Friday, April 11, 2014

In the Texas Hill Country

Sunday I was still a bit under the weather but muddled through getting ready to head out again.  We had received an invitation from Grand Circle Tours to a breakfast at the Marriott in Westchase so Monday we headed there.  It was held in a ballroom with a full breakfast served, games played, prizes awarded and new trips discussed.  There are a few changes for next year - excursion tipping included, transfers available if you do your own air, etc.  We met some nice folks and enjoyed discussing all the tours we have all taken.

We had shopping and packing to do when we returned home so we would be ready Tuesday morning to depart early.  Our drive to Ingram outside of Kerrville was uneventful.  We made one pit stop but that was all.  We traveled route 21 through Bastrop and the burned areas from the wild fires a few years ago are still very much in evidence.  I imagine it will take decades for the regrowth.  That had been the prettiest strip in Texas to drive through.

We are here with 23 HitchHiker units, one Cameo and our Mobile Suites.  If we are to remain with the group a by-law change needs to be made.  It was discussed at the annual meeting but with the two SOBs (some other brand) in the room not a lot was said.  One lady who runs the Snowbird club said they opened their club up to anyone sponsored by a Snowbird owner once Nu-Wa stopped making Snowbirds.  She warned them if they didn't grandfather previous owners or accept sponsored folks they would cease to exist by attrition since HitchHiker is out of production.  We enjoy seeing these folks when it is convenient with our schedule but it certainly isn't our end all or be all in RVing.  Whatever they decide will not impact us much.  We are still members of Texas Boomers and have a standing invitation to join the Dallas HitchHikers who accept SOBs.  That gives us the right to attend any gathering featured on the Forum.  I think it is a moot point.  Then there are always Mobile Suite groups.  We were invited to a luncheon when in Mission but we were leaving for Florida and unable to attend.

While here there are coffee get togethers in the morning, exercise class, games in the afternoon, Happy Hour and sometimes dinner planned.  A dozen of us went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant one night, we had a group cookout another.  Last night we ate in.  There is a group going to Fredericksburg to a German restaurant tonight but it is Friday in Lent and we are going to pass.  There is a catered fish fry tomorrow night!  Just our luck.

Today we were going to Buckhorn to visit Dulce and Berdt from our Mission park.  They are here until after tax season.  Usually they go to California but are coming to Michigan in July when we are all getting together so they may have different plans this year.  She is going to help me with our five K-1s received this year for our taxes.  I will need to finish our return and file it electronically the day we get home!  Everything is done but this section.  However, she has a $1million return she needs to go over so we moved it to Sunday.

We will only be home a week before we take off to Ohio for a family wedding.  We have plans to see some folks along the way.  We hope to visit Calloway Gardens and the WWII museum in New Orleans as we make our way home once again.  


“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”

 Lao Tzu 

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