show me the gators!


Took care of some business this week! Deron and I both surrendered our California driver’s licenses and acquired Texas licenses instead. So weird to no longer have those same license numbers we’ve had since we were 16! The nice thing is the new licenses are good for 8 years (!) and we can renew them online every other time – so we don’t have to go back to a Texas public safety office for 16 years! By that time we’ll hopefully have bought a house in another state, and will have new licenses anyhow.

Deron is in the process of upgrading his new license to a Class B exempt – which is somewhere between a regular Class C and a commercial license. In some states a commercial license is required to drive an RV of our size with a toad (that’s what towed cars are officially called in the RV world, BTW), but in Texas, only a Class B exempt is required, and as a Texas resident, Deron is only required to follow the laws of that state – all other states honor the requirements of the state you’re licensed in. He’ll be working on passing a written test and a driving test in the next week or so. I’m going to pass on that for now, since I haven’t driven the beast yet. Someday….maybe.

We also took the RV in for a lube, oil and tune-up, and to get quotes on getting the new fridge and leveling system installed. The mechanic said the RV’s in great mechanical shape now – yay!! And it looks like it will be time and cost effective to go ahead and get the other two repairs done while we’re here. That will leave us free to slowly head back to Arizona in time for Thanksgiving via Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah (sightseeing wherever we desire), rather than trying to head to a mechanic in another state.

While the RV was with the mechanic, we stopped at a local Christian coffee shop – the Bull Shack – for some yummy coffee and breakfast (and WiFi so we could watch devotions together), then we took the Honda on a day-long trip around Lake Livingston, exploring the flora and fauna along the way (plus some bridges). I’m obsessed with seeing an alligator before we leave Livingston! And Deron really wants to see an armadillo, so we’re keeping our eyes peeled. Turtles are the closest thing we’ve seen so far. (PS Even though we’re not in the geographical range of the 2021 cicada Brood X, they still leave their exoskeletons all over the trees and occasionally pop out of the ground. It’s SO WEIRD!!)

The rest of our week was spent planning our next chunk of itinerary, getting a better feel for the appliances with some old and new recipes, trying some more of the local fried cuisine, adding more “homey” comforts to the coach (i.e. a bug light, a dehumidifier, a fan, new step covers, a bigger trash can, LED lightbulbs… the list goes on), reading, watching Netflix and Discovery+, and putting together a new puzzle. Oh, and laundry. Always laundry. And the RV park’s dog park.

So, all is well in the Schutzmobile – how are you guys? We love hearing from you 😊.

praise & prayer

The insurance company denied our request to pay for the tow – which makes sense, since we weren’t in an accident or anything like that (thankfully), but it’s still a bummer.

In so many ways this life is freeing, inexpensive and fun. But in so many other ways it’s restrictive, expensive and hard work. We’re praying for balance – that we can find better ways to leave the dogs safely in the RV and explore, rein in extra spending, and streamline all the work that needs to be done.

When we’re planted in one place, like we are now, we have plenty of extra time to pray – so please let us know how we can be praying for you!

learning curve/random thoughts
  • Running certain electric appliances is tricky in the RV – the system can only tolerate so much. So we’re learning to preemptively turn off the A/C when I use the blow dryer or curling iron or convection oven.
  • East Texas has taught us that insulation is super important – the interior of this beast is made up of tons of cabinets – and none of them start out with any insulation. So guess what we’re adding?
  • It’s probably a good idea to keep the water tanks full, even when you’re connected – just in case the RV park randomly decides to turn off the water line…
travel teasers – what’s next

Corpus Christi/South Padre Island

Visit w/family in Dallas

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK

Cross Ministries in Groom, TX


6 thoughts on “show me the gators!

  1. I love keeping up with you all! I’m so glad you are blogging. Love and miss you both:)
    Also, I said no to the SYB committee. It was freeing, lol.


  2. Love, love, love all the pictures!! Thank you for blogging about it all. Miss you guys, but so happy to watch you fulfill this dream, challenges and all.


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