It's heating up down here and there's gators

Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 13, 2010

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Turtle Bayou RV Park

Flag of United States  , Texas
Saturday, July 3, 2010

You can get some idea of the heat and humidity we're dealing with from this photo. After a short walk through the swamp Chula is done and requiring a dose of AC stat. Surprisingly, Vonnie and I aren't bothered too much by the humidity. I've never been in this kind of climate and thought I would be miserable but that's not the case. Of course we don't have to do yard work or construction in it. Instead, we do a lot of lounging and drinking cold beers! Our pets, on the other hand, are not real excited about the climate down here.

I think I mentioned that we are members of a couple different camping clubs. This gives us 1/2 off at a lot of RV parks across the US so we try to take advantage when we can. As we're making our way toward New Orleans, we found one here at Turtle Bayou, off the I10 near the TX/LA border. This place is serious backwoods shit. We pulled in and stopped at the entrance. Eventually a real, real old man made his way out of a RV parked near by, and headed toward the office/shantee/shack to check us in. After some time we were checked in. I asked the guy about gators and he said there are a couple of them hanging around. One, he said, was pretty good sized. We were instructed not to leave our dog tied up near the water because, well, that would be just mean.

Because of the hurricane, the rain was coming down pretty good. After unhooking the trailer, we tried to take a drive out toward Gilchrist to catch our first glimpse of the Gulf Coast. We drove for a while and found the road closed due to high water and debris. We found a produce stand and stocked up on some goods. Back at camp, Vonnie and I pulled the chairs out and sat under the 5th wheel, out of the rain, and sipped on some cocktails. I'm learning that beer doesn't stay cold for long down here and a coozie doesn't seem to help much. This place is swampy. I could use a banjo and a rocking chair.
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todd on

you need one of those cigar box guitars, a mason jar full of "shine" and a corn cob pipe

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