We’ve started our six-week Wild Card Road Trip and our first stop was the Texas State 4H Dog Show in Conroe, Texas, where our son showed his Border Collie, Cookie.

Sam Houston

We were hoping to stay at the RV park at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds where the dog show was taking place, but we didn’t get the information in time to book it, so we stayed at a nearby RV park called Majestic Pines RV Park in nearby Willis.

Majestic Pines RV Park

The trip to Conroe was relatively smooth going with the new Mallard, but we about died when we arrived and it was 100 billion degrees out and the humidity was who knows what percentage. You were pretty much drenched in sweat the moment you got out of the truck. The new Curt hitch worked alright, but the handle was jammed when we arrived and it took forever to unlock it so we could unhook the truck. Then the trailer right tail light fuse in the truck blew (again). Of course, it takes some teeny tiny fuse that you can’t find anywhere. So I switched it out with the fuse for the heated seats, because we aren’t going to need those anytime soon.

While at the park, however, we couldn’t get the propane water heater to light, so we thought we didn’t have hot water for a couple of days. But then, I discovered that we have an electric hot water heater too… Lol. The joys of never owning a camper before! Since we figured it out, we were able to try out our new shower curtain. It’s perfect for the RV because it has pockets!

After three days of dog showing, we headed to Thackerville, Oklahoma. We ate at a very good little Mexican restaurant in Buffalo, Texas, but I didn’t catch the name.

Thackerville is known for the WinStar World Casino, but they have a very nice little RV park called FunTown RV. Because of my “spend” at the casino (uh hmm, basically my losses…) I got a free night there and a nice big pull-through site at that. Because we were only staying one night, we didn’t bother unhooking the camper. We just hooked up the essentials and then took a shuttle to the casino and ate at the buffet. The shuttle runs 24/7 by the way.

While we didn’t get to use all of the amenities, they do have a pool, a shower/bathroom house and paid laundry. You can buy bags of ice in the registration building. They even have some RV essentials for sale.

From there we headed to Cawker City, Kansas – home of the World’s Largest Ball of Twine! Although it’s definitely a little roadside attraction, it has a great story. It was originally started by Frank Stoeber in 1953. It started with a handful of twine that he was originally going to throw away, but decided to keep and then kept adding to it until one day it was as big as the barn door. It became the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in 1973. Frank passed away the next year. In 1978, Francis Johnson of Darwin, Minnesota contested the title and won, but the city added to the ball and surpassed Johnson’s, reclaiming the title.

Tonight we are staying at the Glen Elder State Park. It’s just about 8 miles away from Cawker City and located on Waconda Lake. We stayed in the Kaw Campground, which has electric and water hookups. It also has a large bathroom and shower house, but I’m a little perplexed at the lighting situation there, as I couldn’t find a switch…

Tomorrow, we head to Des Moines, Iowa!

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