Escape from East Texas

When we last left you, your heroine was poised on the brink of tears, driven to despair by the lousy state of the RV repairs.  I hoped that writing a blog post would break the spell, and help to transform our luck, but alas, we still had a bit to go.

I don’t even care to listen as I hash out the details of the micro-wrongs from last week, so I won’t.  Suffice to say, we got the major problems worked out, and at least well enough to be mobile and continue on the adventure.  We have a lot more work to do on the RV this winter, but the rest is issues that can wait a bit.

In the midst of the chaos, we did get over to Big Thicket National Preserve for a tromp through Texas’ most biodiverse area.  It was a lovely day, and we got to enjoy the sunshine while taking our hiking boots out for the first time this year.

The biggest part of the RV puzzle was getting the new Subaru all ready to tow behind the RV.  It took a couple days at the repair place, but all the electronics are talking to each other, and we are ready to travel together!

We finally pulled out of Livingston on Friday, so very happy to be out on the road again.  I’ve been feeling a bit down, more so than could be explained by just the RV problems, and I think it’s because I was just ready to start moving again.  This life is the perfect combo for me: lots of planning and activity before we go somewhere, coupled with opportunities for meditative quiet once we get to our remote locations.  I was ready for that mix again!

Friday night, we stayed on the shores of a lake just west of Austin.  Buchanan Lake is free dry camping, perfectly quiet, and with great water views.  Another awesome find thanks to an e-book series that I love: The Frugal Shun-piker, who travels back roads as much as possible, and searches out the free camping and sights along the way.

Saturday took us through an enormous change in geography as we drove west across Texas.  On the east side of the state, we were in a humid, sub-tropical zone, with lots of forests, and unrelenting humidity.  After passed Austin, the land became much drier as we got into hill country.  The freeway wound through striated buttes, weaving around the high points, but gradually climbing with every mile.  The most western part of Texas is in the Chihuahuan desert, and very flat and arid.  We drove 40 miles on a road where you could fall asleep for a while, and be just fine as long as your alignment was true.  We passed all kinds of oil operations and windmills, and could look in any direction and only see the same.

We’re spending 2 nights in Pecos, TX, at another park in our camping club.  Tra-Park is completely different from the one where we were last, catering exclusively to the employees of all those oil companies who need short term stays close to the fields.   The draw for us is that this town is the last jumping off point before Guadalupe Mountain National Park, and just far enough away to leave in the morning, and arrive just after campground check out time.  It’s still the slow season at this infrequently visited park, but I do like to have the best choice of spots!  The park is a hiker’s paradise, and home to the highest peak in Texas.  I’m really excited for some (fun) adventures!




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