On a Roll with Daisy 2013 travel blog

Jack Taylor Presenting Birthday Cake to Ethel Fitzgerald

Franklin House - Ruth Ann Marshal and Daughter

Franklin House - Photo of Alberta Franklin on Refrigerator

Franklin House - Donette Harbpole and Stuart Whiteside with Ruth Ann's Dog

Franklin House - Glenda Alexander, Val White & Betty Bennett

Franklin House - Dining Room and Kitchen

Franklin House - Pantry

Franklin House

Franklin House

Franklin House

Franklin House - Piano Resembling One I Used to Have

Franklin House - Mrs. Franklin's Office


A little after 10:00 this morning I was on the road to Johnson City. On the way I saw a bumper sticker that read, “Dripping Springs – Just west of Weird.”

Five people had already arrived. As soon as I had finished hooking up, we walked over to the Subway shop in the shopping center next door to the RV park for lunch. They were really busy; we just barely beat the main crowd.

Our potluck dinner tonight was good. We had quite a nice variety of dishes. Ethel Fitzgerald was our only birthday honoree this time.


Tonight we had dinner at the Hill Country Cupboard, home of the “World’s best chicken fried steak (Nearly 3 dozen sold)” After dinner we played table games – 42 and Mexican Train.


This morning one of our former members, Janis Shull of Bastrop, came to visit us. She will spend the night in Val’s motorhome. We also had a surprise visitor who is a potential member. We hope she will decide to join us.

At noon we had tea at a new B&B in the country near Johnson City. The manager, Ruth Ann Marshal, is a friend of Lynda Lenamon, a new Cen-Tex member. Ruth Ann is in process of opening the B&B at a very large two-storey house on Hidden Valley Ranch Road and she wanted us to be her guests so she could practice her service on us. We were only too glad to be her “guinea pigs” for the free meal! She served homemade pimiento cheese sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, mixed fruit and berries, watermelon slices, raspberry and herbal teas and chocolate chip cookies. Everything was very good. Her cute little nine-year-old girl helped serve. She has a bright personality and knew just how to do everything.

The owner of the house is deceased and the heirs have hired Ruth Ann and her husband as caretakers of the estate. The house is filled with antiques and assorted other things, including four organs! There was a piano that looked very much like one I used to have. It was s very interesting place. Some of the things will be eventually removed.

Tonight we wrote thank-you messages in a card and enclosed cash tips, which totaled $50.


Route: US 290 W to Johnson City

Total Miles Driven: 45

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy, humid and warm

Road Conditions: Good

RV Park: Road Runner RV Park (www.roadrunnerrvparktexas.com)

Park Conditions: Extra nice managers, level sites, free Wi-Fi, small laundry, exercise/game room and nice kitchen

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