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!

Monday, December 7, 2015 Domain Set To Expire

Domain Names

A "domain name" is the name of a website and the "address" to which one goes when looking for a site. In the case of this website, the domain name is "".

The right to use a domain name must be purchased. The price varies, depending on whether it is a  .com, .us, .info, .edu, etc., domain. These days, the prices usually start at about $13/year and go up from there.

Domain Renewal will expire in a few weeks. It's price to renew is about $20/year.

The basic question is this: Shall I renew it?

There are other related quesions:

  • Does anyone wish to purchase it? (I have owned it from the beginning and will relinquish it if someone is interested in owning it.)

  • Does anyone really care if this site continues? (For the last month, it has had about 5 visitors each day, which is about half the number of visitors during the same period a year ago.)

  • Is anyone interested in contributing information to make it more current than it has been the last two or three years?

  • Other.

Reason for Its Existence

This website was created in 2007 or earlier. My goal was to have it be an on-line "daily newspaper" for the guests at Rockport 35 RV Park. You can see some of the early articles here:

At that time, Pat and I were guests on Site 80. I did most of the writing and served as the webmaster. I also hosted the site on server space I rented.

Later, Dianne Carlson took an active part and provided lots of articles and pictures. That helped improve interest and lessened the load for me. I appreciated her efforts, believe me!

Now, we spend the Winters in Mission, TX, —200 miles from the park of interest. That's a bit too far to be up-to-date on the local happenings. The breadth and timeliness of the content of the site has suffered because of this distance.

Action Requested

What do YOU think? Please either Comment on the site, or send me an email at, or phone me at 319 395-7405 (trailer) of 319 389-4011 (cellphone).

I must make a decision in less than 30 days, so if you have a comment or opinion please get it to me soon!

Wilderness Oaks Intelligence According to Facebook

I must hurry and write this, before my internet service becomes internet non-service. Again! Service here, provided by a local company as part of their cable TV offering, has been absolutely terrible. It was down essentially all weekend.

Today, people expect internet service to be as reliable as other utilities, such as electricity and water.

I'm about to take an active role in trying to make it better. Sound familiar?

Now to the according-to-facebook part!

I was able to gather a bit of intelligence last week, mainly by going to our clubhouse here in Mission and using my tablet.

What I learned was that several of our old friends were making their way from "wherever" to Wilderness Oaks! And several have completed their migration, to the joy of the travelers and those already enjoying the park community.

I specifically noticed that Don and Dorothy plus Dennis and Brenda were making the trip last week.

I also noted that not all made the trip trouble-free. The good news is that they did make it safely, although with a bit of inconvenience.

Pat and I, too, had a bit of "inconvenience," which could have been much, much, worse! While cruising (?) down I-35W in Ft. Worth, we came upon several miles of serious road construction. At one point, the right lane of two lanes of traffic was signed to close.

We were where should have been (left lane) and with close but acceptable space ahead of us. At the last moment, a car darted into that holy space.

Worse yet, at that exact moment, all the vehicles ahead of use braked to a near-stop! I slammed on the brakes and we did not hit her. Missed her car by about two feet, I estimate. We could smell the distinctive odor of hot brake linings for several minutes!

The lesson here: I had just had the trailer brakes adjusted before we left Cedar Rapids. I strongly suspect that is what saved us from an accident.

Other factors: anti-skid brake system on the F-350, expert driving skills, and divine providence —not necessarily in that order.

Make sure your brakes are up to snuff; you can never tell when you will need every bit of stopping power they can provide.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rockport Friends Visit

We had a very pleasant surprise Saturday, Nov. 21. Bob and Gelene Logsdon showed up for a visit!

We each left Iowa November 9. Bob and Gelene spend the Winter in Alamo, while Pat and I are in Mission, nearly 20 miles further west.

[caption id="attachment_816" align="alignnone" width="500"]Photo of Rockport Friends: Pat & Gelene Pat and Gelene having a good time![/caption]

We chatted about the good ol' times we had at the previous park until about noon. Then guess what we did? Yep, we went out to lunch! There's a BBQ place only a couple of miles from our park so we went there. A good time was had by all, that's for sure!

The Logsdons purchased a mobile home in "their" park late last year. Pat and I are renting the same lot in Mission for the fourth year. This is the 11th consecutive year for us to spend the Winter in Texas.

Importance of Rockport Friends

While we like this area, a common comment was, "We sure miss the people in Rockport!"

Our Rockport Friends are important to all of us! We miss you!


Friday, October 16, 2015

Dixie Gwin Graham: R.I.P.

Dixie was a Workamper at Rockport 35 RV Park for a few years, probably at least ten years ago. If I rember correctly, she was a gardener, giving Chet a hand with the flowers.

Here's notice of her passing, borrowed from facebook.

"hello im mary graham dixie and mike grahams daughter-inlaw just wanted everyone to that dixie went home to be with the lord today also with her husband mike who passed on sept.26th we are planning on having a memorial in the next week or so for them here is my # 830-822-0664 or billys 830-765-8807 if u would like info on date and time"



Friday, September 18, 2015

More Friends from the Park!

How lucky can we get! This is two weeks in a row that we've been able to dine with great friends from the park!

This week, Tom and Dianne drove over from their camping spot at Thompson, IL, a nice CoE park right on the Mississippi River. If you follow them on facebook, you'll have seen some of their kayaking excursions and also the grand old riverboat they visited Wednesday.

[caption id="attachment_810" align="alignleft" width="355"]Photo of friends from the park: Tom, Dianne, Pat, Keith Tom & Dianne Carl; Pat & Keith Williams[/caption]

I chose Emil's Hideaway as the spot for lunch. As you can imagine, we had a lengthy lunch!

It's so wonderful to spend time with friends from Winter's past! Thanks for coming, T & D!