..this Easter we decided to visit relatives in Houston..my daughter was fortunate to have not one, but TWO cousins in her second grade class, which thrilled us as parents...but then Katrina came and changed all that...her cousins relocated to Houston and are thriving there but we hardly get to see them anymore..
..a great excuse to pack up the trailer and make one of America's LEAST scenic routes from New Orleans to Houston!
...what a trip!.. the road has no shortage of "inappropriate" billboards like this one for some sleazy "adult cabaret" next to a Taco Rico ('rico' being my long-time nickname, so we hadda shoot it):
..crusing along, stopped at a truck stop in Jennings, LA and "look Dad, an AIRSTREAM!"..not only an Airstream, but a VINTAGE Airstream, my favorite!..let's get a shot of the two of them together..
..nosy snoop that I am (fuh-shizzle, dawg).. I look in the rear window and hey, there's people in there!.. and very NICE people they turned out to be, a lady (sorry, luv, I forgot your name cuz my memory aint' what it used to be) on the left who just got her permit to sell art in Jackson Square ("new orleans? we're FROM there!) and her bud who drove down from Massachusetts to help her haul it back to Mobile from Texas...now THAT'S what I call a friend!..
..she plans to convert it to an art studio, cool!...and just when I'm thinking hey, ONLY cool people own Airstreams my dream gets totally SHATTERED by a KNUCKLEHEAD towing an Excella who REFUSED to slow down and let me back on the Interstate after a harrowing ten minutes changing a blowout on the side of I-10! argh! YOU, Sir, should not be allowed to tow such a wonderful piece of The Trailermaker's Art!! This dirtbag (probably also not a forums member) actually appeared to speed up and try and kill us three! WTF??? OK, OK...we made it...thank you, God, for making the blowout happen right near an on-ramp anyway.....now back to our story..
...so we make it to the Lakeside RV Resort in Houston where they promptly stuck us fifteen feet from an insanely busy freeway and under ten thousand kilowatts of high power transmission lines...oh, and my kid found a RAT carcass within ten minutes of unhooking, so we named it "The Rat Zone":
..next morning (after I got my alotted TWO hours of sleep) my wife (the diplomat in the family) got us moved next to the lake and we got to experience the nice side of Lakeside RV! (if you go, spring the extra 8 bucks and park there...DON'T let them put you by the freeway!...(even if they hate you because you're from a city that bombarded them with scumbag criminals after the worst hurricane in American history...remember: you're still an Airstreamer!...)..
...people catch beautiful catfish in this lake routinely...the dusk fishing is peaceful and sublime..
...the cousins came out to have dinner with us one night at the park...and THIS is why we made the trip..I call this shot "Cousins For Life"
...NaNa wasn't none too thrilled we took her baby off for Easter, but we did manage to get some eggs dyed anyway..
...we all hit the Texas Rock Gym and had a BLAST scurrying up, belaying, and all that good stuff.. even Dad made it up to the top in record time!
..a very swingin' establishment..and I believe they have the World's Only Belaying Canine, a mellow furry dude name of "Blackjack":
...gotta run for now, but I'll try and update with a few more shots soon...happy 'Streamin'!!