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Big Thicket Friends

July 11th, 2010 · No Comments

The Big Thicket Association held its July meeting at Village Creek State Park, in Lumberton.  We showed up in time to enjoy some music and get and give a round of hugs before sharing dinner at the park’s cabin and spending time with Jerry Rashall at the park’s nature center.music2music5

Above:  Shaun Davis, Director of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission; former aide to the late Congressman and Big Thicket advocate Charles (Charlie) Wilson; longtime musician.

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Shaun’s son, Hunter Davis.  Hunter and Shaun were performing at the park’s pavilion, which was comfortably cool despite the heat.  And, bonus!  It had a playground and swingset next door for C&D to explore once the music was done.

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With Maxine Johnston and Ann Roberts, two of the original Alligator Snapping Turtles.  (Alligator snapping turtles are tough, long-living turtles of the southern United States.  They are not aggressive but can turn dangerous when provoked!)

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In the cabin:  Maxine with park manager Jerry Rashall at the Village Creek State Park cabin.  Maxine brought plenty for dinner—she always knows how to take good care of us.jerry2 jerry3   The drive to East Texas was a little easier than it had been since the AVM burst.  It helps that the roads are for the most part open, and I’m familiar with them since traveling on them while obtaining my Master’s at Rice.  But I also take the easier trip as a sign that improvement since the AVM continues, if sometimes imperceptively slow.

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