This morning Camping World completed the State inspection. Due to the rainy weather, they would not do the wax job. Of course, the rain undid the wash job from yesterday. Oh, well. I won’t complain because we so desperately need the rain. I just wish I hadn’t wasted the $90+ on it! Maybe the rain will wash off the road grime while at the campground.
By 10:30 or so I was on my way to Galveston. I stopped for lunch at a Dairy Queen in Alvin because there was plenty of space for Daisy.
I was settled into my site at the campground by 1:30. I took my chips and other snacks over to the shelter and then started toward the beach to take a few photos when Lenora Clyde stepped out of their rig and invited me in for a visit. She “forced” me to eat the last two chocolates in the box. While I was there I saw Betty Schaeffer go over to the shelter and carry something back to her rig. Not long after that, I returned to the shelter to retrieve my drink and discovered that my snacks were gone! I looked around to see if the wind had blown them off the table but they were nowhere to be seen. I went over to ask Betty if she had seen them and she said that birds were pecking at the bag; so she took it home with her. Luckily, only one of the bags had a little tear in it. I didn’t know birds had such a good sense of smell!
This afternoon a thunderstorm rolled through and caused the electric power to flicker off and on a few times. Afterward, the temperature was a bit chilly. Most of us had to wear light jackets.
Tonight we had a Tex-Mex dinner with the two host couples furnishing the main course and the rest of us the side dishes. After dinner, Linda and I walked around and took a few pictures.
This morning we carpooled to the Welcome Center to meet our guide for a nature walk. We had expected the guide to meet us at 9:30 but she didn’t arrive until 10:00, which is the time shown on her calendar. I guess there was a communications glitch. Anyway, while we were waiting, we walked on the nearby short trail (0.25 mile). There were interpretative signs along the way.
When the guide arrived, we followed her to Como Lake, which is across the road from our campground. She is not a scientist but is very knowledgeable. She had a seine, a critter catcher and other items for capturing the creatures in the water. Interestingly, she is connected with the Tuna drama group which travels around to different cities. They perform “Tuna Christmas” in Austin every year.
This afternoon we played Bingo for a while. I won only one game. Some of the others won several times. Prizes were small gifts such as toys, games and memo pads. I contributed some snack packages for prizes. It was fun.
Our potluck dinner tonight was outstanding so, of course, I ate too much. After dinner we discussed plans for our fall rally. Several possibilities were submitted and the two host couples will firm up the plans and let us know about them later.
Route: I-10 E to Hitchcock => I-45 S to Galveston +> TX 342 Spur S/61st St. W => FM 3005 E to the park
Total Miles Driven: 103
Weather Conditions: Rainy most of the way
Road Conditions: Good
Gasoline Price: $3.499 at Manvel
RV Park: Galveston Island State Park (Bay Side Campground)
Park Conditions: Large level, paved sites; nice pavilion