Saturday Setbacks

Our “Friday the 13th” weekend began well enough, with a relaxing Date Night dinner and a viewing of The American President (one of our favorites). We then marveled at a spectacular harvest moon before calling it a night. Then Saturday happened. Saturday’s setbacks occupied the rest of the day. One of those setbacks had to…

Exceptions to the Rules

As we walked the dogs early Saturday morning, we passed a site with three vehicles parked on the grass, with one of the vehicles parked head-in off the pavement. The park rules clearly stipulate that there can be no more than two vehicles per site, and that they must be parked parallel to the pavement.…

Working Weekend

This weekend found us both doing “homework” at Loyd Park, with Cliff developing a social media strategy and Jon writing an SOP for updating web content. An SOP, for the uninitiated, is a Standard Operating Procedure, a set of step-by-step instructions to help people carry out complex routine operations. SOPs aim to achieve efficiency, quality…

Summer Scorcher

Another weekend with triple-digit temperatures found us camping at Loyd Park, where we enjoyed a shaded site and mild mornings with cool breezes off Joe Pool Lake. Most folks have the good sense to head toward cooler climates at this time of year, but our jobs keep us tethered to the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth area,…

We’re Having a Heatwave

While most Texans seek indoor activities during an August heatwave, we chose to hitch up Cloud 9 and head to Loyd Park, where we engaged in indoor activities. We had hoped that our heavily wooded site would provide shady relief from triple-digit temperatures, but that was not to be. An expanse of open sky directly…

A Wearying Weekend

Webster’s dictionary defines “wearying” as “tiresome.” This weekend was wearying. Because Jon had a work-related event on Friday night, we arrived on Thursday evening to set up for the weekend and to stay overnight. That way, we could go back to the house on Friday morning, attend the after-work event, and return to camp late.…

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.…