TexasEscapes.comTexas Escapes Online Magazine: Travel and History
Columns: History, Humor, Topical and Opinion
Over 1800 Texas Towns & Ghost Towns
NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : ARCHITECTURE : : IMAGES : : SITE MAP : : SEARCH SITE
HOME
SEARCH SITE
ARCHIVES
RESERVATIONS
Texas Hotels
Hotels
Cars
Air
Cruises
Houston Hotels
Find Hotel Deals in Houston
Book Today and Save
 
 Texas : Trips : Drives

Turning 77 on 288
or
"We just left where we thought we were headed."

by Ken Rudine
Instead of going to Matagorda for my 77th birthday my wife Yvonne and I decided to go to Lake Jackson to find the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory on Buffalo Camp Bayou. We left Houston on 288 South headed toward a bird banding event was scheduled but they were out of birds to band so we only took a few pictures and left. While hunting for our second stop we made what we now recognize was an illegal U-turn. Immediately a motorcycle officer stopped us. He asked for our driving credentials and called in to headquarters.
Buffalo Camp Bayou TX
Buffalo Camp Bayou
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
Like we have discovered previously, we are never as invisible as we would like to think. This officer had nailed us “dead to rights” and we were in line for a warning ticket. We gave him our Texas Escapes "Press" card and explained we were celebrating my birthday. While waiting to hear back from headquarters, he mentioned several nationally famous people were residents here and how hard the city tries in keeping a beautiful "serene and clean" image. “If pot-holes are reported this week – they aren’t here next week.”

As we talked, I showed him our printed information and destination map. He said we had just left where we thought we were headed. That meant we had completed our planned trip, so Yvonne mentioned we were looking for a good place to eat. The officer suggested many restaurants but we settled on seafood in Surfside. On the way there we saw a sign reminding us we could cross the toll bridge at San Luis Pass and eat at Gaido’s where we really love to eat.

This was probably not the best way, but as experience has taught us, talking with local people makes both of you feel great and have a sense of pride in the encounter. A couple of blocks after the officer and we had parted, he came alongside us again at a traffic signal. He said, “I admire your car and I forgot to wish you a happy birthday."

Lake Jackson is a great place to visit but we don’t recommend any U-turns. Our best photo excursions somehow always seem to include the police and a bit of chocolate.*

*The Texarkana McCartney Hotel Fiasco of 2005
Houston Texas skyline

Leaving Houston
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2008

Photographer's Note: We came into Houston from Rockport on Highway 59 and went out on 288S. The accompanying photos are in order: The Houston skyline, the presidents (Artist David Adickes) near the Brazoria County line. At Hwy 35 & 288 west of Angleton the Stephen F. Austin statue stands and finally the Buffalo Camp area and Bayou. - Ken “Mr. Third Coast” Rudine, July 22, 2008
Presidents' Bust
Statues of presidents by Artist David Adickes
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
Stephen F Austin statue
Statue of Stephen F Austin near Angleton
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
Bird Banding in Texas
Where we go bird banding
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
Follets Island TX
Follets Island
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
US288 Toll Booth TX
Toll booth
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
Copyright Ken Rudine
More Texas Drives

Book Your Hotel Here & Save
Houston Hotels
Lake Jackson Hotels
More Hotels

Lake Jackson Hotels
Find Hotel Deals in
Lake Jackson
Book Here and Save
 
HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | TEXAS HOTELS
TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | MAPS

TEXAS FEATURES
Ghosts | People | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Black History | Rooms with a Past | Music | Animals | Books
COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Stores | Banks | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Drive-by Architecture | Old Neon | Murals | Signs | Ghost Signs | Then and Now
Vintage Photos

TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | HOTELS | USA | MEXICO

Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Recommend Us | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
Website Content Copyright ©1998-2008. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved
This page last modified: July 24, 2008