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If you find yourself traveling I-10 near the Louisiana/Texas State Line, make sure to stop at the Texas Travel Information Center in Orange (TX) to see Blue Elbow Swamp. The Center has a boardwalk that extends into Blue Elbow Swamp and you can view a variety of plants, trees and wildlife.

Blue Elbow Swamp is part of Tony Housman State Park and Wildlife Management Area. The area has a fascinating history that even includes cannibals. Yep! So take some time to forget about highway traffic and take a relaxing walk in the swamp. 😉


Despite that ice-age loving Groundhog’s predictions, the weather had been pretty nice here. But wait! Another night of cold temperatures made its way to Florida. Thankfully it was no where near the freezing temperatures we had just a few short weeks ago. Imagine our surprise yesterday when we were traveling on eastbound I-10 only to be diverted off the interstate near Milton because of ice. Fortunately Highway 90 parallels the interstate, but traffic was still very slow and it took us an additional hour and half travel-time.

Trailer of hay bales on fire in Houston.

Okay, again… not the best title…but it was really, really hard to resist that one!

We saw this trailer yesterday while we were headed westbound on I-10 in downtown Houston.  The trailer loaded with hay bales had actually passed us about thirty minutes prior to this.

Trailer fire on I-10 in downtown Houston yesterday.

This truck fire had eastbound traffic stopped.

Okay, so maybe not the best title, but it did get your attention! 😉

Today on I-10 (in Mississippi) we saw a truck on fire in the eastbound lane. Traffic was backed up for quite a ways. Fortunately we were headed westward…

We have recently been onI-10 and I-75 (Florida) and have seen diesel prices from $4.01 to $4.27. It didn’t bother us as much this time… we didn’t take the rig! Yep! These Full-Timers decided to do the “hotel thing” for a change. I guess you could say we took a vacation from the campground-life for a few days. 😉

Don’t let rising fuel prices keep you grounded this summer. There are plenty of places to travel, right in your own “backyard”. And if you find yourself on 1-10 in Crestview (FL) or in the Destin/Fort Walton region, then you’re just a short distance from the Air Force Armament Museum.

The museum is free and open every day except Sunday and federal holidays. If you find yourself arriving early, don’t worry! There are over 20 planes to view outside the museum.

For more information and directions, visit their website at:

Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

 The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.


 Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune;

 Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,

 Strong and content, I travel the open road…


— Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”


A few photos of our last 1,500 mile journey from Virginia to Texas.  Road photos are a great  reminder that it is about the journey and not the destination. (Although bit of a rough one if you drive 1-10!) 😉

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