We had bored our family for years talking about the trailer (a Dutchmen Voltage 3905) that we were going to buy after selling our home in California. It seemed like a far off dream with its three slides, auto levelers and three TVs.
When our home sold in just a few days it almost didn’t seem real that we were actually going to be able to buy the rig that we had dreamed about for so long. Real or not though, we headed to Richardson’s RV in Riverside (CA) for the purchase. What we hadn’t planned on was how utterly difficult it was going to be to obtain financing because we now didn’t have a ‘real’ address. All of the regular creditors turned us down, so we had to use Essex Credit to get the loan. We highly recommend them for all of you full-time RV’ers out there. We got a great rate and they didn’t blink twice about our living arrangements.
I decided that the blog needed an update, so I’m working on it. Much of the old content is missing while I’m under the hood. I know that you are very disappointed that you can’t see of our boring past adventures, but I promise I’ll put back every sordid detail as soon as I get it all sorted out.
In the meantime we’re enjoying a hot and humid summer down on the gulf coast of Texas. Stay tuned…
Today, my mom wanted to go to the world famous Carlsbad Caverns. We drove about 275 miles yesterday to Carlsbad. Before we went I heard that the caverns are just a huge cave system that was found by settlers who saw thousands of Mexican bats flying out all at the same time. When we got there, you couldn’t see the mouth of the cave so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We went into the visitors center, got our tickets, and headed down to the mouth. So, you walk down the natural opening in the cave, and your elevation changes about 750 feet. What was going through my mind the whole time while we were in there was, would cell phones work 750 feet underground? Never got a chance to prove that but my guess was no.
My mom decided to try and get out of Texas and try and go a little west so she wanted to go to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Yesterday, while we were towing the trailer, Dad noticed the truck didn’t have enough power going up hills even though he had his foot to the floor (what a whiner). So, my Dad took the truck to get fixed today and we are now stuck with a terrible Ford Torus rental car, that has been smoked in and smells like dogs. I guess my mom got tired of sitting in the trailer with the air conditioning off because it’s about 90 degrees inside. I was in shorts and I was still sweating!!
We found a nice museum in town not far from the camp ground we are in and I guess this spot is pretty significant in Texas history. Don’t ask me what happened because all I did was look at the cool displays and blast my music. I did like the movie about living on the plains because it had these cool chairs and a 360 view of like 5 different monitors! The chairs spin so I spun too fast and got really dizzy!
Another Escapees RV park in Texas brought us to a pretty cool little town called Pecos. We stopped here at the Trapark, a pretty desolate spot. Terry needed a break from driving, so we decided to stay for two days rather than the usual overnight.
The wind was blowing briskly, so Kurt quickly set up his kite to begin practicing his flying techniques. The thing is amazing in high winds, and Kurt is rapidly becoming an expert kite pilot.
We were told that the museum was not to miss, so we headed out the next morning to check it out. Even I was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the museum that occupied both the old hotel and the saloon. Every room was set up with a different historical theme, and they even had a talking bartender who showed us where the bullet holes still are from a famous shootout that occurred there.