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North America February 1st 2008

We dawdled a bit this morning, but didn't have far to go, just to Del Rio. We stopped at a rest area to use the free wifi and post yesterday's blog, as the wifi at the KOA was having issues. Texas is great, they provide free wifi at their rest areas and welcome centers. We also stopped in Uvalde for groceries. We set up for the night at the Holiday Trav-L Park near Amistad National Recreation Area. Once set up, we went to look at the reservoir and the dam. The border guards said we could go to the middle of the dam, park and take pictures, so we did and got a big kick out taking our pictures straddling the border with one foot in Mexico and one in the USA. The water in ... read more
Straddling the Border at Amistad Dam
Rio Grande from Amistad Dam

North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio January 31st 2008

We decided to take the city bus downtown rather than drive and try to find parking. It turned out to be a good decision as the cost for the 2 of us roundtrip was $4 and parking would have been way more than that. We toured the Alamo first. It's smaller than one would have thought, but still pretty impressive. Inside one of the buildings is a model of the Alamo and the battle showing how outnumbered the small band of less than 200 inside were against Gen. Santa Anna's army of several thousand. Next we walked around the River Walk. It was so pretty, but the wind was strong and gusty. Sometimes we were cold and sometimes we were hot. We wlked through La Villita, a historic village of shops, restaurants, and artists. We ate ... read more
River Walk
Mission San Jose

North America » United States » Texas January 30th 2008

Last night we ate supper at Cajun Cowboy's. I had shrimp etoufee with fried okra. Kerry decided to try 2 kinds of boudin and fried gulf shrimp. It was pretty tasty, but we both suffered with heartburn at bedtime. It was really cold this morning, around freezing. We stayed pretty warm overnight due to a small heater and down comforters. It sure was hard to get out of bed, especially since we had to turn off the heater to turn on the coffeemaker. We drove through Houston on our way to San Antonio. We lived in Houston for five years and only left there 32 years ago. And yet, nothing looked familiar. Okay, a few street names seemed to ring a long-ago bell, but mostly it was like we had never been there. It is a ... read more
Houston freeway

North America » United States » Louisiana January 29th 2008

We headed down I-55 to I-12 to I-10 in Baton Rouge, LA. We crossed the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge. We've had rain off and on. We crossed the long bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin. The bridge was 8 or 9 miles long. The Atchafalaya basin, comprised of 595,000 acres, is America's largest river swamp. The terrain varied from moist forest to swamps, to lakes. We've stopped for the night at the V RV park in Vinton, LA. It was 74 degrees and sunny when we set up, but is supposed to get into the 30's tonight. We're heading out to eat Cajun food for supper.... read more

North America January 28th 2008

We got on the road at 9:45, not bad considering my late night. My brain wouldn't quiet down, kept reminding me not to forget this or that. We've been planning this trip for weeks, but the starting date was fluid waiting on a weather window. So now we're on our way, feeling a bit disorganized and fragmented. We entered the Natchez Trace Parkway at Tupelo, MS. The speed limit is 50 MPH and there isn't much traffic, so it's a peaceful drive. The Natchez Trace probably began as a hunting trail for native tribes and was later used by early explorers. It later became the main artery connecting New Orleans, Natchez, MS and Nashville until steamboats started carrying passengers on the rivers. From the parkway you can still see bits of the old trace. The trail ... read more

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