Freedom and Liberty

Freedom and Liberty
I travel in Freedom but sleep in the security of Liberty (not only on the road, but in this amazing country of ours)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pictures, Pictures; Goose Island State Park

Location: Goose Island State Park; Rockport, Texas

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I left Mustang Island a little before noon. I topped off the air in Liberty's tires even though they were only a few pounds low. That's very good since I haven't had to add any in a little over a month. I still like the Tire Pressure/Temperature monitoring system I bought for Liberty. It monitors all four of her tires and displays the results on a small portable monitor. She will sound alarms for high/low pressure and high/low temperature plus a rapid loss in pressure. It is a comforting feeling knowing it is being monitored. 

The trip was uneventful and traffic was light. The weather was nice and I drove most of the time with a window down. I snapped a quick picture of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington that is permanently docked at Corpus Christi. My hat is in the picture since it was sitting on the dash. I started to crop it out, but I think it adds something to the picture.

The U.S.S. Lexington. I dipped my colors as we passed.

While checking into Goose Island State Park, the lady saw my hometown and said her father was raised in Pelican, Louisiana. Her family used to go back on vacation sometimes. Small world. It was time to renew my Texas State Park Pass. It is good for one year and costs $70.00. With it, you don't pass the daily entrance fees to the state parks plus you get 1/2 price on 4 camping visits. For the 5 days I plan to be here, it has already saved me $36.00. I will recoup my cost at least 3 or 4 times over before I leave the state.

An interesting road leading to the state park

My campsite is on the shore of Aransas Bay. About half of the campsites are empty, probably due to the predicted bad weather later in the week. I set up in time for an unusual event. It was time for Slack Tide and there was no wind or boats cruising in the bay. The water was so calm, you couldn't tell the difference between the sky and water; the horizon had disappeared. I saw this event a couple of times while on cruises in the Navy. It is especially breathtaking at night because all of the stars are reflecting off of the water. You appear to be in a fish bowl with stars surrounding the ship. It is one of those many "natural highs" that are waiting for everyone to find. It reminds me of an old saying,,,,"In this life, it's not about how many breaths you take, it's about how many moments take your breath away." I'm in search of as many as I can find. 

Not much more to say, so I'll just post some of the pictures from the campground and tonight's sunset. It was a good one. :)

Looking down the side of Liberty and out to the bay

The horizon is beginning to disappear

There is a large body of water out there


The pelicans were putting on a show

They were diving into the water for their supper.

Nice one

The ducks were jealous of the pelicans so they showed up

It was a good day.

Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.


  1. Beautiful pictures Darrell, especially the one where the horizon disappears. Wow, I never thought of that happening. I'd like to see that someday.

  2. Really nice pictures. It's amazing how hard those big pelicans hit the water when fishing.

  3. Are your pictures of the bay or is that the gulf?

  4. How cold will it be in your area?

    1. It's getting in the upper 30's at night with high wind.

  5. Your blog is so " ALIVE" !! First reading..enjoyed so much..made it a favorite..come join ours.. Rolling Earthquake..Charlie & Heather

    1. Thanks. I'll be checking ya'lls blog out too.