We knew we had a lot of miles to drive today, so despite the 25 degree temperature, we accomplished our gots earlier than usual. We got up, got ready, got the dogs walked, got the RV ready to go, and we got out of the park at Sonora Caverns by 8:30. Our plan was to stop in Ft. Stockton which is about halfway to our destination . We were pretty sure there wouldn’t be a Walmart in Big Bend National Park and we needed to pick up some grocery items and other supplies.
It soon became a beautiful morning. The sun came out and it warmed up. It was a pretty drive and the highway was a good one…and then right before we got to Ft. Stockton, we heard a strange noise that sounded like something was bumping against the bottom of the RV. We decided the portable wagon in one of the outside compartments had moved and was banging around. We were making a left turn to cross the highway where the Walmart was and suddenly it became obvious that something underneath was now dragging on the ground. Neither of us said anything, but we were both thinking a lot. A wonderful trip can turn on you in an instant.
We pulled into the parking lot and Kip got out to take a look while I held my breath. When he came back in, his expression didn’t give anything away. “Thankfully, it’s no big deal,” he said.
That is really all I heard. Later I was talking to Gus on the phone and he was asking me all kinds of questions that I couldn’t answer.
“All I know is that part of a casing came loose from a fan and all it took was a longer screw and a hammer to fix it. I didn’t even see a screwdriver,” I said.
Kip crawled underneath and it was all better in no time. We did our shopping, filled up the RV, and stopped at a Subway for lunch before continuing on. We were really hoping we could still get to Terlingua before dark.
We did! We still had an hour or so of daylight when we pulled up to the Big Bend RV Adventure Park. Kip went into the office to claim our reservation. There was a problem. We didn’t have a reservation there. You see…yesterday, when we were trying to find a good spot, we were each looking on different apps. Kip made the call and reserved at the place he thought we had decided on. This morning I put the address of the place I thought we had decided on into the GPS. After we figured out where we were supposed to be, we drove another seventeen miles and we are now very happy at the Maverick Ranch RV Park and Golf Resort in Lajitas. Neither of us plan to golf, but that’s okay.
See? It all turned out fine… here are some pictures I took from the window on the drive. I have a feeling we will see some pretty amazing peaks and valleys in the next three days.
The first picture is called Elephant Rock…
I apologize for the doggie nose prints showing on some of the pictures. When Kip and I were both outside of the RV, Lilie Dale decided it was okay to jump up on the dash and watch what we were doing.
I didn’t take the last two pictures of the park. It’s really in a pretty setting. I’ll take some of our spot, tomorrow.