What Is Happening with Daisy 2012 travel blog

April Birthday Honorees - Glenda Alexander, Jack Taylor and Donette Harpole

Riverview Campground - Wilma Schroedl and Ann Poole

Riverview Campground - Horse in Pasture Next Door

Riverview Campground - Donette Harpole and Glenda Alexander at Brazos River

Riverview Campground - Snail

Riverview Campground - Fungi on Tree Trunk

Riverview Campground - Winking Cow Face on Propane Tank

Dr Pepper Museum - Front

Dr Pepper Museum

Dr Pepper Museum

Dr Pepper Museum - Animated Wax Figure of "Doc" Alderton

Dr Pepper Museum - Meyer-Dumore Bottling Machinery

Dr Pepper Museum - Inside Artesian Well

Dr Pepper Museum - Jack Taylor, Bruce Woodall and Ethel Fitzgerald

Dr Pepper Museum - Antique Soda Bottles

Dr Pepper Museum - Poster

Dr Pepper Museum - Wilton's Landing 1930s

Dr Pepper Museum - Wilton's Landing - Delivery Truck

Dr Pepper Museum - 'Mona Lisa' Holding Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper Museum - Horse Covered with Bottle Caps


THURSDAY

This morning before heading to Waco, I had to go to Dripping Springs to have new tire valve extensions installed by Wagoner Tire. It took them about an hour because the outside tires had to be removed in order to install the extensions on the inside tires. He had ordered them last month but I didn’t want to make a special trip to have them installed.

Instead of going back through Austin to get to I-35, I went via Johnson City, Burnet and Georgetown. It was farther in miles but shorter in time. Besides, the drive was much prettier than I-35. I saw a lot of wildflowers and some exotic animals (zebras, elands and llamas).

Tonight Donette Harpole, Jack Taylor and I were the April birthday honorees.

FRIDAY

This morning it rained a little but didn’t really interfere with our activities. Bruce, Jack, Ethel and I visited the Dr Pepper Museum. Dr Pepper was created by Waco pharmacist “Doc” Alderton in 1885, the oldest major soft drink in America. The wax figure of Dr. Charles C Alderton is still welcoming visitors and providing some historical information. Dr Pepper was originally bottled in this 1906 historic building. Three floors of exhibits include an interior artesian well, bottling equipment and containers, as well as 25 years of Dr Pepper commercials. Several changes have been made in the exhibits since my last visit in 2005. After our tour, we had refreshments in the original soda fountain. (www.DrPepperMuseum.com)

After our business meeting this afternoon, nine members and guests of the Longhorn chapter of Loners on Wheels visited us during our happy hour. Then four of them had dinner with us at Heitmiller Steakhouse. It was nice to meet some members of one of our sister chapters. They are having a campout this week end at the I-35 RV Park in Elm Mott a few miles north of Waco.

SATURDAY

Today most of us went to Collin Street Bakery in Bellmead (north side suburb of Waco) for lunch. The food was very good. Of course I had to buy some goodies to take home – a dozen coconut macaroons.

Tonight Andy Parmley, the South Central Representative for Loners on Wheels, had dinner with us. He brought two flavors of ice cream, bananas and strawberries for dessert. He also visited the Longhorn chapter at Elm Mott. It was convenient for him to be able to visit two chapters on one trip.

We also had another guest, Wilma Schroedl, who is spending a week in the Riverview Campground. She is a Winter Texan who spent the winter in La Feria and is slowly working her way back north. She is a member of the Rio Grande LoW chapter. She stayed after dinner to play Mexican Train with us. She's a funny lady. She told us that she got her teeth in Mexico but that they didn't help her speak Spanish any better. :>)

STATS

Route: US 290 W to Dripping Springs => Johnson City => US 281 N to Burnet => TX 29 E to Georgetown => I-35 N to Waco => TX 6 E => FM 434 S => Riverview Road E to campground

Total Miles Driven: 191

Weather Conditions: Dry, warm and windy

Road Conditions: Good

Gasoline Price: $3.699 at Liberty Hill

RV Park: Riverview Campground

Park Conditions: Large trees, long pull-throughs, gravel roads, WiFi, large clubrooms

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