Exciting Beginnings!

Howdy y’all!

Man, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?!  Life really has away of just moving along.  I had a very dramatic end of 2019 and an even more dramatic beginning to 2020! 

Hey! Dramatic does not always mean bad things.  In my case, it sure as heck doesn’t! 

I got a new job at the end of 2019!  It’s much better all around than my last, but I have been training a lot and it’s taken up a lot of my time and mental/physical resources.  Also, because of this new job, other opportunities have come along that I have grasped on to and very much embraced.  My life is changing and from where I’m at it looks like it’s all for the better! 

The biggest change is I BOUGHT A HOUSE!  I did!  It was so darn scary, but it felt like the right move to make, so I jumped!  I have owned a house before and it was a very difficult time.  The market crashed right after I bought it and then when I left Virginia I rented it out, which was a whole other adventure.  Needless to say, there was a lot of mental obstacles to maneuver through, it’s cool though, cause I came out the other side in an awesome place! 

Picture of said house below.  I’d love to bring attention to the Howdy sign on the porch.  I LOVE it! 🙂

This area is BEAUTIFUL!

And in honor of the area in which I now call home, I wanted to tell y’all about a wonderful State Park that is right down the road from me.  It’s actually about 30 minutes away, but that’s down the road here in Texas! 

Brazoria County and Brazosbend State Park

I decided to buy in the town of West Columbia. There are many reasons for this decision, it’s definitely not just on the beauty of the area. Though, I will not deny when driving to see my house for the first time, I was certainly mesmerized.

Mesmerized how, you might ask?  Well, down here, there are oak trees everywhere!  Not only are the oak trees beautiful and massive themselves, but they have Spanish moss hanging from them.  The drive to my house is absolutely stunning and I could not see myself growing tired of it.  In fact, I am excited to see it in all the seasons! 

Anyway, about the area, West Columbia was actually the first capital of Texas!  Super cool, right?  Now, only for literally 4 months before it was decided that the capital would move to Houston.  Mainly, because this place is the middle of nowhere, and the town is super small, so accommodating everyone just was not an option. 

Brazos Bend State Park is not in West Columbia, but in a town a bit further north named Needville.  The area has such a rich history dating back to Stephen F. Austin and the original settlers he brought with him.  In more resent years, it was used as cattle land, to grow pecans, and as a private hunting preserve.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department bought it in 1984 and it has been a state park since. The park is just as rich in wildlife as it is in it’s history.  There are many different habitats that allow for a variety of wildlife. 

The park is comprised of 5,000 acres of land where 300 species of birds, 21 species of reptiles, and 23 species of mammals call home even if it’s just temporary (there are a lot of migratory animals).  The park is mostly known for the massive oak trees with Spanish moss and the alligators!  Alligators are everywhere!  There is no way you can make a visit to the park and not see an alligator.  It’s pretty awesome! 

I made a one night trip there a few weeks back for the inaugural trip in my RV and I was super impressed.  The campsites were large, clean, kept cut, and I know I have said it a ton of times in the newsletter, but they are BEAUTIFUL!  I am definitely going back the first chance I get!  

I never thought I would want to camp somewhere so close to home, but this park definitely has grabbed and kept my attention. 

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Hi, I'm Erin Lowe

Through Living Travel Designs, I craft custom vacations that get you engaging with the world around you—particularly on nature and wildlife-focused trips that leave you in awe. 

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