Spring has arrived with gusto here in Deep East Texas! After checking the pecan trees in town today, we see even they are beginning to bud. That, my friends, is a sure sign that it’s safe for us to bring all of our plants from the greenhouse and other winter hiding places and place them out around the grounds for all to see and enjoy. I’ve been taking many guests on several pontoon tours on our Angelina River the last couple of weeks and I’m telling you – every known shade of green is on display up and down the banks. In honor of all this verdancy (is that a word?) I believe I will make this the Green edition of our blog.
How’s this for green? La Paz is now The Place for many miles around where ecologically-minded Electric Vehicle owners can charge their cars. How ‘bout that? There’re not a lot of EVs in my neighborhood but we see a scads of them when visiting Austin and other large Texas cities. The closest charging stations are in Huntsville to the west, Beaumont to the south and Lake Charles to the east. We have one 40 amp universal unit and one 40 amp Tesla Model S wall charger.
Check out the excitement at Tesla Motor Company these days. Our chargers exist thanks in part to that company’s generosity! Obviously we’re hoping Tesla drivers will find us when looking for weekend getaways where they can safely use their EVs.
Along the green line – a recent study by the Outdoor Industry Association shows that not only Baby-Boomers but especially Millennials are increasingly looking to get off the couch and to the outdoors. Hiking, paddling and nature photography seem to be the most popular activities. They also love the ability to stay closer to home so that they spend less time getting to their destination and more time recreating. We’ve noticed that trend here. It’s not at all unusual to see a couple of 25 year-olds place their bags in their rooms and jump in a kayak or head to the Sawmill hiking trail within minutes of arriving. We love that – people enjoying what we have to offer – nature!
Here’s a green opportunity for Deep East Texas visitors: On April 10 a chance to see some unique carnivorous plants while hiking in the Big Thicket. This expertly guided hiking party will be leaving from the Woodville, TX – Walmart parking lot located about 30 minutes from La Paz. For more information about this hike contact Laurie Cordray firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re interested in paddling our neighboring streams and rivers, The East Texas Paddling Club is very active and is filled with experienced and novice paddlers. Check them out here or on Facebook here.
Finally, our Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles are out of their nests and roaming our river in droves once again. We hope you will come take a gander at these and all of the other wildlife viewing opportunities here at La Paz and the Angelina National Forest! Check out these great shots from my buddy, Mac Womack – the great hunter that carries a big lens (or two).
Thanks for reading our blog! Come see us at La Paz Bed and Breakfast!
Hospitality. Peace. Nature.
Paul and Anne