Texas is R E A L L Y wide...

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
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Trip End May 04, 2013


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Lake Livingston State Recreation Area

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

We leWe left this great campground at McKinney Falls, pretty early, for us, anyway.  I fueled up and found a reasonable price of $3.11 a gallon.  Not a bad price for the area.


It was a very pleasant trip of about 220 miles to Lake Livingston State Park, north of Houston.  Lots of folks still here, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday tomorrow.  The lake looks to be about the size of Flathead Lake or so.  Lots of boat places and such.  I'm sure that it really rocks in the warmer weather.  It was only about seventy here today, which I'm sure the locals consider too cool for watersports.  We did see several folks fishing from shore.


A few things that struck me enroute today.  A first, and only in Texas:  School Zone-Speed Limit 50 MPH.  Another sign: Brazos County Cowboy Church.


It has been said that "All roads lead to Rome." Here in Texas it seem that all roads lead to San Antonio.  We've seen the signs everywhere from New Mexico almost to this place.  Now it will be Houston, I imagine.


We took a short walk down to the shore of the lake and got a few pictures.  There are lots of large birds standing in the water and on old pieces of piers.  The afternoon sun gave a sweet cast to the trees.  The leaves are gone.  No love oaks here, but lots of hardwoods and pines really abound.  The drought here was terrible and necessitated removal of a lot of the pines.  They too had some kind of bug problem, as did we in Montana.


We're away from everybody here and the sun has quickly fallen as it is wont to do in the flatlands.  Dinner was "lefties" from last eve.  The chicken had been grilled on the Q and the pasta had a few miles on it, but the Lynn did her usual doctoring and made it fine.


We have all but one of our reservations for Florida down to where we'll meet the kids.  Now we have about ten days to cover less than six hundred miles.  We'll stay more north hit Alexandria, LA before we drop down to Pensacola on the Florida Panhandle.


More later...ft this great campground at McKinney Falls, pretty early, for us, anyway.  I fueled up and found a reasonable price of $3.11 a gallon.  Not a bad price for the area.


It was a very pleasant trip of about 220 miles to Lake Livingston State Park, north of Houston.  Lots of folks still here, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday tomorrow.  The lake looks to be about the size of Flathead Lake or so.  Lots of boat places and such.  I'm sure that it really rocks in the warmer weather.  It was only about seventy here today, which I'm sure the locals consider too cool for watersports.  We did see several folks fishing from shore.


A few things that struck me enroute today.  A first, and only in Texas:  School Zone-Speed Limit 50 MPH.  Another sign: Brazos County Cowboy Church.


It has been said that "All roads lead to Rome." Here in Texas it seem that all roads lead to San Antonio.  We've seen the signs everywhere from New Mexico almost to this place.  Now it will be Houston, I imagine.


We took a short walk down to the shore of the lake and got a few pictures.  There are lots of large birds standing in the water and on old pieces of piers.  The afternoon sun gave a sweet cast to the trees.  The leaves are gone.  No love oaks here, but lots of hardwoods and pines really abound.  The drought here was terrible and necessitated removal of a lot of the pines.  They too had some kind of bug problem, as did we in Montana.


We're away from everybody here and the sun has quickly fallen as it is wont to do in the flatlands.  Dinner was "lefties" from last eve.  The chicken had been grilled on the Q and the pasta had a few miles on it, but the Lynn did her usual doctoring and made it fine.


We have all but one of our reservations for Florida down to where we'll meet the kids.  Now we have about ten days to cover less than six hundred miles.  We'll stay more north and and stay just south of Alexandria, LA before we drop down to Pensacola on the Florida Panhandle.


More later...

Today, Martin Luther King's Birthday, we drove the seventy-five pleasant miles to Martin Dies Jr. State Park, just east of Jasper, Texas.  The park is along several sloughs, pronounced "slews" and has a large variety of fauna, including alligators... Man we hope we get to se one!  It took us about half an hour to get registered, since a guest, the ranger and I got into a discussion about hawks, kite and various other raptors in the area.  I mostly listened, but did say uh-huh, a couple of times.


We're in Site 5 with only one other rig among the thirty-eight and that's the campground host.  We're about fifty feet from a large slough.  The sun is shining in Shorty's entry door and all of the windows on that side.  Lynn is making peanut butter cookies.  Ain't life grand??


But, I'm getting ahead of myself.  After we registered and had lunch, we took one of the nature trail which starts only a short way from our site.  It was about a three mile walk.  We have learned that cyprus trees abound in the water here and that there are oak and beech trees also.  The pines are the predominant species and look to mostly about eighty to a hundred feet in height.  The hike was mostly on a narrow road cut years ago through the timber.  It approaches some sloughs and various meadows along the way.  There were LOTS of woodpeckers.  The pileated woodpecker is seen here as well as anther variety.


When we got back to our site, it was STILL quiet and warm.  Little traffic, either afoot or vehicular comes by.  We haven't actually seen anyone on foot yet.  With the long weekend (remember them?) nearly over, there's no one here.  I got several decent pics that I'll upload this evening.  


Till later...

This morning, Tuesday, Lynn was up early for the "conference call."  We hung out until about eleven and then took the same hike as yesterday, but today we were on the search for Geocaches.  We found six, easy ones.  Then back to the coach where Lynn prepared a nice chicken salad for lunch.  Barbecued chicken, pecans, celery and fresh pineapple blended in with a bit of mayo.  Purty dang good, I must say.

It's warm enough to sit out in the new chair and catch some "rays", which I did for about an hour.  Lynn's out there now reading and just enjoying this peaceful place.

We'll move on tomorrow to Indian Creek State Park in Louisiana.  It looks good on paper and the reviews are good.  More tomorrow, fellow travelers...
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cherie on

loved the pic with the build up of billowing clouds on the MDjr trail

ferd on

$3.11 a gallon!!! Holy Cow!! Send some this a way! Remember San Antonio well! Amazing trees and water...good shots of the birds! Great image of you "chillin" in your new chair! I can smell the cookies Lynner! Hugs...

Mike Noble on

Your camping spot here does look ideal (your rv parked nicely in the trees)....quiet and ripe for reading as you said Lynn did. Glad it is warming up for you. That looks to be the same route my brother and I took in 2011 and I think you did the same year? Nice hawk pic and know those are hard to take without being in a blind. Your culinary delights sound great especially while we eat our Costco meals here.

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