And So It Starts !

Trip Start Jun 18, 2010
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Short Version:

Departure day is here! Even with all the
organization, we are 2 hours late leaving.
Hot south Texas day for driving and camping; 97F.
San Angelo KOA is the target.
Good day on the road.

Wordy Version:

Well, the "Great Wake-Up" finally came. Today we depart for Alaska. Granted there are a few other stops between home and Alaska, but Alaska is the objective.

In reality, there were the last minute things to take care of at the house. As noted above, it is Saturday, so naturally French Toast had to be made and consumed before anything else could be completed. With that out of the way, there were a few homeowner things to do, load the yard trash for a quick trip to the county recycle, load the food in the RV, pack the final personal items and a quick shower.

About this time is when the driveway electric gate opener decided to go nuts. Of course, it has worked practically flawlessly every day, multiple opening and closings each day for two years or more. Ok, a pause to fix or disconnect it while Karen finishes the packing and some last minute drop-offs at the relatives.

Departure is only two hours behind schedule, but who cares? We are on our way!

Our first overnight stop is 217 miles down the road in San Angelo, TX. No particular reason for this selection, its just 217 miles down the road and it saves us from driving the full 540 miles to Palo Duro Canyon State Park in one day. We've got reservations Sunday night at the park and tickets to the steak supper and the outdoor play, TEXAS.

Ok, back to the route of the day. It never ceases to amaze me how hungry you can get just riding down the highway so out come the cheese and peanut butter crackers. A stop for fuel in Etna, TX (we've found out that this new RV will cruise right along and pass everything on the highway except a gas station). We are getting close to our first over night destination, so Karen calls the KOA in San Angelo just to check on space availability, guess what, one site left so we book it; thank goodness for cell phones.

Even though there is little chance of taking a wrong turn (because there aren’t any) and even though San Angelo is not that big, we follow Jill’s directions (our GPS voice could be Jack or Jill, we chose Jill). Arrival and check-in at the KOA goes without complication and we learn there is a Sunday pancake breakfast the next morning.

Site 31 is home for the night. Setup goes quickly and the AC is cranking. West-Central Texas at 6:30 is 97F and no clouds. As they say, "At least it’s a dry heat". I’ve never understood that statement, 97F is still HOT!

Good thing Karen has supper already in the frig. A good homemade chicken salad (along with a shot of Tabasco sauce; nothing boring about the meals on this trip) and fresh peaches were for supper. We decide that a scoop of vanilla ice cream would go good with the fresh peaches so a quick visit to the KOA store takes care of that. Ahhhh! AC, fresh peaches with Hagen Daz vanilla ice cream; now that’s camping.

After the sun went down and it cooled off to 90F, we decided to take a leisurely stroll around the park to see the rigs. We talk to the park owner about a 2.25 mile park road across from the entrance. We see lots of “town folks” walking so we make plans to do that Sunday morning before pancakes. The remainder of the evening is spent arranging the last minute load items and reading a little then its lights out.

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