Down by the Seashore -- Jan 22 and Jan 23, 2013

What could be better for two retired people on a mostly sunny, warm afternoon than a walk along the beach?  I can think of a lot worse -- like shoveling snow!  As soon as we set up camp in Mustang Island St Pk (near Corpus Christi), we set off to explore the beach.  This island is just north of Padre Island -- we didn't know it existed till Jimmy saw it in the Texas State Parks booklet two days ago.  This park gives campers the option of either dry camping near the water or sites with W/E.  Nice to have the option; we chose the W/E.  Mustang Island St Pk is 3,954 acres with about 5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico. It was acquired from private owners in 1972 and opened to the public in 1979.

Curious about the island name, we Googled it:  The earliest known inhabitants of Mustang Island were Karankawa Indians, known for their fierceness and cannibalism (eeek!). The Karankawas were a hunter-gatherer people who depended heavily on shellfish and mussels for food. Encountered first by Spanish explorers, the Karankawas survived in the region until the 19th century. The island was first named Wild Horse Island, then Mustang Island, because of the wild horses, called "Mestenos," brought to the island by the Spaniards in the 1800s.  There you have it.

The beach is ours these two days.  Thursday we'll continue our eastward journey:  Beaumont TX.

Huge slabs of pretty pink granite make up the fishing jetty.  No swimming today with water temp in the 50's.

 We walked a long way to the jetty.  Happy to sit and dream, enjoying the sun and water.

 Wind felt cool, so Jimmy wore his jacket.

I can't help myself:  One good tern deserves another!

Happened to peek out the door, and caught Tuesday's fiery sunset.

Aren't we a pair?

Wednesday morn we drove the few miles up the island to Port Aransas.  Although we can only scratch the surface of an area in a morning, Jimmy and I can pack a whole lot in.  We managed to hike four miles or so, much of it on boardwalks in nature preserves and birding centers.  Ate more shrimps for lunch, fighting off the gulls and grackles, who wanted us to share!

Green-winged Teal - so small, so cute.  I wanted to take it home.

Northern shoveler stirring up the water.  Let this guy do the shoveling!

Miles of boardwalks at Charlie's Pasture Nature Preserve.  Flat as a pancake.  We remarked to each other how sweet it was to be Out and About today.  Didn't matter what we saw.  We just did. 

Love this guy!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones did do.  So throw off the sail, away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.   
Mark Twain


  1. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Nothing sweeter than a sunny southern beach in the dead of winter! love from NANNIE

  2. Just loved the beach pictures of you two all warm and relaxed. Daughter Deborah is going to take me to Port Aransas when I visit her in San Antonio next month. She loves it there, and we hope to camp there someday as well, in addition to South Padre Island. It looks just wonderful.

  3. Why in the world would Beaumont be your next destination?? ;)

    1. ... because we're going to Baton Rouge to spend time at my sister's, and it's too far to drive from Mustang Island to BR in one day. Otherwise: No reason whatsoever!

  4. Anonymous6:37 PM

    I want a green winged teal for a pet. It is sooooo cute! Anne


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