Thar’s a reason they call it Junction, pardner…

Junction, Texas is a charming community with a western vibe.  Located in the hill country a few hours northwest of San Antonio, the town sits just to the south of Interstate 10.  Founded in 1876, the town was named for being the place where the north and south branches of the Llano River meet.  It is the seat of Kimble County, but it has a laid back, cowboy feel to it that belies its official status. Not a lot of famous folks come from Junction, other than Coke Stevenson (35th Governor of Texas) and Les Cox, who went 0-1 in the two games he pitched in for the 1926 Chicago White Sox.

We not only found Junction to be a meeting place for two rivers, but also a meeting place for several members of our RV-Dreams family.  When I sent out a Facebook post showing that we were in Port Arthur, Tracy contacted me to arrange a meetup with her and her husband Lee. She is a fellow blogger and RV-Dreamer. We had been in contact through our blogs, the RV-Dreams forum, and on Facebook over the past year or so. We went to separate RV-Dreams rallies in 2014, so we had never met in person. We had reservations at Morgan Shady RV Park, and it worked out that Lee and Tracy were able to land there the night before us. 

  
What a great meeting it was!  We immediately hit it off, sharing stories of how we got to where we are now.  Tracy made a yummy spaghetti dinner and salad for us, which was a thoughtful touch after a day on the road.  🙂

  
The two of them telling the story of how they became fulltime RVers was entertaining and had us cracking up!  🙂

Tracy’s Camper Chronicles blog is an honest view into the emotional aspects of these two empty nester’s lives as they take to the road.  Anyone who has done what we are doing will tell you straight up that while it may seem that we are on a constant vacation, the minutiae of life still happens.  People still get sick and have to find health care, have to get their hair cut, pay bills, grocery shop….each time having to find a new place to do those things.  Tracy really does a marvelous job of showing all sides of the journey…from the joys of new discoveries to the pain of major vehicle issues.  Definitely worth the effort to peruse her work, if you haven’t already.

After Lee and Tracy left on Wednesday morning, we met up with fellow Fall 2014 RV-Dreamers, Keith and Jeanne.  They were headed west to Fort Stockton and stopped for lunch.

  
This charming couple was camped next to us for a week during the rally, and we had been hoping to be able to meet them again on the road.  Lo and behold, that took place at the Junction Sonic.  🙂   Jeanne had noticed that we were in Texas through the blog and reached out to us by email.

  
We sat out front at Sonic so their dog Umber could be with us.  We had to get our doggie fix.  🙂   We talked for over two hours!  It was great to see them and to know they are both doing well.

  
After lunch, we returned to Morgan Shady and walked the park.

  
It’s a quaint little campground, and the ‘shady’ comes from the many pecan trees that grace the property.

It was at that point that we received a message from another RV-Dreamer couple, Pam and Red.  Like Lee and Tracy, they attended the Spring 2014 rally.  They are near Junction, working on a relative’s house.  We’ve never met, so we decided to clear that little detail up!  We couldn’t make it happen this stay, but we will be returning to Junction soon and are going to get to know them at that time.  We never knew when we attended that rally in Goshen, Indiana that we would develop so many friendships on the road….or that so many of them would be nurtured in Junction, Texas!
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23 thoughts on “Thar’s a reason they call it Junction, pardner…”

  1. You guys sound so much more yourselves now that you’re on your own. We’re so glad you’re having a ball. And the Hill Country is something special this time of year — hope you’ve seen some Blue Bonnets!

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    1. Thanks, Peter! We’ve always been ourselves, as family comes first with us. But I think I know what you are getting at, as we are able to move about at will now. We wouldn’t have traded that time we spent with Mom for anything, as the memories we made are priceless.

      We’ve seen CARPETS of bluebonnets! It is hilarious how many times I’ve seen cars stopped on the Interstate with people out posing for pictures. 🙂

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      1. Your writing is ‘easier’ now. The difference in your state of mind comes out in your writing.

        The Texan thing about going to find and photograph blue bonnets really is an interesting phenomenon.

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  2. Of all the places we have been in Texas, the hill country has to be our favorite. Love the trees and rolling hills. How cool that you were able to meet up with Lee and Trace. We are planning on stopping to see them in Alaska this summer.

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  3. We so enjoyed meeting Tracy and Pam and Red in Q, although it was way too short. And we missed Lee 😦 Meeting up with fellow bloggers and dreamers is one of the best parts of this life! Junction was on our initial winter route and it sounds like a gem we’ll want to get back to in the future.

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  4. Looks like a great little town.
    You are correct about meeting up with so many friends/ people from the RV-Dreams Rally.
    We have enjoyed doing the same thing. Take care and be safe down the road.

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    1. Is this Bonnie and/or Fred? Yes, the RV-Dreamers meetups have been fun, as have the get togethers with family and friends. We can’t wait to rendezvous with other bloggers who we’ve been following, also!

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