Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


I sometimes think about the good and bad of being a Full-Time RV couple.

One of the things I like the most are the friends we meet along the way, to share time, meals, and fun with as we live this lifestyle.

We tend to return to places we love, although we do enjoy different places we visit also.

We attempt to alter our route as we travel to different destinations we return to, meeting up with friends to share the adventures we discover along the way.

Our trip back to the Rio Grande Valley this fall finds us returning to a familiar area, this time for six months.

This winter, we are staying in a different location in the Valley.

We have spent six winters at Llano Grande Lake and RV Resort in Mercedes, Texas, and one winter at Gold Canyon, Arizona.

This coming winter will find us at Retama Village in Mission, Texas.

Along the way, we plan to meet with friends in New Orleans, for three days of fun.

Then we plan to move on to Abbeville, which is another familiar destination to us, for more fun, including a swamp tour, with our friends, who have not previously visited this area.

However, the RV life is not all fun and games. That just isn’t the way life works.

I have decided that it is not the travel or being set up in one place for a lengthy period of time, which is a negative.

It is the preparation for travel which annoys me.

After a lengthy stay in one place there are so many things to do, just to get ready for the road.

With the truck mechanical issue this time, it has been stressful to say the least. We weren’t sure that we would be able to leave tomorrow because the truck repairs might not be complete until Monday.

The phone call came at 3:30 this afternoon, just 30 minutes before the Ford dealership closed for the weekend.

“Mr Dray, your truck is finished and ready for you to pick it up.”

The total cost was right at $1500 which was a lot less than the estimate, which was close to $1800.

Now, all is well and we hope to leave tomorrow as originally planned.

I must extend huge kudos to Tom Boland Ford in Hannibal, MO.

They worked me in at the last minute, then worked hard to get the truck repaired in time for us to begin our trip on Sunday.

Devin took good care of things and kept me informed as things went along.

I would highly recommend Tom Boland Ford to anyone needing work done on their vehicle while visiting this area.

So now we are ready to go.

Life is Good!



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