Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
Governors Landing Campground - Lake Amistad - Del Rio, Texas

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Unplanned trip to the Amistad National Recreational Area

Yesterday I was on the east side of town an area I do not often frequent. There is a loop that was opened a couple of years ago to make it easier for 18-wheelers to transit through Del Rio without actually having to go through the city. I got a wild hair and decided to check it out. Found there were more cars on it than truckers. I went over two or three bridges (CRS) that said I was crossing San Felipe Creek. I had no idea San Felipe Creek encompassed such a large area.

I was getting worried as I had no idea where I was headed until I spotted this road sign, then I knew I was close to Lake Amistad, and yet I still took the wrong turn and was headed to Sonora...😄...Lol, memories of my first years in Houston, where I constantly got lost. At least unlike my father and most men I know...I had no problem asking for directions.

My first stop was the San Pedro Campground the largest in the Amistad National Recreational Area. There was not a single person camping which made me glad...I will tell you why later.

I happened upon the "Billy Bob Tree" and it was looking sad. I even questioned if it was the same tree...but it was. Has anyone heard from him lately?

I headed to my personal favorite Governors Landing. One of these days I am actually going to spend the night here though not anytime soon with this heat.

It just breaks my heart to see the lake levels plummet every time I visit.

No people are crazy enough to be camping here either. Only the Border Patrol at the highest point of Governors Landing keeping a watchful eye.

The Highway 90 bridge...

Governors Landing has both a camping area as well as a public area where people can come fish or have a picnic. Lots of folks here though I did not take pictures of them.

The public picnic area...

A trail that leads to the water. Apart from my fear of snakes, it was hard to walk on so I did not go very far. To think that only a few years ago this was all under water.

Now to get back to why I was happy that there was no one camping at either campground. As I have mentioned many times I follow the vlogs of several vandwellers, especially those that spend time in Quartzsite, Arizona, and/or New Mexico on YouTube.

I am not going to give names but there is a dangerous situation happening where two bloggers, each in their own vehicles, that have chosen to stay in Arizona during this dangerous heat. There is no reason for this...they could have moved to higher levels...even CVK who has a homestead at 7,000 feet as well as his friends have left for a cooler location.

I don't often read comments but I did, to try to figure out the reason behind this lunacy. Apparently one of the parties feels she owes the other something for taking her to the airport and looking after her van while she flew back home.

If you want to help your friend work on their van build why not do so somewhere else and not where you are putting your life at risk?  Many have commented how her organs could shut down at the insane daily temperatures where it does not even cool down at night.

Many of her readers including myself would not mind pitching in gas money or even a stay at a nearby hotel but she does not want to. I had to unsubscribe from her channel. I have enough worries of my own to take on additional ones.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Auntie Acid

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Running errands all over town

I had a lot of errands to run today that I had been putting off due to my plumbing problems. I went to the Post Office to pick up our mail. I am curious to know how many times I have opted out of getting AARP's bi-monthly magazine as well as their monthly Bulletin. However, this month's issue appears interesting.

I have been carrying around my recyclables in the trunk and remembering the Center is open till noon on Saturday headed there. This year a second Dollar Tree opened its doors. Two months ago as I was headed east of Highway 90 was surprised to see that another one along with a Family Dollar next to it (they are owned by the same corporation) was being built. Decided to go check it out since I was already on that side of town but it is still not completed.

I went to Walmart Optical to get my eyeglasses adjusted. The A/C was nice and cool and for once did not mind waiting. However, as my luck goes they were done in no time. I went to check the price of their galvanized trash cans. I need to look back on prior pictures but it appears they went up by five bucks though I could be wrong.

Their River tubes were on sale.

Many vandwellers that I follow on YouTube refill their gallon jugs at Walmart. Their prices have increased from .29 to .36 cents a gallon but it is still a good deal.

I decided to have an early dinner and stopped at Wendy's to try their Summer Strawberry salad. It was delicious as well as their unsweetened iced tea.

In a prior post earlier this month, I posted an Auntie Acid meme where she questions if she is getting older or were stores now playing really good music? Well, that happened to me today as I ate my salad. I was bobbing my head and moving to the music. I was not the only one, the lady at the table behind me was singing along and a gentleman about my age was more discreetly dancing in place.

It is now 6:40 p.m. It is 105 with a feel-like temperature of 110 degrees. I am so looking forward to fall weather though I know it will be a while.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Auntie Acid

Thursday, August 10, 2023

I am done with Angi

I can not believe my bad luck when hiring people for a simple one-time job such as the services of a plumber. In my last post, I mentioned that I had booked the services of Angi.  Angi formerly known as Angi's List and bought by its competitor HomeAdvisor, renaming the merged company to ANGI Homeservices, retaining Angi's List ticker symbol and stock history.

The reason I went with them, to begin with, is that they supposedly stand behind the work of the service provider in case something does not go as planned. My first appointment was supposed to be on Friday, August 4th at 10:00 a.m. It was canceled as they claimed that all slots were booked.  It is my opinion that they did not have a Del Rio plumber and were bringing one from out of town.

After waiting for four additional days their plumber did not even show up or have the courtesy to call and inform me. This is unacceptable and I will NEVER do business with them.

I called their service center only to be told by their AI service that I needed to download their App or use their Live Chat.  If you try to download their App you will be amazed at how badly they are rated. They have gone downhill since it was Angi's List.

The best their Chat person could tell me was to give them a chance and they would probably arrive later!

I later got an email asking me to rate that person and the name that showed up on my screen did not even match the name of the person. I am so glad I took screenshots of that conversation.

Your booking was rescheduled.
Hi Belinda,Unfortunately, we could not find a professional to complete your Faucets, Fixtures and Pipes - Repair or Replace service at your chosen date and time. We apologize for this inconvenience as we know your time is valuable. We have rescheduled your booking to the time below.

New Booking Details: Faucets, Fixtures and Pipes - Repair or Replace
Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 3:00pm

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Plumbing Problems / Angi

It has been hot as hell this summer with no relief in sight. I run errands early in the morning and try to get home as soon as possible before the oppressive heat of the day. At least that was the case until yesterday. All of a sudden a leak developed in the kitchen sink and even though I have a water meter key to shut it off at the meter as well as the faucet keys under the sink it continued to leak.

I had to go to pick up our mail at the post office so I timed how long it would take to fill a container and the back-up bucket. I made it back in 30 minutes just in time. This had happened to me before but after two days finally quit leaking. This is what happens when you procrastinate and do not address the problem when you should.

I have been to the City of Del Rio Water Dept. twice asking them to come fix the meter. While they have come out my issue has not been resolved and I am not the only one. People are complaining about their high water bills. I suppose I should be glad our bill has only reached $100.00 and not $700.00 like other people.

The city is tearing up streets and upgrading the water lines which is good but at the same time, there is a shortage of personnel to address other issues.

I have used Angi once before when the neighbor's tree fell on my driveway and I could not go to Houston to take care of the problem. It was expensive but well worth it. I was Googling Plumbers in Del Rio as I did not want to use the one we have used in the past. Though it is rated one of the three best, it has gone downhill since the widow of the owner put her young incompetent nephew in charge.

With my poor record of hiring people in particular in the lawn care sector, I did not want to mess up on this and decided to use Angi. Unfortunately, they did not have any available slots for today or the early morning hours tomorrow. It came to $400.50 you pay Angi and they pay the provider. I had questions so I called the main line but all I got was a message telling me to download their App. I hate Apps...I wanted to talk to a live person!

I hope I do not have to spend another sleepless night monitoring the water bucket level as I have been so tired lately.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Aunty Acid