Jan. 28

Road trip to Victoria, TX, 26 miles from Port Lavaca. Most have probably heard the slogan “6 Flags over Texas”…some may even know that as a name for a theme park. But, there were actually 6 different country flags that flew over this region.
Spain (1519–1685; 1690–1821),
France (1685–1690),
Mexico (1821–1836),
the Republic of Texas (1836–1845),
the Confederate States of America (1861–1865),
and the United States (1845–1861; 1865–present).[1]

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Victoria claims to be the only established city that had all 6 flags fly over it!
It is quite a thriving metropolis of 62,592 people (2010 census).  Their courthouse is voted to be one of 10 favorite historic courthouses in Texas.

Courthouse Content 294x372  It was almost demolished in the 1960’s, but public outcry saved it and  a newer addition was added to the side, enabling the town to retain the original building.

Victoria even has a bandstand, very similar to the one we have in our park square in Paola.

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I am impressed with what the Chamber of Commerce has done to promote tourism.  After looking online and seeing a downloadable driving tour, we visited the Information Center and picked up a hard copy driving map of the 84 historic sites the town  highlights.  Some of the sites allow tours, some of them are privately owned and occupied.  The brochure gave a brief history of each.  The town has also installed signs at corners directing you to the next location on the map.  I commend the town on what they have done! http://www.visitvictoriatexas.com/mobileDrivingGuide/history.php

This was a cool and rainy day, so we didn’t get out to visit anything except the Museum of the Coastal Bend. www.museumofthecoastalbend.org

Unfortunately, it is in the middle of opening a new exhibit, so there was not much to see.  They did have some pretty impressive cannons on display that had been excavated near the town at some point in the past.

Victoria is a great town that could be worth exploring again, when the weather is a bit more conducive to walking around!

 

Jan. update

This past week has been full of unexpected and unplanned events.  We have been traveling down the coast to check out other possible RV parks.  While doing so, we found a really nice one – Southern Oaks RV Park and Resort in Aransas Pass, TX.    www.sorvresort.com

Not only does this park have rental spots, but it also has lots for sale!  After touring and reserving a rental spot for the months of  February and March, we are considering the purchase of one of the lots for a home-away-from-home.  Now, if we no longer plan to pull a travel trailer, perhaps we should get a model that has more permanence to it.  Enter the Puma by Palomino.   http://www.palominorv.com/puma/default.aspx?RVType=TT  Park Model.

Larry had been thinking about selling our trailer for awhile.  Now, it will be traded in on a park model that will reside in Aransas Pass, for as long as we want to keep doing our southern journey!

Fast trip back to Paola for title and original furniture for the exchange.  Arrived Monday night with the temperature around 45.  Woke up Tuesday to 6 degrees.  Loaded the truck and ran errands, then left Paola and a temperature of 15 on Wednesday morning.  Larry has a relative in Fairfield, TX, so we spent the night with her and her husband.  They took us out to dinner at a little place called Bubba’s Food and Grill.  If you are in the area, you really must try it!  It is a few miles outside of Fairfield, but well worth the trip.  Fresh catfish, freshly made onion rings–lots of fried food, but really good!  You are soon treated like family by the owner and his wife.

Leaving Fairfield on Thursday with a strong northerly wind helping us on our trek south, we got back to Port Lavaca Thursday evening.  The wind was still quite strong and the light rain became heavier through the night.  Larry retracted the 2 slides we have on the trailer to reduce the buffeting of the 50 mph winds all night.  It helped!  We did not rock nearly as much with the weight of the trailer more concentrated over the axles, rather than hanging out over the open air.

Friday morning–a freak freezing rainstorm has hit eastern Texas.  Many school in this area are closed or have late starts.  Port Lavaca is not one of them, much to the dismay of school kids, I’m sure.

I am fascinated by the highways in Texas cities.  I’m not used to seeing the layers upon layers of “sky-ways”, and now I know why.  Kansas does not have any like these–too much freezing.  Houston is at a standstill and will be until the temperatures climb enough to thoroughly melt all roadways.  “Bridges freeze before roads”.  Strange winter for the south!

Jan. 16, 2014

Yesterday, Larry and I drove down the coast to Aransas Pass and Port Aransas, across Mustang Island to Corpus Christie.  We really didn’t go to explore the region as much as we went to explore different RV parks.  The one we are in is very nice.  It is less than 2 years old and is a great place to stay.  Many working families are staying here.  With the temperate climate, living in a travel trailer makes it easy to move from one job site to another.  There just is not a lot to do in the town of Port Lavaca.  On the plus side…We have gotten a lot of reading done!

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We have a nice swimming pool.  It is just tooooo cold to use it now!

Today the hot tub was heated.  I enjoyed spending time out there!

We have IMG_9229a catch and release pond on site.  Neither of us fish! IMG_9233    IMG_9232IMG_9234I do love waterfalls.  This one is small, but it is still pretty!  The main office is nothing spectacular, but it does have a community room and a small exercise room.  IMG_9236  You can also see from some of the photos that there is a nice amount of space between trailers.  I would recommend Lakeside RV in Port Lavaca to anyone who wants to get away for a few days.  Doug, the owner, is working hard to have a good park.

January 9, 2014

Out and about today!  Larry and I drove down the bay coast to the little towns of Seadrift and Port O’Connor.  Our objective was to check out the beaches.  We found Indianola Beach  on the way and discovered this historical marker of De la Salle, with commemoration of other immigrants who entered through this port.  It is hard to read, but the description of De la Salle says “A gentleman, but not a courtier”, definition:

1. An attendant at a sovereign’s court.
2. One who seeks favor, especially by insincere flattery or obsequious behavior.

IMG_1614 IMG_1617IMG_1615  IMG_1616  I guess De la Salle spoke his mind!

The day was very misty and foggy.  Looking at the bay was kind of mysterious…the docks seem to disappear into nothing-ness!

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Seadrift and Port O’Connor are nice little towns with beautiful views of the bays.

Port O’Connor has a welcome sign “Welcome to Port O’Connor–the end of the road!”  which it is!  One side of town is bordered by the Matagorda Bay, another by the Boggy Bayou, and the third by the IntraCoastal Waterway.

port o'connor

 

As I update our adventures, I’m looking through the window to the tree across the street laden with oranges, the flowers already in bloom in that front yard, and the buds on little bushes in the trailer park.  Spring comes early in Texas!

2014–January 7

IMG_2029Still cool and gloomy in Port Lavaca. But, it is in the mid-40’s right now, with predictions of 70 by the weekend!
Larry treated me to a birthday lunch at a local establishment called La Finca. It is an authentic Mexican restaurant and very popular among the locals. Very Good Food and plentiful! I have 1/2 at home, now, for another meal!

We are getting lots of reading done, while the weather has been cool.  There is a pool and hot tub at this park.  I’m looking forward to it being warm enough to use!

Jan. 5, 2014

Overcast day on the Gulf Coast.  Temperature was 65 degrees when I got up at 7.  It is now 12:30 and the current temp. is 47.  I watched the front come from the north west, turning a bright sunny day into a cool, cloudy and very blustery one.  We are looking through the area visitor’s guides to see what there is to do in the area.  Port Lavaca has many historical markers around town.  I think we will do a stroll tomorrow or Tuesday to read them.  The town has history from 1685 and the explorer Robert de La Salle through the Civil War.  There is a bird sanctuary around here someplace.  A local told us that 2 flamingos have been residing in the area for several years.  They must be tagged because one of the birds is an “escapee” from the Kansas City Zoo and the other is a different species from the Yucatan Peninsula.  Flamingos are not native to Texas!

This is a good day to stay in.  It is also our grandson’s 4th birthday.  We are looking forward to a computer visual chat with him this afternoon!

2014 Travels–Jan. 3, 2014

We are awaiting the passing of the cold front that has settled on the Gulf of Mexico.  Port Lavaca has had lows in the low 30’s the past several nights.  Sleeping under several blankets is very restful, but one doesn’t want to get up in the morning!  It is a good thing that travel trailers have the capability of heat.  No complaints, though.  Parts north of us have snow, ice, and much cooler temperatures.  All things will pass.  Highs in the 50’s today, with close to 70 on Saturday!

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refineries from Port Lavaca Side

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Next to a refinery

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Looking at Port Lavaca

Larry and I drove around the town this morning.  Port Lavaca has a population of 12,000+ . I think most of them work at refineries across the bay.  The town over there has 956 residents.  I took some photos of the difference between locations with my phone.  I will try to take better ones and post them later.

We plan to take it easy this year.  Not much to do around this area, so this will be a good chance to catch up on reading, while we enjoy the sun.  We will be taking some day trips, but not every day!

Health report–Larry is feeling Much better Now!