Ingram TX and the Quilt Retreat

Dates:     
September 29, 2019 to
October 07, 2019

Mileage:    
6,606

Location:    
Johnson Creek Resort and RV Park
Ingram, TX

In this our first year of the retirement adventure, I taught Toolkits at UTEP and the University of Houston and spoke at the Midwest Higher Education Compact in St. Louis. I was able to teach at South Dakota State in Brookings, South Dakota; at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas; and present on Master Planning at APPA Annual Conference in Denver with Heather. I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a consulting job, and to Dayton, Ohio for another one. When Elizabeth wanted to go to an RV Quilting retreat, it was my turn to follow her.

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Wagon Master RV, Sanger TX, and a bunch of grandkids (Part II)

Dates:     
September 08, 2019 to
September 27, 2019

Mileage:    
6,285

Location:    
Wagon Master RV Park
Sanger, TX

This is our 3rd time at Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm. This park is always so nice and clean and the owners take good care of the park – both animals and RV owners! And, it’s close to grandkids and many old friends.

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Vernon TX, a new park and a short visit!

Dates:     
September 6, 2019 to
September 8, 2019

Mileage:    
6.133

Location:    
Rocking A RV Park
Vernon, TX

We wanted to see something different along this route, and so stopped in Vernon TX. This stop turned out to be a lot of fun, as we found not one but two really good museums. I did a separate page for them so we can share all the pictures.

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Albuquerque NM and eating with old friends!

Dates:     
August 16, 2019 to
September 3, 2019

Mileage:    
5,669

Location:    
Enchanted Acres and Trading Post
Albuquerque, NM

I promised ElizaBeth that Albuquerque would be cooler than Las Cruces, and if I was correct in the least, it was only a few slight degrees less. The weather was hot. We planned on combining business and pleasure, as I needed to visit some schools as part of the report I’m writing for the NM Higher Education Department.

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Universities in New Mexico (with pictures from a side trip to the University of Dayton)

I have worked in facilities management for higher education my entire life. In fact, my father was the Director of Physical Plant at Texas Christian University for 17 years and I grew up in a house where the trials and tribulations of a university chief facilities officer were discussed nightly.

I was born in 1954, and for those who remember their history, the “baby boomers” as we were nick-named constituted a very large student population. Indeed, as we progressed from kindergarten to college, we were often housed in temporary buildings in the parking lot all the way through school. Right behind us, however, there was a very large decrease in this demographic, and many of the colleges converted older dormitories to offices. Interestingly, the staff grew while the population was declining, a trend that never really reversed.

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