Saturday was sunny and warm, so we picked that as our kayaking day. Today was grey with a threat of rain. A good day for hiking, if not so much for photography. The mountain hikes headed up into the hills and looked much like what we had done previously. We decided on the 3 mile meadow hike and bike trail. Not so sure we made the best decision, but here goes.
The trail makes a loop that begins at the visitor center and ends within sight of it. Near the start we happened upon this bird watching blind.
We took our places behind the blind. Within a few minutes this cardinal showed up.
Given the weather and distance, this was the best I could do with my new smaller hiking camera. See Our Cameras if you’re into that sort of thing.
Also, while bird watching I got a call about an emergency situation at work. All our customers are banks or credit unions and we provide 24×7 support. My boss had gotten a panicked call from a bank executive. Hmmm. What to do? I forwarded the email with the pertinent details to all the key players on the team and from the trail, scheduled a web meeting in 60 minutes. My thinking was this would give them time to come up to speed, do a little research and for me to finish the hike and get back to camp. So off we went again.
The trail is more of a dirt road than a trail and there is no elevation change. But there were some nice views of the meadow. The clouds thickened and we were splattered with a few rain drops, but nothing serious.
I got a couple of phone calls as we walked from team members who needed info before the group call. This slowed me down and, added to the time we spent bird watching, I began to doubt we’d make it back to camp in time. A new goal was set to make it back to the car for the call. At least if the rain picked up we’d be inside. We picked up the pace.
As we continued around the loop we came across the Frio river.
We did get back to the Jeep in time for the call and the weather cleared so I took the meeting sitting on a bench near the visitor center. This meeting was to get everyone up to speed on the issue and assign some initial tasks. I set up another meeting in an hour. I was sure I’d be back at the rig by then. And I was.
We met with the customer during this meeting, explained what we thought the problem was and our plan to address it. Both my team and the customer had things to do that were going to take a few hours. I set up another touch base for my team tomorrow at 2:00. Fortunately, that was the end of working for today.
We’ve only had our trailer for 3 months. I wanted to make sure that everything worked and we’d exercised most components, but not all. When we first arrived on Friday it was warm and stuffy inside, so we ran the A/C for the first time. Worked fine. Also, we hadn’t yet tried the outdoor kitchen, so …
There was a brief moment of concern when we could not get the burner to light. My lovely wife posed that there might be a gas shutoff valve at the hose connection and, sure enough… It then fired right up.
After 4 trips we’re still on the first 20lb bottle of propane. I’m kind of wondering how long it will last. I’ve keep the second bottle turned off so I’ll know when the first one runs out – except when traveling. We wouldn’t want the refrigerator to stop on us. Also, I’m wondering should I refill the nice new bottle that came with the trailer or just swap it at CVS? I don’t really care about the price difference since we use so little. If you have advice, please leave a comment.
We invited our neighbors over for happy hour. That’s their trailer in the picture – 30 ft. Nice. Only the second time they’d had it out.
They’re from San Antonio. We had a fine time meeting each other and drinking a little wine. The previous night we had really enjoyed gazing at the stars while sitting by the campfire, but it was too cloudy tonight. We parted for separate late dinners. After a fine meal of grilled salmon, we returned to the campfire, then called it a night.
We’d planned to leave the next day around noon, but when we arose, a cold front brought us a morning of gusty frigid winds. So we ate a quick breakfast and hit the road.
And that’s it for this trip. We had fun. We always do when we’re on vacation. Isn’t that the point?