Comfort Castle Location: Rockport, Texas
Adventure Location: South Padre Island, Texas
A massive effort went into an adventure today. But let us start at the beginning. Two of the eyes in my head slowly opened as the first light of the dawn came into the Castle. There was a funny sound outside like something whimpering. So after first things first, my barely almost awake body slithered outside in the cold to see what was happening. It was the Truck whimpering “Let’s get out of here”.
The poor Truck had a coating of ice on it and did not like it at all. A plan was made to head south since the Truck has wheels and check out some warmer climate after breakfast for me. And we did. Nine hours of driving later we made it back to the Castle much wiser in the ways of the Rio Grande Valley campgouges. No, that is not misspelled.
On the road down, highway 77, there was evidence of some significant rains in the fields along the highway. Many had deep ruts from entering the field too soon and others had standing water waiting to soak in or evaporate.
About three hours after leaving the Castle to fend for itself in the cold, the Truck Team got to the spot near Raymondville where the palm tree lined highway announces that you are entering the RGV.
The end destination was South Padre Island where they typically are ten degrees warmer in the winter than the Corpus Christi area. Along the way some of the not full campgouges were checked for possible stays. This is where an education was received on new gouging efforts of the “resorts” that look like ordinary cramped commercial campgrounds. After getting quotes for monthly stays of $400 to $600 some added as an after thought later in the conversation that there is also a charge for electricity and garbage. Then sort of as an aside it was mentioned that there is also a resort fee of $3 a day. Very quickly this Team vacated the places. There were a few trashy looking places we did not even stop at that might have been cheaper.
As you make your way out highway 100 to Port Isabel and South Padre Island there are campgrounds scattered along the route. When the Team entered Port Isabel and then SPI the density of the folks and traffic was serious. We looked around anyway and even walked out onto the beach at the one free spot we found to park. Everything on the island seems to have a price tag to get another few dollars out of my pocket. This is definitely a first class tourist trap. Make no mistake; Port Isabel and SPI are about the nicest and cleanest tourist trap we have ever been in. Actually tourist traps are fun to visit, but living in one is not my idea of fun.
The weather was wonderful, 71 degrees and bright sunshine, but after an hour or so the Team hit the road back to the Castle. On highway 100 is a vendor of who knows what but the exterior of the store is neat to see.
If it had not been so late in the day, it would have been fun to mess around and see what the shop was all about. There was only about an hour to spare to get back to the Castle before darkness would start to interfere with my driving, so that opportunity will wait for another time in my life.
Even a 400+ mile was worth it to get out and try to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.