This morning we headed south to visit the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. On the way, we stopped at the Escapees Mail Center near Livingston so I could pick up my mail. We made one more stop in Sour Lake to have lunch at the Dairy Queen and then continued on to the Refuge.
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is located on East Galveston Bay. It was established in 1963 and covers over 34,000 acres. They still are recovering from damage by Hurricane Ike two years ago. They are in process of building a new visitor center and are converting the remains of the old one into a gazebo. A lot of work remains to be done.
First, we walked around the 1.5-acre butterfly garden but didn’t see any butterflies. I think the cloudy, chilly weather kept them away. Then we took the 2.5-mile loop drive around Shoveler Pond, which is a 220-acre freshwater impoundment. We walked on the boardwalk but saw only a few birds. We were disappointed at that but we agreed that it was interesting to see the refuge anyway. (www.fws.gov/southwest)
We were back home before dark this time. We’ve actually seen more birds around Lullene’s house at Lake Livingston than at the wildlife refuge or Caddo Lake!
ROUTE: US 190 E to Livingston => TX 146 S to Liberty => US 90 E to Nome => FM 365 S => FM 1406 S to Winnie => TX 124 S => FM 1985 W to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and then on to Double Bayou => FM 562 N to Anahuac => TX 61 N to Devers => FM 1970 W to Liberty => TX 146 N to Livingston => US 190 W => FM 980 N => Waterwood Parkway (Total 259 miles).