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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmygdaughters View Post
    Take a deep breath, calm down and apply a few glasses of wine!! Glad you're less stressed, would love to see TDN, always one of my favorite bands, Corpus Christi looks amazing!
    A few glasses of wine always makes things better.

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    It's not often you go to breakfast and the local talent in the booth next to you are openly plotting crimes and how best to get away with them. Safe to say we will not be coming back to Corpus Christi.

    Here's a cold hard observation:

    The closer we get to the Mexican border, the higher the Hispanic population, and the ####tier the city. On the plus side, the food is amazing. On the downside, everything else. Poverty, crime, ghettos, filth. We had been wondering why Corpus Christi doesn't play up tourism and have attractions that, you know, attract people. Now we know. Nobody in their right mind would come here for a vacation. Corpus Christi is the first place we've been to that Monello has considered making use of his carry permit.

    I'm hoping South Padre Island will be the exception to my border rule. It *is* billed as a spring break and tourism destination, so hopefully it will be friendly as such and not a filthy #### hole.

    Laredo was supposed to be after SPI, but since it's right across the street from Mexico we'll probably skip it. I've had my fill of "multiculturalism" for awhile, possibly for life. It's disappointing because the liberal media overwhelmingly paints these places as "vibrant immigrant communities" and that is not even close to reality. Note that none of them live in the hood and that's the first clue that they're talking out their ass.

    But! You know what? We wanted to see America, and here it is. You can't talk about something you don't know chit about, so here we are getting first hand knowledge. We went to the ####hole so you don't have to!
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    Yesterday was an interesting day. We went over to Mustang Island to see first hand the other RV parks that aren't in Corpus Christi. There were several and a few other parks we found just driving around.

    Gulf Waters. The first one was easily a top 3 of all the places we've stayed. It butts right up to the Gulf of Mexico. It had immaculate landscaping. This park is where someone actually owns the lot. The office will rent it out when it's not being used. They have several ponds but no fishing is allowed. Bummer. They have a lot of do's & don't's. I'm sure the owners like it that way. The receptionist was very informed. She even mentioned the type of lighting they had throughout the park. It's so they can walk around at night and see but it's not so bright as to be obnoxious. It's not cheap to stay there, more in line with Florida pricing as opposed to Texas pricing. Around $400 per week.

    Speaking of pricing, Texas has lower pricing in the winter when compared to the summer. Yes they get snowbirds or as they call them locally Winter Texans. But they don't jack the price up. They consider the high season to be Memorial day through Labor day, just like the places along the east coast.

    Pioneer. Another RV park that is right along the gulf. There is a cart path to the beach. The folks here drive their golf carts right out to the beach. This way they can take everything they need with them. Weekly rate is between $190 & $240 depending on site location and if it is a pull through or not. This place would be perfect for us if we ever return. They have a bunch of rental cabins along with RV sites. A couple of pools & a hot tub for relaxing.

    Port A. This place is across the street from the gulf. They have a heated pool which is something we get a lot of use out of. Weekly rates between $280 & $340. The park backs up to a nature preserve.

    Island RV. $280 per week. Across the street from the gulf.

    Tropic Island. It's about 1/2 mile from the heart of Port A. $290 to $370 per week. This place has onsite golf cart rentals. Another plus is several of the sites come with a shed for your gear. I'm surprised more places don't have this option. The pool is heated and the woman swimming in it claimed the water was 84 degrees. Plus it's right across the street from the San Juan Mexican restaurant with their huge $2 soft tacos.

    Rolling around we saw a few places closer to the beach that would be considered parking lots. That's a little too close for us. This area has a lot of options for RVers depending on location, amenities and price.

    This area isn't a winter hotspot like we imagined it would be. Even the beach store said it's their slow season with the week around Thanksgiving a little busier. Things don't heat up here tourist wise until March.

    And now we know better what the choices are in this area. If we come this way again, we will certainly land in Port A instead of CC.
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    Port Aransas is destination-worthy. It's a cute fishing village, reminded me of a larger version of Solomons Island.

    The plan was to cut our losses in ####ville and move to Port A for the duration of our time here, but we decided to suck it up. *I* think my happiness for two weeks is worth $600, but it is frivolous as Monello pointed out.
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    Yesterday we went downtown to the T heads. They are man made jetties that house restaurants, shops & marinas. There are 2 of the and a 3rd L shaped jetty. We saw a few working shrimp boats but didn't see Forrest. We found a parking spot up close which was surprising. Most likely if you see a picture of downtown CC, it was probably taken from the T heads.

    The People St T head has 2 restaurants, a gift shop and a marina. We stopped in Harrison's Landing for a drink and an appetizer. The restaurant floats on the water as the other restaurant there. As you can imagine it has a nautical, beachy, tiki vibe. It was nice enough where we could sit outside. For a Saturday afternoon it wasn't super busy. Compared to the rest of the city, this is probably the nicest part of town. After being somewhat put off by the rest of the city, we needed to go somewhere scenic. CC isn't the worst place to visit but it doesn't show well. It seems everything could benefit from a new coat of paint or is in dire need of some landscaping and weed removal. The roads are in pretty bad shape as well. Locally there is a car eating pot hole in a parking lot, so they just put 1 of those orange cones in the hole to warn drivers of its presence. Only about half of the cone is visible since the hole is so deep.

    Dinner last night we went back to Little Manila. Pancit and lumpia was on the menu again. The portions are enormous. 1 entree is easily enough for 2 hungry people.

    I had to renew my passport this week. I did it at the only post office in town that handles passports. It was about a 15 mile drive from where we are staying. The GPS lady put me on a street that can only be summed up in 1 word. WOW. Most of the homes were in a state of disrepair. There were no curbs on the street and on the side of the road were huge puddles where you would normally park your car. If I happened to live on a street like that, I'd be calling the city public work department to come and pave the road. I don't know why people put up with that. I did a google search and found a single family home on that street that recently sold for $19,000, just to give you and idea of the area. It was a small 1 bedroom, 1 bath place. I know a lot of people that drive cars that they spent more money for what this home sold for. If you ask me, I think they may have overpaid for the home. I was glad it was before 10 am when I went cruising down there. ANyhow I doubt I'll be going to that part of town any time soon. Not unless I want to have someone knocked off and need to find someone to do the dirty deed.

    We've had a few cold days while we've been here. The kind of days where you just want to stay in sweat pants and sweat shirt kind of days. 1 of those boring days I did a google search on the notorious street to see how many sex offenders lived in that area. I got a few hits. Then for some reason I plugged in the campground address just for giggles. Sure enough, I got 1 hit. Seems a guy a few street over is on the public safety website. I looked at his crime profile. It doesn't say what crime he was charged with. Many of the other offenders, if you open their profile it will say what crime they are charged with.

    Out of concern, I facebook messaged to campground asking if they were aware that there was a sexual offender in the campground. I quickly got a reply back. It wasn't what I was expecting. They wanted to know if I was staying in the campground since they didn't have a Monello as a registered guest. The reservation is under Vrai's name. I replied back what difference does it make. Then they sent me a link to a different public safety site called ICrime. Indeed the person in question didn't come up on that search site. I then replied back including the link to the site I initially used.

    I realize that daily we come in close contact to all sorts of criminals. They shop where we shop and walk the streets we walk. But it was somewhat concerning to me that in a campground with children that there is someone living there that either pled guilty to a sex crime or was convicted at trial of the same crime. I know there are different degrees to crimes of this nature but it's still unsettling to some degree. Vrai walks the dog sometimes at night. There aren't a whole lot of people out around here after dark. Anyway the office messages me back saying that if there was someone here on the list that they would be asked to leave. In all our travels so far, I've never felt the need to go and search out the places we've stayed. So that was my drama for the week.

    1 of the junky rigs in the campground is gone. This place had all sorts of debris around it's lot. It's right by where we walk the dog. I'd shake my head every time I'd go by there wondering why someone in management doesn't tell them to tidy up. It's obvious they have kids as there were toys and bikes strewn all over. Then the other day they were gone, even though a good bit of the junk was left behind. Vrai opined that maybe they got evicted from the park. Then when we walked by that way we saw a car pull up. Vrai asked it they were there to clean the lot up and if the people had gotten evicted. Turns out it was the previous owner. She was there to get the last of her possessions. She also said the people that moved the trailer left a lot of stuff behind. But I already knew that stuff was there on the ground way before the trailer was moved.

    Friday night I went to the clubhouse for Happy Hour. Here's the deal. For $5 you purchase 4 plastic tokens. Each alcohol drink costs 1 token. I asked the bartender if they had a liquor license and if not, how they managed to get around that requirement. Texans are known for their creativity. In Nederland we had to buy a 1 year membership to drink in the bar. By being a private club, the bar wasn't subjected to the same rules as a bar and as such, smoking was allowed inside. The bartender tells me that he isn't selling alcohol. He's selling tokens and gives the alcohol away for free. Wink, wink. OK, works for me.

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    War = Peace
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    Diversity = Strength

    Monello thinks he is king of the forum, now. Just keep that in mind.

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    Folks, I cannot stress this enough:

    Port Aransas is a short drive or ferry ride from Corpus, and infinitely more appealing. THAT is where you want to stay if life brings you into this area.
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    Our site (this is supposed to be a premium site, btw):

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    The neighbors:

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    The bay walk is pretty:

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    And literally one block away:
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    North Beach is what should be their boardwalk/shop/stay/play area. Unfortunately:

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    I'd like to blame hurricane damage, but that's not the case. The last one that affected the area was Harvey over a year ago, and it subsided greatly by the time it hit Nueces County. It's pretty clear that North Beach hasn't been a valid tourist area in years.
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    HOORAY! I'm so happy!!!! :

    Friday we leave Hell and arrive at Port A RV Resort in Port Aransas!



    I decided that I cannot suck this up any longer after the stray dogs invaded the campground and the office people didn't seem terribly concerned. One more day!

    I really don't understand why anyone stays here. Monello went to one of the happy hours and he said they're all chummy, so that has to be it - they're here because their friends are here. But honestly, you live in a freaking motor home and can live literally anywhere - what on earth made you pick this slum????

    And that is only one of the nice things about motorhome living: if it sucks where you're at, you can easily be somewhere else.
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