This morning I woke up an hour earlier than I usually get up, so I was on the road to Waco by 9:00. I forgot that commuter traffic would still be heavy at that time of day but I went on anyway. A cold front arrived around 8:00 and it was sprinkling as I was unhooking from the utilities. Shortly after I left Austin it started raining very hard – so hard, in fact, that I couldn’t see more than about fifty yards ahead. I was driving a lot slower than normal and so was everyone else. The front had passed through by the time I arrived in Waco, taking the rain with it but leaving behind much colder temperatures. I was chilled to the bone by the time I had finished hooking up at the campground. I decided that I needed to add a sweater.
Betty Wendler and I went to the Puremco Domino store just a few miles away. Betty wanted to get a set of dominoes to replace a set with a fifth-wheel design that she lost. They didn’t have those but she bought a set with Texas A & M on them. I bought a double-twelve Mexican Train set that included the little train engines and a bigger battery-powered train engine that whistles and makes other train sounds. Because the case was damaged, I got it for less than half the regular price.
We had a pleasant surprise this afternoon when several of our former members and some others came to our campout. They had been in Bandera at the Singles International’s two-week dance rally. After dinner tonight they all went to a dance in Waco. These people really like to dance!!
I finally received a call this afternoon from the spine surgeon’s office to set an appointment for me on May 2. I’ll see him at his new office at the Lakeway Hospital, which just recently opened. That’s a bit farther than I’d like to drive but I’m committed now. After my visit with him I guess I’ll know whether to keep my May 6 appointment for the epidural or not.
Today several of us went to the Collin Street Bakery for lunch. They have good soups and sandwiches, as well as baked goodies, of course. Tonight we all had dinner at the Heitmiller Steakhouse, which also has good food.
This has been a full day. This morning I went with Donette, Ruth, Ethel and Linda (a new Cen-Tex member) to the Waco Mammoth Site. We had an excellent guide and the exhibit was very interesting. The site sits on more than 100 acres of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. Research indicates that the Columbian mammoths died in a series of flood-related events spread across thousands of years. The earliest event included 19 mammoths. To date, 24 mammoths have been discovered. Many were found in a ravine outside of the dig shelter. They grew to more than 14 feet tall and weighed up to 10 tons; they were 2-4 feet taller and up to 8.000 pounds heavier than Woolly mammoths. Their tusks grew as long as 16 feet and weighed up to 200 pounds each. Maybe they died of exhaustion. :>)
The site is the result of a collaboration between the City of Waco, Baylor University and the Waco Mammoth Foundation. The City manages the site, while Baylor’s Mayborn Museum Complex curates the excavated material and oversees scientific research. A specially designed building over the site shields it from weather and other damage. The scientists expect to find many more mammoths on the site.
According to the National Park Service, it is the nation's first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths. It was discovered in 1978 by Paul Barron and Eddie Bufkin while looking for arrowheads and fossils near the Bosque River. They didn’t find any arrowheads but they did see a large bone protruding from the ground. They removed the bone and took it to the Strecker Museum at Baylor University. The museum staff quickly organized a team of volunteers to help them with the excavation.
Congressional legislation is currently pending to create the Waco Mammoth National Monument and to include the site as a unit of the National Park Service. (www.wacomammoth.org)
After our tour we had lunch at Portofino’s Italian Restaurant. Four of us shared a pizza – one of the best I’ve ever had. After lunch, just for fun, we went into the Vintage Hippie shop to look around. I almost immediately saw an olive green vest that I liked and, to my surprise, it fit me perfectly; so, of course, I had to buy it. From there we went to Walmart so Donette could refuel and buy some supplies.
After we returned to the RV park, Linda and I walked down to the Brazos River. The cool breeze was very refreshing.
This has been a good campout. The weather was perfect after the rain storm passed through. We gained two new members and a former member, Sam Barlow, rejoined.
Route: I-35 N to Exit 330 => TX 6 E => FM 3400 => FM 434 => Riverview Road
Total Miles Driven: 111
Weather Conditions: Rainy and cold
Road Conditions: Good
RV Park: Riverview Campground
Park Conditions: Large trees, long pull-throughs, gravel roads, WiFi, large clubrooms