We departed from Home Base San Antonio a week ago today, and arrived yesterday in Williams, AZ, which will serve as our base camp for a week or more as we explore the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and other northern Arizona destinations.
Our first stop was only an hour outside San Antonio, in Kerrville, TX. We wanted to spend some time with our friends,
Jay & Kris, plus we had some tools of theirs to return, so we hung out with them for a few days at Kerrville-Schreiner Park.
It’s a city park now, but until 2004 it was a state park, with 517 acres of trails, camp sites, cabins, wildlife, and riverfront access to show for it. Very pleasant stay, and highly recommended as a camping destination.
Funny Thing 1: Giant crawdad at the boat launch. I really don’t like knowing they grow this large, but…
… if we hadn’t found it, we wouldn’t have learned that Jay is some sort of crawdad whisperer. He unhooked the leash from one of his doggies, dangled it in the water, and used it to lead. the crawdad. out.
The doggies were most amused by this new plaything.
You think regular old dog breath is bad? Tim got a kiss from Pixie, who’d just licked the crawdad. Eeeeewwww!
Funny Thing 2: Unexplained teepee in the park
Funny Thing 3: There were signs everywhere advising against touching or feeding the deer, but I ask you, who can resist a face like that?
Funny Thing 4: We took in downtown Kerrville’s 2nd annual Chalk Fest. Let’s just say that Linus, Snoopy and Charlie Brown weren’t the only characters we saw on those sidewalks, and it. was. awesome.
We also went into the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center (it’s free!), and looked up. Trippy!
Funny Thing 5: I giggled. And although I make no apologies for having the sense of humor of an 8-year-old boy, wouldn’t “Kerrville Public Library” have been a less cringe-worthy name?
Funny Thing 6: It’s not funny. The day before we left, Jay helped Tim tighten up our trailer brakes. And that’s when they noticed we’ve got some suspension issues, probably relating to the Tire Incident back in January. I don’t understand all the details, but we figured we could make it safely (albeit bumpily) to AZ with the springs and shocks in their current condition. We’ll get everything back in better working order before we leave there, though.
Our itinerary: Three days of driving, from Kerrville to Roswell to Ruidoso to Pie Town to Williams
Funny Thing 7: Pie Town, NM, is about as big as that crawdad we found, but the people there know it and play to that particular strength wisely. They’re friendly as hell too, as you can see from this welcoming sign on the RV park bath house, which is open to anyone who may need it. Our receipt might say we stayed at the Pie Town RV Park, but according to the folks we met in town, we really stayed at Penny & Jay’s.
Few things make me smile like an honor system cash box. This is how we paid for our spot, one of six in the gravel lot adjacent to Penny & Jay’s.
And yes, when in Pie Town, you find whichever restaurant is open (unusual hours for all three, so plan ahead), and prepare to be treated like family when you walk in the door. “Hi! Where y’all from? Before I forget, we’re out of meat loaf and mashed potatoes tonight, but we can give you a second side with whatever main dish you choose. Is that OK?”
We ate dinner at The Gatherin’ Place, saved room for Very Berry Pie, and left our mark on one of their door frames. Can you find ownlessdomore.us?
Very Berry Pie: just the right mixture of tart and sweet, with a wonderfully flaky crust. Worth every calorie!
Funny Thing 8: We learned a late lesson in RV kitchen storage upon our arrival in AZ. Don’t let the pizza cutter ride next to the pastry brush.
Coming up in a few days: the best Grand Canyon photos a girl can get on an iPhone. See ya when we’re done exploring!