Toledo Bend, Texas (Day 2)

May 13, 2010 - Toledo Bend, Texas, United States

We got up around 9:00am & had breakfast. One of the neighbours, Pete, who lives close by (and also an Australian) came by to visit with us after he found out Ed had asked after him the previous day on our little neighbourhood tour. He offered to get us some discounted building materials so we could buy some land, build a house and stay there! Sounded like a great idea to me but I told him we had a lot of loose ends to tie up back at home before we could move there - who knows, maybe in another 20 years.

Ed & Elaine then took us in the car to the Toledo bend dam wall where we crossed the state line into Louisiana then turned off the road and down to a creek (which is the spillway from the dam). We picked some wild blueberries & walked along the creek bank. At that moment we heard the jet engines of approaching aircraft only to look up and see A10 tank killers flying at low altitude – awesome! I managed to get a couple of snaps before they disappeared over the tree line. Ed said that they use the dam as a training ground - I certainly wasn’t expecting to see those buzzing around out there. We then got back in the car and headed to Leesville, Louisiana where we went to a Chinese buffet for lunch.

On our way back to Toledo bend, we stopped at a couple of scenic spots to take some more photos of the area & then a little shop where Yolanda was able to buy her Texas star (house decoration)& a couple of other nic nacs .Ed then took us to one of the neighbours where we were able to get up close (but not too close) to some Texas Longhorn cattle grazing in the field. We returned back to the house because unfortunately it was 3.00pm and time for us to leave and return back to Beaumont. We said our goodbyes and I must say, it was very hard to leave such a beautiful place & wonderful people like Ed & Elaine behind. Thank you so much for a lovely time.

Next Journal: Johnson Space Centre, Houston.



1 Comment

Jean Plant:
June 5, 2010
Yes, l do think that if l visited their place l would want to spend a longer time there, look looks so peaceful there.
Jean P
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