A couple weekends ago we took a quick trip to Mustang Island. The Texas Gulf Coast is one of our favorite places, and it's only about a 4-hour drive from Austin. Mustang Island is a TX State Park and the 22-miles of relatively empty beach make it an uniquely people-free getaway. You can drive and camp right on the sand. And you can take your crazy dog on 10-mile long uninterrupted bike rides to tire her out -- except it doesn't really tire her out because nothing does.
The reason we went out that weekend was for a Texas Vanagons campout. We have yet to make it to one of their meetups so it was cool to finally meet some fellow Texas vanagon owners. I think about 16 vans showed up all in all. Good times were had, friends were made, and a load of sand was brought home on all of our belongings.
We left on a Friday evening after work, so we packed in a hurry. The only thing we forgot was dog food. In the past we'd probably opt to hit the road the next day, but we only had the weekend and we are getting van-packing more down to a science so we can truck out in less time. Though it still feels like leaving the house takes an eternity when your brain is fried from a whole week of work and it's 8PM on a Friday and you still have to rinse the cooler out from the last trip among a hundred other things. Are we creating more stress, should we just skip this trip? No, we're going to the beach dammit! And so we did, arriving bleary-eyed at 2AM. Here's what we brought with us:
- Two bikes
- Ice chest with drinks (we stopped at the grocery store in Port Aransas and stocked up with food)
- 1 Dog
- Pillows & Blankets
- overnight bags
- boogie board and skim board
- Trickle charger for the van's weak battery (which came in handy when the battery died before leaving on Sunday)
- Hammock (and not a damn place to hang it)