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Sketching the Texas Gulf Coast

April 22, 2016

We started our full-time RV life with a two week stay at Galveston Island State Park. Since then, we’ve spent two winters in Rockport, and made numerous weekend trips to Port Aransas. Here are a few images from time spent on the Gulf Coast.

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Galveston Island is a mix of old and new, the result of hurricanes that have wreaked havoc on the city. There are poor sections with houses that need rebuilding and areas, especially along the beach, with multistory colorful mansions. And then there are the restaurants and business establishments. Among the most colorful is El Gusto Restaurant on Broadway. We’ve never eaten in this place, but maybe someday we will. It’s been there for years.

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Further south, along what is called The Coastal Bend, near Corpus Christi, is Aransas Pass. Lots of shrimp boats, like this one we found moored at a bait shop along an inlet near a boat yard with some huge tugboats being repaired. From Aransas Pass, one can cross the car ferry to Port Aransas.

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Port Aransas is a true tourist town, with golf cart rental places on every corner, beachwear and souvenir shops, and specialty shops like Steve’s Custom Jewelers.

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In the mood for ice cream? Who isn’t in a beach town. Dessert Island Ice Cream is a definite stop during the summer. Or any other season.

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From the old fishing town of Fulton to Rockport, and to Mustang Island and Port Aransas, you can be as busy or as laid back as you want.

By the way, you can get to Port Aransas via Corpus Christi, but if you’re an RVer, you should know that we’ve seen everything from tractor trailers to huge motor coaches with a toad roll onto the ferry and make the short crossing from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas.

We love the Gulf Coast.





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