Beautiful view of Marmaris, Turkey.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? The village of Gökçe near Akyaka, Turkey.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Denizli, Turkey on November 4th for a one week stay.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Lots of free overnight spots in Texas

Our original plan was to overnight in quite a few of the Texas State Parks, but since they closed we have had no problem finding good free overnight spots.

Oh, and speaking of Texas State Parks, they are re-opening their day use areas as of Monday! Great news for those of us who like to get some exercise and fresh air.

Yesterday, we did the short drive from Johnson Park north of Abilene to the town of Hamlin. Along the way, we stopped at an Alon gas station in Hawley, where the price of gas was $1.26 USD per gallon ($0.47 CAD per liter).

But, we only put in twenty bucks worth! Why? Well because we are headed towards the town of Childress where the price is even cheaper at $1.03 per gallon ($0.38 CAD per liter)! So we want to arrive there as empty as possible.

It was kind of funny to put $20 in Sherman's tank and actually see some noticeable movement on the fuel gauge!

American avocet.

We had read of municipal camping area in the town of Hamlin at their sports park. I could only find one listing about it, where it had said that one night is free, and after that it is $13 a night. But when we arrived, we could not find a single sign or notice anywhere about pricing. So we pulled in and got parked up and figured we would just wait until somebody came by, although we doubted that anybody would.

There are maybe 14 sites here with 30 amp electric and water.

But we are the only ones here.

We have a waterfront view!

Ruth baked some gluten free bread yesterday.

Yesterday's drive 39 miles (62 kms).

Heading a little further north today.

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14 comments:

  1. Ruth must have found yeast somewhere!

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    1. Bob and Denise had some extra that they gave to me, I had enough for this loaf and one more loaf in a week's time or so. Bought some groceries today and still couldn't find any. :-(

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  2. It would be nice for more state parks to open for self-contained camping. As you are showing, social distancing is quite possible. We appreciate those municipal campgrounds and have used them frequently. They are miles ahead of a Walmart parking lot, but they are not generally destinations as such.

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    1. It would be nice to see that but we don't expect that to happen for a little while yet.

      We enjoy the little municipal campgrounds too, but too often they get too busy for us, they are still way better than a Walmart though. :-)

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  3. Nice camping locations and even better gas prices. Too bad we can't see prices that low.
    Kathy thought the American Avocets looked weird.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the serenity.

    It's about time.

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    1. We have found some very nice little places here in Texas. Most little towns have a small campground, some are free, some are low cost and some not so much. When we find the free ones or the low cost ones we like to support them and the town, at least when things are normal.

      It sort of looks like the avocets have their beaks on upside down, lol. :-)

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    1. Thanks Chris, it was nice to have bread again, we don't have it very often.

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  5. I hope you get to stop at Cap rock canyon. A beautiful place to hike

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    1. We have stayed at Cap Rock Canyon two years ago and really liked it but it looks like we will be missing it this year. The parks are only just starting to open up again and tomorrow is supposed to be the first day but only for day use and you have to book a reservation ahead of time online. Hopefully we can stop at Palo Duro for a hike though. We will try to see if we can get reservations for it. :-)

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  6. Well if I was ever to head back to Texas, those would be swell places to stop for the night or 2.....With rascally colored snakes and my fading memory of which color is friendly and the other..not so...Naw....David will not be visiting..Good thing they were there for you folks...Ride On!

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    1. There are lots of nice places to overnight at or stay for a day or two under normal circumstances. I know there were a few places that we would have loved to explore further but they will have to wait for another time when things are back to normal, if normal ever happens. Thanks for following along on our journey. :-)

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  7. Does Ruth bake in the oven or a bread maker? It looks delicious but I’ve heard so many people say their camper oven do not cook well? Interested to know your secret! Love your pictures!!!

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    1. I use our motorhome oven for all my cooking and baking. I don't normally have any issues with it. I find that I just have to keep a close eye on my baking, sometimes things cook a little quicker than normal and sometimes a little longer than normal but it is rare that I ever have a major failure, if ever! The only tip I can give, would be to check on the item a little sooner than the time allotted and then keep checking until it looks done. I also usually turn the item around in the oven part way through the cooking time. I think it just takes practice and patience to get a feel for your oven.

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