Saturday, September 01, 2007

Labor Day at Glen Rose

It's Friday, Aug. 31st

So we've decided to spend our Labor Day at Glen Rose, Texas, and the beautiful Tres Rios RV River Ranch Resort. Tres Rios means Three Rivers in Spanish.

Not going to New Mexico is unusual for us. We really enjoy Ruidoso, but we could not find an RV campground. They were all booked up! We had changed our plans about Yellowstone NP. It's the fuel cost. Ruidoso was our second choice.

Sandi got off of work at 3 p.m. Loaded up and drove over to the storage site. Our Casita had a minor repair. The plastic hose that connected the shower head to the sink, sprung a leak. I had repaired it with a new hose, but it was stiff and a bit longer. I think this will be a minor irritation.

We hooked up and started out to face the hated Dallas traffic. Now get this! Glen Rose is only 88 miles from our home. That should take perhaps an hour and a half. Right? Wrong! It takes one hour to drive out of Dallas!

We left the storage lot at 4:40 p.m. and arrived at 7:20 p.m. One hour was drving 20 m.p.h to 30 m.p.h. in Dallas.

Upon arriving at Tres Rios, we were surprised! The park was full. Get this! We called for reservations and were informed that it's first-come-first-serve. They tried and failed to park us on the end of a row. I refused to accept what I consider a substandard spot. I eventually got a simi-shaded spot between two BIG RIGS. Oh well, such is the life of a Casita owner.

Our neighbors were very nice. They talked to use while we set up. They were a family of five from Stephenville which is about 50 miles away.

The image at top right is our Casita. The Brazos River is top left. The Paluxy River is bottom right. Squaw Creek running into the Paluxy is botton left. Click on the images to get a larger view.

The Brazos is a Spanish word meaning arms. The original Spanish name for this river is the arms of God, Los Brazos de Dios. It was so named because a Spanish explorer, near death from thirst found the river and was saved. He proclaimed that he was saved by The Arms of God. So he named the river Los Brazos de Dios! The river flowes southeastward across Texas into the Gulf of Mexico. It begins at the edge of the Llano Estacado near Lubbock, Texas.

The Paluxy is famous for being the river of dinosaur tracks. Some traks from the Paluxy are display at the Museum of Natural History in New York. In fact, Dinosaur Valley State Park is just a few miles up river. When the Paluxy is low, large dinasaur tracks are revieled in the riverbed. There won't be any tracks visible this year because of the recent rains. However, Somervell County residents find dinosaur tracks in many places, chisel them out of the rocks, and display around the town of Glen Rose.

Tomorrow we will go into Glen Rose and drive over to Granbury for live theatre.

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