Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dodging Bullets

We got off to a bad start!!!  Just as we we turned north on 907, Wallace ran over an object on the road.  Luckily there is no obvious damage.

We had a wonderful stay at a COE park at Canyon Lake called Potters Creek near New Braunfels, Texas.  

All the relatives on my side put together a big feast.  It was great to be with family again.  We were there two days.

Our next plan was to stay at another COE just Southwest of Fort Worth....we did NOT stay!!!  On interstate 820 going around Fort Worth, we dodged another bullet.  Someone had lost a sofa and it just happened to be in our lane!!! But that's not all folks. 

Now it is getting late so we pulled into a Flying J at Ardmore, Ok.  It was a comfortable night.  Next morning, I happened to notice a low tire on the rig.  Wallace airs it up and we go to the rest stop a little way down the road to check on it.  Well, it had lost another 20 pounds that quickly.  Sooooo, we call Progressive and about an hour later, they arrive to change the tire.  I can't even begin to explain what a joke this was, but they show up in a car.  When they approached us, we thought they were panhandlers.  They pull out two air pressure tanks from the back seat of their car!!!  They did not even have an air gauge with them!!!  Well, anyway, they got the tire changed...did not even have enough air to fully inflate the spare!!!  You just had to be there!!!  Progressive WILL hear about this little adventure.

Now we are off to another COE park west of Tulsa, Ok.  Need I say more?  Yes, tornado alley.  And yes, we have been under severe weather with chance of hail with tornadoes for two days!!!  

It is a very nice park.  Below is a picture of the lake with a bridge that goes into the town of Mannford.

Well, that bridge just happens to be for the train.  Do you see where I am going with this story?  We were sitting at the dining room table when we hear this noise.  They say a tornado sounds like a freight train and we think we are about to be hit!!!  Boy, you should have seen us jump.  We are now in the clear and enjoying this park for another day before we go to Chanute, Kansas to have some work done on our brand new Hitchhiker!!!

This was what the sky looked like just before that TRAIN!!!  It's times like these that make you wonder if it is time to give it all up.  But then a new day dawns.

Oklahoma's state bird, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  This is a male as the female has a shorter tail.

We have so many friends and family praying for us and we give thanks to God for delivering us thus far.  It does make me wonder about spending  the month of May at Wichita Mountains NWR in Oklahoma...we shall see how that goes, will you?

Until next time....



  1. You two hang in there!! It sounds like all of the bad stuff is out of the way now and you'll have smooth sailing for the rest of your travels!


  2. We stayed at Potter's Creek a couple of years ago and loved it. Glad you had a good visit there. Hope you dodge the rest of the tornadoes and have a safe summer.

    1. Hi John and Carol, I guess you two have a few more days safe on your journeys.

  3. We leave Louisiana tomorrow morning. Hope our trip home is not as eventful as your trip to Wichita Mtn. has been so far. I get antsy about tornado warnings while in the trailer. Hope the rest of your trip is enjoyable and uneventful.

    Love the picture of the scissortail flycatcher. We got to see a swallowtail (?) kite the other day while we were on the bayou. Beautiful bird!

    Take care and keep us posted. Earn says to say hi to Russ for him!

    1. Safe travels to you and Earn. We have only seen that kite one time and it is a beautiful bird.