Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving From Port Aransas, TX



We had a short drive of 60 plus miles yesterday to Port Aransas, passing one RV park after another as we neared Rockport. Having read about problems with red tide, (a toxic algae that kills fish and irritates the eyes and throat) on the beaches, we weren’t sure we wanted to be near the coast, so we stopped in Aransas Pass to look at a couple RV parks near the bay. Boy, were they depressing! Jim decided as long as we could get electric he would rather stay on the beach and if the red tide got bad we could just hang out inside with the AC running. Mustang Island State Park was booked, but I.B. Magee Beach Park had plenty of sites.

We didn’t realize getting here meant another free ferry ride but we’re getting to be pros at it now. This one is less than a five minute ride and they have it down to a science getting vehicles on and off. So we are staying on Mustang Island for a week, behind the dunes but just a short walk under the park office to the Gulf.


This is a no frills kind of place, but we do have water and electric, and they have a dump station and a really nice new office and bathhouse building. The weekly rate is $150, or $25/night. The sites are fairly large so we aren’t staring at the side of another RV, and we are protected from the wind here. I like it. This is our backyard.


We took a long walk on the beach and nearby jetty yesterday afternoon. Lots of ships going in and out of the pass and lots of birds.





The water is pretty but after spending a month at Pensacola Beach, the brown hard packed sand isn’t very appealing. It is much easier to walk on, though. Or drive on if you wish.


This morning I got up and went for a walk on the beach and around the campground.



Discovered a boardwalk around a marsh and pond just behind our site.


I think this will be great location to explore the Port Aransas and Corpus Christi areas. And we didn’t notice any effects of red tide on our walks so far. The lady at the office said it can change daily with the wind, though.

I asked Jim the other day what he wanted for Thanksgiving dinner, and I was not surprised to hear him say pizza. So I am making a whole wheat roasted veggie pizza and no crust pumpkin pie. Bet you wish you were dining with us today.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


  1. Geez, your pictures are superb. Wish we were at the beach!

  2. I just left the campground you're in. I was in spot number one. Am now on my way back home. Tonight I'm at Surfside Beach RV Park which is one of my favorites because I can see the Gulf from my windows. Hope you don't have trouble with Red Tide which caused me a lot of misery while I was there. Good Luck.

  3. Great photos. We visited the Aransas NWR last year. It is a great area. There are lots of wildlife refuges around you there to enjoy. In January we are headed to the Santa Ana NWR down in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

    Have fun.

  4. Great pictures!!
    Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds is always a winner!!

  5. That looks like a nice park, I hope the red tide doesn't affect you guys.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

  6. I was just catching up on your blog. I can't say that I miss the humidity, bugs and mosquitos but I do miss the beautiful beaches of the Florida Panhandle.
    I guess it's time to update my blog.
    Stay Safe,

  7. This looks like a great park. I know nothing about red tide but still hope you don't have to experience it so I can learn about it.

    Love the alternate thanksgiving menu!