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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Well here we are still on Mustang a couple of days after we planned to leave, why?  I hear you ask, have they decided to stay put? Have they got too lazy to move on?
Actually we find ourselves in somewhat of a familiar situation, waiting for post!! It happened in Calgary when we had ordered a fan/lap tray for the computer and then again in Albuquerque when we were waiting for a parcel from Leo & Nat. That one missed us and ended up getting re directed to our good friends in NH and they forwarded it on to us here. It's just one of those little things that you have to get used to when you have no 'fixed abode'; trying to time deliveries for where you are intending to be! Or trying to make sure they are ordered in good time to arrive before you leave, taking into account any public holidays along the way. Anyhow said Fedex delivery finally arrived today, so we now have a product to protect the front of Toad as he dutifully follows us in all kinds of weather.
In our time at 'Pioneer' (this campsite) we have actually moved twice, occupying site 192,183 and now 137 so you see we have been on the road albeit for a few yards each time! Sadly my record keeping has lapsed as I neither took note of the mileage or the time taken in either case:) Tomorrow when we make our way to Austin things will be back to normal. Whilst it has been pleasant to put down roots so to speak, I think we are both ready to move on, leaving the winter Texans to their busy lives, but not leaving Texas. It is the longest time we have spent anywhere, it was a good choice. The site is smart, the people friendly, the beach incomparable, not least because of the marine life ( and death) we found on it. 

Though the ever changing weather has been unexpected. We have had a couple of days that I would class as cold, a few days with uncomfortable levels of humidity  but most of the time it has been pleasant. Toad has been washed twice since we've been here as it's a very salty atmosphere and Malc has hosed off all of Bree including the underneath before we leave. The one constant has been the wind, as I write this, gusts give us a 'wobble' every now and then.
We haven't been into Corpus Christi much, who needs cities? However we did take a wander along Ocean Drive, the kind of equivalent to Sandbanks in Poole I suppose. Some amazing houses, with equally amazing views of the bay.

 But only a couple of blocks back from them, you find a quite different kind of residence.

The picturesque marina was peaceful, I thought it could have been somewhere on the Med, however can you imagine Bournemouth Council allowing free unrestricted parking in a comparable spot?

 One of the parks along this stretch of ocean front was actually quite busy though the photos don't show this, people were picnicking - BBQ's provided! Playing chess, football - though not the Beckham kind that's the domain of the fairer sex over here! They watching their kids in the playground, there was a skateboard park and even an amphitheatre and a fishing pier. Oh yes and did I mention the free parking?

Port Aransas, about 4 miles up the road is very 'tropical' funny that! Palm trees, wonderful sunsets and the inevitable touristy things. 
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