Wanderlust… The call of the open road… Mid-life crisis… Insanity.
We just posted a new batch starting with December 13, 2018 “Little River Canyon” running through January 28, 2019 “Whoopers”
One more posting for San Antonio to catch up our current postings then back to finish up that summer and fall gap. It will feel so good when we’re finally up to date.
January 28-31, 2019
Whoopers (and little egret photo bombing our shot – the shot before this has just his head peeking to see if we were taking a photo)
Whoopers… aka Whooping Cranes. These are the largest birds in North America. They are on the Federal Endangered list. At one point only 15 birds were located at their southern migration point at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Now there are over 500 and we got to see some. Holding out for a campsite at Goose Island State Park worked out perfectly. You can see Whoopers right at the park or near its borders.
January 25-27, 2019
Blue Elbow Swamp at Texas Welcome Center
We finally made it into Texas on I-10 and were shocked when we saw mile marker 880… as in 880 miles on I-10 to cross Texas. We had planned stops at several National Parks but the government shutdown was still in full swing so we were getting a bit depressed about the length of time it was going to take to cross the state with only a few of our planned stops available to us. We swung straight into the really cool Texas Welcome Center and started browsing brochures and pamphlets. Once we had a good stack of those, we thoroughly enjoyed walking the boardwalk through their marshlands before crawling back into the rig and starting the countdown to “1” (880 miles to go, 880 miles…)
January 17-19 & 23, 2019
World War II Museum
The World War II Museum is one of the best museums I have visited. There is so much to see, hear, and do that one day would never be enough. In fact I spent four full days, opening to closing, and barely finished.
We camped at Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, an easy drive to the museum. So easy I drove there and back on my own without getting lost! We parked in the museum’s parking garage. Parking fees are a bit steep; if you stay all day it will cost you $18. Still, given the cost of other parking options, that’s really not too bad.
The museum covers everything that had to do with the American war effort, and I mean everything. There are five buildings on their “campus,” several restaurants, and multiple gift shops.
January 14-23, 2019
Rental Cabins at Bayou Segnette
For our second visit to New Orleans we stayed at Bayou Segnette State Park. This is a very nice park in Westwego, which is south of New Orleans. They honor the NPS Senior Pass so our camping fees were half price. The park is right on the highway that takes you over the bridge and into New Orleans. In fact, it was 20 minutes from our campsite to the parking garage at the World War II Museum. Turn right out of the campground, go until you cross the bridge, get off at the second exit and you are THERE. Even John didn’t get lost. John has a full post on the museum that should show right after this one. When we weren’t at the museum, we were exploring the world around us.
December 17, 2018
Ah, “the best laid plans…”
We thought we had a GOOD PLAN for the return to Maryland for the holidays. Our first general plan was to store the rig somewhere in New Orleans and fly from there to one of the airports in the DC area. We would fly in a week or more before Christmas and back out several days after New Year’s to avoid the main holiday rush. Then we checked airlines a full six weeks in advance. HOLY COW! Those people are crazy! Continue reading
December 13, 2018
Little River Canyon Visitor Center
We did a quick stop at Little River Canyon on our way up to our planned storage spot in Tennessee. They had a lot of rain recently so the falls were flowing nicely. There is a nice visitor center where you can watch a video about the canyon, check out their cool 3D map and shop for some really unique items in their gift store. The rangers/hosts were extremely helpful and gave us all kinds of great things to do in the area but unfortunately it was only a two night stop so we didn’t have time for more than a quick look. Plus all that rain made the trails down that canyon wall a little dicey. Continue reading