Rick Screwed Up Again

Trip Start Oct 19, 2005
Trip End Apr 25, 2006

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Friday, November 11, 2005

5 November 2005 (written this date)

Arrived in Port Aransas around 2:30 p.m., 3 Nov (83F). Donned shorts, sandals and sleeveless tops and caught some rays (after set up, including the barby, of course).

Port Aransas is on Mustang Island which is a barrier sand reef that is one of many stretching from Galveston, Texas to Mexico. You access this island via a bridge and one of six 20-car ferries that operate continually. It has a population of about 3300+ (unknown during the winter migration of snow birds) and is recognized as the center of the US sport fishing industry. The beaches, jetties and wharfs are inundated with fisher people (ha ha) striving to catch flounder, shark, marlin, red snapper, kingfish, spotted trout, amberjack, etc, etc. Shrimp can be purchased between $6-$8/lb. at the marina or at other seafood outlets. (At $8. they are as big as some lobster tails). Dolphins frolic in the sea and provide all kinds of enjoyment.

Port Aransas is a haven for birdwatchers. The area Birding Centers are on a flight path that attracts white and brown pelicans, black bellied whistling ducks, and herons, cranes, and gulls of many species. (My bird book doesn't identify them all or well.) The resident alligator that we saw (eek) was 12 to 15 feet long and apparently lives in harmony with the birds. The ocean caters to a whole bunch of other birds that we cannot identify. Grackles frequent the RV park and have the weirdest call imaginable. It sounds like someone is rolling bolts or nuts in a cup. According to the natives of the area they are the local pest!

The beach is footsteps from our unit and stretches for 20+ miles. You can drive on it, camp on it or just walk it......whatever suits your fancy. Camping is $6. for the year (restricted to three days at a time and a 14-day absence), parking is the same (unrestricted). There is a free trolley that runs every hour up and down the beach, through the town and to the birding centers, the marina, etc. You can hop a flexi-bus for 50 cents that takes you to Corpus Christie (26 mi) which is quite a large center.

It is a beautiful spot. The patio on our unit faces the ocean. The breeze off the Gulf cools the trailer despite the 80-90 deg temp. Tomorrow we leave for Alamo, in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Adios amigos.
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