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Published: February 26th 2019
blog 02-25-19 Texas Traffic!!
It was a beautiful morning, on the cool side about 65, but wonderful. Watson and I took a walk along the lake and passed a swan having breakfast on some grass. Watson wanted to visit but I didn't agree so we headed back to the camper and prepared to depart. I was in Livingston, LA and had a 5 1/2 hr drive to Columbus, TX.
I left at 9 am and headed west on Interstate 10 thinking I would miss the morning commute in Beaumont, wrong. Traffic was backed up for about 3 miles and it only took 1/2 an hour to negotiate those 3 miles. 10 opened up and it was smooth sailing at 70 mph. I stopped for a bathroom break, lunch break then gas, I was good to go again, until about 15 miles from Houston. Rt 10 became a parking lot. After all was said and done I will never go back to Houston, driving anyway. The combined traffic added 3 hrs to my trip and I arrived at the Thousand Trails campground in Columbus, TX just as darkness was descending. They had no sites with a sewer hookup so I
stopped at the dump and by the time I got look for a campsite it was almost dark.
So now I have another first, backup into a campsite that was downhill, in the dark with no backup lights. I had to get between 2 trees by the road so once I mastered that it was easy. Just don't hit the electric box. I parked the car in front of the camper, plugged in, walked Watson and collapsed.
I just can't believe google maps when they say it is a 5 hr drive. Maybe it is if you go the speed limit, don't stop and have no traffic but that surely isn't practical. I'll have to adjust my thinking.
Tuesday Feb 26 was wet. It started with a few showers with promise of some clearing in the afternoon, didn't happen. Watson and I went for an exploring adventure in the car and headed north on 71 to a grill and bakery called Hruska's. Along with several baked items their claim to fame is a pastry called kolache. It is just a donut doughy shell with fruit filling in the middle. I got an apricot kolache and had to
taste it before the picture was taken, it might not have been worthy of a picture. It was good but once you've had NJ pastries you're spoiled. It is a stick to the ribs sweet treat but I won't go back, thank goodness.
Then we headed south to Columbus to try a grocery store called H-B-E that is supposed to have wonderful produce and meats. The produce did look good but I didn't need anything so I bought a Texas steak, thought I'd try that instead of chicken, I'm clucking.
The landscape is really beautiful with rolling hills and pasture lands dotted with trees. There were large pecan trees all over and an occasional huge live oak without the spanish moss. Pictures The grass is a vibrant green and there are some orange flowers in the medial strip. The speed limit was 75 on a 4 lane back road so you had to keep your whits about you with the trucks spraying up water off the road. Did I mention it was raining?
Back at the campground I inspected the ground under my camper and determined that it was solid enough that I wouldn't get mired in
mud. Hope I'm right, I'll find out in the morning.
Tonight the campground is showing a movie at 6 complete with popcorn and all, how can I resist. When I drove in last night I saw a herd of deer not far from the campers, there are hawks, robins and small birds singing all over. If the rain lets up a little I'll try to get a picture of the muddy Colorado River which is just a few yards from my camper. The bank has been eaten away causing the loss of several campsites. This is a really nice Thousand Trails campground for all my camping girlies who might come out west.
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