Jun 05, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
Where I stayed
Lone Star Carefree RV Resort
After things settled down I called up an old friend of mine, Alan Warmke, from the Stockton days. I haven't seen him in 20+ years. I was thinking he lived near Austin and I had his number from years ago. Turns out he lives just 20 minutes up the road in Round Rock! I made plans to meet him in the morning and go skating. Then we hit the pool for a while.
It was great to hang out and catch up with Alan. He took me to a nice little skatepark near his house.
We skated for a couple of hours then we hooked up with him and his wife later in downtown Austin. This town is great! 21 and overs can surely get some work done at the tons of bars/music venues lining the streets. Obviously, Vi wasn't allowed in these clubs. I had made her a fake ID using Vonnie's old driver's license but it got nabbed at the 1st club we tried it. It's worked flawlessly back in Cali. (Just kidding.) We walked all over and checked out all the sights and spent some time at the State Capitol building.
That evening we went and sat at this bridge by the river and waited for these thousand's of bats to fly out. This is a popular event in Austin and there was a couple hundred people gathered to watch these bats. It is the largest urban bat colony in North America. Some 750000 bats live here. We waited until well after 9pm for the little bastards to fly out. They made a lot of racket but only a few hundred showed themselves. The disappointed crowed started clearing out around 9:30 and we followed suit.
We ended up lounging and doing some chores on Monday then headed into San Antonio (about 1-1/2 hours away) on Tuesday.
We pulled into this nice resort Saturday afternoon. It's about 5 miles from downtown Austin and is in our Camp Club USA so we pay half price (around $23). A good home base for a few days so we can showers, launder and do chores. It's hot (mid 90's) and humid too. After hooking up and getting situated, Vonnie started in on vacuuming. Then something blew and everything went out including the AC. I checked everything, flipping breakers and what have you. Then I noticed my 30amp shore power cord was real hot. We had an internal melt down. (I had damaged this cord back home but I didn't realize to what extent, considering it has been working fine the past few weeks.) I figured out the cord could not handle AC, vacuum, water heater and fridge at the same time. So, with the help of the campground host, I attached a new end on the cord. Both of us pouring sweat while performing this light duty work. (I'd hate to be working on a road crew in these parts.) After plugging back into the 30 amp outlet we still had nothing. We finally figured out that I had blown the breaker clear up at the front office! We looked like a real miserable bunch, standing in the shade and sweating like stuck pigs. The poor cat was about finished, as well. Once the guy threw the breaker up front we got the AC pumping and were quickly back to normal. I realize how much people have to rely on AC down here. Crazy.