Good Morning from Corpus Christi

31 03 2010

Texas Bluebonnets

We made it to the east coast – well, the east coast of Texas.  We’ve now traveled almost 700 miles across Texas – and almost 1400 in total since leaving Colorado.  And, we finally found some of the wildflowers that Texas roadways are so famous for.  Dating back to 1965, the National Highway Beautification Act, known as the “Lady Bird Act” called for planting of wildflowers along federal highways.  With a home in the Texas Hill Country until her death in 2007, Lady Bird Johnson continued to lobby Texas to beautify highways.  Today, depending on the spring rains, you’ll see Bluebonnet, Texas Paintbrush, the pink Winecup, and the Yellow Primrose.  The colors were starting in the Hill Country, but here along the Coastal plain, they are in full bloom.  

Padre Palms RV Park

We arrived in Corpus about 4pm yesterday after doing a bit of shopping at the Kerrville Wal-Mart, passing through San Antonio and continuing all the way to the Texas Gulf Coast.  We initially had planned to stay at Padre Palms park, right on the beach SE of downtown Corpus.  But upon arrival we didn’t like the look of the park and opted to move to Hatch RV Park. 

Hatch RV Park

Hatch RV is just south of downtown.  If the other parks we’ve stayed in were “retirement” parks, this is a “working man’s” park.  For at least an hour starting at 5pm we had a ‘rush hour’ of people entering and leaving the park.  The rush started again about 6am this morning.  And, being parked right next to a speed bump, we got to enjoy many squealing breaks, squeaky shocks and then the acceleration away from the bump.  Needless to say, there wasn’t much sleeping after about 6am this morning! 

Hatch RV Pool & Hot Tub

But, overall this park is very nice.  We’re right next to the bathhouse, an older, but clean shower/restroom facility.  There are full hookups including 20+ channels of cable TV.  And, the clubhouse area including pool and hot tub is very nice.  The Wi-Fi works well and there is plenty of space between sites and lots of mature trees.  And they offer a few supplies – ice, TV connectors, maps, etc in a General Store.  

We’ll complete the final leg of the trip today when we turn south from Corpus Christi and drive along the coast to the lower Rio Grande valley.  We’re headed to Harlingen, a medium-sized city about halfway between Brownsville and McAllen where we’ll spend the next week.  We’re planning to be back on the road on April 8th with the first night around Kerrville again.  I’m not sure how much I’ll get posted in the next week – but I’ll make sure to post when we’ve made the first stop on the way home. 

From the warm, humid Texas Gulf Coast…more later!




One response

1 04 2010

The blue bonnets are really pretty! Congratulations on arriving safely. It appears to be a good maiden voyage for the ol’ truck camper. The weather has been great here this week (and i’ve been sneezing like crazy), but we are having our first serious rain and thunderstorm today. I’m lovin’ it! Welcome to spring 🙂

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