Monday, August 28, 2017

Comments from the Janssens

This just arrived via email.

Hi, Gayle, Jeanetta Janssen here,

so glad Keith for the news, Thanks for re-opening the blog! I don't do Facebook so miss out on lots news!  We only were at 35 Rv 4 years but lots good memories & friends!

Sorry to hear about Carol"s RV! Glad Dick& Lucilles ok! But sad to hear Jenkins destroyed.  Glad to hear no one was at the park during hurricane. 

The pictures of Rockport are so distressing! Wondering how all those shops, Wal-Mart, H.E.B. survived?

Helen Fahsling is off the road in Flats, TX, Stammers in Michigan, Rothsmeiers, Grand Island, Ne, all off road too.  Cleo& Bonnie Lanning(MN) still RV to Texas, were leaving Nov 1???? Janssens been confined to RVing in Nebraska, summer jaunts to different parks.

Rem Carol"s rig & red car during the bad hail storm, so sad now has this storm to deal with!   Hope to hear from other 35RV'ers!  Good luck to all!

Gayle Jeanetta Janssen,
Norfolk, NE

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Damage at Rockport Airport

This one's from Julee via Diana. The airport in Rockport is immediately south of the RV park.

At the airport, a beautiful Cessna 175, owned by a gentleman from Rockport, was shown laying on its back, cowling missing. Three+ walls have been ripped from the hangar behind it and the fame is askew.

The good-quality photo is copyrighted, so I'm not publishing it.

Jenkins' Winter Home Destroyed

This from Elaine Kenney Jenkins ---Elaine and Palmer are former Rockport 35 RV residents. Palmer consistently beat me at pool.

Elaine Kenney Jenkins yes wind destroyed our place

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Carol Dietrich's Note and Photos

This is "borrowed" from Facebook:

Hi folks!
Whew what a couple of days! Mackie and I are doing fine. Joyce is staying with friends. We go back Tuesday to assess our situation but will go back to SA and family until we can get electric (guessing 2-4 weeks). Have a friend that took pics for us. These are all I have.

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Thanks for the info, Carol. I'm sure many are very interested in conditions at "their" park!

August, 2017, and Hurricane Harvey

With communications to/from Rockport almost non-existent following the devastating storm, now seems like a revival of this site might serve a useful purpose.

As we've all seen on TV, Rockport is indeed a disaster area. There's been a huge amount of damage, damage which will take years to clean up, make decisions, and rebuild.

However, this blog concentrates on Wilderness Oaks RV Resort, the neat little park immediately north of the airport. We spent seven winters there and made and still have many great friends who winter at that park.

I have few facts at this time, but here's what I believe to be facts as they have come from reliable sources ---even though these comments were published on Facebook, for the most part.

  1. NO ONE was at the park when the storm hit.
  2. Carol Dietrich's home was destroyed. Here are her words:
    "Thank you everyone for prayers and good vibrations. Have found out that my trailer home was destroyed but my bf park model seems to be intact with some but ok damage. Looks like he'll have a roommate for awhile. We will go down there Tuesday to assess the situation. Have heard we won't have electric for 2-3 weeks. Will probly stay with family in San Antonio. Again thanks for your thoughts."
  3. Several have left their trailers there over the summer. I've seen no reports on them yet.
That's precious little information, but all of which I'm aware right now (3:40 PM Sunday, August 27)

Feel free to add facts via Posts or Comments. If all else fails, you can email them to me at

Sunday, January 3, 2016 Retiring

This domain,, will expire in a few days. I do not plan to renew it, I'd like to think of it as retiring after a useful life of about three years!

The previous website for the previous park is still alive and probably always will be.
You can reach it here:

I have added the 60+ posts from on that site so you'll have a complete record of your good times at the park. The legacy site now boasts 870 posts, or articles, from the past nine years. There are lots of pictures in the articles which you might enjoy! The transfer process isn't perfect. As a result, there is some "leftover" text in some places. I've noticed it around pictures, specifically.

A big THANK YOU to all who have helped with the site over the years. A very special Thank You goes to Dianne Carlson for contributing so many good articles and pictures for our enjoyment.

I also want to thank the readers of this blog over the years. We've had some great times, haven't we!

Again, here's the link to the "old" site on Blogspot:

If you want to purchase the domain name,
please contact me not later than January 5, 2016, to buy it with minimum hassle.
Keith 319 395-7405

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016

Today is the last chance this year for us to wish you a Happy New Year 2016 so that's what we're doing in this short article.

Happy New Year!

During he seven years we spent right there on Site 80, next to Gordon and Janet, we met many people and made some great friends. Truly, we miss them every day!

We have been saddened by the passing of several; Bob, Chet, Norman, and Karen come to mind.

Some have decided to stay closer to home, a decision many more of us will make as the years roll by. Marv and Bev are two of several in that category.

Since we left the park four years ago, the park has flourished—hopefully not because of our leaving! We're pleased that new guests are now enjoying many of the same people we came to love while eating and playing with them for seven years!

May all the parks guests, both former and current, enjoy a new year filled with good heath and enough happiness to make them thankful every day for their good fortune!

Happy New Year 2016!