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Coffee and Deet in the morning

We are staying two nights at the Galveston Island State Park Bayside in the electric access campsite and then 2 nights at a house Airbnb at Jamaica Beach. Our first afternoon on the bay was a learning experience about the high priority of deet and air flow. The mosquitos find you and swarm as soon as there is no breeze. That includes any surface turned away from the breeze. Until you spray, you can’t get away. Running away seems impossible in the high humidity and heat here. Also, the more you sweat, the more you dilute your deet. It’s easy to get into into a foul mood if you aren’t prepared.

Sunset at the Bayside campground Galveston Island State Park, Texas

This morning I woke up after a great night of breezes through the camper. There was a rainbow in the clouds over the bay. I put on deet and made coffee, pleasure was mine. Getting up before the sun rises above the clouds is key to being able to think and organize the day here. The heat is oppressive despite the sweet breeze. It’s only 88 degrees, but a heat index of 100 makes thinking impossible for this Montana girl. And the humidity!

I watched the white Ibis, GBH and taller white fishing birds stand in the grasses by their fishery.

Out on the bay, the State Park has designated kayak trails labeled with numbered metal signs stuck in the water. Paddling along the trails was so beautiful, especially at sunset. We saw herons, Ibis, jumping fish, mysterious risings that were bigger than fish, and dragon flies. The mosquitos weren’t out that far in the water and we escaped the heat by being out there.

The bay water is brown from sediments of the Mississippi and two other rivers, but it’s salty from mixing with the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t ask how I know, there is a sign cautioning Bayside campers that there are high levels of bacteria in the water. So, you shouldn’t know it’s salty.

Gypsy is a happy dog when out on the water.

On our third day, we went to the beachside camp and waited out the hours before our Airbnb was ready. The water is warm and the waves are gentle. We ran for the trucks when a deluge storm came up on us.

This section of beach was all ours.
See clouds in the background?

Now, we are showered, feed and sooo comfortable in our air conditioned Airbnb. Tomorrow, we drive to Houston to meet Kate Thompson who will get us in to see a weather balloon launching associated with NASA and the study of volatile tracers in the air of Houston: https://www.arm.gov/research/campaigns/amf2021tracer

And, we hope to hear about the shipping paperwork needed to confirm our vehicle shipping to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m also hopeful I’ll be able to connect with Cousin Chris. This is all just a dream come true. Pinch me.

Itinerary and stops along the way: MT, CO, UT, AZ, NM

The current push is to get the trucks to the port in Houston by August 23rd. They ship to Buenos Aires some days after that.

We left August 16th at 11:45 pm after a final day at home cleaning, packing, storing, and saying goodbyes. We plan to spends days with Mike’s parents in New Mexico. First camp was Browns Bridge near Melrose on the Big Hole.

Browns Bridge campground at the fishing access Melrose, MT

Niles and Mike fished. Niles rushed up from the water after being startled by a Bull Moose on his side of the river. The moose crossed the water and stayed long enough for us to watch him assess the situation and turn into the woods.

Done with fishing, onto the paddleboard while Mike and Viv drove back to the house to return items we now know we don’t need and pick up a forgotten box of bills and the computer charger. How could we have left bills?  She says sarcastically.

Drove to Dillon to hit the Patagonia sale. Mike had researched two rain jackets for Viv and Niles. The sale was an unexpected bonus, the jackets are beautiful, fit and will last for years and years. First use, the next day in AZ, foreshadowing.

Drove and drove fueled by coffee, snacks, great music and then Excedrin, sandwiches more music. The four of us traveled well settling into a routine of drive 2 hours then switch. Drove I90 to Utah for a night in the Hymun State Park near Tremonton, UT.

Utah mountains and desert along I90.

Then another long day of driving. Through UT, CO and then AZ. This is a route we have done many times over the past 30 years. I’m not going to detail it here although we did take lots of photos. We only stopped for gas and bathrooms.

The Navajo/Hopi land had gotten a lot of rain recently and was looking good with new road construction, cleaned up gas station and lots of signs to wear your mask. Fewer skinny horsesĀ  than Mike remembers.

As it grew dark last night, we drove towards an electrical storm that encircled Box Lunch Ranch (Mike’s parent’s land) near Snowflake, AZ the destination for the night. The rain jackets were worn.

This tributary of the Little Colorado is usually more of a trickle. We are close to the ranch but will not attempt going in through the mud. The camp by the Woodruff Snowflake bridge was a beautiful stop fully marked with graffiti from locals documenting their dating history.

The water flowing today will enter the Colorado and eventually Lake Powell.