We planned our canoe run and two-day river adventure very carefully around the weather. The three day window of 70 degree weather with no rain came and went, but we took full advantage. :)
By the way, I have to plug our wonderful Sea Eagle boats again.
Sea Eagle 330 canoe/kayak
Sea Eagle Foldcat 375 fishing pontoon
They have made our lives so much more enjoyable on this journey than we could have imagined.
If you are considering a high quality inflatable, check out our buddy Tim Ryerson's website at Inflatableboats4less.com. Call him or email him and tell him "Howard Sent Me". He guarantees that they will not be undersold on Sea Eagles and he offers free shipping!
Today was back to being gray, cold, and rainy. Actually it was perfect for us to figure out our next few moves to get to south Texas by December 1.
We like it here and I don't want to leave tomorrow as scheduled. Do we stick here a couple more days, through the weekend, another week (to take advantage of the weekly rate) OR do we hit the road? You know - "Stick or Street?" :)
I voted for another week since we need to practice our new fishing skills :), I want to play golf at the Big Creek Golf Course - the rates go down November 1 :) - and Linda IS interested in learning to tie flies.
Chad at Mountain River Fly Shop invited her to come and observe anytime. We thought that would be a good thing for her to do during my golf game.
You should have seen her when we were on the Buffalo River. She was catching and inspecting all the bugs. :)
Anyway, she went to the campground office to mail a letter and she talked to Bill, the owner. Apparently, if we stay another week, we have to move. They shut down the water in half of the campground for the winter starting in November. So we will have to move to another site - but we can get a riverfront site! :)
Also, Bill is a member at Big Creek Golf & Country Club and is always looking for a game. Cool!
That settles it - we're staying another week. :)
Now, we have taken a position as tour guides at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in the southern tip of Texas for the winter. We are still very excited about it and looking forward to it, but it does cramp our style a little bit to HAVE to be there by December 1. :)
In order to stay here another week, I had to show Linda how we can get there without feeling rushed. We like our free-wheeling approach to traveling and we were hoping to spend some time on our journey with several of our Texas readers, but we may have to forego our usual snail's pace and visiting plans.
The RV-Dreams Family Map is full of Texans and we have received an incredible number of invitations. We wish we could meet everyone, but we have to stick to our rather haphazard approach to our adventure. That's a challenge in itself as it is so tempting to just travel from reader location to reader location to spend some time with you terrific people. :)
By the way, folks are still adding dots to the RV-Dreams Family Map. We have 452 as of now and it seems we get a notification of a new one every few days. So "Welcome!" to all those just now adding their dots or just now discovering our wonderful community. :)
Be sure to check out the RV-Dreams Community Forum. Things have slowed considerably there, so it's time to get an infusion of new questions and new topics going! :)
Once it was settled that we are staying here, I worked on month-end financials while Linda started going through our photos in the Howard & Linda's Full-Timing RV Life - Places We Have Visited photo galleries. We are going to put together a 2007 photo calendar of our best nature photos from 2006. We hope to have it available for purchase very soon if we can work out the production at a reasonable cost for good quality. The biggest problem is choosing which 13 photos to use out of several hundred. :)
We are also considering multiple calendars - just birds, just landscapes, just sunrises/sunsets, just wildlife. We can do that without printing all of them in bulk by using CafePress.com. But we have to run a couple of tests first. Anyone out there have any experience with calendar products from CafePress? :)
For dinner we tried our first Banquet Crock Pot Classic meal - chicken & dumplings. We thought it was pretty good and we would buy it again. I did read online where most folks think the chicken dishes are better than the beef, but none of the reviews I saw were glowing recommendations. :) Maybe some of you can put your own reviews in the Forum under the Crockpot Cooking topic. :)
That was about it for our transition day. Tomorrow we move to another site, the weather improves, and we will begin to enjoy our remaining days in Trout Capital USA. :)