Although we Iowans have continually reassured ourselves that this winter (past, I hope) could have been much worse, a week ago Don and I began a trek to find a little warmer climes. As we loaded the car, a couple of Canadian geese kept watch from the neighbor's roof, and from the sound of their honks, I think they might have been taunting us with terms like "Shame!" "Cowards", etc.
Our first target was Allen, Texas, in the north suburbs of Dallas, home of my son Pat and his wife Jill. Two days of driving got us there, and although we arrived with temps in the low 70s, the next day's high was 56--the same temperature as when I left home. But we got a warm welcome and spent a few great days there. We went to the George Bush Library and Museum. I had been there before but always enjoy a visit to a presidential library. The 9/11 exhibit there is especially moving. We also got to celebrate Jill's mother's birthday with her and all of Jill's family.
After three days, we left at 6:00 am for another long day of driving to about as far south in Texas as you can go. Old friends Letha and Vince winter on South Padre Island, so we are enjoying their hospitality for a few days. Yesterday was in the 60s, but pretty blustery. The forecast today is for windy, and tomorrow windier. But there may be some sunshine in the offing. So yesterday was a good day for a drive. We returned to the mainland and visited the Space-Ex installation south of Brownsville. An especially interesting feature to us campers were three lots of Airstreams, apparently housing for employees.
We did a little shell-seeking on the beach, stopped to pick up some Gulf shrimp, and returned to a South Padre bar for a little music and dancing. That was followed by a great supper at 'Daddy's' and then the hot tub. So a full day!
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.