Now, if you are ready to sign up, I have both good news and bad news for you. Here’s the bad news, there are a limited number of positions at this facility and people tend to return year after year. They generally have first choice of dates and they come for the winters. Here’s the good news: if you are willing to come in the late spring through early fall, there are generally volunteer opportunities. The weather will be hot and humid, but if you love history and have a reason to want to be in the Houston area, you might want to look into this. It starts with your signing up on this Texas Parks and Wildlife site. Volunteers park their RV’s in full hookup, 50 amp sites located either on a parking lot by the maintenance building or nearby.
In spite of the negatives, we’ve enjoyed our time at San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship Texas and, yes, we’ve already signed up for next winter.
For now, though, the road is calling and we’re about to begin our 2015 Adventure!
We’re about half way through our three month stay at the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas. This is our first “workamping” experience and we are enjoying our time here. I’ll write more about our experience when we do a wrap up of our stay at the end of April.
As we did last winter, we’re doing camper projects. The biggest two were putting laminate flooring down in place of carpet and re-caulking the exterior of the 5th wheel. We’ve also purchased new fulltime level water hoses to replace the less robust ones we’ve been using and splurged on a name sign for the campsite.
We’re starting to nail down our itinerary for our 2015 Adventure. We’re heading for the upper Midwest — Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the UP of Michigan. We’re hoping to enjoy exploring those areas and maybe even having opportunity to meet up with old friends while making new ones.
The Marines came to the Battleship Texas to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle at Iwo Jima – yes, the Texas was there. After the ceremony a fireboat from the Houston Ship Channel put on quite a show.
We’ve been at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site where we are volunteering for nearly three weeks now. This is an interesting place and we like what we are doing. We’re dividing our time between working on the Battleship Texas in the archives doing filing and data entry and at the San Jacinto monument where we are helping at a touch table displaying items related to 1836 when Texas won its independence. The people here are friendly and easy to work with. We’ll do a longer review later on. Here are a few photos – you’ll note the photo of the Battleship Texas all dressed out in it’s signal flags. This is in preparation for a special Iwo Jima ceremony this weekend.
We’re now settled in at San Jacinto Monument, La Porte, TX – This is where Texas was born – it is also where the Battleship Texas is located. We are here as volunteers, our first “workcamping” experience. There are no public campsites, but a few for volunteers. We’re looking forward to this two month adventure!