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Day 25, Camp 12 - Padre Island National Seashore, Padre Island, TX.

Posted 12-12-2009 at 01:49 PM by Phantom

2009/12/10 - (4 nights @ $4 per night)
Day 25, Camp 12
Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island, TX.
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Arrived Thursday 12/10... drove SR 35 and smaller roads down to Aransas Pass and caught the free ferry to Port Aransas on Mustang Island, then down to Padre Island, by-passing Corpus Christi. It was rainy and cool still. Stayed in the main campground at Malaquite (Mala-keet) Beach. No hook-ups. The price was right. $10 entry fee waived due to our 'America the Beautiful' Passport [paid for itself again!]. We love federal places.... National Parks, Forests, Grasslands, Seashores. The $8 per night camping fee became $4 Gotta love it. First day did reconnoiter. Planned on driving the beach but too wet and cold yet. Camping down there is free but no toilets or facilities of any kind. My kind of place... but not Donna's. The dunes have rattlesnakes (Western Massasauga). The first 5 miles of beach are hard-packed enough for trailers... the next 55 miles are 4 wheel drive only. All free... camp anywhere between the dunes and shore (high tide line). [All beaches in Texas are considered public highways... vehicles must be licensed and street legal... no ATV's, ORV's etc. Stay off dunes, grasses and mudflats]. Proceed at your own risk. Towing fees can range from $200 to $1000. wow. Friday more rain and cool... around 54. Went to library for Wi-Fi... did major shopping at HEB (nice food store). Blew off the whole day. Friday night the wind blew hard and drizzled steady. Saturday morning dawned gray and misty, wind much abated. Waiting for impending sun and warmer temps to tour the beach south. Running on battery power. Shower in trailer works real nice.
Waited for the predicted warming and sun...
but it never happened. Sunday I recharged the batteries with the generator. Heavy fog and mist all day. High around 60, no sun. Later, I stood outside in the dark, listening to the pounding surf, smelling the gulf coastal salt mist... wishing for some stars.
Disappointed that we had no sunny time to walk the beach. Donna walked it in the mist and fog Sunday... found a few sand dollars... as I babysat the generator. We seem to bring the rainy-misty-foggy-cool weather with us lately, when we are at an ocean beach.
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    Somehow we missed you. We were camped up at the area just past the visitors' center with our Cloud sandwiched between 2 5th-wheels. And now we know why we didn't get any sun that weekend so we could ride our bikes! Hugh & Sandy
    Posted 12-22-2009 at 11:24 PM by flakeyjake flakeyjake is offline
 
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