Jan 242012

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.

Fred Hartman bridge

Fred Hartman bridge on top

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.

Greg Jan welcoming

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.

Passing boat

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.

Brown pelican 2

Brown pelican mouth open

Egret on dock

She also got a picture of these two kayak fishermen. Fishing from my Sea Eagle PaddleSki kayak is very high on my bucket list.

Kayak fishermen

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.

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  11 Responses to “Settling In At Galveston Bay”

  1. What a great shot of Jan and Greg and a wonderful welcome from some great friends…Enjoy your stay there, although it sounds like it may be hard to pull yourself away from the hospitality and the area.

  2. Always good to see old friends,,,,,,,,,,Enjoy!

  3. Enjoy that part of TX. I have been going there since the early ’60s. I Had a girlfriend I meet at church camp that lived in Baycliff. Then our best friends grew up in Baycliff and Friendswood. Good folks down there. A bit humid for long term stays for my skin but a fun respit.

  4. We really enjoyed the Galveston Bay area last year. Of course, Jan and Greg were there, too! 🙂 We look forward to coming back to the area in June for my new grandbaby!

  5. Thanks for the pelican pictures! I love pelicans. 🙂 Enjoy.

  6. Ah – forgot about those green parrots that hang around there looking for handouts.

  7. Being a native Texan, I must admit you and Ms Terry are good people for bringing the rain to Texas. Yall have just moved to the status of Hero’s in my book. Could you travel through the Hill Country? They need the rain so bad.
    I hope you have a great stay in the Galveston Bay area.

  8. Just starting to rain here in Pharr in the RGV . . . knew you were getting closer!

    Great photos Terry!

    Welcome to Texas!


  9. Ok, Nick, enough talking. I’m still waiting for a few pics of you actually using the Sea Eagle.

  10. We raised our kiddos right around the corner from where you are. . .so that is where we return every year for our grands fix. . .

    Met Jan and Greg this past December and had a great burger and conversation. . .they are wonderful folks, and we look forward to meeting them again.

    We agree with Miss Terry. . .LaBrisa ranks way up there for TexMex. . .their stuffed avocado special on Friday is to die for. . .enjoy your visit!


  11. Good idea to keep your tank topped off when traveling across Texas. We’re heading east on I-10 and from Fort Stockton to San Antonio, unless I dozed off at the wheel, never saw a truck stop until we were on the north side of San Antonio.

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