On November, 4, 2003, we left the Boulder Creek RV Park and Lone Pine behind planning to spend a few weeks with our youngest son stationed at the Marine Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. We made an overnight stop at the Barstow Calico KOA in Yermo, California and continued on to Twentynine Palms the next morning. We checked in at the 29 Palms Golf Resort and RV Park where we had stayed a month before.
We picked our son up at the base and found out he only had one night free and he had to return at five am the next morning for a two week field training exercise. He was in the artillery, so that meant an opportunity to fire the big guns and he was looking forward to that. We had a nice afternoon and evening together and got up at 3:30 am the next morning to take him back to base.
We spent a couple of days more in Twentynine Palms. We could hear the howitzers firing in the daytime and saw flashes of shell explosions in the evening. They were far enough away that the sounds were muffled and we only saw light reflections off the clouds. It was fun, but not worth staying two more weeks in the desert with nothing else to do, so we started our trip back to Texas for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
We headed west on California Highway 62 through Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and the Morongo Valley and hit I-10 east near Palm Springs. Our next stop was the Country Life RV Park in El Centro, California. We were in travel mode again, staying only one or two nights at each stop. In Arizona we spent the night at Campground Buena Terra in Casa Grande and Alaskan RV Park in Bowie. Onward to New Mexico for a stop at the Sunny Acres RV Park in Las Cruces.
|Mountains near Las Cruces, New Mexico|
|A nice motorhome at the Shady Acres RV Park|
|Community in Las Cruces|
Then we were back in Texas and everyone knows it takes a long time to get across Texas. We hit the Eagle’s Nest in Van Horn, a park I do not remember the name of in Midland, then to the Cowtown RV Park in Aledo. I’d like to provide more detail, but the trip was a blur in my mind and it still is today. I am glad we slowed down after a few years travelling.
We finally got near Houston and spent the night at Haven’s Landing in Conroe. The next day, we drove to the Bayside RV Park in Bacliff and spent a week waiting for a spot to open at the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson on December 2nd, where we would spend the next month.
|Ducks at Green Caye|
|Another Green Caye resident|
For the past twelve years, we have gone back to the Houston area for end of year holidays, family events and visitation with friends and relatives. We normally leave town after we catch up with all our doctor visits. We usually head out again somewhere between January 15th and April 1st, ready for our next adventure.
This year will be our first exception since we have been travelling. This year we will stay in Texas to help my brother in law, Larry Clark recover from Leukemia. He is currently in remission and building up strength for a bone marrow transplant.