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!