First Date

We’re about to have our first date with the Heart of Texas Camping Unit, our local affiliate of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. We’ve been anticipating this event for months–a weekend campout at the City of Hico’s Bosque River RV Park. We’ve been assured that the Heart of Texas unit is a laid back group,…

Warm Winds

Labor Day brought warm winds to Joe Pool Lake, a welcome respite to the stifling humid heat of the previous days. We relaxed inside the rig, with the dogs nearby, baroque music playing and breakfast cocktails at the ready. With a 2 p.m. checkout time, we didn’t start packing up until after we had our…

Of Life and Labor

While the origins of Labor Day may be disputed, there seems to be little disagreement about what the holiday means today. Whether it’s an occasion to take a break from the demands of labor, mark the end of summer or the start of school, Labor Day is a transitional holiday for most Americans. According to…

Brand Management

We’ve long admired other Airstream bloggers who’ve extended their blog brand with decals on their rigs. But we didn’t know how relatively easy and inexpensive it was to do. So, we’re happy to reveal our logo, visible on windows at the back and on the driver’s side of the Airstream. Hopefully, this little bit of brand…

Esprit de Corps

It didn’t take long before another camper asked about the meaning behind the big red numbers we spent the morning adhering to our Airstream. “Is that some kind of registration?” he asked. We were only too happy to explain. Our number, 9097, is our official membership number in the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI),…

Finally, a Focus!

We’ve been trying to decide on a focus for our travels. Cliff loves the lure of a lighthouse. Should we make lighthouses our destination? Jon is enamored with National Parks. It’s nearly impossible to see them all in a lifetime, but maybe a goal could be those in the West? As we debated the possibilities, we…

The Great Pretender

If you’ve never seen one before, we’d like to introduce you to the ironclad beetle, a little visitor to our campsite. We had never seen one before today, but we were intrigued when we saw Baxter sniffing it as it lay on our pad. It was absolutely motionless, despite Baxter’s inspection, so we thought it…

All Quiet on the Eastern Coast

After a surprisingly crowded, noisy July Fourth weekend, we’re finally able to enjoy some peace and quiet along the eastern shore of Joe Pool Lake at Cedar Hill State Park. When we arrived on Thursday afternoon, we had no idea what was in store. Campsites were limited to only a few, so Cliff arrived early…

Fresh Flower Fridays

Friday has always been “Date Night” in the Garinn household, usually with grilled steaks, great wine and a late night walk hand-in-hand. Several months ago, we decided to add another dimension to our Fridays: fresh flowers. It began with Jon stopping at the grocery store on his way home from work to pick up a…

A Four-Day Fourth

We’re planning a trip to our favorite backyard state park for the July Fourth weekend, taking Friday and Monday off work to extend our celebration over four days. The Fourth of July has special meaning for us. It’s the day that we officially designate as our first date. Although we met a month before, it…