The past couple of weeks have brought a little flurry of activity around here but, thankfully, nothing really bad. We are especially thankful that my niece and her soon-to-be-born baby are doing just fine, after being involved in a very serious car wreck a few days before Easter. That was certainly a scare for everyone here when it happened.
Hubby and I made a last-minute decision to go away for Easter this year. My mother still needs to just stay in for the most part, as she continues to recover from the fall, and our son had to work on Easter Sunday. I was sad to hear that, but his whole work situation is an answer to prayer indeed since he just started a second job that will hopefully solve some of his money issues. So, my sadness was also mixed with a hefty dose of thankfulness, too.
Hubby and I have both had a very stressful year so far, in our own ways, and we have certainly missed going in our RV like we normally do each month. The weather forecast for Easter weekend looked to be pretty much perfect, which was a little unusual for this time of year. So, on the Wednesday night before Easter just after dinner, we decided to see where we could go in the RV, and we found an open RV spot at Lake Brownwood State Park. I booked online one of two remaining sites in the Council Bluff campground, then we proceeded to load the RV with the few things that we would need for a three-night outing.
We opted to leave on Thursday after work and drive to a KOA near Abilene on I-20. We had actually never stayed in a KOA, so we decided that is was time to give this one a try. I made an online reservation on Thursday afternoon, and we had an easy, level in-and-out pull-through site waiting on us when we arrived around 9 pm. We have driven past this campground many times over the years, but we noticed online that over the past year, many improvements have been made. It sits in a former pecan orchard, so there are lots of nice trees. Our site was toward the back of the campground in the middle of the loop, which helped to buffer the traffic noise a little more. While we could hear the traffic a bit, running a fan overnight proved just the trick to cover it up enough for us to sleep well that night. Happily, we were satisfied with this campground, and we will not hesitate to return again for a quick night’s rest, if needed.
The remaining drive to Lake Brownwood State Park was just over an hour from the KOA, and we enjoyed a beautiful, yet overcast, drive the next morning. We began to first see bluebonnets as we passed east of Abilene, and while we never saw any large expanses of them, we saw many beautiful patches of them over the entire weekend, including inside the state park. It was an unexpected treat to see so many bluebonnets on this trip, too.
Let me just explain that for many of “us” Texans, making a little pilgrimage in the spring to see a few bluebonnets is almost a necessity. It is harder for those of us that live further away, so we don’t get to do it quite as often as fellow Texans that live closer to the central Texas area.
We had been to Lake Brownwood State Park once in the month of February shortly after we first started traveling in our RV a couple of years ago. The difference in the park in the winter and spring is pretty remarkable, too. It felt like a totally different place to us. We actually enjoyed our time there in February, even after an unusual overnight snow storm hit one night and quickly melted off the next day. We had the place all to ourselves, except for the nice camp host. On Easter weekend, the park was full with families celebrating the holiday together, and it was just as nice. We had the opportunity to visit with many nice couples while enjoying the spring beauty of the park. Winter rains in the area helped the park to be absolutely beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed hiking, geocaching and riding our bicycles all around the park.
We rode about fifteen miles on the bikes in the park during our trip, which was another good workout for us, for sure. We also rode the motorcycle into Brownwood one afternoon, and it was also a nice ride. The park just opened a new three-mile bike trail, the Nogales Trail, which we did not discover until late in our trip. We hope to go back again sometime and ride the entire trail, as the section that we rode was beautiful.
A wonderful rain storm moved in overnight on Saturday night, and the rain continued through the early hours of Easter morning, which cancelled the sunrise service on the lake, unfortunately. But the rain was so beautiful and refreshing, and no one complains about rain in this part of the state at all these days. It was a wonderful metaphor for me and my parched soul, too. As the sun finally came out later in the morning, all of the campers around us ventured out, and the atmosphere was so peaceful and happy. We enjoyed a great camp breakfast of eggs and bacon, and we also visited with some others as well. A lot of “Happy Easter” greetings were given, too. I loved that so much.
I know it’s been a good trip when we get to the end of our time and have never once turned on the television. Such was the case on this trip, as we made the most of every moment, thanks to the beautiful weather and lots of nice neighbors. We enjoy watching an occasional movie while on our RV trips, mostly after dark in the winter months or when it is very hot outside in the summer months, but it is always great to have perfect weather that allows us to make the most of our time away outside.
A big rain storm hit at home while we were gone, and it apparently brought some significant hail with it. My cannas in the backyard were completely shredded, unfortunately, but they are fast-growing and should recover quickly. Fortunately, that is the only real damage we found.
I’ve been doing a lot of work in the yard this week while the weather has been so nice, as well as going to a few appointments that have been scheduled for a while. We are also on the hunt to move our gym membership elsewhere, and hopefully we have found a good one nearby now. It is newer than our present gym, much closer, and half the price, which will save us almost $600 per year, which is a very good thing.
I hope you had a blessed Easter and are enjoying this beautiful spring weather as much as I am!