Weeks 55-57: Hot Days, Cool Nights, Is it Just Right? (Apr 20 – May 10, 2014)

Big Bend National Park, TX

Big Bend National Park, TX

Leaving Big Bend National Park, we travel several hundred miles to Amistad National Recreation Area, TX. When in west Texas, be sure to always keep plenty of gas in the tank: The only gas station in Marathon, the first gas station within 100 miles of camp, was closed the day we drove through.

Amistead National Recreation Area, TX

Amistead National Recreation Area, TX

After several days at Amistad, (little to do without a boat, but only $4/day) travel to Falcon Reservoir State Park, TX. Swimming in Falcon Reservoir in 100 degree weather feels marvelous! If you stargaze right after sunset, watch for satellites. We see satellites most nights, and the occasional shooting star.

Butterfly Sherry in Falcon Reservoir State Park, TX

Butterfly Sherry in Falcon Reservoir State Park, TX

100 degrees is a bit hot, especially when South Padre Island, TX, reports 80 degrees and cool breezes. So pack up the trailer and head to the Gulf. On the island, accidentally turning left instead of right, we learn first-hand that the road ends 10 miles into the beautiful sand dunes. Did a “30” point turn with the trailer on a narrow 2-lane road that was half covered with sand. Yahoo!

Sunset from South Padres Island, TX

Sunset from South Padres Island, TX

South Padre Island has a reputation as a party town. We managed to be here between parties. Highly recommend visiting Turtle Rescue, and also the Birding Center. Very active conservation movements on this island.

Turtle Conservation Center on South Padres Island, TX

Turtle Conservation Center on South Padres Island, TX

 

 

Sandcastles are popular on South Padres Island

Sandcastles are popular on South Padres Island

 

 

 

Yippee! The Gulf! Sherry on South Padres Island sand dunes

Yippee! The Gulf! Sherry on South Padres Island sand dunes

 

 

 

 

Bob eaten by shark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry enjoying life at Lake Corpus Christi State Park, TX

Sherry enjoying life at Lake Corpus Christi State Park, TX

After a few fun-filled days, the cool weather turned cold and windy, so on we go to Lake Corpus Christi State Park, TX. Along the way, roadside stands sell really tasty, fresh pecans and grapefruit. Yum. Just a few hours north of the Gulf, we again have 90 degree days and cool nights.  Swimming in Lake Corpus Christi in the heat is great. Make friends with Shawn and Jarrod, who know a lot about fish and astronomy.

DRY Lake Medina, TX

DRY Lake Medina, TX

Four days, then on to Lake Medina in the Hill Country of Texas. Lot of cedar trees in 90 degree temps. After swimming in several wonderful Texas lakes, we were shocked to learn this lake is DRY. We’re told when Texas gets a good rain, it will fill up. Really? The lake is huge! They really get BIG rains here. Fortunately for us, where we camp has a clean, cool pool that we swim in daily.

Outside of The Alamo, TX

Outside of The Alamo, TX

 

We’re camping just outside San Antonio, so of course we enjoy visiting the Alamo and the River Walk.

Inside The Alamo, TX

Inside The Alamo, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theatre inside the Scottish Rite Library and Museum

Theatre inside the Scottish Rite Library and Museum

San Antonio Scottish Rite Library and Museum

San Antonio Scottish Rite Library and Museum

The real surprise, though, is getting a private tour of the Scottish Kilt Library, a branch of the Masons. Very kind of Mike, who works there, to give us an excellent tour. Such beautiful interior with Italian marble, an elevator that uses WATER to power it, large theatre/dance floor, library. Built about 1922.

 

SAS Shoe Factory, TX

SAS Shoe Factory, TX

 

Toured the SAS Shoe Factory. Antique cars outside, 5 cent popcorn inside. Good tour.

Outside SAS Shoe Factory

Outside SAS Shoe Factory

 

 

 

Those white dots are all birds building nests in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX

Those white dots are all birds building nests in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX

 

 

 

 

 

When in San Antonio, be sure to walk through Brackenridge Park viewing the hundreds of birds building nests.

Sherry on bridge in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX

Sherry on bridge in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX

Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX

Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX

Experienced a torrential downpour on the drive home. Texans say it was a nice rain, not a “gully washer” that fills the lake. We listen to the whippoorwill singing, which sounds more like “Eat a burrito” than “whippoorwill”. Maybe it’s the accent? <grin>

Louie playing cards - Comes in Second place

Louie playing cards – Comes in Second place

And here’s Louie, playing cards with us. He came in second!

Thanks for joining us on another episode On Our Adventure!

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