Texas Gulf Coast Holiday

We started the year off right with a Christmas and New Year’s trip to the Texas Gulf Coast. First we spent several days in Port Aransas with my parents. We stayed in a RV park that was…well…what can I say, we were packed in there like sardines! To be fair, the park was very nice, we just haven’t stayed in that many RV parks and never in one where you don’t have room to put your awning up! Having full hookups is always nice, but next time we will find a place to dry camp where we have a little room around us. Most of our time in Port Aransas was spent either walking on the beach or cruising around town in a rented golf cart. It is legal in Port Aransas to drive golf carts on the city streets as long as you stay off the main highway. It was such a fun way to see the city, souvenir shop, stop for lunch, drive on the beach and park and watch the ships come in. It was money well spent. My parents loved it! We enjoyed beautiful clean beaches, fabulous sunrises and shrimp every day! (The Castaway was excellent!) It was a wonderful Christmas to remember.

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A few days after Christmas we headed up to Matagorda Bay Nature and RV park. Wow…what a wonderful surprise this place was! The park is located where the Colorado River meets the Gulf of Mexico so you have river on one side and the beach a short walk away. I must say, we are in love with this place! Our site was so spacious and beautiful. We didn’t really know what to expect so we didn’t take our kayaks.  Big mistake! Fortunately the park offers kayak rentals so we rented a tandem kayak…twice!  New Year’s Day we walked down the beach (way, way, way down the beach!) and found the most beautiful seashells I have ever seen.  It was another day to remember! Our cat Mister was happy not to be left at home, Dan baked bread in our 51 year old oven and I….walked, and walked, and walked. Everyone was happy! We will go back…for sure!

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Caddo Lake State Park

Located in far East Texas near the Louisiana border, you will find beautiful Caddo Lake, a sprawling maze of bayous and sloughs. Depending on rainfall, this maze of slow-moving bayous, wetlands and backwaters covers about 26,810 acres of cypress swamp.  To really experience the beautiful forests of cypress trees draped in Spanish moss, you need to get out on the water. Canoe rentals are available or you can take a guided pontoon boat ride.

We camped at  Caddo Lake State Park with the Heart of Texas Camping Unit. Several other club members brought their kayaks and canoes so we all got together and explored a paddling trail. The trail is clearly marked but I was glad I took along the GPS…just in case! It would be very easy to get disoriented and loose your way in the maze of cypress trees. We paddled 9 miles that day. It was a great day and another fun camp out!

 

Polishing and Painting

Polishing sucks…OK…It sucks!  But…the results make it all worthwhile. We did a first cut with Nuvite last year to get the worst of the corrosion off but haven’t really had time to work on it since then. The Vintage Airstream Club Rally is this weekend so for the past few weeks we have been trying to get more done on the outside. Besides polishing, one priority was to repaint the badges and install the blue plastic trim insert.  After driving ourselves crazy looking for automotive paint, in the right colors and in small quantities (don’t need a quart!) we decided to just go with what they had at Auto Zone. We used Rustoleum Enamel spray paint. The blue was really the only color that had to be perfect, and it was. I painted the  “Airstream” letters on the front and back by spraying paint in a cup and brushing it on. You had to paint fast before it dried but it worked! To paint the red, white and blue “International” badges I taped each area off  and sprayed them. On the white section I just painted right over the “International” then quickly used a rag and thinner to clean the paint off the chrome letters. It was much easier than trying to tape it off…I tried that. I used the same method on the ID plate on the front…just painted right over the whole thing then wiped it off with thinner. I put 3 coats of paint and then a clear coat over everything…hope it lasts! The blue trim snapped right in and matched perfectly. It was really warm the day I installed it so I tried to get it in there as tight as possible. It was cold that night and the next morning there was about an inch long gap next to the badge where it had shrunk. I was sick! But, after the sun hit it, it expanded and fit perfectly again. Oh well…it’s hot here most of the time anyway!

We are still a long way off on the polishing but with the paint and trim…she looks fantastic! We are off this weekend to The Lone Star Vintage Airstream Club Rally in Bend, Texas. We can’t wait to see all the vintage trailers but mostly to meet up with friends again. The theme is “The Shagadelic Airstream Gig” so…think hippie! We are camping at The Barefoot Camp and RV Park located right on the Colorado River. Hopefully there will be enough water to play with our kayaks!

I’m not sure if we will have cell service but if we do, I’ll be posting pictures on instagram. You can follow me @stephanieintexas or @danintexas. It’s going to be far out and groovy weekend!

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