Texas Trip Aborted

Tannehill State Park

Tannehill State Park

We made it as far as Meridian, Mississippi last night.  We hadn’t felt well when we left, but hoped we’d perk up after we got on the road.

The very forgettable Twiltney Branch COE campground north of Meridian

The very forgettable Twiltney Branch COE campground north of Meridian

Instead, we felt worse and worse.  By the time we got to Twiltney Branch COE north of Meridian (whose only claim to fame was a $10 senior rate), we were full blown sick.  I fell into bed the minute Ron got the trailer unhitched and was out cold until I got up at 9:30 to make sure the dogs had been fed and watered.

Ron was asleep, but there was evidence he had made himself a sandwich and surfed a while before collapsing.

Then this morning I tried three times to get Ron up and he was simply too exhausted to move.


Behind our site at Tannehill State Park

I still felt terrible, and finally had to admit that we didn’t have the energy to make it to Texas.  So we headed back east toward home.

We couldn’t make it all the way, so are holed up at Tannehill State Park just west of Birmingham for a couple of days.  Hopefully by then, we’ll feel like making the drive home.

There is a lot to see at Tannehill, including historic iron works.  If I feel up to it tomorrow, I’ll take photos.



  1. cozybegone

     /  December 17, 2013

    Oh no! The flu? It can you our cold…have any healing remedies? Maybe you’ll feel better tomorrow and still be able to go West? Been crossing fingers not to get anything….get some rest and lord of fluids. Bad when its both of you…darn it!

  2. So sorry! The only thing worse than being sick is being sick away from home. Stay warm and get well fast!

    • Anne, it is a scary feeling to get sick away from home. We’re doing our best to stay warm and take care of ourselves. 🙂

  3. Feel better!

  4. Jane

     /  December 17, 2013

    I live in central AL. You should have good weather and temps in the 60’s thru Sun. Rain due this weekend, however. Take care. I’m still hoping to get a Casita.

    • Glad to hear decent temperatures are forecast. We should be home Thursday.

      Sure hope you can get a Casita. We sure do love ours. 🙂

  5. MarciaGB

     /  December 17, 2013

    SO sorry to hear you both are sick. It’s tough to be sick while on the road and have to cancel a trip. Hope you soon feel better and stronger and are able to head south after the holidays. Hugs!

    • Marcia, this was a wake up call that we are not as young as we once were, and we simply don’t bounce back as fast. Hope we do recover our vim, even if it does take a little longer. 🙂

  6. EmilyO

     /  December 17, 2013

    Got you two in my prayer jar that this too will pass and you will be able to go forth. No news on house.

    • Thanks so much for the prayers, Emily. And I am so sorry you haven’t heard back on the house. I will keep praying about that, too. 🙂

  7. I am so sorry to hear you’ve had to change your plans. I also hate to hear you both are so sick. We will be praying for a safe return home for you as well as getting well very soon. We are in Lagrange so if you need anything in our area please let us know. We would be glad to help in anyway we can.

    • Thank you so much for the gracious offer, Gerri, as well as the prayers. We are just very tired, but Ron was able to go to Walmart this afternoon and pick up some things we needed. So we are fine. All we need is just to be lazy for a few days. We are actually officially over being sick. This is just the remnants that are taking their own sweet time to move on. 🙂

  8. Shelly

     /  December 17, 2013

    Im glad to hear you are better. Wow that stuff must have hit you hard. Take care and happy holidays!

  9. Sorry you’re not getting to where you hoped to go. Trust that you’ll feel better soon!

  10. So sorry to hear you are under the weather. The trip sounded like it would be a good one. 😦

    • Hi, Sue. My sister and BIL are disappointed, too. We are hoping to see each other next spring now, maybe.

  11. Oh bummer! Nothing worse than being sick – except for having to work sick or be away from home sick. Keep us posted!

  12. Oh Sharon! I am so sorry! You have been sick and were not recovered enough to make such a huge trip. But you are also so smart enough to know your limitations. The pictures of your campsite look intriguing….hope you find a way to make lemonade out of lemons! Keep on taking care of yourself…..we are all pulling for blue skies and an energetic, healthy Sharon.

    • Oh, Lynne, you always know what to say! 🙂

      We are sniffling today, but are enjoying being somewhere other than home. So at least we got out into a pretty place.

  13. Bonnie

     /  December 17, 2013

    Oh dear, hope you are both feeling better. There is nothing worse then feeling sick when your not at home. Take your time and take good care.

    • Thanks, Bonnie. We are looking forward to getting home tomorrow and getting completely well again. 🙂

  14. I’m sorry to hear this news. Hope you feel well soon and make it home OK. I’ll be thinking about you both until you post again. sleep as much as you can and drink lots of fluids.

  15. Cindy Funderburk

     /  December 17, 2013

    Praying you make a quick and complete recovery! I agree with Jo – drink, sleep and eat. Your body is burning energy fighting off this bug – feed it! Your body I mean, not the bug. Take care and post soon! We all enjoy these wonderful posts!

    • I laughed out loud at feeding the body, not the bug. So I must be feeling better! Thanks for the encouraging words about the blog! 🙂

  16. What a shame to have to cancel Christmas with your sister…..Glad to hear you and Ron are feeling better…nothing worse than having “no energy”……take care and my fingers crossed that you can head south soon…Horst sends

    • Well, Horst, it might have had a very good outcome. My sister is looking for property a lot closer to us so we won’t have so long to travel to see each other.

      Thanks for the good wishes about heading south. Sure hope it works out!

  17. Looks like you’re already on the upswing, which is great to hear. When you’re not feeling well, there’s no place like home. Hope you are both back to 100% and can enjoy your tiny trip for a few days. Merry Christmas.

  18. So glad to hear you are feeling better!! Yes, just relax and get some rest and get your energy back. Again, as you make your way home please know we are here if you need anything at all. Just send a message….I check them several times a day.

    • Gerri, you don’t know what a comfort it is knowing that there is someone to ask for help if we needed it! God bless you!

      But we’ll be fine. Just finished a breakfast of grits and eggs, so the whole world is looking up! 😀

  19. alex

     /  December 18, 2013

    Cocoon up, feel better soon, winners have alternatives. My best to you

  20. no fun for sure. Hope you bounce back quickly. Stay warm and go slowly.

  21. Sorry you had to change your plans. Hope you’re on the mend very soon. Safe travels back home.

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