'Tip-O-Tex' FMCA Chapter Rally

Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 30, 2010

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Skyline Ranch RV Park

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

We finally left PJ's in the FL panhandle on Oct 26th and drove west towards Texas. We spent a night at the Jellystone RV Park, Passport to Leisure in Robert, LA to break the trip and thankfully use our A/C because it was really hot.

Then we drove on to our 'home' ROD (Resorts of Distinction) park, Castaways on Lake Conroe, about 45 miles north of Houston.  We just spent a few casual and restful days there, that included Halloween. It was the quietest and most uneventful Halloween ever! With no kids around, there wasn't any 'Trick or Treating' and except for all the Halloween themed TV shows it was almost non-existant.

On Nov 2nd, we drove on over to the fun "Cowboy Capital of the World",  Bandera, TX.   We're new members of the 'Tip-O-Tex' Chapter of FMCA (Family Motor Coach Assoc.) and we attended a small Rally there Nov 2-6.     We were a total of 18 motorcoaches, with a total of 37 people, all stayed at the Skyline Ranch RV Park, just north of town, and the park frequently caters to groups like ours.  We were all parked in an area next to a big Rec Hall where we had our daily Continental breakfasts and a bit of socializing, etc. .

The Ranch has Longhorn cattle, lots of deer (one day Terry counted 29) and mini Donkeys, too. Also the cyrstal clear Medina River runs through it.
On Wed 11/3 we all went to the 11th St Cowboy Bar for a 'bring appetizers to share', and 'bring-your-own-meat' to BBQ on their grills for dinner.   The restaurant supplied salad, rolls and giant baked potatoes. They had a good country band for dancing the Texas two-step and it was a fun time for all.

Thursday, after breakfast we all went sightseeing,,, first, we went to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bandera. It's the 2nd oldest Polish church in the US, originally built in 1855 and has been beautifully restored  It had a bit more interest for us because our very good friends, Al and Lori from Maui, came from the Polish town of Hamtramck, in Detroit  (I've written about them a couple of times before: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/chictravelers2/5/1180753140/tpod.html?view=preview and http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/chictravelers2/7/1281752833/tpod.html ). One of Al's brothers is Father Stan at the St Ladislaus Church in Hamtramck.

Then we went to the Frontier Times Museum which is a very interesting and eclectic collection of over 40,000  antique articles, from arrowheads to just about any, and everything, you can think of that has a connection to the Old West. It opened in 1933 by author, historian and printer John Marvin Hunter (1880-1957) and has grown through the years and now belongs to Bandera County. 
That evening we all went to Bricks River Cafe for good food and a fun time. I discovered that one of the other couples, Frank and Carole Fenton, had spent about five years in São Paulo, Brazil and also speak Portuguese, so we sat together, but landed up mostly speaking English, not to be rude to others, etc. I would have enjoyed spending more time with them.  I don't get much opportunity to speak Portuguese and it usually takes a little time to get my tongue to work properly, etc. I do get to speak Spanish more and I noticed that I started to use Spanish words instead of Portuguese. 
  Friday 11/5 after breakfast we all drove first to the Lost Maples State Park, however, we didn't get our $6,00 p.p. park fee's worth, since we were there about two weeks to soon, so there were only a few trees showing the beautiful fall colors. On all of these outings, we all car pooled and Ernie and Helen Fenton usually rode with us.  We soon continued on to the Apple Store in Medina, for lunch and even better apple pie dessert.  
Later, we had our last evening in one of the park's Rec Rooms. We all brought food for a potluck dinner, lots of conversation and we held a Chapter meeting about upcoming events, etc.  Then Saturday morning most of us left pretty early because we were told about some parade that was going to close the road so we wouldn't be able to get through until later.

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