Goose Island State Park – Rockport, Texas

Still driving home from visiting with my niece in Corpus Christi, Texas and my 3 hour drive is now approaching an 8 hour drive instead, due to my many pit stops! This was the last one though.  

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Welcome to Goose Creek Island State Park 🙂 

In my post about Rockport Beach, I mentioned how I changed in the truck into my swimsuit to enjoy the beach and got my hair wet, etc. Then I thought to myself, hey..drive home with your swimsuit and a coverup on and it will be a nice, cool ride home 🙂 on this hot, Texas day! Well, not so much… as once I left the beach, I started to just feel gross! Lucky for me my beautiful daughter and her hubby had bought me a Texas State Park Pass as a gift! (Great gift by the way!!!).  Why am I rambling about it? Well, I saw yet another sign…this time for Goose Island State Park!!! Well, I’ve never been there before…(swerve)…AND bonus for me…I can shower off and change there and feel like a human again! 🙂 Winner, winner – chicken dinner 🙂 !!!20170724-IMG_4217

The Big Tree at Goose Island State Park was named the State Champion Coastal Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in 1966. It was dethroned in 2003 by the San Bernard Oak on the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. The Big Tree is still one of the largest live oak trees in Texas and in the nation. (Source:  http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island/the-big-tree)

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Happy to see just how well cared for it is! Liked the natural wood fence choice surrounding it too!
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Looks like it’s right out of a fairytale!
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I wish more trees were protected like this one
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As you drive through the park, there are so many landscape changes – I LOVE this park!!!
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You are rewarded with beautiful sites at every turn!
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This was right next to the RV Campsite – just beautiful!
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I’d be perfectly content to camp right here!!!
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This was the view at the same site as above but facing the opposite direction
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No clue what kind of cactus this is but thought it was photo worthy 🙂 – If you know – please tell me!
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I REALLY REALLY didn’t want to leave this park and I am for sure going back soon!!!
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Plenty of covered areas for picnics or campers to gather
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Lots of these vultures running around, chowing down on remaining fish parts
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This may well have been the LOUDEST mockingbird alive!!
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Yea!!! My favorite type of Heron!!!
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I’m with him….let’s go for a dip!
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He was on the hunt for some munchies but wasn’t doing such a great job of it.
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On to the next spot – hope you have better luck there buddy!
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I could kick myself for not grabbing a shot of the wooded camping areas but they are surrounded by these beautiful trees!!

If I didn’t have to go back to work, I sooooo would have stayed here!!! But like Arnold… “I’ll be back!!”

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth and Max

26 thoughts on “Goose Island State Park – Rockport, Texas”

    1. Thanks John! Have you ever had one? I do see cactus leaves for sale at the grocery store but not those-or maybe I’ve never noticed?

  1. The cactus is in the genus Opuntia. There are oodles of different kinds. There is even one very hardy one that survives our harsh Maine winters. Mine is growing great. As I’m typing this I glanced up and I see John beat me to it. If you ever get a chance, google Opuntia and you will see the variety included in this genus. The Prickly Pear is one of my very favorite plants.

    1. Oh you and John both are so nice to let me know. Wow, I wouldn’t think you could grow cactus in Maine!

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