Monthly Archives: February 2017

2017 – Shortstop: Poche’s RV Park, Breaux Bridge, LA

20170227_153902.jpg We’re impressed with Poche’s RV Park and Fish-N-Camp at Breaux Bridge, LA – near Lafayette.  The route in from I10 includes a few rough roads and several turns, so you want to check out the directions to the campground.  Once you arrive you’ll see a property with five 10 acre lakes.  There’s a paved road around one of the lakes and alongside of another with back in campsites all along the way.  In this campground just about everyone has a lake-front site!  The road around the lake is mostly good, but has several rough sections where the big rigs have broken up the pavement.  That’s the only real negative I can think of.  The lady who checked us in was very welcoming and accommodating.  Our site was paved and mostly level.  We had fairly good WiFi and full hookups.  I got a kick out of seeing kids catch fish (and a lot of adults were fishing too).  Early in the week the campground honors several discount cards, making it a very good deal on those nights.  This campground will be on our list for return visits as we travel across Louisiana on I10 in the future.

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2017 – Volunteering at San Jacinto Battlefield and Battleship Texas

battleshiptexas2.jpg We’re just concluding our third winter of volunteering at San Jacinto Battlefield and Battleship Texas.  Honestly, my previous reviews pretty much say it all.  Once again we’ve enjoyed spending most of our volunteer time talking to people about the Texas – the only remaining battleship that served in both WWI and WWII.  We’ve also enjoyed working with other volunteers who, like us, fulltime in RVs.  Some are have come here year after year, so when we return it is a bit of a homecoming.  Others are new friends and it has been fun getting to know them.  The park staff are a pleasure to work with too.  If you haven’t gotten the message: we like doing this and plan on returning next fall for another winter of volunteering.

As has already been described, 2016 was a non-traveling year for us.  Because of that, we’re looking forward to a return to our touring fulltime RV life.  Our stationary circumstances left me with even more time to plan our 2017 Adventure than I would have had otherwise.  We have a potential route planned and several reservations have already been made.  No doubt, we will end up making adjustments, but if you don’t have a plan it’s impossible to change your plans!  Also, we’re headed for some popular areas in the coming months and without reservations we’d end up struggling to find a suitable spot or end up paying premium prices somewhere.

One change we’re making this year is adding a couple of extended, one month stays.  The idea is to spend extra time in interesting areas, save a bit of money by paying monthly rather than weekly or daily rates, and stay in southern states till warmer temperatures arrive in northern states later in the spring.  Time will tell if we like this strategy and will include it in future planning.

We’ve had a good stay at our winter quarters of San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas and we’re looking forward to great days on our 2017 Adventure.

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2016-17 – Ships on the Houston Ship Channel

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It’s over 50 miles from the Galveston sea buoy in the Gulf of Mexico to the turning basin at the far end of the Houston Ship Channel, a journey that will take a ship around 6 hours at the reduced ship channel speeds.

20170109_142029.jpg Our winter volunteering spot at Battleship Texas at San Jacinto Battlefield is at about the 40 mile mark on that journey.  Ships from all over the world travel this waterway.  Many of them are oil tankers and cargo carriers.  There are also occasional car carriers and a variety of other vessels.   Of course, tug boat/barge traffic is non-stop.  The Ship Channel, also known as Buffalo Bayou, isn’t especially beautiful but it is almost always interesting.   Our campsite is very near the ship channel and we can hear the rumble of the tug boats most of the time.  Interestingly, the big ships are quieter than the tugs.  Once in a while the ships blow their low horns.  We’re glad that they don’t do it very often because they are quite loud.  Most of these photos were taken either from the deck of Battleship Texas or from the walkway along the water.  The walkway is a late addition and we’ve enjoyed it very much these past months.

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Smile…You’re on Candid Camera

We were watching the weather on TV yesterday evening and suddenly, without warning, we found ourselves on the screen!  Well, almost, anyway.  Come to find out, there’s an EarthCam on top of San Jacinto Monument pointed our way.  The weather channel was using EarthCam to show what a pretty day it was here.  The camera looks out over the reflecting pool, to Battleship Texas, and to the Houston Ship Channel.  Our RV is parked to the left of all that, nearly lost in the trees, not far from the big electrical transmission tower.   Even though we are pretty much lost in the low resolution and the trees, it feels kind of funny knowing that while we are volunteering at Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Battlefield that we are on camera for the world to see!

Check it out at here.