Caddo Lake State Park

Located in far East Texas near the Louisiana border, you will find beautiful Caddo Lake, a sprawling maze of bayous and sloughs. Depending on rainfall, this maze of slow-moving bayous, wetlands and backwaters covers about 26,810 acres of cypress swamp.  To really experience the beautiful forests of cypress trees draped in Spanish moss, you need to get out on the water. Canoe rentals are available or you can take a guided pontoon boat ride.

We camped at  Caddo Lake State Park with the Heart of Texas Camping Unit. Several other club members brought their kayaks and canoes so we all got together and explored a paddling trail. The trail is clearly marked but I was glad I took along the GPS…just in case! It would be very easy to get disoriented and loose your way in the maze of cypress trees. We paddled 9 miles that day. It was a great day and another fun camp out!

 

Big Bend National Park

When Dan and I started planning our trip to Big Bend National Park, we began asking everyone we came in contact with, “Have you been to Big Bend?”.  We were surprised at the number of Texans who had not visited the park but…hey…neither had we!  On the other hand, when we asked someone who had been to the park, most could barely contain their excitement and began telling us everything we needed to see while we were there.  We learned that hiking the many trails was the best way to see the park so we ordered the book “Hiking Big Bend National Park” from Amazon. This is an excellent guide to the many trails, their level of difficulty, distance, etc.  This book, along with all the maps and information they gave us when we entered the park, enabled us to plan our days activities the most efficiently.  You should plan on doing a lot of driving when you visit the park.  It’s big.  Really BIG. TEXAS BIG! It covers 801,163 acres and is the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States.  I have heard people complain about this but, we enjoyed every minute of every drive. The landscape looked different in every light and from every angle. With a park speed limit of 45 MPH, we found this to be the most relaxing part of our trip. It was wonderful to just slow down and do some rubber neckin’!

We dry camped at Rio Grande Village Campground for 4 nights and 5 days. We were in the generator area and plugged in once to charge the camera batteries and once to turn on the A/C for a quick cool down.  Other than that, our solar panels kept our batteries charged just fine and we still had room in our wast tanks and 12% of fresh water remaining when we pulled out! Our little Safari was very comfortable and did great on her first trip to a National Park!

I can’t tell you how beautiful Big Bend is….you have to see it for yourself.  It’s vast, remote, rugged and one of the most peaceful places I have ever been. We Texans, should be very proud to have Big Bend National Park as part of our incredible state. If you haven’t been….GO!

Airstream to build fiberglass Nest Caravan – Outside Interests

 

I am loving this little guy! ❤

That’s right: a fiberglass Airstream trailer. The big news was just announced by Airstream, Inc., who will soon be expanding their product offering to the molded fiberglass segment of the RV industry through the acquisition of Nest Caravans. The 16-foot Nest, built by designer and fiberglass expert Robert Johans, was created in 2013 (and completed … Continue reading Airstream to build fiberglass Nest Caravan →

Source: Airstream to build fiberglass Nest Caravan – Outside Interests

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Of all the things my Mom ever taught me, the best was how to fish. Thanks Mom!  I ❤ you!

Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea Coming Back To PBS

It was a blockbuster the first time it aired, and if you didn’t see it then, tune in to your local PBS television station next week to catch a repeat showing of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan.

Source: Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea Coming Back To PBS

Our 1966 Safari Restoration

I’m not sure if an Airstream restoration is ever really finished!  It seems there is always some new fun gadget to add, new technology comes along,  not to mention the decor.  I’m so indecisive I’ve already made two sets of curtains! But, after almost two years, we are calling it done. I published a YouTube video of the restoration process we did on the  Overlander and enjoyed the comments and feedback we received so much,  I made one for the Safari as well. It’s a little long, so if you would like to skip the video and just see the after pictures, they are below the video link.  Thanks for following our progress and Happy Trails!

 

Good news for Texas State Parks!

94% of state sales tax revenue from sporting goods now goes to Texas State Parks!

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