Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday Morning ! GOOD MORNING TEXAS ! Isn't this a great way to start the day ? We enjoyed our 1st cup of coffee, looking out the "dining room" window, before hooking up and heading south to Harlingen Texas. We FINALLY met up with Bud and Carol, our dear friends from Lambertville, Mich. We will be at the Palm Court with them till Jan 3rd when we will go wandering again for a bit.
FRIDAY - Our campground is right out around the end of the long beach in the background. We rode our bikes on the big sidewalk that goes between the resorts and the USS Lexington. What a huge ship! Watched a really good movie about jet fighter pilots before we went up and down all the stairs/ ladders, saw all the airplanes, the Pearl Harbor display and all the rest. I think H was most impressed with the engine rooms and how they communicated from the bridge.
Yes ! I have yet another patch for my very croweded blue jacket !
Harry did not want to go up in the bridge part of the tour but after a bit of fussing , he relented and climbed up those steep DARK stairs. He now says he's glad he did! What a view! Ofcourse, it was also neat sitting in the captain's chair and doing some imagining. The trick to climbing back down those steep dark stairs - - - do them backwards - just like going down a ladder. MUCH easier!
Friday, December 21, 2007
H says gotta go - - - time to burn some burgers on the grill !
another neat Texas county park. Neuces county
park has brand new bath facilities that were really great. And a neat office lady, Linda, that answered a whole bunch of questions for us. The beach was not the sparkling white sand and the water was not emerald , but was still great. Fun to drive on and , thanks to Linda and her advise as to when to go looking for shells - I have added 2 starfish to my growing collection.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Lots to tell you about ! We were dissappointed to find out that our friends , Steve and Diane were not able to join us for a visit after all. Maybe on our return north trip.
H had a filling that came out Monday evening so Tues morning was spent finding a dentist that could/ would take care of him. There are good dentists in Beaumont! We also found the Spindletop Oil Museum but it was not open yet, due to damage from hurricane Rita. So we did the next best - - - toured the Energy Museum in downtown. We then by accident found the McFadden-Ward home that was built in 1906 . It has over 12000 sq ft and is furnished with it's original furniture and family possessions. H says its the nicest home that we've ever toured !
Monday, December 17, 2007
Was the 2nd cold night last night but the the heater works great and each morning we have woke up to a beautiful blue sky. It's already in the 50's. H just checked WTOL channel 11 tv site and got the snow report. Sorry!
Today's destination will be the Beaumont area for a day or so before heading to Galveston. H's friend Steve is coming down from north of Houston to meet us before we go.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thursday and we're in Fontainebleau State Park just north of New Orleans on the north side of Lake Ponchatrain. We stayed at this very same campground on a previous bike trip, probably about 20 years ago !! On that trip we took a picture of a HUGE live oak tree that may be this same tree. This one has been damaged by the hurricane. Can you see Harry standing on it's root ?
Monday, December 10, 2007
We found a local Am Vets post that was having a fish fry so we stuffed ourselves with fresh grouper, crap cakes and yummy hush puppies. We "missed" the actual sunset but made it to the harbor in time to talk to the young owner of a sailboat that was moored and also waiting for the parade to begin. The young man worked on the docks for a local resort and was originally from St Ignace Mich! His sailboat, "One More day" was a Katrina survivor!
The parade was late getting started but well worth the wait! We were on the docks in time for the sunsets afterglow and posted ourselves on the end of a pier that happened to have a railing to lean against so this old couple wouldn't fall in the drink in the dark. There were all kinds of boats decorated to the hilt for the event. One trimaran had its lines to the top done in all green, as a Christmas tree, with a bright white light at the top. It was my favorite! H's was a HUGE big yacht that had a real lady on the front deck who was dressed in a white sundress.s Miss Monroe herself. They were broadcasting her singing "Santa Baby" !! It was cool !There were also tour boats that were decorated and one could buy a ticket and be IN the parade. Obviously, the whole harbor, including restaurants were lit up and playing Christmas music.
Today is Monday and we're on our way again - to places that we've never been ! H says to say that it is almost 80 degrees and he's fussing to get outside and enjoy it. Bye!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Lots of birds to watch ! And even a pod of dolphins out in the bay. In the evening the place was full of deer! Imagine walking to the bath house and have 4 or 5 run out in front of you. H was great at seeing them in the shadows.
Downtown Panama City was kinda touristy quaint and the harbor was right there and decorated for Christmas. Each of the docks had a wreath on their privacy door. We even stopped long enough to watch 3 loons feeding and diving right at the edge of the breakwall. Yeah - got a picture - or two. Stopped at a little shop and bought a seahorse for the Christmas tree.
And the beach! Talk about suger sand ! Every bit as gorgeous as Ft Desota st Prk in Tampa. By the time we got back to the trailer, H was fussing about his sore feet and legs. Get used to it Buddy-- we've only just begun, eh?
Today is Saturday and we are waiting for the Christmas parade to begin , here in Destin. We're staying at Henderson St Park which is fairly new. And - loaded with amenities- heat lamps in the showers too! We'll be here till Monday morning because there is the Christmas BOAT Parade Sunday evening.
H says : we may not make it to Texas/ Mexican border before next year ! Our average mileage per day since we left home is now 176 and is dropping fast !! And - the temps last night went way down to 61 - - - - today is to be high 70's. 80's by Sunday!! Oh, yes, we have seen the weather in Toledo. Sorry ?? NAH!
blog on !
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Now have a water front camp site in Panama City. Nice weather nicer by the weekend highs of 78.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Now in Florida just south of Tallahassee nice weather so far. Yesterday was a nice 78 degrees, however a cold front is coming through Tues. night and it is suppose to get down to 31 at night ,but back up in the 60s durning the day. Will be moving on from here Wed.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Traffic on 75 was bumper to bumper and mostly semi's. We passed 2 bad accidents and one involved a fairly new high camper. Did I mention the wind ??!!
We are camped at a very nice Lake Cumberland RV park , just south of Somerset Ky off 27. We would stop here again ! Not for a week, but great for passing thru. Wi Fi and cable !! H is happy! If the campground were closer to the water it would be great !
After we got settled in ( leveled and the heaters plugged in) we drove back to town and went thru a drive thru Christmas display that was set up on a hill overlooking one of the many marina's on Lake Cumberland. The lights that lit up the docks also made their own "light display" that danced on the dark waters. One of the Christmas displays was a wreath that went up and over the roadway so you had to drive thru it. When H learns how to attach photos to this blog, we'll share that photo with you !