Of all the campgrounds we have stayed in, our very favorite remains the Corps of Engineer Parks found throughout the country. They are always on the water and there’s always nice trees buffering you from your neighbor. They are clean, well cared for and the cost is very reasonable. Each time we stay, we’re always asked if we have a senior pass. This gives you a 50% discount to make their reasonable fee down-right cheap! :) Well, neither of us had reached that magic age yet and seeing as how Rick is the younger of us 2, it looked like it was going to be up to me to get there first :)
Well, today was the day. I woke up a year older, although it only felt like mere hours! After our normal morning routine of coffee, blog reading, showers etc., we were finally on our way…at noon. No one will ever accuse us of being quick to go in the morning. Now, if we HAD to, we probably could. But if we don’t HAVE to, what’s the point? :)
We headed to Padre Island National Seashore, the closest National Park facility that issued the Senior Pass. It was a beautiful day for a drive.
Once we arrived at the park entrance and stated our business, I handed over my drivers license to prove I really was “that” old and $10 and I got my new shiny card. As a friend once told me, “It doesn’t expire until you do!” Such a deal.
Not only is it good for RV sites, it’s also good for free admission into all the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands. It truly is an incredible deal and, I believe, the first time in my adult life that I was looking forward to turning a year older :)
Once we were there, we decided we may as well check out the facilities. They were now free admission for us. We drove into the park and checked out Malaquite Campground which is right on the Gulf of Mexico. They have 50 sites, 43 of which are RV sites and 7 for compact vehicles.
The sites were nice enough, although, some would be too short for our 40’ Lucy. No reservations are accepted. It is strictly first come, first served. Their literature states that most of the year plenty of space is available. That may be because there is no hookups. These are boon-docking sites only. There is a water station where you can fill your tank and there is a dump station. Power is on your own. We saw several generators and a few solar panels. If you’re into boon-docking, this would not be a bad place to come. It is way out in the middle of nowhere, just quiet and water.
When we left there we started driving down South Beach.
This is a 60 miles stretch of primitive, unspoiled beach. It is beautiful. The literature states that the first 5 miles are suitable for 2-wheel drive vehicles but that after Mile Marker 5, 4-wheel drive is required. We headed out for a short drive just to get a taste. When we came upon the 5 Mile Marker, here was the warning sign about 4-wheel drive vehicles.
We continued on for a bit (we have 4-wheel drive) until we came across these fellows. Clearly, they didn’t pay attention to the sign.
To top it off, the tide was coming in. We don’t have the correct tires, a winch or even a rope to render aid so we were glad to see another Jeep approaching with all of the above. Hopefully they got him out of there sooner, rather than later. Bet he doesn’t do that again :)
That was the point at which we turned around and headed back. Once back on the main road, we saw the turn to North Beach. Might as well check that out too! It was a nice stretch of beach that led to Padre Balli County Park. We drove that entire span before turning onto a “real” road in Corpus Christi.
After a Linner stop in Port Aransas we arrived home just in time for Rick to start a fire for the park Weiner Roast this evening. Somehow, he ended up resident fire tender here :) We call him our little fire bug :) I was too full to participate but I did hear through the grapevine that the fire was great! :)
I think that’s about it for today. Thanks for stopping by.