Camping Along the Texas Coast

by William Mclaughlin March. 07, 2014 948 views

We left you last at Padre Island, which is about as far south in Texas as you can go. We splurged and got a beautiful head-in spot at the KOA there. As you see, we had our own patio and deck …

… and a view of the Laguna Madre! What a great place to camp. It was foggy the whole time we were there, but that's okay. We had a wonderful, restful couple of days.

The closest road to the Gulf of Mexico is pretty far inland, but our destination the next night was just north of Corpus Christi, and the road heads back out toward the beach. Going across the bay at Corpus Christi, the fog was thick as pea soup!

A few miles further north, and we found our campsite at Goose Island State Park. Boy, do we like Texas State Parks. VERY nice! Our motorhome is the darker one, second from the left.

Standing in front of the motorhome and looking to the right. What a great place!

One of the days we were at Goose Island we drove up the road several miles to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. There's a road that loops around through the park, with several places to pull off and (hopefully) see some of the wildlife. At our first stop after the information center, we saw an alligator! I know it's hard to see, but trust me … it's there!

We hung out with a group of Amish visitors who had some pretty nice birding scopes. They helped us locate a few birds, and we did our best to get pictures. We both had our long lenses on, but the birds were still pretty far away.

Roseate spoonbills, a blue heron in the middle, at least one white heron, and Heaven Only Knows what else. We're photographers, not birders, but it was fun to try!

Here's a great blue heron sitting around on a nest in the midst of some pretty spectacular reeds. We've seen a lot of this very tall and fluffy grass in Texas.

We took Mandy for a little walk down a dock, which she seems to like a lot, and saw three herons fishing in the shallows.

There were two towers, one 20 feet and one 40 feet, and we went to the top of them both to look out over the wetlands. Here's a white heron fishing …

… and here it is flying away. (I know it's a lot of birds, but hey … that's what we were doing, so you get to see it all!) LOL!

After four days at Goose Island we headed north again. This is definitely oil country!

We had to go inland again to go north, and then headed back out toward the Gulf at Freeport. Our route took us through Surfside Beach and up the Bluewater Highway. This is what the houses look like on the barrier islands. This is hurricane country!

Everywhere we looked … even the bigger, fancy houses were up on pilings.

We had to cross the toll bridge at San Luis Pass to get from here to Galveston Island. It's only two dollars, but Tara had to get out of the motorhome in order to get the money in the toll drawer! The drawer was really low, even for a car. Sitting at the height of an 18-wheel truck driver, there was no way to get the money in that little drawer! It was a narrow lane, but we made it through!

And here's the view from our campsite on Galveston island. We never did walk on the beach here … it was too cold and drizzly during most of our stay … but we never tire of being at the beach.

In our next post, we'll tell you more about our time in Galveston. See you soon! :)

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