Home on the Range

20 February 2018

As Texans will tell you, it’s a big state.  While it’s smaller than several of our Provinces and Territories, there’s certainly a lot more road access to all corners of the State, which makes it great for exploring.  It also has ideal winter weather, most of our time here in late January to early February, has been mid-twenties to low-thirties, with the odd day hitting the high-thirties.  Night time is cool, but generally in the 10-14 degree range, so great for sleeping. 

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The past few weeks, we’ve spent six days at Wilderness Lakes RV Resort, just north of Corpus Christi, at a low $17.50 a night with Passport America.  We then moved to Padre Island National Seashore, where we spent 8 days, at a whopping $5 a night!  From there, it was off to Big Bend National Park, with a night’s stop at Pecos River High Bridge, about a mile from where the Pecos flows into the Rio Grande.  The rest area is well secluded from the highway, and the views are astounding. 

m USS LexingtonThere’s a boat launch nearby, as well as a marked hiking trail. Cost for staying 1 night?  Free.  We had to do some digging for a spot near Big Bend, as the National Park has very limited big rig sites, all booked up to a year in advance, but we stumbled upon Stillwell Store, Ranch and RV Park. Our nightly cost for 4 nights? $88.00.  That’s $233 for 17 nights camping, under $14 a day average.  It’s certainly affordable to RV in Texas!  

Given our time and travels through the Lone Star State, we’ll break this into three parts:  the Corpus Christi area; Padre Island; and Big Bend National Park.  Wilderness Lakes RV Resort was a perfect base for some day tripping to Corpus Christi, but also featured great hiking trails, 3 lakes on the resort property, and was just a stone’s throw from Lake Corpus Christi State Park.  There is a large campground in the park, but we weren’t impressed by the sites, and it was jam packed.  We really loved the atmosphere at Wilderness Lakes, including the “all you can eat Ice Cream”, Sunday afternoon, and the “Taco Tuesday”, also all you can eat.  They have an excellent community centre, and there are activities every 

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day.  Corpus Christi itself is a great place to check out, we focused on a couple of big attractions, namely the USS Lexington, a World War Two aircraft carrier, that served into the early nineties, and the adjacent Texas Aquarium.  They have the usual attractions, Dolphin show, feeding Stingrays, etc, but also dozens of large tanks featuring sea life from many different regions.  Turtles and birds weren’t left out either!  We did both tours in a single day, by showing up at the Lexington as they opened, and departing the aquarium minutes before they closed!  Our next stop, Padre Island!

 

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