I added $200 worth of new tires, straps, and wheel bearings to make sure it would handle the trip. Always keep an eye out for auto parts store coupons; they come in handy. I was so excited to leave, I forgot my tent and 2 containers of camping equipment. When we camp, it is as if we are the Dugger family, taking anything we might possibly need and more. I blame the small amount of Boy Scout training I had for this behavior.
I pride myself on making few mistakes and to say I made a few mistakes on this trip would be a bald-faced lie. The trip was one mistake on my part after another. I was determined to relax and I must have taken a brain-relaxer, because it was as if I was back in 9th grade algebra - I was dumber than a box of rocks.
Being the guy that I am, I stopped about every 30 minutes and checked the trailer load and wheel bearing temperature. The drivers side was getting warm, but nothing serious. The 4th time I checked it was in Bastrop and we stopped and ate a bite at the Dairy Queen there. After we were done, the bearings seemed cool, so off we went… and then my bride got a phone call from my son-in-law informing me that while picking-up our doggies, he discovered our left-behind equipment.
|My Bride loves me even though I am a bit of an oaf at times.|
"But we are 200 miles from the house!"
"I know, but we can't camp without what is in those two boxes." I exclaimed, feeling failure wash over me.
"Well, if we drive all the way back, I am not going to camp." My bride said, voicing my disappointed sentiment.
|Ready to roll? Yikes!|
"Aye Curumba!" I yelled out in a vile torrent of butchered Baytownian Anglo Tex-Mex!
"If we would not have stopped when we did…" I said and we both thanked the God we serve for the phone call. All I can figure is it is divine providence that I left the supplies, or I could have lost that tire at 60 mph.
|Bastrop Auto Works|
"If you can drop the trailer Mr. Marshall, I'll have it ready for you in the morning and it will handle like new - I promise," were his exact words or something like that.
So, off to Wimberley my bride and I head. Wimberley, Texas to my bride is like going to heaven. I did not do everything wrong my friend. We chummed around town and finally got a room at the excellent Square Inn, right on the square. It is a real nice place ran by a single mom of triplet teenage boys. I highly recommend it.
|Square Inn, Wimberley, Texas|
The next morning, we made our drive back to Bastrop and Rene's son took our denaro, as Rene was fishing for Spec's and Red's in the Gulf this fine morning. Hitching up the "like new" trailer, off we went for our camping trip and true to his word, the trailer performed like it was supposed to.
Arriving at Pedernales Falls State park, we learned I had lost my $20 deposit and had to pay the full price, since I didn't give the State of Texas a 72 hour notice I was going to have a bad trailer spindle. Oh, well, just pass it off as another minor inconvenience and move on down the campsite. Number 64. The Ranger whispered it was highly coveted and a few days later, a woman asked when we were leaving, as they wanted our spot. I felt pretty smug after that.
|Camp site 64!|
We had almost everything set up before my daughter and son-in-law came rolling in with the tent and our missing containers of camping gear - and our 4 little doggies! Oh joy! What a fantastic rescue they put on for us! We cooked food on the campfire and swam in the Pedernales River over the next two days. While in camp, we listened to my DVD's of the Cornell Hurd Band, Hank Williams, James Harmin, Wayne Hancock, and Bert Wills. It just didn't seem right not to listen to Country and Blues music around the campfire.
|Baytown Bert AKA Pedernales Bert|
|100 degrees in April?|
|Beautiful Pedernales Falls State |
I don't want to conclude without mentioning that I left my cell phone charger and had to nurse my usage carefully - but remembered to bring 3 cameras. I warned everyone repeatedly about the raccoons at nighttime and then I left a case open and the rascals destroyed a bit of foodstuffs including coffee and grape jelly. I clumsily stubbed my great toe in the shower. I brought 4 pair of binoculars, which we didn't use, but forgot the tent. Then on the way home, my Jeep caught a rock in the windshield.
I did however percolate French Market coffee with chicory over the fire in my Dr. Strangelove coffee cup and by golly it was American and delicious!
|Drinking chicory coffee out of my Dr. Strangelove cup seemed fitting!|