It was well after noon by the time I arrived at the RV park. It took me a lot longer than usual to get settled into my site. First, I had trouble leveling my RV. Fortunately, I have two sets of leveling blocks; I used a full set under each of the front tires. Then I discovered that I had forgotten to bring an extra water hose. I usually leave my sewer and water hoses at my home site and use my extra ones at campouts. I used to have three extra hoses but had given them to Wes when I was house sitting for him. Alas, I had forgotten to buy another extra one to keep in my storage bin. Bruce came to my rescue and lent me one of his hoses. He helped me fill my fresh-water tank so he could take his hose back home.
We had several visitors at our rally this time: Jennie Pfeiffer, Jerry Dixon, Patricia Baxter (former Cen-Tex member), Barbara Mintz, Tom and Kathy Carskadden (sister and brother-in-law of John and Coco Davenport) and Tom and Connie Roth (musician friends of Larry Roming)
Today several of us went to Sid’s Main Street BBQ for lunch. It was good. The place is very small but they seemed to do quite a bit of business, including take-out and catering.
During our business meeting this afternoon, we had more business than usual to conduct, compared to the rest of the year. We approved proposed revised chapter bylaws and standing rules, recognized the Camper of the Year and installed the 2018 officers. We were happy to learn from wagon master Bruce that the repairs to Colorado Landing RV Park in La Grange will be completed in time for our rally there next month. For a while, this was uncertain because the park had been destroyed in the record-setting flood caused by Hurricane Harvey in August.
The RV park has new managers, who aren’t yet very well trained; so there was considerable confusion. We were assigned the back section of the large club house (which is designed for dance rallies) but we were assigned RV sites at the opposite side of the park. Walking back and forth was not fun due to the damp weather. We agreed to return next December IF we can have sites close to whichever clubhouse they assign us.
This afternoon our guest, Jerry Dixon, taught several of us to play Casino. It is a fast-moving card game and is easy to learn. I prefer that type of game over the complicated, long-lasting ones.
Tonight we had our Christmas feast -- and what a feast it was! John Davenport prepared lamb, beef and pork and the rest of us brought side dishes, desserts and snacks. I didn’t have room to sample everything but I still felt stuffed. Maybe I can taste the rest of the dishes at dinner tomorrow night, when we have leftovers.
After dinner we had our gift exchange. Instead of drawing numbers on slips of paper out of a hat, we each drew a playing card (hearts or spades) to determine the order. We could either select an unopened gift or steal one from someone else; but we could steal only once. I stole Jerry’s Lady Godiva chocolates. That large, beautifully-presented package contained very little substance: only three packages of hot cocoa mix, one chocolate-covered pretzel and five truffles.
Our last activity of the day was to have a group photo taken of us wearing our new Cen-Tex tee shirts.
This morning our “resident chef” Ruth Stehling cooked breakfast for us. She served some French toast from a new special recipe, sausage and juice. It really hit the spot.
Tonight Larry read some cowboy poetry and then we enjoyed musical entertainment by some of his friends, Tom and Connie Roth. They sang mostly cowboy songs, with Tom playing his acoustic guitar.
The weather was chilly and damp most of the time during this rally. As a result, we didn’t spend any time outside. That’s what can happen in December, though.
STATS Route: I-35 S => TX 46 W => TX 16 N to Bandera Total Miles Driven: 110 Weather Conditions: Chilly Road Conditions: Mostly good; several sections of road construction
RV Park: Skyline Ranch RV Park Park Conditions: Large sites, not quite level, two clubrooms, free (not very reliable) Wi-Fi Gasoline Price: $1.999 at Austin