|Sun, 05 Jan: A damp and then windy day...
Today's drive was 191 miles from Legend City to Aransas Pass. Our route was limited to state routes; Texas 646, 517, 35, 1862, 35, 188, and finally 35 Business. It was a lovely drive despite considerable rain that started just as we got underway (it held off until we finished all of our outside chores...). Late in the morning we passed thru the front and the rain stopped, only to be replaced by a 20 degree drop in temperature and blustery north winds.
We survived, and even managed to grab a quick lunch at a closed truck scale. We switched drivers mid way and arrived at our destination, east of Corpus Christi, just after one. All in all a good day's drive. We're plugged into fifty amperes of electricity which will help us stay warm as it is forecast to drop into the thirties overnite.
Mon, 06 Jan: The most depressing day of the year??? Not for retirees!
We had an absolutely wonderful first Monday of the New Year, reportedly the "Most depressing day of the year!" We're starting our seventh year of retirement and cannot imagine what it must be like not to be retired...
We awoke when we awoke to outside temps in the low thirties. A relaxing breakfast and about 0930 we "hit the road" to play tourist in the Corpus Christi area. We headed west on TX 35 to Corpus itself, and then drove thru town to the causeway taking us to Padre Island. Padre Island is a huge (very long) barrier island, with a National Seashore toward the south.
We visited the Padre Island National Seashore, and for some reason it wasn't at all crowded. Could it be the temps in the thirties with wind chills that made for apparent temps in the twenties. We enjoyed visiting with the volunteer work campers and headed back north to "civilization".
At the north end of Padre Island is Port Aransas. According to our restaurant resourses it is home to a highly rated Mexican restaurant, the San Juan. We had an early lunch and it is very, very good.
We then took the free ferry from Port Aransas to Aransas Pass, and poked around for a bit longer. We returned to Carpe mid afternoon and turned up the heat. It never made it out of the thirties all day and staying inside with a hot cup of tea was most welcome and capped a lovely, relaxing day.