Feathers, ferries and Fulton
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All that said it's nice then when we do go off and do something... today we began by joining local birdwatchers on the boardwalk, not at dawn this time but at 9am. They provide the knowledge and the 'scopes' for viewing; however the fact that we were the only ones in shorts soon became apparent when the local mozzies arrived for a juicy breakfast!
That said it was brill; although I love the wildlife I've no idea what a lot of what I'm observing is! Well I now know I've seen green winged teals, blue winged teals, neotropical cormorants, American Avocet's etc etc Malc watched a harrier skim over the reeds looking for his breakfast. At the end they thanked us for coming, only in America!
So after a relatively early start we were on the road heading for the Fulton Mansion just 30 or so miles to the north of where we're staying.
This means we got to use the ferry that connects the north end of the island with the mainland at Aransas Pass.
We arrived a little early for the tour so ate our lunch on the lawn overlooking Aransas Bay, watching the pelican parade.
The Fulton beach area had some wonderful houses, would we live here? Yes if it wasn't so vulnerable, low and exposed.
Our tour was delightful, our very well informed docent had no one to impress but us! Malc was suitably intrigued by the structure of this wooden house, it helps to explain why it has managed to withstand hurricanes and floods and even a spell as an RV park would you believe! Cleverly after spending millions of dollars on reclaiming the property, they left one room untouched so you can see exactly what's underneath.
From here we continued north to Goose Island - don't you just love the name? More causeways and bridges. A state park where you can camp right beside the oyster shell beach. (we might well do this when we move on ) We like the area very much; it's a bit more interesting than the bland beach at Mustang. Have you ever seen a pier with a 'hump'?
We rounded of the day with a visit to a big tree, well we couldn't resist the sign, turned out to be a corker...