Monday, November 30, 2009

Our Trip To VA Longview and Tyler

Sandy was up at 5:30am this morning to wash and blow dry her hair before our departure to VA Longview. After she finished in the bathroom I got up and dressed. We left the MH around 6:20 am and stopped at the Loves Truck Stop about 12 miles east of Canton. There is a Carl’s Jr there and they have the best scratch made  biscuits in this world. Sure was glad I didn’t have to fast for the blood work because I was able to down two of them. We arrived about 25 minutes prior to my appointment but they took me in right away. They are real vampires here as they drew 12 vials of blood. Hopefully, we will have our results sometime end of this week.

Afterwards we drove to Diana TX where our Post Office is located to pick up some special cream my dermatologist  was to have sent  me for the rash on my arms. It wasn’t there, sooo we will have to wait till next week when we return from Canton.

image We then drove to Tyler for the once a month shopping day for Sandy. On our way we came upon this Historical Marker off Hwy 271. I wasn’t aware that Camp Fannin was a World War II Army Training Camp. For some reason when we passed it I always thought it was tied to the  US Calvary/Indian war campaigns of the 1800’s. Speaking of Legends Al with the Bayfield Bunch certainly did an excellent post on the Southwest. His photos' and the blog make an interesting reading. He has a knack of putting a good story together about the Southwest.  (click on the above link).

image Camp Fannin was also used to house German POW’s during WW II. (Click photo to enlarge). After our stop here we drove to Lowe’s to see if they had the Porter Cable 150psi pancake air compressor on sale for the holidays. Our friends Mark with RVing with Poppa and Jim with Just traveling have one and they really like it. It was not on sale. The $164 price was the price before Black Friday and it hadn’t changed. Afterwards Sandy went to her favorite store Bed and Bath and picked up some of the kitchen stuff all women want and need.
She also found a new kitchen store called The Kitchen Drawer and was in this store for about thirty minutes. She really gave me cause to be concerned about her health, as she came out with nothing in her hands. When she got in the car I asked if we could scratch this one off our list of favorite stops when in Tyler. She said no they had a couple of items I really liked but they were sold out of them. One particular item she really wanted is what they call a Scrap Trap. This scrap trap gizmo is said keep counters and sinks clear while you prepare food. Scrape peelings, shells, scraps, bones, and more into the bin for quick garbage collection or save for easy composting. Bin holds up to 2 quarts and easily clips onto any standard drawer or cabinet door. Included scraper/brush conveniently stores on the side. Dishwasher safe. Plastic, 11 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 4 3/4". So, we will have to keep our eyes peeled for this as this could be a stocking stuffer.

obj11geo16pg1p5 Next was our usual stop at Wally World for the groceries. On our way back to Canton we drove by the #1 RV Park on Hwy 31 to check it out. This is the park Joe and Sherri with Speedys Great Adventure stay at when in Tyler. Joe’s review is very accurate close quarters and all concrete. But, we will stay here if we ever need to be in Tyler for an extended stay.

We arrived back at Canton around 4:30 pm. So, we made a day of it giving blood, shopping, and eating out. Couldn’t ask for a better combination could we. Besides we enjoyed each others company.

Until next time….MtnAire Travlers.


  1. Enjoying each other's company is the best part of it, isn't it!!! After nearly 50 years, the two of us are still bvest friends, we always have something to talk about, and we can laugh at our own (and each other's) foibles without hurt feelings. Sweet.

  2. Maybe you guys could come and stay sometime we are going to be there. We could have some adventures for sure.