2017 in Review

Wow, 2018 is here. Another year is behind us, lets see what 2017 was like and what’s ahead in 2018.


Started 2017 in Kenedy, Tx. working in the oil fields of the Eagle Ford area. We were getting work, but not steady work with the gate guard company we were with. After several months of this we were told that new jobs were opening up close to Whitsett, Tx. so we made the move there and soon found a good gig where we were both working the day shift at a large ranch. We were very busy and actually loved the work, but after about a month/six weeks it tapered off and we had enough. The company just didn’t have enough work for all the people they had, and lots of empty promises.

We contacted several companies about gate guard jobs and one called us back with an opportunity in East Texas starting in July. After being in South Texas with all the dirt and dust in the oil fields the piney woods of East Texas sounded wonderful. We would both be working 12 hr shifts-one day shift and one night, but said if we wanted some help to let them know and they could send another couple to help out. We took the job, packed up, and headed East.

Arrived in Goodrich, Tx. in July, found a great campground with our site beneath a huge canopy of 80 ft pine trees. The hot summer sun barely penetrated our motorhome so we only had to run one air conditioner all summer. We were tucked back in a hollow with a lake across from the site. Nice and quiet with only 2 other campers and we all worked the same place. Great change for us…we loved it!!

During that first 30 days of working 24/7 we notified our company we wanted some help. Great pay, easy work, but not much of a life. Laurie worked days and I worked nights so we only saw each other at shift change. We had already decided when we embarked on this RV full time journey that money was NOT at the top of our list. Our relief couple arrived after about 30 days. Laurie and I would work days and they worked nights. We had our life back!

August 2017Survived Hurricane Harvey. That was a fun time. I remember it rained for 36 hours straight. Flooding was just a few miles down the road from us.

Celebrated 2 years full time Rv travel adventures in September. We both love this lifestyle as we have met some great and interesting people along the way. It’s so nice to  be able to visit and experience different places. Kinda strange for myself who spent over 20 years in Real Estate, but I can’t imagine living the bricks and sticks way again…maybe one day, but not now.

October 2017-We took a few days off and headed to DFW to visit with friends and family. Celebrated all my kids birthdays with them and also visited with Mom, Sister, and Dad. Also went by my Aunt and Uncle’s place and saw them with some cousins too. It was a great time and we also came home with a (new to us) motor scooter. We were very busy during October.

In conclusion, we had a great year. This is the best gig we have had since we started 2 years ago. The job is supposed to last a year and we hope it does so we can stay here for a while longer. We love it here. Laurie works most days and I take care of the house duties. Yes, I am a “house hubby” as she calls me. She loves her job, the guys bring her food all the time, she knows them all by name(over 100) and they all miss her when she takes a day off occasionally. I do most all the shopping, cooking, and cleaning. It works for us. We are both happy and have a great life.

Whats in store for 2018? As I said earlier more of the same…we hope we work here well into the new year, but if we learned anything is that things change. That’s ok. Change is good. If it happens we are ready, if not, we are ready also. We don’t worry about it, in fact worry is not something I do a lot of now. A new adventure is just down the road!




Movie Theaters

I love old buildings and have taken a lot of pictures of old movie theaters along our travels. Some all still in business but many are not. Here is a few we have discovered.

Premont Tx
This one is in the South Texas town of Premont. Love the name.
Alpine Tx
This is the Granada in Alpine, Tx which is no longer used as movies but as a concert venue.
Garland Tx
This one in Garland I’m very familiar with as I went there many times when I was a kid, it has been restored nicely and used a meeting/concert place.
Alpine Tx2
This is also in Alpine and still in business. We watched a movie there in 2016.
Livingston TX
Livingston, Tx. Was still in business when I took this picture, but I understand it is now closed.
Palestine, Tx
Palestine Texas, restored as a Community Theater
Marfa, Tx
The Palace in Marfa Texas. Now used as a private business.

Highway 90-Judge Roy Bean

We took Highway 90 from Alpine to Del Rio where we spent the night before heading to Kenedy, Texas.

This is Langtry, home of Judge Roy Bean. He was the “Law West of the Pecos”.
Even though the visitor center had closed when we arrived, I was still able to take a few pictures. This is the Jersey Lilly. Read more about Judge Roy Bean HERE
Just a cool looking sign.

Next stop: Del Rio, Texas

Marfa Trip part 2

El Cosmico is a “Marfa Like” Camping area with Yurts, Teepee’s and more.
Not your typical campground
Retro trailers also. We just drove out to take a look


Pink Firehouse
Close up of the tallest part of the Courthouse
One of my favorite photos I took that day. I just love this old building!!
I was told this store has been in operation since the 1920’s. It caters to ranching customers.
Sorry, closed
These were behind a fence, but I really had to take a picture. Two old claw foot bathtubs looked to be storage for something.
Never did figure out what this used to be. It was vacant, but a good looking building anyway.
Another view of the Hotel Paisino
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church built in 1930
Classic Downtown including the old Jeep pickup


Another old building in downtown
Old Stardust Motel sign heading into town from the South

Marfa was a fun place to visit. A great mix of old and new, art and no art,  all commingling together as one in a West Texas kinda way.

As we headed back to Alpine we saw this good sized herd of Antelope

Marfa Trip

I did a little job at the Hotel Saint George last week and while I was there the manager invited us back for a free night. So after work we headed to Marfa to spend the night and explore the next day.

This is the Hotel Saint George

The Hotel is very Marfa like, minimalist, artsy with a bookstore on one end. The room was great with very comfy King sized bed and a large shower. We loved it!!

View of the Marfa water tower from the courthouse lawn.
Presidio County Courthouse
Did I mention Marfa was an artsy town? This is an old gas station turned into a gallery. Loved the sign!!
Marfa Public Radio located just around the corner from the Hotel
Another old gas station turned into an art building
City Hall
Marfa is a mix of old and new as seen here. The Hotel Saint George is in the background and behind it is older closed up shops.
This is the Judd building. Donald Judd started the whole minimalist/art movement in Marfa back in the 70’s. Read more about Donald Judd HERE
View of a church from Main Street
A blend of old and new…tin that is
This is the Hotel Paisano famous for the 1956 Movie “Giant”. This is where the cast stayed. More on the movie HERE
The now closed Palace Theater.


Cactus will grow anywhere


Stayed tuned for part 2 Marfa

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.


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.


Trip to DFW

Ashley footWe are presently in the Dallas area. My daughter has had her final surgery(we hope) on her feet. We had planned on being back by now, but her surgery was postponed a week because of some allergic reaction.

All went well and we will be heading home soon.




Got to visit both on my sons and found out that my oldest will be getting married early next year. So, yes another trip is already into the planning stages.