Wednesday 15 November 2017

Scouting Mustang and Padre Islands

It was a beautiful day today so we decided we should go and scout out some spots for us to visit further south of here on Mustang Island and Padre Island.  Because of Hurricane Harvey, we were not sure how the beaches may of been affected.  When we got down around Rockport Texas we started witnessing some of the destruction in the wake of the storm.  It has been almost 3 months since the storm and there is still a pile of work left to do.  We started seeing odd things in the ditch along the highway, like boats and old RV's and piles and piles of debris.

As we got further into town we started to see some of the destruction of buildings and homes.  As Sue mentioned, probably the people who are hit the worst are those of lesser means.  It just takes their little houses and shakes them like a rag doll.  The more expensive houses are built to withstand winds of up to 200 mph so they don't appear to get as badly damaged, however I'm sure even those repairs are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Apartment blocks were completely destroyed and others will take a lot of work to fix.  Sad to see peoples belongings just hanging off the edge of an apartment block.

The harbours were pretty much a total wreck with piers destroyed.

This was a boat storage facility that was about 6 or 8 stories of boats.  I bet there were 500 boats in there with some hanging off the edge and others not touched.  All of the siding was gone.  I bet there were some boat owners that are real anxious to start unloading this storage shed, to see if their boat is ok.

We saw an old boat that has been battered by a lot of rough seas.  It is called the Resilience Kitchen.  It was a former Mine Sweeper for the Navy, so that may justify the rough looks.  Too many woops!!  Ha Ha.

Then we headed across from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas.  On the way there is a facility that works on ocean oil platforms.  They are pretty stately looking.

You have to ride a free ferry to get to Mustang Island and I love the short ride.  I read somewhere that a couple of these ferries got damaged in the storm.

We think we will spend some time on the beach with the Ponderosa at Port Aransas because it is a pretty place.  We stopped for lunch on the beach and Sue took some pictures of a blue heron.  I love these birds and they used to be around our house back in Manitoba.

I found some jelly fish on the beach.  The regular jelly fish are nasty enough but the Man O War blue jelly fish is REALLY nasty apparently.  Don't want to step on one of those guys.

When we were checking out the spots we will try to stay on Padre Island we ran into Ed and Dianne.  These are the people who were parked beside us in Magnolia.  They are on the way to Mexico but will hang there hat here for a couple weeks.  Nice seeing them again.

Here is the view from our window tonight.  Sorry its the same as usual.  Soon we will move!!!

Location tonight:  Magnolia Beach Texas

1 comment:

  1. Wow it sounds like you have some great boondocking locations! And I love the pictures of the jellyfish :-)


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