Our 4 1/2 month stay at San Jacinto Battleground where we have been volunteering on Battleship Texas is drawing to an end. This has been our 4th season here. It is nice feeling we are helping out and the staff always makes us feel appreciated. We also like being close to family and friends during these winter stays. We had more winter this year than we wanted with several cold, icy days. All in all though, we have few complaints; enjoying meeting people and getting to know our fellow camp hosts.
This year, in addition to our hours volunteering, we have filled in as interim pastor at Baytown Nazarene. The church isn’t far from us and we’ve helped out there the entire time we’ve been at our “winter quarters.” The church family has treated us very well and it has been good getting to know them better. If you add our time filling in at Denison prior to arriving at San Jacinto, I’ve ministered nearly every Sunday over the past 5-6 months. No complaints, but it hasn’t felt very much like retirement to me! Lord willing, I’ll enjoy some down time now that we’re beginning our 2018 Adventure.
The closer we get to D-Day the more time I spend looking at potential travel routes and campgrounds. Several reservations have already been made; especially at popular campgrounds during the busiest times of the year. Our ultimate destination this year is the coast of Maine, but we won’t make it that far till mid- to late summer. As a planner, I enjoy putting the trip together and then refining it. That process will continue all through the Adventure.
So, it won’t be long before we blast off. We’ll keep posting sightseeing and campground reviews here to the blog. Stay tuned!
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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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.
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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