Today piqued our interest..
Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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We proceeded west toward the big city of Houston. I had checked it out on Google Maps last eve, but was still a bit wary of the "detour." It, as usual, wasn't worth the concern. We turned south on Loop 8 East and headed around the city. I drove slower than usual and it seemed to help. The traffic was tolerable and only one car passed me as I pulled over the line into the lane of my choice. I think that the turn signal must have a different effect on a Texan. They seem to think it's like a gunshot starting a race. We missed that car too, or he missed us. Either way, it turned out fine.
We finally turned onto FM1252. FM here means "Farm to Market" road. There are thousands of County Roads here too, but the FMs are somewhat unique. We've seen them in other southern states too. I imagine that they are some of the earliest routes in the agricultural areas.
We stopped at a gas station in what must have been Needville. It needs a lot from what I could see. No buildings here, so they could help, I reckon. The store was pretty run down. The old Texas Cowboy parked at the pump never made eye contact even after I waited about ten minutes for him to move. He was in the store. The owner came out and checked with us to see if we did, in fact, want to get fuel. Interesting...
The owner, a Pakistani, told me that he didn't get a good enough education and was more or less stuck with what he had. I agreed with him. That's what I usually ask younger clerk types when I meet them. "Are you still in school?" I do like to encourage young people to continue with education so that they can do what we do when they retire. That and marry a beautiful woman, as I did, and who has good connections. (Lynn will love to read this!)
We got settled into Site 122 and had some lunch. The weather looked like a storm was on it's way, so we took of on a hike. Again, the trail map was confusing, but we found our way to the Creekfield Lake Nature trail. Man you would not believe the birds! The cries and birdsongs were everywhere and amazing. And, just like the sign says, there are GATORS!
We were walking along and watching a few species and I pointed ahead to Lynn and asked how she liked that? It was about an eight foot alligator laying at the edge of the trail with half of his tail on the trail itself! Very cool... We walked at the opposite side and got around him without incident. Even cooler...
We walked nearly two miles and saw even more birds. I got some decent shots, which I will put you know where. TADA! www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo.
We got back to our site, washed the mud from our shoes and here we sit. No storm yet, but it has cooled down to about sixty-five degrees. Calm and green! Those are two of our favorite colors.
We'll be here through tomorrow night, so check back for a bit more adventure.