Nichola/Mikey/Mustang Island State Park, TX

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
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Monday, March 18, 2013

1.       Monday, March 18   Yesterday when we came back from the St. Patriots Day parade at River Walk I had an email that asked where we were and if we were not in San Antonio there was a rig, bikes that looked exactly like ours.  Nichola and Mickey is a couple- he is from England and she is from New York City and Australia that we met in the fall of 2011 in Vermont.  We met at the Wildflower Farm for a night, then again at North Beach in Burlington and then again at Smugglers Notch State Park near Stowe.  They were just starting to camp and travel in the US in a new Reyo RV painted all chocolate.  I have followed their blog but they stopped moving for awhile while Mickey had to go back to England and also they have a boat in the Caribbean which they sailed on for two months this winter.  Very interesting couple!  They had pulled into the same campground in San Antonio on Saturday and were leaving on Monday like us but headed to Austin to stay where we did.  Nichola spotted our camper and twice they came over but we weren't there –one time we were on bikes looking for them after we realize that they were at this campground.  Finally we got together again, drank some wine, exchanged stories about travels and had a great evening.  Last summer Nicohola was hired as an official photographer for a dude ranch and they asked her to come back again for four months this summer.

          Left this morning after another goodbye to Nichola and Mikey and headed towards Mustang Island right across the bay from Corpus Christie in TX.   We arrived around 11:30 this morning and checked in.  I reviewed the campground below but one thing I need to mention is that this is a very popular birding site.  Birds in the spring and fall migrating north or south stop on this island for awhile and then head out.  While we were standing on the beach about 40 Pelicans flying in a single curvy line flew right over our heads flying north.  What a sight!

We walked the beach and because this is a barrier island seaweed, shark eggs, logs and items that don’t belong there wash up on the beach.  It is pretty though.

    Later on in the afternoon John and Ty drove in to join us for the night and tomorrow night when we move to Padre Island – hope to get sites there because it is only first come first serve.

Tonight we are watching the sky for some comets that heading over us.  The moon was already half way up in the sky at 6pm.  Hot, humid today but nice breeze here.

  

Monday, March 18.  Mustang Island State Park, Mustang Island, TX.  This part costs us $20 with a Texas State Park Pass and if we stay another night it would have been cheaper.  There are 48 sites on a parking lot with another three or four hosts sites.  All sites have water and electricity and a little cover for the picnic table.  There are also a number of primitive sites right on the beach mostly for those tenting.  The park has hot showers, picnic shelters on the beach, swimming and fishing.  The sites aren’t bad and within walking distance to the beach.   This is one of the few undeveloped barrier island habitats on the entire Texas Gulf coast.   Wild mustangs used to roam here.  The Gulf of Mexico is on one side of this thin strand of land and the Corpus Christi Bay on the other.  Everything washes ashore here as this island protects the mainland from hurricanes.  This is a big birding area and in the spring and fall birds can be seen migrating north or south.  It is about ten miles north of Padro Island National Seashore.
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Bradford on

Great blog mom! We still want more photos with you actually in them though!

Linda on

Karen--I agree with Brad--we are only seeing George in the pictures--your turn.
I love following this trip-I only wish we were with you.
I am surprised by the lack of trees in many places.

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