|We had hoped to go up to NE Texas and NW Louisiana, but the weather predictions became quite dicey so we changed our plans and went back inland from the gulf, staying once again at the KOA at Coleto Creek outside of Victoria. The first few days there were absolutely beautiful and one day we took a drive out to Port Lavaca and to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the winter home to the nearly extinct Whooping Cranes. While the cranes were elusive this trip, we did get to see baby alligators and other bird life of the refuge. Not many people visiting this day so we got to take our time. The day perfect so we continued our drive into Fulton and Rockport where we discovered a great eating place on the water called Paradise Key Dockside Bar & Grill. We started with boiled shrimp then I had fried shrimp and Dale had fish and chips made with striped panga. I had the biggest shrimp I have ever eaten and they were excellent. Our waitress, Amy. made the late lunch very enjoyable as we watched boat after boat come in off the water. Delightful day!
We explored historic Victoria and visited the park at Coleto Creek which while not a state park is much like a Corps of Engineers park. Many sites are right on the lake.
While at this park, we enjoyed the Sunday breakfast that the park provides and got to talking with the hosts for that day. They are camp workers and have been at the KOA in Apache Junction, Arizona. They did tell us, Andersons and Evans you may be interested in this, that the park is under new management and the lady (30/50 amp mess) is gone. They said that she was very hard to work for besides all the trouble she caused for people staying there. She didn't care if you were unhappy or had a problem in her park. This same couple was very helpful in suggesting things we do the next time we get to the area.
These were the positive aspects of this stay, then the weather turned ugly. One night we actually went to a hotel in Victoria for the night as the thunderstorms rolled in. While not many tornadoes hit, the torrential rains took their toll on many cities across the south. Up to 23" were recorded. The system stalled over the Gulf Coast and wave after wave of storms kept pounding the region. Luckily, the park we were at had minimal flooding and our particular site stay relatively dry so we had no threat of flooding. Our area of Texas actually survived pretty well, but the same can't be said for further north and east. Historic breaking rainfall!
We had not planned on staying here as long as we did, but were concerned for road flooding so stayed a few extra days. The park was very accommodating!