Saturday, February 16, 2008

February 16th - Victoria, Texas - 10:04am CST

Greetings from Ron Paul’s 14th congressional district! :)

It’s hard to believe it’s the 16th already! But, picking up our story from before we arrived here in Victoria. We had an encounter with border patrol at a check point exiting the valley. The drug sniffing dog decided to bark at OUR bus. They ask us all to get out and walk behind the bus and have a seat on the outdoor bench that seats about four people, and offered an indoor location if we wanted to get out of the cold. They must be real Texans, since it really wasn’t that cold. When Peter got out he was in the middle of a timed practice session and didn’t hear them say to leave his mandolin inside the first time and then they asked if he spoke English. : D Yeah, Bonnie didn’t think then was a particularly good time to practice her Spanish. J So the dog sniffs all around and goes inside. They come back out for another pass around. Nothing. That didn’t surprise us, obvious. : P Anyway, the dog wanted back in the bus again but he was quickly yanked back. They thanked us for our cooperation and said we could leave. Previous they communicated to us it would go easier on us if we told them right up front if we had drugs. 8-O They decided it must have been the large number of people on the bus which caused the dog to bark. We personally believe it could have been the hamburger on the stove mom was cooking, which might explain why he wanted to go in again. ; )

The second bit of excitement came when we had a new driver for a few miles. We had barely pulled away from the check station when we added a brand new secondary driver. She didn’t kill anyone and brought a round of applause when we parked safely (thanks to some screams of “watch out for the tree branches!) at the rest area.

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It was almost too much excitement for one day!

Some of us saw this really neat looking bird at the rest area. At first the photographer was getting strange looks when she insisted she saw a larger sized, brightly colored, bird.

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Does anyone know what kind of bird it is?

We arrived in time to our next destination in Rockport safely and set up for our next concert. The kids have been itching to visit the Baileys ever since last year so we packed up in almost record time so we could hit the road again and get to their house.

Between music, food, fellowship, and house washing we had a great time. We had a lovely (but very wet) water fight after the house washing. : D

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This is our last weekend in Texas. It’s hard to believe it’s almost over here already and at the same time it seems like we’ve been here for a long time! :) How can time go fast and slow at the same time?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bird in question is a green jay.

2/17/2008 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bird is definitely a green jay. May the Lord bless your trip!

2/18/2008 10:33 AM  
Blogger BonnieJ said...

Thanks for the info on the bird! :)

2/18/2008 12:55 PM  
Blogger cali2carolina said...

The 14th District at last, eh? :)

2/18/2008 8:30 PM  
Anonymous The Dart Family said...

I do believe the bird is a Green Jay! :-)
I like the pictures of the water fight. Everything is BIGGER in TEXAS! We use peanut butter jars!
Jonathan

2/21/2008 9:11 AM  

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