Grizzly at Mary Bay Yellowstone Lake

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas 2009

An uneventful and enjoyable drive from Austin to the Rio Grande Valley.

We arrived at the park about 3:45pm to find the office closed. Normally a note would be at the door for “late” arrivals who made reservations well in advance telling them which spot they are to be in. After about 10 minutes a gentleman showed up and told us the office was closed and that short stay (obvious we were not winter Texans) visitors normally park in an area he pointed to. So we picked one and set up. That was strike one. Hind sight says I should have took my first instinct and moved to another park immediately when we found the office closed.

After setup we sat outside and enjoyed the afternoon with some wine. That was the last of the outside relaxing as the expected front arrived with rig rocking winds and rain.

The next day was a cold and windy so we stayed inside for the morning. In the afternoon we took a drive to Port Isabel and Laguna vista. Port Isabel we found a fish market and purchased supper.

Shrimp Pot

In Laguna Vista we purchased our breakfast grapefruit. Nothing better than a Rio Grande Ruby Red in the morning.

Ruby Red

Christmas day we went to South Padre Island. The wind was still pretty strong so the gulf was still upset and non-inviting. It was nice to be on the shore and take in the serenity of the Gulf no matter how much the weather had effected it.

   Dianna on Beach with CondosMac on Beach 

The next day we were headed back to Austin. On the way back we discussed plans for our next trip and future trips for the spring. Right now it looks like Colorado is at the top of the list for a spring venture.

Under WiFi

The only good thing about our stay at this park was we had excellent WiFi. That was because we parked under the WiFi transmitter antenna. After that the park gets a thumbs down for everything else.