Saturday, April 23, 2016

San Marcos Historic District

After we left the Hydro-Electric plant, we headed over to San Marcos.  We had lunch at the Cracker Barrel in town and picked up another book to read.  

Then we drove over to the Historic District to check out some of the historic homes.  We took a few pictures of some of them from the truck windows. Some were pretty hard to get because they were surrounded by huge trees.

This beauty with multiple fountains in the yard is for sale.  Anyone interested?  My tastes have so changed over the years.  In my 30's I would have loved it. Now, however, I just see it as a horrendous amount of work.  Of course, I suppose if money were no object, then maybe!!

It is hard to see the house for the lawn!

Tomorrow we are going to head back to San Marcos as we found another couple of interesting places to check out.  Hope the weather holds out.  It has been beautiful!

Guadalupe-Banco Hydo-Electric Plant

We could see this plant from the walkway on the Canyon Lake Dam so we drove over and walked down a ton of steps to get to the bottom.  There were a couple of guys fishing who didn't want to be disturbed and a couple of families checking the place out.

The water is really traveling here

I'm sitting on a bench that you need a ladder to get on.  The flood that caused the problems at the campground washed out the ground below it.

We took a picture of one of the families that were wandering around and then they took one of us.

Canyon Lake Dam

We've stayed several times at Potter's Creek and we are still finding places we haven't visited in the area. Today we headed over to visit the Canyon Lake Dam. The dam is located 36 miles NE of San Antonio and 36 miles SW of Austin, Texas in Hill Country.  The dam was put up to protect the area from the ravages of flooding from the Guadalupe River.  The dam was completed in 1964.  

Looking at Canyon Lake

There wasn't any parking near where the access to the walkway across the dam was so we went on a little further and had a nice view of Canyon Lake from above the dam.

We decided to follow the trail back to the dam walkway although we weren't sure that is where we would end up.  We haven't had much exercise all winter so it is time to get ourselves back into shape. There will yellow flowers in bloom everywhere and it made for a pretty walk.

As we walked farther we ended up in the woods.

We had to do some back tracking and actually went back and got the truck.  Then we drove it down to the walkway.  We were getting lost because trails kept crossing other trails and we couldn't really tell where we were heading.

We parked across from Overlook Park which overlooks the dam walkway.

The dam is 6,830 feet long across a narrow section of the Guadalupe River Valley.  The top of the dam is 224 feet above the riverbed.

  Looking down the other side

 Some swimmers on the shore below us

Some Scuba Divers Too 

Lots of Sail Boats Enjoying the Day - it was perfect for them!  

A spillway, located south of the dam, protects the dam by releasing water when the lake level rises to 943 feet above sea level.

Canyon Lake

Friday, April 22, 2016

Arrived at Potter's Creek Campground

We headed out this morning for Potter's Creek Campground.  We hoped that we could get in as it is one of our favorite landing points on the way to and from Winter Ranch.  The campground suffered some severe storm damage so a lot of the campsites are closed waiting to be repaired.  We arrived about 2 PM in the afternoon and managed to get the last site available.

It wasn't the easiest site for our large truck to get backed into but Lee managed it.  Lee got everything hooked up outside while I put things back in place inside.   We aren't as close to the water as we like but all the sites are pretty nice.  After we got settled, we took a walk around the area that is open..  We had seen Egyptian Geese and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers when we were here before so we wondered if they were still around,  We managed to get a picture of an Egyptian Goose and her gosling and we saw a couple of scissor-tails flying around.  Maybe we can get their picture next time.  They were vey camera shy.

After our walk, we decided to go to our favorite Italian Restaurant "The Italian Grill" in Canyon City. They make the best Chicken Marsala so we both had it.  I've been back on Weight Watchers and that dinner took all my extra points for the week!  Boy, was it worth it though!!  Yum.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Said Goodbye to Winter Ranch for the season!

We were finally able to leave Winter Ranch today.  We thought we were ready to leave the resort but then when I tried to take the front jacks up to get ready to leave, they wouldn't budge   The house batteries were deader than a door nail.  So, we ended up heading over to Batteries Plus in Pharr to get some new ones.  We had a late lunch while we were in Pharr and then headed back to the Ranch.

We checked out with Emma in the office at 3:30 PM.  We decided that we were leaving and getting on the road before something else happened.

It was a gorgeous day and so the drive was really pleasant even though we had a late start.  We drove until about dusk and stayed at Rockin' J RV Park in George West for the night.  We didn't even detach the truck from the fifth wheel.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bus Trip to Riverside Cafe and Cruise Down the Rio Grande River

Today there was room enough for us Activity Directors to get on the trip to the Riverside Dreamer and the huge tenderloins at Riverside.

We first had dinner before we got on the cruise.  The picture above shows the size of the tenderloins at Riverside.  They are the best you can find here in the Rio Grande Valley.

Ron and Mary Jane Jensen, Dick and Karen Larson and Patty Ellison

 Rita and Arnie Huether and John and Jeane Figge

Patti Franek and Cathy Chapin

Heading to the Boat

Judith, Cathy and Patti

Cherri and Milt Schnare (Milt drove our bus today for the first time)

Rita, Jennifer and Karen

 Heading to the Riverside Dreamer

Everyone is onboard!
 Larry and Cathy Chapin

 Patti is wearing Larry's hat to shade her eyes

 Larry giving Patti a hard time about her hat

 Dean and Patti

Scenery along the way

The nice places along the river are all on the Mexican side!

A park on the Mexico side of the river.  Lots of time you can see horses walking around here.

An RV Resort on our side of the river
This is on our side of the river.  

It was a great trip and we had a beautiful night for it.