We awoke to a beautiful day. The high was 78 but with 90% humidity, we welcomed the air conditioned drive to Baton Rouge. After church, we packed up and headed across the Atchafalaya River Basin; the largest river swamp in the United States. We stopped at exit 121 off of Highway 10 to go through a visitor’s center. It’s a fascinating little place with a 4 1/2 minute informative movie about the area. I think what impressed me most
Yesterday, January 7, we hit the books hard. Barry had another busy day as well. We took off at around 2:30 to find the Visitor’s Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. Barry got stuck on the phone for most of the time but the girls and I were able to get a lot of information on what to do in the southern part of the state.
While in Lafayette, we drove by the University of Louisiana. Its buildings (at least those that we saw) aren’t huge like that of most colleges but they definitely reflect the beauty and grace of the south. We would love to see the grounds in the spring.
Today we left Beach City, TX. For the last week we have been parked at Beach City RV which is on the banks of Trinity Bay. It’s a nice, clean park. The owners are very friendly and helpful. We especially enjoyed walking out on the pier at sunset to look for jellyfish. Our binoculars got a lot of use as we looked out at the oil platforms and freighters.
We still don’t have the best internet connection but we haven’t done much to blog about anyway. We move to a new destination tomorrow. Hopefully, we’ll have better internet and phone service. Barry has spent most of his work time at an area McDonalds. It’s a bit of a pain but the girls love taking turns to go with him. It kind of works well for me, too. I send one girl off with a bunch of schoolwork while I get to work with the other two.
On Monday, January 2, we drove back into Houston
Our blogs posts are going to come in spurts for at least the next week. The internet here is the worst we’ve had yet. Barry will have to go to McDonald’s to work every morning. We may have to post 2 or 3 days worth of blogs at a time.
We didn’t do much today. It was in the 70s but very humid.
The thought struck me today as we were walking on the beach at the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, Texas, that just a few months ago we were walking along the shoreline of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. I couldn’t help but remember some of the places we have visited on our way from the top of the country to the bottom. We’ve only been in 7 states so far on our trip and yet we’ve seen so many different areas. There really isn’t a work to describe how amazing and beautiful our country is!
This morning we left Willis, Texas. We headed to a new RV Park that is closer to Houston. We drove through a very different and interesting area. It was very flat with a lot of scrubby vegetation but it was beautiful. Because of all the rain, the grass here looks like new spring grass. We enjoyed seeing more Texas Longhorns than we’ve seen since we’ve been in Texas.
Today we drove north to College Station, TX. The Houston area still has quite a few brightly colored trees. The farther north we drove today, we saw less and less color. Still it was a nice drive. It seemed to be a country of wide open spaces.
One of our goals is to visit all 12 of the Presidential Libraries. In 2013 there will be 13 when George W. Bush’s library will be completed. Guess we’ll just have to make another trip back to this great state! Today we visited George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (#41). It’s our third library behind William J. Clinton Library and Museum and Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.