It’s time to pull up stakes and roll out-of-town as our stay in Rockport, Texas has come to an end, rather reluctantly I might add. The month of January seems to have flown by. As I scroll through all my photos, I realize I still have more to share about the Texas Gulf Coast.
Although the majority of my time was spent in the Rockport area, I did venture into the city of Corpus Christi and over to Mustang Island. Al and I are somewhat familiar with the area and it doesn’t take long for us to easily reacquaint ourselves.
Years ago, long before moi, Al was stationed at the Naval Base in Corpus Christi and learned how to fly on and off the USS Lexington. The Lex has since been taken out of commission and turned into a museum. Hmm, wonder if that makes Al feel old? I have to admit, I was surprised to see how small the USS Lexington is in comparison to other aircraft carriers I’ve personally seen.
In my humble opinion, it either takes a large set of cojones or stupidity to land an airplane on such small square footage. Hubby insists I note; “he is not stupid” 😉
Moving on…..I cross the bridge and find myself in downtown Corpus Christi. All along the shore is a park like setting complete with a wide concrete walkway. Further down Ocean Drive are parks and beaches that I’m sure are crowded during warmer weather months.
I’m drawn to all the boats docked in the Corpus Christi Marina. I’m a huge fan of boating, although partial to fresh water, but never the less it’s always fun to check out the various watercraft……almost as much fun as checking out RV’s.
The city of Corpus Christi offers several museums as well as a state aquarium. Even though we did spend an entire month in this part of Texas, I kept very busy and therefore did not have the opportunity to visit any of the museums myself. Busy doing what you ask…….well posing…..naked in Corpus.I’d say a rather nude likeness of myself, wouldn’t you agree? Yay, yay, yay…..in my dreams, but hey, that could be my long tresses blowing in the wind. From downtown Corpus Christi, I head over to Mustang Island where a friend and I share lunch on the beach. This is the beach my mom and dad fell in love with years ago. After traveling around the country in their motorhome, they settled in at the Pioneer RV Resort near Port Aransas. It’s easy to understand why they spent 6 months in northern Illinois and six months in Port A, quickly becoming ‘winter Texans’. Well, maybe I don’t understand the 6 months in Illinois, but I won’t go there.The beach is gorgeous on Mustang Island and just doesn’t end, not that you’d want it to. Did you know you can even boondock on the beach? Yep, park your RV on some packed down sand and set up house. Just be forewarned, it doesn’t take long for the corrosive effects of salt spray to take hold on your equipment. Our bikes are sporting a fair amount of that lovely rust color that we’ll need to tackle as soon as we return to the desert.After a great lunch of fried shrimp and fish and a nice long walk on the beach, it’s time to return to Rockport and experience another first for me. I take Highway 361 toward Aransas Pass and although the map looks like I’ll be crossing via a bridge…. NOT. I get to take a ferry. It’s a very short ferry ride and actually takes longer to load or unload than the ferry ride itself.
I’m the first vehicle on the right with no vehicles behind me. Vehicles and RV’s of all sizes take the ferry. You can see an Airstream trailer on the ferry next to me.
I really enjoyed my day of explorations and would highly recommend this scenic loop. I barely touched the surface of all the things to see and do in the Corpus Christi area. I think it’s a safe assumption to say, “I’ll be back”.
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