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Post by halfwise Tue Jun 14, 2022 2:25 pm

One slight thought for a stop between New Orleans and Austin - if you detour north from Beaumont you will get to the Big Thicket nature preserve, which hosts carnivorous pitcher plants. Not completely sure it's worth the hour detour, but I don't see much else of interest on the way. There are German settlement towns like Brennan or Round Top, but for folks who live spitting distance from Germany the incongruity of seeing German architecture in a Texas landscape will be of only mild interest.

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Post by Lancebloke Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:08 am

Yeah... I have German family so been there enough. Smile

I think it would be nice to find a quiet beach town on the gulf coast for some lunch and a chill out though.
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Post by halfwise Wed Jun 15, 2022 12:17 pm

Galveston.  Unfortunately all the restaurants seem to be on the the wrong side of the street from the beach due to the seawall construction.  You'll have to drive out west of the town to find what you are looking for.  Woody's beach bar.  Tipsy Turtle bar and grill. This will add a couple hours to your trip, but you have two drivers (I hope she drives).

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:46 pm

I have German family - Lance

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Post by Lancebloke Wed Jun 15, 2022 8:41 pm

Halfy - yes, we both drive. In fact she tends to drive because I can successfully navigate and it doesn't tend to go so well the other way around....

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Post by halfwise Wed Jun 15, 2022 9:55 pm

Coming clear across the country and not even dipping your toe in the Gulf would be a loss I suppose.  Worth a couple hours diversion.  The water should be a civilized temperature; not that freezing cold rot they've got in California.

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Post by Lancebloke Thu Jun 16, 2022 10:14 am

I come from the UK... Californian waters were quite palatable for me!

And I am of a mindset recently that it's not a holiday if you don't have a view of either mountains or sea these days.

I want to see mountains Halfy.... mountains.
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Post by halfwise Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:14 pm

Not on this trip you're not. You'll have to settle for rolling hills and the sea.

Though on a day trip from Austin I'll be suggesting you go to Enchanted Rock, which may scratch your mountain itch a bit.

https://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/enchanted+rock+state+park

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Post by Lancebloke Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:18 pm

I'll hopefully be seeing Kilimanjaro again in a few months... but not from the top this time!

So long as I get one or the other I am good. Smile

Enchanted rock does look nice though
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Post by halfwise Thu Jun 16, 2022 1:19 pm

In both Austin and New Orleans you'll be wondering what to do during the day. One answer is to stay up until 4 am with the music so by the time you wake up most of the day is gone. The other (healthier) answer is day trips, and that's one of them. But if you find a mindblowingly great band, by all means stay up the night.

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Post by Forest Shepherd Sat Jun 25, 2022 4:51 am

Bleh, I have a head-cold. I'm having a little ramen to help me feel better.

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Post by halfwise Sat Jun 25, 2022 11:36 am

I have a roaring hang-over.

What was supposed to be a quick happy hour turned into a marathon when I fell in with the last shift of a tapas bar that then hit another bar down the road after closing. It was my deep honor to be under the impression that a young woman was flirting with me (and that same honor prevented me from fully responding because I was sure she'd be dismayed once she found out how much older than her she was), but nontheless that kept me tagging along until she decided to hook me up with an interesting young man newly arrived in the city while she made her escape.

I'll eventually figure out what the hell really happened, but not until I deal with this hangover.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sat Jun 25, 2022 12:08 pm

{{ What you need their Halfy is a hair of the dog that bit you Nod }}

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Post by halfwise Sat Jun 25, 2022 1:13 pm

Some breakfast helped restore the electrolytes.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sat Jun 25, 2022 1:37 pm

{ Ah good greasy fry up lines the stomach Nod }}

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