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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Texas State Parks

From the beach to the forest.................


After the ferry crossing, I headed east on the Bolivar Peninsula along the Gulf, lots and lots of uncrowded beaches. Then I turned North along the eastern edge of Texas.

Thursday and Friday nights I stayed at the William Dies, Jr. Texas State Park. On Thursday, I walked the 1.2 mile Nature Trail

and on Friday morning I walked the 2.2 mile Slough Trail.

It's been very hot - at or near 100* everyday. In the evening I walked to the boat ramp and fishing pier to take sunset pictures.


During the hot afternoons, I have been working on my scrapbook/collage pages of pictures, words and phrases cut out of all of the brochures and maps I have been picking up along the way. I was able to get rid of a large pile of these brochures and filled a few pages in my scrapbook. Diane and Karl gave me a really nice journal to keep notes about this journey, but since I am blogging, I am using this journal as a scrapbook, instead.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

The distance between the State Parks I was staying at was less than 200 miles. Saturday morning was a good driving day, I didn't have to rush and I made several stops along the way. The first stop was a Farmers Market where I bought some tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, yellow squash and blueberry jam.

Then I stopped in the town of San Augustine - went to the Mission Dolores Museum (free admission) and the El Camino Visitors Center.
St. Augustine Church
I also walked around the town center, stopping at a few stores and buying some homemade tamales (13 for $12.00).
A few miles later, I stopped for gas at a truck stop and pulled over to a vacant spot and had some tamales for lunch.

When I arrived at Atlanta State Park on Lake Wright Patman it was 102*.  There are several trails here but it was too hot for a long walk. I took a short walk around to see where everything was and then at sunset I took another short walk to the lake and the overlook.


On Sunday I head into Arkansas, I'll be traveling along the western edge of Arkansas, very close to Oklahoma.

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful sunset picture! I'm not sure I would like the heat. I would rather put an extra sweater on than sweat.

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  2. great pictures..and yes, you are right..a blog is a great 'scrapbook'!!

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  3. you sure are covering a lot of ground. The heat makes me think of Tucson and I am glad to be up here in the mountains. Your pictures are great but the last one is really great that sun set over the water is cool.

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  4. That's way too warm for me.
    You're a natural at this RV lifestyle.

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  5. I use to work for Texas Parks and Wildlife and loved the big thicket region of Texas

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