12/17 Update

1 December 02: It was a beautiful drive on Rt 98 along the FL Panhandle with many miles of open vistas to the Gulf. The seascapes were replaced by more miles of tall trees with green vegetation beneath.

1 & 2 DEC: Our site at St. Andrews St. P on the Grand Lagoon was perfect for watching boats and water birds from the kitchen window. Park is sparsely populated so no other rigs in sight - just stately southern pines and vegetation all around. Took long walks on clean, white sand while admiring green ocean beyond.

3, 4, 5 DEC: Davis Bayou, Gulf Island Nat'l Seashore in Ocean Springs, MS. Warmed up to 66 degrees, which was a treat and great for walking to boat landing on the Bayou.

On the 4th we located Astro Ford in Biloxi where they agreed to work in an oil change for Kenzie. While that was happening, we departed in Honda for lunch. Visited the Jefferson Davis Memorial Library and Beauvoir, his last home. He was President of Confederacy-an interesting history lesson.

It was pouring on the 5th so we decided to catch up on laundry and groceries, leaving the westward ho for another day.

6 DEC: Frenchman's Wilderness CG in Breaux Bridge, LA, was fine for an overnight and they sold propane which is what first attracted our attention. Sun shone all day - that's different - but temp. is dropping to 30 degrees at night now.

7, 8, 9, 10 DEC: Quintana County Park in Freeport, TX. Hanover friends, Liz and Stan, were already there when we pulled into this favorite park. Had four great days of visiting, walking the beach and jetty (watched porpoises cavorting). Wind started rocking us during night on the 9th and continued slamming anything that was loose while the rain pelted most of the day. The sun greeted us briefly on the 10th and Liz treated us to a delicious dinner.

11, 12 DEC: Bayside RVP, Palacios, TX. Liz and Stan departed for Houson. We had a great site at this park beside Turning Basic #3 where kitchen-window-view was of Matagorda Bay beside the channel where fishing vessels come and go. Palacios is the largest fishing port on the Gulf Coast so boats and activity abound. Bought fresh oysters and made the best oyster stew ever - more in freezer for another time.

13, 14 DEC: Padre Is. Nat'l Seashore, Malaquite Beach. This is one of our most favorite cg's anywhere. We parked parallel to the ocean with clear view of ocean front, back and on one side windows; sand dunes on other side of Kenzie. Our favorite entertainment was walking the clean, white beach which extends for 80 miles - sun warmed into the high 60's and always there was the wonderful sound of the ocean.

15, 16, 17 DEC: Seawind RVResort, Riviera on Baffin Bay. We've moved down the coast about 10 miles from Malaquite Beach, but drove 90 miles to get here! Minutes after arriving, we met members of 'The Maine Connection', musicians from Camden, Maine, area who were performing tonight for the first time at this park. Of course, we went to the rec hall for the entertainment-their music was followed by an ice cream social. The hall was packed with friendly, enthusiastic folks.

On the 16th we went up to Kingsville to visit "King Ranch which is a National Historic Landmark, recognized as the birthplace of the American ranching industry. Founded by Capt. Richard King in 1853, King Ranch developed the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle and produced the first registered American Quarter Horse. Today King Ranch sprawls across 825,000 acres of South Texas land… As the home of 60,000 cattle and 300 Quarter Horses, King Ranch is one of the largest ranches in the world today." We enjoyed the 1*-hour bus tour at the ranch and then went to the King Ranch Museum in the center of town.

On the 17th we decided to hang around the Gypsy Wagon and do a few chores. Tomorrow we head on down the Texas coast.

A very Merry Christmas to one and all, Cal and Connie