Tyler State Park
Tyler, Texas
March 2-4, 2007

Tyler State Park - Friday, March 2, 2007

This was our first trip out in over 4 months. Around the middle of December I developed a leg infection which put me in the hospital. It was not a fun time to be in the hospital for 10 days. I ended up getting released from the hospital two days before Christmas. The healing process has been slow. I haven't been up to the rigors of setting up the trailer and traveling. It really feels good to get "back in saddle" once again. The Tyler trip would be another outing with our North Texas Camping Association. Around 40 rigs were expected to be in attendance. This was going to be a large campout and the weather was going to be perfect. It was supposed to be clear and cool with temperatures in the mid 50's, perfect campfire weather!

Terry and Bandy (our dog) came to pick me up from work around noon. We ran over to the storage facility to pick up our trailer and then headed east on I20 towards Tyler State Park. We arrived shortly after 3:30 and choose site #68 which was a very nice pull-through with full hookups.

Is it "puppy love"? Enjoying the afternoon campfire

During the afternoon, one of our neighbors developed a major leak in their plumbing system. It looked like it was going to require some PVC pipe install and a trip into Tyler to purchase the necessary parts. He thought the leak was caused by a rock that had been "kicked" up from the road and put a hole in the pipe. I was watching him fret about having to take time from the campout to do the major plumbing job and came up with an idea; use "Rescue Tape" to take care of the leak. Recently when we were visiting the Dallas RV show, one of the vendors was selling the product. I had seen "Rescue Tape" in action on one of the RV show that are shown on TV and knew it was a product we needed to keep on hand. It's an awesome product but not cheap. I offered a roll to our neighbor to try. I told him, if it worked he could pay me for the roll, if it didn't he wouldn't owe me anything. In about 10 minutes he had the leak taken care of and was a happy camper. The product worked as advertised.

Terry and I relaxed a bit until we heard from our RV buddies, Steve and Leslie. They arrived shortly after 5:00 and were staying in the Lakeview area. After driving over to visit with them, Terry and I headed back to our trailer to start dinner. Before leaving, we did make a "date" for a campfire and 'Smores later this evening. Steve and Leslie had brought all the 'Smores stuff with them.

On the menu this evening:

After dinner Steve and Leslie came over with all the fixings for 'Smores. We made a big campfire to sit around and enjoy and started making 'Smores. Boy were they rich, and so yummy! It sure was nice to be out camping once again after such a long absence. The night temperatures were dropping and the warmth of the campfire was perfect. Around 9:30 Steve and Leslie left to return to their trailer. Terry and I sat by the fire for a while longer, making sure it burned down to a safe level, and turned in for the evening around 10:30. We slept soundly through the night very warm and comfortable in our trailer. It did get quite chilly over night with temperatures hovering in the mid 30's.

Tyler State Park - Saturday, March 3, 2007

Bandy was restless so I got up at 1:30 to take him outside and walk with him a bit. He calmed back down for a while and I went back to sleep until around 6:30 when Bandy wanted out once again. So I took him outside after putting on a pot of coffee. Another one of the NTXCA members, Bob Pitney, was out for him morning walk. He's always an early riser. We sat and talked for a while about our trip to Davis Mountains State Park this coming May. We'd be in the area at the same time the Texas Star Party would be held. "TSP" or "Texas Star Party" is a huge gathering of amateur astronomers. Terry and I are very interested and astronomy and the night sky. It's a perfect hobby when you're RVing.

Around 8:00 I heard Terry stirring inside the trailer so it was time to get breakfast started. On the menu this morning:

Breakfast taco are one of Terry's favorite breakfasts when we're camping or when we're at home. She loves them. Together as a team we make a pretty mean batch of breakfast tacos!

For the rest of the morning and afternoon, we really didn't have anything special planned. Steve and Leslie had a trip planned into town to have lunch with family. We rested and relaxed for the rest of the morning. It was a beautiful day. A little cool but very comfortable. We re-started the campfire to take the chill off. For lunch Terry decided to snack while I grilled some jalapeno hot dogs. Yum.

Tyler State Park's rangers announced to our group that they would be putting on a "snake demonstration" at the camp store around mid-afternoon. Terry doesn't do snakes, but a lot of the kids had a great time learning about and handling some of the park's "harmless" inhabitants.

Up Close & Personal!

Since we didn't go see the snakes, we decided to work on a little project. Steve and Leslie had give me an "Align-A-Site" as a "get-well" present. It required a little bit of precision work to install it properly so Terry and I worked on the installation for the rest of the afternoon. The product, when properly installed, is supposed to aid you in sighting and setting up your satellite dish in a matter of minutes. After installing the "Align-A-Site" we were able to get our satellite signal zeroed in very quickly.

About 4:00 it was time to start getting ready for tonight's group potluck dinner. We'd be preparing a "Doritos Casserole." We had made it recently at home and it was pretty yummy.

Doritos Casserole

Brown and season hamburger meat and onions, drain. Mix all ingredients and pour into a slightly greased 9" x 13" casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until bubbly. Remove from oven, top with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes.

The recipe is very easy to prepare and very delicious. What's nice is it can also be prepared in advance and refrigerated if desired.

Saturday Night Potluck

Wow, what a potluck; all the food was yummy! There was a bunch of folks. Since the temperatures were in the lower 50's, everyone ate quickly and started huddling around various campfires. The four of us, (Steve and Leslie, Terry and I) headed back to our campsite with chairs in tow and enjoyed the campfire for an hour or so. It had been a long day, around 9:00 Steve and Leslie headed to their trailer. Terry and I sat by the fire for another hour or so before turning in for the evening. The weekend was much too short but it had indeed been a very nice campout. Terry and I watched the local news before turning in for the night.

Tyler State Park - Sunday, March 4, 2007

I woke around 6:45 and took Bandy outside for a while and walked a bit with him. Before taking him outside, I started the coffee. It was definitely going to be a "coffee type of a morning." Overall Bandy had been a pretty good puppy on this trip. You never know with him, he's definitely very protective of his turf. It was very chilly outside with temperatures hovering in the upper 20's. Bandy was really enjoying the weather. He loves the cold! Terry woke around 8:00 so it was time to get breakfast started. On the menu this morning, my favorite camping breakfast:

After cleaning up the breakfast dishes, Terry started to clean and stow all of the inside stuff while I worked on flushing and dumping our tanks. Around 11:00 we were all ready to hook up and head for home. We had another trip coming up in just a couple of weeks to Canyon of the Eagles in the Texas Hill Country to look forward to.


Authored by Chuck and Terry Mencke

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