The weather in Texas has been cooler than usual, according to the natives in Aransas Pass. Last week we had 70 degrees and then a front came through. In 10 minutes the temperature had dropped a good 15 degrees. It has been chilly at night, hovering right around freezing, and climbing to the low 50’s with misty, foggy, dreary skies all week.
We thought we’d look to see if any electric heaters were in any of the stores. Lowe’s, Walmart, and the hardware stores have not been able to keep them on the shelves! Locals don’t do too much in the way of heating their homes…until this winter!
Today the sun has started to peek out and we have reached the mid 60’s. Time to explore!
Aransas Pass is bordered by the IntraCoastal waterway. Crossing it by ferry lets you arrive in Port Aransas.
The ferry system is free and operates constantly. I counted six docks on each side of the waterway. Today, there were four ferries in operation. Vehicles are loaded just as fast as they can be. The ride takes maybe 5 minutes, so it is not a great distance across. Gates are down, vehicles are off and the return trip is loaded! Our ferry was escorted by two pelicans! Crossing the barrier island, we arrive at the beach, which is on the Gulf of Mexico. We decided to drive down the beach to see how far we could go. It looks like a long way down this very flat, very straight beach. The sand is extremely well packed. For the first 2 miles we were able to drive and enjoy the people, the birds and the waves. I have often wondered how people could fish from shore in an area that has waves coming in. This person has bib type waders and is out in the water hip deep. The line is cast waaaaaay out, then the reel runs as the fisherperson walks back to shore. Some of the rods are stuck in the sand, others are held while the fisherman sits in comfort in a beach chair. I didn’t see anything caught, but fishing takes a great deal of patience.
Two young men decided to feed the gulls while on the beach. I don’t know if they were trying to recreate Hitchcock’s “The Birds” or if they have never seen it! Even when they had run out of food, the gulls followed the car.
I have been to several coasts whose homes and rentals claim to have beach access. This area really does!
I think the only access to these places is from the beach! One of the hotels that had unique architecture is here. It did not have driving access to it from the beach. One must get to it from the road on the other side of the dunes. After we had driven three or four miles, we saw a posted sign saying “loose sand”. The truck has 4-wheel drive, so Larry engaged it and we continued our drive down the beach. Going 15 mph on sand allows you to see a lot of scenery at a leisurely pace, but we were starting to wonder if there was an exit from the beach! We finally came to Beach Road #2 and exited from the sand to solid road. Curiosity got the better of us, so we clocked the mileage from Beach Road #2 to Beach Road #1.
7 miles! Our entrance to the beach was another 2 miles or so, so our excursion of beach driving was close to 10 miles…and the beach kept on going!
http://www.sorvresort.com/ Southern Oaks RV Park and Resort is our new “home.” These pictures make it look like the Serengeti!
Last night was a ham and bean dinner at the clubhouse at our resort. Tonight was an ice cream social, and Friday will be a Valentine’s dinner. I am really going to hae to start intensive walking and continue with the yoga sessions every morning! Larry meets for coffee M-F with the men who want to chat. The women have different types of exercise available. Some of us do yoga and others do step-aerobics. This is a very social and community oriented RV park. We like the space between lots. This resort even has a gated community where people own their own lots and can keep their travel trailers on the site full time, if they so choose.
Walking to the clubhouse tonight was beautiful. The fog came in and made the area rather mystical. . A lot of residents bring their dogs. There is a nice dog park area where the pets are free to run. Some are treated very well in getting to and from the exercise area. Not too bad to have a golf cart chauffeur!