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Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Brazos Bend State Park

Flag of United States  , Texas
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

After a horrendous rain, lightning and thunderstorm last night, we got a pretty early start. Lynn filled me in on the storm.  Ain't it sad to just sleep through the whole thing?  I got up at the call of nature, about four thirty AM.  Dark.  Wet.  Quiet.

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!

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.
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photodon on

Wa! Don't know if I'd be able to walk by a gator that close to the trail. I hear they can run pretty fast, too. Didn't realize there are gators in Texas. You'd think Miles Hall would have some stories about... well, you know what I mean. Miles Hall and his chickens. I passed through Houston on my way west in '07. Didn't care much for it. Too much traffic and road repair along I-10. From there I went up to the Lake Country north of San Antonio. Nice there. Stayed about about a week.

Dennis on

Didn't know calm was a color until today. Isn't it fun how we learn things from others. Learning about FM roads was also new for me. Glad to see you are still getting the most from your cross country jaunts.

Sus on

YIKES! You guys have gotten very brave......I would have been high tailing it back to camp. I guess the saying ....when in Texas.....holds up here!

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