Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Stand by for the Irony

It's National Mom and Pop Business Day. The same day our local Dairy Queen owner is selling his business. Mr. and Mrs Dar have been here for longer than I can remember. Wyatt and I have been stopping there since he was in a car seat. For those who don't know the whole story here it is in a nut shell. Some asshole from no where near here was driving back to where ever the hell he lives and stopped in at out local DQ. So far so good. Sometime ago Mr. D decided to put up a sign at his place of business that clearly stated he didn't think much of a particular religion. Still good. Well the asshole in question apparently got her feeling hurt and contacted a local news outlet to express her outrage. Well, as you can imagine it made the news cycle and two weeks later it's still there. I imagine DQ caved to the miserable little whiney shits, applied a little pressure and the Dar's are selling. I hope it's on his terms. I don't know about y'all but I don't go to DQ for political input. I go there for the soft serve. 50+ years and counting now. I remember my first cone costing a whole dime.
Short version, if you don't like his sign GO SOMEPLACE ELSE! There is another DQ less than a mile down the hwy for Christs sake!
Not sure why so many cry baby assholes out there want to make shit harder than it has to be. Any Ideas? I'm going to Dairy Queen and I wish a pox on all the Whineybutts.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

This is for everyone that is (was) as confused as me. It's from Wiki so it has to be true right?
"The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.[1] The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or theChristkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus[2] (About Easter Eggs) in 1682[3] referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children."
So there.

Did I mention the great weather we had on our first camping trip of the season. It was very pleasant when we got there Thursday night. Cool, but it was to be expected in March. We did get reprimanded by the Park authorities for being too loud after 10. we deserved that. Friday was awesome. Mostly. Started out with quite a hike up to and over a local mountain. I think someone said it was a couple of thousand feet tall. Mountain to us flatlanders on the Texas coast. We were working on dinner when this happened.
That is a Capri Sun juice bag.
Here's a better pic thanks to Philip Adams.

Can't wait for the next trip!

Happy Easter everyone.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Camping at last!

Finally made it out of the driveway. Next stop is Lost Maples State Nature Area. Ms. Lindelow ranted and raved so we are excited. It's a tad long for the maiden voyage but so be it.

Here's a peak at the inside.

We decided to take the long way and travel Alt 90 out of Houston. The reasoning was we will pass through many small towns so if we do run into a problem hopefully help won't be far.
A few miles east of Eagle Lake we heard a sound. Yep. The downside of Hwy 90 is there is no shoulder and it passes through farm country. Lots of big rig traffic. Lots. THe first place we could pull over was a Shell station. As I went around Big Pearl looking for the source of the sound I came across this.

That's right, there are only two of the six lug nuts left and they are trying to chew their way free. After we jacked it up we coud pull the tire off without removing the last two nuts. Glad we were not on I-10.
Spent the next 6 hours looking for parts for a 1964 trailer. You can imagine the results. Here's where I give a HUGE shout out to Rhonda and David at the NAPA store. While they could not help directly they never stopped trying. They called all the local spots thet we never would have found until we ended up in Nada Texas.
Enter Ricky.

Not only does Ricky have a dog that chases a bowling ball around he is the man at the Nada Garage. He didn't have the parts we were looking for either but  he didn't let that stop him. He simply welded the new lugs to the back of the hub. Voila!
To all who helped us get our Spring Break back on track, Thank You!
On to Lost Maples.

And Happy National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day!