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Mar 30, 2016 - Kentucky to Texas

2017-03-30.Kentucky to Texas I haven't written much nor have I taken hardly any pictures this trip because frankly, we have been on the move so much that we haven't had a lot of time to just explore and relax. After Kentucky, we traversed Tennessee staying at a Wal-Mart near the Arkansas border where both of us had difficulty understanding and responding to conversation about "Lassie" (aka Roadie) because of the dialect of the locals. We then stayed at Lake Catherine State Park in Arkansas; located across the lake from a power plant that...

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Apr 13, 2012 - Jefferson, Texas

We drove to another Corps of Engineer park about 275 miles away. That is what we call a long drive. The park is beautiful and we got a great site where we can watch the boat dock and see the lake. Also, due to the drought last year, trees were removed which let my satellite work. I posted on the forum where we were and right away one of friends let us know they lived nearby. We made arrangements to have lunch with them. The are David and Shirley Williamson. We went to a great catfish place and it was all you can eat. That kind of did a...

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2012 Travels

Apr 11, 2011 - Truck blows a tire!

The day started with a normal breaking up camp and leaving about 9:15 and it did take over an hour to get through Houston which we expected. The traffic was heavy but not awful but there were a few anxious moments because of other folks being dummies like the guy going about 40 in the fast lane of the freeway. We encountered the rain a few minutes out of town and at one point, it was very heavy rain but it didn’t cause us any real problems because we slowed down and were careful. We can’t remember the last time we were in such heavy rain so...

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2011 Explorations

Nov 13, 2010 - Visit with Cousin Lullene - Day III – Excelsior House Hotel

I was awake early this morning. It was still cloudy and chilly. We went to breakfast at the Excelsior at 9:00. Their “Plantation” breakfast lived up to its reputation. It included fruit (eight kinds), scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, orange juice, two kinds of bread and coffee or tea. After breakfast we listened in as the registration clerk told three students about the hotel’s history. It was built by riverboat captain William Perry. It has fifteen guest rooms, each furnished in period furniture. The hotel was purchased by the Jessie Allen...

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Nov 12, 2010 - Visit with Cousin Lullene - Day II – Jefferson

This morning we headed to Jefferson. We stopped for lunch in Palestine at the Eilenberger Bake Shop, which was established in 1898. Of course, there were plenty of baked goods to tempt us but we were good this time. We had hoped to stay at the historic Excelsior House Hotel but there were no vacancies. It has been in continuous operation since the 1850s. Rooms in its historic wing are named for famous people who have stayed there: Ulysses S. Grant, Oscar Wilde, Rutherford B. Hayes and Lady Bird Johnson, to name a few. We went across the...

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Dec 18, 2009 - One Down, One To Go

From Buckhorn Creek Park – Jefferson, TX BREAKING NEWS……There was a train robbery that occurred the evening of December 17 in the city of Jefferson, TX. What makes this robbery unique is that there were no reported masked bandits aboard the train but nonetheless yours truly felt $38.98 was stolen when we purchased our two tickets to ride “The Rail of Lights” steam train. It began with a sound system that was way too loud, a female voice that was very high pitched and almost fingernail on the blackboard irritating. When she was not telling...

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Home Sweet RV - 2009

Dec 16, 2009 - Two More Cities On The Trail Of Lights

From Buckhorn Creek Park – Jefferson, TX Made our move without incident on Monday from Colfax arriving at our new home base just shortly after noon. We got the trailer backed in, jacks down, electric plugged in, slides out and just enough rearranged to satisfy Cody that he was back home again. We then rode into Jefferson which is about 10 miles from the park for a late lunch at Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant; had wanted some good Mexican food since we left Texas two months ago and we were not disappointed . After eating, we took a quick...

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Home Sweet RV - 2009

Aug 24, 2009 - Jefferson, TX

Jefferson, TX lies in the northeast corner of Texas minutes from the Louisiana state line. Jefferson was once the Lone Star State's version of New Orleans. It was the largest riverport in Texas from the 1840's to 1870's. It still has charm but is now a sleepy little town. Couldn't find a coffee shop open at 10am. Went into a very charming, old building called Jefferson General Store. They had small styrofoam cups of coffee for 5 cents. Oh and pecan pralines....yum! Very nostalgic store with lots of interesting items. Found a book I had to...

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Dec 29, 2007 - Jefferson, TX

We woke up this morning to a chilly but lovely East Texas sunrise. Blayde is always ready to get up by 7 a.m. so sleeping in late is something we haven't done much of in the last 7 months since adding him to our family. Willis took Blayde for his morning walk while I contemplated the events of yesterday while making the bed and completing various other morning routines. When we ordered our Roadtrek 210 Versatile, in preparation for our upcoming life as fulltimers, we were repeatedly reassured by our RV dealer that it would be here in...

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May 8, 2007 - Lake o' the Pines, Jefferson

It was about an hour's drive from Kilgore to Lake o' the Pines, a Corps of Engineers project a few miles south of Jefferson and about twenty miles north of Marshall. There are four RV campgrounds on the lake. As the name implies, there are many pine trees, as well as other varieties. I chose Buckhorn Creek Campground as my home for the next five nights. After getting set up, I took a little walk down to the water. My campsite is close to the water, which gives me a wonderful view from my galley window. I have enjoyed watching and listening...

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