For a change there was good internet service this morning. So the morning was spent researching possible locations for wintering over should it be chosen to stay in one spot for the winter. The Team is not convinced that is a good idea. Maybe the hitch itch will still be strong by December and we will just keep rolling. Most of the better (expensive) places on the Texas coast have already got four month commitments from their winter Texans. The OFM Team has a rough time just staying in one area for a month.
Last summer was spent at different locations on the coast and we were very ready to roll when we rolled. For those that are considering a full time lifestyle or even long trips of a few months, there is always somewhere in south Texas to stop year round. Let us define south Texas OFM style. Start at Corpus Christi, head up to San Antonio, then west to Del Rio, south along the Rio Grande to Brownsville and then up the coast back to Corpus Christi. During the peak of the influx of winter Texans, many premium rv parks were nearly full. However the Team managed to get a spot at the best rv park in Port Aransas in January.
As data was gathered that winter by day trip roaming, places were available every where we went. Should you be self contained for at least two days in a row, there were huge amounts of places to stay for free to $4 a day. Usually you had to go to some particular spot to dump and get fresh water. Then return to your chosen site.
One example is San Pedro campground and the others around Lake Amistad. This one was covered a few blogs ago with pictures. $4 for normal folks and $2 for old folks with the correct pass. You can stay in that one as long as you want if you keep your site clean. The national park rule is 14 days, but the ranger said he will only apply that rule if the campground fills up or campers cause a mess. In the twenty years of my paying attention, it has never even came close to filling up. The down side is you must go about five miles to the dump station and fresh water refill point. With the Castle that could be as often as every other week.
Along the coast of Texas are several free spots set up in a similar manner. Two that will be mentioned is the beach at Indianola and at Bird Island Basin in Padre Island National Seashore a little outside of Corpus Christi. There is also nearly free camping on many beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in Texas.
Last year even at the peak of the winter Texan season, the two county parks (parking lot in appearance) with water and electric and a dump station, never filled up. Last time they were checked it was $18 a night. Both of these are on the backside of the beach dunes.
So my information has convinced me that making reservations way ahead of time, planning details of months where, and worrying about somewhere to sleep are worthless endeavors for TheOFM Team.
In the last two months of travel after the long stay around the Texas coast of last winter through the summer, TheOFM Team is totally convinced that long stays and detail planning months in advance are not good things to do. It is much better to enjoy the opportunities that pop up right in front of you than to fret about little details like where you will sleep some night six months in the future.
There you have the travel philosophy of TheOFM Team as we try to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM