Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jamaica Beach to Matagorda Bay, Texas

Leaving the Galveston Island, we headed west, over the toll bridge and into Freeport, Texas. Our destination, Matagorda Bay Nature and Science Preserve lies where the Colorado River meets the Gulf of Mexico. It's located at the very end of a long land spit and juts out into the Gulf. Beautiful campground with full hookups and big rig friendly although we were the only motorcoach in the campground. Matagorda Bay is known mostly for it's excellent fishing.

Leaving Jamaica Beach, you can go up through Houston but we decided to stay along the coast and headed west. As you exit the island you have to cross this toll bridge..cost $2/vehicle regardless of length, axles or if towing.

Crossing the bridge and coming into Freeport and Mud Island, we spotted this airstream out on the Mud Flats. What a view he had, but I'm not sure where he'd be at high tide....

Texas Highway 36 between Surfside Beach and Freeport. As you can see, very little traffic.

Many of the bays and rivers along the Texas Gulf Coast provide access for the movement of goods and materials by ship and barges.

Another bridge coming into Freeport. Notice the water on both sides. While appearing to be flooding, it's actually bayous and low areas normally covered by water.

I've always been amazed at refineries. To think some engineers put together all those pipes etc. to manufacture fuel is mind boggling.

Turning off Farm to Market 521 we cross the bridge over the Colorado River. To the right we could see the lock system which allows ships and barges to move from the Gulf inland.

We finally arrive at the Matagorda Bay Nature Park and Science Center.
 Talk about a nice campground. Full hookups, level concrete pads, the Colorado River behind you and the Gulf of Mexico out your front window. Easy fishing from the rear of your coach.

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