Life on the road has certainly been busier and more tiring than I had anticipated, and unfortunately, writing here has been non-existent for the last 5 weeks. I really want to share all that we have been doing, so I am going to try and get caught up with several short posts, starting with this one.
We spent three weeks in a town called Athens, TX. It is a cute, small town about an hour and a half southeast of the DFW metroplex. The National RV Training Academy is located just on the outskirts of Athens and is where my hubby attended his certification courses. He enjoyed the courses very much and has made some new friendships in his classmates and instructors.
There is an RV Park on the same property as the Training Academy, so hubby could walk to class. Most of the RV Park staff are "work camping" and are either taking courses at the Academy, or are spouses of Academy students. Everyone there were so welcoming to us and treated us like family. The boys and I made many new friends too.
As many of you know, I love to meet new people and make new friends. The boys and I ventured out on our own several times. I am learning quick how to maneuver the big dually truck pretty well, only one curb check so far. Lol!
There is a super cute little mail shop in town called Ship Shop. The ladies and one gentleman we worked with there were super friendly and helpful. They also have tons of gift and souvenir items, which the boys had fun looking at while I took care of business.
One of the first days in Athens, I took the boys to the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful place and has several different areas to enjoy. The park is on one hundred acres and has hiking trails, beautiful gardens and water features, a 115 ft suspension bridge, a replica of an old schoolhouse, a historic home which was moved on-site, a Veterans Memorial, and a Children's playhouse and yard.
We love to hike and be outdoors. This walking bridge was constructed by volunteers and dedicated to one of the founding board members of the Arboretum. It was super humid that day. We felt like we were in the rainforest. There were all kinds of neat flowers and foliage. The boys had their binoculars and I had the trail map. It had rained the night before, so the ground was a bit soggy, but that didn't stop us.
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