I left the RV this morning at 7:45 a.m. and was gone an hour! I feel like I'm back on my desert walks last winter. It was 37F (3C) with a bit of a wind from the north so I dressed accordingly. At least the sun was bright. I hadn't walked far when I heard a Northern Cardinal and there he was up at the top of a tree by the washroom. I took a few photos, continued on and there was another one. I saw my share of cardinals on this walk.
I continued on my way toward the forested area and walked almost the whole way around Lantana Loop. The loop has RV sites around it's perimeter as well as some cross streets. If you can get on the perimeter it's more private.
Along Lantana Loop
One of the larger sites - no idea why they put this little van there
One of the cross streets with RV sites
Turks Cap Trail
Sites along the loop - these are more private than those on the cross streets
The other end of Turks Cap Trail
One of the sites along the loop
Big tree within the park itself
Walking along the loop
Sites on another cross street
There were lots of little birds around this morning and some of them even let me take photos. When I got near the picnic area (photo posted yesterday), I looked off to my left and there were three deer. They were farther away than yesterday's were but still a beautiful site.
Walking back toward Aransas Bay
Picnic area along the water
Housing area adjacent to the park with inland waterway
Here you go right to go to the sites along Aransas Bay where we were two years ago and go straight and then left to where we are now
Walking along Stinky Beach and boy was it stinky when the wind changed this afternoon
Behind the RVs
I sat outside for a while first with a jacket and blanket but when the sun got hot it did so in a hurry. When you're out of the wind, the sun can be really hot!
After lunch, Gordon decided we should go for a ride around the area so we went to St. Charles Bay which is just around the corner from the park. There were tons of birds there but mostly ducks and coots with an egret, a spoonbill, and a heron thrown in for good measure. There were also lots of little shore birds. We also dropped into the RV park, Hidden Oaks which was new two years ago when we were here and now he's pretty much full.
We first drove down to where we parked two years ago
Some birds in St. Charles Bay
Kestrel on the wire
These old live oaks trees have huge branches
This is the big tree advertised as being part of Goose Island State Park but it's actually outside the park proper
Sandhill cranes across from St. Charles Bay
Roseate spoonbill in St. Charles Bay - we've never seen a roseate in the bay before
Little blue heron (I think) catches his lunch in St. Charles Bay
Copse of live oaks
Back in Goose Island SP at the bird feeders we saw lots of male cardinals and this female having her lunch
Pelican on the light standard probably watching for fishing boats to come in
When we came back to the state park, we drove around the forested area and stopped at the little bird area they have set up with feeders and a birdbath. There were a lot of cardinals and other miscellaneous little birds around as well as a lot of squirrels.
That done, we came home and I went up to the campground showers then sat outside to dry my hair and read for a while.
Back in my lawnchair
Today was a gorgeous sunny day with a high of around 65F (18C).