On the way to the Aransas Pass Refuge is a lot of cropland. It appeared that the farmers are ready to get busy planting as soon as the weather allows. The fields have had rows put in then somewhat messed up by the weather. The machinery in this barn must be hopping up and down to get busy.
Today was chosen for the Refuge since the mosquitoes would likely be nonexistent due to the freeze. That was correct. However the beautiful sun brought out hordes of folks to visit the refuge. The flaw was that the only restrooms open were at the visitor center. The ones at the observation tower and the picnic area were locked up tight. That is several miles and minutes from the visitor center. It was 49 degrees so freezing was not the cause of the lockdown. It was a tad cold for me in the breeze, so my stay was short.
The Dagger Point Trail got a short visit and will need a more intensive follow up in warmer weather. After parking in the small parking lot, the walking path invites you to see the sights.
But first are the explanation signs of what you are going to see. They do a good job of detailing the things to experience here.
At the end of the path is a deck that is several feet above the shore below. It was a surprise to me to see that the cliffs were this tall. My first thought was it was similar to the Oregon coast in some respects. There is a stair case to take you down to the beach area. The ice knife wind was too cold for me to linger, so all we get tonight is a couple of pictures from the deck. This first one is to the north. Click to enlarge and notice the kids on the face of the cliff.
A turn of 180 degrees caught this nice scene to the south. The tides were about three feet low from normal due to the strong north wind of the last few days.
After this it was back to the warm of the Castle and dreaming of another day of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.