Texas and Florida
21 January 2016
The two months volunteer stint spent in San Antonio went by quickly. My grandson Collin lives in Austin so we had some much missed time with him as well.
Government Canyon is a hiking and biking park with rugged trails and not much else. Only open weekends and with near flood conditions often during our stay the trails were closed many of those weekends. The location is so close to shopping and entertainment that it seams hard to believe that a chunk of wilderness could survive, but it does survive and flourishes. There are dinosour tracks an hours hike in and we saw numerous birds and creatures we had never seen before.
Traveling through Louisiana on our way east we stopped and visited cruising friends Pat and Darnell (Island Time), in Baton Rouge. New Years Day we walked around with the crowds in New Orleans. We then visited one of the first cruising couples that we met, Richard and Judy (Moonshine), from the Florida Panhandle. We were scheduled for a week in the beautiful Gulf Islands National Seashore but cold weather pushed us south. Discovering cruising friends near Titusville and Ft Lauderdale we aimed SLOTH in that direction. After a fun night with Dave and Jane (Greta May) and a short visit with Brett and Gideon (Penache) we aimed back to the gulf coast. Ed and Benia (Sea Angel) were in Ft Meyers as well as Phyllis, an old childhood friends from Wisconsin. The trip around the state visiting friends was great fun and not over yet. We are currently on the Tampa area visiting my son's family so I can spoil the grandaughters. Steve has a buddy here from his working days and spent a few days golfing and catching up.
The RV Resort that we are in is giving us a taste of life in a seasonal park with cards, potlucks and events daily. The week is almost over here and we move north closer to The Villages to play cards and visit with Jerry and Sue from Chippewa Falls, my home town.
Did I mention that during all this traveling around the state that we have been looking at boats? Trawlers mostly but would consider a motor sailor as well.
WE MISS THE WATER! Stay tuned........