Some good Bus Nut Friends from Washington State stopped by so we decided to show them what Texas is all about! After stopping by our house for a quick tour, we took them to Frontier Texas here in Abilene to learn some history. We had never visited it before and found it quite interesting. It really is a good place to stop and see how Texas came about and how hard it was to survive this sometimes harsh climate. Stories of Cowboys and Indians fighting over the rich land full of millions Buffalo. So many were killed they said you could walk on the bones from here to Dallas and never touch the ground. A new industry was born, what to do with all of the bones. They were sent by wagon to be made into things like buttons.
After the tour of Frontier Texas we needed to feed our appetites, so we headed to Buffalo Gap to have a late lunch at Perini Ranch. Of course we had to have steak, and it was fantastic! Not only some great steak, but we had to try some Jalapeno Bites as an appetizer. Man they were good!
We were sad to see them go as they are heading to Ft. Worth in the morning to continue their journey.
That is Vic checking out the bronze statues and display.
Donna and Vic in front of a massive Bronze Buffalo.
One of the many stuffed animals on the display, the Mighty Buffalo!
Donna and Vic in front of the impressive Silver Eagle that they built. He stuffed in a CAT 3406 400 hp engine coupled to an Allison 740 transmission. A lot of work went into the design and build of this coach and it shows!
Thanks for stopping by to see us! Have a safe journey, until we meet again!
It looks like the Eagles International website will be no longer soon. I’m in the process of copying and pasting several posts in the Project Section that I had for the bus. Once they shut it down, all that information will be lost. Grrrrr!
Here is the address: http://dreamscapesilvereagle.wordpress.com/
Many posts will be added hopefully today, so stay tuned for more posted information!
We moved into this house last month. How we came about this is quite a story. The owner is a photographer and friend of a good friend of ours. He used to rent out the grounds for weddings and other events, that is until a neighbor complained to Abilene’s City Council. After over 4 years of waiting, the owner is able to continue using the property for events. He is a photographer by trade and this was important to him. The house sits on 19 1/2 acres, and close to Abilene Christian University.
Construction was started in 1918 and finished around 1924. The builder lost everything during the Crash of 1929. The craftsmanship is amazing, with lots of delicate wood work. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room with a fireplace, dining room and a one half basement. The floors creak showing their age. There is also a cottage with a small attached garage. The grounds include several out buildings, a couple of lily ponds and a host of special places that demand to be photographed.
The above photo was taken a few days ago. I wanted to frame the bougainvillea with the dining room front windows.
We had to park the bus in the driveway as the telephone lines were to low to park anywhere on the rear of the property. I called AT & T a couple of weeks ago to see about getting them raised. They were out yesterday to complete the work. What an amazing crew they sent out. Very helpful and wanted to make sure I was satisfied with the new height. I can now move the bus out back close to a building so I can get power to it and prepare to do a little exterior work on it. As you can see, it needs a little powder and paint! lol
Our travels have not ended, just postponed for a little while.
We left New Braunfels a couple of days ago to make the 300 mile trip up to Abilene. We did not leave at our scheduled time, due to the fact that a bus was blocking us in. The driveway is quite long and we were parked in the back by Lake Dunlap. That is a long story in itself! It probably looked like an episode of Laurel and Hardy! We stopped in Georgetown to have lunch and visit with one of our dear friends. By the time we arrived at Buck Creek RV Park, it was 6:30 and I was pretty worn out. Thanks Richard and Missy for your warm hospitality and friendship!
The work that I was doing on their house had ended and he threw in pulling the engine out of his old bus and installing it in his new MCI 102 C3. (We picked up his new bus in Florida and on the drive back the rockers on one head came apart. He had to have it trailered from Florida to Texas, which was not cheap.) Along with a couple of other problems, he decided to make the engine swap. We first had his old bus in the driveway to pull the engine and transmission, then did the same thing to his new bus. It probably looked like a bus graveyard to their neighbors. It was quite a task, and for this old guy, I’m pretty worn out! lol We were there a little over 5 months and enjoyed the area a lot. We saw The Alamo, the Hill Country and everything in between. Even went to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, where we saw Reba! Now that was fun! It was amazing that they could put on a complete rodeo in one evening, then have time for the main attraction.
While we were in New Braunfels, I completed several of my bus projects. I built a couple of frames with air bags to give our bus some rear axle support. The coach has a torsalastic suspension, and the rear axle torsalastics are not being manufactured any more. Don’t understand, it’s only a 45 year old bus! It improved the ride and handling tremendously! It also raised our coach about 2″ in the rear, which was my goal. I also finished a couple of other smaller projects that had been started, just not completed. There is always something to do. It keeps me busy and out of trouble! lol
We are not sure how long we will be here in Abilene. We have some family stuff to take care of and while we are here, spend time with friends. There is no set date on when we’ll leave. That is one good thing about being retired, no calendar to go by!
It’s been a while since our last post, time and life has a way of dealing and changing our schedules.
We left Seal Rock RV Cove in November and arrived in New Braunfels, TX on Thanksgiving day. Our stay there ended due to some extenuating circumstances that I don’t need to repeat, as it will not serve any purpose.
Our friends in Texas informed us that they had an accident in their bus in October and needed our help on several projects. Their MC7 now had a smashed front end. A couple of cars pulled in front of them in a construction zone and then stopped. He could not stop their bus in time and hit the car in front of them. It did more damage to the bus because he tried to avoid them by running the front left steer wheel up a concrete median. It also slowed them down, but not enough. We might start tearing the skin off to see what part of the frame is bent or damaged.
They also needed help in their house, lots of remodeling to finish from a flood that happened a few years ago. He has some medical issues and felt like he was overwhelmed with all that needed to be done. We needed to get back to Texas anyway to get closer to Becky’s Mom in Abilene. So here we are!
I’ve been working 5 days a week doing framing, sheet rock, taping, texturing and painting. Something my old body is not used to. lol
Our trip from Oregon to our current location took just 7 days. We stopped to visit our families in California and Arizona along the way. We traveled each day, which made the trip less enjoyable. I hope the next trip we take will be easier on us, as we were pretty worn out every day.
We intend to be here until May or June, depending on how it all goes. Then we’ll head to Abilene and find an RV Park to stay in for a few months. After that who knows where we’ll end up! We do hope to get back into Camp Hosting at some point.
Happy Trails Everyone!
Come and visit us this past weekend! We hadn’t seen them since we left Vancouver back in May. The weather was not the best, but we were able to do some beach combing and even saw low tide at 11:17 pm Friday night! That was different!
Here we are out for our Saturday morning walk on the beach.
It was cold, raining and just flat-out miserable, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. We were able to go for a walk a couple of mornings down to Seal Rock and get some coffee and donuts to take back to camp and share with those who didn’t go. We also were able to enjoy a campfire in between rain showers! No smores though! lol We did enjoy a great meal outside with enough food to feed an army!
Doug, Lori and Mo left to go back home Sunday around noon. We hated to see them go, but somebody had to get back to work! Maybe next time the weather will co-operate.
Tom and Karen stayed for a couple of extra days. Tom retired a few months back so they decided to hang around a while longer. Becky and Karen drove up to Lincoln City and paid a visit to the Tanger Outlet Mall on Monday. Tom and I drove up later to meet them for lunch. The drive took us north through Depoe Bay and in to Lincoln City. We didn’t explore the area that much due to the wet weather, but it was fun to surprise them anyway! I forgot to mention that on Sunday night we went to Waldport and enjoyed a great meal at Salty Dawg, right on the Alsea Bay.
We wished the weather could have been better, but it’s always good when friends stop by!
Tom and Karen standing in front of their gorgeous 1982 Silver Eagle.
Just a quick update on our stay here. We finally received some much needed rain after 3 months of dry weather. Yesterday it was a windy, rainy day. Today it is absolutely gorgeous!
Wave crashing on the rocks.
We had the pleasure of my brother and his wife visiting from Bend, OR a couple of weeks ago. We toured the Newport Bay Front and especially Nye Beach. We enjoyed a lovely dinner at The Chowder Bowl, superb meal! The next day we drove down to Waldport and enjoyed a car show during their Dungeness Crab Fest. These are just a couple of very nice cars mostly from cities along the Oregon Coast.
We have good friends coming for a visit this weekend, driving down from the Vancouver, WA area. It will be nice to have one couple bringing their Silver Eagle. Also the friends we stayed with in Vancouver will be bringing their Bounder. They bought it to use while they build their MCI 102A3.
We went over to Salem to visit my Mom a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed our time. My brother Pete and his wife Carol live with her, helping Mom out, especially after losing my Dad in June of this year.
We took a different road going and coming back. We first went to Newport and took Hwy 20 to Corvallis then headed north on 99W to West Salem. On the return trip we headed south on I5 to Corvallis then took Hwy 34 to Waldport. That is one road that we will not be taking our coach on, very windy and narrow. It follows the Alsea river to the Pacific Ocean.
That’s all for now, need to go take the dogs for a walk while the weather is so good!