Hello, we are an early retired couple (thanks Dave Ramsey) and have been married for over 20 years. Luckily, we are one of those long-distance love stories that actually worked. We’ve recently added a Border collie pup to our family. She is a work in progress. Eric worked in the auto mechanic field and software coordinator for years and Alice was in the GIS field. Eric is an advert bass fisherman (either tournaments or lazy afternoon casting) and a natural handyman while Alice is a painter in the making, gardener, and enjoys reading. Together we love fishing, hiking, online video gaming, training the puppy, card games, kayaking, boating, traveling, and exploring whatever the local surroundings have to offer.
We live on a small hobby farm in southeast Texas piney woods near Lufkin. Summers are hot and that's when we prefer to travel.
We are generally quiet and keep to ourselves but very much enjoy meeting new friends and a good conversation.
We tend to be fairly handy and resourceful. We have remodeled and flipped several houses. We built our homestead from scratch. While Eric is more of the problem solver and very resourceful with several skills, Alice is more domestic and likes canning, gardening, and sewing.
We adopted our female Border collie puppy, Bella, at Christmas 2019. We always keep her on a leash and clean up after her. 5 years ago we lost our 3 older dogs all in the same year and she is the first pet we have decided to invest our hearts into since. She is a frisbee fanatic. She has been in isolation on our farm because of the Coronado virus and because we live back in the woods. We are introducing her to a new world now with new strange people and animals (i.e. other dogs). She is a work in progress.
2017, we travel to Maine and fell in love with Acadia and the Maine seashores. It will always call us back.
2018, was a trip up through Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Smokey’s is a must-see and one of our favorite places.
2019, we left in April for Alaska. It was a trip of a lifetime. We check off a long list of bucket items. We didn’t return to Texas till September.
2020, we hope to see all the Great Lakes in Michigan, Nigeria Falls, and a return to Acadia in Maine to see the leaves turn. Hopefully, the travel will be possible. This is a weird year and like most, we will be traveling blind for the most part.
Our home is outside of Lufkin, Texas in the deep piney woods of the Davy Crockett National Forest. Our directions start with when you leave the pavement, you only have 5 miles to go. :-) We are near one of the best bass fishing lakes (Sam Rayburn) and Houston County Lake. We have a small acreage homestead that we cleared and developed with several outbuildings, a house, a guest cabin, a rain catchment system, etc. In the spring of 2020, we started developing our own pond. Lufkin is home to the candy Chick-O-Stick and miniature Peanut Butter Bars (Atkinson Candy Company).
We brought our 2020 Grand Imagine 2600RB, 29'8" long with 1 slide out, in December 2019. We look forward to traveling with all this luxury extra space after several years in a truck camper (Eagle Cap 1165). The travel trailer is completely self-contained with a couple of solar panels, a generator, and a composting toilet. We tow it with a 2020 Ford 150 4x4. If the weather is hot and we need a/c, we would like to use our generator or be able to plug in (with compensation of course).
The Texas Roadrunners were very respectful of the property. Wish I could’ve socialized more as we seem to have a lot of common interests. Welcome back anytime. May have to come fish that lake.
We were happy to host this couple at Candy Cane Corral. We enjoy a lot of the same things and look forward to return visits when this pandemic is over so we can get better acquainted. Their dog, Bella, was no problem to have here and she found lots of sticks to chew on. We wish them Godspeed and safe travels until our paths cross again. We will be looking for a good elderberry tree for you!