We awoke and soon heard the splat of rain drops hitting the roof. It sure looked like a Walmart kind of day. Otherwise, it was a great day for drinking coffee, and staying in bed or working on this journal.
After a late breakfast we drove to Walmart in Rockport, Texas, to shop for items on our “wish” list. Walmart stores in the various locales of the country give one an insight into the cultures of those particular areas. Kay and I both remarked on this facet of our society. For example, the Walmart in Rockport had less electronics and household goods than did our store in Mountain home. Also, the sporting goods department favored salt water fishing, as it should, whereas the Mountain Home store is strong on freshwater fishing and on hunting. The automotive department was also different, and the store in whole had a different feel. I digress. We found most things on our shopping list, and while in the store received a call from Bruce asking about our desire to attend a science lecture in Rockport in the afternoon. We returned to Redfish Bay RV Park, had lunch of leftovers made into fajitas (we seem to do this often), and waited for Bruce and Jeannie to pick us up.
The lecture we attended at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute was quite interesting, and based on a 6-foot diameter globe of the earth. While the globe was stationary, four projectors at 90° angles gave the indication that it was rotating about an axis. The lecture talked about the eight planets in our solar system (Pluto was dropped as a planet in 1996, so we now have only eight instead of the nine most of us were taught in school). The lecturer was good, having been an educator for 42 years.
Afterwards, Bruce drove us around the coast in Rockport, Fulton, and Lamar, and we found the area to be very interesting. Many of the houses resemble those we saw in Hawaii in 2010, and are very much like those on the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts—of course, this is the Gulf coast as well. One of the inland properties still had a windmill blade in a tree as a result of a storm many years ago.
We drove through a state park in Lamar just north of Fulton, Texas, where we saw the largest Live Oak tree in Texas; it is over 1000 years old.
Bruce completed the circuitous route, taking us by several RV parks for future reference, and made the mistake of going by a movie theater where Kay and Jeannie saw the billboard of showings and decided to make tonight a movie night, $4 and free popcorn if you bring your own bowl. Both Bruce and I checked our calendars and were already committed, thus could not make the movies. Jeannie then showed Kay the shop where she gets pedicures—cheaper than home, but—this afternoon trip is really going to cost us!
Back at the motorhome I ate a couple of sandwiches while Kay dug a big bowl from the pantry for free popcorn at the movie. I had forgotten that the State of the Union speech was tonight, so Kay probably got the better end of the deal. She came in about 10 PM and said the theater was packed, and several people were envious of her big popcorn bowl!
NOTE: As most of you know, my brother lost his courageous battle against gastric cancer in late November. He so enjoyed reading tour travel journal, and wanted to join us in our travels when he recovered. I think about him constantly, and miss him so much. It has been a difficult trip in this regard.