Monday, May 15, 2017

Matagorda Bay Nature Park

Post covers Feb 4 to Feb 12, 2017

After leaving Lawton, we decided to head back to the gulf coast. We had seen a House Hunter's episode on HGTV that featured Palacios, TX and it showed some great beaches so after looking up the area we decided to head to that area and check it out. On the way, we spent a night in Waco so we could break up the drive. We stayed at an Army Corps of Engineers campground, Speegleville Park. The campground was nice and open with large spaces. We were able to walk the babies and get them by the lake but it was bit too cold to let them get wet. We also took a drive to see Waco since neither of us had ever been there before. We thought it was a nice town but nothing special for us.

We left the next morning for the drive to the gulf. It was about a 4-1/2 hour drive to Matagorda Bay Nature Park which we had decided to stay at. The park is run by the Lower Colorado River Authority and is a nice campground with large spaces and full hookups. We found that we had good reception for both Verizon and AT&T, so getting work done was not a problem, also great satellite reception. I'm guessing during the summer the lack of trees would make it pretty warm but this time of year it was great to have sun and warmth. The campground sits at the junction of the Colorado River and Gulf of Mexico and we were almost on the river from our site. No issue with setting up a nice area with the pens for the babies to run around in.

We had great sunsets every day we were there!
Vinnie enjoyed napping in his chair with his own shade.
Spella loved having grass to play in every day.
We had easy access to the beach and got the babies there for walks every day. What we learned is that the House Hunter's episode forgot mention that while the area is nice and being on the gulf is great, there isn't a lot else to do in the area. After a couple of days we had run out of things to see in the area and there are not many restaurants in the area (the couple there are fun, local joints though) and there is one coffee and gift shop in town (Cat Tails), which also serves wine and has a friendly owner and staff. We took one day to drive to Port Aransas and Corpus Christi. We found that we liked the Port Aransas area and the beach there was white sand that the babies loved running across.

Vinnie has been doing great and is walking well with some support from a scarf under his belly. He's moving all his legs the way they are suppose to when walking. We couldn't be happier with the progress he's making and won't be surprised to see him walking on his own before long.

When we made the reservations to stay at Matagorda, we thought a week would be nice to have time to see the area. We stayed the whole week but staying for 3 or 4 days would have been about right. We took advantage of the time to catch up on some work and cleaning on the motorhome. While we decided that we weren't going to stay here any longer, we did decide we wanted to spend more time on the gulf. Since we had enjoyed Galveston, we are going to head back to that area for a longer stay.