Monday, February 22, 2021

Day 68, 69, 70 - Harlingen, TX - TT

Saturday (68) - Things are looking up in southern TX today. At noon, it's already 64°F and just a little bit breezy. I'm still glad that we opted to stay here for several more days as the infrastructure still needs time to recover. Especially given the state of the grocery stores yesterday afternoon. I've heard that power has been restored through much of the state and the windmills are no longer covered with ice.

We went to visit Jo and Bev from Fairbanks at their RV park as Bridget was learning a new craft from Bev. There was a test session scheduled around noon but there were plenty of VEs so I opted out of the session. On our way back, we stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner as we were both hungry. I had the sampler with country ham, meatloaf, chicken & dumplings, fried okra, baked potato, and turnip greens. Needless to say, I have a full to-go box. The standout items are the greens and ham. I had never had their meatloaf or chicken and dumplings before. They were fine but not as good as some other items.

Sunday (69) - It’s 72°F on Sunday morning with wind. In other words, something approaching “normal”. We have an unusual amateur radio test this afternoon with thirteen applicants. This will be a challenge for our our small VEC. Other groups have been doing large sessions but there have been some shortcuts such as not reporting the actual testing location. This simplifies the batch file uploads to the FCC. 

I thought I’d get a pool visit in earlier in the day. Now time for a meatloaf or ham sandwich before the test session.

Monday (70) - Wow, day 70 already. It seems like I was back in Fairbanks just a short while ago. With the short extension, we will have been at this RV park for almost a month. It doesn't seem like it has been that long. Last night, we went to dinner with Galen and Cindy again. He found a really fabulous Mexican restaurant in downtown Harlingen. We had to wait for a table but it was definitely worth it. The beef fajitas with caramelized onions and mushrooms was truly the tastiest I've ever had. They headed out this morning for Arizona. 

Like most days, I'm typing up this post while waiting for a amateur radio test session to start. Yesterday's afternoon 

On my walk this morning, I met Brian from the Livin' RVision YouTube channel. They just arrived last night after a long 11 hour driving day. We have been watching their videos for about a year and their personalities make them very entertaining. We knew that they were heading to southern TX and hoped that our paths would cross sometime.


7 comments:

Lynne Goebeler said...

Glad things are warming back up in TX!

RichardM said...

Definitely warming up. It's 81°F right now. How did you friends in San Antonio fare? I ask since we are heading that direction on Thursday.

Lynne Goebeler said...

Some lost power briefly, some for longer periods, some lost water, but things are improving rapidly unless they had broken pipes, which fortunately none of our Friends had! Hope you'll be ok!

redlegsrides said...

Did you get his autograph? ;)

SonjaM said...

Good to hear that things seem to be back to normal in Texas.

RichardM said...

No, didn't ask… ;-)

RichardM said...

I think there are still some problems but for the most part, things are back to normal...