Wednesday, April 18, 2012

One More Texas Post

I have a few more pictures I want to save from my Texas trip, and this is where I save them. These are from the Get-together our RV forum groups had at Mustang Island State Park, the first week of March.
The GTG was organized by Bob and Pete of the ORS forum. (Open Roads Singles). There was a great turnout.
 Members of the WomenRV forum were also invited...we have many who are members of both forums. Each forum has their own GTG banner which we all sign.
I was staying with Birdie since I was "homeless" at the time, and we all had a good laugh at the "view" from her front windows.
 I didn't participate in all the GTG activities since much of my attention was focused on getting another RV and dealing with insurance companies, but did want to post about the ones I did. A group of us visited Padre Island National Seashore.
 Colleen and Gloria were on a mission to purchase their Golden Access Passes. There are advantages to reaching that certain age.
 Group picture at the Visitor's center.
 Then we drove down to the beach where camping is allowed.
 Everyone got out to take pictures of the birds and the waves. (All except Carolyn, who got out to take pictures of us)
 There were many varieties of shorebirds.
 I liked the way they each claimed a perch.
 I took a lot of pictures of the Caspian Terns because I thought at the time they were something else.
 Birdie straightened me out.
 There were gulls and terns of different types, and I will not try to remember them now after all this time has passed.
 We passed this pond with shore-to-shore ducks.
 Most of which were Red-headed ducks that winter here.
 Carolyn is always out taking pictures of others, so you have to catch her when you can.
 Lunch was at Docs.
 View and more bird-watching from the restaurant.
 Another group photo op inside the restaurant.
I went birding at several places in Aransas Pass with Birdie, and wanted to remember some of the great birds we saw, so in no particular order:
Great Kiskadee
 Oh, this pollen collector is not a bird.
 Diana and Birdie on the boardwalk....looking
 Northern Shoveler
 Brown Pelican coming in for a landing.
 Blue-winged Teal
 Black-necked Stilts in flight
 Our pelican just caught a fish
 View from the tower
 Black-necked Stilts landing
 I think this is the Blue-winged Teal in flight, but I might be wrong about that.
 Pelican is having trouble swallowing that big fish.
 Northern Shoveler again, showing off his colors.
 Cinnamon Teals
 This is a great place to practice duck IDs as there are so many different ones together.
 Green-winged Teal
 Left to right at the bottom: Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon teal, Green-winged Teal
 Cinnamon Teal giving a great display of his feathers.
 Green-winged Teal again
 At the beach we watched this kite-surfer.
 And stirred up all the gulls.
One long day of the GTG was spent in Houston shopping for a new RV.
 We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset on the way back, though.
And the last thing to remember is the walk on the moonlit beach at Mustang Island on the last night of the GTG. It's where I chose to leave my dog Roe's ashes, mixed with the sand and the wind, and the waves.


  1. Really great shots Liz. Loved the bird pics as they are sometime difficult to get good ones. Good friends, good food, good time and you show it all

  2. As usual I feel right there with you. Good times, busy times, Friend times. You did this right -- even with the added pressure of dealing with the accident and getting a new RV.

    Good bye Roe.

  3. Oh my goodness. Can't believe that you posted the pic of that "bird" visible out of Birdie's front window. That was enough to burn all of our retinas. What a site! Enjoyed the GTG at Mustang but know it was bittersweet for you. Glad to hear you are liking the new RV and it should be roadworthy without worry by now.