Friday, February 21, 2014

Where the Devil Are Those Pix?

Thursday Evening

I finally did it.  I actually left Galveston Island State Park this morning even though I’d given myself permission to stop where and whenever I though I needed.  To say I’m well is a gross overstatement.  The main difference between today and yesterday is that I don’t feel like death warmed over; I actually feel there’s life after the flu! 

I got up this morning after a very good night’s sleep – I’m sure that has lots to do with my feeling better.   And, there was NO FOG – a beautiful sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico.  I’d heard lots of wind last night and I guess that’s what cleared out the usual low, dense fog that normally doesn’t burn off until afternoon; then starts coming back at about 4; i.e. visibility is not great.  Most of this area on Galveston Island is barren, not supporting much flora, but there are oh so many species of birds.  And, the waves (combers) come in from every angle, suggesting undercurrents.  It was so enjoyable to watch this am.  I took it really slow battening down the house – did a few things, sat down for a couple of minutes, did a few things, sat down . . . You catch my drift?  Even with all the rests we were pulling out at 10 am, not bad.  I filled up the gas tank and was happy to find that I’d gotten almost 13mph on this last tank.  Pretty good I’d say – why?  I have no idea.

 We got ourselves onto 45 North heading towards Houston; when we got within 15 miles we entered into one of the Texas turnarounds that come in all sizes and complexity.  We wanted to get ourselves heading west on I-10, thinking that we’d try to make it to Palmetto State Park, about 50 miles east of San Antonio.  Even though I had issues with my 12-volt system and my 5-in-1-battery charger, I did find Palmetto without a hitch – it’s a little over 200 miles from Galveston Island.  Well because I hadn’t called ahead we went there for naught; it was completely booked.  It does look like a very nice park; however, the RV sites appear to be quite limited in number; dear friends, call or email before you arrive there.


The ranger there wasn’t very accommodating either when I asked about other state Parks n the area – none.  Oh, there was a private RV park “about 5 or 6 or 7 miles down the road.  You have to turn left before you get to the park.  No I don’t know anything about it  - or the name of the park or the street on which it’s located.”  That just didn’t sound too promising to me sin iPhone, etc.  I’d noticed a town called Seguin on the map and knew there’s a Walmart there so I decided to check Safari and yup, an RV park too.  We drove about 30 miles and ended up in Seguin – with spoken directions I found it about 9 miles outside of town.  It’s called the River Shade RV Park and they had one pull through spot to rent for tonight – and tomorrow if I want it.  In all we drove close to 250 miles – mucho for me.  Now I’m sitting on my bed relaxing.  Full Hook up and pull through – really nice river about 30 feet away - $33/night.  I’ll take it!

As for the really good news of today . . . it's Alice's birthday.  Alice is one of God's gifts to the human race and is married to my son, Jeff, and is the Mom of Samantha and Malia.

Happy Birthday, Alice;  I Love You Oodles!

23 comments:

  1. So happy you are feeling better and heading in a westerly direction

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  2. I googled the River Shade RV park off 123. Looks like a very nice RV park The river is Guadalupe River. Many years ago I did some audit work in San Antonio. Loved the area but i hear it's very humid in summer. Losts of history in the area. I'd love to have custom made cowboy boots from there but have never made it back. Maybe this summer I'll drive through the area. My sister will be competing in the Transplants Olympic Games in Houston this summer and I intend to drive there from Phoenix. Glad you're feeling better but it will take a while yet to be fully yourself again.....I know when I get the flue which is not often I get it big time...down for at least two weeks and another week of recover and finally the fourth week the cough gone!! Hang in there but take it easy and get plenty of sleep.

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    1. Hi Rita:
      Thanks for your words of wisdom - about this part of Texas, and the flu recovery. I slept ten hours last night. One of the great charms of retirement , for me, has been to let my body tell me how much sleep I need. For instance, yesterday I stopped at a rest stop and quickly ran to my bed and plopped down. Next thing I knew 25 minutes had elapsed and I felt so much better. In the olden days that would have interrupted my "schedule;" I would have thought, 'Lazy girl!' No more.
      What kind of transplant makes your sister qualify for the Transplant Olympic Games? I worked for years as a kidney transplant coordinator - they're incredible people. Always so nice to hear from you.

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    2. My sister had a liver transplant 10 years ago. She is doing great and works with Mayo Clinic i.e. awareness program. I met Larry Hagman i.e. 'Dallas' television series and know Erma Bombeck's son through the transplant games. My family has been involved with the games for a while...it's always fun and we get to meet people from all over the US. We have not made it to the World games yet but they are held in different countries every two years.

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  3. Do yourself a favor, stay two nights so you don't have a relapse....heck, there goes a librarian telling a nurse about health....lol --Dave (GoingRvWay.com)

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    1. At least it wasn't a liberrian giving advice! Seriously, I think you just clinched it for me: to stay here or not stay here again tonight. The driving segments through Texas can be long; think I'll relax today. As I make my fourth visit to Texas this year, I'm really beginning to fall in love with this country. So much variety in topography and geography make it lots more interesting.

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  4. I agree with Dave - stay two nights and enjoy and rest and take care of yourself. Poor thing. And also very lucky that you absolutely love your daughter-in-law. That's really sweet - and nice to hear. Happy Birthday, Alice from me, too! :) And - what about the pix?

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    1. One of the travesties of my increased computer time is that I've screwed up my iPhoto, Elements 11, Picasa, and Elements 12. I've got to untangle the whole mess but don't want to get in the middle of something when I know I can't complete it all in a couple of solid days of reorganization. All the revamping and installing of Mavericks, etc. was initiated to attack the issue I created when I installed Elements 11 and then Elements 12. All my photos are on my hard drive and probably all are on iCloud - another program I need more time to study. Words of wisdom welcomed!
      As for Alice, if/when you meet her you'll understand her beautiful insides. Someday I share some stories about that wondrous lady, my daughter-in-law.

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  5. Glad to hear that you're back among the living.

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    1. Thanks, Roger. I even think there may be life after FLU!

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  6. Thanks for the update. I'm glad that you found a place to rest for a day or two. I agree with you, calling ahead would be a good thing. It would save you time and gas money.

    I'm glad that you are on the mend, and I hope that you'll have no relaps.
    Happy Birthday Alice.


    Take care and have a restful weekend.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Hi Julia:
      Thanks for your well-wishes. I'm so happy to say that the weather in this San Antonio area of Texas looks like it'll be lovely to relax in. I'm here until tomorrow. Happy weekend!

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  7. Sounds like an ordeal but glad you made it. Hope you'll feel stronger every day now.

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    1. Yes, you out of most, know the incredible variability of this dreaded virus; this was my first personal experience with absolutely NO improvement for days on end! Next time (if there is one; I hope not) I'll just plan on two weeks right from the beginning and not go through that "I'm being a wuss about this" self flagellation! Hope all is well with you - boy do I need to get caught up on post-reading.

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  8. How long will you be in San Antonio? I'm on my way home after a 3 week RV trip. I think you need some more downtime and then some time to enjoy San Antonio.
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    1. Hi Colleen:
      Another day, another story. Yesterday I crashed - again. So, I've now paid for yet another night here in Seguin. This has been a very humbling experience. I'll do a blog post today - for details!

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  9. Glad you're feeling better! yes stay .. and what a beautiful tribute to your daughter in law, Alice! My baby boy will be 29 tomorrow! 29.... can't believe it ... I reminded him where we were this time 29 years ago. ha

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    1. Happy birthday to Yates - and his mom, too. I've always wondered why mom is 'left out of' the birthday celebrations for all the birthdays after the birth day! Check a post later today. I was precipitous in declaring myself, well-educated nurse that I am, and am now sitting on my bed feeling humbled!

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  10. So truly sorry Mary-Pat that you have had to go through this awful flu or flu-like illness. It seems like a lot of other people are experiencing the something! Hang in there, take care of yourself and when you head out again, be safe!

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  11. You go girl!! Glad you are feeling better!! Hey, you could go on next to South Llano River State Park. Super nice there, about 8 miles from Junction TX, just off the I-10. I think it's about 100 miles west of San Antonio........love ya!!!

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