This morning we said good bye to our friends, old and new, and headed back out on the road after a 4-night stay at Tenkiller Lake. We are hoping to get lots of miles down the road today and no one is really looking forward to the long drive.
Our last full day in Texas started with a visit to the Galveston Island Marina. Marlene use to work with this retired psychologist at her previous job on some of her projects and struck up a working relationship. He lives part time in Galveston and we were invited to come check out his trawler that is docked here.
The marina here is a lot different than the ones we are use to. These marinas have covered canopies and docks built out of solid concrete. In California, where we don’t have hurricanes, wooden, floating and anchored docks are the standard.
Our view at Galveston Island State Park is awesome. Our Airstream is sitting at the edge of the bay and because the spots are staggered, we don’t see any other campers around. Just this view! I guess we are finally getting our money’s worth out of these panoramic windows next to our dinette. Mila thinks so too.
We left Pioneer RV Resort this morning in record time knowing we had a long drive ahead of us. Before you think we are some kind of early birds, let me tell you that the record time was a sharp 10:15AM. That is good for us.
Instead of taking the nearby free ferry at Port Aransas, we decided to drive the long way around since taking the Airstreams on an unknown ferry boat was kind of a risky proposition. That means we got to drive through Corpus Christi one more time. The birth place of a Texas Treasure. Whataburger.
We woke up bright and early today to catch the trolley to downtown Port Aransas. 10 am counts as bright and early, right? And if anyone was still sleeping by the time the girls were ready to roll, they were not sleeping for long. These two love running and screaming.
We got into Corpus Christi, TX pretty late the night before and found a Walmart to boondock at for the night. It was our first night of boondocking since replacing the house batteries in Tucson. I wanted to make sure it was working properly and it would handle our power load when we are not plugged in. The last time we boondocked in Tempe, Arizona, we woke up in the morning with not enough electricity to even run the fridge on propane mode. Our new batteries on the other hand performed like rock stars all night. They provide enough juice to let us even run our TV in the morning for Ava to watch PBS kids before we left for Padre Island with power to spare.
Our 2 days in Austin came and went in a blink of an eye. As much as we wished to stay longer, we’ve got a schedule to keep and people to meet. It is time to hit the road. Thanks for your hospitality Austin, we will be back again soon.
Our second full day in Austin started out with clear skies and much warmer weather. Thanks to the snow from yesterday, I found out that one of our old college friends Missy now live in Austin from her status update on Facebook. To both of our delight, we arranged to meet for a nice lunch at the Hula Hut right on Lake Austin with her 8 month old boy Liam and her husband Conor.
Oh Austin! We have heard so many wonderful things about you. Ava even got a new scooter to ride all over your sidewalks. We can’t wait to see all of what you have to offer. We can’t wait to see why you call yourself weird. Let’s open the Airstream door and say hello to Austin!
When we woke up today, we had an agenda. We were determined to get on the first tour into the caves so we can hit the road early to get to Austin. That means we had to get our tour tickets as the doors open at 9 am.