Camping at our Elks Lodge in Texas
This is our camping site at the Grapevine Elks Lodge. We pay $20.00 a night. We have electric & water hook-ups and plenty of social opportunities. The lodge has a drawing & meal on Wednesday nights. Thursday nights is Karaoke nights @ 7. Friday night is a nice dinner & dancing.
Kevin and I attended the Wednesday night meal. It was chicken parmesan, meatballs, pasta, 2 different salads, and 2 different desserts. The volunteers were friendly and helpful. I’m happy to be part of this lodge.
Grapevine Elks Lodge #2483
Lodge #2483 began in 1971 in Hurst, Texas. Kevin and I were given a tour of the lodge when we joined. The kitchen area looks clean and efficient. The dance floor looks like fun. A new outside area was recently added. It looks like a good place to relax with a drink or meal outside.
Members Only Park
Wonder what is cooked here
Places to relax during an event
Members only park
This is the members-only park we have access to. Joey (our yorkie) likes to sniff at everything in the park. lol
If the weather is nice Kevin found a few places we could go on our morning walk up the street. I’m involved in several Fitbit challenges this week. I love it! It keeps me accountable. My daily goal is 10,000 steps a day.
Overall, the Grapevine Elks Lodge is a great place to join the elks. The location is near the Globe Life Park in Arlington where the Texas Rangers play baseball. The lodge is military veteran friendly. Kevin and I both served in the Army. The members are friendly. Whenever we enter the lodge a member takes a moment to talk. I’m very happy with our membership here.
While camping at Lake Conroe Thousand Trails in Texas.
Kevin and I visited Livingston, Texas its about 1 hour from Lake Conroe Thousand Trails. We saw the Escapee RV Club Headquarters. The staff let us see our mail box and gave us a tour of the mail processing area.
We also filled out paperwork for a library card at the Livingston Library. We can check out ebooks from the library while we travel.
Exercise: I’m still loving my Fitbit. My goal is 10,000 steps most days.
Overnight spot at the shop
Camping-Kevin and I are back at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails. We had a tough time finding a good camping spot. Finally, a friendly camper offered us his spot. We waiting 2 hours for him to leave. It was his first camping trip. It was worth the wait. The spot has afternoon shade, its clean and friendly neighbors. Also, the view is a nice slice of the sky.
Maintenance– We brought the rv into Temecula Valley RV to put new brake pads on. Also, the sumo springs came loose so we had those fixed too. The work was done quickly but our appointment was early in the morning so we spent the night in there overnight spot. Its not a bad place for a free overnight stay.
Walking– I’ve been trying to walk 10,000 steps a day. Its a challenge but its working for me. Kevin walks with me so that help.
Birding- On our walks we saw a Red-tailed Hawk, California Towhee, House Finch, House Sparrow and White-crowed Sparrow.
Emerald Cove RV Park in Earp, California
Fitbit Walk trying for 10,000 steps a day
Stir Fry Wok Food
Birding – We started a new bird list for 2017. This list will track our bird spotting for the year of 2017. We recently added the Great Blue Heron, Great-Tailed Grackle & the Double-Crested Cormorant to our 2017 bird list.
Healthy Eating- I received a wok for Christmas. I’ve been trying to make healthy meals with it. I’ll leave a link below.
Walking- Kevin bought me a Fitbit Charge 2 for our 25th anniversary. I’m so excited. The device tracks my heart rate, steps, miles and sleeping activity. It helps me calm my anxiety with a breathing technique. It also notifies me if I sit too long. At this point, the Fitbit Charge 2 is my new favorite toy. Kevin and I walked 15,686 steps in one day. 🙂
My Fitbit Profile. We could motivate each other.
How to Stir Fry
Emerald Cove RV Park in Earp, California
Joey doesn’t like his picture taken
The Pool– The pool & spa is closed due to cleaning for 3 weeks. I like swimming in the pool & relaxing in a jacuzzi once or twice a week. The closing of the pool area was a disappointment but we have plenty to do around here.
Breakfast Place– Once again the Crossroads Cafe in Parker, Arizona has been an excellent breakfast place. I had two turkey sausage, one scrambled egg, cottage cheese and an english muffin that was perfect.
Walking– Kevin and I have been walking around the rv park in the morning. The weather has been rainy.
The View– The sky is big here. The sunsets & sunrises are colorful.
Favorite Local Cafes & Restaurants
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California
Walking– Its time to walk the Christmas cookies off. Two large geese started to run after us so we picked up the pace of our walk. These geese are the reason I carry a stick during our walks here.
Breakfast– We had a great meal at The Breakfast Club in Menifee, CA this morning. The waitress Nicole is really good there. The Breakfast Club is my favorite breakfast place in Menifee, California.
Christmas Sales– Kevin and I went to Super Target with good intentions. We were going to look at Christmas Decoration sales. We ended up with $40.00 in groceries and one new Christmas Decoration. 🙂
“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails in Menifee, California for the holidays
Today is Sunday Football day
Football Sunday Update
This means Kevin watches football games and I occupy myself with my hobbies around the campground. Kevin likes to get the crockpot out and make us spaghetti during football day. We can divide the spaghetti into several meals and freeze them. I like to use them on travels days and whenever we need a quick meal.
Sunday hobbies for Janet
While Kevin watched the early LA Rams game I took a walk around the RV park. Then I read my book for book club, blogged, watched youtube videos and fed the birds so I can snap some close-up pictures of them.
Also, I looked at my ancestry paperwork trying to unlock the mystery of my grandfather Hollister. (my dad’s dad) I don’t have much information about him. I’m hoping to learn more about him when I visit Pennsylvania.
When it started raining, I played words with friends & watched Ghostbuster 1 with my hot chocolate in the back of the RV.
Evening Daily Life
We had spaghetti for dinner and banana cream 80 calorie greek yogurt with fruit on top for dessert. We walked the dog around the campground then watched The Walking Dead on tv. Thats it for today.