Near Somerville, Texas
The day was magnificent for traveling. After goodbyes, the Castle was rolling at 8:10 am. The pace was gentle. Lunch was fixed and eaten early at a roadside park near La Grange Texas. An RV park was checked out in La Grange. Many folks have given it rave reviews on rvparkreviews.com. For me it was not all that fantastic, very acceptable, but not top of the pile.
One cute incident in La Grange happened. After the turn off the main street toward the RV park, something odd was seen in the distance. There were trees in the road, growing in the road. Reflector signs were placed in front of them. In the next picture, all the trees that look like they might be in the street ARE in the street.
About 1:30 check in was complete. As the team started down the road to the campground, there was a greeting committee to welcome us.
In around thirty minutes everything was set up and settled in. My settling in takes a lot less time than most folks because I do not scatter enough stuff around to look like I will be living there the rest of my life. Since packing and unpacking is not my idea of fun, very little gets scattered around my campsites.
From my main window, the view shows some of the campers already here for the upcoming big weekend. The office folks said the campground is totally booked for the weekend. This will be a zoo.
Somerville Lake is my old weekend stomping grounds. It is an irrigation lake so the level varies +/- 20 feet or so. It is down about six feet from the looks of things. This view is from the campground boat ramp area looking to the east at a finger of the lake.
Apparently the rains have been hitting this area a lot better than south Texas. The grass and trees are looking good. From the evidence seen on one of my walks, it will be a bumper crop of native grapes this year. They are not very good to eat from the vine, but WOW they make great jams, jellies and wines. The vines are thick like in this picture all over the place.
Some of the wildflowers are still blooming although in the late stages. These were still very pretty. The special part of the first picture has been enlarged so you can see some of the butterflies swarming the area.
On my second walk this evening it was noticed how much more up and down this place has than the coastal areas of the last two months. My legs need more of this kind of exercise. On the trail from the boat ramp late this evening, this next picture seemed extra nice. Certainly makes me want a boat again,
Now that is a great way to end a day of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.
EDIT: Finally published 5-19-09 from a parking lot in Washington Texas at 10:30am. Inet at the campsite does not exist. As usual when travelling the posts will be rather random. TheOFM