Name: Danbury Public Library
Location: Danbury, Texas
Danbury Public Library is a branch of the Brazoria County Public Library System. It is located between Angleton and Alvin Texas off of highway 35. As I went into the building I was welcomed by the staff and their attitude was one of readiness to help me in any way. They are making excellent use of the space they have. The collection is easy to use and The bulletin boards are fresh and current.
There is an activity room used for story time and other library activities. If you are interested in local history there a many pictures in this room showing the history of Danbury.
As I was leaving I noticed a rotating book rack with paperbacks for sale to those who prefer to purchase rather than borrow books. I plan to return and look over the paperbacks again.
Name: Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library www.hcpl.net
Location: Clear Lake, Texas
Freeman is part of the Harris County Public Library System located in Clear Lake, TX. This is the library I retired from so I am some what prejudiced toward it. Freeman is one of the larger branches and is able to offer programs and classes not available in some of the smaller branches. They have free computer classes, regular teen programs, programs for children of all ages as well as programs geared for adults on a weekly basis. There are two floors with the children’s department and circulation desk on the first floor. Also on the first floor are several internet computers as well as a large screen TV with seating nearby. The second floor has about 30 public access computers, the adult area of fiction, non-fiction and reference materials. There is also a large supervised teen area set aside for young people to study and go online and a computer lab that is open to the public when there are no computer classes in session.
When entering the library one of the first things that greets you is a wall sized mural
showing the history of the Clear Lake area from pirates to aerospace. If you look closely at the mural you will see that the artist included staff members and County representatives in the art work. This beautiful work was done by Pat Rawlings who has many more interesting works of art on his website that is linked above.
Jackie and I started off tenting because, well, because we couldn’t afford a motel room. We’d plan our road trips in such a way as to spend the night at a nice state park. Before long, we’d pack the tent and spend some of our vacation enjoying beautiful places we would have never seen otherwise.
Later on, we “moved up” to various small campers or at least vans that served as mini-campers. We traveled all over…spending time in National Parks like Yellowstone or in the mountains of Colorado or some of the beautiful Texas State parks.
Almost without thinking about it we began talking about what it would be like to retire and live in a RV; seeing the country at a leisurely pace while sleeping in our own bed each night.
As retirement appeared on the horizon we decided that this was a dream worth pursuing.
We began researching the various types of RVs, the cost of this lifestyle, and a thousand other things. In time we bought a big pickup followed by a big camper. The house was sold and we became full time RVers. I readily admit that this isn’t for everyone. But it’s for us; something we always dreamed of doing. We’re full time RVers because this lifestyle appeals to us and because we’re blessed with reasonably good health and the opportunity to spend some of our precious retirement years doing what we’ve always wanted to do.
Even as a small child I longed to travel. I wanted to see where the bus and airplanes were going. I longed to see what other places looked like and how people lived there. We have had the privilege of living in various places around the USA. Learning the history and customs of each each was a pleasure. When we first started traveling and tenting I enjoyed the adventure and the ability to see the small towns and countryside as well as the major cities and their attractions.
As we have advanced from tent to various kinds of trailers we have always enjoyed going out and being in the world around us. I admit that I want all the amenities of home when we are out. However, I have found that now days most of the time we can have water and electric and I can live with that.
Many years ago we lived in the lower Rio Grande of Texas and saw the winter Texans come and go. I was envious of their freedom to travel, explore and move around the country that is when I became aware that there was community of people doing what I wanted to do. Now we plan to join that community and hopefully share some of the fun and excitement and trials with you.