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May 18, 2012 - The Basilica in Beaumont

Beaumont has a Catholic Cathedral that has been designated as a Minor Basilica. Last week, I called and booked myself with another group that was already scheduled for a tour of the church. I didn’t want to trouble anyone at the church to give just me a tour. I was scheduled for a 1:30 tour. After running a couple of errands on my way, I arrived about 1:20. I found the church office and was told that the tour group was going to be late. They were a group of senior citizens from the Houston area and one was suffering from heat exhaustion...

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May 16, 2012 - A Day At The Beach

Today, I’m going to the beach. Sea Rim State Park is about 50 miles away. It was ravaged by Hurricane Ike four years ago. At this point, it is day-use visitors only. They recently put in a faucet with potable water and one outdoor shower. They still do not have any flush toilets or campsites. They have four picnic tables, but no covers or shelters. I met the Head Ranger last night at Jan’s retirement party. He was very nice and told me just to write that I was the Village Creek host on the self-pay envelope and I wouldn’t have to pay. Of...

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May 14, 2012 - A Visit from Andrew and Sherry

Surprise visit! Last night, rather late, Andrew called and said that he was going to be able to come for a visit today. Try as I might, I was not able to get all of my aprons to the final stage, so I finally just cleaned them all up and went to bed. So, I got up early this morning to vacuum since the floor had threads and scraps from sewing. Then, I got a text that Andrew’s girlfriend, Sherry, was going to be able to come too. So, I called and arranged for Sherry and Andrew to meet me in Nederland at The Schooner Restaurant. I wanted them...

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May 12, 2012 - World's Largest Art Car Parade

I have heard about and read about Houston's Art Car Parade for years. Now, I have the chance to go and see it and work in a visit with Andrew at the same time. I left rather early and got to Andrew's apartment about 10:30. He greeted me with a Mother's Day card and a bouquet of beautiful pink tulips. Then, he had made a special treat for me, homemade cheese fondue. i really enjoyed it with the crisp green apple. We left for the parade about two hours before it began so we could get a good seat. We situated our bag chairs under a...

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May 11, 2012 - Big Thicket National Preserve

In my quest to tour all of the sights in the area, today I took in the Visitors' Center of the Big Thicket national Preserve. The area known as the Big Thicket is all throughout southeastern Texas. It acquired its name because of the the initial pioneers commented that it was the "thickest forest" he had ever encountered. The preserve of the Big Thicket winds in and out and around the Beaumont/Lumberton area. The Visitors' Center is located just outside of Kountze, Texas. The Visitors' Center had several interesting displays. Some of them...

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May 9, 2012 - Port Arthur

The weatherman says it is supposed to rain today. I woke up to a beautiful blue sky and decided it was a great day to go to Port Arthur. I love being able to play tourist between my park duties. It has allowed me to learn about this portion of Texas: its history, cuisine, nature, climate and culture. Today, I'm going to Port Arthur. Port Arthur is part of the Golden Triangle (Beaumont, PA, Orange) - the crux of the oil industry. The town of Port Arthur reflects more of the decline of the oil industry rather than the boom. As I drove to...

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May 5, 2012 - Port Neches Riverfest - Thunder River

Today I ventured to Port Neches, about 35 miles from the park. I, again, drove through Beaumont and headed east. Last week I called the Chamber of Commerce and asked details about the shuttle. They told me to go to the high school and wait. I did exactly that and the little train came by and had two stops, the carnival or the river. I chose the river since I am mostly interested in seeing the boat races. I got out with my “Handy Seat” cane and walked through the food and games midway. They have many choices for food. Most remind me of the...

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May 4, 2012 - Two Field Trips in Two Days

Yesterday, we hosted the 2nd grade from Warren and today we had the 1st grade. The children rotated through stations. On Thursday, we had four station and today we had five. Yesterday, I had 35 minutes per group to take the 2nd graders down the Loblolly Trail. I had activities planned for them to learn the identify the various shapes of the leaves as we went down the trail. I didn't get as much done as I planned. A few things took longer than I anticipated, such as handing out the leaf guides that I ran off. "Take one and pass it down' was...

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May 2, 2012 - Squirrels - 4; Nancy - Quits...

When I got up, the first thing I did was to check the bird feeder. No way! This time, not only did the critter take the suet block, but the feeder and the 18" s-hook are gone too! I looked all through the woods around my feeder tree - nothing! OKay, I quit. I can't keep buying suet and suet feeders. I miss the s-hook the most; it came from my house. What a bummer! The cardinals and the little chickadees keep coming to the tree and they look so sad (to me). My plan for today is to be a tourist. Today's agenda includes the Texas Energy...

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May 1, 2012 - Squirrels - 3; Nancy - 0

OK, this is ridiculous! Surely I’m smarter than a squirrel, but so far, the squirrel is winning. It all started when I put the suet bird feeder out in the tree about five feet from my trailer. Almost as soon as I put it in the tree and got out of the way, a cardinal pair and several black-capped chickadees became frequent visitors. I enjoyed having them just outside of my window. But, after just a couple of days, the whole basket-container for the suet block disappeared. The s-hook hanging from the tree with the chain that was attached to...

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Apr 30, 2012 - Camping in a State Park is for Much More Than Fun

After last week’s field trip, I started working on a trail script and activities for a self-guided teacher-friendly activity. I am going to use part of it for this week’s second grade field trip on Thursday and the 5th graders than are to come on Friday. I have used the Kawasaki “Mule” to go up and down the trails and part-trails that stem off of the parking lot that serves as the center of the field trip stations. I chose my route. I took pictures and made notes so I could work on the script back at the trailer. I spent a great deal of my...

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Apr 28, 2012 - Cruising on the Cardinal

OK, It’s official! I’m totally eaten up by mosquitoes! I have sat out the past two afternoons and worked on a stitchery project. I used insect repellent and I don’t have bites on my legs, face or arms. But, I have tons of bites where my clothes were. I thought that clothes would shield me from mosquito bites. NO! I have bites in places that mosquitoes shouldn’t even get! The other day I made a reservation, so today I am going on a two-hour cruise of the Neches River. I found my way to Collin Ferry Park in Beaumont. I got there about 9:30...

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