The weather sure has change from our road trip here. It must have been an anomaly. We have had overcast and gloomy weather for the last few days. Often struggling to get above 10 degrees.
Last Wednesday, before it started raining, I was able to spend a couple of hours on the two nature trails in the park. There was nothing to exciting to report from that adventure but what was exciting was the hour I spent sitting in the bird observation center. This is basically a clearing in the center of a patch of forest. In this clearing there are numerous bird feeders and water features. It was exciting to see some familiar birds as well as two I had never seen before.
On my way back to the RV, I headed down by the lake to see if there was anything interesting. It wasn’t by design, I actually got turned around and ended up at the water’s edge by mistake. I am glad I did, as there was another type of duck I had never seen before as well as the familiar American Coot.
Yesterday we headed in to Corpus Christi. It took about 45 minutes to get into the city of about 270 thousand people. Quite a change from the 6 thousand in Marble Falls and 5 thousand in Mathis. Mathis is the closest town to us now. We were able to get a little shopping done. Most of the places we visited were on South Padre Island Drive (SPID). SPID is not part of the Interstate Highway System but it certainly moves traffic along at 65 to 70 mph. Parallel to SPID, on both sides, is another one-way, multi lane road that gives you access to the businesses adjacent to SPID. It is a bit slower at 50 mph. If you were interested in visiting a business on the opposite side of SPID we would have to exit on the right. There are also entrances to SPID coming from the right so you had to be careful. Once we exited SPID you would proceed a few blocks to an intersection and end up driving under SPID. When I say multi lane I am not joking. These intersections would have up to 6 lanes and you had to make sure you were in the right one. The left most lane was for change directions, “make a legal U-turn”, my GPS would say. This lane was not controlled my traffic lights you just had to be cautious when you merged into the oncoming traffic (usually two lanes) going in the opposite direction. This lane would allow you access to business on the other side of SPID. There would also be two lanes turning left, controlled by lights, for those wanting to get away from SPID. One and sometimes two lanes, controlled by the same lights would allow you to go straight and get across the intersection to another group of businesses and the far right lane was for turning right only. I certainly needed to make sure I knew were I was going, especially coming out of a business parking lot that was close to one of these intersections or close to an on-ramp.
After shopping we ended up having a wonderful supper at BJ’s Bewhouse. I had a great flatbread pizza and Bev had a plate of Root-beer BBQ ribs. Both meals were delicious. By the time we had finished our meals and were ready to head back home it was dark. Traffic moves very quickly in the Interstate and I was thankful for the multi lane highway. Getting into town from the highway was a bit challenging. Getting to the off-ramp wasn’t the problem, it’s the goofy angle the roads are at. Hey, it was dark and I don’t really know the road all that well, but we ended up back safe and sound at the camper without incident.
I suspect we will end up back at Corpus Christi a time or two before our stay here is done.