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, June 6, 2017


June 6, 1944, is known most commonly by the term D-Day. It refers to the landing of Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France staging one of the pivotal attacks against Germany during World War II.

The landing of troops on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, known around the world as D-Day, was given the name Operation Overlord. Leading up to the attack, plans of deception were carried out to mislead Germany.

The attack included more than 5,000 ships, 11,000 aircraft and landed more than 156,000 troops in Normandy. There are estimates of approximately 4,000 Allied casualties that day alone. 
I had two uncles there that day. Both came home. And our very own Battleship Texas BB35 was there doing her part. Learn more here.
Wiki has a lot here. Thanks Wiki.

On a much lighter note we were invited to attend some neighbors renewing their wedding vows. It was a camping adventure. We hooked up out 1964 ALJO 
and headed to Emma Long Municipal Park in Austin. It's a huge park just west of downtown and sits on that part of the Colorado River they call Lake Austin. 
Last weekend was not a holiday so I have to believe Emma Long is one heck of a popular park because the place was jammed. Did I say jammed? I meant JAMMED! WE did not use the facilities while we were there and were informed that conditions were deplorable at best. I can't speak to their staffing but it sounds like they were not up to the task. And given the size of the crowd it was a task indeed. The park itself was quite nice. Power, water, civilized campers. That's all I ask for. We camped under this tree.
Anyone know what type of tree it is? 
Saturday found us enroute to Llano and on the Enchanted Rock SNA. A place I've been trying to get to for a very long time.
It's only .6 miles of trail. It just happens to be straight up. Sorta like climbing a ladder 20 or so stories high. This is about half way.
Mission accomplished. Hell of a view. And vows renewed. Win win.
On the way back we went into Llano looking for lunch. Neighbor Jim scored a solid 10 finding Hacienda de Jalisco. If you even get close to Llano this is where you need to stop for lunch. All 6 of us gave it a thumbs up. No cops, no hospitals. Successful outing.

In to Mud? Just for you and your sweet tooth (teeth?) Thanks Susan!

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