News from the Road
Where: Fort Richardson State Park, Jacksboro, Texas
Well, it was pointed out to me (quite fairly!) today that I've been a slacker about managing our web page. All I can say is "Yup, I've been slacking and relying on our emails. I'll try to catch up!"
The calendar, at least, is up to date (because it updates itself when I create events, but let's not nitpick!) And the calendar tells me that on the 17th-20th the Rhymes & Vines music festival will be in full swing at Melody Mountain Ranch. (In fact they'll let us set up camp from Wednesday night the 16th!) From their site it looks like the sites they have left might be boondocking, but it's not clear so if you haven't reserved and want to join us, give them a call.
I'll try to be good and write about Texas Country Air in a day or two!
We're gathering in Hico, Texas at the city's Bosque River RV Park 19-21 September 2014 to celebrate the arrival of decent camping weather with great friends, good food and a relaxed good time. As a matter of fact, we're taking over the park for the weekend, we arranged for the city to promise us the whole place and it looks like we're going to fill every one of the developed campsites. We're allowed to boondock in the park, though, so if you'd still like to come you're certainly welcome... the long-range forecast shows cool nights and warm days!
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!
Friday 17 January
Saturday 18 January
Sunday 19 January
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
Make reservation online or you may call 254-562-5751
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!