100 degrees F
Last night the moon and Venus were side by each .... very pretty.
Chuck Wagon Supper
Here are the winning boots. Art foam (that feels like suede) was used for the top portion of the boot on the left and seed pods which can be found on the ground by our trailers really looked like alligator skin for the bottom part of the boot. The creator of the second boot used a pencil to create a well worn old boot .... a couple of plastic spiders were added for effect.
Native dancers were brought in as tonights entertainment. Once again not only did they dance but they also told us a history of the dances and costumes.
This is the "hoop dance" --- I think he had 25 hoops on the go at one time.
The drizzly weather really showed off the spider webs.
Ed's bike seat was wet so he covered it with a bag to keep his butt dry. Four of the bike riders.
Bob is third from the left in the front row (he's hiding behind the microphone). Clarence (he rode one of the bikes in the parade is second from the left in the front row.
This blog took a while to put together as I had to collect photographs from those that watched. I know it's hard to believe that Ed didn't take any photographs but he couldn't figure out a way to ride his bicycle in the parade and take pictures of everything. Thanks Jean, Zack, Rosetta, John, Pat and Jim for copies of your photos.
I got caught!!! Needed a nap before the big parade.
Ed and I waiting for the parade to begin. Ed was very proud of his tail.
Five of the six bicycles in the parade. Ed and Glen won first and second prize for bicycles --- somehow that didn't see quite right as Linda and I found their costumes and decorated their bikes. From left to right Glen, Linda, Clarence (behind Linda), me, and Harold on the 3 wheeler behind me. Ed was racing ahead.
One of the prize winning golf carts.
Judy and the pups. There were 6 dogs in the parade.
Zaph and his chauffeur Bob. Zaph had a good time till Bob tried to shoot someone with a can of silly string. Luckily the cart was stopped when Zaph decided to get off. After Bob promised not to spray anyone Zaph agreed to get back on the cart. (guess Zaph doesn't like aresol spray cans).
Everett and Linda, the couple who live across the road from us, wanted to drive their four wheeler in the parade but didn't have any ideas on decorating. I thought we did a good job decorating Everett and Linda, the four wheeler and trailer not so good. Little Max (a mini poodle) was sitting up front with Everett. It's hard to believe that Everett had a massive hard attack in mid December and here it is mid February and he's driving his four wheeler in a parade. Being fit before the attack seems to have aided the remarkable recovery.
One of the motorcycles in the night parade.
Ken and Carol on the winning motorcycle.
The "committee" did a great job decorating the hall.
A couple of the entertainers.
Rancho el Charco
The covered wagon.
The current owner of the property owns a film company mainly producing movies. Throughout the property you see props that were used in some of the comericials. In one spot is a small man made lake complete with large rocks, a waterfall, a swinging bridge and a pavillon. This spot is currently used for wedding --- I don't remember if it was ever used for a comercial.
An old wagon.
One of the lovely views.
Part of the tour included a "tree walk". This walk has many of the trees native to this area of Texas including several very rare trees. A number of trees have been planted in the last year or so but some others have been growing here for years. We timed our trip well as several of the trees had just come out in bloom.
There is also a restaurant on the property. This is where we ate our meal. The restaurant is situated on another man made lake and offers a full menu plus live entertainment daily. There were a number of winter texans there enjoying a cool drink and dancing to the country western music.
Ed liked this sign.
The band was very good. They played an interesting mix of music including King of the Road, the Beer Barrel Polka, waltzes and by request the Chicken Dance.
Each park elects a king and queen. Our king and queen (Luther and Gaynel) are dancing in the maroon robes.
One Wedding and Four Hula Dancers
Luckily there was a woman in the park who spoke English and Spanish. She translated as the bride only spoke Spanish.
Tonight was the Luau and Betty (the entertainment director) had managed to find some Hula dancers. The four dancers danced a number of different traditional Polynesian dances and gave us a brief history of each dance.
Some of the park women tried to get in on the act .....
and not to be out done a few of men showed what they could do.
70 Years of Wedded Bliss
Let's see .... If Ed and I make it to our 70th anniversary I'll be 100 and Ed will be 106 ..... hmmmm don't think that'll happen. Maybe we'll just aim for 50.
Dorothy and Rollo.
A Perfect Day
I think these are House Sparrows, they were very entertaining today.
A White-faced Ibis. This picture really shows the irisescent colour of his wings.
These turtles were sunny themselves beside a log that has a small alligator on it. You have to look closely to find the alligator.
A Belted Kingfisher.
This Cormarant was drying his wings.
We saw several Vermillion Flycatchers today. This one put on a nice show for us.
We watched this Sora having lunch while we were enjoying our PB&J sandwhiches.
This White-faced Ibis and White Ibis were hanging out together.
A Malacite butterfly. There were several of these colourful butterflies hanging around this bush.
Visiting with the Girls
Mexi was very funny. When she saw Zaph she decided that she didn't need to get out of the truck and when she finally was coxed out of the truck she walked around it and tried to get in the other door. Eventually she decided that Zaph was OK. Later when we were all in the trailer, she was sitting on Margaret's lap on but jumped to the couch to bark at Zaph and keep him from getting on the couch. Poor guy didn't know what to do as I had invited him to get on the couch.
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