My favorite season of the year
Autumn is flying by for me, and it’s been a most enjoyable season at home and for traveling in the RV. The leaves are just beginning to turn, nighttime temperatures are flirting with the freezing mark but not yet giving in, regular fall activities returned, and my favorite farmer’s market vendor has closed for the season after another good run this year. This is by far my favorite season of the year, and we now consider it to be our “summer,” since it is our preferred season for travel and outdoor fun now.
Since returning from our week-long vacation to the Enchanted Circle area in early September, we’ve made three more shorter trips in the RV, all to state parks closer to home. We’ve also enjoyed some nice times right here at home, including our annual visit to the fair and enjoying the great food there on opening night, none of which was on my diet, but hey, it’s a tradition… right?
At the fair, we once again dined at the same place I used to take my mom for lunch each year, a charitable organization’s restaurant that I’ve always enjoyed supporting and one that also serves reliably good food. I guess I will always have my mom on my mind every time I go to the fair now, remembering how much she enjoying it, and that’s ok. Those are good memories, but it still gets to me each time I go now.
In late September, Hubby and I returned to Lake Brownwood State Park with another couple who also joined us in their RV for four days and three nights, the same couple we met at Caprock Canyons State Park in August on a weekend that was cooler than normal. It was our first time to visit Lake Brownwood in September, and we managed to get adjacent sites with awesome lake views in the Council Bluff campground.
We enjoyed acquainting our friends with the park, and we also had fun hiking and geocaching together, dining outside in the evenings, watching college football on Saturday evening outside on their RV television and driving into Brownwood to dine at one of our all time favorite places to eat, Underwood’s BBQ.
We also celebrated Hubby’s birthday with our traditional family birthday cake, a Texas chocolate sheet cake that I made, and we even made him blow out candles. Once again, I ate that yummy cake, even though it wasn’t on my diet, a most familiar tale this fall.
In late October, we made a quick weekend trip to Lake Colorado City State Park to just get away and relax. Hubby’s nephew surprised us and met us there in his big, new pop-up camper on Saturday afternoon. The guys had fun checking everything out on it a little more, and we all enjoyed a great visit around the campfire together on Saturday night and even made Nutella s’mores. (Yes, we used Nutella instead of chocolate bars!) We had the campground mostly to ourselves, which was so nice for a peaceful weekend away.
Last week, Lake Colorado City finally received some significant rains, and the lake is now up at least eight feet since we were there. We have never seen this lake with that much water in it because we started traveling by RV during the big drought in 2011. This lake was hit hard and has been very slow in recovering. Hopefully, it’s made some nice progress now, and I’m anxious to return soon to see it.
Our most recent long-weekend trip took us to Palo Duro Canyon State Park in early November for three days and nights. We’ve visited this well-known state park off and on for most of our lives, but this particular trip was by far our best one to date.
I plan to write a separate post soon to share more about that trip and some of the pictures I took. Palo Duro Canyon State Park just keeps getting better and better, especially since it was named the top state park in the nation a couple of years ago, and I’ll try to share more soon about the most recent improvements and expansions in the park, which are newsworthy, especially to campers!
The state park system has definitely spent some money on this great park in recent years to improve the roads and add campsites, both of which were sorely needed. Now, if they could just figure out a way to make that 10% grade road going down into the canyon not so steep and narrow! 😉
Since our last trip, we have been cleaning and sprucing up the RV as we begin to transition it for colder weather camping. Hubby wanted to do some exterior caulking, and I opted to rent a Rug Doctor and clean the carpet while the weather was nice.
Even though we began winterizing in late October at our campsites before heading home, we also started switching out some supplies to prepare for winter camping… loading our heated water hose, electric blankets for us and a guest, extra blankets for us and the dogs’ beds and our good space heater with a thermostat. Right now, though, the weather is still very nice and looks to stay that way, at least for the near future. We’re hoping it stays that way next week for Thanksgiving, too.