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Road Notes: Day 122

We usually take Fridays off as a fun day to do whatever we want. Since yesterday was spent doing not fun stuff, today is the day. Our campsite is gorgeous and we are going to enjoy it.

Branden and I took a morning walk near the boat launch, around the stream, and a bit into the woods. I was told this camp is overrun with pecan trees. I do occasionally find nuts on the ground, but I have yet to find any pecans. Honestly, I don’t know what pecan trees look like. Perhaps it’s not the right season. What is in season are wildflowers. They are everywhere. Around camp, there are fields of Bluebonnets. I can’t believe a flower that big and fragrant and beautiful is a wildflower. We found an adorable little spot next to the water and decided to return with a picnic. While Branden worked out, I began making us some sandwiches, coleslaw, deviled eggs, pico de gallo, and packed us all up. We got back to our spot and got settled in.

I am an extremely clumsy person. I am constantly harming myself and things around me. I had destroyed both of our only two wine glasses recently. I picked up two more cheap ones yesterday. I packed one for the picnic, which I promptly dropped. It lasted about 24 hours. Welp. More wine straight from the bottle.

The picnic was perfect. We polished off the rest of a (gifted) bottle of 2016 Three Brooms Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (which I highly recommend.) Every time the wind would blow, we would get a whiff of the wildflowers. There were fish swimming in the brook next to us. We stuffed our faces and listened to music. At times living in an RV feels like so much work. It can be full of failures and apprehensions. At the very least, the nature of the lifestyle certainly demands so much of your time (don’t let vanlife social media accounts fool you into thinking its all happy fun times. It’s a lot of work.) But in moments like these…when you walk outside your home to a new, breathtaking landscape, a place you’ve never been before…that’s when you are humbled with the reminder as to what an amazing opportunity this is.

A lady came around to where we were picnicking to take some pictures, and we got to talking. She was a very sweet Texas native who told us all about the wildflowers here. LBJ and Lady Bird initiated the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, in which wildflowers were spread across the country (special emphasis being given to their home state of Texas.) This time of year, they are in full bloom. Once again, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time, with no credit given to our pre-planning.

We relaxed, worked a little, and built a fire in the evening. Somewhere is Florida we picked up a few interesting beers we had never tried before. Tonight we cracked open an ‘Altbier’ called Ehrenfelder from producer Freigeist. It was a brilliant deep-redish color, but otherwise it was just ok. Nothing particularly mind blowing. Some grilled steaks over an open fire for dinner. An episode of Star Trek, TOS (we are slowly making our way through it). Then we hit the hay. Tomorrow we move campsites again. I’m glad we utilized this great spot while we were here.


Road Notes are timed entries—written in thirty minutes or less at the end of each day. Considerations are made for spelling/legibility but not for grammar.

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