Thursday, June 30, 2011


We are prepping our FW for extended travel and decided to convert the coat closet into a pantry. I suggested just stacking cans and boxed goods in the closet but my wife would not agree. So off I go to my favorite Home Depot. Purchased a 6ft x 12" wire shelf. Since I've used wire shelving in our S/B I already had a bolt cutter (sometimes called a lock cutter). While I hear of people cutting these things with a hack saw, I prefer using a bolt cutter since that is quicker and less strenuous.
Here is the empty coat closet.
Three shelves each 13" wide.
Yep, looks like a pantry now. Dog food and treats go on bottom shelf.

All I have to do now is figure out a way to keep everything on the shelves while we are traveling down the road. I'll let you know about that later.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Goliad State Park

Twice now we have been to Goliad State Park.  Our first trip was over Memorial Day Weekend with Laura and Gage.  This weekend it is with Carol’s sister and her hubby. The close proximity to Corpus Christi makes this an easy location where we can rehearse our new lifestyle.

Goliad State Park is located in South Texas on US HWY 183/77A about 1 mile South of Goliad  and 25 miles North of Refugio. This region carries strong historical significance for Texas.

The city of Goliad hosts Market Days the 2nd Saturday of each month.  This is a typical small town collection of local artisans as they display and sell their products.

Of course while we are rehearsing our new life on wheels, we enjoy learning how to prepare our main meal outside on the cool portable grill. Here we are about to enjoy grilled Mahi-mahi with corn and green beans. Of course had I taken a photo of the plating you would see the Mango Salsa on the fish.  If you scratch your display and get real close to your monitor, you should be able to enjoy the savory aroma from the grill. If that did not work, then you probably need to download the scratch-n-smell app from Microsoft.

Today is a day of rest – sorta. Looks like we are rearranging the kitchen a bit. Later, I will be back flushing the black tank. Then it will be nap time.
Tomorrow we will be visiting Texas South Wind Vineyard and Winery. Then for dinner we are splurging with a visit the Hanging Tree Restaurant in Goliad. The restaurant sits across the street from the Hanging Tree.

The following inscription is on a marker provided by the Texas Historical Commission in 1964.
"The Hanging Tree Site for court sessions at various times from 1846 to 1870. Capital sentences called for by the courts were carried out immediately, by means of a rope and a convenient limb. Hangings not called for by regular courts occurred here during the 1857 ‘Cart War’ - A series of attacks made by Texas freighters against Mexican drivers along the Indianola - Goliad - San Antonio road. About 70 men were killed, some of them on this tree, before the war was halted by Texas Rangers. (1964)"
I leave you with this parting photo of the American Flag standing in front of our rig.