Explore sites all over Texas and beyond with members of this chapter.
By Vee Davison, F191269
In 1986 a group of FMCA members from Texas who all owned Executive motorhomes created a chapter for RVers with that brand of coach. It turned out the majority of them worked in the oil industry, so they named their group after a nickname given to oil rig workers: roughnecks.
The requirement of owning an Executive ended years ago. Today we are a small chapter with 15 member families, the majority of whom live in Texas.
We get together at least four times a year. Typically our rallies last longer than a couple of days, because we want to have enough time to explore places of interest or historical importance. We normally hold rallies in February, April, October, and December and stay near the Texas area. However, we have had summer rallies in Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
During our rallies we make a point to plan full activities. But it is balanced. We also include downtime so members can just kick back. We dine at area restaurants, plus we typically have one catered meal.
Last year we visited Llano, Galveston, Houston, and Belleville, Texas, as well as Guthrie, Oklahoma. In Llano we saw a railroad museum and the Llano County Courthouse; observed nesting bald eagles; and tasted wine at the Fall Creek Vineyards. Earlier in the year we traveled to Guthrie, Oklahoma, the state’s first capital. Among other sites, we saw what has to be the largest selection of soda pop ever at a place called Pops, along Route 66. We also visited the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City.
In the Houston area, we visited places we had not seen before: the Water Wall and the Beer Can House, among others. Since we were staying in the RV park at Traders Village flea market, we also enjoyed some interesting shopping.
We were in Galveston for the Victorian Christmas festival called Dickens on the Strand. While in town, we also visited the rebuilt Moody Gardens, had a great dinner, and then strolled through a beautiful light display.
Our most recent rally took place in the town where the Roughnecks were founded: Bellville, Texas. While there we visited beautiful Newman's Castle, which is complete with a moat, a drawbridge, and period furniture. At the Bluebonnet Farm horse ranch we learned how these beautiful animals are cared for and trained. Would you believe they have a live-in therapist who gives the horses massages?
If you would like to learn more about us, visit our Web site, www.roughnecksfmca.org, or contact FMCA's Chapter Services Department at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622;