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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Heading southeast before the front arrives

I spent a rather restless night as I couldn’t help but worry a bit about where I was going next since Bayou Cocodrie NWR didn’t work out.  I made myself wait until 8:00 this morning to try to give Stephanie at Anahuac another call.  As fate would have it, she was attending a meeting in another location, but after pleading my case, the office manager gave me her cell phone number.  I left her a message to call me back ASAP, and she did.  When I explained my situation she said, “You’re coming to Anahuac now?  Whahoo!  We really need you!”  I was so happy, I thought I’d bust!  What a relief.

She also said that the RV pads at the volunteer village on the refuge were all full, but I could stay at their new maintenance facility in Winnie, TX.  There are two new paved RV pads there.  No caliche, and unlike the volunteer village, the water from the hook-up is potable.  I won’t have to haul drinking water from the reverse osmosis tank.  I got an address from her for the GPS, and I should be there by lunch time tomorrow.

Stephanie called me back early enough for me to pack up and be on the road by 10:00.  After dumping the tanks at the park dump station, I drove about 200 miles to the Red Shoe Park campground at the Coushatta Casino just north of Kinder, LA.  It’s my first time staying at a casino.  That kind of gambling has never appealed to me, but for $18 I have a paved full hook-up site with an easy off and on from US 165.

When I left Delhi this morning, I wasn’t sure how US 165 was going to be for traveling.  You know I prefer the Interstate highways for making time to get somewhere.  It turned out to be mostly four lane divided highway through the whole state.  I drove through quite a few towns, but it was much better than I had expected when I looked at my map.  No rest areas for a pit stop for both Emma and me along the way, but we managed.

After about twenty or so more miles on US 165 tomorrow, I’ll hook up with I-10 and boogie on over to Winnie, TX.  Once again, I told Emma, “We’ll be home tomorrow.”  I’m not sure she believed me…

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

32 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're going to have it pretty good there, compared to what you've had to contend with lately. Happy for you and Emma. It will be nice for you to settle in for a bit with no problems. Happy Halloween.

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  2. Yahoo! So glad for you it all worked out! Safe travels to you and Emma!

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  3. Great news! They will be thrilled to have you.

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  4. We love Red Shoe Park campground. We stay there every time we are headed to GA. The people are all so nice and the price is wonderful.

    I just Googled where you will be. I had no idea you would be in Texas. We may have to try to connect sometime in the future. Maybe meet half way. We are about an hour away from Winnie, TX.

    Safe travels to your new "home" base.

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  5. The winds of fate and all that. I'm going to try to stop by Anahuac on my way out of Texas. I'll have to get your schedule. Be driving through Winnie, whether or not I make Anahuac. I'm sure you'll have lots to do.

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  6. Congrats! Glad things worked out well for you. Safe travels 'home' tomorrow!

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  7. I was getting all mixed up between Anahuac and Tamarac, but now it's becoming clear. I try to travel the byways rather than interstates and find them either 4 lane divided in manuy areas, or two lane with very little traffic. The big issue is finding a rest stop. In the west they have very primitive stops, but not in the east and I don't know about the south. I'm so happy for you thast you are able to ease into a good place right now. (I couldn't understand why you were willing to go to Minnesota this time of year, and what would you do there anyway.)

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  8. So glad things worked out for you at Anahuac. Sounds like Stephanie knows a great volunteer, and jumps at the opportunity to grab one. I think you'll be much happier there than you ever would have been at Bayou Cocodrie. Their loss is Anahuac's gain.

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  9. Sounds like the situation there this year will be even better than last time. Glad you are safely on your way.

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  10. Change is what it's about...I think you will be really happy to be back in familiar surroundings...Emma too! Apparently Anahuac knows who the best volunteers are!

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  11. Very glad this is all working out!

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  12. I am just catching up with my blog reading...glad things worked out..
    you are not alone at the bottom of the Fantasy Football ...after my
    great start I am now at the bottom !!!

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  13. I knew Stephanie would be so excited you could be there early. And a paved spot with water - yippee!!

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  14. So glad it worked out so well. But then why not your good at what you do and they appreciate it.

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  15. Good for you, glad everything fell into place and it worked out even better than expected. Some days the planets align in proper order. :c)

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  16. I am so happy you did not have to park in mud. Sometimes you have to wonder what are people thinking?

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  17. It spit snow here all day long but it melted as it hit the ground and it is bitter cold and damp. Glad you are on your way. Travel safe:)

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  18. Nic Nack Paddy Wack you are off to Anahuac! Woo Hoo!

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  19. Glad to hear that it's all coming together in a good way.... sounds like a winner to me!

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  20. Yippee--glad it all worked out for you!

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  21. Every now and then good things happen to good people. This was one of those times. We are so happy for you. Enjoy the next chapter in your adventure.

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  22. Cool beans! Right where you're supposed to be!

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  23. Hey, we're both in Texas .... only 715 miles apart from each other! This is a big state!

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  24. Oh, YAY!!! I'm glad to hear that you'll be in Anahuac! I wondered if you were going to be there this year, but the other place came up, so I didn't think you would be. Maybe one of these days, I'll drive up from Houston to meet you & Emma!

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  25. So very glad it all worked out for you!

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  26. Smart decision on your part! Thanks for the warning! Happy to know things worked out for you!

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  27. Great to hear that things fell into place. We just stayed at a casino in southrn MO that was FHU and paved for 17 bucks. What a bargin.

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  28. This is good news, we are also in Texas hundreds of miles away and heading west

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  29. After reading your 2014 recap II, I had to backtrack to read the story of why Bayou Cocodrie NWR didn't work out ... someone was looking out for you when you decided to check it out in your car first. Glad it worked out.

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  30. Nice post.Thank you for sharing this in Your blog.

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