Our quick Texas road trip is over. Since we will not be able to go to our southern home this winter because of medical issues, we made a quick decision to head to Texas. Decision was made on Sept 22 and we departed Sept 25 with our Cherokee pulling our small motorcycle trailer behind. Our teacher granddaughter Kathleen in Edmonton has a teaching friend, Vanessa in Rockport, TX. Hurricane Harvey had wiped out much of the school including all of the reading books. So Kathleen started a project at her school to collect elementary reading books and needed a way to get them to TX. Since we were going down, we took 7 boxes of books, posters, scribblers, etc and met with Vanessa. The school was still closed so she would be storing them in the back of her SUV. Rockport is in shambles. Many buildings are demolished and there were stacks of trees, building materials, appliances along the streets everywhere. Many roofs were damaged or gone. Some buildings seemed to be fine but most had some damage. I have included this picture of a five story boat storage building to show the power of Harvey. It was amazing that Weslaco hardly got a raindrop out of Harvey.
We arrived Leisure World about 4pm on Thursday, September 28. We met with Ardy and Gordie Thompson who said they would buy us dinner later at the The Ranch House. We then went to see Joanne and Don Kurtenbach for a few minutes. While there we seen people coming to the Annex for cards. We got to see Lloyd and Mary, Maxine, Pat LaFoe, Roxy and a big surprise was Chuck and Shirley Harreld. Chuck and Shirley were down getting some dental work done before heading to Iowa until thanksgiving. As we were leaving we seen Roxie Foxy and told her not to tell her folks that we were in town. We would surprise Dan and Fran later that evening.
Then we would begin sorting through our possessions and deciding what we would take back to Canada. The next day we put our Jeep Liberty up on Craigslist and had it sold within a few minutes. Rita and Scott arrived a couple of days later and had convinced us that they would be willing to put our mobile up for rent as all there units were rented and they were still getting requests. On Monday our daughter Brenda and grand-dog Pepper arrived from Cypress to assist us and take some things home with her. She would take some of our tools to grandson Dylan. We went to the park meeting on Tuesday and seen most of the other full-time Texans. Jim Edwards led a very short meeting.
We would close up the mobile on Thursday and were on our way by noon. It was a week long very sweet visit and we will miss our winter friends and fun tremendously. Hopefully we will get renters and if we are able to return in 2018 we would love that. The road trip amounted to 5,444 miles or 8,761 kilometers.