The Gulfshore at last!

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Colonia del Rey RV Park

Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, February 21, 2011

We left San Antonio fairly early with calm winds and high clouds.  The trip totaled about 160 miles.  As we travelled, the winds picked up quite a bit, but with my "wind experience", there was no problem keeping Shorty between the lines.  The land is primarily made up of rolling hills with no grade to speak of.  I usually only drive between fifty-five and sixty miles an hour.  This keeps the mileage reasonable for a rig of it's size.  We did fine until we were approaching our turn-off and a small red car pulling a trailer about the same size as the car, started to pull out about a hundred feet in front of us.  Thankfully, Shorty has a stout horn.  I utilized it and the car abruptly pulled back on the shoulder.  I'm thinkin' that they may still be there waiting for a clear lane.  Got the old ticker workin' real well.  I have learned that to be able to drive safely, I have to remain calm and attentive... and pray as needed.

We settled into Colonia del Rey RV park with temperatures in the upper seventies and clear skies.  According to a staff member, the winds are a bit high due to a front moving in tonight and should bring some rain showers tomorrow.  But, we have indoor plans to take care of any weather problems.

Rather than waste away the day, we went exploring for our next camping spot.  First, we drove about twenty miles southwest to Mustang Island State Park.  They have about fifty sites within walking distance of the beach.  That's where the first beach photos were taken.  The seagull is a new variety for me.  I checked it out on my iBird app on the phone and came up with Bonaparte's Gull.  Very different with no annoying screech to deal with.  The temperature is cooler near the water.  The park ranger warned us that with rain, come mosquitoes.  We left the repellant at home to rest, so we'll have to pick some up to ward off the nasty little beasts.

We then drove about fifteen miles to the end of the paved highway on Padre Island.  Here we found the Padre Island National Seashore. With the Geezer Pass in hand, we entered free, as always.  The campground here is a dry camp, meaning no water or electric hook-ups, but located directly on the beach, sheltered by a large dune.  Lynnie, not the warmest-blooded of individuals, prefers the campground at Mustang Island.  I have a feeling that's where we'll go next.  There are droves of birds here along the water and along the inland wetlands. We saw lots of fishermen where either wading or sitting on the shore.  This moved Lynnie to ask a park attendant where we could get some good fish.  She recommended a fellow named Paul, who has a van on the road near our camp.  We stopped by to find that he's not there during the week.  We tracked him down, however, and bought some prepared flounder stuffed with crab and a half-dozen fresh oysters.

We just finished the baked flounder a bit ago and it was delicious.  The stuffing has a bit of sweet taste to it, due to the crab, as I remember.  Tomorrow night we'll have the oysters, cooked on the Weber.  Another day in paradise!

If the weather is wet, we plan on visiting and touring the Lexington.  She's an aircraft carrier commissioned during WWII.  It was recommended to us by our friend Ralph from Helena.  Yes, there are more of us... all a bit crazy, but creative in our own right.

It's great to be near the water again.  Lynn's hair has a Brillo Pad effect, but we're saving power on the curling iron!  Thanks for stopping by you loyal Blogees.  I'll be typing at you tomorrow...
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