Our overnight stop in Post, Texas

Driving from Austin, we drove longer than planned.  We originally planned to stop in Sweetwater, Texas for an overnight but, we found that the RV Parks were full of what appeared to be residential RVs, with little or no space for travelers.  The offices were closed and the nightly charges high for few, if any amenities.  We passed on through, deciding to search further.  We continued on northwest on Highway 84 into Post, Texas and found two RV Parks that might do.  One was a city Park on a gravel lot near the water treatment plant and railroad tracks,  the other, Woods RV Park was just north of downtown.  It had only six spots, but one was available.   It was an easy back-in for Phil, the owner was friendly and the price agreeable.  We found a place called Georges BBQ for dinner and rested after the long drive.

Camping in Post Texas at Woods RV Park

Camping in Post Texas at Woods RV Park

We had only planned to stay the night, but once we got around in the morning and had a quick look at the wide brick streets and neat green parks, we decided to stay another couple of nights to check out this quaint little city.  We walked the two blocks to downtown visiting the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, the OS Art Museum and the fine quality shops and found that the historical story of Post is significant.  The brick streets are wide with trees lining the middle, there are places to :sit a spell” in the shade and old fashioned street lamps to light the way after dark.  This is truly a step back in time, but a place that is vibrant today and building for the future. Formerly called Post City, has a population of 3308.

Coffeyville, KS Brick!  My home town...

Coffeyville, KS Brick! My home town…

Sit a spell in Post, Texas

Sit a spell in Post, Texas

First off, our park spot is just across the street from the “Post House” the Post City home of Charles William Post of the Postum Cereal Company.  The company that manufactured the coffee substitute drink, Postum, Post Grape Nuts and etc.  It is a charming little rock home, still occupied by its’ present owners.

C.W. Post House in Post, Texas

C.W. Post House in Post, Texas

According to the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Guide, C.W. Post founded Post, Texas in 1907 as a “Dream City”.  He purchased a beautiful segment of land where the head waters of the two arms of the Brazos River join to outline the scenic caprock escarpment Llano Estacado (the geographical transition point between the level high plains of the Llano Estacado and the surrounding rolling terrain) from the OS Ranch to design and build what was once called Post City.  The locals say that C.W. left his Post Toasties out east, but brought his money here.   He dreamed of a city where the citizens’ lives are enriched with cultural offerings.  Post continues to offer this with its’ two fine art museums.  We especially enjoyed spending the afternoon with Marie Neff at the OS Museum of Art donated by the Giles C. McCrary Family. The vast collection of worldwide art is seasonally rotated  and is located in the former general office of C.W. Post.  Still standing and restored are most of the downtown buildings that were built between 1907 and 1934.  I was told that the Christmas season is exceptional with parades, craft sales, decorations and festivities that last into January.  I also learned that  Post draws their clientage from an 80 mile radius.  Texas is indeed a big state.  Post has its own city/county local newspaper, downtown library and a second museum available for viewing when funerals are not being held. The museum does dual duty.

We were encouraged to drive the Ranch Road 669 to observe the change in geological plains verses the mountainous terrain (the caprock escarpment Llano Estacado).   We were pleasantly surprised and drove it during the afternoon sunset time.  This short scenic drive still reflects C.W.’s plan to provide a home for cattlemen, lots of oil and fruitful cotton fields and is a witness to his success.  We were fascinated and have vowed to get a new camera.  Scenes like this are too beautiful for a cell phone camera!

Caprock Escarpment Llano Estacado

Caprock Escarpment Llano Estacado

We found the Post residents to be delightful.  They were friendly, polite and helpful.  They are proud of their town and eager to point out its attributes.  Yes, Post was a surprise for us, and we enjoyed every minute of our stay.

This was our first stop on the way to more touristy attractions that will likely be breath-taking, crowded and expensive, but stops like Post City give us pause to appreciate the lesser known specialties of our great country-side and a chance to rest and recoup while traveling.

Wow, this serendipitous life is wonderful!

 

 

Woods RV Park in Post, Texas

Woods RV Park in Post, Texas is a  small RV Park with 6 back-in slots, each with full-hook-ups,  located  on Highway 84 just north of  downtown.  Within walking distance are the grocery store, a big named hamburger spot, specialty shops, art museum, theater and more. It was quiet, neat and clean, although there were no other amenities on-site, the town is small so nothing is far away. The owners, Dave and Trena are friendly, helpful and informative about the local sites of interests.   Dave shared stories about famous and infamous incidental historic happenings over the years in Post.  He was born and raised there and can tell a story in the most interesting way.  I think that Dave knows everyone in town and everyone in town knows him!

We paid $25 for 50 AMP full service hook-ups. We were only able to stay three nights, but that was all that we needed for this trip.  We would likely go out of our way to return to this little city and RV Park.  It was that enjoyable to visit Post and to listen to Dave’s stories.  He should write a book!

 

 

Woods RV Park in Post, Texas

Woods RV Park in Post, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrior RV Park in Tulsa, OK

Warrior RV Park Tulsa, OK

Warrior RV Park Tulsa, OK

We spent nearly three weeks here while closing on the house and shaking out the RV for full-timing.  It is a small, nice, clean RV Park with few amenities.  It has a shower house and small laundry facility.  It is located in West Tulsa just off I-44 and Highway 75.  It is a lower gully and the highway traffic is not really noticeable.  It cost $150 a week while we were there.

We liked the folks that own it and it will likely be our HQ when visiting Tulsa.

Austin, Texas and Round Rock

We have been in the Austin area longer than planned, but it is working out just fine.   We were fortunate enough to find  a nice spot at Blessing’s Community RV and Trailer Park inn Round Rock, Texas.  It was conveniently only six miles from  where our family lives and we are close to shops and cafes.  We have enjoyed our stay.

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Austin, Texas and Round Rock

We have been in the Austin area longer than planned, but it is working out just fine.   We were fortunate enough to find  a nice spot at Blessing’s Community RV and Trailer Park in Round Rock, Texas.  It is conveniently only six miles from  where our family lives and we are close to shops and cafes.  We have enjoyed our stay.

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Texan’s now!

After about a week or so in Texas, we are now Texans! It is warm here in August, but we are enjoying three of our grandchildren that we haven’t seen in a year! They are all growing up so fast…..