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Day 21

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Sunday, November 20, 2016, Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX, 39.8 Miles, 2105.1 Miles For the Trip

Well, here I am doing tonight's post for a second time. Dreamweaver crashed as I was saving it. Oh well, I hope it is better the second time (and I should learn to save as I go along!)

Anyhow, another short drive. I'm killing time before the Matagorda Madness Rally here at the park at the end of the month. I decided to stop as I went by the park to see what it is like. It is a beautiful, well kept park. There are two loops, all with full hookups. I am in site 24 for two nights at $29.00, which includes an over 62 reduction of the daily park fee from $4.00 to $2.00. Site 24 is a non premium site (the premium sites are on the Colorado River). Bathrooms & Laundry are behind coded doors at the office building. The campground provides fairly slow WiFi (down to unusable in late afternoon). There is a weak, 1 bar AT&T signal that fluctuates up to 3 bars as you walk around the campground, and a 2-3 bar Verizon 4G LTE signal (with the outside antenna & amplifier), however it is also pretty slow (although it got faster after dinner).

By the way, I was confused with the Colorado River since I camped on it in Arizona & California & know it is on the other side of the Continental Divide. I looked it up in Google, and found that the two Colorado Rivers are unrelated & the Texas version is the longest river that starts & ends in Texas.

After setting up the trailer I walked around the campground, traded some books at the office, and enjoyed the sun doing a bit of reading. I finished Tricky Twenty-Two last night (Evanovich's books are a quick read). I enjoy the Stephanie Plum novels & usually end up laughing aloud at least once while reading, but I'm glad she only does one a year. More could easily be too much...

It is a bit windy; not enough to make you end up going inside, but enough that even in 68°F sunny skies, you want long sleeves. I've been told that you want the wind, without it the mosquitoes come out. In any case, I read for a couple of hours, then went for a walk on the fishing pier that goes into the Gulf of Mexico. I took a few photos of the fishing & some birds, then headed back to the campsite. You can drive along the shore, although there are spots where the sand is soft enough that you better have aired down your tires & know what you are doing. I saw one truck that didn't.

Site 24 The Pier Driving on the Shore Stuck
A Jetty Homes Along the Shore Shore Bird He Caught One!
Egret & Great Blue Heron      

I finally emptied on of my propane tanks. I knew I was low & stopped at a propane supplier on the way down TX 35, but they were closed on Sundays. Unfortunately, they are the nearest propane supplier & are 25 miles away in Bay City (where the nearest grocery store is located - the HEB that I shopped at the other day)

Dinner was a Bubba Burger & Bush's Bourbon & Brown Sugar Beans.

Until Tomorrow -


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