'Tip-O-Tex' FMCA Chapter Rally
Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
26Trip End Nov 30, 2010
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Then we drove on to our 'home' ROD (Resorts of Distinction) park, Castaways on Lake Conroe, about 45 miles north of Houston.
On Nov 2nd, we drove on over to the fun "Cowboy Capital of the World", Bandera, TX.
The Ranch has Longhorn cattle, lots of deer (one day Terry counted 29) and mini Donkeys, too.
On Wed 11/3 we all went to the 11th St Cowboy Bar for a 'bring appetizers to share',
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.
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.