Extended winter travel often demands adjustable scheduling and flexible lodging arrangements due to unpredictable weather difficulties.
Seems that once again winter has arrived as a blast of arctic air from the north… and is snuggling in all the way to our southern borders. Luckily we headed south from Colorado just in time to avoid being snowed in, but here we sit shivering in south Texas a month later. Today there is a freeze and hazardous beach conditions warning … and while 42 degrees sounds warm… add a 30 mph wind and this storm system has us digging out our long johns to go birdwatching.
Our 24′ RV is plenty big when our living quarters can stretch out into the landscape around us…. patio chairs and hours of hiking/biking in the sunshine are a comfortable arrangement. But days of cold grey drizzle, blasts of wind that keep us off the road, and long stretches of time spent indoors can get old rather quickly… so we like to mix it up. While we normally prefer state and national park settings, during stretches of bad weather we are not adverse to paying a bit more for comforts like electricity, cable TV, wifi and a hot tub. We are finding that an RV park with these amenities typically runs $25-30 per night… still lower than most lodging in desirable places.
We also own a couple of timeshares that work for occasional changes of scenery.. so this week we grabbed a 2 bedroom getaway condo on South Padre Island… Splitting the cost with my sister and brother in law made it nearly the same price as last week’s stay in an RV park and we greatly expanded our living quarters with a 8th story view of the ocean and direct access to the beach. It was a great excuse to spend time with family and explore a new place. We’ve fixed fresh fish for dinner, watched movies and enjoyed short trips to local attractions. Walking the beach in the winter became much more enjoyable… but as the end of the week is approaching the weather is getting worse instead of better 😦
And so a new search of options began…. the RV parks on the island are meager and relatively expensive $30-35 for basic hookups in a parking lot style arrangement. KOA offers a bit more… hot tub, wifi, TV.. but at over $50 a night it is beyond our budget. No getaways available for another week in the area… so I checked local hotel rates and was surprised to find nights at the Ramada Inn just down the road for less than the cost of an RV spot. $29 a night will get us a king sized bed, microwave, refrigerator, TV, wifi, hot tub, free breakfast and a place to park the motorhome. Cheaper than camping. What a deal! We will spend the rest of the stormy weekend here on the beach and plan to head out on Monday in the RV.
Flexible lodging options. Mixing it up works for us….
Bird watching? Beach combing? Sure… Let’s go!
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