A Trip To Waco …

This week we take a short trip to Waco, Texas. You know, home of the Branch Davidians and the BATF failed raid … but first some tidbits before we left Kerrville for Waco.

Larry replaced the bathroom lavatory faucet. The original faucet was white plastic with a VERY short spout that you could never quite get one hand under, let alone both hands. Camping World had single handle faucets on sale (with longer reach spout). We picked up a polished chrome one only to discover that the bathroom accouterments are brushed nickel. This led to a trip back to New Braunfels and Camping World, only to discover that the brushed nickel faucets were all sold out. So we now have a chrome faucet in the bathroom – I guess that we will have to change out all the other hardware to match!?

On Sunday, August 25, 2019, we had a great dinner for our 18th wedding anniversary at Po Po restaurant in Welfare, Texas – yes there is a town called ‘Welfare’, just up the interstate from Comfort! Homestyle cooking; Larry had a chopped sirloin steak wrapped in bacon while Sue had southern fried chicken. Blackberry and peach cobbler for dessert!

Brackets arrived for the boat / tower trailer brake / tail lights. Sue and Larry ‘lifted’ the antenna tower off of the trailer. Larry then moved the brake / tail lights and license plate light from the outriggers on the tower and mounted them permanently on the trailer itself. On Monday he took it to a local tire shop for the obligatory Texas safety inspection required of all vehicles being registered in Texas for the first time. Passed without a hiccough. Then to the Kerr County Tax Assessor’s Office to register the trailer. Now all of our vehicles are registered and have Texas plates! One major step accomplished! Oh, and he met the vice president of the local ham radio club while standing in line.

As you may know, Larry is a licensed amateur radio operator (ham). For those other hams out there, interesting factoid. He was licensed originally in 2011 for ten years, expiring in 2021. When he upgraded from Technician to General, his expiration date did NOT change, even though, arguably, he demonstrated additional knowledge of the hobby and rules. Just this month he applied for and received a vanity call sign – WB6JVJ – just by asking. No testing required. However when his new vanity license was issued it came with another ten year validity – expiring in 2029. There must be a good reason for this?!

On to Waco for the week preceding and the weekend of Labor Day. In a decent park in the small town of West, Texas, called Waco North RV Park, because if they called it West Texas RV Park no one would be able to find it. Good price for a week long stay. We will be here through Monday night. The park is about ¼ full, so we have no nearby neighbors. Our spot is on the ‘hill’ and in the sun most of the day. It has been so hot here that the metal frames on the door and windows gets hot to the touch on the inside. We have a tree on the east side that shades us in the morning and the awning shades the refrigerator side the rest of the day until the sun moves past the apogee. Thank goodness for air conditioning and park provided electricity!

Sue’s grandparents on her father’s side are buried in Lorena, Texas, just south of Waco. She only met them one time when she was 18 years old. So, we headed to Lorena on Wednesday.

We found the cemetery and looked for an office for help finding the grave site. We could not find an office, but while driving through the cemetery we stumbled on their graves! The headstone listed the full name of her grandfather, which she did not have before. It also listed the dates of both of their births and deaths as well as their wedding date and the children’s names.

Armed with her grandfather’s full name the internet now provides a plethora of information that was not available before, especially when using marriage dates and children’s names as confirming information. A somewhat emotional event; but also very satisfying in many ways. We are now working on putting together as much information as we can in a genealogy application. Sue is also preparing to attempt contact with some cousins that she has never met and is not even sure that they know of her existence! Pray for success and good times!

As always, thanks for following us and stay tuned … next up, Larry might take a motorcycle ride this weekend!

Larry & Sue

Published by Larry Crabtree

Retired fire fighter; 33 years with CAL FIRE followed by 5 years with Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine FPD in Central California; Principal Consultant at Crabtree Consulting Services, LLC, for 12 years providing services to small fire agencies in California. Licensed by the FCC in 2011 as an amateur radio operator (ham); Call Sign WV6JVJ. Married Sue in 2001; 3 children, 4 grandchildren (all but one daughter are in Texas, one daughter in the US Navy). Socially conservative, financially conservative, ecologically conservative (before it was PC); patriot who stands for the national anthem; strong believer in christian family values

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