On our second day in Rockport/Fulton we wanted to do some sightseeing and just drive around in the area. Doing that, we soon, after having crossed that big bridge
which spans the entrance to Copano Bay, passed the turn-off to Goose Island State Park and decided to visit it. We didn’t know it the yet, but with that decision any other sightseeing was done for, since we enjoyed the park that much and there was so much to be seen that we spent our whole day there. At the ranger station at the entrance we paid our day-fee of $10 [to camp out there or stay overnight with an RV cost more, of course] and at the end of the day we agreed that the fee was well worth paying for a well-maintained nature reserve.
There’s not much of swimming in the sea there, as is, e.g., at our other favourite seaside resort, Port Aransas, as on the one hand Rockport/Fulton has no beach with fine sand to speak of, and on the other hand it is on the mainland behind a chain of outlying islands so that there’s no surf and besides the water is very shallow and until quite far away from the coastline one can easily wade there
so that swimming is nearly impossible.
But not only fishermen
enjoy the state park, there’s also, as this signpost
shows, a nicely wooded area with gorgeous hiking paths.
This here shows Mary studying the map
before she goes hiking on that path.
I preferred to just quickly take a picture of this oak tree:
These pictures, btw, were taken by Mary and not by me – before I fled from the ubiquitous mosquitoes back to the car. In just two minutes which it took me to change the lenses
and take a picture I had already been bitten 8 times! I then drove to the end of the hiking-path to pick Mary – obviously she is immune to mosquitoes or doesn’t have as delicious blood as I do – up again. But at the end of this path I couldn’t resist taking more pictures:
the area simply was too pretty. There were really wonderful flowers to be admired, too:
The fungi on the trees
looked ever so pretty, too.
Thank goodness there were not so many mosquitoes at that end of the hiking-path, maybe because of the birds
circling overhead? First I thought it might be an eagle, but on a closer look I think it’s a vulture. The head doesn’t really look like an eagle’s to me.
At this point I’d like to interrupt my narration again so as not to have too many pictures in one posting and thus prolong the download time immeasurably.
To be continued
Talking of pictures: I intend to publish these here and more in my “Bilderbuchblog” and, as said above, not all of them by far are mine, but quite a few have been taken by Mary.
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- A Weekend in Rockport/Fulton – Part 1 (pitstexasexpatblog.wordpress.com)