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We like the Caribbean Beaches and decided to spend our 30th wedding anniversary in Jamaica at the famous Negril Beach. From previous visits, we like the small family hotel Charela Inn. For two weeks we did nothing apart from adjusting the sun beds into the right direction, drinking good Rum Punch and cold beer and enjoyed good food. Here are some pictures from Jamaica and the Seven Mile Beach in Negril. Enjoy.
Coming from Memphis we continue our journey to the West. We feel like the first settlers but our trip is a little bit more comfortable with MOMO compared to a wagon. We can only guess which strains these people shouldered to reach the new land.
We drive thru Arkansas and Oklahoma and stay overnight in state parks or wherever we like. Our destination is the Caprock Canyon in Northern Texas. The park is at the edge of a canyon and has a bison herd as highlight. We stay for two days, enjoy the beautiful surrounding and do some nice hikes.
Coming from Florida we soon cross the border to Georgia. Our next destination is Savannah where we want to spend a couple of days. Apart from swamp and a lot of private islands from rich people it’s not much to see on the highway in between.
Savannah is a city with a lot of flair and nice Southern style houses. We can stay on a parking lot in the city center where we can reach all major attractions by foot. We spend two days in town and stroll thru the nice streets and parks. Also, we don’t miss a scoop of ice cream in famous Café Leopold. But to get it you must queue half an hour but it’s really worth waiting. Also we celebrate our four years on the road on the 24th of March in a nice Pub in town.
After our nice days with Justin and his family in Texas we drive along the coast to Galveston. The beach is endless but it`s too cold for swimming and the uncounted oil refineries are not really a motivation to stay for longer. So, we soon pass the state border to Louisiana.
The state is named after the French King Louis XIV and his mother Anna from Austria. Louisiana lies at the river mouth where the Mississippi flows into the Gulf of Mexico and has 134.264sqkm and a population of 34/sqkm whereby 16% of the landmass is swamp. The highest point is the Driskill Mountain with 163m.
You cannot avoid to come into the Swamp area at some point in time and we decide to have a closer look and drive to the Chilcot State Park. The Swamp looks like you know it from the movies but unfortunately, we don`t see alligators.
Texas is huge and the second largest state in the US with 695.621sqkm and a population of more than 26 Million. This makes 37/sqkm. Compared to Germany with half the size we have 230 people/sqkm.
Coming from the Carlsberg Caverns we soon cross the state border to Texas. It`s cold and rainy weather and we drive over endless and boring highways in direction to the Big Bend National Park. On the left and on the right side of the road is nothing and in case we come thru a village most houses have seen better days and look like left alone a long time ago. The region is shaped from oil industry and hundreds of trucks every day have made a very bad road over time. We have rarely seen so much desolation and can somewhat understand that Trump could make good points here with his populistic slogans.
For the night, we make a stop at the Balmorhea Statepark. The campground has a huge pool served from a natural spring and is ranked to be the largest of its kind worldwide. Here we also learn that all Stateparks in Texas take an entrance fee per person in addition to the campground fee. We don`t feel much sense of humor for this strategy especially as you don`t find places in the wilderness to stay for free.