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Winnie United Methodist Church & Pumpkins

Winnie Inn & RV Park

Date: October 25, 2012

Tonight’s Location: Winnie, TX

Mileage: End - 2632

Start - 2338

Total Miles for the day: 294

Weather: mostly cloudy, a few sprinkles

Temperature: start 70º

High 91º

Wildlife count:

Birds: Great Blue Heron, Crow, Turkey Vulture, Rock dove, Grackle, Cattle Egret, European Starling

We enjoyed a relaxed morning and left Texarkana at 8:24am. Our drive was uneventful and the shower lasted about 3 minutes. We drove south on US 59 to Tenaha, which was an excellent road, 4 lane almost all of the way. We then picked up US 96, which took us to Beaumont, and then on to Winnie.

Why Winnie? We want to spend the next two days exploring the birds in this birding hotspot. High Island and Anahuac NWR are only 20 miles from here, and this is the closest RV park without having to haul our rig down some not-too-friendly ‘farm to market’ roads. There are lots of rice farms and oil wells in the land we plan to explore, so this sounded like a good spot.

The park is behind a very nice hotel, and most of the RV’s are lived in by workers – we are assuming oil workers. We have only spoken to one worker, so it is quiet here except for I-10 close by. However, with the AC running, or at least the fan, we won’t hear much road noise.

On our exploration trip, we stopped at the Winnie UMC, where the church was selling pumpkins; much like the Mt. Vernon UMC has their pumpkin patch. We stopped to ask for good places to eat in Winnie, which is quite small, and the lady from the church was so gracious. She even invited us to her family reunion at the church on Saturday, where they were preparing a huge BBQ. How gracious! The church was in the process of acquiring new windows, as all of their stained glass was blown out by the last hurricane – how sad. She recommended Denny’s as a good choice, so that is where we ate, and it was excellent. It is great to travel and meet God’s people everywhere.

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