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Saturday, February 2, 2008

As I sit here to write this blog it is so peaceful and for the first time ever I think, we have all the blinds up, even our day shades (designed to let light in but opaque from the outside) as there is almost no one around. To my left the tall oaks stretch skyward, bare but beautiful, to my right the lake is lapping gently on the shore. There are a couple of fishing boats out on it, but far enough away as to be of no consequence. Behind, the wooded park stretches quietly in the sunlight, birds twitter and it seems all is well with the world. In front is our only neighbour, a fair distance away and we are separated by yet more trees, a car park rv site it certainly isn't!

Quite a different outlook from yesterday, as we left Dallas and joined the madness of I-20 which skirts the 'metroplex' of Dallas/Fort Worth, we found ourselves on a racetrack, sandwiched between lorries in very narrow lanes, we watched as drivers zoomed across 4 lanes to make their exit, and marvelled that there were no collisions or even the sound of an angry horn!

We made our way onto the I-45 which is the main interstate joining Dallas and Houston, about 70 miles down it we turned off to this haven. It is a lovely spot, though when we left Dallas yesterday there was a wind advisory in force. Strong winds have been causing all sorts of problems for that area very dry from lack of rain. Several brush fires had been out the day before; drivers had pulled over on the I-20 to put out fires that had sprung up on the central reservation! Sadly some 30 homes were lost just north of Dallas, but thankfully no fatalities.
The wind was still blowing a 'hoolie' when we arrived here, the lake looked more like a rough sea and the oaks groaned and creaked. We rather wondered what we had let ourselves in for! We decided to leave the bedroom slide in - the awning makes a right racket in windy weather and once set up we went off to explore. 
All the 'game' were well tucked away, but we had a very pleasant walk and watched the sun go down over the trees.

This morning dawned a beautiful day, though I'm afraid we weren't up to see it! However we made the most of the lovely warm sunshine, the wind has dropped and it's a wonderful spot.

  No TV, no internet, no phone signal - very relaxing. We will move on tomorrow to just north of Houston to check out the airport so we know where to go to meet Anita & Malcolm. Then we will 'set up camp' to the south of the city, near Kemah which looks a great location for discovering the area with them. We're really looking forward to their arrival and being able to share some rving with them! Watch out for 'guest blogs'.
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