they showed to have 40 in stock, however he said he would be surprised if they had any either.

Next stop Odessa. Well you can guess what happened….none in stock. There was only one more Walmart on our way back to Marathon and that was Ft. Stockton. He checked stock showed none there also. We were going there anyway so we will stop and check anyway. I was just happy I had one.

Next stop Fort Stockton.

Cup Display

After this picture was taken there were 8 less on the shelf. I must say they are very well made and for $7.74 a heck of a deal. Our last Walmart, wasn’t supposed to have any, and they were loaded. Great way to end our long drive back to the Big Bend. All that for a crazy cup!! We had fun.

After we returned I left one out with ice and water in it overnight for about 10 hours and it still had ice in it the next morning. So we did good to snag some.

Leaving Ft. Stockton with a Dairy Queen shake. One more     hour and we are home.                                                                    (My first ice cream in about 6 months) Man was it good!!

The winds were really blowing but we dodged most of the rain, just had a few areas where we had to run the wipers on high.






Change of Plans and Location

Leaving the beach
Goodbye to the beach

My daughter has been having some medical issues and we felt like the best place for us was close to her. We spent most of the day trying to find a place to park, which wasn’t very easy since DFW area doesn’t have many RV parks close in. We finally found a place in Collin county that had one space left, so we packed it up and headed North.


Leaving Beach Laura2

Waiting on ferry
Waiting on the ferry
On the Ferry
On the ferry across to Aransas Pass
Boondocking walmart Halletsville
Beautiful Sunset in Halletsville, Texas Walmart

Our first boondocking experience was here at Halletsville Walmart. Manager said it was ok, just park at the end of lot. This was a very small Walmart, one of the smallest we had seen so the parking lot was small as well. By nightfall we had three 18 wheelers, plus 3 rv’s. We liked this town, ate at a local bakery/cafe, and stocked up at Walmart.

Lavaca County Courthouse
Lavaca County Courthouse in Halletsville was still decked out for Christmas. We were so happy to see this. Great town square, friendly people, good food. We would like to come back !!
Gassing the beast
Leaving Halletsville….Gassing up the beast
Hildebrandt Meat Market - Lexington, Texas
Stopping at a Lexington meat market for some sausage. Man was it good!!
Chek sign
LaGrange Texas. We stopped for a bathroom break.
Chek House
Czech Music Museum of Texas






MH down the road
Overcast and damp all the way.
Rainbow Road
After leaving Port Aransas we had dark cloudy skies all the way up until this point. Look closely above the overpass- A Beautiful Rainbow reaching across I35 about 10 miles from Waxahachie. Was this a sign?? Everything felt great now. It seemed we were doing what was right.

Arrived at our destination park on January 7. It was not what we anticipated but we were determined to make it work. We paid, backed in, and started to set up and found out the electrical wasn’t working. The owner came down and looked at it and insisted that it was all working when the last person left. After a few frustrating hours we demanded our money back and left. It was already after 4pm with only about an hour before dark. We headed over to the Home Depot across the street, asked to speak with the manager and got his permission to spend the night or two in their parking lot.

Boondocking Home depot Wylie
Boondocking Home Depot Style!!



Finally secured a good camping area for a week or two.




Something we weren’t used to in Port Aransas was wrapping our water hose to keep from freezing. Oh well, it is winter time. Pipe wrap