Saturday, December 10, 2011
We went to I.B. Magee Park, which allows leashed dogs on the beach and you can drive on the sand. (Very cool, but we got stuck in New Smyrna Beach on the sand, so we're hesitant.)
We were still in search of our "Toni and Joe's" from New Smyrna Beach, but no luck. We did, however, find the Port Aransas Brewing Company, which had a great blonde ale on the menu and allowed us to sit outside on their patio with the pups.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Such is the case in RV'ing. Stay somewhere long enough, and sure enough, you'll start finding people of like interests. Last night was no exception.
After getting the calendar and newsletter for the SeaBreeze RV Park, we noticed there was a social hour at 4p in the main hall. We got there about 3:50p, stayed till about 4:10p and no one showed. We're putting on our coats and see another couple with a cooler and a wine glass heading our way, so we stayed. Turns out they had just gotten the calendar/newsletter and it was their first time at the social, too.
We stayed until almost 8p and had a fabulous time comparing our similarities that were many. Small world, and we're not the only ones doing what we're doing.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Pretty uneventful ride except for bumper to bumper traffic in Austin. Carmen and Sloopy are terrific to travel with, just curl up on the back seat and "let us know when it's time to get up."
Got about 5 hours down I-35 to a little north of San Antonio, where we'll stay in a Wal Mart overnight. Up tomorrow, and our new home for six months: Sea Breeze RV Resort.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
We did a tear down on Sunday, but kept everything that normally rides in the truck on the site at the Dallas Arlington KOA. We made reservations at the Candlewood Suites in Arlington because they were pet friendly, and had a full kitchen available in the suite.
Dan's Auto Repair to drop the rig off.
We got Dan's info from the KOA's info flyer, and they were prompt to call back when we initially called. About all you have to go on, other than internet reviews when you're in a different city.
After we dropped the rig off, we were suddenly homeless. Room wouldn't be ready at the Candlewood Suites, and we were just driving around in the truck. A truly weird feeling with no place to go. Fortunately, the room was ready around 10a, they let us check in, and we didn't have to sit in the McDonald's parking lot too long after breakfast.
With good fortune, all parts were available, installation was successful and we were able to pick the rig up this morning (Tuesday). Back to the Dallas Arlington KOA for a few more nights before heading to Corpus Christi and the Sea Breeze RV Resort for the rest of the winter.
OK with us if it's the last time, but now we know we can handle major repairs to the rig.
Friday, November 25, 2011
After our 1p meal, we returned back to the rig and "the girls" for the rest of the evening.
The Dallas Metro KOA was actually pretty full for the weekend, starting around Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. Today (Friday) we started thinking about decorating for the holidays at the Sea Breeze RV Resort in Portland, TX. Seeing what we had kept, moving things into the rig.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Not similar are the accommodations that need to be made when repairs have to happen. While changing the tire last week that blew on the way here from Nashville, we noticed the spring leaf had broken (which might have been the root of the tire problem). A simple search of "broken spring leaf Keystone" got a pretty good rash of problems from around this era.
With the Thanksgiving holiday upcoming, we decided to take it in next Monday, which begs the question: where are we going to live for a couple of days while it's being repaired? Easy answer: find a pet friendly hotel in the area and work from there. So, we'll be taking the show to a local Candlewood Suites and hoping for a quick turnaround at the repair shop.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This is Carnival's newest and largest ship. It certainly is beautiful. For those of you familiar with cruising, and Carnival cruises in particular, will be pleased to hear that there are many new features on this ship.
One of the most popular new features is the Red Frog Pub. This is an island themed pub setting that even has its own beer (Thirsty Frog) brewed exclusively for Carnival. The pub area has indoor/outdoor seating and a game area complete with Foosball table and darts to name a few. There is also an area for live entertainment.
The Cucina del Capitano is another popular addition. The Italian restaurant offers free pasta bar for lunch and a specialty menu for dinner for $12 per person. The decor is lovely with a lot of photos and momentos from the cruise line's past.
The Sports Square is a great place for kids of all ages. There is mini-golf, a Sky Course (ropes), Sky Fitness and Sports Court to keep everyone in the game. Also, an interactive EA Sports area is located here.
The adults only Serenity area that was recently added to many of the ships has been expanded. The much larger area comes complete with large cushioned chairs and hammocks. A very relaxing place indeed.
As you can tell, I can go on and on about all the fun things to see and do on the ship. We will be posting a video where you can check it all out. More to come on that later as it is still in production.
The Carnival Magic will be sailing 7-day E. Caribbean and W. Caribbean itineraries from Galveston.
Fun for all and all for fun!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Plenty of good news, though. Dropped Sloopy off in the morning at the Richter Animal Hospital to be boarded for the weekend. Carmen was there a day earlier to be spayed and they'll spend the rest of the weekend there. When people talk about how pets "tie them down", we don't get it. If you have somewhere to go, there are plenty of great boarding places wherever you are. We once boarded Sloopy for 14 days in Tucson while we cruised to Hawai'i.
We travelled to the other side of Dallas to the Texas State Fairgrounds. Saw the Cotton Bowl, and my she's showing her age. Still want to do the Texas State Fair someday.
Our purpose for our visit, though, was to see the Zac Brown Band perform at the GEXA Pavillion. We arrived around 3:30p local time and after our walk to the Cotton Bowl, back to the truck to tailgate, only we were pretty lonely. We walked to the other side and saw that the partying had started on the other side, but our parking location was going to be so good, we decided not to leave -- a good decision.
Been awhile since we'd traditional tailgated, including charcoal. Had bought a little portable guy at WalMart for $5 and it included a package of charcoal, which was terrible and wouldn't light. So we through the bag of Match Light on there, and we suddenly had enough charcoal to cook a turkey. Plenty for our couple of hamburgers.
Traffic getting out was as you would expect from an older venue, lots of one lanes, lots of cutting into traffic.
Today, we're on the road to Galveston (about 5 hours from the Dallas Arlington KOA) for the inaugural event of the Carnival Magic. Will have plenty about it for the ride back!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Even with us trying to get ready for all the hubbub, we were able to slip away for an afternoon to Ft. Worth. Anyone staying in the Dallas area should make a visit to Ft. Worth. There is something for everyone.
Our first stop was a quick visit to the TCU campus. The football stadium was getting renovated with a lot more seating. The campus was very scenic and quaint.
After that, we made our way to the downtown "Districts". They have three - Cultural District, Sundance Square District, and the Stockyards. The Cultural District is home to the Will Rogers Memorial and several museums. The Sundance Square is a nice shopping and eatery area. Some of the merchants will even validate your parking garage ticket with a purchase.
We would have liked to have stayed longer in the Stockyards and enjoyed some dinner. However, we had to get back to "the girls" so we stopped long enough to try a Buffalo Butt beer - brewed locally exclusively for the hotel bar. It received two thumbs up!
See ya down the road....
Friday, November 4, 2011
Indianapolis KOA. We were here about three years ago and since then, they've partitioned off for a large dog and small dog park. Our "girls" prefer to run with the big dogs and they got to yesterday with a beautiful Alaskan Husky, Dakota.
Hopefully, last night was a low mark on the temperatures. Got down into the low 30's with a freeze warning. Warming up the rest of the weekend, which is welcomed.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Left Two Rivers Campground this morning. Very happy with that campground. Friendly people, good location, will be happy to go back again.
Drove thru Tennessee and stopped for the night in Arkadelphia at Wal Mart. Quiet, close to the highway. Will be about 4.5 hours tomorrow to Dallas Metro KOA in Arlington.
Very happy with Carmen's first long ride. Took her cue from Sloopy and just hung in there. She's been terrific.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Bridgestone Arena is located right in the heart of the Broadway District, which means you get the chance to have a dinner and a few adult beverages before the game -- which we did. Had a great lager brewed here in Nashville, Hap and Harry's at the Broadway Brewhouse.
It was chilly in the arena, and had a great minor league baseball feel with the entertainment for the fans during breaks, and during the period intermissions. The sound of the puck hitting the stick in the arena is terrific, plus you can just see the entire game instead of just the small box on TV.
Great times here in Nashville.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
We Parked at a garage about 1/2 mile from the stadium. Knew from the Vanderbilt Athletics website it was free and a beautiful walk. The campus has a ton of space that is pedestrian only. There was a bar with a band across the street so we figured that was a good place to come back to.
Didn’t see anybody in game mode until a block north from the stadium where they had tents and tables set up to welcome alumni (it was homecoming).
Across from the stadium was the "Star Walk" where the players make their entrance one hour and fifteen minutes before gamtime from the practice facility/locker room to the stadium. Had a few people lined up there, and there was 45 minutes left before they showed.
‘Vandyville’ is basically the place to tailgate. They take a street on the West side of the stadium and block it off. They have a stage for a live band at the far end that wasn’t playing two hours prior, and we were there for an hour, so not sure when they actually play.
The University sells tent space for $600 for the season (which gets you two parking permits to the lot across the street from the stadium and that’s pretty much where things happen. (We have a friend at Ohio State who pays about $3k for his tent space at an apartment complex about 1/2 mile from the Stadium).
At the end close to the stadium, they have a video board showing the game ‘o the day, Chic Fila had a set up for the pedestrians. Didn't see a lot of corporates taking advantage of the tents, and thought it would be a good money maker for them. They were mostly groups of individuals who just went in together to have a tailgate.
Hell, even the cheerleaders had their own tailgate where they were just sitting around chewing the fat.
Lots of ties on the guys of all ages, boots and skirts on the girls. Alumni and parents pretty much ruled the day. We did see a few Army fans and current Army military scattered about.
The East end of the stadium were the Greeks and they were going at it hard. Each one had a sound system blaring, hundreds of kids partying, Natty Light cans strewn everywhere. Pictures really don't do it justice without the sound cranking. A solid two blocks of kids destined to be puking later.
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It was a “real” game, because there were scalpers who 'needed' tickets and scalpers who needed to know if you needed tickets. “sh*t man, ain’t nobody makin' no money here.” Box office at the stadium had $30pp seats. Please. Wasn't going to drop 60 bucks for this one.
Decided to roll back to the bar at the parking garage — band had stopped playing and they were closing soon. Damn.
Didn't really get a true SEC Football tailgate feel, and we're looking forward to doing one in the "real" SEC some day. But, it was nice to see how the others live.