Camping in Junction, TX

Image: Llano River next to the RV Park – Click to enlarge.

We’ve actually been here at the Llano River RV Park since yesterday. We decided to have a more relaxing weekend on the road.

We had some good meals while camping here; we had grilled pork tenderloin on Saturday and grilled Filet Mignon steaks today. Not too bad at all!

Next, we will be headed to Fort Stockton, TX, where we will be doing some provisioning from the local supercenter. We also will be stopping here in Junction to take on Diesel for the RV.

We’re looking to be home by the end of this new week.

Eclipse Day

What we anticipated to be a dismal forecast for the weather on Eclipse Day, turned out to be not so bad, especially during the totality phase. Clouds passed between us and the sun often, but then opened up for partial phase glimpses and during totality, most of the four minutes of darkness, we were able to see the corona and in the image below, a couple of prominences at two-thirty and five-thirty on the disc. The 5:30 prominence was huge.

I wasn’t very well-prepared to take photos given the woeful forecast, which affected my motivation, but I was able to attach the big 100-400mm telephoto lens and shoot bunches of photos hand-held (no tripod) and had a few fair results including the one above. Verna had similar results and captured the “Diamond Ring” at the end of the totality show:

As I’m blogging this, we are getting some moderate to heavy thundershowers with lightning and thunder, but, Praise the Lord, no tornadoes. The precipitation knocked out the satellite TV a few times, but it is up and running now.

We’re here until Wednesday and then off to other parts of Texas south of us towards the Gulf of Mexico and thence via westerly routes heading back to Arizona over the next several days.

Camping Day 12 — Waco, TX

Image: Flat Creek (left) and RV site 58 (right). Click to enlarge.

We didn’t post about our campsite last night since the internet connection was almost non-existent. (Note to self: next trip get Starlink and bypass crappy internet service.) At any rate. we had a nice overnight at Abilene, TX last night.

Tonight and for the next few nights we are where we expect to view the total solar eclipse on Monday. We’re all settled in and relaxing after another tedious driving day with gusty crosswinds most of the way from Abilene to here.

The outlook for clear skies on Monday for the eclipse isn’t looking too good as of the current weather forecast; mostly cloudy and possible rain. We are optimistic that we will be able to see some of the totality with breaks in the clouds possible.

Verna and I will be spending the weekend with our usual emphasis on dining, albeit on the road. The menu currently features entrees of Steak Salad (Filet Mignon, of course) and BBQ Country-style Pork Ribs. We hope y’all will eat as well this weekend.

Camping Day 9 — Lubbock, TX

After another day of gusty wind driving, we arrived last night in Lubbock, TX, for some R&R. We got all checked in to the campground, opened the slideouts, hooked up the sewer/water/electric and immediately had dinner that Verna prepared.

This campground is very nice, but has a couple of drawbacks in that there is a busy highway and a railway right next to it. We’re OK with that since we can run the RV Fan or A/C to provide some white noise to cover most of the outside noise.

We are going to grill a couple of steaks today and that will be dinner along with some veggies. We usually take a walk after that with the dogs. Later, we will watch TV and probably a movie. We’re really roughing it out here.

Tomorrow is shopping day with a stop planned in Sweetwater, TX for that activity. Thence on to Abilene, TX for a one-night stop before heading out to our eclipse-watching destination.

Camping Day 8 — Roswell, NM

Don’t let the sunshine (April) fool you about the weather here and on the drive from Albuquerque to Roswell; we had not-so-good weather most of the day until within a couple dozen miles of Roswell. We started out in the snow and drove through fog, sleet and gusty crosswinds along the route. We had a few light showers later in the trip along US 285 enroute to where we are now.

At any rate, we’re here and settled in for the night. We will be headed to Lubbock, Texas in the morning. We will be there for a couple of days as we continue to enjoy the trip to our eventual campsite where we are hoping for clear skies to enjoy the total solar eclipse.

Easter Sunday 2024

We’re camped in Albuquerque on this Easter Sunday. The dogs, Cabela and Tucker are with us relaxing in the RV. We will be here overnight and then headed out to Roswell, NM, tomorrow.

Our Easter dinner later today, will be Ham Steaks with Veggies. The Potted Easter Lily, below, is with us here in the RV. Click on the image to enlarge.

May this day find all the people of the world rejoicing in the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!