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Nov 26, 2012 - Brazos Bend State Park, TX

Brazos Bend State Park is near Houston and we wanted to stay here for Thanksgiving, but it is 40 miles from Billy's apartment so we decided it was too far away. We had heard such good things that we decided to swing through here on our way back. Our travel plan for the first leg of our trip was to be in Houston to celebrate Thanksgiving with our 2 sons, and now the second part of the plan is to be in Orlando, FL for Christmas with all 3 of our children and a son-in-law. We have about 4 & 1/2 weeks and we plan to spend some of it wandering...

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May 31, 2012 - Brazos Bend State Park

Thursday, May 31, 2012 Brazos Bend State Park The past several weeks we have spent the weekends enjoying the girls’ activities, recitals, and swim practices. Last weekend our oldest granddaughter played her violin with about 120 other middle and high school orchestra players from several schools in their area of Houston. The musician was Mark Wood, who makes his own electric violins and tours around the world helping kids enjoy and enhance their music abilities. Mini was one of the youngest on stage (6th grade) and got the opportunity to...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Walking Around Elm Lake

After yesterday's all-day rain, today we have sunshine and cool temperatures—delightful. We decided to go for a last bird walk this morning and strolled all the way around Elm Lake, about two miles. Saw lots of coots, gallinules, egrets, herons, ibis, and blue wing teal. And the park seems to have cornered the market on both alligators (who were out sunning everywhere we looked) and black bellied whistling ducks. We had only seen these a couple of times, but we must have seen dozens this morning: in the water, perched on knots in dead...

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Apr 16, 2012 - Rainy Day

It rained in the night; it rained in the morning; it rained in the evening. But, even so, one new bird for this trip came to us: a Carolina Wren serenaded us between showers. Much of the day was spent going to get propane so we could continue to cook and the fridge would run when we're on the road. The propane dealer the park sent us to, Barta Brothers' Propane, was a tiny operation where he had to refill our tank from the truck they use for home deliveries. The poor guy had to kneel in a puddle in the rain to hook up his hose to our van,...

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Apr 15, 2012 - Birds and Aligators

This morning we went on a bird walk led by a park volunteer. Saw five birds that we had not identified so far this trip and lots that we had already seen. Sam had been wanting to get a photo of an alligator, and one was cooperative enough to be out on the bank sunning just a few feet from the trail. These guys are not aggressive, so he was able to get a photo while the rest of us walked on by. Next order of business was to drive into Rosenberg to get groceries, then get a campsite. We're now being lazy in air-conditioned (if noisy) comfort.

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Apr 14, 2012 - Brazos Bend State Park

We packed up to leave, said goodbye to Gwen, and headed north, hoping we could get a site here even though we could not get a reservation. All the sites were taken, but we parked in the overflow area. Fortunately, the weather was much cooler than it had been, so we were fine even though we didn't have electricity. We were a bit concerned when a troop of boy scouts set up camp right next to the van, but they turned out to be the quietest bunch of boys we've ever encountered. Hope they have a great campout!

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Feb 23, 2011 - Brazos Bend S.P., Texas

Decided to drive through Houston,in spite of warnings to stay out because of traffic, so we could at least say we saw the city. Well at 11:30 a.m. it was very busy but moved right along. You could tell that it could be a disaster at high traffic times. We think Brazos Bend State Park is one of the best nature viewing parks in Texas, and only 30 miles from Houston. Best walks are around two lakes, on good graveled paths and where most of these pictures were taken. "You can run but you can't hide". In our little section of campground, 15...

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Dec 28, 2010 - Not all who wander are Gypsies

When Jane and I, accompanied by our newly-from-High-School-graduated-daughter, Jennifer – or did we accompany her – visited Jane's several-removed cousins in Germany, we discovered that people from that part of south Germany, Swabia, were known to themselves and to outsiders by nicknames. Because the Swabische were dark-haired and dark-complected, they were often derisively known as 'Zigeuner,' 'Gypsies.' So, when we got home from that trip, I kidded my father-in-law about his Mediterranean visage not being Semitic, as I had previously...

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Dec 27, 2010 - Writer's Block

It has been a week since I've written anything, anything for you to read or anything at all. I'm not sure why. When I could have been writing, I wasted time online or reading. I don't mean that reading is a waste of time, but we are going next to Fredericksburg, Texas, where the Admiral Nimitz Museum is located (it was his birthplace), so I decided to read “Pacific” to re-acquaint myself with The War that I grew up hearing H. V. Kaltenborn broadcast about. I don't remember the last time I read so poorly written a book; the author certainly...

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Dec 22, 2010 - Never say 'go take a hike'

In the summer of 1908, Albert W. Palmer, a vigorous young Congregationalist minister from Oakland, California, joined an extended large group “outing” in the southern Sierras. Among the perhaps 200 other participants in this epic month-long excursion was John Muir. To the reverend’s delight, the legendary mountain man unrolled his blanket just below Palmer’s own bed on their first night out, and the two began a warm friendship that was to last until the end of Muir’s life six years later. Palmer gleaned many insights and stories from his...

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Mar 31, 2010 - George Ranch

The George Ranch Historical Park had its beginning more than 180 years ago when the first Anglo pioneers came to the bend in the Brazos River and settled here as part of Stephen Austin's Colony. This was Mexico then and Nancy Jones, the wife of the Jones Farm's founder planted an oak tree on the plain that was their new home. That tree still grows today. The farm became a ranch and was passed down through four generations from mother to daughter, most unusual for the time. Each generation built a new home befitting the era and and added to...

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Mar 29, 2010 - with the alligators

The last time we were in the Houston area we spent a day visiting Brazos Bend State Park and we were so impressed, we put it on the list of places we wanted to revisit and investigate thoroughly. It was a short drive here from the beach side campground in Quintana, but we missed a turn and ended up driving through miles of factories and refineries with no cross roads to get turned around. Because so many trucks are here conducting factory business, the roads are wide and Ken suddenly decided to make a U turn with the forty foot motor home...

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