We departed Carmel, IN Friday March 5th and head to our first stop, Lincoln State Park. We stayed here in June on our way to the Natchez Trace Parkway. We booked 2 nights and virtually had the campground to ourselves. There were 4-5 other campers. We hiked along the lake after we arrived and hiked around the lake on Saturday. In the afternoon we hiked to the National Park, Lincoln's boyhood home. The entrance area was being re-built so you couldn't hike back to the log home. We elected not to go into the visitor center since we were just at our two week period after our second Covid-19 vaccine.
The Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge is located in Arkansas, just Northwest of Memphis. We had a fun drive back into the refuge viewing numerous turtles and ducks. The Cyprus trees were amazing.
Sunset at Mississippi River State Park in Arkansas
Lake Livingston State Park, TX
We decided to give the new Corpus Christi KOA a shot and it didn't disappoint. We had a corner spot on the inland waterway and Laguna Madre
Sunrise over the bay
We got to view many turtles that were being rehabbed. Some of these are permanent residents due to severe injuries. During the freeze this facility, the convention center, and Padre Island National Seashore kept thousands of turtles inside
Fresh Red Snapper
USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier
Fresh shrimp for dinner
The Strand in downtown Galveston
Saint Patty's Day at Susan's sister's house
Sea Wolf Park & the Galveston Naval Museum
The USS Stewart was an escort ship. It was commissioned on May 31, 1943 and conducted 30+ missions in the North Atlantic.
USS Cayalla was commissioned on February 29, 1944. It sank the Japanese Navy Carrier SHOKAKU that attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Sunrise over the Gulf
Ocean Star Rig Museum
We visited the Ocean Star Rig. There are three levels and outside areas to explore. We spent a little over an hour and with a video and history of oil drilling in the sea, we found this to be a great stop along the Galveston Waterfront.
Fresh Red Fish on the grill
Blue Bonnet Cafe for fresh pie
Susan's nephew Chris stopped by on his way back to Austin. Just in time for a couple of beers and dinner
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park
Sunset above the Guadalupe River
Bryan and Sarah Mayo visited us to grill out. Bryan and I were baseball teammates at Trinity University in San Antonio. Both were in our wedding.
We drove into San Antonio tat Sunday to visit Susan's older sister Bobbe and brother-in-law Artie, and to go out to lunch
Garner State Park is the fourth state park in the Texas Hill country. We took a scenic drive to the North reaching an altitude of 2,200'. Garner State Park is part of the Edwards Plateau, rich in limestone. The Edwards Plateau is a georaphic region at the crossroads of Central, South, and West Texas. It is bounded by the Balcones Fault to the South and East, and Llano Uplift and the Llano Estacado to the North, and Pecos River and Chihuahuan Desert to the West
During our drive we stopped at the Lost Maples State Natural Area to hike and do some birding. The Maple trees are beautiful in the fall.
Many Cyprus Trees
Limestone as far as the eye could see.
The turkey's greeted us as we left the park for Dallas
Heading North and Home
We spent the day Friday with my sister and brother-in-law, and visited my soon to be 96 yeart old mother at her nursing home. The dogs spent the day around the pool.
Our last stop was in Memphis to visit Susan's older brother Jerry. We spent two days there and had a great visit.
Sarah and Molly became best of friends and for two days after we left Molly looked all over for her friend.
We departed home on March 5 and returned home on April 5th. The weather was sunny every day, except light rain between Corpus Christi and Galveston. It was sunny by the time we reached Galveston. We had a bad storm at Inks Lake around 9:30pm one evening, with heavy rain and 50-60 mile winds. It ripped our screen shelter out of the ground and deposited about 300 yards away on the campground road. All things considered, it survived, with some minor repairs required.
This was a fun trip, giving us some time with family. Thanks for tagging along.