Smorgasbord Letters from America – 1985-1987 – Brazos Bend State Park, Anaconda’s and Doggy Bags. Sally Cronin

Welcome to the next post in the series Letters from America 1985 -1987. This week a slightly longer letter to my parents, telling them about our trip to New Orleans for Easter 1985.  I took photographs at the time that I did not send home, but shared with my parents when they came to visit in November of that year.

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Brazos Bend State Park, Anaconda’s and Doggy Bags. Sally Cronin

17th April 1985

Dearest M & D.

I hate to say this after your lousy Easter weather, but it has been 80 -90 degrees this week! We have been down to the pool most evenings for a last swim of the day and taken plastic glasses of wine with ice!  Lovely way to spend an hour or so until the mozzies arrive.. as they say, everything in Texas is bigger and better….and the mosquitos here are no exception, big as bats!

At least you sound as if you had an enjoyable time with most of the family there, who I trust are all well. You sound very busy Mollie and no doubt the conservatives will now be celebrating their success. Just let me know when you change your address to Downing Street.

I have heard very good reports about 42nd Street the musical. Penny’s mother-in-law went to see it as her god-daughter is in the chorus. She said it was excellent. The live entertainment here is mainly restricted to the bars, however you only have to drive on the freeway to be entertained by cowboys and bikers.. all for the price of a new rear bumper.

We had quite a lively weekend. On Saturday we went to the Brazos Bend State Park about 90 minutes from the apartment, fully intending to go for a healthy walk. The first stumbling block for me was the numerous snake and alligator warning signs. ‘Do not feed or approach alligators’ As if I would! Halfway into the park we had to avoid a wriggling monstrosity in the middle of the road (thankfully we were still in the car). David said is was only an itty bitty frightened baby snake (he is the master of the understatement). I sat rigidly as he drove around excitedly pointing out all the lovely long paths leading into the forest!

He suddenly realised that I was in a comatose state and drove me away again nearly running over a black anaconda making its way across the road. (Slight exaggeration) but it was leaving the park and so was I. Luckily David is very understanding – snakes scare me rigid. Probably all the times I was screamed at by my nanny in Ceylon as a toddler whenever I explored anything that crawled or slid in my vicinity.

On Sunday we relaxed by the pool and then went out to the Mexican restaurant we enjoy, Pappasito’s Cantina with some of our neighbours. When you come to see us in October we will introduce you to quesadillas and fajitas. Bring large appetites as you will need them. Over here if you cannot finish your dinner (most times as the portions are so generous) you can ask for a doggy bag ( I do feel bad about lying that we have a dog at home!). The server will wrap up the rest of your dinner in cartons and put in a carrier bag and off you go. It beats eating cereal for breakfast the next morning as long as you don’t mind a bit of chilli!

David flew to Washington on Monday until and I am picking him up at 9.30 this evening. He is then home until next Wednesday which is great. My ankle is much better and swimming every day has certainly helped… but not sufficiently to permit to take a hike in the Bravas River park anytime soon!

Love to you both and I will write again soon.

Sally and David

©sallycronin 2018

Thank you very much for dropping in and I hope you continue to enjoy our adventure in Texas and trips we made around America during our time there. Your memories of New Orleans would be great to hear about. Thanks Sally



35 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Letters from America – 1985-1987 – Brazos Bend State Park, Anaconda’s and Doggy Bags. Sally Cronin

  1. I guess you would not care for the coyotes and rattlesnakes in our neighborhood. Both are more frightened of us so they stay out of sight. They are there and subject to some sightings. Enjoyed the doggie bag discussion.

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  2. Sally, it is such fun reading your letters home. Like you, I wrote to my parents almost every week relating my adventures in this strange country called Scotland. Your letters refresh my memoroies – thanks.

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  3. More fun for the two of you. The mosquitoes and the snakes are bigger in Texas! I love Mexican food too. Have you been able to find it in other places you have lived? I imagine you make your own. Love, love these letters. xo

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    • I think so.. although they had traveled more than most at the time so were used to being flung into unusual environments for two years at a time.. Not many parents in those days had lived on the edge of a jungle and driven back from parties avoiding leopards on the track! They came out in the October and stayed for three weeks… and loved it.. xxxx

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  5. But Sally, you were in the car when the snake crossed the road… I’m the same way about bats. We still do the doggy bag thing. Back in the 70’s we could get the same for our drinks. Wine-to-go in a covered styrofoam cup. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, Sally. Great photos, too!

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  7. I love these letters, since I live only five miles from Texas. I can’t imagine seeking out an alligator. I live not too far from a lake. Once person nearby was tossing their leftovers at the edge of the lake for an alligator. It got accustomed to coming there and eventually ate their small dog.

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