Texas is large (not new news). The first stop of the FLW Tour was Sam Rayburn Reservoir and we stayed in Jasper, TX at Double Heart RV Park. The roads are long and the speed limits are FAST. Our campground was on the side of a two lane road with a 75 mph speed limit, yikes!
We stopped in Arizona on the way to get Wade's boat wrapped and were able to join friends at Lake Alamo for the weekend. Come New Years day it was time to get moving, and we spent the next two days traveling across Texas.
We hit a high ice storm on our way out - we stayed the night 'half way' in Van Horn, TX and it was 35 degrees when we pulled up! The next morning the roads were freezing but drivable so we kept going. I had never really listened to podcasts before this trip but they're my new favorite thing for 12+ hour drives. Finally we made it to Jasper - and we were in the boondocks. There is a pretty little creek that runs around the whole park and the people there were so nice! They even had a big gumbo dinner for the whole campsite the night before the tournament started!
'The Stump' was the infamous nearby restaurant full of bass fisherman jerseys and tall tales. Fun fact - everything in the South is fried. They served chicken strips with gravy here and I was a big fan - so much better than ketchup (yuck).
I am not the biggest fan of Walmart but apparently there really IS a Walmart in every town in America - so they're growing on me. First stop, Wade and I walked in and asked where the restroom was - "between dairy and shoes." And it really was right between dairy and shoes haha.
Amos lives under the dining table. I have never had a dog that was so attached and wants to be with you allll dayyy long - he's really loving camper life where one of us is never far (literally 5 feet away).
Wade's first official day of practice! A beautiful foggy sunrise and a clear sunset (the lake was so flooded the dock is half underwater!). For each tournament the lake goes off limits the month prior, then there are three official practice days, one day off and the tournament starts. All 170 anglers fish the first two days, then the top 20 fish the third day and the top 10 fish the final day.
The hardest part of living in the camper so far has been actually relaxing. We have a full dining table, kitchen, little sofa, bathroom and bed 'room' but somehow we're always moving. I love tea, and this was the first time I felt relaxed in our little home.
These were after Wade's first tournament day! Happy smiles!! He did awesome for his first time every fishing in the South and well enough to keep him in the running. His goal for the first tournament was to 'make a check' - they tournament pays out to the first 90 or so guys out of 170 and he was in the running.
Wade finished 39th out of 170 in his first tournament! Big happy smiles day two, and it was time to pack up and head to Florida.