We had a great time on Port Aransas beach (Port A) but it was time for us to move on. We’ve talked before about towing our 2019 Toyota Corolla which we have affectionately named Lily but I don’t think we’ve ever shared any pictures or videos how we do this feat.So here goes we’re hooking up Lily to Harvey and turning it around on the Port A beach. This will give you an idea of how wide the roadway is at the North end of this island. Kathy drives the rig 99% of the time because she is capable and loves doing it.Port Aransas is a city on Mustang Island, on the Texas coast. It’s known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches and fish-filled waterways. As Port Aransas is on an island we drive South until we get to the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge that will take us into the city of Corpus Christi.Our trip has been primarily about smaller towns and villages, that’s what we really like, not the bigger cities and centers. On our trip South we actually bypass Corpus Christi and head south on State highway 77.The land is extremely flat and from time to time we’ll see the border patrol doing checks on vehicles heading in the north direction. We love change in vegetation as it’s really beginning to look desert.It isn’t until January that we will actually be stopped out of order station and that will be on the west side of Texas.We’re heading to Harlingen, Texas and to the FedEx Depot to pick up a previously arranged shipment of a new Sailrite sewing machine. We’ve had our eye on this for some time and aren’t disappointed when we pick it up as planned.Our plan is to use it for several of the projects that we have in mind including curtains and bike covers. Maybe some future boat projects as well.We headed off to Winterhaven RV park, which is towards South Padre Island in Brownsville. The area that we were going to be going to is the southernmost area of the United States along the Mexican border, the intercoastal waterway and South Padre island. We stayed two nights in Winter Haven RV resort.We got to enjoy a very simple RV Park. We also enjoyed seeing prickly pear cactus up close in person for the first time.All along the road we are continue to be blessed by the changing dynamics of the scenery. Texas has been very flat along the gulf coast and we can see how hurricanes can do so much damage.We are also quite surprised that we were not met with any of the uprisings that were being reported by national news agencies of the illegal aliens trying to infiltrate the border.We decided even though we arrived mid-afternoon that we would take a drive and go down to South Padre Island.… about 45 minutes away from our RV park.We definitely weren’t disappointed as we went there’s a little town of Port Isabella.It just happened to be that Port Isabella was celebrating their Christmas parade and the arrival of Santa Claus.We took a quick trip over the bridge to South Padre island…and came back to enjoy the parade.The Point (Port) Isabel Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located in Port Isabel, Texas, United States that was built in 1852 to guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. Of the 16 lighthouses originally constructed along the Texas coast, Port Isabel is the only one open to the public. With a perch 50 feet above the ground, it is popular with photographers and other visitors, because they can enjoy great views of South Padre Island and the beaches. In fact, a number of couples have climbed the 75 winding stairs, including three short ladders, to exchange wedding vows at the top of the tower.this is a beautiful lighthouse that you see when you come back from South Padre island and just before you go across the bridge that joins the mainland to South Padre island.The two-mile-long Queen Isabella Causeway, located in southern Cameron County, Texas, is the only road connecting South Padre Island, Texas to the mainland. The Causeway was opened in 1974 and replaced the previous bridge, which had also been named Queen Isabella Causeway. This bridge also spans the end of the Gulf ICW.Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapsed on the night of Sept. 15, 2001, killing eight people when they plunged from the roadway 80-feet below into the bay after a tugboat and tug slammed into the base.Let’s say we looked differently at the bridge causeway after learning of its history. The bridge which is totally safe now with new navigation lanes had pelicans flying along the side of the road as we travel across.The sunset was amazing over the water and up to the town of Port Isabella as we settled in for the towns Christmas parade.It was amazing the number of kids and families gathered who almost all spoke Spanish which of course is no surprise as we’re only a few miles from the Mexican border and of no surprise as this part of Texas was once part of Mexico.Next trip we take a look at San Padre Island.
We decided to take a week to rest, tour and rejuvenate at Goliad State Park, Texas. This state pass is certainly paying off with great benefits. We don’t pay daily park fees and we get discounted campsites. We’ve seen a few people who commented on blogs and on Facebook that they spend lot of time picking up and moving and we are going to take a break.
We’ve used the strategy of no more than 300 miles a day, staying a place for at least 3 days, and don’t arrive after 3 o’clock. We’re calling it the three three 3-3-3. Well we have broken our rule almost every time we stopped. We really haven’t gone over 300 miles in the single day however we have arrived after 3 p.m. and that has not been a great experience.
Onto our story, we’re in Goliad, Texas. Goliad was a mission station that was founded in 1759.
We got to visit and stay at Goliad State park, you get the opportunity to tour around the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Mission and imagine what it would have been like so many years ago.
We enjoyed our time in this state park, however we were put in the back parking lot, as I call it and not in the pull through sites where a lot of other campers were located. In the end it was really nice and quiet and there was only two of us back there for the second half of the week.
The first half the week we got to meet a family of folks originally from the Philippines.
We moved our vehicle so they could all camp together and we were invited to join them as they celebrated there annual gathering. Some of the folks that we met there were teachers from Houston and their kids. It was interesting to see them cook their food in a traditional Philippine way.
One of the reasons why we stayed in Goliad for a week was that it was the American Thanksgiving weekend.this is our first time to cook Thanksgiving dinner two times in one year and we took advantage of it because we both love turkey and had an awesome turkey dinner.
We also got to meet up for the couple of campers, Tim and Patty who stayed on Magnolia Beach at the same time. We have become Facebook friends with them and their two dogs.
With time on our hands and hours on haRVey’s generator we determine that we should take on the generator’s oil change.
We successfully changed the oil and put in new synthetic oil, the generator runs like a gem, giving us reliable electricity when we throw the switch.
With a week we decided to tour the small town of Goliad. This gem had a handsome town square.
With the down turn in economy over the years many the buildings although restored and looking in apparent great shape we’re not occupied.
One very large shop,
Square Gallery was full of antiques and collectibles from days gone by and even newer collectibles.
This included books and treasures collected by the two owners Kathy and Gaye. We got to visit with them and it was a great time. Lots of laughs and lots of history.
The county courthouse was a gem in the crown in the middle of this town square.
What also made this town special were the living oak trees that we’re not destroyed as the town was developed.
These trees were living right in the middle of many of the streets and we loved driving round the streets taking pictures of them and seeing how the street have been routed to go around them even the middle of some blocks of houses and stores.
Our location, afforded us the opportunity to go to the nearby town of Beeville.
Although there wasn’t a lot to see in do in this town there was some nice architecture and another great county building.
It was only about 30 miles to the west of Goliad so it was a quick trip.
We decided that we would drive back to haRVey, but then like every other trip we took another side trip and we thought we should investigate Cuero.
We decided to head north to small town called Cureo.
We had been told by other campers with their grandchildren that there was a really nice Christmas light display located in this town.
We drove the 30 miles north and definitely not disappointed. I think this is the biggest display of Christmas lights at we’ve ever seen.
The community had closed the summer playground swiming pools and county grounds and turned it into a magical drive thru with millions of lights or that’s what it seemed liked.
I don’t know if I mention there was an any snow!
Another day we got to visit the clinic here in Goliad. Kathy stepped on the side of her foot and we thought that she might have fracture to bone.
After an xray and a nurse practitioner visit, we received confirmation that all was okay….we could move along.
Before we left Goliad we went 30 miles to the east to a town called Victoria. We decided that we would buy some snaps and install our curtains directly to the wall around the windows instead of hanging them from a rod.
The curtains fit tight and provided some nice protection.
Victoria is the town with every store that you’d ever want to shop in. We got the snaps and headed to haRVey.
The next day we packed up and drove south though to Port Aransas. Here we took the free ferry across the harbour and ICW to the Padre Island National Seashore.
After we tested out the Sand to ensure that we would be comfortable parking on the beach here, we purchased a $12 annual pass for the Port Aransas Beach.
We took our car Lilly for a nice 7 miles drive up the beach.
We took the opportunity to pick up provisions and set up on the lovely beach area.
Next time we head down highway 77 to Brownsville area.