Beginner Hiking Tips For Those Weekends Away

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Sour Lake, TX
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Sour Lake, TX

Are you considering a brand-new truck or SUV that can handle road trips and off-road adventures? These beginner hiking tips are key to staying more active this year, especially as spring approaches.

Tell people where you’re going

A lot of places with hiking trails will have their trails rated by difficulty, such as beginner, intermediate, or expert. Pick one close to your comfort level. Keep in mind that even short trails can have a lot of uphill climbing or obstacles. Always remember to let someone know where you’re going for safety.

Be prepared

As a beginner hiker on beginner trails, you won’t need to bring along really heavy-duty equipment. However, a weatherproof backpack loaded with water and healthy snacks and a solid pair of shoes are necessary. Bring along both a map of the trails and an offline digital map.

Take your time

Plan out what time of day and year to go for when you want your experience. Warm, sunny days in the middle of the day are popular times if you want to be around people. Otherwise, try to shoot for a morning hike or schedule your trip for a chillier time of year.

Contact us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you need an outdoorsy vehicle to transport you to and from local hiking destinations. Or, if you need hiking spot recommendations in the Sour Lake area.

 

Traveling Safely with Your Pet in the Car

Dogs in Back of SUV | Sour Lake, TX
Dogs in Back of SUV | Sour Lake, TX

When traveling with a pet, especially during the winter months when road conditions are questionable, it is important to take extra precautions to ensure the protection of your pet during your travels. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the top three tips for traveling safely with your pet.  

  1. Use a pet carrier

According to PetMD.com, the best way to prevent accidental injuries is to stick your pets in a travel crate, no matter their size. One of the most common incidents for pet owners while traveling is an injury to their pet due to an automobile accident. Use an appropriately sized crate for your pet, and fasten the crate down with a seatbelt.

  1. Keep your pets out of the front seat

Don’t keep your pet on your lap or in the passenger seat beside you. Airbags in cars are designed for adult humans, and the force of an airbag deploying is enough to seriously injure your pet. Your safest bet is to fasten them down in a crate in the back seat.

  1. Pack sufficient food and water for the entire trip

Bring enough of both so that your pet will be sufficiently hydrated and fed the entire trip. That way, you can keep them comfortable even when rest stops are few and far between.

Stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you and your furry friends. We’ll help match you with the right model for your pet-focused lifestyle.

Volunteering in Sour Lake This Holiday Season

Volunteering in Sour Lake, TX
Volunteering in Sour Lake, TX

Looking to get off of Santa’s naughty list? Here are some ways to give back to your community by volunteering in Sour Lake and the nearby area.

Serve meals at Port Arthur’s Hospitality Center

Run by Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, the Hospitality Center serves warm meals to those in need. They could use extra volunteers during the holiday season this year.

Buckner Toy Run

Every year, Buckner Children & Family Services aims to deliver toys to children in foster care or who were recently adopted through the Buckner Toy Run. Located in Beaumont, as well as several other Texas locations, Buckner needs volunteers and donations both for the toy run itself as well as for wrapping gifts.

CASA of Southeast Texas

Help abused and neglected children by supporting CASA of Southeast Texas, located in Beaumont. They accept donations and have upcoming events in December for the holidays, such as the Santa Fun Run.

City Wide Club’s Super Feasts

Drive to Houston to spend the day feeding and helping those in need. With events on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve, guests in need are given hot food as well as clothing, shoes, coats, blankets, and flu shots.

Sour Lake Chevrolet wishes you and your families a fantastic holiday season. And remember to call us for any vehicular needs or to set up a winter service appointment for your vehicle.

Fun Family Road Trips Near Sour Lake, Texas

Woman with her labradoodle on a road trip | Sour Lake, TX
Woman with her labradoodle on a road trip | Sour Lake, TX

Sour Lake is the oldest town in Hardin County and colloquially called “The Gateway to the Big Thicket.” Sour Lake is surrounded by the fascinating land, wildlife, and cities of southeast Texas. These family road trips near Sour Lake are sure to delight everyone.

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

 This picturesque stretch of marshes and woods boasts a wide variety of fish and wildlife and is just 70 miles south of Sour Lake. McFaddin has one of the most concentrated population of alligators in Texas. Red drum, alligator gar, and blue catfish frequent the waters here, if you’re into angling. Waterfowl hunting is also allowed.

Big Thicket National Preserve

 If you want to explore a sprawling natural environment, Big Thicket National Preserve is worth a visit. The Beaumont Unit is only 17 miles east of Sour Lake. Whether you want to hike a selection of 40 trails ranging from 0.3 miles to 18 miles roundtrip, fish in Village Creek, camp in the backcountry, or hunt deer, squirrels, rabbits, or hogs, the beautiful grounds of the preserve make the perfect road trip destination.

Houston

 Houston is just over an hour’s drive from Sour Lake. Check out the Space Center to find out more about science and space exploration. Per the website, this venue boasts the largest collections of Moon rocks and spacesuits on public display on the globe. Make sure to grab some tasty food at the famous Pinkerton’s BBQ while you’re in town.

Contact us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you and your family to and from these engaging Texas destinations.

Sour Lake Trunk or Treating at the Sour Lake Heritage Festival

Trick or Treat | Sour Lake, TX

Who says trick or treating is just for kids? This year, come to the Sour Lake Trunk or Treat at the Sour Lake Heritage Festival on Oct. 28 and join us for a wonderful evening the entire family will love. Featuring trunk or treating, music, food, games, hayrides, a car show, and more, this year’s event is bigger and more fun than ever before.

While trick-or-treating around the neighborhood can be a logistical nightmare for parents and kids alike, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival is a simpler way to celebrate the holiday. Located right in downtown historic Sour Lake, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival is free for attendees of all ages.

Kids will love the opportunity to trunk-or-treat at the festival after enjoying games, prizes, haunted hayrides, and a costume contest. Parents along for the evening won’t be left out, though. The Heritage Festival features live music, plenty of great local vendors, and a car show.

This year, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival will run from 6-9 p.m., with hayrides starting at dusk. So bring the whole family and show up early to enjoy this dynamic event right here in Sour Lake.

Contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport your family to and from the festival and other seasonal events this fall.

Camping Accessories for Your Chevrolet Silverado

Family Boating & Camping with 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX
Family Camping & Boating with 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX

You didn’t get a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 just so you could sit back and look at it. You got the most dependable and longest-lasting truck on the road today so that you can fulfill your love of adventure and exploration. If you want to cap off the summer or kick off the autumn by heading out in Sour Lake or beyond in cities like Beaumont and Orange, these camping accessories for your Chevrolet Silverado are must-haves.

Sportz® Camping Tents by Napier

You want to rough it, but wet weather seems poised to prohibit you from pitching your tent on the ground. With Sportz® Camping Tents by Napiers, you have no such problem — you can set up your tent right there in the spacious short box, standard box, or long box of your Silverado. If you have a big party planned, you can hook that up with a Sportz® Link Model 51000 Ground Tent, which turns your truck into a full-blown camping mansion.

All-weather floor liners and splash guards

Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is pretty fancy on the inside, and you do your best to keep it clean. If you’re angling for a weekend of getting down and dirty, you can make sure that dirtiness stays out of your carpeting with several different styles of all-weather floor liner. Want to extend that same courtesy to the handsome exterior of your Silverado? Opt for front and rear splash guards.

There are a ton more camping accessories for your Chevy Silverado to consider, from tonneau covers to trailer hitches. Visit https://accessories.chevrolet.com to browse the available selection or just stop into Sour Lake Chevrolet and we’ll give you a rundown. We can also help you narrow down which accessory you should go with, if you’re having trouble picking just one.

*Dependability based on longevity: 1987–July 2017 full-size pickup registrations.

Chevrolet and Domino’s Team Up to Offer Industry-First In-Vehicle Pizza Ordering Functionality

Pizza | Sour Lake, TX
Pizza | Sour Lake, TX

More than ever, we live our lives on the go. Now, Chevrolet has made it easier than ever to stay on top of your busy day with industry-first in-vehicle pizza ordering, adding a whole new level of convenience to the experience of driving your Chevrolet vehicle.

The new technology is the result of a collaboration between Chevrolet and Domino’s® and is the automakers latest addition to the Chevrolet Marketplace, the auto industry’s first in-vehicle commerce platform.

With Marketplace, Chevrolet drivers will be able to easily place orders at Domino’s Pizza so that their order is ready when they arrive at the store or delivered to their home after they arrive. Additionally, the new feature will allow customers to save custom orders for quick, intuitive ordering while on the go via their Chevrolet touchscreen display.

Marketplace functionality debuted back in December 2017 as a free service for Chevrolet drivers and has seen new features added regularly since then. The system also features the industry’s first embedded in-dash fuel payment capability, allowing drivers to pay for fuel more quickly and easily. Domino’s is the first pizza restaurant to be added to the Marketplace and is available on millions of Chevrolet vehicles form the 2017 model year and newer.

For more information about this exciting partnership, contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Come to the Annual City of Beaumont Fourth of July Celebration

4th of July Cupcakes | Sour Lake, TX
4th of July Cupcakes | Sour Lake, TX

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the whole family, why not come to the City of Beaumont’s annual Fourth of July Celebration? It’s the 33rd year in a row the Event Centre in Beaumont has brought this event to the city. While the fireworks will, of course, take center stage, there is plenty more for everyone to do for an evening of fun and festivities.

 

When and Where?

On July 4, the celebration starts at 5:00 PM at the Downtown Event Centre Lake. The Symphony of Southeast Texas will begin playing at 8:00 PM, followed by the fireworks show shortly after at 9:00 PM.

 

What Will Be There?

Besides fireworks, there will be tons of activities. Visitors will have access to local food trucks if they get hungry, live music performances, and a Budweiser beer garden. If you’re looking for kid-friendly fun, the Rotary Centennial Playground is also available for little ones to play on.

 

What Can I Bring?

As a free event, guests only need to bring enough money for food and beverages. Aside from that, you can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers. No outside alcohol is permitted, but snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are.

 

Contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet for more ways to celebrate Independence Day.

Outdoor Summer Activities in Sour Lake, Texas

2019 Chevy Colorado Summer Activities | Sour Lake, TX
2019 Chevy Colorado Summer Activities | Sour Lake, TX

Summer is the best time to get out of the house and have some fun! Here are our recommendations for some outdoor summer activities in the Sour Lake, Texas area.

 

Fourth of July Celebrations

Nothing says summer more than celebrating Independence Day with big fireworks and delicious food. Events like the Texas Bud Heat Wave 5 Mile Run and the Beaumont Fourth of July Celebration give you the opportunity to get outside, get active, or just kick back and enjoy some freedom.

 

Outdoor Recreation

If you want something you can do any day of the week, Sour Lake offers plenty of nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation. Go hiking or fishing at Village Creek State Park or any of the many parks and local nature preserves in the area. Campsites are everywhere, whether you want to use a tent, RV, or cabin. You can even head to Coastal Paddler for a day out in a canoe or kayak.

 

Off-Roading

Whether you have a Chevy truck that can go off-road, an ATV, or a dirt bike, Sour Lake is located near a number of off-roading parks, especially once you get closer to the Houston area. Be sure to stick to the park rules and stay safe!

 

Our team at Sour Lake Chevrolet loves to explore our area and have as much fun as possible during the summertime. Give us a visit and let us know what your recommendations are.

Spring Clean Your Car At Sour Lake Chevrolet

Spring Clean Your Car | Sour Lake, TX
Spring Clean Your Car | Sour Lake, TX

Spring cleaning doesn’t just have to apply to just the house. You can extend that once-a-year TLC to your everyday items, like your car. We have some top tips for what you should do when you spring clean your car, so you can make it sparkle like new this spring.

Catch Up With Maintenance

This is one of the less fun parts of cleaning, but you’ll feel much better if your vehicle runs as well as it looks, so have our professionals here at Sour Lake Chevrolet catch it up to speed on routine maintenance.

Wash the Bottom

When you hose down your vehicle to rinse off all the extra dirt and grime, make sure you include the undercarriage. In many parts of the U.S., vehicles pick up road salt from the winter snow. Even here in Sour Lake, dust and dirt makes an impact on the underside of your car.

Wash Wheels and Windows Last

While you’re washing the rest of your vehicle, the grime will just run down onto windows and wheels, so it helps to wait to clean those at the end so you can make them really shine.

Finishing Touches

When the exterior is done, make sure you replace your wiper blades, deep-clean the interior (including the trunk), and wrap it up with a fresh coat of polymer-based wax for long-term protection.

For more tips on how to spring clean your car, be sure to stop into Sour Lake Chevrolet.