In the course of planning the route our travels will take, finding the right RV park is the biggest challenge. Finding a camp site that has the basic requirements is very satisfying, but when we find one that has something special about the location or the campground staff, we feel very fortunate.
Such was the case with Dellanera RV Park in Galveston. Not just a view of the Gulf of Mexico, but right on the Gulf. And sunrises over the Gulf are really special.
Special, that is, when we have a "Goldilocks Sunrise"--a sunrise with no clouds has beautiful color, but it's not mesmerizing; one that occurs on a totally cloudy morning has neither color nor rays peeking through small openings in the clouds; but a sunrise that is "just right," has open skies revealing the deep blues, bright yellows, and brilliant oranges and clouds to add depth to the scene and contrasting shades to the colors.
With the glorious greeting from the heavens awaiting us campers, the twenty-yard walk to the dunes became a regular morning constitutional (albeit a very brief one).
On the mornings when everything was "just right," we were joined by other campers
and feathered friends.
And every morning soon after sunrise, a flock of pelicans extended a welcome to us as they headed to their dawn destination.
I had wanted to anticipate their fly-over and photograph them flying toward us, but either they flew very quietly or I was too caught up with the sunrises, so I was never able to get a head-on photo.
There may be a nascent "birder" trapped inside, because I really want to get some close-up photos of pelicans--and the blue heron.
So, the quest will continue.
But in the meantime, we will content ourselves with capturing the artistry of sunrises.
As the sun rose, the cooler midday colors arrived.
We are two retirees--Chuck, 64, and Kate, 63--who decided to travel the U.S. On June 13, 2008, we began our long-talked-about travels by heading south from our home in Pennsylvania in our Ford 550 and 38’ New Horizons fifth wheel.
Our travel aim is to meet people and go at least "knee-deep" into the culture of several communities. To learn what is important in the lives of the residents of the towns, villages, and farms of America is our primary interest.
When not learning about what people do, we will be (1) sampling the foods that help people do what needs to be done and (2) listening to the music of their culture.
A neighborhood joint or local hall serving liquid refreshment and featuring a jam session with local musicians . . . well, it just doesn't get any better.
We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions of people to meet, places to visit, and "don't miss" neighborhood joints for food and/or music. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org