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!

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Choke Canyon & SeaWind RV Resort

22 03 2018

Choke Canyon State Park

From Kerrville, the lower Rio Grande Valley is about 300 miles to the southeast and much too far (for us) to travel in a single day.  Plus, we need to circumnavigate San Antonio via a route that takes us through Bandera, Hondo, Devine and Jourdanton.  In hindsight, this was the wrong routing. Turning south at Jourdanton, both highway 16 and eastbound 72 are rough bumpy examples of what too much heavy truck traffic will do to a secondary roadway.  Next time we’ll detour over to I-37 somewhere south of San Antonio and on to Three Rivers via highway 281.

With cabinet contents slightly askew, we arrive at Choke Canyon State Park, on the shores of the first of several impounds that provide water for Corpus Christi.  In a strange twist of fate, we’re assigned site #133, the same site that we occupied 7 years ago during our last visit to the park.  The site provides water and 30/50A electric.  A dump station is near the park entrance.  OTA TV from San Antonio is good and the wildlife is abundant through out the campground.  We especially enjoyed watching the deer as they made their way down to the water and the wild turkeys as they strutted through the campsite.  While the campground offers WiFi near the entrance station, we didn’t try the booster to see if it would work – and instead used the very good 4G LTE T-Mobile service.

Choke Canyon Site #133, March, 2011

Choke Canyon State Park, Three Rivers, TX

Choke Canyon State Park, Three Rivers, TX

Choke Canyon State Park, Three Rivers, TX

Over the past years, we’re heard good reviews for an RV Resort at Riviera, TX – about 2 hours SE of Choke Canyon.  Instead of fighting the seemingly relentless south winds that are blowing out of the Valley, we opt for an overnight at the SeaWind RV Resort.  SeaWind RV is on the shores of Baffin Bay, a large bay south of Corpus Christi Bay.  Here sites are laid out along the water, in 4 spacious row and around Kaufer Lake.  Many of the sites are beautifully landscaped with shrubs, flowers, cactus and palm trees.  We select site #279, a back-in site along the bay.  The full hookup site provides electric, water, and a sewer port.  The Passport America rate here (for up to 7 days) is $20 – a great value!  OTA TV is good from Corpus Christi and the campgrounds WiFi works fine.  This park is somewhat out of the way, but offers some great privacy and quiet sites.

SeaWind RV Resort, Riviera, TX

From Riviera we’ll head to Harlingen, our home for a few nights before moving out to South Padre Island.  More from there…





San Antonio Missions

27 03 2015
San Jose Mission, San Antonio

San Jose Mission, San Antonio

After departing Kerrville, we make the relatively short trip to Travelers World, a conveniently located RV resort just south of downtown San Antonio.  We’re back at Travelers World to explore more of the historic San Antonio River Missions and to spend some time downtown at the Riverwalk.  Last time here, we rode the updated river trail, but didn’t stop to explore any of the old Missions or go all the way into town.  This RV Park is an urban park and somewhat noisier than other more remote parks.  Although it backs to a beautiful golf course and river trail area, there is still some traffic noise from nearby Roosevelt Ave.  They also seem to have a real bias toward long term travelers. As a “2 or 3 nighter”, we’re once again relegated to the shortest, tightest spots in the park.  And, with nearly 10 sites empty, they also seem to have a propensity to put everyone side-by-side.  But, at least on this trip, the convenient location outweighs a bit of noise and tight sites. Plus, these are full hook-up sites including about 60 channels of cable – so very luxurious compared to sites we’ve been in over the last couple of weeks.

With a cold front threatening wet and windy conditions on Thursday, we work most of the day using the park’s complimentary Tengo Internet network.  Tengo has been installed at several of the RV Parks we’ve stayed at, and in general offer unimpressive results.  But, this time the WiFi works great with bandwidth transfers running along at around 6-8MB. By 2pm with the weather improving, we decide to go check out Mission San Jose along with the National Park Service Visitor Center for the San Antonio Missions.  We’re just in time to watch an informative video about past life in the missions and then join a guided tour of the old mission.  There are 4 other Missions that were originally built, or moved to the San Antonio area including the famous Alamo.  The Spanish used these Missions to entice the native Texan Indians out of their small, difficult to defend communities and into the relative safety of the missions.  In exchange they gave up their “pagan” religious practices in favor of Catholicism and their native languages and customs to become “Spanish”.

On Friday, after deciding to spend one more night in San Antonio, we join Dave and Mary for lunch and a relaxing, fun afternoon on the riverwalk.  We’ll pack up in the morning and make the 4 hour trip south into the Rio Grande Valley.





Waiting out the storm in San Antonio

10 04 2013
Mission Concepcion, San Antonio

Mission Concepcion, San Antonio

With the threat of thunderstorms and hail across our homeward path, we’ve opted to spend another day in San Antonio. We arrived here on Monday from Harlingen.  We’re parked at Travelers World just south of downtown San Antonio.  We opted to check out this park because of the location along the San Antonio bike/hike trail system.  Via the trail, we’re only about 4 miles from downtown. The trail continues about 6 miles south just beyond the I-410 loop and incorporates 4 of the Spanish Colonial missions built along the San Antonio River starting in the 1720s.

Travelers World has 165 full hookup sites, beautiful trees, lawns, individual concrete patios with picnic tables and is impeccably clean.  Besides the office, library and game room there is a small pool area, a dance hall, a shower house and a few maintenance buildings scattered around.  One side of the park backs up to Riverside Golf Course with amazing views across the course and along the San Antonio river.  For river views the best sites are along Allegro Circle, sites K-U.  For privacy overlooking the golf course, sites 10-15H are best.  The largest sites seem to designated for large trailers and coaches, run right down the middle of the park in sites 83-105.  We’re in a smaller back-in site #125, along the golf course, but very tight when you have neighbors in the sites immediately adjacent. (you can touch your neighbors slide-out while sitting at your picnic table) (SITE MAP) The WiFi service is provided by Tengo and is adequate for most uses.   We did have a few short term outages each day and found that it wasn’t fast enough for Hulu broadcasts.  This is our 3rd stay at a park with Tengo Internet, and all have been less than impressive.  However, there is good Verizon 3G and somewhat flakey T-Mobile 3G and 4G coverage available as alternatives.

Travelers World, San Antonio

Travelers World, San Antonio

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Mission Reach Bike Trail

Mission Reach Bike Trail

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World

Travelers World, Game Room

Travelers World, Game Room

Travelers World, Laundry

Travelers World, Laundry

Travelers World, Dance Hall

Travelers World, Dance Hall