Plumbing Repair Gone Awry

The videos on YouTube made it look so easy. We could simply disconnect our leaky sewer valve, replace the seals, reconnect it and be on our way to a wonderful weekend. “It should take 20 minutes,” Cliff said. “Thirty, tops.” Famous last words. Not only were we unable to make the repair after more than…

A Minimal Existence

One of Jon’s colleagues asked about our weekend plans, and he told her we were headed out for another camp-out. She asked about what we would do, considering the weather forecast was for high heat and humidity. Jon said we would probably just stay inside Cloud 9 most of the weekend, enjoying its creature comforts.…

Park Place

Our favorite backyard park is a woodland area about 17 miles from our storage unit, but it may as well be a world away. Locally popular but otherwise unknown, Loyd Park provides not only an escape from work but quick, easy access to Joe Pool Lake and 220 campsites nestled under mature native Texas trees.…

That Rainy Day Feeling Again

We arrived at Loyd Park on a warm, sunny Friday afternoon amid forecasts that pop-up showers were possible on Saturday and Sunday morning. Apparently, we were camped in the right place at the right time, because the heavy rains that rolled in on Saturday evening continued through to Sunday morning. At one point, we were…

Wet Weekender

The weekend weather forecast called for 80 percent rain chances, with the possibility of severe storms, which made our plan to have Cloud 9’s tires replaced on Saturday morning questionable at best. So we decided to get the work done on Friday afternoon, meaning we would arrive at our campsite later than usual. But we…

Winter’s Last Gasp

We arrived at our campsite on a typical Texas spring day, with southerly breezes and temperatures in the 70s. Less than 24 hours later, however, the winds had shifted from the north, sending temperatures into the 50s and then the 40s overnight. Needless to say, it was a shock to the system. Still, we enjoyed…

A New Beginning

After absorbing the shock of our MiniMax Big Green Egg being stolen, we decided to re-invest in what had proven to be our best travel grill EVER! Despite its hefty price tag (nearly $600), we figured it was worth a re-investment. The MiniMax’s sturdy, easy-to-grip carrier, 13-inch cooking grid, and high-quality ceramics make it an…