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  1. One of the most fun trips the Two Tired Teachers have taken is to Balmorhea State Park, in Balmorhea, Texas. You need to know a couple of things before you go. The park is famous for its spring fed pool which holds 3.5 million gallons of water. More than 15 million gallons of water run through the pool. The amazing part is that this pool is in dry, West Texas. Another thing you need to know is not to plan on just pulling into the park on the weekend and using the pool. It is packed on weekends in the summer. A final thing to remember is that it is a natural spring, not a chlorinated pool. That means algae is growing on the steps into and out of the pool. I recommend that you go to the shallowest place to exit. The water is some of the clearest you will ever find. The pool is 25' deep in places, and you can see the bottom as clearly as you can see the floor in your home. Another thing worth mentioning is that the water is cold. It stays at a steady 72 -76 degrees year round. One of the reasons the Two Tired Teachers enjoyed this park so much was that we snorkeled. We'd never done that before, and it was spectacular. The daily entrance fee is $7 per person. Campsites with water only are $11, and those with water and electricity are $14. I think we paid either $16 or $17 to get a campsite with cable hookups. Do not expect even basic cable. We got maybe one or two channels, but that's okay. We went to Balmorhea for the pool. Rooms are also available in the San Solomon Springs Courts. A room with a queen size bed is $75, and a suite with three queen size beds is $95 for two adults and $10 for each extra person who 13 years old or older. Although the campsites don't look like much, Balmorhea was a great trip for the Two Tired Teachers. Get a cheap snorkel and go if you like to swim.
  2. Pegwillen, If you like to swim, I highly recommend Balmorhea State Park. The water is cold, but crystal clear. It is a steady 72 - 74 degrees year round. If you go, buy a cheap snorkel and have a blast.
  3. Thanks. We know there are lots of RV channels, but we feel, of course, our channel offers something different. First, it is two women. Also, we have our playlists well organized. Finally, as we say in our introductory video, "We're teachers. We impart knowledge. It's what we do; we have to." Whether or not we ever rise to the top, we are having so much fun together. That alone makes it worth our while.
  4. As a really brief recap, Two Tired Teachers are my sister and me. She will retire in a year and a half, and I retired in December of '15 after 32 and a half years of teaching high school students. Just a couple of weeks ago, Sharon suggested we start a YouTube channel for RVing. We've gotten so much help from YouTube, and she wanted to give back. I don't know when ever we've had more fun together. Some of the videos are how tos, and those are basically Sharon's. She's done many small repairs/upkeep things to the RV. From replacing the inverter to repairing an awning arm and smaller things like winterizing, Sharon has saved us so much money by doing these repairs. Anyway, we've always enjoyed each other's company, and I think our genuine enjoyment shows in our videos. It's been a total joy doing that. If you get a chance, visit our YouTube channel at Two Tired Teachers on YouTube. If you like it, please subscribe.
  5. Located in the Davis Mountains near Fort Davis, the McDonald Observatory sits high on the top of a mountain. It is part of the University of Texas at Austin, a mere 450 miles away. For miles around, the observatory is the only thing you see. It is in a most desolate spot. It is well worth the time to go to this secluded place because you will be treated to a fascinating, awe inspiring time. If you can't spend a full day at the observatory, schedule your time for the Star Party held on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. It starts in an amphitheater down a dark path. Visitors are asked not to use cell phones or tablets because our eyes need time to adjust to the darkness. Please be courteous to the other visitors and refrain from using technology. After a brief lecture explaining what you will see, and the coolest laser pointer ever -- it is used to point out areas of the night sky, you will be released to view the sky through some of those magnificent telescopes. Through the telescopes, we saw Mars, the rings of Saturn, Jupiter; and with the naked eye, we could easily see the Milky Way. Staff are at each of the telescopes to explain what you are seeing and to make sure you can see it. They are most patient, refocusing the lens until you see what you are supposed to see. It was definitely worth our time, and we took advantage of all of the programs that were offered. If you can do only one, the Star Party is the one we most strongly recommend. Prices and more information can be found at the McDonald Observatory website. Reservations, even weeks or months in advance, are suggested. When we were there both the twilight program and the Star Party were sold out for Friday and Saturday. Due to the total solar eclipse during August of 2017, some programs will be limited to allow the staff to travel to prime viewing spots for the eclipse.
  6. We're big fans of Texas State Parks. Not far from Fort Worth are Cedar Hill State Park, Cleburne State Park (I've tried to like this one, but the sites seem small and terribly unlevel), Dinosaur Valley State Park (one of our favorites), Lake Whitney State Park, and Meridian State Park. The closest to Mansfield is Cedar Hill. See http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/nearby/all-parks/ if any of these interest you. Good luck, TwoTiredTeachers .
  7. We switched to a composting toilet. You might consider that if the size of the tanks is a concern. See YouTube for tons of information about composting toilets. Good luck, TwoTiredTeachers
  8. My suggestion is to talk to RVers. Find out what dealerships they trust. We were able to get a very lightly used fifth wheel for not much money. It was a couple of years old when we got it, and it looked new. If you buy used, many of the bugs will have been worked out. If you decided to buy new, stay fairly close to the dealer, so you can take it in for minor things that may be not quite right. Also, make a list of your must haves. Since we're sisters and haven't shared a bed since we were little kids, we needed either twin beds or two separate sleeping areas. The fifth wheel we got has twin beds. Good luck, TwoTiredTeachers
  9. My sister went to a high school parking lot on a Sunday afternoon and backed for hours. When we first started, she avoided interstates because of construction and narrow lanes; we drove a lot of state highways. What we learned is that often those are faster than interstates anyway because there isn't so much traffic and the speed limit is still 65 or 70 on many of them. She also avoided high profile overpasses. She'd never towed and didn't know how the wind would factor in.to the drive. We chose campsites that were pull through with full hook ups. We weren't sure about emptying the tanks and wanted a sewer hook up at the campsite so we could take as much time as we needed. Finally, be sure the campground has sites long enough to fit your fifth wheel. We were in Dangerfield last summer with a 27' fifth wheel. The park ranger put us in the site for the camp host because "that rig is so big." Hope this helps, TwoTiredTeachers
  10. I'm so sorry. Texas is a wonderful, beautiful state; but the weather can be a bit much for those not used to having tornado sirens go off. That's unsettling in a house; I would imagine it could be terrifying in an RV. Be aware that many of us who are native Texans don't really take tornado watches seriously. We spend much of the spring and early summer under the watches. It doesn't seem like a big deal. I read on a Facebook post the other day that only in Texas do we see a tornado warning on TV and look to see if we really need to take cover. It's just the way it is. What are the chances you could drive a bit more to the west? If you were in New Mexico or Arizona, I don't think you would suffer through as many weather related things. Be sure to come back to our state in the fall. We don't really have a fall, but it isn't as hot as summer. There are many things to see and do. TwoTiredTeachers
  11. I am so very sorry. I pasted the wrong link. This should work.
  12. It worked for me. I guess you could copy and paste the link in your browser.
  13. Before we bought, we decided on some non-negotiables. We're sisters and haven't shared a bed since we were little kids. We had to have two beds. We live in TX, so we had to have an air conditioner. Decide what your non-negotiables are, and find an RV with those. We offer other suggestions at https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=fDRSAJUN_VA
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