Fort Stockton, Texas
Centex RV Park
Centex RV Park
After leaving New Mexico early, it was a long 6 hour drive to get to our next stop in time to have dinner with our nephew who was in town for business.
Goodbye New Mexico, Hello Texas!
We filled up the tank in town and left early in the morning.
It was only 2 or 3 years previous that you'd get little to no cell before and after Junction but now they have added more and more towers and I had reception the entire way. Nice. Originally we were headed to Junction for a stop-over to see Red & Pam after leaving Fort Stockton. Then I heard from Pam that they were leaving early from Junction and driving straight over to Greg & Cori's where we were headed the next day. They wanted us to skip Junction and come straight to Spring Branch so we could all have dinner together and celebrate Red's birthday that night. So we did.
Another long day of driving and here we are, at The Center for Mental Wellness, as they jokingly call their place.
Red & Pam on the left, us on the right.
Happy Birthday Red!!
Red, Steve, Pam, Cori & Greg.
We arrived just in time for dinner. Fillet Mignon & Scallops, loaded potatoes and salad.
Enjoying a little Peach Moonshine :-)
Greg and Cori added a new member to the family.
Meet Trip. He's a cutie pie!
Trip and Hurley palled around. Hurley was happy to have another 4 legged companion.
And this cute gal is Sadie. New family member of Pam & Red. She's adorable too!
Me, Steve, Red & Pam
Trip, Greg & Cori.
Pam & Red left after a couple days to head over to Arizona to visit with her Dad and we still had a few days left. Cori planned out some distillery tours.
First up was Ben Milan Whiskey in Blanco.
I loved this tin(?) kayak beside the entrance. Very cool. Nice design on top too.
The guys had a sampler and Cori and I chose cocktails.
Then we had a small tour of Andalusia Whiskey Company.
Built in 1878 on the old gristmill and cotton gin. Beautiful gardens and seating inside and outside.
The best and biggest Onion Rings for an appetizer. So tasty!
After dinner we walked next door to listen to some country music at Gruene Hall. Such character!
On the way back we stopped in at Buc-ee's. It's a Texas staple. If you haven't had the chance and you see one, you must stop in. It's the biggest gas station/snackers heaven/multi-purpose place you'll ever see! There are over 100 gas pumps and they are all used. This place is HUGE! And BONUS, I found some great Goat Milk soap to stock up on!
It might be hard to tell but that's two very long islands of gas pumps!
We sure enjoyed our time with our RV friends that we made when we all attended the RV Dreams Seminar 7 years ago. As a matter of fact, right now, this very minute, the final Seminar is going on as Howard and Linda (the founders) will be moving on to their next phase of life without an RV. Thank you Greg & Cori for the hospitality!!
We sure loved our time at the "Center for Mental Wellness" and your place!
Thanks for celebrating my birthday with us again!
Our third and final stop in Texas would be closer to the eastern side of Texas before we enter Louisiana.
We saw this while driving. Not too sure if I'd feel good about skydiving here.
San Felipe, Texas
Stephen F Austin State Park
$28, FHUs. We had site #23.
More pictures of our site.
The Brazos River
We took a couple short hikes while we were here.
There is a nice memorial and information center just outside of the park with the area history.
Another nice visit with friends and now we're on our way out of Texas and into Louisiana.
More friends and more food!