The Lure of the Sea

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Mustang Island State Park

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

We took a short ride today after shopping and getting gas for the Soob’.  Paying $2.95 a gallon here in Corpus Christi.  We’ve paid as high as $3.17 when I wasn’t paying attention, so this is much better.  We were about ready to leave the park when a staff person, a woman, showed up at the door and told us we needed to pay for a third night.  I explained that we had only stayed two nights.  She was quite determined that we hadn’t, but Lynnie showed her the receipt… two nights with the correct dates.  She took the receipt and went back to the office to check it out.  She returned a bit later, agreeing that we were right.  The best she could come up with was “My bad.”  Whatever that means.  If she had been a younger person, I could have appreciated her tone, but yada, yada, yada.  I digress.  I got over my POedness and went on.

We left after hooking up Sooby and gassed up Shorty before heading off.  The Mustang Island State Park, where I now sit and type, is only about twenty miles from our last park.  There’s no WiFi at the campsite, so I’m writing this in a word-type program and will cut and paste it later to the Blog.

Lynnie packed us a lunch and we drove a short distance to the beach.  Since our first excursion a few days ago, huge amounts of some sort of vegetation has washed up there.  No smell, only different.  There were droves of Bonaparte Gulls nearby and when I broke out my sandwich, they converged on us.  They must have a highly developed sense of smell!  The patiently watched as I consumed my lunch, making lots of noise, but keeping their distance.  We saw a few other species of birds which the photos show.  I have no IDs for them, but they were fast walker and fast feeders.  We were amazed also at how these gulls feed by throwing themselves into the water from about ten feet above.  New for us… I didn’t detect any food in their mouthes, so perhaps they do it for sport!  Not much else for a bird to do out here except nap and fly around.  We stayed a couple of hours and enjoyed the cool breeze off of the water and the warm sun.  It was about seventy degrees there and I see that it’s eighty in Corpus Christi.  Nice here.  We got our propane tank on Shorty filled onsite by a guy from Buster’s Propane.  He mentioned that often folks ask when the weather is going to get nice.  He mentioned that just after they leave in April, the good weather starts.  Poor planning, I say.  Today is the perfect day… near seventy five at camp with a clear blue sky and a light breeze.  Not bad, eh?  We’ll barbecue on the Weber tonight; pork chops with a rub that Lisa gave us for Christmas.  All in all, it’s a great place to camp; quiet and warm and no snow to shovel.  Lynnie’s out sitting in her fold-up rocker and reading… with a jacket on, of course.  It isn’t REALLY hot yet.  More to come.  We’ll heat northeast tomorrow to a park south of Galveston.  Seems like Glen Campbell had a song about that town or am I dreaming.  I know one of you will send me the link to agree with or disprove my guess… ain’t technology grand?

Oh yea, the sunburn… appeared awhile after I wrote the first part of this… how soon we forget.
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