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Apr 4, 2018 - 11th Street Cowboy Bar

The 11th Street Cowboy Bar in Bandera TX on Wednesday nights is steak night. This is NOT your normal steak night! Bring your own meat and they provide the Texas size charcoal grills, fixins, spices & utensils. Oh, YOU COOK YOUR OWN MEAT! You just pay for the fixins (tater, salad, etc.). After your belly is full/content, live country western music and dance floor awaits y'all. GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL!!!...

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2018 RV Adventure

Dec 14, 2017 - Cen-Tex Campout at Bandera

THURSDAY 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...

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Jun 15, 2017 - Cen-Tex Campout at Bandera

THURSDAY Today has been a full day. I got up at 6:00 to finish “battening down the hatches” so I could drive the RV to the gym for my personal training. From there I went to Discount Tires to have my tires checked. I was especially interested in learning whether the valve extension that was installed last month in Llano was doing its job. It was. The technician added valve stem covers on all the tires, at no charge. My next stop was at Mack’s Truck Wash to have Daisy spiffed up. She was covered with pecan sap and dirt that had stuck to the...

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Sep 3, 2016 - Bandera TX - Celebrate Bandera Days

Well we never thought we would see Bandera’s largest event of the year, Celebrate Bandera. We were told that each year folks start staking out their spot earlier and earlier to get a prime spot to watch the Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive and the Celebrate Bandera parade make their way down Main Street. The parade started at 11:00am we got to Bandera at 10am. We found a great spot to watch the parade and listen to local musicians play and sing. We met Loyce a delightful lady who has been coming to the parade for the past 50 years. She sold her...

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Second Half of 2016

Aug 22, 2016 - Bandera TX - Cowboy Capital of the World

A sign on Main Street, in front of the Fire Department, which states that Bandera was founded by Roman Catholic immigrants from Poland. St. Stanislaus Catholic Church was built by those immigrants, and the church is one of the oldest in Texas. Many of the residents are descended from those original Polish immigrants. There are many stories regarding the origin of the name "Bandera." One says that back in the 19th century, a flag was placed at the top of a path that came to be called Bandera Pass, due to bandera being the Spanish word for...

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Second Half of 2016

Aug 2, 2016 - 7 Canyons Ranch

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Tuesday morning, we took advantage of the hotel breakfast buffet and waited for the morning rush hour to clear before we left. We rode out of the parking deck and onto the streets of downtown San Antonio around 10:15. The bikes were not quite as loud as one morning in Tuscany though! It was already hot by the time we got on the road, but today was going to be a short ride. We made a quick stop to get ice and then stopped in the small town of Bandera to get fresh food for our three days/nights on the ranch. Then it...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Cen-Tex Campout at Bandera

THURSDAY This has been a long day for me. I was up at 6:00 o’clock this morning because I was expecting a load of gravel for my RV site to be delivered around 7:30. I needed to have all my chores done and to have Daisy moved off the site before the dump truck arrived. The guy was right on time. Next on the agenda was a stop at Discount Tire to have my new valve extenders installed. They were very busy so I had to wait for about an hour and a half before they started on my job. I had time to read all the newspaper and to work most of the...

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Jun 18, 2015 - Cen-Tex Campout at Bandera

THURSDAY This morning I headed out around 9:30 and made my first stop at Discount Tires to have my tire pressure checked. They were only five pounds low. My new valve extender was holding well. Then I was on my way to Camping World in New Braunfels to get a pigtail for my propane system. In a phone call to them last week, the department manager had told me that they had them in stock; however, when I went in to buy one, they didn’t have the right one. Three of the guys went out to see my system and all three of them said they didn’t have...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is the home of Lyndon Baines Johnson, wineries, rodeos, art trails, museums and much more. Parts of the terrain are very rugged. We are staying in a campgrond on a state highway in Medina, a small town off the beaten track. The highway we take north to the larger town of Kerrville calls for a maximum speed limit of 15 mph up. We've made the journey to Kerrville several times since we arrived in the area on Wednesday, once to take a scenic two hour drive, a second time to visit a Western Art Museum and go to two...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Texas Bluebonnet Casita Rally

Monday, April 21, 2014 to–Sunday, April 27,2014 - Sky Line RV Park - Bandera, TX We are attending the Texas Bluebonnet Casita Rally. We do miss our cute Casita but oh how we enjoy the extra room since we are full-time RVer’s. There are over one-hundred Casita’s here with several other types of fiberglass RV’s – Escape, Bigfoot, Scamp, etc. We are attending several classes – Geo-caching, Travel Photos, etc learning more than we thought we would. We played cards or board games every day with friends. Seems like we never get tired of play,...

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VNL Travels 2014

Oct 28, 2013 - Visiting Fredericksburg

Left to visit Fredericksburg around 930 this AM. This is a town that has a German Heritage sitting in the middle of the Hill Country of Texas. It looks like it is going to be another beautiful day. About 1/2 way there we pass through Kerrville. We are told by the locals that it was founded in 1856 after 1 years of struggling with the area Indians. The Guadalupe River runs through the town and has huge Cypress trees lining its banks. Originally, shingles made from the cypress trees was their major industry. It appears the locals have...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Remembering the Alamo

We took the car and went to San Antonio yesterday, Oct 26. We stopped for breakfast on the way there and imagine Paul's surprise when he got tortillas instead of toast with his eggs. The young man who served us was so proud when he brought them and told us how much we were going to like them because they were homemade. They were in a nice little covered dish and when Paul took the lid off his face just was so funny. We couldn't say anything though because we didn't want to hurt the waiters feelings. He ate them but I don't think he lked...

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