We’re Here in Texas

  I’ve had an anniversary on my blog. It’s been a year since I started this project to document our experiences spending the winter, in Canada, living in our fifth wheel and here I am back documenting life on the road and our winter, here, in Mission Texas.

banana tree growing at a truck stop

banana tree growing at a truck stop

with bananas

with bananas

We crossed the border into the U.S. at the Sarnia, Port Huron border crossing on a mildish sunny Nov. 28 and headed south through Michigan to Ohio to spend our first night at our favorite campground, The Flying J Truck Stop. I know a lot of people like to stay at Walmart but we prefer truck stops because they are right off the highway, are easy to get into and we feel safer there. And why not a campground? None are open north of Kentucky when we travel south and it’s still too early when we come home. The weather was good all the way south, every day just a little warmer, and sun all the way until New Orleans where we had a wild thunderstorm which lasted all night. We hunkered down in a Texaco truck stop to wait it out. The rain was so heavy that when we looked out the door it looked like we were parked in the middle of a lake. In the morning, apart from a little dampness in the parking lot, there was no sign of the deluge.

The ferry at Aransas Pass Texas

The ferry at Aransas Pass Texas

On the ferry for a five minute ride

On the ferry for a five minute ride

Just a mile into Tennessee the traffic on the interstate 65 came to a dead stop and a road sign said there was an accident 12 miles ahead. That didn’t sound good, so I asked Miss Garmin for an alternate route. Miss Garmin is our trusty GPS and constant companion. She had a good suggestion;  rather than sit on the highway for who knows how long we took the detour. So did nearly everybody else! And what Miss Garmin didn’t know was the town we had to travel through, Whitechurch, was holding their annual Santa Claus parade and had closed the main street. All the diverted highway traffic had to detour around town on small back streets. Not much fun towing a fifth wheel or driving a big rig or transport truck. After several hours we made it back onto the highway. It took us as long to go those 12 miles as it should have taken to get through the state, north to south. Saw lots of pretty scenery though.

Had a blow out on the fifth wheel just east of Houston, pulled off the highway and found a repair center right there. They had us fixed and on the road in an hour and all we paid was $20.

In Alabama we stayed in 2 state parks; Oak Mountain State Park just south of Birmingham is a rustic park in a forest, mostly oaks, of course.

View from our campsite at Gulf Shores

View from our campsite at Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores State Park, more of a resort park, somewhat near the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, is the winter destination for a lot of snow birds. It’s a large park with great facilities, but it isn’t right on the gulf and pets are not allowed on the beach. We only spent one night and moved on.

Do not feed the alligatorrs

Do not feed the alligators

Much more to our taste is Mustang Island State Park near Corpus Christie, Texas. It doesn’t seem like much when you first arrive, but it offers miles and miles of natural beach to explore and the dog could play in the surf with us.

at the beach

at the beach

Boscoe at the beach

Boscoe at the beach

Portuguese Man of War, not having a good day

Portuguese Man of War, not having a good day

another beach find. What's left of a Cabbage Head Jelly fish

Another beach find. What’s left of a Cabbage Head Jelly fish

The Gulf water wasn’t even too cold, good for wading, but I wouldn’t want to swim in it right now. We ate out all three nights we were there. The seafood is freshly caught in the gulf and served daily, I’ve never tasted fish that good before,and that’s saying something from a former fish hater.

Our front lawn-Moonflower blooming in December

Our front lawn-Moonflower blooming in December

the oranges are ripe and sweet, right in our own park

the oranges are ripe and sweet, right in our own park

Our winter home was a short 3 hour drive from Corpus Christie, and we are now settled in the Americana R.V. Resort in Mission, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, just a few miles from the Mexican border. The weather has been hot, sometimes reaching the high 90’s (mid 30’s for you Canadians). The trip took us 11 days, could have done it a lot faster but, remember, the trip is just as important as the destination.

The Texas lone starthe Texas lone star

The Texas lone star 

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3 comments on “We’re Here in Texas”

  1. Good to read the account of your trip down to Texas! Better still is the fact that you are down here this year…that’s great! We met at Milton last fall and again in spring. We have a Titanium also! We are about 30 miles east of you in Mercedes, TX for the winter. Pop in if you are in our area. We are at LLano Grande Lake park Resort. Bye for now, Anna and Peter Staples

    • Hi Anna & Peter;

      Great to hear from you. Will definitely come to visit you in the next few weeks and if you are in our area we are in the Americana Rv. Resort on Bentsen Palm Drive, that’s the road to the state park. Will let you know when we are going to be out your way. Are you going to the Titanium luncheon in Feb.? Maybe we’ll see you there.

      Ruth

  2. I would definitely NOT want to aggravate alligators!
    😀
    ~Lyann


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