Thursday, October 27, 2011

Port Aransas

On Monday we headed out to see what there was to see in Port Aransas.  It is definately a tourist town but we found some really nice places to stop and look at the water and see if anybody was catching any fish.  Our first stop was Ancel Brundrett Pier.  Most of there piers are small and you fish free.  There wasn't much happening there except this big ship that passed us.

We went to the City Park and it also had a little pier.  People were fishing off the pier and off the bank.  The most interesting thing here was this pelican that appeared to be just waiting to have his picture taken and some turtles swimming right beside the rocks.  I took pictures of them but you can't see them in the water.

When we left there we went down Beach Drive and drove out on the beach just because we could.  You can't drive on NC beaches like you can in Texas.  So while in Texas do as the Texans do.

Then it was off to find something to eat.  We wanted seafood and Tom the workamper who escorted us to our sight said Kody's was a good place for seafood.  We both had a fish and shrimp combo basket and it was delicious.  We were really craving seafood.  Haven't had any good seafood since we left the NC coast in March.

After lunch we rode down to the Horace Caldwell Pier.  There was only a few people fishing and they weren't catching any fish but we found another pelican just waiting for a picture so we couldn't resist.  They are so neat.

We went back to the campground and decided to go and sit out on the beach for a while and then back to the rig for sandwiches.

Tuesday we drove to the Padre Island National Seashore.

 Lee has a Senior National Park Pass and a Passport to your National Parks book.  We get in free with the park pass and we get stamps for the book at each park.  Right now the Texas coast has red tide which is killing the fish and makes peoples nose burn, eyes burn and causes a cough.  The red tide appeared to be worse there than it was in Port Aransas.  There was a lot of dead fish.  The beach there is very dirty. They say it is because the currents in the Gulf of Mexico wash object from all over the world onto the beach.  They say they clean it daily.  The drive there and back was beautiful.  It is miles and miles of flat land and dunes. When we left there we drove back to Padre Island (not the National Seashore) and had lunch at Doc's.

We both had clam chowder and a salad because we were making Shrimp Creole for dinner.  Our friends Dick and Judy had invited us for dinner before we left West and Dick made Shrimp Creole and gave us the recipe.  It turned out really good for the first time.

We had decided we would go to the beach on Wednesday but not before I did our laundry.  I got laundry done and we had a great afternoon on the beach.  This morning we hooked up to head to Livingston.

We had to take the ferry from Port Aransas to Aransas Pass.  We weren't quite sure about that but it was okay. This was a first.  We took up almost one side of the ferry.

The drive to Livingston was great except for Houston.  Glad we weren't there during rush hour.  We are staying at the Escapees Park here.  Thank you for following us on our adventure.


  1. Love the pictures and updates. Guess y'all will be gone from the Houston area (since Escapees is past our son's house in Tomball), so we won't see y'all this time (unless you stopped on the way). See ya!

  2. Love the new blog header! Great pic of the two of you!! :)

    I would be a little nervous about taking a ferry with the fiver too - although I imagine we will at some point.

  3. I'm taking notes :) Great to have a restaurant or 2 on our list already. We are not looking forward to going through Houston on our way down there. We lived in Houston for 10 years back in the 80's. Traffic was horrible then, I can't imagine what it's like now. If you have any tips, please share :)
    That shrimp creole looked excellent!

  4. Yikes..the ferry! Sounds like you're enjoying Texas still.

  5. Wow, that blog looks great!! Thanks for giving us the link and now you've been added to our blog list so we can stay up to date on your whereabouts;o))

    If you get near us, please give us a shout. We would love to get together.

    Safe Travels and Happy Trails....

  6. Pelicans are so cool, and you got some great shots.

    I'd be a little nervous riding the ferry with the RV too, but sometimes you don't have a choice. Glad it went well.