Scooter racing

Scooter racing
After parking for the night, we'll still have time for a little racing

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Everything's Big in Texas....except Geocaches

Those of you who know me should be prepared to sit down soon.

We had several days of hot, sunny weather last week.  Winter in Texas is a lot like winter in Vancouver, but with palm trees.  So, when the sun finally appeared, there wasn't even a hint of a remnant of my perma-tan.  It got so bad that the locals started addressing me in English rather than Spanish.  After two or three days of serious tan maintenance, though, both Jackie and I are no longer fish-belly white.  That's when it happened.  We were outside and it was so hot that....this is where you should sit down.... I pulled my chair into the shade!!!  Yes, you read that right!  Not only that, but we decided to go out geocaching on another sunny afternoon, completely missing the traditonal afternoon pool bobbing session.

You would think that Texans would make geocaches the size of caskets.  Nope!  Six out of the eight we found were so small that they were barely visible.  There are still over a thousand caches in the immediate area so we'll keep hunting.  It's hard to find a free afternoon though - there is just so much going on all the time.  Tomorrow, for instance, we have a soup dinner, followed by Card Elimination and a rousing game of Left Centre Right.

 Meanwhiile, Tessa has just been laying back and enjoying the life in an RV.
 She is the hit of the park - people are even coming by to take photos of her.  She's bigger than most of the dogs around here and just loves all the attention.

For those who didn't read my previous blog, pool bobbing is the Texan version of swimming.  Everyone just grabs a pool noodle and bobs around the pool for a couple of hours, talking to assorted groups both in and out of the water.  After that, you sit in the hot tub for 10 minutes (if you have high blood pressure) or 20 minutes (if you have a bad back) or 30 minutes if you're a young'un like Jackie and me, who are considered rebels because we stay up and play board games sometimes as late as 10:30 p.m.  Yup....wild women.

Yesterday, we waited a little too long for pool bobbing.  Tessa wanted to be outdoors so we didn't leave for the pool until 3:30.  At about that time, the wind kicked up and the temperature dropped 20 degrees in one half hour.  We went from 86F to 65F in a matter of minutes.  They have some seriously weird weather around here.

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