You can see on a map, that Texas is a huge state.
But it’s not until you actually drive from one side to the other, at the widest point, do you really understand just how big. That’s one reason we’re still here. But it’s only one small reason. When we left Marfa, we drove to Del Rio. We found Broke Mill RV Park (see review) and reserved for two nights.
Well, we stayed for 2 weeks, so I thought I’d write a little bit about what held us there.
While speaking to one of my sons the other day, he said he looked at Del Rio on a map, and it seems pretty desolate. Well, yes and no. I imagine on a Google satellite map it does seem to be fairly “deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness” (thank you, Thesaurus). But not true. Broke Mill RV Park is about 6 miles from “downtown”. The sky is a perfect blue. Yesterday, my challenge for the day was to find one cloud. By sunset, I had lost the challenge. Every day has been warm and dry, in the high 70s and low 80s, with a bit of a cool breeze. It’s about 20 degrees cooler at night, which makes for great sleeping.
About 5 miles away is Lake Amistad, the second largest lake in Texas, with 65,000 surface acres of water, and a total shoreline of 851 miles.
Craggy inlets make it fascinating to explore. Bass fishing is fabulous. There are ancient Indian petroglyphs in caves, only accessible by water.
San Felipe Creek is the fourth largest spring in Texas. It is clear and beautiful, and used for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. People walk the paths along the banks. It’s so clean, it’s the source of drinking water for the town. It’s also the place where four grown men, each in their own tube, but tied together, float down the creek with a special tube dedicated to carrying a cooler full of beer. If you enlarge and look closely at the next picture, you’ll see them.
It was fun to visit Val Verde Winery, the oldest winery in Texas, and have a taste.
We enjoyed Memo’s Mexican restaurant on the banks of San Felipe Creek.
Incidentally, Memo’s is owned by the family of “Blondie” Calderon, who was country singer and star Ray Price’s bandleader for 30 years. If you ever visit, go on a Thursday, when they have live music, and sit by a window overlooking the creek.
Currently, we are on Mustang Island, just to the east of Corpus Christie, Texas. We have reserved our site here at Surfside RV Park for one month, and this is why. Twenty five miles of gorgeous beach – that you can drive on, and park not less than 50′ from the water’s edge. The fee for a yearly beach permit is $12.00 !!! You can bring pets and food. No glass containers. It is immaculate and civilized, with rest areas and trash receptacles every 50 yards or so. By comparison, in a New Jersey resort town, an individual season beach badge is $105, and a daily is $10 – no pets in season — wake up NJ, and any other state that feels the need to charge people to use the natural resources of this planet.
This is a pic of me and our truck – notice no one felt the need to park rightupagainstus.
Tim relaxing with Willie Nelson.
It’s noon here, and Tim is waiting for me so we can go and enjoy the beach. Since we’ll be here for a month, I’m sure there will be lots more to report. Til’ next time, stay warm, y’all!