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Terlingua Ghost Town

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3/26/12, Terlingua Ghost Town

It’s kind of a ghost town – I say kind of because there are newer homes and some businesses there to attract all us tourists. I just went and took pictures and left. No comments on the pics, just loading them up and here they are.

And with that, I headed on down the road ….

Big Bend – Part 3

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3/25-26/2012, Castolon, Cottonwood CG, Santa Elena Canyon, and much more

Cottonwood Campground Site

Cottonwood Campground Site

The 3rd campground in Big Bend is a No Generator Campground called Cottonwood. Big rigs would not fit in these back-in sites, but it is a beautiful area and I spent one night here. This post will cover the trip down, the sites seen there (Cottonwood is right next to Castolon and only a few miles from Santa Elena) and then out of Big Bend the next day.

More scenery through the windshield

More scenery through the windshield

another view of my Cottonwood CG site

another view of my Cottonwood CG site

This is another cg where you can do serious birding if you so desire. I’m not serious about it – just love them. Had a terrible time getting clear pics – but you’ll be seeing some (really, me and bird pics – you must be kidding, right?)

It was another very hot day- predicted to hit 100 here in Cottonwood, so I elected to take Peaches with for a drive down to the Santa Elena Canyon Overlook.

Santa Elena Canyon info

Santa Elena Canyon info

It was a very short hike, so Peaches was left in the car (windows open, shaded parking spot) while I did the few minutes down to check it out.

Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon

Promise - last one - Santa Elena Canyon

Promise - last one - Santa Elena Canyon

River acess at Santa Elena

River acess at Santa Elena

This is an access point for the tours to go out. There was no one here. The water is very low – just a tad over 2 feet – which actually seemed high to me at this point. You can see by the boat launch how many feet down the water is.

A short walk on the Dorgen-Sublett Trail

A short walk on the Dorgen-Sublett Trail

Info on the trail - Grand Canyon Farms

Info on the trail - Grand Canyon Farms

Remnants of the stone farmhouse

Remnants of the stone farmhouse

Looking through - end to end.

Looking through - end to end.

The stone farmhouse.

The stone farmhouse.

And back at the campground ...

And back at the campground ...

As hot as it was, Peaches and I sat in the shade of the rv until dark – when you can be guaranteed temps will go down – so sleeping won’t be a problem – eventually. I was reading and taking pictures and reading and taking pictures .. of what – yep … the birds. Unfortunately, or fortunately for you, I didn’t do a good job with the pics, so not a lot of bird pics to share. And, alas, I completely screwed up and didn’t get any pics of the javelina in the cg in the morning. Bad me.

Woody Woodpecker - many, many here.

Woody Woodpecker - many, many here.

Blurry is acceptable in flight - for me, anyway.

Blurry is acceptable in flight - for me, anyway.

Sign on the picnic tables.

Sign on the picnic tables.

Loved it here - heat and all - so peaceful

Loved it here - heat and all - so peaceful

Vultures coming home to bed.

Vultures coming home to bed.

All day long, throughout Big Bend, you’ll see a vulture here and there. I think they all sleep at Cottonwood Campground – as come dusk, they all were coming into the trees here. I love watching it.

Vulture coming in over the moon.

Vulture coming in over the moon.

Leaving in the morning - love the color (or lack of it!)

Leaving in the morning - love the color (or lack of it!)

View from the Sotol Vista

View from the Sotol Vista

Yes there was a fire here - info

Yes there was a fire here - info

From the Sotol Vista you are gazing towards the Rio Grande, the Santa Elena Canyon, towards Mexico. The limestone walls of the Canyon tower 1500 feet above the water at the Canyon.

The view towards Mexico and the Canyon

The view towards Mexico and the Santa ElenaCanyon

Homer Wilson Ranch Info

Homer Wilson Ranch Info

Trail Info

Trail Info

It’s not a long walk down – but is all uphill back. With the heat I decided not to go the distance. Peaches would have been ok – had the rv now – but was just more than I thought I wanted to do. Too many hikes in this heat the last week or so and I’m tired. And I will be back.

The ranch in the distance with the beautiful backdrop.

The ranch in the distance with the beautiful backdrop.

A closer view of the Homer Wilson Ranch.

A closer view of the Homer Wilson Ranch.

Homer Wilson had 4000 sheep and 2500 goats that escaped the summer heat onto the grasslands of the slopes up-canyon.

I did do the hike to the Sam Nail Ranch.

I did do the hike to the Sam Nail Ranch.

It was also short, but also mainly shaded.

Can you see the building?

Can you see the building?

A group of sparrows where singing or I never would have seen them.

A group of sparrows where singing or I never would have seen them.

I can see my motorhome from the trail.

I can see my motorhome from the trail.

And now it’s time to head out of Big Bend. Yes, I will be back, for a much longer visit. This whirlwind tour exhausted me and I loved every minute.

Next up – Terlingua Ghost Town.

Big Bend – Part 2

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Big Bend – 3/24/12 – Chisos Basin

Starting on the road to Chisos Basin

Starting on the road to Chisos Basin

This is a windy, road – sharp curves, steep grades. It isn’t recommended for trailers over 20 feet or rv’s over 24 feet. I took the car, but would love to go and stay in this cg. The sites are small – but as you’ll see – the vistas are gorgeous. There is also a hotel/motel, store and restaurant here. Didn’t check if my phone worked, but they had wifi. (Phones pick up signals periodically throughout the park – mostly no signal, then a strong one – with a signal always near employee housing.)

Motel at the basin.

Motel at the basin.

"Lord of the Wind" Statue

"Lord of the Wind" Statue

Statue Info

Statue and Sculpter Info

Motel with beautiful backdrop.

Motel with beautiful backdrop.

I don’t seem to have taken any pics of the lodge/restaurant…. hmmmm … but I took pics from there.

Vistas are stunning

Vistas are stunning

Looking into the campground.

Looking into the campground.

Again looking into the Chisos Basin Campground

Again looking into the Chisos Basin Campground

At all 3 campgrounds in Big Bend there is a store – came in very handy here, as I was so very hot – ice cream was in order.

Heading back out from Chisos Basin

Heading back out from Chisos Basin

Back at Stillwell, a pic of the Moon, Mars and Jupiter at sunset.

Back at Stillwell, a pic of the Moon, Mars and Jupiter at sunset.

Next up – Castolon, Cottonwood CG, Santa Elena Canyon and much more.

Big Bend – Part 1

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Big Bend, 3/23-24, including Fossil Bone, Rio Grande Village, Hot Springs

Stillwell Store RV Park outside Big Bend

Stillwell Store RV Park outside Big Bend

At my last stop a couple recommended Stillwell as a great place to stay while visiting Big Bend. I have some reservations, but after my whirlwind trip, would stay here again – just doing things a tad differently. I’d still visit parts of Big Bend from here – the road in up to the Visitors Center – and then in the opposite direction next time I’ll definitely check out La Linda and possibly do a Rio Grande river adventure from there. Next time, I’ll definitely plan a minimum of 2 weeks, probably longer. And since you can only stay within Big Bend for 2 weeks, this park is a great one for doing some of the rest. Oh, I might just wait a few years until I can get the discount pass. While the National Parks have all be well worth it- they are even better with that pass. Ah, this is the one time I wish I was older.

Inside Big Bend, a bridge on the main road to the Vistor's Center.

Inside Big Bend, a bridge on the main road to the Vistor's Center.

What’s the interest in this bridge? It’s washed out many times from flash floods.

Photo of the bridge after a flash flood.

Photo of the bridge after a flash flood.

An Eocene Landscape

An Eocene Landscape

That same landscape today.

That same landscape today.

The above were part of the exhibits of the Fossil Bone exhibit/hike that I did.

I love rock formations.

I love rock formations.

The Chihuahuan Desert

The Chihuahuan Desert

I took many pictures through my window while driving. I’m amazed that they don’t show all the dirt! This next picture is on the way to the Rio Grande Village (the largest campground in the park is there).

Once there, I saw a lot of birds and wildlife. That cg would be a wonderful birding area. Just wonderful. And there are trails nearby. I could easily stay there a week or two without going to far.

In this campground area is Daniels Ranch – a 1920′s adobe farmhouse, which is typical of Big Bend’s agricultural period.

Part of Daniels Ranch

Part of Daniels Ranch

There is a foot trail to Hot Springs here, also.

There is a foot trail to Hot Springs here, also.

There is also a drive near the Hot Springs on the road into Rio Grande Village. I took part of the trail.

stopping to see more birds

stopping to see more birds

The trail was a few miles one-way, on a very hot day (it got to 101, I believe, in Rio Grande Village on this day). I wasn’t dressed to use the hot springs – it is on my list for next visit! So…

Overlook of the hot springs.

Overlook of the hot springs.

Love the colors, remind me of AZ, UT, all the Red Rock areas.

Love the colors, remind me of AZ, UT, all the Red Rock areas.

Next to the w/e/s campsites is this closed area to protect the hawk nesting area.

Next to the w/e/s campsites is this closed area to protect the hawk nesting area.

Beautiful sites - with no hookups.  Some areas are no generators allowed, also.

Beautiful sites - with no hookups. Some areas are no generators allowed, also.

Pair of Roadrunners.

Pair of Roadrunners.

For those requiring hookups, Rio Grande Village is the only area within the cg that has any. It is basically a paved parking lot with sites on either side of the drive. They get almost no shade – but work well if people need them. (Can you tell I prefer the other?)

full hookup sites

full hookup sites

Looking across the Rio Grande

Looking across the Rio Grande

Continuing the view across the Rio Grande

Continuing the view across the Rio Grande

Next up … Chisos Basin

Seminole Canyon

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3/20 – 23/2012 – Seminole Canyon State Park, Texas

My Site at Seminole Canyon SP - #28

My Site at Seminole Canyon SP - #28

The woman who checked me in told me this was the “best” spot. I have to agree with her. Most there want the electric and water, and this site is without – as are several of their sites – and that was fine with me. There is access to water, and a dump station – and I was overlooking beauty in 3 directions.

After getting settled in, Peaches and I took a quick partial hike of the Canyon Rim Trail.

First sign on the trail.

First sign on the trail.

We saw the dropoffs, but luckily didn't see any snakes.

We saw the dropoffs, but luckily didn't see any snakes.

Peaches saying, c'mon!

Peaches saying, c'mon!

Leading the way.

Leading the way.

Blooming Cactus

Blooming Cactus

Overlook also known at the Bridge to the Past

Overlook also known at the Bridge to the Past

Peaches has no fear of the sudden drop-offs.

Peaches has no fear of the sudden drop-offs.

Since I do have fears, I made sure she was on leash, and I wasn’t near those drop-offs just in case she did something stupid, or her sure-footedness slipped. Of course, it never did – but I didn’t take chances.

Shortly after that bridge, we turned around and headed home. Hunger was calling and I planned to do the entire hike another time. I figured we got in close to 3 miles, since we also hike from our site to the trailhead.

The start of sunrise.

The start of sunrise.

One of the major hikes at this canyon is the Bell Fate Tour down into the canyon to see pictographs. There’s a $5 charge, and you can only go into the canyon with a tour guide. Dogs can’t go on those tours, so Peaches got to relax.

Statue at the start of the tour.

Statue at the start of the tour.

Looking towards the Fate Bell Shelter

Looking towards the Fate Bell Shelter

The Fate Bell Shelter is below the office/visitor’s center of the park. You can’t see it until you start down. Then you go down to the canyon floor and have to come back up a bit into the shelter. They have built the floor of the shelter up about 13 feet or we’d really be straining our necks to see the pictographs.

Going down ...

Going down ...

and back up again

and back up again

Railroad men left their mark, also.

Railroad men left their mark, also.

I believe it was the Southern Pacific that put tracks through here. These were some of the men who engineered it, etc. If I heard and read correctly, these tracks were only used for about 10 years. The railroad bed has been marked in various areas of the park, along with the history of this told in the museum, I’m sure (I kind of jumped over bunches of info in the museum!)

Pictorgraphs will not be labeled- enjoy.

We had to pause between sections of the cave to remark upon:

a hummingbird's nest

a hummingbird's nest

To get perspective on the size of the nest, I asked the ranger to hold up her hand. Unfortunately, I blurred this pic – but you can really get how small it is:

How tiny the nest is.

How tiny the nest is.

Looking into the large area of the Fate Bell Shelter

Looking into the large area of the Fate Bell Shelter

Looking out from the shelter.

Looking out from the shelter.

Heading back up to the visitor's center.

Heading back up to the visitor's center.

I took a cut-off to take the Windmill Trail – but just before that cut-off I spotted a beautiful

Blooming Red Cactus

Blooming Red Cactus

Info on the original windmill

Info on the original windmill

Which was overcome by wind some time back.

Which was overcome by wind some time back.

A windy, rocky trail - notice the arrow to turn up at the top.

A windy, rocky trail - notice the arrow to turn up at the top.

Ends near the new windmill

Ends near the new windmill

On our last full day, Peaches and I headed out with water to do the 7 1/2 mile hike (knowing it would be 8 1/2 – 9 miles for us. Well, about 8 1/2 including the walk to and from our campsite – if I hadn’t turned wrong once – so probably a bit over 9. We started with the Canyon Rim trail and took it to the Rio Grande Trail. I tried not to repeat any pics of the beginning of the trail.

Peaches in the lead.

Peaches in the lead.

She likes the edges a bit too much.

She likes the edges a bit too much.

Yes, we saw birds here also.

Yes, we saw birds here also.

And more blooming cactus.

And more blooming cactus.

Peaches wanted to leap the canyon edges when we saw the water.

Peaches wanted to leap the canyon edges when we saw the water.

I truly had to restrain her and she wasn’t happy. She no longer wanted our water which was now warm to hot – but she definintely wanted to figure out a way down there. Unfortunately, there isn’t a path to the water; poor girl.

We did one loop backwards, so stopped for this pic after the fact.

We did one loop backwards, so stopped for this pic after the fact.

I think this is the Panther Cave.

I think this is the Panther Cave.

Way up there we can see the cg.

Way up there we can see the cg.

Unfortunately, it’s not a straight walk – so appearances, as often true in life, are very deceiving.

But we are getting closer, slowly.

But we are getting closer, slowly.

And another bird.

And another bird.

We were exhausted. I managed to take a shower; Peaches went to sleep. She skipped dinner. I think I found out how to wear this little girl out! Of course, by morning, she was full of it again.

As to bird pictures, I truly wanted a picture of some little birds that hung out in the cg. However, they never sat still. And they flew so fast. It wasn’t meant to be!

I enjoyed Seminole Canyon and liked the campground.

This morning I moved on. After telling people I was going to skip Big Bend National Park, moments before leaving this morning, I rethought – and I’m at a cg just outside the entrance with wifi and hookups. Why? Because it’s so very hot out – and Peaches won’t be able to hike with me, so I changed plans also about where/how to stay and have electric so she’ll have ac. I can be a good mommy, yes I can.

Amistad NRA

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I thought I’d stay here at Amistad a day or two – but with lousy weather and winds, have stayed longer – waiting for good weather on days the hike to the canyon at Seminole State Park happens. And it’s not only nice here – but only $4/day ($2 for those of you with the Golden Age pass).

My Site at San Pedro CG in Amistad NRA

My Site at San Pedro CG in Amistad NRA

The lake is so low that there are fields and fields that used to be under water. You’ll see what I mean in many of the pictures. What would have been water views from some of the sites – well, it’s several football fields to the water, now.

Heading to the water

Heading to the water

We are walking now where lake used to be.

We are walking now where lake used to be.

Desolate with no water in this area - but Peaches likes it.

Desolate with no water in this area - but Peaches likes it.

As usual, I’ve taken lots of pics of animals and birds (missed something today, though, that I’ll be watching for if it appears again!)

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit

Very large female cardinal

Very large female cardinal

Deer

Deer

Deer

Deer

Butt Shots

Butt Shots

Peaches found a bone

Peaches found a bone

When I called her to leave, she buried the bone:

Dug with her paws, covered it with her nose.

Dug with her paws, covered it with her nose.

Which she promptly dug back up, to lay down and enjoy more.

Which she promptly dug back up, to lay down and enjoy more.

Peaches continued to bury and dig back up the bone a few more times. I was laughing so hard, I might have hurt her feelings so much that finally she walked away with …

The bone left out in plain sight!

The bone left out in plain sight!

The camphost here has 2 large dogs. Peaches isn’t sure about them – they love her. I have to make sure she’s off leash when they are out – so she barely growls. I think they are almost friends now. Sorry – no pics of them.

Now – birds and more birds, I believe:

One last of Peaches on the land that should be underwater.

One last of Peaches on the land that should be underwater.

Very quiet here – peaceful. I took a ride to check out some of the other Amistad cgs today. One of them has water (you have to pay twice as much for that, and I don’t believe it’s at each site). None of them have a dump station, BUT there is one on the Amistad land – heading into where one of the boat launches is. And fresh water there, also, if needed.

Final Day at Mustang Island

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It was hard to leave the island. So many friends there. I spent another afternoon with Conni – yes, we went out to eat.

Inside La Luna

Inside La Luna

La Luna's in Rockport, TX

La Luna's in Rockport, TX

It is a small, cute restaurant in my favorite part of Rockport. Their soup of the day was split pea, which I love, so I ordered a bowl. I hate to say it was one of the worst versions I’ve ever had – so gave it back and got a BLT which was great. I don’t know if I’d try their soups again. But it was wonderful to spend a little more time with Conni.

I didn’t get pictures, but also got back to my friend Sheryl’s for a dinner. Again, bittersweet, as I don’t know when I’ll see her again either. But that’s part of this lifestyle – and if it wasn’t for this lifestyle, I never would have met Sheryl back in 2007 when I was in this area.

On the way to and from Rockport we passed a roseate spoonbill. Of course, I didn’t have my camera with (took the above with my phone) so had to attempt zooming in with the phone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t zoom as well – but here are the best shots.

I probably wouldn’t have shown any of the shots – but was pretty proud of getting the ones in flight – even if not with a proper camera.

Back at Mustang Island, Bob, Pete, Alice and I were eating our way through the week. At least none of us were taking pictures of it. I took Pete and Alice to an HEB Plus and they were in heaven. On the day we went a vendor was cooking and giving out entire sausages wrapped in tortillas. We all liked them so much that we bought them. I think their feeding us was working, as inside the store, two of us purchased the guacamole they were making, and we got some of their “that green stuff” as well as one or two other products. They really did get suckers with all of us. And Pete and Alice went back a few more times. I must admit I went back to get some of “that green stuff” to take with me. It’s hot as can be, and oh, so wonderful.

And Pete was kept working on all our rigs. He’s so nice about it – I hope we don’t take too much advantage. Here he is on my roof:

Pete working on my rv roof.

Pete working on my rv roof.

These next two pictures are of a very small rig that gets pulled by a motorcycle. Wish I’d gotten the pic with the bike uncovered – it has a sidecar, which is where his dog travels.

motorcycle trailer with solar

motorcycle trailer with solar

MC trailer with the covered bike in front.

MC trailer with the covered bike in front.

Pete, Bob, Alice and Skunk headed to the beach

Pete, Bob, Alice and Skunk headed to the beach

repeat, from behind, on the sand.

repeat, from behind, on the sand.

Waves - birds -

Waves - birds -

water boarding

water boarding

The Brown Pelicans love the waves.

The Brown Pelicans love the waves.

Loved the colors in that one – seems on different days, different types come up – just like with shells.

I left Port A, Rockport and the Corpus area last week – so this is the final post of this visit. Next up – Amistad area where I am now.

Mustang Island SP

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Gorgeous Brown Pelican

This has not been an experience like any other for a gtg. At least not for me. I know part of it was that I got very ill overnight the first night and wasn’t able to really participate for about 4 days – others parts of it were just not a good mingling of all the groups involved, which normally has happened. That part disappoints me, but life goes on.

And then there was poor Liz who was dealing with moving, moving again; looking for a new rig; sharing rigs for sleeping, having a borrowed rig – yes, Liz has been through a wringer – but I’m counting on her resilient self to come through this her passionate self.

Peaches and I have been to the beach almost every day – often without the camera, but sometimes I had it in tow. I’m always looking for better pictures of one of my favorite birds, the brown pelican. So there are a few of those to share. First, though – what all gtg’s do best – eat:

Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast

Alice, the pancake queen and Pete the bacon master.

Alice, the pancake queen and Pete the bacon master.

Or was Pete in charge of the sausage and ML the bacon? hmmmm lol – not sure.

ORS Pic

Women RV Group

Peaches prancing on the beach

Peaches prancing on the beach

Some of the ladies being silly.

Some of the ladies being silly.

The moon was working towards full. I knew the clouds were going to be coming in – so it was a good time to check it out.

Take me to the moon!

Take me to the moon!

Some went back down after sunset to see the moon over the water. I was in bed by then – it sux to not feel well. If I didn’t have Peaches, I’m not sure they would have seen me at all for those few days.

Pelicans over the crazy surf

Skimming the surface

Skimming the surface

Pic of the moon rising.

Red Head Duck

Red Head Duck

Might be a weed - but I think pretty.

Another pic of the redheaded duck

Alice likes something on her phone, wouldn't you say?

Alice likes something on her phone, wouldn't you say?

The weather is nasty today – cooler with rain and winds. So Pete took my Toshiba apart and FIXED my usb ports :) It was a daunting task, and at one point, with a part having fallen inside the computer, we thought a possible lost cause. But Pete is patient and so very handy. Hopefully the fix will keep the computer going a couple more years. And the Lenovo I purchased is here for backup. Ha, I like it better – but will work this one to death first.

Other than the pancake breakfast, there were two other meals where everyone was invited. Bob did a spaghetti dinner, and on the final night I made my vegetarian chili. Of course, everyone contributed side dishes. The food, as always was awesome.

It was great to get together with old friends and make some new ones. Because of my several days ill, I elected to stay on longer here – make sure I’m feeling top notch before heading out. It also gives me more time to get together with my friends in the area one more time before heading on down the road.

Denise comes to Visit

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Beth, Conni, Denise on the beach in Port A

Beth, Conni, Denise on the beach in Port A

My friend Denise came for the long weekend, and we spent lots of time out and about. I even remembered my camera some of the times. Of course, we ate out a lot – back the first day for lunch in Rockport at Jama’s – posted about with pics before. Denise, Conni and I talked, and gabbed, and watched a few movies, and talked and gabbed. Well, yes, gabbed a lot.

We went into Port A and had lunch back at Virginia’s another day. Love watching out on the water – and we got lucky because as busy as they were, we got a table overlooking the water again. And I had one of their absolutely fantastic crab cakes for lunch. They list it as an appetizer, but for me, lunch.

Saturday night we went into Corpus and had dinner at Fajitaville – a fairly new restaurant, which we give mixed reviews to. They need to get their act together in many ways, but the hors d’oeuvres we had were fantastic. And my dinner was as well. Unfortunately, there were some negatives, and Conni’s dinner was dry – but I would try it again, someday, maybe.

Sunday, the sun came out – yippee – and we headed into Port A to go to the beach (the top picture of us – Peaches didn’t get a mention, as she turned her back!).

Denise and Conni looking for shells.

Denise and Conni looking for shells.

RVer's Boondocking on the Port A Beach

RVer's Boondocking on the Port A Beach

Birds in the Surf

Birds in the Surf

Denise taking a pic of her feet in the gulf.

Denise taking a pic of her feet in the gulf.

A Perfect Day for Flying a Kite

A Perfect Day for Flying a Kite

No, we didn’t fly a kite, but talked about it. This was my favorite one – and a young boy kept it up for the entire time we were on the beach.

We headed into Port A for lunch, and first stopped at Moby Dick’s.

Denise clowning at Moby Dick's

Denise clowning at Moby Dick's

Conni and Denise - bookends - in front of Moby Dick's

Conni and Denise - bookends - in front of Moby Dick's

After all that, we decided to not wait the 20 or so minutes for a table and headed on out – when we remember the Port A Brewing Co – yes, another good choice in Port A.

Port A Brewing Company

Port A Brewing Company

Beth in front of Port A Brewing Co.

Beth in front of Port A Brewing Co.

We actually had a meal at home for dinner – we did on Friday night also – then headed out to see if we could get some good pics of the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. Not sure why, whether the wind effected it, or just wasn’t using the right setting, but some colors blurred – plus the bridge was not going through it’s colors as often or going into the blues as much.

We stopped by the USS Lexington to take some of the bridge pics – so, of course, I took a pic of it at night:

USS Lexington

USS Lexington

The rest of the pics here are some of the Harbor Bridge. Not nearly in the class of seeing it in person, or the pics my friend Sheryl has taken – but hey, they are mine!

Harbor Bridge - Corpus Christi

Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge - Corpus Christi

Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge - Corpus Christi

Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge - Corpus Christi

Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge - Corpus Christi

Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge - Corpus Christi

Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge - Corpus Christi

Harbor Bridge

Harbor Bridge - Corpus Christi

Harbor Bridge

Denise took off this morning – and I’m supposed to be getting my taxes ready for the accountant … well, I have the rest of the day for that, right?

Eating, and Eating More

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My friend Conni eats out a lot. Which means I’ve been eating out a lot. My pocketbook is empty – but my belly sure is full. I haven’t taken pictures at all the restaurants – but here are a few of them.

Jamas Lunch Box in Rockport, TX

Jamas Lunch Box in Rockport, TX

Well, Jama’s was it’s old name… they’ve moved and now I think it’s just called “The Lunch Box”. They have the best (IMO) tomato basil soup. But this time I had their daily special – which was chicken and dumplings. (A couple weeks ago, while there, I had the soup.)

Chicken and Dumplings with corn bread

Chicken and Dumplings with corn bread

She’s also known for her cheesecake. Luckily I’m not a big cheesecake eater, so can pass on that.

Cute, eh?

Cute, eh?

Another restaurant we’ve been to this past week is Virginia’s in Port Aransas.

Virginia's in Port A

Virginia's in Port A

The weather was fantabulous – I can’t believe in Jan I’m asking to sit outside – or that they can have all the “walls” open to the outside and it’s comfortable. We got to sit overlooking the water. Of course, that meant I spent all my time watching the birds and boats, etc. When we were first seated we thought we saw a Mom with babies.

Duck and not ducks ... hahaha

Duck and not ducks ... hahaha

I’m not used to birds appearing to be lying down other than ducks – but those were not Mom’s babies. Fooled us all for a second.

Inside of Virginia’s is also very pretty. They have had someone paint small murals all around the bar – this will show you only a few on one end.

Bar at Virginia's

Bar at Virginia's

I tried to get pics of the male mallard, but he kept swimming under the pier. However, I love brown pelicans and had fun taking a few pics of them, especially one that was fishing.

Hmmmm, is it worth a dive?

Hmmmm, is it worth a dive?

I didn’t see any red throats but he does have the yellow head.

Yellow head on the Brown Pelican

Yellow head on the Brown Pelican

Oh, and Virginia’s has great food to go with this amazing atmosphere.

Last night we went back into Rockport with two guys that were here helping Conni sort through all of Tom’s fishing stuff, etc etc. This stop – Charlotte Plummer’s Seafare Restaurant. It was night and I didn’t take my camera. While it’s on the water, you couldn’t tell it from me this trip – it was all about the food. Today when Conni and the guys went out for lunch, I stayed home. Conni did tell me she stopped and picked up some fresh fish which we’ll have for dinner tomorrow. Whew, possibly two days eating in. Don’t get me wrong – I like to eat out. It’s a treat. But the treat is getting way too regular … hahaha … and there are so many good restaurants around that I can’t say no. Well, I did today, didn’t I? But that’s the exception :) I’m sure more restaurants are in my near future.