2012-2013 (Passion for the Road) travel blog

Geocaching at Hill Country SNA

Geocaching at Hill Country SNA (with Scooby)

Geocaching at Hill Country SNA (check out the view)

Geocaching at Hill Country SNA (check out the view)

Geocaching at Government Canyon SNA

Geocaching at Government Canyon SNA (getting wild with Scooby)

Some wildlife found while out geocaching

Some wildlife found while out geocaching

Some wildlife found while out geocaching

Some wildlife found while out geocaching

Geocaching at Lost Maples SNA

Geocaching at Lost Maples SNA (travel bug goobye for Scooby and the...

Geocaching at Lost Maples SNA

Geocaching at Lost Maples SNA

SNOW in Kerrville ! ! !

Connie's Ranch (Dinosaur Footprints)

Connie's Ranch (Dinosaur Footprints)

Connie's Ranch (Grooming the Horses)

Connie's Ranch (Grooming the Horses)

Connie's Ranch (Grooming the Horses)

In San Antonio with Kathy's family for brunch

Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas (nice view)

Tower of the Americas (Mike phooning)

Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas (Jen phooning)

Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

Our little Christmas Tree

Christmas Presents from Gabby on our little tree

Jen phooning at the BBQ Cookoff

Texas Sunset

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name (tiny bat)

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name

At the top of Enchanted Rock

At the top of Enchanted Rock

At the top of Enchanted Rock... RUN!!!

At the top of Enchanted Rock

San Antonio Quilt Show (Another great quilter friend... Merrily)

San Antonio Quilt Show

We're Engaged!!

Chinese Tea Garden

Chinese Tea Garden

Chinese Tea Garden

Chinese Tea Garden

Chinese Tea Garden

Chinese Tea Garden

Chinese Tea Garden

Chinese Tea Garden


December 3/12 - March 2/13

Dec. 3, 2012, Mike and I were on the road again heading to Skyline Ranch RV Park in Bandera, Texas going across I-10. Our site is Jane and Denis's old site. The camp is very empty (for now) which is nice to have space around us.

Mike and I went to see Skyfall at the theatre in Kerrville, it is nice to see movies and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

We wanted to do something memorable for 12-12-12, so we went to Tower of The Americas. We saw 'Skies Over Texas' which is a 4D Theater Ride... we recognized a lot of the different parts of Texas from all our travels. Then, we went up to the Flags Over Texas Observation Deck that was a 360degree view of San Antonio. It was a beautiful day and we were able to see quite far. We had dinner a Logan’s Steak House.

Dec. 15, 2012, we went to the Hill Country State Park for another great hike on the south part of the park. What a gorgeous day to find caches. We found 2 caches of the Texas State Park Geocache Challenge.

Skyline Ranch RV park was having a Secret Santa potluck dinner on Dec 19, which I made my famous Bacon Wrapped Waterchestnuts. We got a $10 gift card from Camp Verde store and restaurant, WAHOO and a bottle of Irish cream, Mmmm.

Dec. 21, 2012, we drove northeast and cached around Boerne before visiting the 'Cave Without a Name'. The Cave is filled with spectacular formations of Stalactites, Stalagmites, delicate Soda Straws, Cave Drapery, Magnificent Flowstones, Rimstone Dams, and more. We enjoyed the tour of the six major rooms and they were setting up for a wedding that night, very cool atmosphere to get married in. The cave had small bats, very small frogs and a few crickets.

Christmas was very low key I made turkey breast and the fixings. We opened the presents from back home.

Boxing Day was spent hiking the hills of Hill Country State Park. We got a few more caches as we climbed this hill with a magnificent view of the area.

Dec 27, we went for a huge drive around the hill country to get caches in different counties. It was a nice day to visit small towns.

We went back to Government Canyon State Park to hike and cache a new area of the park. We found more caches for the Texas State Park Geocache Challenge.

New Year’s Eve, Mike and I went into San Antonio and had dinner at Jason’s Deli nothing too fancy and then went home to bring in the New Year.

Jan. 2, 2013, Mike and I did a mystery cache that took us high in hills of the Canyon Ranch Subdivision. We were able to get a few caches before going after the mystery cache. We found the mystery cache that was a feat in itself and then had a hard time to get back to the truck because we were in thick bushes and losing daylight. We finally got back to the truck and then into Helotes to grab groceries. We headed back home and made dinner. After dinner, Mike wasn’t feeling good, so he went to bed. Around two o’clock after an evening of heaving, we called for an ambulance. After a short discussion with the ambulance drivers, we made the call to go to the closest hospital in Kerrville. I was trying to get there fast but the side of the road was covered with deer, we must of counted 150 deers. Mike passed a Kidney Stone and was admitted into the hospital due to possible more kidney stones as well as blood work numbers were high. They wanted to make sure he was ok. It was a very well organized and beautiful hospital. The Staff was fabulous. We had our own room and bathroom I even had a pull out bed to sleep on.

Jan. 3, Kerrville got snow that morning and it melted before we drove home. Mike was released from the hospital, feeling much better and I sleep the day away.

Jan. 8, my birthday, Mike took me to see the movie 'Guilt Trip' in San Antonio and it was good. We then went to dinner at Olive Garden. It was a very nice day except for the rain.

We drove up to Kerrville to see 'Django Unchained'. It was a different kind of movie and a good story line.

Jan. 17, we were finally able to go to Connie's Ranch, near Hill Country State Park, to see the dinosaur tracks that were imprinted into the mud and then years of erosion has uncovered the little treasures. Connie let me brush her two horses and Mike tried to give them carrots but they didn’t want them. She showed us around her fabulous ranch. We went caching on the west side outside the state park. It was a fabulous day out. The truck got washed by driving through the rivers a few time.

I got up early to meet up with Kathy (met in Nashville) in San Antonio for breakfast. Kathy and her Aunt Luz had breakfast at Blanco Café, when Kathy’s cousins started to show up with their families. Kathy was flying back home to Miami. I really enjoyed getting to know Kathy more and her family too.

Jan. 23, Mike helped Elaine with her computer, so Rick and her invited Mike and I out for lunch. We suggested Camp Verde and we all enjoyed our meals. They have been really good neighbours at Skyline and they had a great lab name 'Whitney'. Thanks for a great day out. After lunch Mike and I did some caching in and around Center Point. On the way to caching was a herd of Buffalos, no kidding I got pictures to prove it!!!

Saturday, we went into San Antonio to the BBQ Cook off. This is our 2nd cook off and it has grown to over 300 contestants. $1 would get you a taste test at the different booths. In the H.E.B booth, we got some free BBQ sauces, rubs and beer.

Thursday, Jan 31, Mike and I hiked in Lost Maples State Natural Park. At first we had a hard time finding the Big Tooth Maples and then on the second hiking trail there were lots. It is a beautiful park, lots of hills to hike, different kinds of dry rock beds. We got 2 more Texas Challenge geocaches.

Feb 2 was the Bandera Methodist Church Potato Bake with the Cut Up ladies. I had no choice to help out Anne signed me up again as potato cutter, the same position as last year. I got to see a bit of the Mardi Gras Parade.

Sunday once again was the Super Bowl with San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.

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Feb 13, we went to see “Identity Thief” at a brand new Theatre in Boerne, it was only 2 weeks old. Very nice and comfortable leather seats, it smelled like a new car.

Feb 14, Valentine’s Day. Mike and I got up early to do some caching in San Antonio we were hitting our 900th and Mike wanted to do something special and he did. He found a weird looking tree in San Pedro Spring Park and hid a geocache so that I could find it. As I opened it, Mike got down on one knee and proposed. He blew me away. We got a Mexican gentleman with his granddaughter Nia to take our picture. He didn’t speak any English we used sign language to get the message out. His daughter’s name was Jennifer. We then drove to another cache at the Japanese Tea Garden. It was a very unique garden featureing beautiful floral displays, a waterfall and a safe habitat for Koi (of all sizes) and aquatic plants. It is an example of the use of an old rock quarry, which dates back to 1899 and remnants can still be seen in the gardens architecture. The garden was filled with invigorating smells of the newly bloomed bushes. We did the 2 caches there and then drove to Zuni Grill on the San Antonio Riverwalk. I had the Cactus Viper, a frozen margarita layered with gold tequila and it was yummy and lovely. Mike had a Dos Equis XX and we enjoyed the Flautas and tortillas chip with salsa. For our main course we ordered the Blue Corn Enchilda with smoked chicken, sour cream, tomatillo sauce and guacamole and some extra guacamole and Chicken Fajitas. After dinner we went back to Americus Diamond store to get the ring resized. What a fabulous Valentine’s Day.

February 18, Mike and I wanted to go back to Enchanted Rock State park to climb it. It was a lovely day for a hike. We had a picnic before we started our hike. Armed with our backpacks and hiking poles we started up the huge rock. We passed the point were both Mike and I had to turn around last year and made it up to the top of the rock to get a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. After we reached the top we did a 2.5 mile hike around the rock. Enchanted Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1,825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States. Amazed at the difference a year makes with our health.

Mike and I went to Kerrville to see “The Hobbit.” Really enjoyed to movie and now we have to wait for the second one. We got in some caching before the movie and we made it just in time for the trailers. We went to Fuddruckers for dinner, I love their salmon burger.

Mike and I had to go back to Camp Verde for lunch again because the food, the price and the atmosphere is great. After that we went to Kerrville for supplies and caching.

On February 22, Merrily and I went to the San Antonio Quilt show, we spent the day looking at new patterns, shopping the quilt market and looked at some good quilts. For lunch we went to Jason’s Deli, it was Merrily’s first time eating there.

The movie “Parental Guidance” was good. We had dinner a Salada bakery and restaurant, after Darlene (one of the Cut-up ladies) told us about it. They were closing and had run out of their favorite Taco soup. It was a good salad bar with lots of different types of salad.

We were able to get in a couple of bowling games in San Antonio and afterwards we had dinner at El Chaparral after Connie and David Slatter told us to go there. The Mexician food was fabulous and a great atmosphere. I had to do extra time on the treadmill the next day.

Monday, February 28, Mike and I decided to finish off our Texas State Park Geocaching Challenge today, so we have to visit 2 different state parks to get our 9 and 10 caches and then send the challenge in to get promotional items. We went to Blanco State Park, it was very windy and cold. The power lines were down and the local town was out of power, good thing we don’t need power to cache. As we travelled to Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, we picked up caches along the way. We got out of the truck and were blown to the office door. It was a historic site as well. Now, we just have to mail in the challenge.

We went back to the new cinemas in Boerne and saw “Escape from Planet Earth.” A good animated movie, we watched it in 3D.

March 2, Mike and I visited the donkeys at the back of the RV park and give them some carrots for the last time this stay. I will miss their brays we could hear as we got close to them.

Campground Notes:

250.00/monthly + Electric, E-30a/W/S, gravel sites with picnic table, free wi-fi (only one hr at a time), easy satellite set-up, medium noise, amenities at least 10 minutes, good laundry.



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