Benfield's 2013 Travels travel blog

Welcoming sign

Dave Thurston, Lee and Steve Good

Waiting for the entertainment

One of the neons at the soda shop

Jack (bus driver) and Donna Hulsey

More great neon

Another neon

Joann and Patrick Sullivan

Ray tackles a double-meat hamburger

Bev and Dave (Mom and Son) singing

Double Decker

J R

The Goods gettin' down

J R playing with the band

Steve and Magician Bob Angell

Teri "volunteered" to help with a magic trick

A young elvis

Puttin' on a show

Getting friendly with Teri

He's picking on Teri

Working his way down the table

Back to Teri


We signed up for the first bus trip of the 2013-14 winter season going to Ol' D's Soda Shop and Restaurant in Harlingen. The bus is shared by us and our sister park, Trophy Gardens so half the seats are available for each park's residents. We've gone to Ol' D's before and it's always a good time. We left Winter Ranch at 5:30, got there and ordered our food around 6:30. It's a somewhat small place so their kitchen is usually overwhelmed when a bus group shows up so we had to wait a while for our food. We both had a burger and fries so it wasn't very diet but it sure tasted good! We also enjoyed a hand-made chocolate milkshake (as an appetizer) while we waited.

After we ate, the real fun began. Double Decker, the house band, began their first set. Double Decker is so called because it's the owner of Ol' D's (Dave Decker) and his mother Bev Decker. They're pretty good and perform a variety of music including lots of fifties rock and roll. We danced a little but Mary's knees have been bothering her lately so we couldn't get too crazy.

Tonight they added an extra attraction - Robert Angell. He is a magician and he did a couple of the magic tricks with residents at the Ranch - Teri Thurston and Glenda Uselman. It was kind of fun but we have to admit we go there for the music.

But the highlight of the night was an appearance by Rob "Mustang Elvis" Carter. He's a pretty good singer and does the whole repertoire of Elvis songs including some of his gospel. The Elvis part of the show lasted about an hour and Rob really works the audience as he sings. He kept coming back to Teri who was sitting next to Mary. It was all in good fun and she had good time with it.

The show was over about 9:30 and we got back on the bus and rode back to the ranch. It was a fun evening but we were glad to be back as it was after 10:30 and we have church tomorrow.



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