RVillage Has a New Look

I have been using RVillage lately as one of the go-to places for RVing info. It's a whole social network just for RVers - full part, part time, seasonal or wanna-be RVers. It's a great place for info, discounts and connecting with like-minded people. Find me there!

I just noticed that they have a new beta site and a new look. I like the way it looks. A little more modern and clean. Right now, it's only available to Gold level members. 

This is the current look of the website. 


This is the new view. 

The More link has the following info:


Search has moved to the top along with the Gold Membership info. RV Parks has it's own button now. Market Place is now split out to Businesses and RVillage Store. As you scroll down the pages, the menu bar "floats" at the top. Blogs appear very similar, but the new site has larger pictures and only a couple lines of "preview" of the posting. Creating a blog post on the new site seems to be missing some functions. Groups function pretty much the same as well. 

Profiles 

They now have a cover photo. Friends and Photos are shown on the side, more like a Facebook feel.

Old:


New:



Posts now have multiple "Like" options and they are in color! Ooh...ahh! 👍🏻💓😂😢😠


If you don't like the new site, you have the option of going back to the old feel. 



There are more small differences and I'll be checking them out, but this was a "first glance" update.



Camping at Big Creek

Big Creek Marina & Campground, Lake Somerville

North Shore, Park Road 4
979-596-1616

March 5-7, 2021 - 2 Nights
Type of Park: Private-owned
Check In: 4p    Check Out: 3p

Site #99 - Back-In

$30 per night
  • Water
  • 20/30 amp
  • Grill - good shape
  • Fire Ring With flip top grate. Not all sites have them. 
  • Picnic Table
  • Hook on pole for light, etc
  • Very close to restrooms/showers
  • Large site. Plenty of room for multiple slides.

👍🏻 Pros:

  • No trees to avoid
  • Good area for camping in groups
  • Good view of the Lake. Site is almost parallel with the Lake instead of perpendicular like most of the other sites. Camper faces setting sun. 
  • Close to good swimming areas
  • Can bring golf carts, ATV's (machines with steering wheels, not handle bars)

👎🏻 Cons:

  • No shade or wind break

📝 Park Notes: 

  • Gates closed and locked from midnight to 6 am on weekends. Closed at 10 pm on week days. 
  • Dump Station - a little hard to get to for big rigs. Also hard to leave the park from there. You may have to go back into the park to turn around.
  • Park Store - has fishing bait and supplies, too 
  • Sites on this loop have crushed granite in the pad sites
  • The pavilion is available to rent for up to 60 guests
  • There is a Places Munzee here

🐦 Wildlife:

  • Birds: LOTS of Robins, Kestrel, Cormorants, Mud Hens, Pelicans, Osprey, Sandhill Cranes (flying over)
  • Deer
  • Squirrels
  • Coyotes
  • Frogs

Friday

Filled both tanks with propane since they were mostly depleted from the big freeze. Mama followed me out and decided to stay the night. It was her first overnight trip with me in the camper. Drove around the park and took her to the store. Only a handful of campers out here today so the campground was very quiet. The lake is a little low right now. Very windy tonight! It was rocking the camper. The TV is working well with the Chromecast and Discovery+ with the MiFi. We turned in early. It got COLD during the night, so I got up and turned the heater on. It helped. Thank goodness for the propane!

Saturday

Got up in the morning and it was still pretty windy. Made the coffee on the stove instead of trying to build a fire. Brought out the griddle and made bacon and pancakes for breakfast. My brother came out and stayed for a while. Since it was so windy, it was a good day to fly the kite. They all left to do their own thing and I had most of the afternoon to myself. I made lunch with that lemon pepper chicken breast and a little bit of the herb and butter rice. I sat out front of the camper out of the wind and got a little sun. Actually got a lot of sun. My face is all red. The Snook girls basketball team was the semi finals for the state title and they lost by about six points. I watched it live on Facebook.  Made a quick run to Dollar General to pick up a couple of things and came back. I had bought some Eskimo pies at Dollar General and I gave one to Paula at the gate and she sure appreciated it. She's a great Park Host. 


Mama and Daddy decided to come back for steak night. We drove around the park first and saw a few deer and the Osprey. Finally the wind died down so we were able to make a fire in the fire ring. It was a real clear night and a lot of stars were out. It’s supposed to get into the low 40s tonight. After they left I sat by the fire for a while. The frogs were singing up a storm and then the coyotes joined in.

Sunday

I got up fairly early and made a small campfire and put the coffee on. There's a few more boats out this morning. Very little wind so it's perfect conditions for fishing, fires and whatnot. Low 40s and the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Made my coffee, bacon, scrambled eggs and toast on the fire. It was a good breakfast and a very relaxing morning. Why does it always taste so much better when made over a fire? Perfect time to have "church" with the Good Lord. Went to my brother's house nearby for a little while and got some plants from him. Went back to the campsite and started consolidating things. Had to wait in line behind someone at the dump station who was just getting started, but we had a nice conversation while I waited. She was from Illinois. 

It was a nice weekend. It would have been better without all the wind, but it is what it is. 








Texas Froze Over

We don't get very hard winters here in central Texas, but it sure made up for it this year! Texas had sub-freezing temperatures throughout the entire state. You know it's cold when Galveston and places down on the coast have snow!


❄ Sleet/snow started at my house on the evening of Sunday, February 14. I was NOT celebrating Valentine's Day, but that's another story. Temps were dropping and white stuff was falling and continued to fall throughout the night. We had been warned it was coming, so I drained all of the water from the lines in the camper to get ready. Moved a few plants indoors, put foam bonnets on exterior faucets. I recently got my propane tank topped off so I was good to go...or so I thought.

Everything was blanketed in white when I got up on Monday. It was a good day for working from home and it continued to come down. If it clinks on the window, it's sleet. If it's silent, it's snow. I love the silent snowfall! Until the "rolling" black outs started. I have propane heat, but it takes electricity to run the fan, thermostat, etc. It seems we were off more than we were on. More like 52 minutes on, 1 1/2 hours (or more) off.  Luckily I have a laptop and a mifi, so I charged everything when the electricity was on and coasted on battery power when it was off. After a while, I even kept my power brick charged and ready. This first night, the power went off and was off MOST of the night. I was under several layers of blankets and I was sooooo cold. With the rain/sleet/ snow combination, the side of the camper was glazed over and I couldn't get the door to budge. It went through one night of no heat.

Thank goodness I have a propane stove too. A strike of a lighter and I was able to make coffee! Who heard of single digit temps here and the wind chill was in the negative numbers! (Did I mention I live on the prairie?) The wind was awful! But no matter the temperature outside, a good Texas girl still has her Blue Bell. 

🐦 The birds sure appreciated the feed I put out for them. You know it's cold when the Mockingbirds are eating from the seed feeder. The cardinals showed up so pretty against the bright white background. I enjoyed watching them off and on over the days while I was working from home. I was NOT getting out on those slick roads with the black ice under all the pretty white. 

The freezing temps and outages continued for days. One day, the electricity blinked a few times before 8 am and it didn't come back until after 6 pm that evening. It was in the upper 40's INSIDE the house. I had finally gotten the camper open and turned on the heater on very low between 55-60°F just to keep pipes from splitting. I went out there for a little bit here and there during the day (but of course there was no water out there). I'm sure I looked like a shore bird running back and forth with the tide. I was dressed for function, not fashion. Thermals, wind pants, a thick warm robe, socks, slippers... Then I would add a heavy coat and Crocs boots if I walked outdoors. I was not built for this weather! Give me a 100° day any day over freezing temps!


I lost several branches from a few of my trees, but most of my trees are not huge (give them a couple more decades). My parents lost quite a few large limbs from the Live Oaks and Pecans in their yard. My cedar tree looked like a creature from a science fiction movie. It's like it grew legs and was trying to emerge from the ground. This was the "snow went away and the ice came in" stage. 

I survived and the camper seems to have survived as well.  Hooked up the water and tested everything and all looks good. I'm so glad I had drained all the water out ahead of time!






Camping on Easter Weekend

Big Creek Resort, Marina & Campground , Lake Somerville North Shore, Park Road 4 979-596-1616 April 1-4, 2021 - 3 Nights Type of Park: P...