After a busy couple of weeks, we decided to head to the coast for a few restful days. It's strange that in Texas, a one and a half hour journey, turns into a three hour one; something we will have to remember in future. Also, we didn't realise that Mustang Island needed a ferry crossing; another learning experience!
Arriving to a severe storm warning, we set out to explore, although it was a shame we were viewing the area at the end of the holiday season, when everything was running down. The hotel was nice, though, with paintings oi every room, commissioned by the hotel by an artist Wade Koniakowsky. Our first meal at a local café was a gigantic plate of fish and chips as were all our meals in the town
After a morning around the pool, we set off to explore and work off some of the last evenings meal. Our first stop was to see a local attraction where a house owner had decorated his fence with a variety of seaside items, a work of art in itself. Also it contained a Geocache helping us to continue our quest to find at least one on our visits.
We then made our way down to the beach, which was not very busy at this time of year. Walking from the harbour area, along the beach back towards the hotel, in the heat, we soon realised why everyone hired buggies at this resort. Still we enjoyed the exercise and did see a few other brave souls enjoying the sea and sand.
Walking around the town, we visited a couple of the smaller galleries but were delighted when we found the Port Aransas Art Centre. Again, this was a local artists centre where they could exhibit their work and hold classes etc. This was a superb purpose built centre with excellent facilities. There were several boards displaying a range of work as well as ones for individual artists. Some excellent work, although quite pricey for an art group however this maybe was because of the local clientele and tourist customer base.
Another fascinating insight into an American town, although I don't think we saw the real side of it, as the number of surf shops indicated a different clientele in the Summer season. It certainly would have been a lot livelier. At least we missed the storm, although the sunsets were quite impressive.