It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things. ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
The last stop of a trip always brings excitement of what new life awaits us. Trying to enjoy the moment, torn with not wanting vacation to end, but anticipation on getting settled in. We stayed at Lake Corpus Christi State Park a beautiful park not far off the road , great pull through sites and close to the lake. Shortly after setting up, the deer arrived and thankfully these deer weren’t as camera-shy as the last few we encountered. We saw deer stroll through our campsite in Waco and saw multiple deer in Austin but the lighting and or distance just never made for a post worthy photo. One day I will break down and upgrade my equipment so I don’t have to make this excuse in the future. The first female emerged and then three more followed, I was so busy watching them exit the brush and run across the field that I almost missed the male, wow what a sight!
I enjoy all the things that come along with traveling to a big city like San Antonio, public transportation, tons of food options, bars and plenty of people watching, but just being out in nature always wins my heart. I’m content just sitting watching the deer, birds, lake and another great sunset.
As much as I never wanted to leave the campground, we couldn’t pass up a chance to visit Padre Island National Seashore. The sun was shinning bright but the temperature in January was chilly and the breeze from the gulf was intense this day. We drove to the end of the paved road and walked down the beach for a while. Most of the drive on the island is on the beach which we opted not to attempt with the extra weight of the motorcycle in the bed of the truck. Since we were headed to South Padre Island for several months I didn’t see the need to linger on a cold windy beach. I was happy to get my park stamps with the added bonus of the sea turtle stamp and explore the ranger station before heading back.
Back at the campground I set off on one of the trails that lead to a nice overlook of the lake and trough a bird watching area they had set up. I timed it so I would be back in time for the deer to arrive, I had hoped I would encounter them along the way, but had no such luck. The next day we would be making our longest and last leg of this trip on our way further south in search of a warm winter stay.