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Apr 4, 2018 - Flounder Gigging

Today we pulled in to Goose Island State Park, just a little north of Corpus Christi. We had an appointment with a guy known as Nightstalker to go flounder gigging at night. We met our guide at the boat ramp. He has a long shallow draft boat. One engine for the back to make it go fast to a destination, then a big air fan on the back to move slowly along the shoreline of some of the coastal islands. The flounder like the edges of the islands. They can go in shallow water because it is flat and they eat the small fish that live and grow...

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Jan 9, 2017 - Goose Island State Park

Today was devoted to the birds. Our local "bird hosts" were at home and gave us a list of places in the park where we were most likely to find them. As usual with such lists, about half were great and half were neglected by the birds on this day. We started out at a marshy area with a short boardwalk where we set up the scope and got great views of half-a-dozen roseate spoonbills, a reddish egret, and a variety of others. Then we drove to at least half a dozen sites where we were able to set up the scope and see more than we could through...

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Jan 7, 2016 - Goose Island, Corpus Christi, Rockport

Sitting by the campfire in our secluded campsite in the trees here on Goose Island. How I love these trees, the live oak, their twisted, tortured limbs looking just like something out of a JRR Tolkien novel. The day we got here we went to visit The Big Tree, a 1000 year old live oak that is protected on this island. It is truly amazing to see. The trunk is 11 feet in diameter and 33 feet around, with many branches bigger around than many of our largest trees. Even so, it also demonstrates the twisting that is characteristic of the tree....

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Jan 4, 2016 - Stopover on the coast with the brotber

We spent the night of the 2nd at Niblett's Bluff park, a privately owned park on a small lake in Mississippi. It was a nice little park on the Sabine river, populated by a bunch of good ole boys who were there for the holiday weekend. We thought it would be kind low key, until Don received an invitation to join the group across from us for some "real" gumbo. Well it took a bit for the rest of the group to thaw toward the strangers, but they did finally. They assured us that their gumbo was the way it should be made. And I have got to say...

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Dec 23, 2014 - Goose Island State Park, TX - Christmas at the beach.

Christmas at the beach. Goose Island State Park, ten miles North of Rockport, TEXAS, is absolutely delightful. The camping is directly on the bay, unobstructed and no duNes. Throw your shrimp into the bay right in front of your house. It's a bit windy (as is most of the coast) but we parked our coach parallel to the seawall and blocked most of the wind. December 23rd was windy, cloudy, and chilly, but Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were sunny (not particularly warm, though.) Our goal was to spot some rare Whooping Cranes, and fish a bit,...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Day 72 - at Goose Island State Park, Texas

Still foggy today. We drove into town again and had lunch at the Poor Man's Bar & Grill. There was a limited menu but food was good but place allows smoking so probably won't go back. After lunch we went to the Rockport Aquarium and then checked out the tourist shops and galleries on Rockport Beach. We saw some nice stuff, and talked to a few nice salespeople, willing to chat because the cool drizzly day was keeping people away, except for the crazy Canadians.

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Jan 8, 2014 - Day 71 - at Goose Island State Park, Texas

Very foggy today. We are in a world by ourselves, we can't see the other end of the campsite or the houses along the pond behind us. We spent a lazy day reading and watching TV, could not even work on the blog because the WiFi is too flaky and personal hotspot does not work because signal is not strong enough. By mid-afternoon Garry was stir-crazy so we drove into Rockport-Fulton to find some of the places in the local guidebook. It was not as foggy in town but still cloudy although the temperature was in the 60's. We spotted some places to...

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Jan 7, 2014 - Day 70 - at Goose Island State Park, Texas

The temperature dropped to 30F overnight, and the interior bay heaters did not shut down until after noon. After lunch we bundled up, it was about 37F, and walked to the other end to the campsite and out to the end of the fishing pier. There were no fishermen today, too cold for Texans and for winter Texans. We were out for about an hour and a half and came back with very rosy cheeks.

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Jan 6, 2014 - Day 69 - at Goose Island State Park, Texas

It is very cold and windy today so we drove into Corpus Christi to do some shopping. We came back through Mustang Island and the Port Aransas ferry. There was a long lineup for the ferry but only about a half hour wait. It still has restrictions on large vehicles. We disconnected our water service for tonight as it is predicted to go down to 29F overnight, and better safe than sorry.

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Jan 4, 2014 - Day 67 - at Goose Island State Park, Texas

Today we drove north to Aransas Wildlife Refuge. We did the driving tour over the 16 mile trail and then walked a couple of the trails through the marshes, and a long boardwalk over the marsh. We saw a couple of whooping cranes in the distance, lots of shore birds and an alligator lazing in the sun. We stopped in Tivoli at a Dairy Queen for lunch then headed back. It is about a half hour drive to the park and took us about 2 hours to see our fill.

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Jan 3, 2014 - Day 66 - to Goose Island State Park, Texas

We checked out of Gulf Waters this morning and found out the the tides are so low right now that the ferry is closed to anything larger than a pickup truck, so we have to go around through Corpus Christi. Adds an hour to our half hour drive but not the end of the world. We got to the State PArk at 12:30, set up, had lunch then went out looking for whooping cranes, and then into Fulton for groceries. HEB stores are our shopping staple in Texas. We got back in time to BBQ supper and watch the sunset over the bay. The sun is shining and is...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Day 189 - Goose Island State Park, Texas

Today is not quite as warm as yesterday but still nice. We went in search of cranes and found blue herons, egrets, buzzards, ibis, gulls, ducks and finally 2 whooping cranes. Strangely, we have seen no geese. We then explored the park to the wooded area called "The Big Tree" that has a 1000 year old live oak tree. It is huge, more wide than tall, with many branches. Have a look at Garry's pictures to see what I mean. We went out to a fishing pier that extends a long way out into the bay but water is not very deep. We have seen several...

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