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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nov 25, 2010 Happy Thanksgiving from Galveston Island!

JoAnne Morgan

You may shudder picturing Thanksgiving in an RV!

We’re not those people! We’re going to enjoy this Thanksgiving on the beach with a yummy recipe I found on the net - Turkey in a crock-pot!

We are thankful for the blessings and joys that we enjoy in our RV adventures, and most of all our family and friends!!!

We hope you have enjoyed sharing parts of our two-month journey…as much as we have had sharing and experiencing it! See Some Random Photos Here

God has truly blessed us! We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, and may we all give thanks with a grateful heart for our blessings for this great country family, and friends!

Summary:
Galveston Island
• Historic
• Beautiful
• Lots of beach to walk, shell, reflect, enjoy
• Lots of birding
• Absolutely a place we are coming back to

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nov 21, 2010 Back on the Island

JoAnne Morgan

What a fantastic week-long trip to Salt Lake City!! It was interesting, productive and fun! The “girls from Anthem” made some great discoveries in their collective genealogical research.

However it was wonderful coming back to Galveston Island and being with Rick and Sandy again – taking walks on the beach, and along the marsh, plus gathering more birds to add to our life-list. See Photos Here

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nov 13, 2010 Island Adventure

JoAnne Morgan

Last night we arrived to a beautiful evening on Galveston Island State Park, Texas. What an adventure this is turning out to be!

We were able to get the great “camp site” we had hoped for. There are number of other campers here, probably not as many as would normally be since this weekend is rain, cool temperatures, and the ever present wind! See Photos Here

Last night we did have a great evening – walk along the beach, enjoyed a beautiful sunset and warm evening but around 3:00am – that all changed. Rain, rain, rain!

Earlier tonight we took a drive and were surprised at the many homes that are either new or refurbished since Hurricane Ike. All on stilts which we find out is “the law.” We made a stop at a little store and after talking with the women there, we got the rundown on what happened here during the hurricane. We decided this is not a place we would like to live – but a visit is just perfect!

Tonight is organizing so we can go to Houston tomorrow and I will get a flight to Salt Lake City, UT on Monday where I will meet some girlfriends from home, and do some genealogical research – coming back to Houston on Friday and we will head back to Galveston Island.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Nov 12, 2010 Bye for Now Brazos Bend State Park

JoAnne Morgan

We had such a wonderful time during our 6 day stay at this State Park in Texas. In fact the State Park system here and the people who staff it have been polite, helpful, and create a “welcome attitude.” See Photos Here

Today we are headed to Galveston Island State Park and hopefully we will be able to get a great Beachside Campsite near the water. Galveston Island and the surrounding areas were decimated by Hurricane Ike and are still recovering.

Summary:
Brazos Bend State Park
- Well maintained
- Lots of trails
- Wildlife galore
- Wonderful campsites
- Nice people

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nov 9, 2010 Brazos Bend Lives Up to Its Billing

JoAnne Morgan

Well, now that we have been here for several days what do we think of Brazos Bend State Park? In a few words…LOVE this place!!!!

-Beautiful walks around stunning and well maintained trails that take you into the woods,and around lakes.
-Additions to our life bird list…plus for the very first time we had fun watching a Cardinal looking at himself, talking, and pecking at our driver’s side rear view mirror.
-Photography opportunities galore. See Photos Here
-Wildlife…white tailed deer running through our “perfect campsite,” birds, birds, birds, lakes and American Alligators! This morning we took a very long, walk and actually witnessed an alligator eating a snake.
-200 to 500 year old Live Oak Trees dripping with Spanish moss.

All in all YES, this is one beautiful place and now we understand why it was named one of America’s top State Parks!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nov 6, 2010 "Winter Texans"

JoAnne Morgan

Leaving Stephen F. Austin State Park we are now headed to the Gulf Coast Region - Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas.

Along the way I was reading about our new destination and discovered we are not called “snow birds” here in Texas, we are referred to as “Winter Texans.”

Yet another new adventure! According to the material I have read, Brazos Bend SP has an observatory, nature center, fishing, 35 miles of trails, huge live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, three lakes, whitetail deer, over 300 species of birds, and alligators. This should be great!

However the remainder of today is about finding a great camping site…we think we did, and settling in until Friday.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Nov 1, 2010 Stephen F. Austin State Historical State Park

JoAnne Morgan

Arriving at Stephen F. Austin State Historical State Park in San Felipe, TX along the Brazos River, you are greeted by beautiful homes, charming tiny white-tailed deer, and a totally Sycamore tree wooded campground…with full hook-ups. See Photos Here

After visiting the San Felipe de Austin historical site we came away with a new understanding of how important this area was - Being the social, economic, and political center, as well as the first capital of the provisional government of Texas.

This will be our home for the next five days – part of which Rick will be attending a meeting in Florida. So yes, Sandy and I will hold down the fort.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Oct 31, 2010 Halloween Bastrop Style

JoAnne Morgan

We headed down to “The Most Historic Small Town in Texas” – Bastrop. What an adventure! See Photos Here

It reminded us of our days back in Lombard – just an old fashioned town celebrating the trickery and intrigue of Halloween.

We started to think the whole town came out to party. There were little haunted houses, slides, and games for the kids and all were handing out prizes and candy. The local business owners had their windows decorated and “trick or treaters” were going in and coming out with candy in their hands.

I am sure everyone had a dog dressed up (except us of course – but Miss Sandy attracted a lot of attention) – she was even given away kisses!

After observing the fun for awhile we headed on back “home” and were equally surprised at the number of pretty old homes who were decorated with long lines of kids waiting for candy along the way.

Ahhhhhhhhh…the old days! Great memories for us!