our hunt in Gonzales, TX and our plan was to head south toward
South Padre Island and from there, to the west to Laredo.
is on the border and would offer an interesting contrast to the
areas where we usually travel.
The photos below are what we saw.
we encountered huge fields of wild flowers with bright,
nearly painful, colors. The patch above was a particularly
close shot of the red flowers. I do not know the formal
the common name for that matter.
flowers had a totally different structure.
south until we hit Port Lavaca on the Gulf Coast. We
located a camp site right on the water, so we took it at
Beach. From our
site, we could see a large causeway to the north east of our
was right on the beach and could not have been closer to the water
without getting wet.
some attractive women in view. Most of the bathers I saw
look rather odd in a bikini, if not downright offensive.
Lavaca, we headed for Mustang Island State Beach, right on the
coast. To get there, we had to take a ferry and we loaded
so we had a front row seat to the passage across the
of the other ferries is visible in the upper right of the photo
I walked to the top of a near-by dune and got a shot of our spot on the beach. The white object on the horizon is a fog horn that added an interesting mystique to the evening hours.
a nice camp. On the beach the park had installed
potable water faucets and showers. But, sadly, the showers
just "rinse off" showers and therefore cold. Best of all, it
clean. We would definitely go back again.
we headed to Corpus Christi to see the sights and visit a
friend. From Corpus, we headed south toward South Padre
right on the Mexican border. Along the way, we overtook this
motor pulling a sizable train headed south to Brownsville. I
think the trains have limited their speed at 55 mph and we just
monument to the Padre on South Padre Island. This statue is
the south limit of the island. We stopped for lunch and then
toured the island.
On our tour of the island, we came upon this amphibious vehicle, so we pulled over for a photo.
as far north on the island as the road would allow, then headed
back south on the beach. There was trash everywhere, every
can full to overflowing and trash blowing in the wind. It
that there was a Mexican holiday, and the partying was intense.
this utility truck that was stuck in the sand, so we were going
to pull him out if the forklift failed. But he was not that
stuck and the fork got him out on the first try.
When we hit the south end of the island again, we decided to stop early for the day. We stayed at a nice KOA there and did laundry and chores. From our camp, we had a commanding view of the long causeway that connects South Padre with the mainland.
From South Padre, we headed inland toward Laredo to see a friend of Kathleen's who lives there. Along the way, we passed through Mercedes. And you thought it was only a car brand!
way to Laredo, we decided to stop over at Falcon Reservoir.
We were exploring one of the roads to Falcon Dam and nearly made
mistake of crossing over the dam, which would have put us into
Mexico. That would have been bad, since we had our hunting
We chose an RV park that was right on Falcon Lake. There was plenty of wildlife out at dusk. This park was no exception to that rule.
some time talking with one of the park visitors that was from
Argentina. She stated that Falcon Lake has world-class bass
fishing and that she and her husband fish daily. Above is a
of their boat after they launched it.
we were talking to was Monica, and she was the driver for the boat
launch. She had clearly done this before (like every
Kathleen took a photo of me taking the previous photo.
were leaving the park, we encountered a bunch of Prickly Pear
that were just coming into bloom.
Lake, we headed into Laredo and encountered a large collection
of Texas Rangers and Border Patrol personnel. We were passed
several large passenger vans with tinted windows earlier and it
that they were transporting illegals from a pickup point near
got to Laredo, we had lunch with a friend from Kathleen's
days. Above is Kathleen and Rafael Garcia. Rafael
liked the mog. But most "real men" do, so that was not much
From Laredo, we headed back north toward Corpus Christi and then toward San Antonio. At one of our stops, I spotted the nice flower above.
I shot this nice red and yellow blossom.
we camped at the state park at Lake Corpus Christi. The
park was nice, clean and well cared for. Many of the camp
picnic areas had gazebos to provide sun protection. While
issue for us, I am sure that in a few months they would be very
San Antonio, you have to visit the Alamo (state law). We
decided to see the IMAX show first before visiting the actual
site. After the movie, the physical site was somewhat
underwhelming. Historically relevant, no doubt, but the size
belies the importance of the site.
was totally surprised by the size of some of the oak trees at the
site. This one was huge.
trees were filled with squirrels that knew how to work the
the cactus at the site had odd looking shoots.
finished at the Alamo, we decided to hike over to the "River Walk"
along the San Antonio River. The area has been developed
nice walking experience. In the river, there were tour boats
well as "booze cruises" where they served liquor and food.
chose a restaurant right on the edge of the river and had a nice
Antonio, we headed north toward Austin to visit a work mate from
Musicmatch days. Along the way, we camped on the outskirts
Antonio and then along the Guadalupe River outside of New
Braunfels. Our camp at Braunfels was first rate, we were
the water's edge with nobody close. We had a great view of
cliffs on the other side of the river.
our friends Kevin and Melody in Austin and then headed east
toward Houston to meet another work mate. Along the way, we
stopped at Lake Bastrop and again got a great camp site in an
area. Above is a shot of the large grassy areas behind our
we continued east to Brazos Bend State Park. I was
surprised to spot a 'gator on the banks of the lake.
tried to get a bit closer for a better shot, but he spotted me but
not bolt. In the shot above, he is blinking. Note the
covering over the eyes that helps him remain stealthy while
had some nice big trees that were covered in Spanish Moss adding
some additional ambiance.
of the trip we met some great folks and stayed at a few really
spots. This section of Texas is very scenic and is worth
extended visitation to get the full flavor. In fact, we may
a trip to this area of the state as the focus of the
There are many state parks in this part of the state and the parks
nice and in good repair. Brazos Bend was quite nice and the
trees were a real treat. Tomorrow, we head into Houston to
another work mate from Muze days and from there, back to the gulf
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