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Boondocking under a full moon at LBJ Grasslands 17-19 January 2014

posted Jan 6, 2014, 7:16 PM by David Boyd

Join us for some boondocking under a full moon on the mesa at LBJ Grasslands 17-19 January 2014!

The full moon peaks just 2 days before, so we should have some great moonlight to go with our campfires.  There is currently no restriction on campfires from the Grasslands or Wise County, so bring your firewood! The Grasslands is an "unimproved" campsite so if you have a pop-up canopy or camp table to share bring it with you. There's no fee for camping at the Grasslands, and they're expecting us. I'll post detailed directions at the end.

As usual for boondocking, plan to arrive with full freshwater, plenty of propane and empty waste tanks. Greywater release is allowed.  Generator use is allowed for battery charging for those of us who aren't solar-equipped.  We try to group generator users together, but it should only take a little while in the daytime to charge batteries anyway.  

Documentary filmmaker Eric Bricker will be camping with us as a guest of Paul and Ann, doing some filming and interviews for an Airstream project he's working on.  He may feel he needs an Airstream after a weekend with us!

Schedule:
Friday 17 January
Arrive and get set up.  Remember it gets DARK out there so it's easiest to arrive when there's still daylight.
5-ish HOTC Happy Hour 
7-ish Potluck, campfires and camaraderie.   

Saturday 18 January
8-ish Grill/Griddle will be available for those who want to cook breakfast together
Lunch on your own
5-ish HOTC Happy Hour 
7-ish Dinner cooked for us by Shirley and Mike Richey!
  
Sunday 19 January
8-ish Grill/Griddle will be available for those who want to cook breakfast together

Since this is a 3-day weekend, some of us may stay over until Monday!  


Directions and other info are available at the event entry on the calendar. 

HOTC Annual Christmas Campout, Dec. 6-8, 2013 at Coffee Creek RV Resort, Santo, Tx.

posted Nov 24, 2013, 2:26 PM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit

HOTC Annual Christmas Campout!
HO HO HO and Merry Christmas!  Here we go again with our annual Xmas Campout!  Coffee Creek is is ready for us!  We will have one of the Clubhouses for our Potluck on Friday night, and Saturday night's "Aluminum Chef" contest.  Candy Fisher, last year's winner for "ginger" has chosen "POMEGRANATE" for this year's secret ingredient.  So get out the cookbooks, google, or get creative and cook, mix or whatever your entry for the contest.  HOTC has always had some of the best dishes created with the secret ingredient.  Winner takes the coveted HOTC Aluminum Chef plaque for the year.  This is only if you want to participate.  We will also have our famous/fun Chinese/White Elephant gift exchange.  This year, just one gift per trailer.  Last year it lasted a long time!  Just bring a wrapped item of your choice...ornaments, Airstream stuff, funny, creative, absurd, whatever you want, for the fun.  I promise, it is always amusing.  Just remember, there may be children present!
We will also introduce and install the new Officers. 
If you feel the urge to get in the holiday spirit, decorate your trailer!  Always fun to see the Airstreams decorated.  
So here is how it will all go down:

Friday - December 6th
Arrive and set-up
Happy Hour - 5:00-7:00
Bring your festive hors d'oeuvre and drink to the clubhouse and enjoy the company.
Potluck Dinner - 7:00
Bring a dish to share.
Enjoy the friendship!

Saturday - December 7th
Breakfast on your own.
Lots of places to visit/eat.  Mineral Wells, Clark Gardens, Weatherford, Texas Hill Country Furniture  & Mercantile, etc...
Lunch on your own.
Happy Hour - 5:00-7:00
Ditto.  Your hors d'oeuvre can be your entry for the Aluminum Chef.  Just make sure to get a card and # with the name of your entry.
Dinner - 7:00
Aluminum Chef Contest begins and voting will take place.  Bring your dish to share.  Can be salad, main course, side, dessert.  Potluck type. Have fun, but not mandatory. 
Announce Aluminum Chef winner.
Introduce neww 2014 Officers.
Gift Exchange.
Enjoy the fun!

Sunday - 8th
Breakfast - 9:00am
HOTC traditional bring your breakfast fixins to the clubhouse, and the griddle/grill will be there for one of our great breakfasts. There is a full kitchen in either clubhouse, along with pots, pans, etc.
I will sadly pass on the grill/griddle to the new officers!
Visit and then head home.  
Please call Coffee Creek for your reservation.  If you need to park close to the clubhouse, just tell Rene, and they will accommodate. If you have your trailer winterized, or want to include a friend, they do have adorable camping cabins too!
Folks, this is a great campout!  Hope to see everyone there!

Happy Trails,
Ann Flanagan

HOTC ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CAMPOUT- OCTOBER 25-26, 2013, LBJ GRASSLANDS, DECATUR, TX.

posted Oct 16, 2013, 1:40 PM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit

IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!  HOTC'S ANNUAL SPOOKTACULAR EVENT!  SO GRAB YOUR HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS, COSTUMES, PUMPKINS, AND HEAD OUT TO THE LBJ NATIONAL GRASSLANDS, JUST NORTH OF DECATUR, FOR A SPOOKTACULAR WEEKEND!
THE GRASSLANDS ARE FREE TO PARK.  THIS IS A BOONDOCKING EVENT!  SO PLEASE ARRIVE WITH A FULL TANK OF WATER AND EMPTY TANKS.  YOU ARE ALLOWED TO RELEASE GRAY WATER.  WE WILL PARK IN A WAGONWHEEL FASHION.  GENERATORS ARE ALLOWED, BUT WILL BE PARKED TOGETHER ON ONE END, TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY!   FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER WILL BE SPOOKY POTLUCK.  PLEASE BRING A SPOOKY DISH TO SHARE!  SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER WILL BE CATERED BY RAYMOND'S BBQ TO INCLUDE BRISKET, SAUSAGE, AND TURKEY WITH ALL OF THE REGULAR SIDES AT $7.00 A PERSON.  REGULAR HOTC HAPPY HOURS AND HORS D'OEUVRE TO SHARE.  IF YOU HAVE AN E-Z UP CANOPY, PLEASE BRING AND WE WILL JOIN THEM TOGETHER FOR COVER.

HERE IS THE PLAN:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
ARRIVE AND GET SET-UP
COME IF YOU DARE HAPPY HOUR - 5:00-7:00
7:00 - SPOOKY POTLUCK
NO FIRE BAN SO BRING FIREWOOD FOR A CAMPFIRE!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
BREAKFAST ON YOUR OWN
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
GRASSLANDS HAVE LOTS OF AREAS TO HIKE OR DRIVE
PUMPKIN CARVING BEGINS
TRAILER DECOR IS A MUST!
PET COSTUME CONTEST AT 5:00PM ALONG WITH HAPPY HOUR.  SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ENTER YOUR CANINE, PLEASE BRING TO GATHERING AREA FOR PET HALLOWEEN PARADE.  
PUMPKINS ENTERED IN THE CARVING CONTEST SHOULD ALSO BE BROUGHT TO THE TABLES FOR JUDGING.
7:00 - DINNER CATERED BY RAYMONDS
BALLOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR VOTING!  
WINNERS ANNOUNCED AFTER DINNER WITH PRIZES!
TRICK OR TREATING FOR THE KIDS AFTER DINNER!
GHOSTSTORIES AROUND THE CAMPFIRE!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
8:30 -
GRILL/GRIDDLE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BREAKFAST!  SO EVERYONE BRING SOME BREAKFAST FIXINGS AND WE WILL COOK TOGETHER OUT ON THE GRIDDLE.  EGGS, BACON, FRUIT, BISCUITS, TOAST, WHATEVER YOU LIKE.  HOTC ALWAYS PULLS THIS OFF WITH GREAT ABUNDANCE OF FOOD!
ON YOUR OWN TILL YOU DECIDE IT IS TIME TO GO.

PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ASAP FOR THE CATERER!  YOU CAN PAY ME WHEN YOU ARRIVE.  I WILL SEND DIRECTIONS AND COORDINATES OUT IN ANOTHER EMAIL.  PLEASE DO NOT FORGET FIREWOOD IF YOU HAVE IT AND CANOPY.  




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Happy Trails!
 
Ann Flanagan

HOTC Annual Halloween Campout, October 25-27, 2013

posted Aug 30, 2013, 12:49 PM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit

We are changing the menu a bit.  We have had so many requests to go back to the LBJ Grasslands, we are changing for you!  More details coming soon!  The usual Pet Costume Parade/Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest, and the Scary Trailer Contest.  Get your thinking caps on!  

Important News, Campouts, Information from HOTC!

posted Aug 2, 2013, 2:13 PM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit

Hope all are doing well!  Not a bad July, and hope August will be as good!

It is that time again...dues and elections.  Janie sent out an email with instructions, I proofread it, and we both forgot the amount!  $65.00 to the WBCCI and mail to Janie Wagenor, 6113 Rolling Wood Trail, Ft. Worth, Tx., 76135.  Her cell is 817-253-0210 if you have questions.  If you joined HOTC after July1, 2013, your dues are good through 2014.  To be put in the directory, we need to have your dues in by October 30, 2013.  If you have any changes you need to make as far as your address, email, etc., you need to contact the WBCCI at: www.wbcci.org
In the new Bylaws and Policy, Article IV, the Executive Board will appoint a three member "Nominating Committee".   After accepting the nomination, each of the three, will nominate one candidate for each office, and submit a written report to the Executive Board , then I will distribute to membership for a vote.  If anyone would like to volunteer, please let me know!!!!  Enough business!

Coming up...The Tin Can Tourists will hold their Fall Rally on September 26-29, 2013 at the Coffee Creek Rv Resort in Santo.  Some of you went last spring and had a blast!  Please find attached Registration Form if you would like to go!  This will not be the September Campout for HOTC, but want to support TCT!  It is a great club!

Also coming up is the Texas Vintage Airstream Rally, "Come and Take It" in Gonzalez, Tx., on October 3-7, 2013.  Many of us have attended these rallies, and have had a great time!  Lots of vintage trailers along with some great Airstreamers.  You do not have to be vintage to go!  Please find attached Registration for this rally as well.  

Just prior to this email, I sent out the September Rally (9-13 thru 15, 2013) at Fort Parker State Park, close to Mexia.  Please sign up if you are interested!  New place for HOTC, and I think a good one!  

Don't forget our annual Halloween Campout at Jacksboro 10-25 thru 27th at the Ft. Richardson State Park!  Had a great time there last year!  

Last but not least, our Christmas Annual Campout, again at Coffee Creek in Santo, December 6th - 8th.

If anyone has an idea for November, it is the best camping weather, just let me know!

Hope everyone is having a great summer!  Hope to see you all soon!  Lots of camping coming up on the horizon!  Let's go!  
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September Campout - September 13 - 15, 2013 @ Fort Parker State Park, Mexia, Tx.

posted Aug 2, 2013, 2:09 PM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit

September Campout!  Hopefully we will have cooled down a bit!  Come join HOTC and friends of HOTC to enjoy this historic park.  Small lake and the Navasota River allow canoes, kayaks to enjoy the scenery and birdwatching.  Fort Parker Historic Site closeby, along with Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site.  Typical HOTC aggenda.  Friday night Happy Hour and Potluck.  Catch up with everyone and hopefully meet some new members!  Ditto for Saturday night.  THERE ARE 25 SITES WITH WATER AND ELECTRICITY!  THE PARK HAS ARRANGED FOR 2 ADDITIONAL SITES WITH 20 AMP ELECTRIC WITH A LONG CORD.  9 MORE ADDITIONAL SITES WITH NO HOOKUPS - SOME SHADE, SOME NOT.  I KNOW SOME OF YOU WILL STILL BE VACATIONING, BUT THOSE OF YOU HERE, DON'T HESITATE IN MAKING YOUR RESERVATION!
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/fort-parker
Make reservation online or you may call 254-562-5751

Happy Trails!
Ann Flanagan
HOTC President

June Campout - Fandangle Musical - Albany, Tx. Ft. Griffin, June 20 -23, 2013

posted May 20, 2013, 9:46 AM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit

Folks: Come join us for the "Oldest Outdoor Musical in Texas" in Albany, Tx.  If you have not made your reservation, please do so asap.  Jane, at Ft. Griffin can only hold the sites through the end of the day.  We have seven confirmed reservations, and they were holding 20 sites.  Can't hold any longer!  Call Jane at Ft. Griffin at 325-762-3592 to hold a site, and then call Melenie at 325-762-3838 to reserve your seat for the musical. They are holding 30 seats for us!  Be sure to tell them you are with Heart of Texas Camping Unit. Please go to http://fortgriffinfandangle.org for more information.  This event starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday.  We will see the show on Saturday night. If you can't make the full 4 days, that is fine. Just reserve the days you want! A lot of activities going on!  Meals will be on your own, but a lot of meals being served in town.  Read the activities on the above website. It will be June, so be prepared!  Sites have water and electricity.
Hope to see everyone there!  
Ann Flanagan
HOTC President

May Campout! Lone Star VAC Presents: "The ShagadelicAirstream Gig" May 17-19, 2013 Bend, Tx.

posted Mar 4, 2013, 7:09 AM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 11:52 AM ]

 

 

 

LONE STAR VAC PRESENTS THE 4TH ANNUAL CAMPOUT

“THE SHAGADELIC AIRSTREAM GIG”

BAREFOOT CAMP, BEND, TX.

MAY 17-19, 2013

 

 

NANOO, NANOO! PEACE , LOVE, & FLOWER POWER!

 

It is time again to like join the vintage trailers, and the vintage supporters, and ‘book” on down to Barefoot Camp, in Bend, Tx., where we are going “to take it to the limit”!  We are going to “chill” along the Colorado River in 38 pull through sites, WITH water and electricity.  Dump site on premises, “no duh”.  Call Jackie and Charlene Brewster, really “cool cats”, at 325-628-3395 or email @ barefootcamp.com and make your reservation “pronto”!  The “mullah”: $20.00 a night for two, and each additional “cat” is $5.00.  “What it is, what it is”… Rally fee is $15.00 a person!  That “daddy-o Big Tony” will be serving us some BBQ!  No way, Jose!!!!

Send rally fee to:

Bad Cat, Lance McEwan

715 Cattail Circle

Harker Heights, Tx. 76548

“BE THERE OR BE SQUARE”!

 

Here is the “skinny…can you dig it”?

 

Friday May 17th:

Arrive and “feel the funk”!

5:00 – 7:00 – “Far Out” Happy Hour – Bring your favorite “gogo” drink and “munchies”s to the “Psychedelic Pavilion” and “beat the drag”

7:00pm – “Groovin Potluck”

“Get down and boogie”!

“Dream on”!

 

Saturday May 18th:

“Take a chill pill”!

Breakfast on your on, “backatcha”!

There are some pretty “far out” places to check out…Colorado Bend State Park, Gorman Falls, not to mention Barefoot Camp with over 3 miles of river frontage!  Canoes, kayaks, swimming, hiking…”neato, beato”!

1:00 – 3:00 “Looking Good Shaggin Wagon” Open House!  Open your “crib” to “psyche” everyone out!  Optional, totally!  “Don’t be a dork”, let them in! “Right on”!

5:00 – 7:00pm – Grab your baby and don your threads to the Psychedelic Pavilion for Happy Hour.  Second verse, same as the first!  Don’t be a phony!  Best dressed babe and man contest!  Prize awarded! 

7:00 ISH – Big Tony’s BBQ dinner!  “Far out”!  “In your face”! 

Bring a dessert if you like!

“May the force be with you”!

 

Sunday May 19th:


“Spaz out”!  Breakfast on your own.  Just “chill”!  “Blow off”!  “Keep on tuckin…keep Smokey the bear behind you”.  “10-4 good buddy, split”!

 

“Like”, a few more details.  Bring firewood if you have it!  Bonfires are “right on”!  Bring your outdoor patio “threads”…there are stickers and burrrrs.  If you “dig” fishing, canoeing, kayaking, bring it on!  Good hiking shoes is a plus if you plan on doing Gorman Falls.  It is a great hike, but challenging at the end.  Gray water discharge is cool with “the man”.  You must be a WBCCI member “4-sho” to attend.  You also need to be a Vintage Airstream Club member to attend.  We will be taking memberships at the VAC, if you are not a member already.  We want you to come and see how the VAC “get’s down” to have a good time.  Call today or email today for reservations, make sure and tell them you are with the Lone Star Vac Airstream Club.  Once the 38 sites fill up, there are “boondocking” sites available.  Awesome!

Call Lance McEwan, Region 9 VAC Rep.,  @254-258-7095, Paul Mayeux, VAC 2nd Vice-President @ 817-919-3651, or Ann Flanagan, HOTC President @817-919-6098 for any questions.

 

“Groovin” on a May afternoon!

 

Please fill out attached registration form to attend and send along with check to Lance McEwan at above address. 

 

 

 

HOTC April 19 - 21, 2013 Campout, Revolver Brewing Company, Granbury, Tx

posted Feb 17, 2013, 12:22 PM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 11:53 AM ]



Folks:
What happens when you mix Revolver Brewing Company and Heart of Texas Camping Unit?  Let's find out!!!  It is sure to be a good time!!!  Ron, Doris, Rhett, and Jennifer Keisler have invited us to the Revolver Brewing Company to camp!  If you missed the grand opening in October, well, here is your chance!  Here is the plan:

Arrive Friday afternoon.  Someone will be there to arrange our parking.  This will be a boondocking event.  Be sure to come with a full tank of water, charged batteries, and an empty black tank!!!  Generators will be allowed and parked respectively.  
Dinner Will Be On Your Own!!!!! So plan to either pick something up on your way, or make your own.  Plenty of good restaurants around!  Please eat though!  Remember Grapevine...
5:00 - 7:00 - Happy Hour - Bring your favorite hors d'oeuvre and drink to the covered porch area.  BEER WILL BE PROVIDED!!!
We will sit around the fire pit and enjoy!

Saturday - The Pecan Plantation Spring Garage Sale Begins Early!!!!!!  So start your engines and get ready to go to Pecan Plantation for the big garage sale!  Gates will be open to the public!  Breakfast and lunch are on your own.  
10:00 - 11:00 Trailer "open house"!  We will invite the public in to see our shiny trailers!  So set the table pretty, cause company is coming!!!!!  This is optional, but so much fun.
12:00 - 3:00 - Revolver Brewery Tasting opens to the public.  We will make all efforts to get everyone through the trailers so that they may move onto the tasting.  Everyone is invited to take the tour and enjoy.  Check out the souvenirs and t-shirts!
5:00 - 7:00 - Happy Hour - Ditto!
Dinner: 7:00 - We will start the grill and everyone brings their choice of meat, and a side to share.  
Enjoy the company and the fire pit again.  

Sunday - Breakfast on your own.
Visit and enjoy the camaraderie!  
Head Home :(

Just a couple of other things...Revolver will provide beer as part of the $20.00 camping fee.  *An exception will be the time during which Revolver will be holding the Tour and Tasting event from Saturday noon till three!*  All Airstreamers are encouraged to experience the Tour and Tasting event which includes a Revolver glass, Beer, a tour, and Live Music!!!!!  There is an additional charge of $10.00 per person for this really fun event!    After the public has cleared, Revolver will put the beer back on tap for us! Revolver has requested that NO other alcohol be present when the public is in attendance.  During the open house, you need to stay with your trailer or take turns if you are a couple.  There could be quite a few people, so be mindful!  The gates will be closed after the testing and at night, so please run any errands early.  Please send Ron and email and a check as soon as possible so that he can determine how much parking space to allocate to the Airstreamers.  I think it will be a "Revolving"  good time!  Hope to see everyone there!

Contact info for Ron:

Revolver Brewing 
5650 Matlock Road
Granbury, Tx. 76049


HOTC March Campout! 3-28 thru 3-31, 2013! We will join the Tin Can Tourist , West Texas Round-Up in Santo!

posted Feb 1, 2013, 11:01 AM by HeartofTexasCampingUnit HeartofTexasCampingUnit

Folks:
I just spoke with Teresa Archer, hosting the first Tin Can Tourist campout in Texas at the Coffee Creek RV Resort, to inquire about combining the rally with HOTC.  She was excited!  We all share the love of trailers, vintage, and the camaraderie of our fellow campers, so with that being said, we will join forces!  The Tin Can Tourists, www.tincantourists.com , were organized in 1919, in Tampa, Florida, with the stated objective "to unite fraternally all autocampers"!  Their agenda reads a lot like a HOTC agenda, so I think will be a lot of fun! Please find the attached registration form.  There is a $30.00 Rally fee that includes the TCT Membership fee, and a catered dinner, games, door prizes, etc.  You will also need to call Coffee Creek RV Resort to make your reservation.  Please tell them you are with the Tin Can Tourist Rally!!!!!  Again, please download the registration and read the agenda for further information!  
Hope to see everyone there, and hope to meet a lot of new campers!!!! 
Please call Teresa Archer @ 254--592-1881 or myself, for a copy of the registration.  Or you can email heartoftexascampingunit@gmail.com and I will email you one! 
 

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Happy Trails!
 
Ann Flanagan
HOTC President

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