Wednesday, December 15, 2010

me and my hubby in Dallas


our dear friends Bernice and George
We have been having a great time visiting with George and Bernice and family, they are doing well and are doing great here in Dallas. Bernice has our days very busy and we are enjoying it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

well I did manage to get the tail of a dolphin
the marina next to the RV park
one of the other tours on the bay
the long pier at Port Isabel
Port Isabel lighthouse chamber of commerce office

Dec 7th and 8th and 9th

Wednesday we drove north abit and checked out some more areas and Thursday we went across the causeway into Port Isabel walked on the very long pier and checked into a dolphin watch boat tour,,,sorry none until Saturday   we leave then boo hoo.  We went home and decided to go on our pier to the bar for happy hour and take photos of the sun set   sorry closed for painting that day  boy we were batting zero this day.So Friday we found a Eco tour dolphin watch and went on it, that  was great we saw so many dolphins. Apparently there are 6 pods in the area about 150 dolphins they performed for us of course they are real hard to take photos of..Then later we went into town and watched a real cute Christmas parade so many kids having a great time.
pelicans on this beach
On Monday we drove into Brownsville, Norm has always wanted to check this place out, but we were not really impressed, we won't be wintering down there!!!We drove out along this strip of land thinking we were going to a small town and a county park... well after driving for awhile and finding nothing we turned around and headed back, stopped at a border check only to find out there was not anything down that way except Mexico and bad people( this is what the border guard called them)  lots of trouble down in this area  oh dear! So we went home and walked on another of our beaches  safer here...
the beach was nice but it was a very cold windy day
birds on the beach

Dec 5th to Dec 9th

Sunday we went into San Benito to church 1/2 hour away, home for lunch were we watched the pelicans diving into the water in front of our RV spot and we saw dolphins swimming across the bay. We walked down through the county park to the beach and wandered up and down the beach there watched some wind surfers.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I have no Christmas tree but I do now have a Christmas chicken
from our front window
boat launch at the rv park
our neighbours in front of our RV
this is the causeway from mainland to island

Dec 3rd

Drove into South Padre Island, this Island is approx. 38 miles long and just 30 miles from Brownsville which is on the USA/ Mexico border. The bridge or causeway from mainland to island is about 3 miles long and as we got to the end of the bridge we saw dolphins in the water, so cool. The KOA is right there at the end of this causeway and on the water, very nice.
driving through Houston
Welcome to Texas

Dec 2nd

We head out again long drive today , cross into Texas and spent the night in Victoria, then left early heading to South Padre Island.
strange characters hang out in the bars here, no not me Tammie!
sugar refinery along the Mississippi
still can see damage from Katrina
the steam paddelboat Natchez
woman playing the calliope

Nov 30 Dec 1

Spent Tuesday hanging out at the RV was kind of stormy outside we were on Tornado watch again. Weds. our last day here, we went back into New Orleans on the shuttle  so much nicer to wander around when the sun is shining, had coffee and a beignet at some old famous coffee house. Beignets are like a cross between a  doughnut and fried dough piled with tons of icing sugar. It was the only thing they sold with their drinks, was good but messy, icing sugar everywhere, as you walked around you could tell who had eaten one by the traces of icing sugar on their clothes.We did the steam paddle wheel tour, was nice there was a woman playing a calliope, she was very good.We walked up to Bourbon street one more time, had drinks in some old bar, was a good day.
city hall Baton Rouge
old steam paddleboat casino
river walk along the Mississippi

Nov 29

We went into Baton Rouge about 1 hour , didn't seem like much going on there, we walked the river walk along the Mississippi river and went into a old paddle boat made into a casino on the water. Had lunch in the attached hotel and walked some more.  Drove around the town then headed home.