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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Texana State Park - opossums, turtles and a first for Malcolm J --- look out for more of our adventures here when our guest bloggers post their thoughts.
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San Antonio - Don't forget the Alamo - A boyhood dream fulfilled. - Yeeha! A big time rodeo, wait for the Welsh report.
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Well as I write this Bree stands bathed in the moonlight beside the lake here in Atlanta State Park, after a 200+ mile journey north from Houston. We have cooked our dinner over the fire ring and watched the stars through the tall pine trees that surround us. Sadly Malcolm & Anita had to cut short their holiday and fly home early due to a family bereavement, so we returned to Houston to drop them off at the airport on Sunday. Our time with them was terrific; it was great to be able to share our experiences with friends. We hope they enjoyed their little 'taster' and maybe one day they may even join us again. They want to finish their guest blog in due course so watch out for that.
Luckily we had all escaped the atrocious storms that had blown through Houston and on across TX, AL and the TN area on Friday & Saturday. The huge puddles and fallen trees everywhere showed us how bad it had been and the TV reports showed us how lucky we had been. Malc and I 'paused' in Livingstone State Park for a night after we left Houston - we do love the peace and tranquillity that the State parks afford, of course the big cities have an immense amount to offer and we have enjoyed visiting many, but the parks are just wonderful. Malc tried his hand with fishing again, but only seemed to 'catch' a cat! The sunset was serene.

 We have decided (with a wary eye on the weather) to go north towards Texarkana where we will hopefully meet up with our friend Kate, originally from Southampton, who sailed with Malcolm on 3COM, she is now married, has a family and is living over here. Texarkana incidentally is so called because it literally stradles the state border between Texas and Arkansas.We had a relatively uneventful journey north, except for one short section of road works where the cones were so close together I was convinced that Malc wouldn't be able to avoid them all! We both spent a good few minutes holding our breath, no pictures unfortunately - too busy worrying! Oh yes and we've had a few low bridges recently too, but neither breathing in nor ducking down helps with them! I never cease to marvel at how Malc copes with it all!!

Just to bring you bang up to date, we have spent a couple of days in Texarkana - we renewed our friendship with Kate and met her husband Frank and their delightful son Alexander. It was so nice to be able to spend some time with them, who knows we may well meet up again on our travels, they are moving to Denver later this year. We spent a while bemoaning the things we miss most from home, discussing the differences in vocabulary and the varied recycling policies.
A great map showing just our campsite stops can be found by clicking "about malbet" (neear the top of this page under our picture) then going to;
Our route and campsite locations from the start
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