This is the fourth year in a row we find ourselves starting off our new year travels by saying goodbye to my family. It does not get any easier with the passing of time. And yet, my folks are eager to get back to their regular schedules and we're chomping at the bit to hit the road and explore new places. As we leave, we're usually chatting away about our upcoming plans for the year. Except this time, we didn't have much of it planned.
Although we sleep in Scoopy while we are at the ranch, we spend many hours of our day at the house, where we also typically eat meals. I don't think we prepared a single meal in Scoopy in the five weeks we were there. As such, she gets a little dusty and messy as we tend to just throw things down wherever there is room. Getting her ready to travel was a 2-day long process and we still had tons to do when we arrived at Lake Waco. We were so happy to be back in our home that we didn't leave for three days.
One thing we really haven't done much of as we head out is explore Texas. We are usually ready to get waaaay down the road. I lived here for years, heck, I was born here! I've seen a bunch of it already! But things change, right? So we decided to stick around for a bit longer and planned our first stop in Waco.
Our travel day was gorgeous! Blue skies, no wind, little traffic. We had booked a site right on the water at the COE park at Lake Waco and we were looking forward to just taking it easy. Then, about 30 minutes before we arrived, the park called. "We're closed," they said. Whaaaaaaaat? "Government shutdown." Time for Plan B.
We didn't have a Plan B, but deciding on what that would be was kind of automatic and in this case, quite practical. We left the ranch with an empty fridge and freezer so grocery shopping was already at the top of our To Do list. We headed to Walmart for a shop and stay.
After we got all our stuff, we settled in at the Walmart parking lot to enjoy our evening. The following morning we headed to the Airport Park COE, since the shutdown had come to an end. We were able to arrive and settle in way before the 3 p.m. check-in time since our site was obviously empty. We were overjoyed with our campsite right on the lake. We had beautiful views in nearly every direction.
We did finally emerge on the forth day long enough to extend our stay for two more days. Then we hunkered down again. We cleaned, got caught up on laundry, food prep, the news, administrative tasks and so on. Once that was done we spent time planning our 2018 travels, which we shared with you in our last post. Planning was a lot of fun since we ended up going in a completely different direction than we first anticipated. All-in-all, we’re pretty excited and after a good recharge in Waco, we’re ready to get going!
NEXT UP: More Texas travels!