2017 Bushman Camp Gathering

We had a great week in Bullard and the surrounding area of Tyler, Texas. Tyler has certainly grown in the last twenty years. Many people live in Bullard as a bedroom community so it too has many amenities. Each day, for some it was a shopping day, for others it was relaxing which we all do well.

Our opening gathering for the Bullard gathering was a delicious meal at the home of our hosts, Myrna and Billy Braly which is located on Lake Palestine just out of Bullard. We had a short meeting about the weeks’ events after the meal and tour of the boathouse by Billy.

Our first tour was to a local school in Bullard which housed the American Freedom Museum and our veterans were admitted free. It was a private collection by the founder of the school and was excellent. After we ate at F D’s Grill House for lunch which was in a shopping center and naturally spontaneous shopping occurred by many of our group. That evening we had a pot-luck meal and then played cards and dominos.

Tuesday for lunch we ate at the Famous Country Tavern in Kilgore for ribs. They had a limited menu and served lunch quickly. It was good and worth the trip. That evening Ida and Les Cook had an open house for touring their new motor coach. They had snacks and everyone sat outside and visited.

Wednesday we had lunch at Kiepersol restaurant which is part of the Kieperaol winery and located on the backside of a gorgeous subdivision developed by the owner of the winery. After the meal, many went on the tour of the vineyards and winery and then had a wine tasting. That afternoon we had severe rains and gusts of wind which lasted into the night. One of our vent covers blew off and broke. Thanks goes to Jim Hoover for checking to see that we had no leaks. It is always good to have TS friends checking on each other.

Thursday morning Polk and I cooked French toast and sausages for the group. And I must apologize to Billy for his meal. That is all I’m going to say but I bet it isn’t the last I hear from him. Billy is a great guy! That morning we toured the Goodman Museum located in Tyler. It was a large home located on nine acres donated to the city of Tyler to be used as a museum. We then drove about a block to tour the Cotton Belt Museum located in the old depot. It was filled with toy trains and items expected at a depot years ago. For lunch most of us gathered at the Clear Springs Restaurant to eat Cajun food.

Friday morning some of the guys drove back to Tyler to scout out a tool store. Some of the ladies said they cleaned their rigs getting ready to leave the next day but many of them shopped. That evening, Paul and Tandy Grugler had fajita’s celebrating Cinco de Mayo Day. The ladies brought the trimmings and all was delicious. A special thanks to our hosts, Myrna and Billy Braly, for a job well done. Linda