Thrifty Thursday: More about our Scamp weekend. . .

I just realized that I posted about our Scampventure on Wednesday but titled it Scamp Tales Tuesday.  I could say I just want to keep you on your toes, but you know better…

Anyway, I promised you yesterday that I would share a bit about what we did once we made it to our destination near Round Top, Texas.  After we set up camp, we decided to head on down FM 237 and see what this hoopla about Round Top and its sister city Warrenton is all about.  Between Round Top and Warrenton is a place called Marburger Farms.  Those who write about Texas Antiques Week say it is the mother of all flea markets, an antique lover/junker’s mecca.  I have yet to see the mini-metroplex in all its glory with hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors, but I plan to very soon!  That day it was just a couple of little don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it towns set on a farm-to-market two-lane road surrounded by cow pastures.  Peaceful.  Countrified.  Deer country.  Wish we had a lease here. . .

We were almost into Round Top when I spotted her.  Large Marge.  The Junk Gypsies’ old Chevy Suburban featured on their website.  And there it was, the soon-to-be Junk Gypsy World Headquarters.  Right there!  On the highway road!  No gates or high-wire fences or anything!  Really?

Large Marge, live and in person! (Yes, there was a gate, which was closed after we returned from dinner in town.)
Can’t wait!  Rumor (or at least the waitress at Royer’s) said they might open at the end of Antiques Week!
The gate no doubt designed by the Junk Gypsies themselves and probably made by Bediko, the metalworker featured on their HGTV show.
Peeking at the headquarters building through the trees.  You can read all about it on their blog.
If you look really close you can see Amie’s little pink farmhouse and their Airstream, which were also featured on their HGTV show.
We had dinner at Royer’s Cafe in downtown Round Top.  Don’t let the name fool you.  They have a fairly upscale menu with prices to match.  No cheeseburgers here!  But, oh boy, was the food good!  And the pie!  Oh, my!
I thought it was cute that each table provided a pair of reading glasses for oldies like us to read the small print menu.  Yes, that is what was left of my apple pie and Amy’s ice cream.  Mm, mm, good!

A word about Royer’s:  it has the coolest, funkiest vibe with stuff covering all the walls and the ceiling, too, and four old iron gliders lining the porch.  Bud Royer himself greeted us coming and going.  They are famous for their pies and even have a little place called Royer’s Pie Haven a few steps from the restaurant.  Souvenir tee shirts and koozies are also available.

After dinner we headed back to camp and walked down to the pier to look at the lake.  You can see those pictures on yesterday’s blog post.  We then sat outside for a little while and retired to the Scamp for some magazine reading and DVD watching on the laptop.

Me reading from my comfy perch on the bed.
Jimmy watching a bowhunting DVD from the
 “living room.”  My laptop sat on the counter where the cooktop used to be.  This chick ain’t gonna do no cookin’ while campin’!

We had a fairly good night’s sleep in spite of the small space and tiny beds.  Look out, Oak Thicket Park!  We’ll be back soon!



Wedded Life Wednesday: Getting ready for our first Scampin’ trip!

Remember this gal?  Her name is Scampin’ Annie and she has been a project for the past three years.  We acquired this 1978 Scamp in July of 2010 and have been slowly fixing her up.  I am happy to announce that she is finally ready for her maiden voyage!

We have reservations at a campground between Austin and Houston and will be towing her behind my Ford Escape this coming weekend! The campground is about 240 miles away.  It will be Friday the 13th, but I won’t think about that.  I cannot wait!

The hubs has been so wonderful doing the little tasks that I cannot do or didn’t even know needed to be done, such as installing working trailer lights, attaching the new license plate, greasing the wheel bearings (did I say that right?), and making sure the tires are good.  He even painted the wheels and polished the hubcaps!  (pics later)

This trip will actually be a trial run before my actual big Scamping trip to Texas Antiques Week in Round Top the first week of October.  Since it will just be me and my daughter and maybe my sister, he needs to be convinced that I can pass the trailer pulling, backing, and parking test.  Under his watchful eye, I will do all the hooking up, driving, pulling into parking lots, backing into the camping space, and unhooking.  I have to prove my mettle as a trailer hauler!  Wish me luck!

Actually, in spite of his and my mother’s misgivings (she worries about EVERYTHING), I have every confidence that I can do this!  If all those cowgirls can pull those long horse trailers, surely I can haul a 13-foot camper!  We will see.  We. Will. See.

Stay tuned!