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Going Home, Day 8 -- March 9, 2012

Port Lavaca, TX, to Corpus Christi, TX.

Today was cold and windy, or wet and cold and windy, all day. We skipped an early morning walk on a pier in Port Lavaca and headed directly to Aransas NWR in hopes of seeing Whooping Cranes. When leaving refuge headquarters, I got the best view of the day as four cranes flew over the parking lot. Out on the refuge, I saw several cranes, but at a great distance in the rain, and Mom saw none. We did see a Wild Turkey, a few white-tailed deer, and two raccoons. A Great Kiskadee at the visitor center put on a brief show, and we saw one Caracara. Continuing south, we saw two Whooping Cranes along the highway, stopped at a small natural area in Rockport, and stopped at a few other places along causeways. After a 4th ferry in 4 days, we arrived at my cousin Bethany's house in Corpus Christi in late afternoon to find that she had fallen earlier in the day and injured her knee. Her father, my Uncle Dawson, is aging gracefully at Bethany's and is in good spirits.

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Cold, wet morning at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
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Wild Turkey at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
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Trail at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
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Whooping Cranes along Highway 35
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Nature preserve in Rockport, TX
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Free Port Aransas ferry
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Port Aransas ferry
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Wet sand and rough seas along Padre Island

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