After leaving the Grand Design Rally in Hot Springs, we drove a longer day than we usually do to get to the TX GD rally. We were going to split it up and stop for the night, but the drive was going well, the roads were good, and the sun was out, so we decided to drive the almost 7 hours to Montgomery, TX, just north of Houston. We stopped midway to grab a late lunch and then we were on our way to our final destination We arrived at the Lake Conroe KOA around 6pm, set up and called it a night. The park was pretty empty except for a couple Grand Design RV's that came in early for the rally that was to start Thursday, With this being a bigger rally than Arkansas, we were happy to get settled early so we could sit back and watch everyone else roll in. With 125 rigs coming in for the rally, it was pretty busy the next two days.
As with the other rally, the techs were on site to handle any recalls or safety issues that needed attention and were able to squeeze in a couple other items as time allowed. Getting in a few days early benefited us to be able to address a couple of those little things and appreciate all the Grand Design techs do. They even were able to go to the rescue of one rig that broke down half a mile from the rally in a store parking lot. They certainly love their jobs and as their trucks and trailers say, they strive for nothing less than customers for life. I know we've said this before, but there is no other RV manufacturer that does this level of service and we are forever grateful!
We were also able to take advantage of the RV rally special pricing and had our rig washed and hand waxed. Windows were crystal clear, awning sparkling and the roof was even cleaned. We are pretty religious on washing our rig but the last couple weeks were especially dusty and rainy, which made for a dirty, muddy rig. The guys were meticulous and did an amazing job in the 90+ humid heat! If your ever in the Houston area and need your RV washed, lookup Extreme RV Mobile Detail. They do an amazing job!
We have come to realize that each rally is different and this rally held true to that. There were several interesting seminars. a Dip-It competition that raised money for the local food bank, several Grand Design rigs to tour from the local dealership and food, lots of food! The last night there were prize drawings and RIck won some Yeti koozies. We had a great couple of days, met alot of great folks and even got together again with the friends we made in AR to play hand and foot card games and they even taught us how to play Mexican Train. Of course we were having soo much fun we forgot to take pictures! Thanks Sharon, Joe, Roxie and Ed for a great afternoon!
Unfortunately the rally ended on a very sad note as one of the Grand Design Ambassadors passed away in her sleep the last night of the rally. It was her last rally in that role and she left doing what she loved. Her passing just solidified for us, our decision to follow our dreams and explore this Full-time RV lifestyle while we can, because you just don't know how long you have! Carpe Diem!!
Once the rally wrapped up, we stayed a couple extra days relaxing and exploring the area. DId you know that Montgomery, TX is the birthplace of the TX flag? They definitely make sure you know when you visit!
We visited Fernland Historical Park and Memory Garden in the heart of Montgomery. It has several buildings that provide a glimpse into the early Texas life back in the mid 1800's. Some of the homes are the oldest remaining structures in Texas. It was free and very knowledgeable docents guide you through the homes. The memory garden is tucked behind the historical park and pays tribute to the memory of many local individuals. It has beautiful flowers and trees and a path on the shores of a little pond. We took a quick walk through the garden in the sultry heat of the day. With temperatures in the low 90's and feel like temps reaching 100, we were quick to observe and get back to AC! Again, no pics, but that is partly because you are not allowed to take pics in the historical park, so I just took one from the parking lot.
We are now headed to a couple camping spots around Lake Livingston and the Piney Woods of east TX. We are looking forward to the temps being in the high 70's, low 80's! I know family and friends back in WI are rolling their eyes at that last comment! LOL
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