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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.



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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.



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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.



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