One Year Full Timing

One year ago today we started out full time in our RV. We left the DFW area and spent the fall and part of the winter in Port Aransas as work campers.

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We left Port Aransas in January to go back to Dallas area to take care of my daughter that was having some medical issues. Stayed in DFW until February and headed to Lake Murray in Oklahoma to work at the state park. That only lasted a few days because what they told us via email and phone was much different than when we arrived. We left Oklahoma and visited a few friends and family in East Texas and headed to Marathon in far west Texas in March. We worked in Marathon for 6 months and went down the road to Alpine where we are now.

Dislikes about RV life: We don’t have a tow vehicle yet, so we have to drive separate now. Hopefully that will change soon, but the pickup has come in handy for extra storage. Laundry is somewhat a chore since we don’t have a W/D in the motor home.

Likes: Great way to live on the cheap. Where we park is our home with great views, and if want to change views we move. Having to leave and take care of family allows us flexibility and keeps us out of hotels. Working as we travel allows us to stay as long as we wish and really get to know the town and enjoy everything there is to offer.

Work Camping experience: The job can be much different than explained to you. A lot of parks take advantage of you and have you work much more than needed for your hookups. Ask a lot of questions and get the job description in writing as well as the expected hours.

Conclusion: Its a great way to see places that you have always wanted to visit. We have met some interesting people and made some great friends. Where we are at now it gives us the chance to experience the Big Bend area for as long as we want. Most visit for a few days and have to leave. There is a lot to see and do and living here gives us the flexibility to take it all in. We love the lifestyle and plan on continuing and traveling to more places in the future.

 

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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.

 

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Waiting on ferry
Waiting on the ferry
On the Ferry
On the ferry across to Aransas Pass
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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.

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Boondocking Home Depot Style!!

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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

 

 

Rainy and Cold New Year Day

Happy New YearWell the new year has arrived with a cold wind and rain. Temps around 48 degrees with a steady North wind made it feel like the low forties. Not really the tropical weather most everyone has enjoyed lately. The park is starting to fill up with the winter Texans as I see more and more Minnesota, Iowa, New York, Colorado, license plates coming in. I have been told we will be full (500 plus) in a few weeks.  Saw one arrive yesterday with shorts on and quickly changed into warmer clothes as they were setting up. Our new neighbor is from Canada.

We were scheduled to work today, so it was a typical work day. The park does cook breakfast every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so we usually take our morning break in the rec hall with a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. We both can eat for $6, so it’s not only good but inexpensive.

They had a Polar Bear swim today in which a few brave or crazy folks jumped into the pool. Not our idea of celebrating the New Year, but I do admire anyone who will jump into a pool of cold water on a day like today. It allows us not brave enough to enjoy a few laughs and happy it’s them instead of us.

One more day of work and we will be off for 4 days. Hopefully the weather will improve some. Looking forward to a great new year with more places to see and things to do.

Giant Oil Rig

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Saw this heading out to the Gulf today. Quiet a site to see up close. These oil rigs are huge. As you can see 4 tugboats were pulling and pushing. According to what I was told this rig was in a shipyard undergoing updates and is now on the way to the Gulf for work until at least 2018. This rig can work in depths of 8500 feet of water.

More info on the Ensco Drilling Rig HERE

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Ferry Ride

Ferry MapIf we want to go to Aransas Pass or beyond the shortest route is to take the ferry across. The wait time is usually short and the ride over takes about 5 minutes. They work 365 days and 24 hours so sometimes wait time can be longer. They are able to hold 18 wheeler trucks, large Rv’s and more. You can just walk on as well. They even have webcams (CLICK HERE FOR LINK) so you can see how many are in line waiting. You might get lucky and see some dolphins playing in the wake.

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Seafood at Beach Street Grill….mmm good!!

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Beach St and Station St. Grill Port Aransas, Texas

This place was highly recommended to us for great seafood. Doesn’t look like much from the outside, but wow…It was great!! I had the fried flounder. Laura and her sister had the blackened flounder, and her nephews had the Mahi-Mahi and Broiled flounder with shrimp. Everybody’s plate was clean when we left. Some-not me, had the key lime pie that looked wonderful. Be prepared to wait a while(even though we didn’t have to), its a small place. I thought the prices were fine considering it is seafood and how good it is. Now I can highly recommend it. We will be back.