And weeeee’re off!

LOCATION: Rockport, Texas

WEATHER: Sunny and hot – 102

CAMPGROUND: Goose Island State Park. 3 out of 5 stars. Electricity (30 amp) and water at almost all sites. Dump station. Two sections – one on the beach and one inland. We stayed in the wooded inland area. Some trees with shade. Long enough site to back into without unhooking. Nice picnic table. Good cooking grill, but burn ban in effect. Bathrooms ok, not great, with showers. $18/night plus daily $6 fee. Sites are tight, and some impossible, for big rigs to fit in.

Our goal for leaving home was 10:00 AM, and we left at 10:30, so not bad. It really wasn’t hard to pack up, as pretty much everything we have was simply moved from cupboards in our tiny house to either the trailer or truck. I have really tried not to accumulate more “stuff” than we need while RVing.

The 150-mile drive was uneventful, which was good. We stopped along the way for lunch. I had made some refreshing gazpacho. We couldn’t find a roadside stand, so just sat in the truck with the A/C on to eat it.

The Rockport area was hit really hard by Hurricane Harvey last August. It is sad to see that several buildings are sitting abandoned, totally destroyed. We saw several hotels that are empty with gaping holes in their roofs. We learned that hotel capacity is still only 50% of what it had been, in this tourist beach town. On the other hand, there is a lot of new construction, with a lot of beautiful new homes built amazingly right on the hurricane’s path.

The campground itself was hit and was just recently re-opened. Only a few sites on the beach section have been restored. We took a walk through the campground, and saw a few trees down…

We got settled in, with George’s expert backing-up skills.

DINNER: Chicken parmeggiano that I had made at home. Just warmed up in the microwave, along with some peas.

NOTE – On this road trip, I will rate and describe our campgrounds as I did with Goose Island for others to use as reference. Hope it is helpful!

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