Monday, November 11, 2013
Wanted to share this photo of my new horse, nicknamed "Peanut" because of his diminutive size! While most registered Quarter Horses are at least 15 hands, "Peanut" has cutting horse bloodlines and some cutting horses are considerably shorter than the average. Peanut is 14 hands or maybe a little shorter, but he is broad bodied like the average Quarter Horse! He is a red dun with the stripe down his back, and the "shadowing" on his legs and face, and on his ears. These areas are darker than the rest of his body.
The really great thing about Peanut, though, is that he is "kid broke". That is what a horse who is trained very well is referred to as. He is safe for our grandchildren to ride and just about my speed these days, I want a horse that is not going to jump out from under me by "spooking" or reacting wildly.
Anyway, our grandson spent the weekend with us along with today (no school) and he wanted to ride, so we got the horse out today and saddled him up.
Below is the photo of Connor on "Peanut"
Connor really doesn't know how to ride, but Peanut took care of him, while we gave Connor lessons! He enjoyed himself but decided riding was way too difficult for him, and decided he would stick to the wheeled forms of transportation!
Peanut and I will have lots of fun riding the trails out in DeLeon, where the country roads are sand based and horseback riders can go for hours and not encounter any vehicles. Looking forward to that!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Our campsite at Kerrville-Schreiner Park, Kerrville, Texas. Unlike most parks, this one made its campsites to fit the land and the trees, and not the other way around! The sites were spacious and we had lots of room. We were on the edge of the woods, and the deer watering trough was outside our rear window!
That is our RV off to the right, you can see how close the deer were to it! We had a great view of them, they were not afraid.
Deer family next to our RV. We figure the young one was born early spring.
This is the spike buck that our friends called "Bucky". He was up by their campsite every night to eat.
Kerrville set up a replica of Stonehendge that is 60% full size. It is not oriented to the sun as the original Stonehendge is. Still interesting to tour!
DH and I standing next to some of the pillars of Stonehendge.
Metal sculpture outside the Art Museum in Kerrville, which was located not far from the Stonehendge replica.
DH next to one of the Easter Island figurine replicas.
We took a side trip to Bandera, TX.....Claims to be the Cowboy Capitol of the world! Stephenville, TX would argue with that! This is the Bandera Courthouse.
Historic old home in Bandera. Probably one of the original ones in the town.
Every Saturday, in the town Square of Bandera, they have a reenactment of an old west Cowboy Shootout. This is our friend, Donna, talking with a few of the cowboys.
One of the Cowboys in the Square. I thought he was an interesting character!
The Cowboys in the square after the shootout. They shot blanks but it was still very realistic! Just no blood, thank goodness!
Texas state Historical sign, explaining the history of Bandera and its location on a major cattle drive trail.
Warning for any ideas that Shady Characters may have!
We had a wonderful time, stayed a week and wish it could have been longer.....Also visited some other towns in the Kerrville vicinity and saw an old car show. Then, on our last night, we visited "Old Tunnel" State park, which is a 16.1 Acre state park (Texas' smallest) which basically protects one end of an old Railroad tunnel through a "mountain" that was abandoned in 1946. After it was abandoned, it was populated by mainly Mexican Free Tail bats who migrate to Mexico every year. The park protects the bat's habitat from being disturbed. We went in the evening and watched the bats fly out of the cave, after hearing a talk on them. They fly out in a group, forming a continuous counter clockwise vortex formation which allows them not to have to spend a lot of energy to reach the height that they need to to fly and hunt every night. It was amazing to watch about 3 hundred thousand of them fly out and begin their hunt. During the height of the season, the tunnel is home to upwards of 3 million but many of them have already migrated. It was free to watch it, and definitely worth the drive way out to the middle of nowhere to watch them!
We had a wonderful time at this park on the Guadalupe River, and hope to go back again, soon!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
While visiting Weatherford, Texas, which has a reputation for being "The Cutting Horse Capital of the World" we did a double take driving past the McDonald's restaurant in town. Now, I have to tell you that I never eat at McDonalds, I avoid fried and fast foods. Anyway, this is what their Ronald McDonald is doing:
I just HAD to get DH to stop and let me take a picture, so he pulled in the parking lot so I could get a good shot! The best thing is, the horse is a Paint Cutting horse, though most of the cutting horses you see are solid colored.
Then, I had DH drive me downtown so I could get a picture of the official statue in front of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce:
I also had to get a photo of the local courthouse, the courthouses in Texas are usually works of art and quite striking:
We ate at the Ranchhouse Cafe in downtown Weatherford, and I wanted to share some of the sayings they had posted on the walls,
If any of you have heard it, it is quite mesmerizing!
This particular one is VERY popular here!
This one applies to many of us in the mornings!
Also, got this photo of our mare that we bred and raised, and used to own. She was in Weatherford where our trainer lives, her new owners are getting her trained to ride. We visited her in the pasture and she followed us all the way to the gate and watched us leave. She has been in her new home for over 2 years now, yet still remembered us. I used to show her extensively in Halter Classes and she has many Grand and Reserve Championships...........
"Connie" is a real diva, but we love her!
Thursday, June 06, 2013
For a long time now, DH and I have been studying and researching possible 5th wheels for full time living. I have been weighing the pros and cons of all the top brands, trying to find the one that was light enough, yet that had everything we would need for taking up residence eventually full time or nearly full time. Monday while driving through Fort Worth, I suggested to DH that we stop and just look at the Jayco RV's at Vogt RV. We had visited a long time with Aaron Vogt at the Fort Worth RV show in February. He took his time and answered all our questions and pointed out the advantages of Jayco ownership. I considered them as a possibility but thought at the time that they were priced a bit high.
So, we met up with a salesman who is a retired chiropractor who sells RV's for fun! He was not high pressure at all and really tried to discover what we wanted in an RV and find the one that would fit us. We went in and out of about 6 of them before going into the top of the line Jayco 5th wheel, the Pinnacle. He thought we would like the 34 RLTS so we looked in it, and we were both hooked immediately! It had everything we wanted and more but the sticker price was too high and I said that to the salesman. Well, we sat in that RV and talked for a long time, and the salesman said he would see how far he could get the price down. He talked us into trading in our current RV and when he came back with the final numbers, we could not refuse!
So, today we took our 2002 Nash 5th wheel up to the dealership to trade it in, after emptying it of all of our belongings and me cleaning and scrubbing all the counters and appliances. Now, I have to tell you the Nash was in excellent condition when we bought it, and we worked hard to keep it that way. When the trade in manager inspected it he said to Matt "Didn't you ever cook on the stove?" Matt said yes, we did and he said "Everything looks so new!" "This is the cleanest RV we have ever taken in on trade!" That made us feel good as we worked hard to keep it looking great.
Then he led us over to our new Pinnacle which was the hub of activity with the techicians giving it a last minute going over making sure everything was perfect. The technician who demonstrated everything to us, took his time and was very patient, and let us ask all the questions we wanted. It took us 2 hours nearly before we were finished with our walk through! Still not saying we understood everything, but I was following him and DH around and taking notes on the things I thought we may forget! Let me tell you, there is a lot of difference in the RV built in 2002 and the one built in 2013!
We went in then, and signed all the papers, it was almost as many signatures as at the closing when a person buys a house! The good thing about buying an RV in Texas is that there is a "Lemon Law" which protects the consumer in the event that he should end up with a "lemon". Aaron was the one we dealt with in signing the papers, and he said that he has many out of state buyers who buy in Texas just because of that law. The new Jaycos come with a 2 year factory warranty and free roadside service for a year. We were very pleased with everyone at the dealership, from the salesman to the service techs to the secretary and finally, with Aaron Vogt, the owner. We told all of them that too, and they were very thankful that we were happy with everyone and everything. I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy an RV, customer service is obviously high on their priority list!
So, finally we hooked up to the trailer, but the service techs weren't happy with the clearance on the truck so they lowered the hitch on the trailer to make it set higher above the box of the truck, and wouldn't let us leave till they were happy with the way the trailer sat behind the truck. While we were hauling home, the trailer we bought had an optional special hitch that reduces "chucking" and movement with the trailer pushing on the truck. Matt said he couldn't even tell the trailer was back there, and it is MUCH bigger than the Nash.
We made it home just fine, and I started taking the promised pictures! So, here is our new Jayco Pinnacle, 34 RLTS.
Picture of the "door side" of the trailer, taken from the rear. Note the "floor to ceiling" windows in the slide and the two awnings on this side of the RV
"Curb " side of the RV, showing the custom paint job, which I didn't realize when we bought it, that it matches the truck pretty well! This is PAINT and not decals, so won't peel off and is fade resistant. The short slide in the front is the bedroom slide, and the larger slide along the side is the kitchen/sofa slide.
This particular floor model is a rear living model, with the 2 recliners in the back, the sofa to the right, and the dinette set to the left.
standing back by the sofa and looking at the TV and the door to the RV. Directly under the TV is an electric, remote control fireplace. You can use it as a heater if you want, or turn the heat off and just enjoy the simulated fire and burning wood.
The middle kitchen. There is a rolling bar which goes in the kitchen too, but we didn't have it in place when I took this picture. Note the double door refrigerator in the left of the photo.
Close up of the sink area showing the all important window to the left of the sink (most of the kitchens are dark, it is hard to find one with a window!) the Corian Countertop, and the spray head faucet.
The bedroom, featuring a king sized "Sleep Number" bed and a cedar walk- in closet.
The bathroom, showing the corner shower and the raised sink and faucet. There is a linen closet in the bathroom too, which was important to me.
There is a huge storage bay under the bedroom and a central docking area with the water hookups and the gray and blackwater releasing levers. There is also a dispenser for hand soap built in to this area.
The trailer also has a central vac system, two air-conditioning units, one up front for the bedroom and one behind in the living area, thermostat controlled climate, a ceiling fan in the living room, two power awnings on the door side, a gas hookup for a grill on the outside, a 3 burner gas stove with oven, and a microwave-convection oven with a vent a hood on the bottom for the stove. Also, the back of the trailer has a built in carrier for the two electical tricycles we bought instead of buying one golf cart, which is heavy to lug around!
Below is Matt on his "trike"
So, now we are ready to See America! Just have to sell our house and that will be a major step toward our new lifestyle...... There is so much of this country we have not seen, and we are anxious to be On the Road Again
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