Lake Livingston State Park – Livingston, Texas

Today we visit Lake Livingston State Park in Livingston, Texas. Why??? Truth???

…because my awesome daughter and new, wonderful son-in-law gave me a Texas State Park Pass so it’s free for 1 year for me to visit all the Texas State Parks! 🙂 Go me – I LOVE my gift!!! Lots of the parks are close enough for me to do a day trip but camping is on soon!!

If you’ve been following me, you now know that nearby is the Naskila Gaming (slot casino) and Johnson’s Rock Shop if you wanted to do a few other things close by while visiting Lake Livingston 🙂  – I wanted to visit Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, which is also close by but couldn’t cram it all in one day.

Enjoy some good ole fishing and relax in Lake Livingston State Park

Enjoy some good ole fishing and relax!

Or go canoeing on Lake Livingston in Livingston Texas
Or go canoeing on Lake Livingston
Pack a picnic or go camping there in Lake Livingston State Park
Pack a picnic or go camping there!
Looks relaxing huh? :)
Looks relaxing huh? 🙂
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I need to be retired and rich and travel all the parks in the US!

 

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Ok, nap time now!!

Note:  (taken from Lake Livingston State Park’s Facebook):

Lake Livingston State Park is hosting a special Birds of Prey program March 26.

A falconer will showcase hawks, falcons and eagles and demonstrate how these ‘masters of the sky’ spot and catch their prey.

Details on the Events tab at http://bit.ly/LakeLivingstonSP

Please let me know if any of you have other suggestions and I’ll try to add them to my list of places to visit 🙂 

Enjoy! And thanks for visiting and your comments and feedback!!!

Max and his human companion…Elizabeth

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Naskila Gaming-Alabama Coushatta Tribe Gambling Fun – Livingston, TX

I seldom gamble because honestly, I can’t be throwing away my money which is the mindset I think one must have to go on a gambling trip – that you’re ok to lose a designated amount as entertainment. Anyway, when I woke up I had no idea I’d be playing slots! My intention – drive to check out Lake Livingston – somehow I always end up detouring when making plans!!!  Then, I saw a billboard for Naskila gaming and had no idea it even existed! (Can we say Attention deficit Disorder-yep, that’s me (for real)!…turned the car in that direction). Thought we Houstonians had to drive to Lake Charles, Louisiana to gamble but nope – since it’s on the Alabama-Coushatta tribe grounds it’s ok.  Well, for the moment at least as The State of Texas is trying still to close it down but for now…cha ching! When I arrived, I was greeted by a very nice lady who even helped me get the contact information for nearby Johnson’s Rock Shop that I had wanted to visit.  To the right of the  friendly lady with the beautiful salt and pepper long hair (not ugly white like mine until dye eliminates that white!), was a guy singing All My Ex’s Live in Texas…nice way to enter any venue…friendly faces and good music! The venue itself is tiny, a little restaurant and gift shop and 365 slot/”bingo” machines with a smoking and non-smoking section.   While you play, a staff member will come by offering paper cups with straws of soft drinks.  I had a great time and played the penny slots for about 2 hours and only lost about $2 and that includced tip money for the drinks.  Fun time had by me – of course winning a million dollars would have made it even better but trust me, losing $2 – I consider that pretty good for 2 hours of random, unexpected fun 🙂 and really nice staff (didn’t encounter one rude person there!) – I’m big on good “customer service” – 5 stars for their team! Next time, I’ll see what else is available at the Alabama-Coushatta tribe area….maybe I will actually make it there instead of another detour 🙂

Thanks for visiting! Love to hear any feedback as always!

Max and his human, Elizabeth

 

91 Years YOUNG! The BEST 2-1/2 hours of conversation I’ve spent in years! @ Johnson’s Rock Shop (Video at the end!)

Both my daughter and a friend of my sister’s had told me about Johnson’s Rock Shop in Livingston, Texas.  Ok, cool – some pretty rocks to see right?! I mean I’m expecting a tiny room with some fancy rocks…eh…ok..not EVEN close…boy, was I wrong!!! This is a magical adventure and somewhat of a “spiritual” one for this chick!! When I tell you it’s in the middle of nowhere…I’m talking you will be driving on 100% dirt roads!!! Was it worth the trip??? OMG yes!!!! Upon my arrival, as Mr. Johnson sat on the two-seater porch bench, he asked me if I’d been here before? When I told him no, but two people raved about it, he patted the cushion beside him and told me to have a seat and he’d give me a little history about it.  That began and turned into the best 2 1/2 hour conversation I’ve had with anyone in years!!! I just love this man!!!  His wit, intelligence, sharp mind and winning personality to match all of this was such a gift to behold! I absolutely had the time of my life speaking with Mr. Johnson! However, once I was invited into his Music Room, and I finally got to see the beautiful photos of the late Mrs. Johnson, his bride of 71 years who unfortunately passed away at age 92 on September 12, 2016, that is where the real passion and liveliness just exploded!!  To hear Mr. Johnson speak about his wife, Margie Louella aka Momma and hear how very deeply he is still in love with her was like having a secret part of a romantic movie!!! It was the most sincere and heartfelt love story I may have EVER heard a man express and/or truly feel for ANY human being EVER! It’s a moment in time I will NEVER forget! My words are just not sufficient!!  He’d tell me all about his beautiful wife, with the great, long legs that looked like Marilyn Monroe.  Then he recited some of the poetry he’s written which was every bit as special. Later in the Music Room though, I got a HUGE treat! Mr. Johnson sung for me one of his original songs with the original recording he had made of it – sorta like karaoke but singing along to his own music if you will.  Even broke out his harmonica to accompany it! Is there ANYTHING Mr. Johnson CAN’T do?! Nope, I doubt it….plumbing, AC work, electrical, auto repair – you name it as back in the day you had to learn these things! That said, I stayed way past closing time chatting with Mr. Johnson as he sipped a mini Bud and I had a lemon-lime soda.  While I simply ran out of time (I am somewhat night blind and it was getting late), I never even got around to “shopping” there as the conversation to me, with Mr. Johnson, was worth sooooo much more than anything else – but I will for SURE be going back and buying some gifts and maybe a treat for me – saw some beautiful jewelry pieces!!! I will forever be grateful of my afternoon with Mr. Johnson and hope I get to have many more!!!! He is really the TRUE GEMSTONE there!!!!

PS Mr. Johnson’s grandson is in the process of producing a DVD of Mr. Johnson’s poetry and songs soon….I will be ready with my cash the second they are available!!! Treat yourself too and if you EVER get the chance to go…GO!!!! Beautiful rocks and souls!!!

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Front View of Johnson’s Rock Shop – 238 N. Lincoln Wiggins St., Livingston, TX 77351
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So you walk down the drive and see all this petrified wood, a bazillion million rocks and that my friends, is just the beginning!!
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Sorry, I love animals and couldn’t resist getting this one 🙂
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Yep, this is a mere glimpse of what you will see – tip of the iceberg!
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Might want to call first to be sure they are open as they are not open on Sunday’s anymore
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Each of these individual rooms have treasures waiting for you inside! It’s really magnificent and all built by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and their children.
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If you look at the room on top, that’s what Mr. Johnson built for his son, Tommy 🙂 – he’s so very proud of all of his children and grandkids!
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There’s more to discover around each corner!
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But this…this is the BEST room!!! It’s Mr. Johnson’s Music Room! He insisted on playing me a Merle Haggard song that illustrated his point of how Merle would often sing a song then tell the story behind it.  In this case about Jimmie Rodgers, which is a favorite artist of Mr. Johnson’s (see proof of this below:) ) .  I promised I’d find a particular cd of Merle’s called “Same Train – A Different Time:  A Tribute to Jimmie Rodgers” with a PS that if I didn’t like it, he’d even pay me back for it! 🙂 Love that confidence and passion!

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I’m saving the music video for later, but listen to his great poetry. The first for his beautiful bride :). Second for teenagers 🙂

He said this poem was for me 🙂 – how can anyone not adore this man and his zest for the love of his life, Margie – his passion for his music, songwriting and poetry…oh, yea…and the Johnson Rock Shop 🙂

Sorry that my words just can’t possibly capture or express my beautiful few hours with Mr. Johnson but I tried 🙂

Enjoy!

Elizabeth and Max