April 6-8, 2009
The tow car known as MOB that belongs to the two RV Gypsies decided not to start-up while in Louisiana. Since it was a Sunday and repair places were not open, the two RV Gypsies had MOB towed to their campground. Lee Duquette suspected the problem was the alternator. The next morning MOB was hooked up to AWO (their RV) and the two RV Gypsies drove AWO/MOB to their next stop-over at Turtle Bayou RV Park in Wallisville, Texas.
Within a walking distance of arriving at Turtle Bayou
RV Park there happened to be a Ford Dealership. So Lee Duquette unhooked
MOB from AWO and left MOB there for repair. The next morning, Lee walked
to the dealership only to learn that they could NOT even diagnose MOB
but the battery was charged enough for Lee to drive 20 miles to a Chevy
dealership, where they did properly diagnose the problem and order the
Photos Above and Below: Texas sign and Texas images seen at the Welcome Center.
Turtle Bayou RV Park Sign - and the temporary home of the two RV Gypsies
Photos Above and Below: Turtle Bayou: view alongside the campsite of the two RV Gypsies
The view as photographed from inside the motorhome of the two RV Gypsies
|Lee Duquette got back to the campground late afternoon with a rental car, so the two RV Gypsies decided to try to find out how to get on the other side of this bayou.
|A bayou is a small, slow-moving stream, creek,
lake or pool that lies in an abandoned channel of a stream. Bayous are usually
located in relatively flat, low-lying areas, for example, in the Mississippi
River delta region of the southern United States. A bayou is frequently
a slack water branch or minor braid of a braided channel, that is moving
with less velocity than the mainstream. Many bayous are the home of crawfish,
certain species of shrimp, other shellfish, and catfish.
The word was first used by the English in Louisiana and is thought to originate from the Choctaw word bayuk, which means "small stream." Another theory on the origin of bayou is from the French words "bas lieu" (pronounced phonetically as ba-li-you) meaning "low land". The first settlements of Acadians in southern Louisiana were near Bayou Lafourche and Bayou des Ecores, which led to a close association of the bayou with Cajun culture.
Bayou Country is most closely associated with Cajun and Creole cultural groups native to the Gulf Coast region generally stretching from Houston, Texas, to Mobile, Alabama, with its center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
April 7, 2009
|Anahuac is a city in Chambers County, Texas. It is the county seat of Chambers County and is situated in East Texas. The name Anahuac comes from Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. The name has various meanings, including "center", "world", and "city", but it also means "capital". Anahuac is the Pre-Columbian name of the Valley of Mexico and its former lake basins around Mexico City, often including the Lerma and Pánuco river systems. Despite the name, neither the city of Anahuac, Texas nor the immediate region were ever part of the Aztec Empire. The city has a total area of 2.1 square miles, all of it land.
The two RV Gypsies pointing to AWO (their RV) from across Turtle Bayou.
|April 8, 2009 -
Karen Duquette met
Elvin Hayes (The Big E)
Drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round (1st pick, 1st overall)
of the 1968 NBA draft.
Inducted into Hall of Fame as Player in 1990
|Karen Duquette and Elvin Hayes in front of Karen's motorhome - Elvin asked for a tour of the motorhome, and was so thrilled that he could stand up straight inside of AWO.