The route we decided to take from S. Padre Island to Rockport, on our recent road trip, took us down Mustang Island to Port Aransas. This provided the opportunity to stop and check out Port Aransas Nature Preserve. Although our GPS took us to City Hall 🤣 they kindly directed us to one of the entrances to the preserve. We ended up checking out another location that advertised a birding center. The second area had a multitude of birds and was definitely worth the visit. If we had more time, we could have explored a variety of walking paths in the preserve.
A fun ending to our visit on Mustang Island was the little ferry that ran 24 hours a day over to Harbor Island. From there the highway took us over Corpus Christi Channel to Aransas Pass. Quite frankly, although our drive through Mustang Island was planned, our escape route was not. I thought there was a connecting road and didn’t realize we would need the ferry. It was an enjoyable little adventure!
Taking the scenic route along the waters on Mustang Island was absolutely beautiful.
I loved the white pelicans. I don’t believe I have ever seen them before:
The egrets look a bit clumsy, but that’s probably the photographer’s fault😁
Another white pelican:
Looking across the grasses to other viewing areas:
Below is a photo slideshow of the ferry experience and our friendly pelican.
The route runs up to six ferries a day:
“Try to live with the same intensity as a child. He doesn’t ask for explanations; he dives into each day as if it were a new adventure and, at night, sleeps tired and happy.”
~ Paulo Coelho