We got to camp Friday night - we really like that Brazos Bend is just an hour from the house - in fact, it was close enough that The 5 J's came over just to roast marshmallows and enjoy the campfire! It was also the first time they got to see our new set-up with the travel trailer - crazy to have 4 adults all standing in the camper at the same time and having plenty of room for it (couldn't do that in the pop-up!!) Also had plenty of room for CJ who happened to be grounded and had to sit inside and do homework while everyone else was outside.... glad that didn't keep the rest of the family from enjoying the campfire!
After the potluck, we jumped in the truck with M&D and rode over to their house. Yes, house - they live only 4 miles from the park! It was really neat to met their animals, see all the gardening they've done, and we even came home with a giant bag of citrus fruits from trees in their back yard! D is actual our new Big Kahuna for the year - which I think is amazing, as both she and JSP really have a passion and love for camping.
Most of the evening was spent cracking jokes and sharing stories by the campfire (The Host tends an awesome fire, by the way. That man has talent!). M&D took a small group of us on an "owl prowl' in the dark. Brazos Bend has a handicap trial (all concrete) which makes for a nice walk in the dark. Well, nice except for Comedy Central, who was lagging behind the group, throwing sticks into the brush off the side of the trail to scare us. Or, well, me. We did see several alligators in the pond, but no owls, along our late-night walk.