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Monday, January 31, 2011

A Day of Discovery In Coastal Bend Country

This past week Ivan and I decided to take a little round trip up island and see what there was to see, with no specific agenda.First,after crossing a small waterway,we found that we were now on Mustang Island headed for the resort town of Port Aransas,an area with several RV parks and one State Park,which we checked out for future reference.Then we took a small ferry ride back to the mainland over to Aransas Pass.

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And up through the towns of Rockport/Fulton,(no pic’s) but another pretty resort area, only a little larger,and a spot I would seriously consider for next winters hunker down time.The area has many nice looking RV parks,most with an abundance of shade trees.

Then it was over the causeway and bridge across Capano Bay to Goose Island State Park for another future reference look-see.

A thing of note,due to the local terrain,everywhere you travel in this coastal area,you travel over dozens of bridges and causeways like this,and there just seems to be no end to the spots where you can pull off along the shoreline of the many bays and waterways.Having a boat in this part of the world,I would say is a must.Even many of the newer homes just about everywhere you look have waterways and boat docks at their back door instead of a dusty laneways like most places.

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The Goose Island State Park campground was almost full.It has two camping areas,one back in the woods,very private where you cant even see your neighbour,or like the photo above and on the right,out along the beach with a beautiful view.

From there we moved on a little further north to the entrance to the--

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Where really you need more time to explore and enjoy what there is to see,but this part of the tour wasn’t really planned….It just happened….Actually my long range plan was to make a special all day trip here,…..So next time…Actually we did cover a lot of ground in the short time we had in the refuge.

The main thing was to see the Whooping Cranes from the viewing stand(pic above) but they were not to be seen this day.Many other varieties were out on the bay but the distance was really disappointing and you really needed a spotting scope.There was a spotting scope but it was surrounded with folks who didn't seem to want to give it up.There were many Rosette Spoonbills,but as my photo shows,full 20X zoom really wasn't enough.Thank goodness we at least had some binoculars.


But we did visit a small lake nearby in the refuge, because Ivan wanted to go “Dancing with the crocks.”We found one over on the other side but he wasn't in a dancing mood.

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So it was time to head back,this time through Corpus Christi,McDonalds,and home to the beach.I will again put my little area map up to show the lay of the land that we covered.


I want to finish this post off with some of my wanderings along our beach here,first off showing a beautiful Texas sunrise out of the Gulf of Mexico.

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And some of the shorebird scene.The one standing on one leg (left pic) actually, I believe has only one leg, because even though they were all at one time standing on one leg….This one hopped away on one leg when I approached…..The others walked away on two legs. The second photo is of (I believe) a Gull Billed Tern.

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There were many of them hanging around with an equally large flock of Royal Terns seen below.

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We all want a tern.


So!…..By the time that I post this entry,I will be a long way from the beach,as I said my goodbyes to Ivan and Hailey his guard cat on Saturday morning. My present location as I post this, is already 600 miles away,so I travel in stealth mode to……….?


  1. Say, that's quite a Tern of events heading off in stealtlh mode. For sure we will have to wait our Tern as well now to see where you Tern up next. Ok, Tern off the road, Tern up your radio's volume & listen for that great Byrds sone of the 60's, Tern Tern Tern. And, did you know that one good Tern deserves another & that is why there has been such a population explosion in the Tern community. Quite a Tern of events in the bird world I would say. OK, I'll Tern myself off now......Turtles:))

  2. Who terned Al on... looks like you had a nice day...

  3. Hey Al, everyone wanted a Tern on that pun!

    Are you heading back north now Willy?

    Love the pics!!! It's -39 with a -52 windchill here today. Yikes.
    Just a reminder of what you are missing...

  4. Oh my goodness... how many terns do you get???
    Fun post and even fun comments!!! LOL
    Have fun & travel safe

  5. Great pictures. Port Aransas is my favorite place to camp!

  6. Interesting Tern of events ;) lol yes I had to get in on it too

  7. Let's plan for a visit of this great place and discover new places over here. Thanks!
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