When Was Your Last Trip to Texas?

Longhorn Caverns off Park Road 4 near Burnet, TX is a wonderful experience for the entire family. Although the caverns are part of the park systems, the concessions and tours are operated by a private company so your State Park pass does not work for the same discounts you get at most Texas State Parks.  The tour takes about an hour and a half and is well worth the time and money.  It’s hard to imagine that this beautiful part of nature was once a meeting place of Comanche Indians, the Confederate Army, a club during the prohibition era and even a bomb shelter and Presidential office during the 60’s.  The rock formations are fascinating.  A must see!

I was recently asked what type music I enjoy when we’re in the RV and the answer is “oldies”.  Whether it’s old time rock & roll or old time country, it just seems to fit my relaxed mood.  We picked up a wonderful station out of Marble Falls, Real Country KBAY radio.  It had a mix of old country from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and todays hits.  Clear reception at Inks Lake State Park.
LBJ National Park and Museum was a fun and educational part of our trip. It has changed so much since I was there 20 years ago.. But everything has changed in the last 20 years. The tour is now a driving tour, narated by a CD and you get to actually see the home and Presidential plane now.  The National Parks Service has done a great job renovating the home to bring it back to it’s original glory.  There is a wonderful Junior Ranger program here for the kids.  They are given a booklet with questions about the tour and, upon complettion, were sworn in as official Junior Rangers complete with their own badges.

A fun way to learn.

Now for the real fun…visiting wineries in the Hill Country.  Our first stop was a small winery on Park Road 4 near Inks Lake State Park, Perrisos Vineyard.  We enterd this little piece of heaven and as we exited the truck we were greeted by Charlie, the family dog who apparently one main goal in life…to be charming and laid back!  Seth and Laura Martin, the owners of this vineyard, both greeted us nd, before we knew it, we had been there a couple of hours having a great time and enjoying some wonderful wine. The grandkids made themselves at home running through the vineyard and playing with the dog while the four of us sampled and enjoyed the day.  They have tastings every Friday and Saturday and our favorite was the 2008 Vintners Blend.  It became the preferred beverage at the campfire this trip. http://www.perissosvineyards.com/wines.html
Have you taken your RV to any of these places? Please share…

Have You Ever Had Sopapilla Cheescake?

When we go camping with the family, my son-in-law loves to cook in his Dutch ovens over the open fire and I have to admit, he has come up with some great meals. We tried a recipe I had found a few weeks ago in the Houston Chronicle and it was delicious…Sopapilla Cheesecake. The only thing we would change about this recipe would be to reduce the sugar just a little. It was great and would have been even more delicious with a small scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream. Surprisingly, the next morning, the cold cheesecake was a great mid morning snack. And, no I do not count the calories on a camping trip (lucky, most of my camping trips aren’t long ones or I’d be huge)


From Peggy Koonce Box

2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)

2 cups sugar (we would cut this down by 1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 stick butter

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Place 1 can crescent rolls in bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan sprayed with oil. Mix softened cream cheese with 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Spread cream cheese mixture over rolls. Lay second can of rolls over top of cream cheese layer. Melt butter and pour over rolls. Mix 1 cup of sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over butter. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Note: We doubled the recipe to fill a 5-quart Dutch oven.

Travel Games Are a Must Have

A good way to pass the time away while camping or RVing is playing board games. Seriously, what a better way to pass some time then a great game of Monopoly?  That’s right, I said Monopoly. It’s not just for the kids or old people. And if you don’t have it in your game cabinet, then I highly suggest getting it. Check

them out in the stores there are various versions for everyone Here’s a list of my top favorite games to keep in my rig.

  1. Monopoly
  2. Balderdash
  3. a deck of cards and poker chips
  4. Scrabble
  5. Phase 10

What are your favorite games to play?