Port Lavaca Area - April 4-8, 2022

We replaced the air conditioner and heater in the trailer at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, so we wanted to check them out and see if they were working properly. We needed to go for a short trip so that we could do it in a few days, hopefully with weather that would aid in the checkouts. We were blessed with two days that needed the air conditioner and two mornings that needed the heater, so we accomplished our goals. In addition, we discovered some things that need to be fixed (why else would you go RV'ing!!).

Port Lavaca was our choice for a destination. Fishing seems to be the main reason folks come to that area. We didn't do any fishing, but we explored the area, including the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This is where the whooping cranes migrate to in the winter, but we found that they had left for further north about a month ago. It was a good short trip and we enjoyed the area.

[Monday] This afternoon we left home after lunch and took our 5th wheel trailer down US-59, TX-172 and TX-35 to Texas Lakeside RV Resort (site 147) in Port Lavaca. We relaxed the few hours after arriving. We walked around the lake several times after supper.

< Our campsite #147. < Lake walkway.

[Tuesday] We stayed in the trailer in the morning reading, and after lunch we drove around Port Lavaca. We stopped at Lighthouse Park and walked on the 1/2-mile boardwalk over the coastal marsh. We saw many birds. We stopped at the Half Moon Reef Lighthouse and looked at the outside (it was closed). The three-story hexagonal lighthouse was originally located in Matagorda Bay, at the southern tip of Half Moon Reef. It was a beacon serving the town of Indianola. In 1943 it was relocated to Port Comfort. In 1979 it was moved to Port Lavaca. We drove around the historic downtown, which is very small. After supper, we again walked around the RV Park lake several times.

< The Lavaca Theater. < Interesting old building.

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< < Boardwalk at Lighthouse Beach.

< Half Moon Reef Lighthouse.

[Wednesday] We spent the morning relaxing and reading in the trailer. After lunch at the Bayside Seafood Restaurent in Port Lavaca, we drove south to Port O'Connor and walked out on the fishing pier. The wind was blowing about 40 to 50 mph and there were lots of white caps on the waves. We chatted with a couple of guys from Victoria fishing from the pier. We drove around the town and looked at all the nice new homes that are being built high up on pilings to protect from the frequent hurricanes. We saw an alligator in the ditch on a street in the middle of town! Afterwards, we drove to the little town of Seadrift and drove around. The houses were much older and some in disrepair. There were lots of fishing boats stationed there. We then went back to Port Lavaca.

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< < Port O'Connor beach and fishing pier.

< Alligator in ditch. < Built for hurricanes.

< < < Fishing boats at Seadrift.

[Thursday] After lunch we drove to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and spent the afternoon. We drove the 16-mile loop through the reserve. We saw some wildlife, but not much. We were about a month late for seeing some of the whooping cranes that winter in the refuge. We went up on the elevated observation platform, which would be a perfect place to see the whooping cranes. We also walked the 0.7-mile Dagger Point Trail through the coastal live oak and red bay trees. The trail was walking in sand all the way. We then stopped and saw a 400+ year old Live Oak tree that is growing a few yards from the bay. We then went back to Port Lavaca.

< < Entrance to refuge, and a small marsh lake.

< < Observation platform.

< The 400+ year old Live Oak.

[Friday] After breakfast, we got the trailer prepared for the drive back home. We left the park about 10:30 am and stopped in the little town of Blessing to eat lunch in the trailer. We got back home about 3:00 pm and unpacked the trailer.

This draws to a close our very brief trip to the Port Lavaca area. We hope you enjoyed the photos and brief descriptions of our activities. God willing, join us again soon for another travel adventure.

Goodbye for now,

Lawson & Kay

April 14, 2022

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