Stop and Smell the Flowers

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bountiful wildflowers are a high point of being in Texas while they are getting rain.  I wish we had been able to stop and take photos of the fields that were totally lavender, pink, yellow or white.  But the roads are narrow and the RV is a little wide (and John drives way to fast!).  But, I did get him to stop at a wide spot in the road, so I could share some photos with you.  There is such a wide variety.  They even have quite a bit of Indian Paintbrush.  But, I haven't gotten the state wildflower yet.  It is the blue bonnet and they are plentiful.

We were checking state parks today and wandered into Three Rivers.  It is an old, tiny town with a big oil refinery and a big federal prison.  That fact didn't make it very inviting for camping.  Combined with the news that the water level in the lake was very low, we decided to travel on.  But the number of frenzied tankers hauling oil on the road and the number of new oil field supply businesses going up were quite astonishing.  It was as if Texas was determined to supply all the oil we need.  Cool, huh?

We ended up at Lake Corpus Christi State Park. The lake was down about 15 feet here, but folks were catching crappie, bass and catfish. You don't need a fishing license in the state parks here.  You just have to pay to use the park.  Everywhere you go people are fishing in Texas.  It doesn't matter whether it's a lazy river, a little or big lake, the Gulf or its estuaries.  It's really pretty nice to see families out enjoying being together.  This park had nice fish cleaning facilities that were in use.

It was so quiet and peaceful and we enjoyed our nightly walk and got a good night's rest.  Tomorrow we reach the Gulf!

Happy birthday, Rick.
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