Even with the noise of the traffic passing overhead on the bridge in Lake Charles and the occasional vehicle coming or going through the parking lot, we still slept well boondocking at the Isle of Capri casino.
Since we only had about 140 miles to go to reach our destination, we were in no rush to get on the road yesterday morning. I checked my e-mail, did a walk around the motorhome and Explorer to make sure everything was okay, talked to the security guard on duty for a few minutes, and we finally hit the road a little after 10 A.M.
In less than half an hour we crossed the state line into Texas, and about 60 miles after we started out we stopped at the Flying J in Orange, Texas to top off our fuel tank. We still had plenty of diesel onboard but I wanted to have a full tank, because when we leave here I’m not sure what our options will be for fuel.
Back on the road, we continued west for another hour or so, left Interstate 10 and got onto State Route 146, and took it south through Baytown, La Porte, Seabrook and Kemah. Along the way we crossed the very high Fred Hartman Bridge over the Houston Ship Channel. It is a gorgeous bridge and four lanes wide, so I stayed in an inside lane and didn’t snivel a bit all the way across.
We pulled into Galveston Bay RV Resort a little after 1:30 P.M. and our friends Greg and Jan White were standing in front of our site waiting for us to arrive. It sure was great to see them again, and the fact that Jan was holding a box of her delicious homemade wedding cookies for me made it even better! After hugs all around we got settled into our waterfront site, with a great view of Dickinson Bayou, and then spent some time visiting and admiring the scenery.
All kinds of birds hang out here and they know Jan is always happy to feed them. She put out some bird seed and almost immediately flying critters were homing in on the feast. There were a number of these large parrots, grackles, and several other species that I couldn’t identify.
Seeing the birds eating reminded us that we were hungry, so we piled into Gregg and Jan’s truck and drove to a great waterfront restaurant called Outrigger’s Seafood Grill for a late lunch. The food was delicious and it was wonderful sitting out on the upper level deck eating with our friends and watching the boats passing by.
They were all kind of birds around there, too. Terry was so busy taking pictures of egrets, pelicans, and ibis that we almost had to drag her back into the truck before we could leave.
She also got a picture of these two kayak fishermen. Fishing from my Sea Eagle PaddleSki kayak is very high on my bucket list.
We drove around the area for a while getting a guided tour of all the neat little shops, bed and breakfasts, and local points of interest. There are a lot of refineries in this area providing employment for many of the local folk.
Back at the campground we visited for a while in Greg and Jan’s American Eagle, and then we went back to our motorhome to check e-mail and catch our breath. A little before 7 P.M. we left again to meet Greg and Jan’s son Chris, his wife Linda, and their beautiful daughter Piper at a Mexican restaurant called La Brisa. Miss Terry, who is a bit of a snob when it comes to Mexican restaurants, declared this one high on her list of favorites We had a good time getting to know Chris, Linda, and Piper, and had a lot of laughs as we enjoyed dinner.
The black cloud that seems to follow me everywhere I go hasn’t been far behind, and most of this week they’re predicting rain and thunderstorms. The folks here in Texas aren’t complaining because most of the state has been under a drought and they need the rain. We’ll hang out here all week enjoying time with our friends and exploring this new part of the Lone Star state that we have never visited before.
Thought For The Day – Grandmothers are just antique little girls.