03.27.20 The wildest RV purchasing experience EVER – 10.13.12 Conroe, TX here we come

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED October 13, 2012 – WARNING: THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY VERY LONG BLOG. HOWEVER, IT IS WORTH READING AS YOU WILL SEE WHEN YOU READ IT. SORRY, I CAN’T SAY AT THIS POINT IN THE BLOG WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR OTHERS TO READ IT.

During all this fun we were having, I had two eye surgeries to have the floaters in my eyes removed. Both surgeries left me with bloody looking eyes for about a week after each one so we tried to limit my public exposure during those times. I can’t even describe how creepy I looked with my blue eyes surrounded totally by blood red where the whites use to be.

I tell you this because it was after the second eye surgery, right after the garage sale, when my eye was at its most bloody looking that we found “the perfect RV for us”. We had only been doing “research” on RVs up to this point when the day after the last eye surgery I found on Craigslist a 1997 40 foot Holiday Rambler diesel that had been updated to a 2009 interior. The floors were granite, sofas were leather and was a diesel pusher for only $40,000. It was near Houston, Texas and I thought we should make a road trip to see this one. Even if we weren’t ready to purchase we realized this might be too good to pass up. I was on sick leave from eye surgery so I was off work already for a few days. I called my husband, sent him the information about this RV and said: “Let’s take a trip to see this one.”

This was around 10 am one day and by noon that same day we were on the road to check it out. This spur of the moment road trip is not how we normally operate. I like to plan and Roy likes plenty of notice so this was very unusual for us.

During our 5 long hours of driving, we discussed many things including making sure we took precautions like checking the seller’s driver’s license to make sure it matches the title. We brought cash with us for a deposit since the pictures and all we learned were so enticing. We pulled up at this million-dollar mansion behind a huge brick fence with a remote-controlled gate. We instantly felt better when we saw this beautiful home because surely it was all legitimate. We pushed the button and told them we were there. They opened the gate for us to enter. We noticed a shabby appearance to the landscaping which made their story of falling on hard times more believable. But then we saw the RV and forgot everything else!

Mansion in Conroe, TX. The RV we were trying to buy is in front.
Mansion in Conroe, TX. The RV we were trying to buy is in front.

When we originally spoke on the phone they told us that they were financially strapped and selling the RV was a good way to raise some quick capital. That all made sense to us and when we saw the house we felt better. Upon seeing the RV we were almost immediately sold. When we went in it was even nicer than the pictures. Granite floors, new leather sofas, 1 slide and they were only asking $40,000.00. It was, of course, a 1997 but you wouldn’t know that from the renovated interior. After hearing it run fine and really looking it over well Roy said we’ll think about it and we prepared to leave. After we got in the car and drove around to the front of the mansion Paula was still outside but by the front door of the mansion. Roy told her the most we could do was $20,000 and she said the lowest they could was $35,000. About 5 minutes down the road we got a call from the man, Rick Gonzales. He said he’d take $30,000 for it. Roy said you’re at $30,000 and I’m at $20,000, how about we meet in the middle. Roy and Rick agreed on $25,000. Roy watches all those shows where they go back and forth over the price and it seemed to be paying off! We were ecstatic, we were getting a great RV for $25,000.

We drove back to the mansion where the RV was located. Knowing we needed to take some precautions I asked to see the lady’s driver’s license and the RV title. They looked fine to me, though she did look a little young in the driver’s license. Once we were satisfied with everything we gave them a large cash deposit and they gave us a bill of sale showing the deposit and that we’d pay the remainder within 15 days. Since we had started the financial process with our banker of the phone on our way to Conroe we decided to stay overnight (totally unprepared) hoping we could finish it up the next day.

We had not planned to stay overnight and didn’t bring a change of clothes, toothbrushes or ANYTHING. We found a very cheap hotel nearby that didn’t provide complimentary shampoos or even have a hairdryer like we’re used to having at hotels. The hot water must have been used up by others at this cheap hotel before we got to it in the morning so all I could do was stick my head in the shower, wash it with a bar of soap and dry my hair over the air conditioning vent. I put on my well-used clothes from the day before and between my lovely looking hair and my bloody blue eyes, I looked like a crazed possibly homeless woman. I’m sure my husband was so proud to be seen with me when we went to breakfast before heading to the bank!

Our bank had a branch in a nearby city in Texas. Our bank officer Barbara, in Louisiana, worked with the Texas branch after breakfast that day to get our loan transaction completed so we could take the RV home the following day. I asked our banker to please let the Texas branch know in advance I don’t normally look like I did that day! The people at the branch were very nice to us during the long visit we had with them. Our loan processing went well and we got approval in the early afternoon. While we were waiting we arranged insurance for the RV with our State Farm Agent back home. I called Rick Gonzales several times during the day to get information the Bank needed. He was generally cooperative but as we neared lunchtime he got kind of pushy about when we’d be bringing him the money. He needed us to give him the entire amount in cash as his bank would put a 10-day hold on the check and he needed the funds now. We arranged for that and tried to meet every requirement he put out.

In the late afternoon, Paula brought the RV title and Paula’s driver’s license to us at the bank. She owned the RV and Rick Gonzales was her boyfriend. Our banker questioned the appearance of the title since it looked different than the ones we are used to seeing in Louisiana. The branch there confirmed that is how a Texas title looks like. When our banker compared the two documents she noticed that there was a misspelling on the title compared to the driver license by one character. What was an l on one was an i on the other. Because of this, she said we’d need a one in the same affidavit. She also noticed that the title showed the RV was one year older than our Bill of Sale. We asked Paula to draw up a new bill of sale and go get a notary to provide her with a one in the same affidavit saying that Paula Baltadano was the same person aS Paula Baitadano. This is a very common occurrence and didn’t think she should mind doing it. She said she would and left the bank.

We waited two hours for her to come back and finally Rick called us. He said Paula would not be coming back and they shouldn’t have to help us get our loan, we just needed to come up with the money. I explained to him that we had our loan already and that they would have this same problem with anyone they sold it to because the problem was with their title. He started getting ugly with me on the phone and I started sensing something was really wrong. Roy and I were sitting in the middle of the bank (which had closed the lobby doors by this time) with the Texas banker and their security officer within hearing distance. I told him that we’d just come and get our cash deposit bank and call the deal off. He got really ugly and said no we won’t be giving your deposit back. He said, “You’ll bring us the rest of the money to pay for the RV” and hung up on me. I was shaking horribly and Roy listening was white as a sheet.

We quickly told the banker that we wouldn’t be making the loan and asked their security guard where the police department was. During the time Rick hung up on me and the time we left I contacted Barbara, our banker in Louisiana and told her what happened. I asked her to fax to me a letter from her saying our loan was approved and the only hold up was the seller’s documentation. She also faxed a copy of Paula’s driver’s license and the problematic RV title.

We knew we had to go back to their house to get our money. We also knew our only hope to do that was to get a police escort. We headed over to the Conroe, TX police department. Since it was after hours we explained through a speaker in the wall what we needed and in about 10 minutes an officer pulled up in front. We explained to him what we needed, showed him our documentation and he said for us to follow him to the house. We didn’t know it until we got there but the police department already sent another car over to the house as soon as we gave the person behind the speaker in the wall the address.

When we pulled up to the iron gate in front of the home we saw the other officer’s car. We called the house from the entry station out front and got no answer. Roy called them on the phone and after several rings, Paula answered. I gave the phone to the officer that was with us and he spoke to her for a while. He told her they needed to give the money back and gave her various scenarios if they didn’t. He could have the district attorney seize the RV and give it to us for the money we already gave them, he could have her arrested and other things. She hung up on him!!!!!!!! We knew for sure this was going south for sure at this point.

The officer went to the mailbox and checked the name on the mail inside. It did not match. He called for back up. Shortly after he placed the call several police cars pulled up and out came what looked like SWAT officers. They had bulletproof vests over their uniforms and big machine gun type guns. They surrounded the wall and after one found a way in through the golf course in the back they all went in and hid for a while. An officer arrived with a search warrant – man I thought it only happened that fast on TV. The original officer went up to the door, Paula answered and she came outside to talk to him. We were still outside the gate and couldn’t hear anything but saw the heavily armed policemen enter the house. My biggest concern through this waiting time was her five children inside seeing it all happening. I wanted to get them out of there but had no control over all that.

It was a huge house and one of the officers came out to tell us they were searching for it and that would take a while. After about another hour the officer came out to tell us that they found Rick hiding under his desk holding a bunch of money. Quite a picture, since he was a stocky short man I had difficulty imagining him fitting under a desk. They said they were sure we’d eventually get our money back but it would probably have to go through the judicial system because it would be held as evidence. That was our first glimmer of a little hope!

The heroic Conroe, TX police department!
The heroic Conroe, TX police department!

They searched for a while longer, spoke to Paula outside for a while longer, meanwhile, we were sitting in our car texting everyone we knew and posting all about it on Facebook. We were hungry, tired, stressed out, dirty from not bathing and wearing old clothes and just wanted it all to be over. About three hours after it all started two officers came out from the gate holding some money!! He said they made a deal with them. In exchange for them giving us our money back, the police wouldn’t charge Rick and Paul with the crime they committed against us. They said that the documents our banker provided us, and what they saw when they arrived, gave them reasonable cause to enter the grounds around the house. Gosh, we were feeling very NCIS worthy around that time! The original officer told us that what started out as a routine escort turned into a major bust and thanked us for coming to them.

They brought Paula out in handcuffs at one point and she was just screaming in Spanish at the officers.

It turns out the officers found in the search that multiple crimes were going on in the house. As one officer put it “Whatever you can imagine is going on in that house is probably going on.” All he could say was that there were drugs involved, falsifying documents and a lot of online crime. Guess who got wrapped up in that last one with them – The Chauvin’s! The police didn’t need our little crime since they had so much against them so we signed for the money and got our money back!!!!!!!!!!! Roy and I were absolutely stunned but ecstatic at this turn of events. God was certainly looking out for this couple that night, as He always does.

When the officers told me we could leave, we were out of there! We drove the five hours back home, stopping about halfway to pick up a part for the toad that Roy had previously purchased on eBay. After calling the elderly man who sold it when we were on our way out of Conroe, the man said to come no matter what time of night it was. Before we got there the man put on a fresh pot of coffee for Roy. What wonderful people they were. I stayed in the car and the wife came out in her robe and asked me to come in. I was so exhausted I couldn’t move so she gave me a hug and went back inside. They were so caring and concerned and it meant so much to us after the experience we had just endured. By the way, the part Roy bought from them didn’t fit his truck when we got home!! He has since then sold the part on eBay to someone whose vehicle it will fit.

When we got home I think we slept for 24 hours we were so drained and still in a state of shock from our experience. How could two intelligent adults be so bamboozled as to not see what was happening from the first? We realized that we wanted it a little bit too much and got swept up in the whole thing, putting caution outback instead of upfront. Had our banker not been so conscience and looking out for the bank and our best interest we would have lost our money and had a real set back in our RV dream.

The Conroe, Texas police department and our Whitney Bank officer, Barbara Davis were phenomenal in the care they gave to us and in handling their responsibilities. We wrote letters to the Conroe Police Chief and Mayor telling of their speedy response and how caring they were of us, two scared strangers from Louisiana. We let Whitney Bank know about Barbara’s actions and they honored her for protecting both our interest and that of the bank. People like these folks need to be recognized for their exceptional service and I’m glad we did that.

We learned later that the couple was both arrested and bailed out. When they did they went back to the house. Turns out they were renting the house paying cash to an elderly couple who lived nearby. After bailing out they took everything in the house, even the appliances and left town in the RV! The FBI is now involved because their crimes were internet crimes covering several states. They’ve been arrested for this before and left town each time.

I said originally it was important for others to read this because they are on the loose again and will most definitely try to pull this or some other internet crime on someone else. The phone number it seems they use in most of their dealings, and ours, was 832-696-3741 so if you see anything being sold on the internet associated with that phone number, call the Conroe, TX police department – or better yet, let us know – we’d love to help put them behind bars so they don’t hurt anyone else!

ONE DAY CLOSER TO OUR DREAMS!!!!!!!!!! – NOW TO FIND A LEGAL RV TO PURCHASE!

 

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09.24.18 Top three blog posts and Renting Dora

Monday, September 24, 2018 – The three posts with the most views on this blog, Dora and the Explorers, are about as different from each other as they can be. Everyday the WordPress system gives me stats that include the number of view that day for what blog posts were viewed. I can also get the stats for a month of views, a year of views or the views from the beginning post on Dora and the Explorers. Two of the posts I find very odd that people would be interested to such a big extent.  I thought I’d share the top three with you.

Number One with 1609 views is 06.25.15 RV Entrance Door Lock Repair – TriMark 030-0900

Weird right?  Lots of people must be needing to repair or replace that exactly motor home door lock!

Number Two with 1224 views is 09.27.15 Getting settled in Las Vegas, Nevada!

What’s weird about this one is that it’s just information about Las Vegas.  Not about all the things we’ve seen with photos and videos which I think are much more interesting.  Those don’t have anywhere near as many views!

Number Three with 808 views is from 10.13.12 Conroe TX Here We Come

Obviously a lot of people liked the first two but the number three post is something everyone should read.  It was the wildest, scariest, weirdest day of our RV Lives, maybe even all our life.  Check it out if you haven’t already!

Also, I’m sure you’ve notice advertisements on my page.  If you do see something that you might be interested in please click to check it out.  I get a few cents per click so thank you in advance if you do check anything out.  Every penny counts!

We’ve also started listing Dora for rent on a bunch of Facebook groups and the Marketplace.  It’s caused quite a lot of new activity.  Just had three folks interested on one weekend tailgating at LSU.  One of them booked and paid first so they got it!  We are ordering an exhaust extension for Dora so we can provide it (for a fee) to anyone wanting to tailgate at LSU.  Let us know if you’re ever interested in renting Dora.  If you tell us you saw it here on our blog we’ll give it to you at a special price!

All the information you’d need to know can be found at: at: https://rvshare.com/rvs/details/1099791   Dora MUST BE RESERVED through RVShare.com so that you are covered by insurance.

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10.06.17 – What to see on Route 66 from Williams, Arizona to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Friday, October 6, 2017 – We did not travel the entire length of Route 66, also known as The Mother Road.  The current length of Route 66 is 2,278 miles. We started in Williams, Arizona and ended 900 miles east of that in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We chose this year’s journey because it covered parts of states we’d been in, but hadn’t seen a lot of.  We saw a lot of California, Nevada, Missouri and Illinois previously so this worked out very nicely for us.

Our 2017 travels were much more than just Route 66 but that’s all I’m writing about today.

I’ve compiled a list below of the sites we saw along Route 66 in the map below.  In case you want to use this list but don’t have as much time as we did I’ve given an A to our favorite places along the way:

Arizona to Oklahoma along Route 66 – CLICK THE MAP TO ENLARGE IT.

Williams, Arizona

Downtown Williams Arizona Grade A

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

There is also a Grand Canyon Railway train you can ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon.  Not a Route 66 thing but if you are there you MUST do that!

Holbrook, Arizona

WigWam Motel Grade A

Arizona Desert

Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co.  Grade A

Petrified Forest

Painted Desert  the northern part of the Painted Desert was a Grade A

Albuquerque, New Mexico

66 Diner Grade A

Sandia Peak Tramway  Grade A

Musical Highway Grade A

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gabriel’s Restaurant    Grade A

Trader Joe’s – not a Route 66 site but a must shop place!!!

Santo Domingo Trading Post  – Very poor area economically.  Very eye opening for me. – The trading post is on maps of places to see but it is closed and we could not find it!

Madrid, New Mexico

Adorable small town on Highway 14 on the way back to Albuquerque from Santa Fe

Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The Blue Hole  Grade A

Route 66 Auto Museum   Grade A

Tucumcari, New Mexico

TeePee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel, Route 66 Monument    Grade A

Amarillo, Texas

Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum 

Cadillac Ranch   Grade A

The Big Texan – Home of the 72 oz. Free Steak   Grade A

Conway, Texas

VW Slug Bug Ranch    Grade A

Elk City, Oklahoma

National Route 66 and Transportation Museum Complex   Grade A

We did not stop to see anything in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We enjoyed seeing a lot of non-Route 66 things when we were there two years ago. That is on here because it   was the end of our travels on Route 66.

We’ve accumulated so many Route 66, some for our family and others, and some for us. We bought one of the original (type – not an original sign) Route 66 signs for our rustic fence in Amite.  Each state on the route has it’s own sign that says the state name in place of where the original one says RouteI got a red white and blue bling bling Route 66 cap, and other cool things!

That’s all the Route 66 things we saw.  There were lots of old and mostly closed businesses or maybe just the sign remains.  In the blog links I included above there are photos of lots of these cool relics of times past!

Here’s one not inclued above. https://rosalynandroy.com/2017/09/20/09-20-17-from-arizona-to-tijera-new-mexico/

We originally intended to travel Route 66 from Missouri to Arizona but we’re really glad (weather wise) that we went the opposite direction.  Much cooler nicer weather when we went and are just now getting back into the heat of the south with an 85 degree day today in Oklahoma!

We’re leaving in the morning headed to Golden Pond Park in Shirley, Arkansas for a week.

Please be praying for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as they prepare for wherever Tropical Storm or Hurricane Nate finally heads to.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

 

 

10.02.17 Please pray for Las Vegas – Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, Texas

Monday morning October 2, 2017 – Before I jump into more of the awesome things Roy and I have gotten to do, I feel the need to ask for prayers for all those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night.  The first I heard about it was when I woke up this morning and read on my phone on Facebook that my husband, Roy was asking for prayers for Las Vegas.

Then I saw President Trump was speaking on national television about the horrors that occurred and the need for prayers and for God’s comfort.  Three horrible hurricanes and a National Horror have challenged this young presidency and I am so thankful  that Donald Trump is our President.  No one could have done better than he has being our President.  If you watch CNN or others you won’t know that.  If you watch Fox News you are well aware of the truth of this man’s leadership. Here is the video from earlier.

This from  Ann Voskamp on Facebook

Broken for those who are heartbroken today in #Vegas.

With-ness breaks brokenness & we are with you & He is Emmanuel, God with us.

And shared tears are multiplied healing — & we weep with you & God sees & shares in the heartbrokenness & catches every tears & His love is stronger than any hate.

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Thanks Ann for those words reminding us that God’s love is stronger than any hate.

October 1, 2017 – Living in a modern era RV makes Roy and I interested in the history of RVs and how they changed and improved over the years.

Jack Seisemore Traveland is a combination RV Sales, Camping World type accessories store, RV Park and a very well done RV Museum. The Sisemore’s began restoring and collecting unusual vintage RV’s over 25 years ago. These include many RV’s from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The museum is free.

I mostly share just our personal photos of places we are blessed to visit.  Because of the confined quarters in these smaller, older RVs makes taking good photos hard for an amateur photographer like me.  When I was going through the almost 200 photos we took most of them got deleted because of poor quality.  That left me with not much to use.  Then I discovered on their website a wonderfully clear slideshow of photos from all throughout the museum.  Here is a link to the slideshow for ya’ll to enjoy!

http://www.rvmuseum.net/

The photos and video below are ours.  As soon as I saw the first photo below I said to myself that is a bus I’d love to have.  Then I realized it was the Gornicke’s family bus from the famous Robin Williams movie “RV.”  So many hysterical and heartwarming moments were filmed in and around this bus!

Along the interstate we saw two things that I wasn’t aware were part of the Route 66 sites.  First is The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Groom, Texas. We did not know there was something to visit when we passed it by on the interstate.  I wish we had known.

From their website at http://crossministries.net/.

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

Welcome to The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries, we are a nonprofit organization located off of Exit 112, Interstate 40 in Groom, Texas. Our mission is to serve people from all walks of life by creating an environment that is filled with peace, compassion, and spiritual direction. We believe in cherishing and strengthening the institution of the family, which we feel is a vital part for establishing a culture that flourishes. Our purpose is to share the truths of the Gospel with all who visit the Cross, and to preserve traditional values in today’s society. We affirm the dignity of all people to live as Christ taught, who will in turn impact their families, community, and our world.

Next is the leaning Britten USA water tower which I found the following information about.

The water tower was bought at an auction and was going to be used as the town’s actual water tower. However, it never met code. So instead of wasting it, Ralph Britten decided that anyone can have a water tower, but his was going to lean.

He placed the water tower near the family truck stop and restaurant. Although the restaurant and truck stop burned down, you can visit Ralph’s grandson at the Auto Shop that is now where the truck stop and restaurant used to be.

Here’s a link to information about the leaning water tower. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-leaning-tower-of-groom-texas

There are a lot of Route 66 sites we didn’t know about and I’m glad we at least got to see these two.  You know I photograph everything so I’m glad I whipped my camera out to catch theses!

Next is our last stop on Route 66 which very fittingly was the Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Museum.  That’s what I’ll be writing about next.

I hope to put together a blog post with a list of everything we chose to see along the way in case that can help someone else who wants to travel this route.

I have books, maps of each state with Route 66 sites marked (not nearly all but it helped).  I would love to pass these along to someone who could use them.  If no one claims them to use in traveling, I’d be glad to give them to someone who just wants to learn about Route 66.  I think I paid between $50.00 to 70.00 for all of these so it’s a lot of good material.

We are in Checotah, Oklahoma right now staying at Terra Starr RV Park for a week.  We are not even going to unhitch Boots from Dora unless we must.  One whole week of resting, blogging, painting rocks and more resting!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

 

09.29.17 The Big Texan 72 oz Steak

September 29, 2017 – After having lots of fun at the VW Bug Ranch and the Cadillac Ranch in Texas we went to THE BIG TEXAN, home of the famous Free 72 oz Steak if you can eat it all.

This is  basically a very touristy Big Texan place, but lots of fun and the food was really good.

We went early evening so the place wasn’t filled up with people until we were almost through.  All the steaks are cooked in the open.  We were sitting right next to it so we got to smell and see all the steaks being cooked.  They are served on the BIG TEXAN plates shown below.

We got the 30 oz steak for two with fried okra and the best tasting loaded baked potatoes I’ve ever had at a restaurant.  We both got those sides and also enjoyed sweet peach tea.  Oh my!  

After dinner we walked around to see the rest of the place.  A hallway near the back had several photos on the wall.  When you stood in front of one it looked like a normal person.  When you moved a few inches to the side the person turned into a skeleton!

 

There was a very large gift shop which was mostly all Texan gifts.

There are rules for taking “The 72oz Steak Challenge.”  Here they are:

Meal consists of: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, with Roll, Butter, and of course the 72 oz. Steak

This is the table you sit at for the challenge.  It is on a raised platform so everyone can see you.  There are time clocks along the wall next to it so the person taking the challenge knows how much time they have left.

  1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!
  2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”
  3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.
  4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.
  5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.
  6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)
  7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.
  8. You must sit at a table that we assign.
  9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.
  10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.
  11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.
So that’s that for the Chauvin’s visit to the Big Texan.
I forgot to write a blog post about our visit to Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, TX last week.  I’ll work on that next.
Today we visited the Historic Route 66 Museum here in Elk City, Oklahoma and several other museums on the same property.  I believe that will be the last Route 66 type thing we will do.  We go to Checotah, Oklahoma Saturday (tomorrow) for a week of doing nothing!!!  Sometimes that is really needed!
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
I love the book of Proverbs in the Bible.  Yes this one is a scripture!

09.28.17 A – Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is much more well known than the VW Bugs are and it is very different.  All photos I’ve seen, showed the Cadillacs as though they were right  by the road like the VW Bugs and it was all dry around them like this photo.

It stormed the day before so they were ankle deep in water and were actually far far off the road like you’ll see in the first photo. 

We saw around 20 people coming and going while we were there.  Most all of them except one young man and MEEEEE didn’t go into the freezing muddy water to paint on the Cadillacs.  They resorted to painting on the ground which I did also!

Here they are as we walked closer and closer to them and around them!

I have wanted to see these things for the last three years and I was determined to get some spray painted on them.  I sprayed Roy, Rosie and the first initial of our six grandchildren’s names  K E M J C G.  Kallie, Ella, Madisyn, Jacob, Caroline and Gracie. That’s in the order of their ages! This video is when I’m telling Roy that the initials are the Chauvin grandchildren.  You can hear how strong the wind is and may not be able to hear me explain that!

The muddy water sucked my shoes in with each step so I slowly, slowly walked out determined not to fall flat on my face.  I was very proud that I achieved that!

I wore these shoes because they already needed to be thrown away.  I brought a good pair of shoes to change into when we got to the car.

This is the other person who painted and even he didn’t go very far into the watery mud.

I painted the grandchildren’s initials on the ground as well so it could be seen better.  Pretty sure with the next rain this will all be washed away.

This video tells ya’ll all about our experience there!

Bales of hay along the walking way were sprayed as well.

This is the entry way.  Roy went through the barbed wire and I went through the swinging gate that was deep in mud.

The muddy shoes were left there with a lot of other muddy shoes!

Here’s some information I found to share: Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm.

Cadillac Ranch was originally located in a wheat field, but in 1997, the installation was quietly moved by a local contractor to a location two miles to the west, to a cow pasture along Interstate 40 (which is Route 66 in a lot of places) in order to place it farther from the limits of the growing city. Both sites belonged to the local millionaire Stanley Marsh, the patron of the project.

Cadillac Ranch is visible from the highway, and though located on private land, visiting it (by driving along a frontage road and entering the pasture by walking through an unlocked gate) is tacitly encouraged. In addition, writing graffiti on or otherwise spray-painting the vehicles is now encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated. The cars are periodically repainted various colors.

If you are ever anywhere around Amarillo, I highly recommend going back to your childhood and painting on one of the Cadillacs or a bale of hay or the ground!

After spray painting (I call it graffiti) on the VW Bugs and the Cadillacs we headed over to the Big Texan Restaurant for a delicious meal.  More on that next time!

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09.28.17 VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas

Thursday, September 28, 2017 = Along a stretch of Route 66 east of Amarillo, in Conway, TX you’ll find the quirky VW Slug Bug Ranch, where five Volkswagen Beetles are planted nose-down in the ground—a bookend to the more famous Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo.

We were the only ones here — you park just off the road and walk over to the cars. A cool abandoned building and older car on property as well.

Here’s how to get to these slug bugs: Exit 96 off 1-40. On the frontage road near the intersection of Rt 270. Look for the tall “MOTEL” sign. Approximate address: 9696 Interstate 40, Conway, TX 79068

As you look at the pictures in case you can’t tell what we spray painted here’s what it all says:  Roy and Rosie 2017, Chip and Misty, our oldest son and wife (whom requested their name not be used), Amite, La (our current hometown).  I hope you can tell that we’re not the first people to walk up to these VW bugs and spray graffiti on them.  You are encouraged to do that.  They are just one of the attractions on Route 66 that people are drawn to. Here they are!

 

That was our first fun stop of the day.  Next we went on to the much more well known Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.  I found out about Cadillac Ranch three years ago and have been wanting to go there so much ever since.  Wait till you see the pictures from that one!

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10.27.15 Kroger’s Grocery, yes really Kroger’s Grocery!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – First let me tell you that we really like this town we’re in, Willis, TX. The RV park is on a lake and is great! The city has lots of things we like such as Popeyes, Dollar General, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and other of our favorites!  Their gas is the one I showed a picture of their price in a previous post.

Most of all they have a Kroger’s Grocery!

Roy shopped there a couple of days ago and came home so happy saying we need to move to Willis, TX! Today we both went there and now we’re both happy!

We’ve never been to a Kroger before. Not only is it the largest grocery I’ve ever been in but it is just amazing in all it has in it. The varieties of everything from produce to fruit to everything else was huge!

We took a few pictures (yes of a grocery store!) and even one of some employees there!
20151027_134848 20151027_134935One of probably ten cold or hot food bars where you can scoop up food to take home!20151027_135000

This is the variety of just olives they have!  20151027_135015 20151027_135047

These are small pies like you can purchase at Walmart but I think these taste much better. 20151027_135302

Below is poor Roy trying out one of those scooter carts since his knee was hurting.  He looked so funny to me but he said it helped him make it through the whole store without being in pain. 20151027_140947

This is the store he got Blue Bell at.  These three doors are just half of all their Blue Bell.  Notice the sign below asking everyone not to hog up on the Blue Bell!  20151027_141020 20151027_141155

I am enjoying coloring but found that my small box wasn’t enough variety so I upgraded to this box.  If anyone has children with colors that they don’t need or they got a new box please consider letting me have them!  There is a bigger box than this but it wasn’t cheap so I’m upgrading a bit but not the whole way!20151027_153601We will definitely make our way back here to Willis in the future and while here will definitely shop at Krogers.  We even got a Kroger’s discount card today and saved $10 off the total bill!

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10.26.15 Traveling through New Mexico and Texas

Monday, October 26, 2015 – We saw many interesting and some odd sights while traveling through New Mexico and Texas.  Since no where in Louisiana looks like what we saw I wanted to include those sights here for ya’ll to enjoy and for us to look back on!

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We found this Cacti for sale in Walmart.  They actually cook it and eat it!20151018_135831 (Medium) 20151018_145446 (Medium) 20151018_170629 (Medium) 20151018_171858 (Medium) 20151020_120805 (Medium) 20151020_120811 (Medium) 20151020_120834 (Medium) 20151020_120854 (Medium) 20151020_121011 (Medium) 20151020_121154 (Medium) 20151020_140852 (Medium) 20151021_070729 (Medium) 20151021_074456 (Medium) 20151021_111602 (Medium)

This was the most amazing rest area.  The clouds in the mountains were a very neat sight!20151021_111811 (Medium) 20151021_112434 (Medium) 20151021_112547 (Medium) 20151021_112814 (Medium) 20151021_113322 (Medium) 20151021_113338 (Medium) 20151021_114740 (Medium)

This odd looking plant is seen in abundance in New Mexico.  It’s got spindly branches covered with green tiny leaves and some we’ve seen with a purple flower on top.20151021_120302 (Medium) 20151021_120315 (Medium)

As we drove down the road I kept seeing these round green things along the highway for miles.  Begging Roy to stop because you know how I am about potential free produce he finally caved and we stopped.  They are watermelon vines just roaming wild!  I was so excited until we opened one and they are not nearly ripe.  We could have had watermelon for a month if they were ripe!!!20151022_155151 (Medium) 20151022_155207 (Medium)

Cotton fields all along the highway.  These big rectangular packages are picked cotton.20151022_160517 (Medium) 20151022_160521 (Medium)

When we got to Texas the rains poured down and soon we came to Corsicana Texas where the highways were beginning to flood.  Since this time both lanes have gone way under water with many cars under water.  The traffic on the side that was flooded when we passed backed up at least 5 miles.  Those poor people must not have gotten out of that for hours.20151023_155013 (Medium) 20151023_155216 (Medium) 20151023_155537 (Medium)

This is the absolute lowest we have seen Diesel and Gas prices in three years.  We filled Dora and Boots up quick!!20151023_182433 (Medium)

That’s it for our Travels from New Mexico to Texas.  Next we’ll be traveling to Louisiana, Home Sweet Home!!

The rains here in Texas have stopped and the sun came out for an hour earlier!  Praise the Lord!  We’ve heard many reports of high winds and high waters from rain in Louisiana.  It just amazes me that a storm that came into Mexico could still carry such a punch when it made it’s way to Louisiana.

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