Welcome to Brazoria NWR

With official directions and a lot of help from Google Earth, we wind our way along ever narrowing backroads to the Volunteer Village at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge.  We go under a bridge, around a hairpin turn and make an eye-squeezing turn into the park.  My eyes are closed on the last turn as I am not sure that we will fit between the gate posts and have a mental picture of our coach topsy-turvy in the shallow ditch beside the narrow driveway .  Storm maneuvers us into the village keeping the RV upright and together we select a site that seems like a good 2 month home for our rig.  One of the primary considerations is turning our entrance door into the wind so that the potential clouds of mosquitoes that can arise from these wetlands won’t find a becalmed area at our entrance where they can lurk waiting for us to donate to their bloodbank.

A few days ago, the Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a controlled burn right across the road from our motorhome.  We became a little concerned when we returned home to this sight:

Are you SURE this is a controlled burn? OR Not what you want to see across the road from your RV

Right now we are still getting acclimated and trying to learn enough about the area to get around.  Here are some pictures from our first few days in Texas.

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About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

6 Replies to “Welcome to Brazoria NWR”

  1. What a scary thing to see on the first day. Hope it is controlled, be interesting to see just how they control it. Hope the rest of the stay is better and you really enjoy the time you spend there. GOD BLESS


    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Yes, I meant to be clear that they did have it under control. It made its own cumulus cloud though and that was pretty impressive!

  2. A number of western states now call them “prescribed” burns. I guess they realized they could not “control” them.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Hahaha – it can be hard to believe an enormous close up fire like that IS under control. We kept wondering if we were going to have to gather up the house and flee…

  3. Do you have contact information for the manager at this volunteer village? Any help much appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Here is a link to volunteer info for Brazoria: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=16008
      If you are thinking of volunteering at Brazoria, you may want to check out this review: http://www.workampingreviews.com/us/tx/freeport/brazoria-national-wildlife-refuge/
      We had a lot of folks tell us that we should have volunteered at Aransas NWR (https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=2616) for a better experience.
      Best of luck!

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