Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 10 – Goose Island, TX – Gulf Coast / Rio Grande Trip

Day's Travel mileage 172 total mileage to date 1107 miles

We finally made it to the Texas Gulf Coast. IMG_0005As you can see camp is set up and we will spend the next 4 nights here. Monday we will locate about 90 miles farther south on the coast.

Goose Island State Park is located at the southern tip of Lamar Peninsula amid the bays and estuaries of the Texas IMG_0006Gulf Coastal Bend. The mainland portion of the park is comprised of a live oak, red-bay woods which contain yaupon  holly, American beautyberry, coral bean and wax myrtle. Also on the mainland is a portion of tallgrass prairie consisting of bushy bluestem and saltgrass. Wildlife observation and photography opportunities include white-tailed deer, raccoon, armadillo, fox, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, and over 300 varieties of birds. The endangered whooping crane feeds on berries and blue crabs occurring in the coastal wetlands around Goose Island State Park.


The island portion of the park is an oyster shell island consisting of a shell ridge and marshland. Plants on the shell IMG_0002ridge portion of the island include sea-ox-eye daisy, wolfberry, sea purslane, baccharis and seashore dropseed grass.  The marsh at Goose Island includes smooth cordgrass, marsh-hay cordgrass, saltgrass, saltwort and glasswort. The bays around Goose Island are filled with seagrass beds and oyster reefs. Red drum, speckled trout and flounder are just a few of the fish that live in the bays around the island.

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