Saturday, 16 December 2006

A Very Beautiful Day!

Pelicans just hanging around

Pretty flower

Today was such a beautiful day! Not a cloud in the sky. I went for my walk at Roberts Point Park and saw a few more herons and pelicans. There was a really nice breeze and at its peak reached 78F (26C).

I coloured my hair this morning as the roots were coming out and we have a potluck tomorrow. Also wanted to have it done for Christmas so now that’s overwith. Gordon wasn’t feeling well so he spent most of the day resting and I sat outside and read and did word puzzles.

There are a couple of large souvenir beach type stores right behind us so I checked them out this afternoon but found nothing I couldn’t live without.

Friday, 15 December 2006

A Very Foggy Morning

Some foggy photos that I took on my morning walk

This morning was very foggy and I awoke to the fog horns on the ferries as they cross Redfish Bay on their way to and from Aransas Pass from Port Aransas. I just walked around the area this morning as the fog was too thick to be able to see much in the park.

I called my sister this morning to wish her a Happy Birthday while I was sitting outside enjoying the day. She said that our cousin, Ed called this morning from England to wish her a Happy Birthday. Ed is such a nice man. Except for his height, he reminds me so much of our father. When we were in England in 2000, we stayed with he and his wife, Jean for a couple of days.

After the fog burned off it turned into another bright, sunny and beautiful day so I spent most of the morning and afternoon sitting outside.

Later this afternoon I drove to the post office to get some things mailed and then to the local grocery to pick up a few items that I couldn’t get or forgot yesterday. Then I stopped at one of the touristy shops but didn’t buy anything.

Now we’re in for a quiet night of TV.

Thursday, 14 December 2006

A Trip to Rockport

A heron squats by the shore while a dolphin frolics in the channel

This heron was in front of me on the sidewalk when all of a sudden he flew to the top of this structure and made like a weathervane

Here's a pelican sitting on a piling in front of some nice houses. They kind of reminded me of the houses along the water in Curacao

First of all, I want to wish my sister, Betty a Happy Birthday tomorrow. Unfortunately she doesn’t have a computer so I’ve sent my birthday wishes via snail mail.

My walk this morning was under mild, cloudy skies with a temperature of 62F(16C). By the time I got back it was 67F(19C). I walked over to Roberts Point Park again and saw more herons and pelicans as well as some cormorants and the odd dolphin frolicking in the channel. There was also quite a bit of ship traffic and boats leaving the marina to go fishing both commercial fishermen and fishing enthusiasts. Fishing is a really big deal around here.

Late this morning we headed over to Rockport to go to their SuperWalMart. I didn’t really like the one in Aransas Pass that we went to last week. I needed to get some photocopying done so found a UPS Store to do that. Then we went to a couple of RV Dealers to see if we could get a longer sewer hose. The sewers in a lot of these RV parks is at the back and our sewer connection is close to the front. Nope, the longest sewer hose they make is 20 feet. We can join two together but then they leak and that’s not pretty! So, we have to tie a plastic bag around the connector – just not very efficient.

After that unsuccessful attempt, we stopped at McDonald’s to get me an Asian salad. I ordered it, it took forever to get it. McDonald’s sure aren’t very organized. Then on to Taco Bell for Gordon’s Southwest Steak Bowl. Then we tried to find a picnic table but found a nice spot and ate in the truck only to find out when I opened my bag that I got a Caesar Salad instead of an Asian Salad. Not happy! That’s the second time in a couple of weeks that McDonald’s has gotten my order wrong.

After lunch, Gordon dropped me at WalMart and headed out in search of egrets to photograph. I got the shopping done and he got his egret photos so we headed home to Port Aransas.

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Just Lazin' Around

I took this photo yesterday of part of the Marina beside Robert's Point Park

This morning was sunny but not as warm as yesterday morning. Gordon went out to shoot photos at sunrise and wasn’t back yet when I left for my walk. I just walked around the neighbourhood this morning. There’s a housing development behind us. By the time I got back, Gordon was home and had been all around the area shooting photos. He said he took a whack of them! Check them out at

Today was spent just lounging around, sitting outside and reading. We had sun all day but we’re to have some cloud tomorrow.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Of Birds and Butterflies

And turtles too!

I started the day with a nice walk to Roberts Point Park. To walk there and back and take some photos it takes about half an hour. The weather was so beautiful I almost felt like I was in the Caribbean. There were a few Great Blue Herons around this morning, one of which is shown above.

The couple we met yesterday had told us they had seen Roseate Spoonbills on the Aransas Pass side so we took the ferry over this morning and drove around the mudflats where they had been seen but they had obviously moved on so we came back to Port Aransas and went to the Leonabelle Turnbul Birding Centre. There we saw all kinds of butterflies and birds including Roseate Spoonbills but they were quite far away.

As it was lunch time, we decided to have lunch at a restaurant. There is a place called Fins just across the road from the RV park. They will cook the fish you catch but they also have a menu. I had the Seafood Gumbo which was very good and Gordon had a hamburger which he said was good as well.

We then took a drive trying to find a way to get closer to the Roseate Spoonbills that we had seen earlier but had no luck there either. On our way back we stopped at Paradise Pond. There were quite a few birds there too but too far away for my camera. I did however get a photograph of some turtles which you will see above.

Monday, 11 December 2006

Our First Day in Port Aransas

Photos from l to r: Me on the jetty; an egret in flight; a handsome little pelican on the fishing pier in town; ships passing in the channel

This morning was very foggy but this afternoon turned out to be sunny and nice reaching about 75F (24C). Gordon went out and took some photos at Roberts Point Park this morning in the fog.

Today we spent most of the day just settling in, getting to know the park. A couple that are here from Madoc, Ontario and used to live in Ottawa dropped by, then we met them again this afternoon on the jetty. There are quite a few RVs here from Ontario. I expect we will meet more of them in the days to come.

The jetty divides the channel where the ships go through to get to the Corpus Christi Harbour from the Gulf and it goes quite a ways out into the water. We didn’t walk all the way to the end but there were lots of people and birds out there. Also there is lots of beach, but you have to drive to get to it.

We got some groceries and then stopped at one of the fishing piers in town. From there you can see the lighthouse although it is far away. Something tells me we’ll be taking a boat cruise to see it and the dolphins. There are lots of dolphins in the channel and they like to jump in front of the ships as they are passing by.

Sunday, 10 December 2006

Now in Port Aransas, TX for a Month

Our site at Marina Beach RV Resort

The sun is trying to come out to say good-bye to me at Mustang Island Beach

It was mostly cloudy this morning and 57F (14C). The sun was trying to come out so it made for a very pleasant walk this morning. Unfortunately nothing unusual had washed up on the beach overnight but it was very peaceful with the waves and the sand and I got to say good-bye again to Mustang Island State Park Beach. We’ll be in the area for a month so we might be back but it won’t be the same with just leaving the RV and going for a walk on the beach when I feel like it.

We left Mustang Island State Park around 11:00 a.m. and then stopped at the dump station so we were on our way by 11:20 a.m. and traveled the 13 miles or so to Marina Beach RV Resort. When we arrived the lady that we saw earlier in the week was at church and we didn’t get the site that we had expected but we’re here and we were set up by 2:00 p.m. The sun tried to come out a few times and the temperature reached 72F (22C).

Betty called to see how we are doing and then we went for a walk around the area at dusk. That’s about it for our first day in Port Aransas!