The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on November 25, 1971 · Page 10
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Visitors must actually get off the nwd anil hike through Uie rich, semi-tropical environment to seek out the oddities of the plant world. Knowledgeable guides are available to take nature lovers for a tour of the thicket, and their charge is from $15 to S23 per dny. J Visitors who want to see the Big Thicket on their own,' however, are free to do so and rough maps of the. area are available at the Big Thicket Museum in Saratoga. ^These maps fill'In novice naturalists on the fauna and flora they may expect on their tour and give directions to a number of easily acccslble interest points. The museum itsdf Is full of natural and historical exhibits and is open September through May from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. June through August hours are 10 am, to 5:30 p.m. every day except Friday. The museum may be seen any time by appointment. 'Hie museum is a good starting point for an independent tour. In addition to fauna and flora exhibits, a lengthy slide presentation BC plans creative expression course This spring, Brazosport College is initiating a course for people interested in writing lyric poetry, songs, short stories, and creative articles ami essays. The course, entitled Creative Writing <English 2731, is transferrable to senior colleges as a humanities elective and will meet Thursday evenings to allow for students who work during the regular daytime school sessions. A workshop and discussion type atmosphere is-intended as the main thrust of the course. According to the instructor, Hichard Wilcher, "We will present certain techniques of craftsmanship, analyze and discuss them in class, and then students will ftegln'j 1 employing • ilhosib techniques in their.-own' : creative writing." Although the course, officially, requires prerequisites in Freshman English, all interested students can be enrolled by consent of the instructor. "We will not turn anyone away who .has a genuine interest in creative expression." commented Wifcher, "especially people who write as a hobby." Registration for spring semester will be held the second week of January. For further information about English 273, call Richard Wilcher, Brazosport College. 2JS-6I31 Ext. 33. South American Bears The Andean black bear or spectacled bear is the only bear found in South America. It owes its name to the ,fawn-colored ring that en- ,'cjrcles each eye, giving a rather fanciful resemblance to eyeglasses. (( The Perfect Holiday Dress THE ILLUMINATORS HQLIPAYSHAPINOSQF §Y PUPITAN rOBiyii YQUNG that will Iljht up «i/ *<iap'"»t Sparklx pin lot accent, Complexly eUckOni/, SUet 10-M, 12^-24^1 t«nj«h 124,09 nwnlts visitors. This slide show , features many brilliant color pictures of plants and nnlmnls of the thicket under a , variety of conditions and seasons, Included Is a number of slides showing the changes made in the proposed Big Thicket National Park by real estate developments, rice farmers and logging operations. Pork sponsors are trying to stop commercial encroachments by having the area declared a park, The Big Thicket Association maps single out a number of easily accessible highlights, A good example of the thicket's many cypress trees and cypress knee* can be found southwest of Saratoga on KM 770 at Little Pine Island Bayou. Hikers following the snakelike flow of the bayou will be treated to an eerie swamp .setting with the lowering moss-draped cypress trees flanked by numerous knets which are upshoots of the same trees. This marsh environment is also a prime growing place for the Thicket's mushrooms, ferns and molds. A salt marsh, caused by deposits from early oil operations—ashen white and sprinkled with the remains of long-dead but preserved trees— is around three miles down Little Pine Island Bayou. Big Pine Island Bayou, farther down FB770, is an ideal place (or botanical fans to view giant palmetlocs and pin oak trees. Such vegetation can be found by following the sluggish stream for several hundred yards a way from the highway. From there the visitor can proceed along KB 770 to Batson, an early oil town, hit KM 182 and drive about five mites to view the Lobtally Unit which is MB acres of virgin pine timber. An eight mile drive south front Moss Hill on FM l-K will bring visitors to the world's largest holly lr«*. Hyatt Estates between Village Mills and Warren on State 287 is a good place for visitors to view the meat- eating pitcher plants and. in the spring, numerous orchids, ferns and other bog plants, The ghost town of Bragg, once a thriving sawmill community, is another of the tour highlights. Bragg is on KM 1293 and now consists solely of a hotel. Visitors can cross the railroad track and follow the famed Ghost Read south nine miles to Saratoga. The road gels its name from a fearful light sometimes seen dancing at night through the swamps along its course. Old-timers in the area claim it is the ghost of a decapitated brakeman from the old railroad whirling his lantern in search of his head. A more scientific explanation suggests the ghost light is created by glowing phosphate as plant life disintegrates. The Bladderwort-another of the carnivorous, insect eating plants— grows alongside the ghost road in shallow water. Whether visitors hire a guide or prefer to make the tour alone,' the long-lime residents of the thicket agree that one must get off the highways and into the forests to really appreciate the natural beauty of the place. NEXT: The proposals for a park. H. C. Cobb rites Tuesday HOUSTON — Funeral service* for Henry C. Cobb, 70, were held Tue*day at (Joe Niday Funeral Home in Houston. Burial was in the Forest Park Cemetery with the pastor ol the Broadway Baptbt Church officiating. Cobb who was 9 resident ol HomsUmfor W yean had, been 3 resident of the Freeport area at one lime. He was a retiree of the Sinclair Refinery after having worked there (or 35 years. Cobb died Sunday alter g Survivors tactude bis wife, J. D, CoW? of Belial; tbm- ferotijm, C. L. CoW) of Ciult, C, Jl. CoM> tf South W. It Cafeb flf iiiwo, FTSAND cftissr * EXCITEMENT Christmas Cords 99 Wilson Doll HIM rur ut i« oirrwurr mum, •• court*. Football Game EA. S,\VK I3.lt ' 35 IKHT Midget Light Set fol Trod Big EA. 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