Pioneer RV Resort
Mustang Island, TX (near Corpus Christi)
Beautiful sunny day, 70* early am
Combined blog from the past couple days.
|Good Bye KOA, South Padre Island|
|Look on the sides of the road for the "black sand"|
We also wanted to pick up some post cards for the grand kids. This is one of the pretty gift shops (souvenir shops) we stopped at. We were surprised to find that there aren't many "kid friendly" post cards in the shops around South Padre Island. We went to 4 shops before we found any.
We returned to the Big Sky (Fifth Wheel) and started getting ready for traveling to Corpus Christi the next day and found Coco (our Chocolate Straight Haired variant of a Selkirk Rex) in an unusual place. Yes, here she is on the top edge of the slide above our bed.
. . . and now, we return to our regular schedule, since we stuck May 2 in the middle of this blog, LOL, back to May 3-4.
Our first glimpse of Corpus Christi, as usual, Highway traffic, LOL. Followed by water views, and then, a surprise sign above us. . .
Laguna Madre access? We just left Laguna Madre in South Padre Island, didn't we? Rememer, we took a squall ridden boat ride looking for dolphins on Laguna Madre? Quickly, I dragged out the maps and quickly came to realize that it's the SAME Laguna Madre. Obviously, somewhere it had escaped my knowledge that South Padre Island, Padre Island, and on up the coast there are a bunch of Islands that run along, one right after the other. I do not know if there is a road that goes from one to the other, but after our turn around trip looking at the sand across the road at the North End of South Padre Island, I don't think we'd want to try to take it if there was one.
Next, came an unexpected sight, another scary long bridge. . . I obviously didn't check out our vacation plans very carefully, just let Mr. C run with the idea of the Gulf Coast of Texas and trusted him to get it right, and get it right, he did!!! Once again, he put us not right in Corpus Christi, but on Mustang Island, right on the beach again. Maybe not quite as "on the beach" as in Galveston, as you can't see the water from our campground, but it's right there, on the other side of the protective sand dunes.
Then, there were the ultra cool houses with their own boats on the various lagoons and canals, we passed.
And, although I didn't take pictures, we passed Hobby Lobby, Michael's, JoAnne's, Walmart, and. . . you guessed it, Golden Corral. Let's see, now, water and the above stores. Water is "out in the country" so to speak, about 20 minutes from the "big city" which is what we're used to and prefer. . . yep, let's see how this week goes, but so far, I'm likin' "Corpus Christi".
Next we find a purple house (no way can any of us afford said purple house, but at least there is one) for "sister, G" to look at, LOL.
What is Camping? Camping sure isn't what it used to be when we went "down by the river" with our pop-up trailer back in the 90s.
Finally we arrived: Pioneer Beach Resort, Port Aransas, on Mustang Island, TX. Their brochure says: Welcome to Pioneer Beach Resort/Port Aransas RV Resort and Cottages. the coastal Bend's finest Luxury RV Resort. So far, we like it. It had nice long level sites that are easy to get into. We had no problem getting the pull-thru site we prefer. It has full hook-ups, with back-in, premium, pull-thru, and premium pull-thru sites, as well as cabins. It has Cable available, Wi-Fi (that has been a bit hit and miss so far, it keeps dropping us) and mail services. It has a swampy pond birding area, a recreational center, a family pool and a smaller pool and spa for adults, a dump station, office and store, they pick up your trash at your site for you, have a K-9 dog run area with seats for the dog owners and a boardwalk over the dunes right to the Gulf of Mexico (that is big enough to drive your golf cart over it--if you happen to own a golf cart, LOL). You can stay here up to 8 months at a time. This more than meets our needs.
This is a picture of the RV Resort from the board walk, followed by a picture from the beginning of the boardwalk over the sand dunes and then one from the top of the dunes (on the boardwalk, of course) looking down at the beach and Gulf of Mexico.
There are many pretty flowers blooming along the boardwalk on the dunes. I don't know what they are, but they look pretty. I'm pretty sure the pinkish/purple ones are a creeping phlox of some kind, and the prickly pear cactus is pretty obvious, but I'm not sure what the white ones are.
The first night we were at the campground, of course, we had to take our beach walk. We figured out it is 1/3 of a mile from our Big Sky to the water. Then there are markers that are roughly a 10th of a mile apart above the beach, so you can see how far you've walked. Actually, they're probably so you can give your exact location in case you need to call for emergency services while on the beach.
You can drive, park, and even camp right on the beach, if you want, but there are no hook-ups of any kind, no dump or water or electricity, but if you like to "boon dock" it's the perfect set-up to be camping on the beach. We saw this trailer and some tents.
The first thing we noticed, after the cars, trucks, and trailers, was the water and this pretty fellow (or gal?). It's obviously some kind of heron, but we aren't sure which one, and it was too dark to tell for sure.
Then I saw this guy looking for some shells (for me, of course). Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the right beach for shell hunting, but it's a pretty beach, clean with pretty water. Unfortunately, it also has lots of these. While not Portuguese Man of War's, these Jelly Fish can still give a nasty sting, and having seen 4 in our short walk last night and another 8 or so of various sizes this morning, Mr. C and I are glad it's still a bit cool to get in the water, LOL.
We did see something interesting out on the water: From a paper we got at the office we think it was the Chevron Jack St. Malo rig, "one of the largest ever to go through Port Aransas". It was expected to be moved on Saturday morning and that's today, and the silhouette matches the picture posted in the paper. This was from a long way away, so it was obviously huge. We assume that "rig" refers to an Oil Rig, but the paper obviously assumes all readers will know what they are talking about and the above quote is all that was given.
Our friend, the heron was also back at the beach fishin' this morning:
Last night as we returned from the beach, some kind of "canine" type creature ran across the dunes. It was too dark to be sure, but it sure looked like a coyote of some kind.
This morning as we returned to the Big Sky, from the beach, we saw this pretty white bird.
We just missed a beach festival with a sand sculpture contest last week, darn it. . . oh well, can't do it all.
That's all for the past couple days. I didn't think I had much to tell about, but guess I did, after all.
We plan to spend the weekend in camp, as we figure weekends are always busy at activity spots with families out of school. So not much will go on for Saturday or Sunday. Next week, though, we aren't sure what we'll be doing. Hope you'll check back to see what we decided on. Smiles, Sue C.