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Redneck Riveiera - PART II

...to continue my road trip, it begins once I get on the southbound freeway, heading toward North Padre Island. It's dark o'thirty. The traffic is light; before the rush hour. I kinda sorta made my own dash camera. Instead of veering off onto a beach access road to view the sunrise, once we get to the island, I thought I'd set my camera on the car's dash and use the remote shutter to get the horizon pictures as I drive; showing what we'd see along the way heading to a favorite area of mine....Port Aransas, Texas. Come along with me in the passenger seat and see what there is to be seen on this new day.  The beginning of our journey.  You'll see what I see each time I drive the highway.  The colors, sky, traffic volume and wildlife activity may change from time to time, but it pretty much gives you an idea of my day trippin' to what lies beyond the road....

The island [Mustang Island] landscape....

Once we get away from the city traffic, and drive through the area known as Flour Bluff, the first 'pass' is Humble Pass [it's a waterway]. Then, the JFK causeway ahead. This crosses the Intercoastal Waterway...it's used to transport freight aboard ships and barges. The Intercoastal Waterway is just that!
    The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is a 1,300-mile man-made canal that runs along the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Brownsville, Texas to St. Marks, Florida. The Waterway links Texas ports with the rest of the country and enables the state to handle more than 50 percent of the Waterway's traffic.




Once past the causeway, a sign appears...Welcome to the Islands!

You're now nearing the intersection where you go one direction [south] and enter North Padre Island [where it's a Federal Park...North Padre Island National Seashore and NO human habitation is allowed...a protected natural environment]...or turn northeast onto Mustang Island, taking you to Port Aransas [from Port A, you can cross the ferry and go as far across the southern USA to  the Atlantic Ocean]. On Monday, the sun was just beginning to appear. It's about 15 minutes of dunes, palms, condos, hotels, cattails, birds, and rv parks:





By the time the sun breaks free from the earth's horizon, we reach Port Aransas. It's just a short drive now. We hit the first area and I grab my camera off the dash, get my phone to count my steps and head out. We get to the boardwalk at Leonabelle Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. On this particular day and at the early hour, it's quiet. A few birds are waking up, feeding or preening, talking to each other while hidden in the cattails. The resident alligators are not spotted as I scan the lake's shorelines. But the ship channel in the far distance is busy at the moment...TWO tankers are on the water...one coming in, the other going out. Soon, with a short sequence, you'll see them meet midway....






I ended up at the community park, near the yachts/marina. I walked the area and watched the boats go out and barges coming in being pushed by tugboats. Fishermen/women were lined up along the seawall, workers were repairing a damaged pier, the ferry boats were transporting vehicles across the channel. Seagulls were singing, pelicans were perched on boulders and pylons. The sun was up higher and beginning to make us swelter in the heat. I used the facilities if you get my drift...and then got back to the car and drove to the beach. After that, I called it a day and headed back the way I came; toward home. Arriving about 10:15 or so, the outside temperature registered in the car was 96 degrees without the heat factor. Is there rain in the forecast here? Doubt it...but Houston is getting some much needed moisture...makes it even MORE miserable this time of year tho, so I don't know which is worse.

...at the marina




...on the beach:



Redneck Riviera Part ONE

24 comments :

  1. You sure can pack a lot of sights into one morning. Loved it. Good idea putting the camera on the dash to get pictures.

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    1. That way my little remote is in my hand & I cam keep my eyes on the road.

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  2. we are having storm after storm, all day every day, 3 weeks of it. we have cabin fever, at 2:30 am BOOM and a big dog jumped on the bed, 2 inches in 2 hours of rain. 5 for the past two days, violent storms, morning, noon and night. sometimes 5 mintues sometime 2 hours. we are under flood watch, not us but surround area. our house is on high ground. day 4 of storms at 5:30 am keeping us from YMCA pool. great idea on the dash and remote. I love the palms against the breaking dawn. that is one of our favorite views here, we drive home at 6;30 from the Y each day and see the black palms against coming day.

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    1. Wish we get some of your rains. It's your turn, I suppose.

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  3. What beautiful dawn images. They remind me of the many times we (Kjell) returned to work at sea. Of course, I went along and worked, too, (I took care of the Chief Engineer), but he got the paycheck. ;) We always went to the ship just as dawn was breaking on sign-on day so Kjell could have time with the Chief who was signing off for handover reports. It was always so calm and beautiful as we pulled up to the ship all lit up at the port.

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  4. Thanks for keeping the passenger seat available. Enjoyed your dash cam view. Loved that big ole pelican among the gulls. Glad you got home and out of the hot part of the day. Morning is the best-the rest of the day needs A/C. We had 102 this week.



















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  5. You always take such wonderful photos. Especially gorgeous photos of the sunrise! Have a grand weekend and look forward to next tour!

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    1. Thanks & have a great weekend yourself.

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  6. That was very interesting. I love to how you are seeing the area.

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  7. Thanks for taking me along. How clever to make your own dash cam. My favorite today is the gorgeous sunrise, wow!

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    1. Glad to have you for company Ginny!

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  8. I love your dash cam shots....that was a great idea. I could watch the big ships all day long. I wonder if I would tire of them if I got to see them every day.

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    1. There's a silent beauty to them, I think.

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  9. Your energy and enthusiasm is incredible to me. I always look forward to your creative stories and wonderful shots. Thanks for the invitation to ride along. It was an impressive trip!

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    1. You make me happy that you enjoy our day trippin'

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  10. Sorry for the delete Anni. I pushed the publish button before I read over my comment, which is a big mistake for me lately :) What I said was that I also loved the dash cam idea and all the photos, as well as the wonderful read. Thanks so much and have a great weekend :)

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      http://anenglishgirlrambles2016.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love the early morning light. It sure sounds like it's hot where you live at this time of the year. Glad I am in the Pacific Northwest! :-)

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    1. We're breaking heat records daily this year.

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  12. Such beautiful sights! I love the bridge, and those sunrise shots are gorgeous!

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