Port Aransas is a small town on the north end of Padre Island, just off the coast from Corpus Christi, TX. Padre Island, the longest barrier island in the world, runs along the Texas gulf coast for about 113 miles, from Brownsville near the border with Mexico to north of Corpus Christi. We stayed at the Pioneer RV Resort which is on the beach about 3 miles south of Port Aransas. From the RV park they have a short boardwalk that takes you out onto the sand. In Texas, the beaches are treated as legal roadways so you can drive out onto the sand. Periodically there are access points where you can get back onto the more traditional roadways.
We visited here on our car road trip back in January 2014, just over two years ago. This time we revisited some places and checked out some new ones. We stayed at a relatively new RV park on the southeast side of San Antonio, Green Lake RV Resort. It’s a really nice park with a small lake in the middle and very good facilities.
With the objective of getting to San Antonio, we looked at the map and found that Sonora, TX, was more or less mid-way from Fort Stockton. And, as luck would have it, Sonora is home to the Caverns of Sonora. Are you sensing a theme here? So far on this trip we have visited Kartchner Caverns and Carlsbad Caverns.
The Caverns of Sonora is privately owned where Kartchner Caverns is an Arizona state park and Carlsbad Caverns is a National Park. With only about 3 miles of developed passages, the Caverns of Sonora is not the biggest or deepest cave system, it is impressive nonetheless.
Carlsbad Caverns has a large natural opening so it was just a matter of time before someone entered and explored the caves within. In this case it was James White in 1898 at 16 years old. He made numerous trips into the caves to explore and for many years he was the only person who knew his way around.