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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Everything IS Bigger In Texas

It was our last night at Lackland FamCamp and the heavens opened up, just as we went to bed.  Not only did the rain pounding on the Journey's roof make us feel like we were inside a snare drum on parade, but the thunder and lightning probably the worst I had every heard.  Everything is bigger  in Texas, including storms.  The storm parked right on top of us and gave us its very best, but I wasn't worried.

After all, I had my surge protector on my electrical line and we were sitting on top of six large, rubber tires.  No sweat. We were safe.

Then I remembered the four steel leveling jacks, attached to the frame and pushing hard into the ground.

All of a sudden, I had a different thought on my mind.

I began to think I might have to find a better place to stay.

Fortunately, lightning didn't strike twice, or even once.

This morning, we left, once again wandering lost around another air force base trying to find the exit.  These bases are huge!

We did a long drive to get to the Escapees Headquarters and Campground in Livingston, Texas.  Of course, it was raining on and off the whole way.  At least there was no thunder and lightning.  We'll be here a couple of days seeing the campground and all the CARE facility.  Hopefully, we don't get hugged to death.  Stay tuned.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


  1. Texas has some mighty fantastic storms. We may have lived there close to 20 years but we never did get to the point that they lost their excitement.

    I'll be interested to read about your visit to Livingston.

  2. oh my gosh! my thoughts exactly! Everything is bigger in Texas! except I am SURE that storm was parked right on top of US last night. Im with you... I had never heard thunder blasts like I did last night... and the rain was SO loud over our heads during the night. But we all survived... YEEHAW!

  3. so guys, are you going East? My mother lives in Palestine.

    I'm trying to figure out a way to get email to you guys. Here is a link to my mary kay website. You could just shoot me a hello there with your email address. Then I can find you on facebook. you found an old facebook acoount that I don't even know the password for anymore. My new one should be invisible to most people unless you know my email address.
    I imagine yours is like that too.
    Hope you are safe in all that rain & those storms.
    God bless you guys!

  4. Friends who live in Texas were supposed to leave on their Phaeton vacation Friday, but decided to sit tight at home and leave Sunday instead. Sounds like they had good reason to change their plans.

  5. I'd skip the lightening, thank you very much, but rain on a tin that's heaven :)

  6. that sounds a bit scary, for sure! I never thought about those jacks. Although, even with rubber tires and no jacks down I can imagine lightning coming right through the windows and how do you get away from windows in a rig? My grandmother told a scary story about lightning that did this once when she lived in Virginia. scary.

  7. I hope they have you parked in the back at Livingston, not next to the highway. I think the back must be quieter. We were next to the highway the entire time we were there and all we heard was very loud, very fast traffic all night long. We had to leave to get a good nights sleep :)

  8. Don't like thunder and LIGHTENING no matter what size it is!?!?!

    Glad everyone and everything is OK!!

    Can't wait to see some pictures of the Excapees facilities.

    Safe Travels and Happy Trails....

  9. Hmmm would wooden blocks under your jacks take care of the metal jacks on ground + lightning problem??

    Looking forward to your visit to Escapees. Unless you are too busy getting hugged to see anything.

  10. I have a love/hate relationship with storms ~ I like the excitement of them but they still scare me... LOL LOL
    Have fun & Travel safe

  11. We use pads under our jacks for two reasons - lightning for one and also they keep the jacks from sinking into the mud. We've never been to Livingston so I am looking forward to your impressions while there.

  12. My nephew Marcus just finished basic training at Lackland. He is off to another Air Force base in Texas now for another round of training. He seems to like it. Wish you could have met him. He is a wonderful young man. My brother's son. You two take care and stay safe. I am so so glad you are living your dream of fulltiming! I want to fulltime (and travel)!

  13. hope the weather improves!..enjoy your stay in the big state of Texas!

  14. Love the rain on the roof...not so much the thunder and lightening!! :)

  15. Oh my goodness. . .we are in Columbus, right off I 10 between San Antonio and Houston. We must have gotten that same storm after you guys. . .about 3:30 that morning, it sounded like we were going through a car wash. . .wow!