|Fri, 03 Jan: Back to the Gulf...
Brrrr, where did winter come from? We're supposed to be in the "sunny south" but when the thermometer reads 28°F you gotta wonder! Despite the cold we got Carpe ready to go and rolled wheels at 0848. Today's run, a mere 100 miles, took us south along Texas 146 from Livingston to Galveston Bay. We left 146 south of Houston and took I 45 south a few miles to League City, our current location.
The drive was lovely with sunny weather and light traffic until we got near the Houston metro area. Even then, late morning is a good time to drive and we had no traffic problems whatsoever. We found a Passport America 50% park just north of Galveston where we'll be based during our stay.
We were settled in by 1130 and went out for lunch (Hooters) and then shopping at Wal*Mart and Sams Club. We are now back at the coach contemplating an early happy hour to celebrate our day. What's to celebrate? Why, being alive and together doing what we want to be doing. Sounds good to us...
Sat, 04 Jan: Tourist time...
We awoke early on our own and lazed about the coach while the furnaces warmed things up. It was almost warm enough to use the heat pumps, and since we were not paying additional for electricity, we used that heater for the last bit.
Once fed, watered, and ready to go we drove Dinkum south to the end of Interstate 45 on Galveston Island. Crossing the causeway we saw signs for Galveston's Cruise Port, one we've never used—yet! Who knows?
We were impressed with Galveston, especially the beautiful homes along the main street (see pix). We think these must be some of the older well-built buildings that can withstand the all-to-frequent hurricanes that seem to batter this area. Driving back along the Gulf it was pretty deserted. Guess cold (in the forties) January days don't attract throngs to the beach.
Back north on I 45 to Webster and a stop at Fry's Electronics. We haven't made a Fry's pilgrimage since Las Vegas this spring, so we spent time wandering the aisles of electronic and computer goodies. Sandi bought a new trackball since her old one was starting to fail. Bob got yet another LED lite and a USB charger that plugs into a 12 volt socket.
We were back home by noon and the weather has gotten steadily gloomier all afternoon. It was sunny in the morning but it is now (mid afternoon) overcast and the forecast is for increasing cloudiness with showers overnite and into the morning.
Our current plans are to shove off in the morning. We hope to hug the Gulf shore to Corpus Christi and then Brownsville and then north along the Rio Grande Valley.