When we learned that Ed and Marilyn would be stopping in Beaumont on their way to their winter home in the Rio Grande Valley, it was an easy decision to ask them to meet us for dinner. At our current location near Conroe, it was a drive of less than two hours to Beaumont and the Gulf Shores RV Resort. We instantly remembered this park when we arrived, as it has the distinction of being the very first overnight stop for us when Sandy and I began RVing back in 2005. I immediately thought of how little we knew about what we were doing then, but we have had lots of fun over the years learning the ropes.
Ed and Marilyn greeted us warmly with hugs and smiles--even Ed, who was suffering from a cold.
|Marilyn and Sandy, glad to see each other again. Ed and I were glad to see each other too, but we guys are a little sensitive about our hugging photos. Besides, Ed's not that great a hug 'cause he's kinda bony.|
Sandy had spotted their rig right away as we pulled into the park. It was easily identifiable due to the length of the three-vehicle assemblage. I thought about making a joke about their obvious need for a caboose, but I figured it would be better to wait a little while before embarrassing Sandy. That would come soon enough.
|Marilyn and Ed and the Rio Grand Valley Limited|
We picked Floyd's Cajun Seafood as the restaurant of choice and had way too much of some of their tasty fish, shrimp and crab dishes. We caught each other up as much as we could while lingering over the meal, enjoying fits of laughter as we talked about our adventures. Ed even generously bought our dinner (Thanks, Ed; when we get to the Valley, I will reciprocate. You can even count on upgrading to large fries in your value meal!)
|Ed and Marilyn at Floyd's, listening to one of Sandy's stories. She has many. Very many.|
We made plans for a trip to the Rio Grande Valley in February, so that they can show us around. I confessed to Ed that, as a native Texan, I was embarrassed by how little exposure I have had to this part of my great state. We are looking forward to a fun time there this winter.
|A favorite photo of a great couple of friends|
After dinner, we bade farewell to this fine couple, electing not to tarry and possibly hinder Ed from resting his cold. Safe travels, y'all!