Leaving the Texas Gulf Coast

18 04 2018

Lake Corpus Christi from Site #23

After leaving South Padre Island and spending 3 nights in Harlingen we’re parked on the shores of Lake Corpus Christi at the State Park.  This beautiful city park-like setting includes 3 camping areas, the Opossum Bend Camping loop with about 24 electric/water sites, Javelina Camping loop with 24 full hookups and Catfish Cove Camping area with about 30 sites with water only. We’re still close enough to the gulf coast to experience some windy conditions.  But, hopefully those will diminish as we travel inland toward San Antonio tomorrow.  We’re only planning a quick overnight at Corpus Christi.  Tomorrow we’ll continue northwest, skirting to the south of San Antonio and meeting friends at Bandera, TX – back in the scenic Texas Hill Country!


Sunrise Beach, Lake Corpus Christi

23 04 2017

Sunrise Beach, Lake Corpus Christi – Site G11

We’ve enjoyed the State Park at Lake Corpus Christi on previous trips, but with the park full, we opt for the City Park instead.  The Corpus Christi Sunrise Beach campground occupies a peninsula of land just beyond the State Park and not far from the dam.  Arriving at our designated site of G11, we find that there’s not much in the way of clues of how you’re supposed to park.  And, looking around, it appears that it really doesn’t matter.  In these large sites, some campers have their trailers parallel to the shore and tents set up all around.  Others have backed into the site making it easiest to reach the electric and water connections.  A few motor coaches have driven forward into sites for optimal lake viewing.  Backing into our site, we find that side to side level is good, but the trailer is kneeling nearly all the way to the ground to make up for the slope to the lake.  But, with a couple trees and a cement slab and picnic table, this site will be great for an overnight.

Much of the “G” row sites occupy space along the swimming bay.  On this warm, humid Saturday afternoon there are lots of kids and adults trying to cool down in the water.  There’s constant entertainment of swimmers, kayakers and tubers until the late hours of the afternoon.  Walking around this 100+ site park, there are only a couple of areas where sites don’t appear to be haphazardly sprinkled among the trees.  There are trailers, 5th wheels, coaches, boats, tents and nearly everything in between scattered throughout the campground.  But, layout aside, this park offers large spaces, good lake views and a very quiet evening after the 10PM curfew.

Local Corpus Christi TV channels had information about the annual Port Aransas Texas SandFest which was held April 21-23 in 2017.  This looks very interesting and maybe worth investigating for next year’s departure trip.  http://www.texassandfest.org/

Texas SandFest, Port Aransas, TX

Our planned stop in San Antonio has been eliminated and tomorrow we’ll head to the Texas Hill Country around Kerrville.  More from there….

Leaving the Rio Grande Valley

22 04 2017

South Padre Island Beach

We’re northbound from Harlingen!  After 3 days in Harlingen followed by 16 days on South Padre Island and 4 more days in Harlingen we’ve charted a route home through San Antonio and onward to San Angelo.  From there we’ll either travel up through the Texas panhandle or cut over into eastern New Mexico – dependent on weather conditions.

With weather forecasts pushing triple digits in the Rio Grande Valley, it’s time to head north to cooler and hopefully dryer conditions.  The Island weather was about 10 degrees cooler than those in mid-valley locations such as Harlingen, but the wind was nearly relentless.  And, unlike years past, we opted for the complete trailer and truck wash and wax on South Padre versus back in Harlingen.  Sierra Mobile RV Service based in Port Isabel did an excellent job.  Complete with roof wash, hand wax and window polishing we were very happy with the job they did for $140.00.  An additional $45 got the same treatment for the truck.  If it wouldn’t have been for a thunderstorm on Monday evening we would have started our return trip with a sparkling 5th wheel and tow vehicle.  Even with the rain, things look pretty good.

We’re headed for Sunrise Beach campground on Lake Corpus Christi, only about a 2.5 hour drive north of Harlingen.  More from there…