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Big Cat Track 

Daisy and I were hiking trails around Lake Benton in Texas when I spotted this large feline track. Eyes open and head on a swivel. 

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Holiday Park at Lake Benbrook

On our way back to Florida, we’ve stopped for a few days in the Ft. Worth, Texas area. 

We’re in our RV overlooking lake Benbrook in Holiday Park. It’s a US Army corp property. 

The sites are very nice, although most of them are not very level. The sites have electric and water connections but no sewer. There are dump stations in the park. 

There are a few miles of hiking trails as well as whatever water activities you’d want to do. 

There’s a lot of wildlife around, including predators, so be careful with pets. Daisy and I came across a large cat track on the trails. The same day the gate worker showed a picture of a panther crossing the road near the front gate. 

One major complaint we have is that the only entrance gate is locked at 10pm and you can’t get in or out until 6 am. This policy seems insane to us. I really don’t know how someone thought this policy was a good idea. 

We’ve got a couple of days left and we’ll continue east. 


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The sights of Route 66

Next stop: Santa Fe, NMThe last two days have been filled with all of the strange and entertaining roadside “must sees” of Route 66. 

It seems that the goal was to display “the biggest” or “the tallest” or… There was clearly no concern as to what the biggest or tallest novelty was. Cowboy, Ox, Shoe, Tower…

Speaking of towers, check out this gem. All 4 legs are the same length but the center water pipe it too tall. It was too costly to fix so they just left it that way.

This cross stands 190 ft tall and is believed to be the largest in the Western Hemisphere. It includes beautiful night time lighting and all of the stations of the cross below.

The closer we get to New Mexico, the more creative the “art”.


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Where we’ve been and where we’re going:

So, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated our travel map. I had to switch to dots because the stars were too big.

The red dots show where we’ve been and the green show future confirmed locations through August 2016.

Fripp Island, SC

Acworth, GA

Perdito Key, FL

Perdito, FL

Gulfport, MS

The Villages, FL

Gulf Shores, AL

The Villages, FL

Hot Springs Village, AR

Harker Heights, TX

Port Charlotte, FL

Port Saint Joe, FL

Augusta, GA

Tuscumbia, AL

Future Cities:

Acworth, GA

Ocean Springs, MS

Waco, TX

The Villages, FL

Whew! That list is getting long!


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Maybe we prayed wrong!?!

This is our current situation. Yes, we are right in the path of the brutal rain coming from the strongest hurricane in reported history, Hurricane Patricia.

But, this is really no surprise. Why? Well, because this is what we seem to be chasing since our travels began.

We started out in December of last year staying on Fripp Island where the average December/January temperatures are mid to high 60’s. Nope! We had freezing, record low temps the entire time. This continued at multiple locations through April. Freezing!!

And then came May in Orlando where the height temps typically top out in the mid 80’s. Nope! It went straight to mid 90’s. After that, every location we’ve been has had record high temps between 90-100 degrees.

We were so grateful to finally be in TX where the temperatures were so moderate for about a week. Then we went right back to 90-100 degrees. And then Patricia shows up to drown us!

We have prayed that we will make an impact on the areas where we travel. Ummm, I think we need to change our wording because I didn’t realize we would bring Biblical weather events. Oops!


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Our Texas Home

This is our cute little house in Harker Heights, TX. We are about 10 minutes from Killen and around 15 minutes from Fort Hood. This little house is called Mamau’s House. It is an in-law house behind a private residence.

This is the first time we’ve used Airbnb because we would typically choose to have a private residence since we have dogs. However, we hit the jackpot with this house! 

The entire property is fenced in and there are three resident dogs that have adopted us. Taygar, the Great Dane, is Daisy’s bestie. They jump in the pool, run in the yard, and wrestle in the mulch. Every morning, Tay waits in front of the house for Daisy.  

It has been great for the animals but very fun for us, too! Tonight, the owners hosted an Octoberfest party out by the pool. Everyone brought food and their dogs. It is so fun to hang out with dog lovers. They’re good people!

The owners are both veterinarians. Score! We got our dog’s vaccinated here at home and didn’t have to take them into the scary clinic. AWESOME!

Oh, and we got us some Texas boots.  

Did I mention that we have a grand baby coming, soon? Yay!


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Texas Heat Wave

We’ve been in Texas for about 2 weeks now.  Apparently we got here in time for an unusual fall heat wave.  It’s been in the high 90’s to low 100’s pretty much the whole time we’ve been here.

It’s been kind of weird though.  Let’s take today for example.  When I woke up and went outside this morning the temperature was in the mid 60’s and felt slightly chilly.  It’s 5 p.m. now and the news says the temp is 95.  So, the outside temperature has been doing 30 degree swings almost every day.

Not to worry though, the weather genies on the news are saying that we’ve only got one more day of hot before fall weather moves in.  Let’s hope they’re correct.


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Horse in our house 

One of the things we’re loving at our Texas rental are the animals.  This is Taygar, the resident Great Dane. 

He, along with his tiny dog siblings have decided we’re part of the family now. 


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Happy Beagle 

The old beagle, otherwise known as Boogie, was quite intrigued with our trip from Arkansas to Texas. Notice the tiny bottom teeth showing. 


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Harker Heights Texas

We’re at our new vacation rental in Harker Heights, Texas.  This is a small house that sets behind the main house on a good size piece of land.

We only have one issue here and that’s that we have to leave for three days in the middle of our stay.  Jodi was having difficulty finding rentals in this area.  She finally found this one, but it is rented to someone else for 3 days in the middle of October.  That means we’ll have to move out for those three days and then move back in.

Luckily, we don’t have much stuff, so it’s more of an inconvenience than a real problem.

This property is in a great setting.  We’re surrounded by mountains, goats, a couple of horses, more deer than you can shake a stick at, and a few other dogs for ours to play with.

God willing, we’ll update this blog soon.  I need to blog more pictures.


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