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Sam Houston Nat'l Forest

Joy and Weebles on their walk

Thursday we headed out to try to miss the big storm coming in. Drove about 200 miles east (on about 7 different highways) and are camped in the Sam Houston National Forest. Really nice park, right alongside a lake. Bob may end up throwing a line in while we’re here. We’ll stay here 3 nites due to the rain. That’ll make a total of 108 days so far out of 155 days with no hookups. Will need to run the generator this weekend as there is no sunlight (darn freezer) !!! We’d put out or satellite dishes, but there are too many trees to get a signal, so I’ll have to put this stuff on the blog sometime when we can catch wifi or set up again.

We finally put our awning out – first time this trip. We can sit out under the awning and enjoy the rain. Weebles sure enjoys all the new trees to “mark”.

Friday – WOW, one area near us received 11” of rain (and 100 mph winds) in a little over an hour today. Tornado warnings all around us – think we’ll just keep hiding in the forest, and put our awning back in … Rained all day Friday and Saturday. All these trees for Weebles and he can’t even get out to enjoy them. This is a beautiful forest – reminds us of the north woods. We only pay ½ price in National Parks, so it’s $5 a night (with no hookups). There were campgrounds farther down the road with full hookups that would have been $10 a night (but those are usually crowded). We saved $15 in camping fees, but probably used $5-6 running the generator …

The only other camper (tent) in the park with us for the first 2 days had been fishing for catfish. He caught 21 on Friday night !!! (I'll put pics on my next entry as they aren't downloaded yet onto the conputer). Bob sat on the bank and fished with him on Saturday – the guy got 3 and Bob got 0. But at least we got the worms out of the refrigerator that had been in there over 2 months! We finally got a brochure on this campground, which says it’s for tent camping and RV’s under 20 feet (and we’re 38 feet) – needless to say everyone else who has come in last night and this morning are tents!

Sun will be out all day today, and we’ll travel through the forest over to Leesville, La. We’ll need to find a park with electric/water/sewer for tonight so we can rejuvenate and get ready for a week’s trip up the Natchez Trace (where we expect to be dry camping).

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