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Tips on Mrs. Padilly’s Day-Tripping Adventures Across Texas.


Springtime in Fredericksburg, Texas


If not my Favorite Town in the Lone Star State

Flowers by Old Wagon Wheel


  • Fredericksburg is at its best in the springtime, when the wildflowers are in bloom.
  • The area is also becoming well know for its wineries and bus tours.
  • Do not miss the chance to visit Enchanted Rock and drive the Willow City Loop.


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Maiden Voyage of C~Horse, our 22′ C~Dory Cruiser

MAIDEN VOYAGE OF C~HORSE, OUR 22′ C~DORY CRUISERWe finally had our first opportunity to put C-Horse in the water, which was pretty important, because we brought her home by way of Indiana without ever seeing if she floats…she does. 😉

Mrs-Mr-Padilly-WNow, I must confess, when it comes to boating, I am strictly the first mate. Mr. Padilly, with over 40 years of sailing and boating experience, is truly the captain. But I have my jobs to do, and one of those is handling the vehicle and trailer at the boat ramp.

I must admit, I was a bit nervous with the C-Dory because of her size and because she is the first motor boat I have handled (I’ve only worked with sailboats and kayaks up until now), and most of the boating accidents I’ve seen happened at the boat ramp.

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Newest member to the Fleet! C~Dory 22′ Cruiser ~ C~Horse

C-Horse, our 22′ C-Dory Cruiser

C-Dory 22' Cruiser - C-Horse


Next week launches the series on my 17′ Spirit Deluxe Casita’s Glamping Makeover, but I wanted to share with you our new 2002 C-Dory 22′ Cruiser; brought home to Texas today by way of Indiana (Go Hoosiers!).

We have named her C-Horse and I’d like to think of her as the water equivalent of our Casita Glamper Free Range; although I don’t think Mr. Padilly will approve of me “glamping” her up (maybe just a little accessorizing 😉 ).

In addition to sharing our camping adventures in our Casita Free Range, we will also be sharing our adventures on C-Horse; from cruises on our own neighborhood lake, Lake Conroe, to extended cruises such as Galveston to Freeport, Texas. You can read about my travels on my Travel Blog link, to MrsPadilly.com.

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Kayaking Lake Conroe: Discovering Johnson Island

Johnson Island Tree 2104KAYAKING: DISCOVERING JOHNSON ISLAND in our Hobie Mirage TandemThis past summer we went kayaking back to “Johnson Island” only to discover that the summer rains, ending the drought in Southeast Texas, had removed all traces of our little island.

The only evidence it ever existed was the island’s only tree. With over half the tree submerged in the water, it was doing its best to cling to the sun by spreading roots just below the surface; a futile attempt to survive.

Just a year ago this little island sparked the imagination, and left me with a memory that will last a lifetime.

I’ve republished my 2013 post with images of our little island below:

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“The Eagle has landed.” ~ Neil A. Armstrong


and The Johnson Space Center


  • Padilly-TipsSpace Center Houston has its own building at the Johnson Space Center.
  • In order to tour the working Johnson Space Center you must take a tram tour; best to pick a day when it is not raining, or the weather isn’t too hot.
  • Make sure you take the time to view the rockets at the end of the tour to see the Saturn V with your own eyes — it’s huge!


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Eating Blue Bell Ice Cream – Brenham, Texas


Home to my Favorite Ice Cream Stop
Blue Bell Creamery

  • Padilly-TipsCheck hours of operation as it can get busy during the weeks schools are in session (open Mon-Fri).
  • Don’t forget your free ice cream at the end of the tour, but call first to see if tours are available (1-800-327-8135)
  • If you don’t have time for the tour, or tour is closed, you can still visit  the Ice Cream Parlor and Country Store.

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Texas Welcome Center – Orange, Texas


Texas Star located at Texas Welcome Center, Orange

Texas-Louisiana Border Off Interstate 10
One of Texas’ Best Travel Information Centers in the State.

  • Padilly-TipsThis center provides the usual features of a rest stop, including a professional travel center full of brochures and helpful travel counselors.
  • Make sure you take time to stretch your legs on the boardwalk over Blue Elbow Swamp to enjoy views of a southeast Texas swamp; maybe you will see a gator.
  • Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the Texas Star! 


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