As typical it is hard to define a place properly unless you look at the whole picture and from our point of view it has to encompass the location and what goes on within a 60 mile radius, or you miss out on a lot. Especially if you are in a place the size of TEXAS where people have to drive 25 miles or more to HEB for a gallon of milk. HEB (Here Everything’s Better) owns the South Texas grocery store world here hands down. There is no Kroger, Publix, WD…it’s all HEB with a few Wally Worlds.
We quickly dialed into that while CC is the main city hub, Mustang Island and Padre Island are the massive beach and seashore areas. Port A is the actual (locals) beach town here. Tee shirt shops, restaurants, golf cart rental, vacation homes, you know the drill. Port Aransas is importantly the gateway to the shipping harbor in CC bay which is the 6th largest port in the country in shipping tonnage. By the looks of things oil is at the top of the list, our drive down manufactures row is dominated by Valero and Conoco on a grand scale. Noteworthy as well, Port A is the home to the University of Texas Marine Institute a very impressive educational place.
35 miles away you have the largest ranch in the world that is slightly bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Here we thought Ford just made the name of the popular Kings Ranch pick up truck up cause it sounded cool…not a chance.
While CC is not a destination we would typically pick for a vacation it is an interesting place and we have learned a lot about Texas Gulf Coast culture being here. Not to mention with 70 and 80 degree temperatures in February is a plus… And hey! if you need some alone time to reflect, meditate just head to Padre Island in the off season you have a hundred miles of solitude, or head down some long lonesome road there is plenty of space to ponder your thoughts.
More CC pictures to come.