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2018 – Lake Whitney, TX Thousand Trails

This is our second stay at Lake Whitney, TX Thousand Trails.  Our first stay was in the aftermath of the Mother’s Day, 2015 tornado.  We’ve been looking forward to visiting Lake Whitney under more normal circumstances.

This is a large campground with many camp sites.  There are a few 50 amp sites, but they are limited in number with many sold to annuals.  When we arrived on an April Monday there were still three 50 amp sites available to us so we picked the one we liked best and settled in.

There are three camping loops: A, B, and D (loop C isn’t open to the public).  Loop D is closest to the campground entrance.  While most of the campsites are full hookup, 30 amp sites you want to know that there are water-electric only sites scattered around the campground.  You’ll want to keep the campground map before you as you pick your site.

Loop A, which is the farthest in from the entrance (over a mile) has a row of pull through sites.  Again, keep an eye on your campground map as some don’t have a sewer hookup.

Anyway, we ended up in Loop A, a nice 50 amp back-in site.  While we weren’t alone, there were many vacant spots all around us, making for a quiet, enjoyable stay.  We were also an easy walking distance to the Adult Lodge.  (I’ll mention that the road by Loop A is bordered by a golf course and once we came within just a few feet of being hit by a golf ball.) Neither of the pools were open yet but we checked out the game room, workout room, and lodge.  A bit farther is the parking lot for those wanting to hike the trail taking them off the Thousand Trails property down to Lake Whitney.  Really, there’s not much reason to come to Lake Whitney Thousand Trails to enjoy Lake Whitney.

The only real negative to Lake Whitney Thousand Trails is the roads.  Honestly, they are really bad.  The mile in from the highway to Loop A gets worse the farther you get into the campground.   While we liked the campground and enjoyed the campsite we certainly didn’t like bringing our camper in over the pothole filled road.

If I were rating this campground based on campsites and amenities, I think I would give it an eight.  However, if you factor in the roads, especially if driving deeper into the campground, that rating drops down to maybe a six.

2018 – Midway Park COE – Waco, TX

This Corps park is on Lake Waco, on the west side of the city of Waco. It is just a few minutes west of I35. We always like the CoE parks and Midway Park CoE is no exception. Most of the sites in this smaller park are back-in, 30 amp, water/electric sites. Several offer nice views of the lake. Most are shady, with covered picnic tables. There are a few “double-wide” sites in which two RVs share a spot that has two electric/water hookups. Also, a few have fairly steep ramps. I don’t think we would have drug the back bumper in these, but it would have been close. Most of these sites, though, are very long – long enough for any RV.

There is one row of pull-through, 50 amp, full hookup sites. All of these have covered picnic tables. The sites are a bit closer together but not unreasonably so. Honestly, these aren’t the best sites in the park. The reason is that they are located along the Highway 6 frontage road. This is a busy expressway with lots of traffic. The road noise is pretty much constant, 24 hours a day. Also, people with really big rigs might want to know that making the turn to drive into these pull-throughs is rather tight.

There’s a small, but nice playground and big boat ramp. The roads are excellent. There are many restaurants and stores within minutes of the campground. Our Verizon had a solid 4G signal and I had no problem getting my TV satellite signal. That might not be true in some of the more wooded sites.

I think we liked the nearby Airport COE campground just a little better than this one, but we would happily return here for a future stay.

2018 – Sightseeing Waco, TX

We had a fun morning in Waco, TX at Magnolia Market of HGTV “Fixer Upper” fame. After parking in a city free parking lot we rode the free trolley which let us out right at the front door and Bakery.  I enjoyed looking and shopping with all the other people. It was crowded but everyone was good natured. After making my purchase we walked over to the Feed and Seed Store where we enjoyed the beautiful flowers and gardens. Since the line into the Bakery was long we opted to not go there.  There were several food trucks as well.  People were enjoying the picnic tables and the kids were having a lot of fun romping in the large play area.

Later on, just for fun, we drove past Chip and Joanna’s restaurant, Magnolia Table.  They had a full house, with people lined up waiting to get in.

This is our second sightseeing review of Waco – the first is here.

After walking about three blocks we arrived at the Dr. Pepper Museum. The tour there is self guided.  The museum is housed in a three story building but there is an elevator if you don’t want to climb the stairs. We enjoyed seeing the old corner  drugstore with it’s beautiful woodwork and mirror. One room has early-day bottling equipment and a  video on how the old bottle washer worked. Of particular interest to me was the artesian well that originally provided water for making the first Dr. Peppers bottled here.  Sometime prior to World War II the well was closed and floored over.  The exact location was lost as the building was changed and used for other purposes across the years.  It took some archeology to find just where, under the brick floor, the well was.

Throughout the building there are old time delivery trucks on display along with lots of Dr Pepper memorabilia.  In the theater room you can enjoy Dr. Pepper commercials being played on a big screen.  We were surprised at how many of those commercials we remembered!  Scott wasn’t sure he liked watching them because he kept singing them to himself the rest of the day!  After finishing the three stories of the museum we went across the courtyard where there were several other displays, including a very nice model railroad and a 7-Up bottling display.  We also enjoyed Frosty’s Soda Shop and gift shop. We got a couple of sodas, made the old fashioned way, by a soda jerk.  Scott got, of course, a Dr Pepper and I opted for a root beer.  We thought both tasted better than what you would buy in a store or from a machine.

2018 – Lake Conroe Thousand Trails at Willis, TX

We’ve enjoyed another nice stay at Lake Conroe Thousand Trails at Willis, TX. Several of our Adventures have started and/or ended at this nice campground. During this stay I think the place has been the most full we have ever seen it. The new section is scheduled to be opened in a couple of weeks; perhaps that will alleviate some of the congestion. I’ve done several reviews of Lake Conroe through the years. You can find them here.

One highlight of this stay has been the opportunity to visit with several friends, both folks who happened to be at the campground and friends who live in the community.
 
  

2018 – Counting down to D-Day (Departure Day)

IMG_20180224_120525.jpg  Our 4 1/2 month stay at San Jacinto Battleground where we have been volunteering on Battleship Texas is drawing to an end.  This has been our 4th season here.  It is nice feeling we are helping out and the staff always makes us feel appreciated.  We also like being close to family and friends during these winter stays.  We had more winter this year than we wanted with several cold, icy days.  All in all though, we have few complaints; enjoying meeting people and getting to know our fellow camp hosts.

This year, in addition to our hours volunteering, we have filled in as interim pastor at Baytown Nazarene.  The church isn’t far from us and we’ve helped out there the entire time we’ve been at our “winter quarters.”  The church family has treated us very well and it has been good getting to know them better.  If you add our time filling in at Denison prior to arriving at San Jacinto, I’ve ministered nearly every Sunday over the past 5-6 months.  No complaints, but it hasn’t felt very much like retirement to me!  Lord willing, I’ll enjoy some down time now that we’re beginning our 2018 Adventure.

The closer we get to D-Day the more time I spend looking at potential travel routes and campgrounds.  Several reservations have already been made; especially at popular campgrounds during the busiest times of the year.   Our ultimate destination this year is the coast of Maine, but we won’t make it that far till mid- to late summer.  As a planner, I enjoy putting the trip together and then refining it. That process will continue all through the Adventure.

So, it won’t be long before we blast off.  We’ll keep posting sightseeing and campground reviews here to the blog.  Stay tuned!

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