Whooping it up at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge...

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving trip to Corpus this year! We enjoyed a huge turkey dinner, with ALL the trimmings, at the Robichauxes on Thanksgiving Day with Larry, Jane, Michelle & Sarah and Gayle, Christina & Pam. Topped the evening off with a trip to the theater for Harry Potter & the Sorceror's Stone.

Then on Friday, after just a little shopping, we went to the Scotts' and watched the 'Horns claim a victory over the aggies. The 'horns managed to cover the spread so all bets were won by our side this time. And then we had a fantastic grilled lamb dinner with Mother & Daddy and David, Kelly & Brian.

Saturday we headed back to Houston, but stopped on the way at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, hoping to see some whooping cranes. I've been there several times in my life, but never had seen a whooper. Well, this time we hit pay dirt! From the observation deck, and with the aid of some powerful binoculars and the free telescope, we were able to see and watch a pair of adults and their young offspring. We also saw several alligators and all sorts of other water birds. The weather was incredible and we all had a great trip! Here's a few photos...

 Keeping our distance we watched an alligator sunning himself beside a small pond as we hiked the "Heron Flats" trail. This was an interesting trail with lots of plantlife marked and identified.


Here's the young crowd in the shade of a coastal live oak with ball and Spanish moss overhead, and Turk's cap growing all around (see, I DID learn something!).

That's Michelle, Erin, Duncan, Patrick & Sarah (l to r).

 From the top of the observation deck we were finally able to spot some whooping cranes. Sorry, they were too far away for my little camera to spot them, but we got a great view using the telescope above.

 Here's more of the group on the Observation Platform.

After leaving the refuge, we headed to Port Lavaca for a very enjoyable dinner at Gordon's Seafood before returning home.