Texas, The Lone Star State

Last year, we went to Texas but we went through the top panhandle section, so it was a short ride through.  Couldn’t even imagine if we had to go through Texas taking I-10 because the first exit out of Louisana was Exit 880, or essentially 880 miles until that highway ended into the next state.
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To get to Galveston, we took the Bolivar-Galveston Ferry  The kids couldn’t believe that it could be done with our rv and were a bit nervous.  It was such an awesome experience and the kids’ (and Izzy’s) first time on a ferry.
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Whenever we get the chance, we look to find new, educational, and/or free things to do.  In 2008, Hurricane Ike ripped through Galveston, Texas and tore down many of their old trees.  In honor of the trees, many homeowners in the affected area carved special monuments out of the old stumps.
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Downtown Galveston, and especially the area called the “The Strand,” resembles areas of Savannah, New Orleans, and Gatlinburg.  Of course, we found another place to get some salt water taffy, picked up some different kinds of jerky, and a few other treats.
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William and Mackenzie couldn’t resist a game of Chess.
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We even found a Chick-fil-A (our favorite), right on the beach!
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We passed way too many donut shops for William not to finally stop at one!! And, it did not disappoint…we will definitely be back before we leave on Sunday.
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Though the campground was packed for the holiday weekend, it completely emptied out on Monday and we have the whole section to ourselves, with gorgeous views of the bay!
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The kids are getting to spend a lot of time playing at the playground and riding bikes while Madison and Kelly are getting some free time to read.
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We are enjoying this week of vacation and we are definitely operating on Island Time 🙂 #Thomas6travels #lovegalveston
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Summer Vacation 2016 Day 1

And so, another summer trip begins. While we do have some specific travel plans to go back and visit our favorite US destinations, we really are going to try to be open to new spots. And we’re starting with Montgomery, Alabama.

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Amazingly, after almost 18,000 miles, we really only had one malfunction with our travel trailer and that was our hitch breaking, on the first weekend that we had it in 2015. Quite naturally, we were due for something…and that “something” was a flat tire.

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Thankfully, God allowed us to get off of the major highway before it happened. And, we broke down right in front of the home of an out-of-work mechanic, who had just pulled in to his driveway.

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This altered our driving time a bit but nonetheless, we still made good time to Montgomery, Alabama.

We stopped to take a pic at the same state sign from a year ago. Check out the difference.

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I would say that Mackenzie has grown a bit, ha!!

We pulled into our site for the next couple of nights, right before sunset. Oh, how peaceful and tranquil it was! Not to mention, BEAUTIFUL!!!

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The city of Montgomery is full of rich history, friendly people, and humongous flying bugs!!! We stepped back in time on a tour of the events surrounding the arrest of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott at the Rosa Parks Museum and Library.

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It was pretty surreal to be at the very spot where she was arrested for simply “sitting for what was right”.

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Down the street, there is a water fountain memorial, honoring those who gave their lives during the civil rights movement at the Civil Rights Memorial.

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Less than 2 blocks away is the iconic Dexter Street Baptist Church, where many uplifting and encouraging sermons where given, in spite of the many attacks of its members and the church itself.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was also the pastor at this church and he made plans for the Bus Boycott in the basement, just yards away from the Alabama State Capitol.

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We even ran into friends of ours, who we haven’t seen in 5 years! Amazing that we ran into them here! Small World…

Anytime that we are in a historic area, it seems that we have a craving for some good barbecue. We had to go see if the bbq here had anything on the bbq in Memphis!

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After a fulfilling lunch, we took a nice stroll along the riverfront.

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Montgomery is such a beautiful city and I can’t believe we waited so long to visit. We will definitely be back!!

We couldn’t have planned a more perfect way to start off our 2016 Summer Vacation! Thank you all for praying for us and for following us along this journey 🙂 #Thomas6travels

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Izzy Turns A Year Old

Here we come into May already.   Cannot believe how fast this year is going!

This month will make a whole year now that we have had our RV and contrary to what many thought when we first bought her, we dont have any plans of stopping or selling Isn’t She Lovely (Izzy for short) at this point.  Actually we are planning on using her even more as time allows.

Last month we took a trip to Fort Yargo State Park, our first weekend stay at a state park.  No wi-fi.  Limited cable.  Lakefront.  Nature all around.  Quiet. 
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If we could have fallen any more in love with the life, it would be scary.  Possibly the best thing is we discovered we actually liked being off the grid a bit and it was actually less expensive to camp this way.
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The kids really enjoyed cooking all of our meals over the campfire! Phillip is even learning how to make the fire 🙂 This is new to us!
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We did have some modern comforts though…as we went to the Mall of Georgia and to Walmart of course.
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We also went to watch the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field, and though we had been before, this was the first time they won while we were in attendance (we were starting to think we were the problem for their losing).

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Anytime we can get free ice cream, and of course, learn something, we are all for it.  So we took a tour of the Mayfield Dairy Factory in Braselton and learned some pretty neat things about milk.

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It has been a while since we have blogged, and actually, its been over two weeks since this trip. 
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But, in between we have taken two more weekend trips to local campgrounds on the lake, one in Canton, Ga, and one right in our back yard, just a mile away from our home. 

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We have had our computer time preoccupied with some other things as we prepare to celebrate Izzy’s birthday/boughtday in grande style on May 27 this year (also happens to be Kelly’s birthday).
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We hope that you look forward to following us on our journey as much as we enjoy being on it!