It’s A Wrap for Waller

Carol and I are on the move to a new location. We’ve had all the drama, miscommunication, disrespect and incompetence we can stand. The time was right for a change plus we got a good offer on a winter gig. More about that later.

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Lone Star Yogi is a large destination RV Park about 35 miles Northwest of Houston. They have a medium-sized water park that includes water slides, lazy river, toddler splash pool, and a couple of adult pools. They have bout 150 RV sites, 150 cabins, 50 tent sites and a grand lodge that can accommodate 28 people. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the park stays pretty full. Most weekends are packed, especially the three-day weekends. On those busy weekends, the roads in the park are filled with people, bicycles, skate boards golf carts and the Yogi Express tram rides.

DSC_0902Yogi Theater is adjacent to the activities building in the center of the park. The theater plays kid friendly movies every night. The activities building is a bustling center of crafts, games and other things suitable for kids of all ages. The multi-level playscape is between the theater and activities building. Yogi’s Karaoke stage, basket ball, volleyball and horse shoe pit are also around the activities building.

DSC_0941A fully stocked fishing lake is popular spot for campers of all ages. No swimming or boating is allowed in the lake. Tell that to the ducks. The walking path around the lake is full of campers searching for that hot fishing hole.

DSC_0919Behind the flag pole is a free 18-hole miniature golf course. This spot is always full of people from 8AM until 10PM.

Yogi Golf CartsBecause of the size of the park, campers love to rent golf carts. This makes it easy for them to move from campsite to pool to activities. It also adds to the congestion in the park. Cars, trucks and RVs must really have a watchful eye as they travel through the park.

IMG_1951During the past 5 1/2 months, Carol worked in registration, supervised gate operations and hosted 16 international students from Thailand, China, and Dominican Republic. They called her their Texas Mom. I worked on construction projects and was available as backup maintenance when needed.  The registration center had a 3 station call center plus front desk. The phones never stopped ringing. At the gate, Carol trained 5 college/high school students on gate operations which primarily included checking guests into the park and registering day use folks who came for the day to use the water park. On Thursday and Friday, the gate generally had about 300 guest check-ins. Sunday was a busy day-use day. Tuesday was shopping day for the students. Carol made sure they had a good experience in Texas. They visited Blue Bell Ice Creamery in Brenham, TX. Legacy RV Resorts corporate office provided tickets for the Houston Astros baseball at Minute Maid Park. And they enjoyed shopping at the mall. In the photo above, you see them gathered around their Texas Mom for a farewell dinner they prepared for us just before we left. Each person contributed something toward the dinner. All I can say is the food was yummy, tasty and authentic.

IMG_1904My work was primarily construction. I worked with the corporate construction manager on several projects. We built two 20×20 storage buildings for housekeeping, added a new enclosure on the well house near the activity center. We also completed several smaller projects around the park. On a few occasions, I was called out to help out with park maintenance and pump propane.

DSC_0945So as we drive off for a little R&R with family, we simply said good-bye to Yogi Bear. It was an interesting summer, not one we care to repeat in this park. Maybe somewhere else in Texas.

That’s it for now, next we will tell you a little about our remodeling project and our winter workamping gig. Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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6 responses to “It’s A Wrap for Waller

  1. Yikes, that does not sound fun nor is it anything close to my cup of tea. Hope your winter gig will be a little more relaxing 🙂

  2. Kudos to you guys for sticking it out for so long. Hope your next work experience is stress-free and all fun. You certainly deserve it and the R&R you’re taking in between gigs!

  3. Anxious to hear about the next stop. Hope you’ll take some time off before you start.

  4. Hi Folks,
    I almost started working there a few months ago, I got a call from a gal there about working, a friend of mine that lives in Houston told me since I was not used to it that I did not want to work near Houston in the summer. Kinda sounds like maybe that was a good thing, ended up in a National park workamping at 8,000 feet elevation.
    Hope your next gig is better.

    Roger

  5. After just finishing an intensive gig volunteering for the USFS in Oregon I can understand your thought about: not one you are in a hurry to repeat. Best wishes in the new gig and have a little fun in between all the work!

  6. We used to stay there. Once management started shoe-horning campers everywhere, we stopped camping there. The fees and golf carts are over the top.

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