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Monday, September 16, 2013

Where to Next???

It's time to leave South Padre Island, we will be leaving on September 30th. I have 6 more work days at the KOA.  I have been in South Texas for almost a year, 5 months at the wildlife refuge and 6 months at KOA.

Saturday night outdoor movie screen at the KOA

Pirate Ship sails in the Laguna Madre behind the KOA

Staying in one area, for almost a year, is good for my savings account.
I purchased less than $200 in gas for the RV since last November and still have 3/4 tank. I did not pay rent at the Wildlife Refuge. The rent at the KOA was only $140 a month, and I was paid for every hour worked - some campgrounds only give you an RV site for the hours worked.  The rent would have been $850 a month if I did not work here. I was going to stay here anyway, waiting for my granddaughter to be born.  I am very grateful that I was able to get a job at the KOA. (I bugged them, sent emails several times, and then finally a job opened up) It was not difficult work, I learned a new reservation system, and I had fun working with the kids activities. 

My daughter and son-in-law have found a really nice house in San Antonio and I will follow along. I'm sure they will need some babysitting help while they get settled. 

 Li'l Sophia is growing ~  almost 13# at 5 weeks

It won't be easy to live in a big city in an RV, but I found an RV park that is only 2 miles from the house. There is a bus stop in front and a bike trail is alongside the RV park.

I will probably stay in Texas through the winter months and then move on to a job, hopefully in a National Park,  for next summer. I don't think I will be working this fall and winter. 

Since November 2011, I have traveled for about 6 months and worked for about 18 months. I still have boxes, in the outside compartments of the RV, that need to be sorted. The word for this year is "FINISH". I want to get everything done and start fresh in 2014. 

I need/want to get the remodeling in my RV finished.  I finished the bed in April. It's the other side of the RV, where the larger dinette is, that needs to be changed. I took out the table and just have the 2 benches and a folding table. It really needs to get done, it is driving me crazy.

I want to install an L-shaped desk along the drivers side of the RV, starting about a foot behind the drivers seat and all the way to the kitchen cabinets. This will give me a wider "aisle". The aisle was only about 20" wide, and after I took out the small dinette and added the bed, it is now 25" wide. When all the changes are done, there will be even more space in the center of the RV.  

I just need to find someone reliable to move the fresh water tank for me.  I purchased the RV at Lazydays in Tampa, they have a location in Tucson and I have been in contact with them. I sent pictures and a description of what I want changed and am waiting for a reply.  If they can do the job, I may take a trip there to get it done. Otherwise, I need to find someplace in Texas to get the work done. I am also waiting to find out if it is possible to have my passenger seat swivel around to face the center of the RV. 

Time to move on to new adventures........................ 
I will probably purchase a Texas State Parks pass and visit many of the parks this fall and winter. 


  1. Your Granddaughter is a real beauty. So pretty in pink for sure.

    Hope you can get the work done in Tucson and if you do you know how to reach me. Would love to meet you and maybe have lunch or an Ice Tea.

    What ever you do enjoy it and be safe.

  2. What a little cutie... Sounds like you have a plan and it is coming together. I am looking forward to seeing the changes.

  3. oh, nice to see Sophia... nothing like going and babysitting. Sounds like a great plan, Teri... I like San Antonio ... lots of stuff to do

  4. Oh, she's so cute. Especially in the little crochet hat! Maybe we should meet up at one of the parks.
    Yes, life in the city will be different, but this is happening at a good time for weather. I'm sure you could get that work done in Texas rather than have to travel to Tuscon to get it done. I'll be happy to help look around for you too.

  5. I think we are going to be near San Antonio for at least a few days this winter. :) Maybe we will have a chance to meet up.

  6. Sophie is darling in that hat. I bet she loves her grandma. Sounds like you have nice plans upcoming. Hope you can get the work you need done and the rig set the way you want it. What did you decide about the awning??

  7. Sophie is adorable. If we had know how great grand children were, we would have had them first.

    I have used a RV shop in the Kerrville, TX area a couple of times and think very highly of their work. I used one in McAllen, TX that did okay but I would not use again.

    Kerrville is about an hour from San Antonio. If you want the name of the place up there, let me know.

  8. Sophie is such a cutie. I can understand why you want to be closer to that one for awhile. Good luck with getting the work done on the RV.

  9. I hope the trip goes smoothly and you're enjoying this special time with your granddaughter. Best wishes on finding someone to help you with the changes in the RV!

  10. She is so cute! We haven't had any babies to spoil for a while now I miss that. Good luck on the RV mods, I wish I knew people in Texas that could help you.


  11. I can certainly understand why you'll be following that adorable little Sophie northward. Seems like there's always projects in our RV homes.

  12. Sophia is beautiful - Cute clothes, too! I think it's great that you are close by during this early part of her life, you never get those baby months back.

    I'm looking forward to you finishing your RV too - I want to see the photos of the finished mods. Don't forget to take "before" photos. I love that! :)


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