We came, expecting, and got, a new addition to our little family...a new, beautiful, healthy (thank God) baby Grandson! My son and his lovely wife gave birth to our last (our children have proclaimed) and 8th grandchild. We've had the wonderful privilege of being there for each of the births, so couldn't miss out on the last one either, so made sure we were "in Texas" for the big event! We were all thrilled that all went well for baby and mom and they came home with only two days in the hospital. Big brother was happy about that as well!
We stayed on for several more days to play with both grandchildren and spend time with my son and daughter-in-law as well as to do some work on our rig. That's the luxury of having a spot at your family's, you can work on your rig, where you can't at a campsite!
It was time to move on though, so we decided to see another part of Texas that we haven't seen before, and that is the eastern part, known as the "Piney Woods". It's really the last section of Texas that we haven't seen yet, so we checked out several areas and decided on a COE park called Buckhorn Creek at Lake O' the Pines outside of Jefferson. I had read an article about Jefferson that sounded like a great place to visit, so off we went (only about 3+ hours away).
Nice drive, and the park turned out to be just beautiful! Great, large sites. Each separated with grass and trees and plenty of space in between. We have a nice view of the very large lake right in front of us too. Our first night here our next site neighbors came over and introduced themselves and chatted for awhile. So friendly. We got a spectacular sunset that night! One of the prettiest I've seen in a long time...a "warning" of the rain storm to come the next day tho...and did it ever! Sure enough it came in with full force! Lightening and thunder and buckets and buckets of rain! Sure was glad we were all settled in with good books and plenty of food! ;-)
I had taken a picture of our lovely site the day before, and on a whim, posted it on Facebook Not something I usually do actually, but it had been so pretty, I just did it. Well it must have meant to be, because an old friend of mine (one I haven't seen in over 25 years!) saw it and contacted me and said "OMG Marie, you are only a few miles down the road from where we live! Call me back and let's get together!" I was ecstatic! We did and was able to arrange a time for us to meet at their home and have a lovely evening together. I had no idea that she lived in this area...had I not posted that, I would have missed her, and gone on my way...Thank goodness for tiny miracles!
|Elaine & Jack on their boat touring lake Simpson|
|They insisted I get in behind the wheel! Such fun! ;-)|
It's so much fun to meet new people, to share stories, to laugh and learn new things...this is why I love this life of ours...
...kicking back in Texas, Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/