My trusty CR-V (the “Excelsior,” because I name my cars after spaceships) recently got dinged in the back. The damage isn’t too terrible but it’s in a lousy spot. Thus, I had to deal with my insurance company (Progressive) and rent a car. Along the way, I noticed a few things:
The lady that hit me seemed to be pretty impatient while I got Progressive on the phone. MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T CAUSE AN ACCIDENT IF YOU’RE IN A HURRY, LADY.
I didn’t even think about calling the police. This was a low speed accident and not worth their time.
She eventually gave me her info and drove off in a huff because “I have kids in the car.” I don’t know about y’all but I tend to drive extra-careful whenever I have passengers…just saying.
Insurance company Ding #1: To be fair, I was getting impatient with Progressive too. Pick up the phone, guys!
It wasn’t a bad dent, but in just the right spot for water to get into the hatch.
I’ll get a call back in 24 hours. Cool.
Ding #2: The claims rep was supposed to call me ‘within 24 hours.’ 2 days later and still no call.
After (too many) years since my last trip to the iconic Texas summer getaway, I decided to take stay for a night to see if anything had changed since then. I’m glad to say that the park is mostly the same, but I did notice a few things…
It is only a two hour drive from San Antonio to Garner, as opposed to three and a half from my parent’s house. WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?
I took Highway 90 on the way over, and will likely take the ‘scenic route’ on the way home.
Shocked to find hardly any vehicles at the park office, think I picked a perfect time to come!
Temperature notwithstanding, anyway.
Slept without the benefit of air conditioning at home the night before to prepare myself. Not too hard.
Resisting the urge to turn on my CR-V’s air conditioner on the drive over, however, was quite difficult!
Lost my cell signal somewhere between Sabinal and the park. Didn’t miss it…much.
Okay, maybe I missed it a little, but that’s because I’m waiting to hear back about an interview.
Despite the low number of cars at the park office, I still had to wait a bit.
I pulled number 70 and the last one helped was 65. People have no patience!
My original plan was to stay two nights, but I shortened it to one…maybe once it isn’t a billion degrees out.
It has been so long, I only have vague memories, but a few were jostled loose when I drove by the campsite I (think) I stayed in last time.
Upon reaching my site, I had to take a picture of my CR-V like it’s in one of those SUV commercials.
Set up my tent only to find the zipper on the door isn’t working quite right. Crap.
Only packed sandwiches and snacks to eat; I have no desire to prepare or eat any hot food while I’m here.
Not bringing my stove and any food to heat up made packing harder somehow.
Chili lime chips are the closest I’ll get to heat today.
I’m keeping my Pebble Time smartwatch on even though my cell phone is kaputski. It still works as a pedometer, and well, a watch.
Hiked down to the riverbank, had the obligatory ‘slip on the muddy ground/slick rocks’ moment.
It is hard to resist taking panoramic pictures. Some beautiful country, here.
Finding trash around cheeses me off, and I pick up what I can.
I can appreciate the irony in the gift shop selling bottle openers.
Yes, I bought one, because why not?
Picked up a cane sugar Dr. Pepper from the ‘Stinkin’ Sweet’ candy store to make sure it wasn’t defective.
Also bought a bumper sticker. Thanks to some unintended help from Verizon (see #7) it’s pretty easy to stay unplugged.
Didn’t do any tubing, but went for a refreshing swim by the dam.
Is there a rule that says the only people that buy portable speakers have to have the crappiest taste in music?
The tube/paddleboat rental shack is no more, replaced by a trailer.
They also have a food truck ‘Garner Grill.’ Dunno if they have tacos.
Spent most of the afternoon sitting at my campsite, listening to the radio and working on this list.
I also spent about twenty minutes just looking at birds.
Didn’t do much, really, but that’s kind of the point.
My $15 Emerson analog radio picks up The Eagle from San Antonio, yet my CR-V doesn’t. Huh.
Jackrabbits are freaking HUGE.
Saw a guy walk into the men’s room shower followed by his dog. Damn furries.
Garner Grill has the best food truck slogan ever: “Where fat free can take a hike.” No tacos, though.
They did have burgers, of which I partook. Hooray for convenience!
Got a story idea while waiting for my food. Hooray for inspiration!
I was a little surprised at how active the wildlife got once the sun went down.
Annoying music coming from a car at a nearby camp. If his battery dies, and they ask: No, I don’t have jumper cables.
Annoying music stops, and I can now hear music coming from somewhere else. *sigh*
You don’t know how sunburned you are until try to go to sleep.
It was a fitful night’s sleep. I’m not sure if it was the heat or my bedding that kept me up.
One night of tent camping is definitely enough in Texas’s August heat.
The scenic route home was a fun little drive.
I look forward to coming back when the temperature isn’t so brutal!
One of the bigger challenges of my trip to Oklacon is going to be the drive: according to Yahoo Maps, the shortest route from San Antonio is more-or-less a 500 mile straight shot up US Highway 281 to Roman Nose State Park. While I will be bypassing the messes to be found in Austin and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, there will instead be lots of stopping at lots of small towns along the way.
Being from a small town myself, I’m okay with that. It is going to be nice to be out on the road seeing things besides gas stations and fast-food joints. Also, given my intolerance for spending long times in the car, there will also be plenty of opportunities to stop for rest, drink, food, and attending to certain biological needs. 🙂
This will be the first true test of my new vehicle. Just going to Houston was a pain in my 2005 Dodge Neon (aka The Reliant) and I was not looking forward to taking longer trips in it. I’m hoping that the increased interior space and more comfortable seating found in my 2012 Honda CR-V (aka The Excelsior) will make the trip more pleasant.
The thought of the fun to be had at my destination should be enough to keep me going, but if all else fails, there’s always coffee.