On Friday night, we enjoyed dinner & s’mores over the beautiful campfire. The fire pit was designed but student architects from the University of Texas. It included an oyster shell wall and beautiful wood bench seating. Unfortunately, one of our youngsters slipped his library book in between the wood slots like a mailbox. Most of us gave up, but one of the dads was able to maneuver the book out with marshmallow roasting sticks. The oldest child read the book for everyone just before bedtime. After a lovely evening of dinner and s’mores, some of us got a perfect glimpse (with a spotlight) of a Great Horned Owl that had been hooting inside the camp.
On Saturday we joined a park ranger on a hike through a nearby coastal woodland trail. We learned a lot about local plants, fungus, moths, marine creatures, tracking animals and more during the trek. We had lunch at the campsite before going into Rockport for a Science on the Sphere presentation at the Bay Education Center. It was a fun & unique presentation covering a variety of marine topics, but focusing on marine debris.
We took a 3.5 hour boat tour to see the incredible birds and wildlife at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. We saw Whooping Cranes, flocks of Roseate Spoonbills, Seaside Sparrows, Bottlenose Dolphins and more. The kids and parents all had a blast.