Nephew Joe and I arrived late Friday afternoon. My son drove in from College Station for his first visit and arrived around 10:30PM Friday night.
Caren decided to arrange a sub for her classes early the following week and headed out for a "surprise" visit. It was about 20 miles north of Alpine that the little Jap car tranny finally crapped out after 185k miles.(maybe too many prior trips pulling a small trailer to Terlingua?) The car is sitting at a mech shop in Alpine while we try to locate another tranny at a reasonable price...looks like $1800-2000 is best for rebuilt unit plus shipping. (still cheaper than another used 10 yr old Lexus)
With me supervising and the 2 "kids" on the scaffold and ladders the ceiling is now insulated and most OSB panels in place too. Couldn't have done it w/o them.!!
Did some lead slinging, boys took a couple of area hikes, Caren did alot of painting ( see pic.."can I get some more tartar sauce with my fish sticks please lunch-lady?"), and we even got another cabinet hung on the wall. Countertops all hauled down this time too.
Budget rental pickup did wonderfully, even got 15-16MPG pulling a long 18' trailer with the big 5.4 v8....sure wish I owned one. Less than $300 for a 7 day unlimited miles rental...(but you are NOT supposed to pull a trailer with it..hush, now)
Weather was great..coolish nights and daytime highs around 84. Real foggy a few mornings too.
Tffnguy and Ring invited us over for some delicious brisket our last evening there...sure was a nice time sitting around outside in the shade, but got chilly around sundown. Not enough time to visit with other friends and neighbors, but did see JustMe for a bit at the Legion friday night.
Headed back down around spring break...but need to do some coolant system leak repairs on the old Towncar first....can't afford to rent a truck again. Hopefully the Jap car will be ready to go then.