Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sister Week

Last Saturday afternoon, my sister Sheila and Brother-in-Law Vern joined us in Rockport. They are here until Friday and we are trying to cram as much into these few days as possible :)

We just sat around Saturday evening, visiting and catching up with each others lives.

On Sunday, we headed to the beach! It was a cool and cloudy day but that didn’t stop us from doing one of my favorite past times…driving the beach. We started at one end and didn’t stop till we reached the other.

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After leaving the beach, we stopped at the Port Aransas Marina and park. There were several people fishing, including this guy who was being stalked by 4 pelicans. They were just waiting for him to pull in his line so they could try to swipe his catch! It was pretty funny and I must say, he had more patience with those birds than I would have had!

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There were a few guys paddling around the harbor on sailboards. At first we couldn’t figure out what they were doing. They all had large net bags of something. Once they came ashore, we found out that it was trash they were collecting from one of the jetties. It washes in with the tide and they clean it up. Great idea and great job guys! Also great balance!

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We walked around the marina looking at all the boats and picking out the ones we’d like to have :)

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Nice sailboat.

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How about this one? It’s a beaut!

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More gorgeous boats

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I decided that this one was probably the only one that would fit in my budget! The owner of “Sir Leksalot” definitely has a sense of humor too :)

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From the marina, we drove over to Goose Island State Park to see the BIG tree. In 1966, the tree measured  44’ high, 89’ spread and 42.75’ in circumference. The age of the tree is estimated to be in excess of 1000 years.

“Record or Champion Trees are determined by their girth, their spread and their height. There are many Live Oaks that surpass this tree's height, however when the tree's girth is factored in, it makes this one the Champion Live Oak in Texas.”

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Metal stakes and guy wires help support the heavy branches.

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It was quite impressive!

We finished off the day with a dinner at The Boiling Pot. This is a boiled seafood feast consisting of shrimp, crawfish, blue crap, 3 different types of crab legs, sausage, corn on the cob and red potatoes. They cook it all in a big pot and then dump it in the middle of your table. It’s a little messy to eat :)  Mix it up with a couple beers and great company and the day was complete.

Vern attempting to find the meat in that shell :)

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Sheila and Vern

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End of a great day one. Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

7 comments:

  1. I hope you are enjoy your visits with your sister and brother-in-law.
    Once they head back home if it is before th 12th of Feb you could possibly visit with Barney who is better known as The Old Fat Man who winters down in Rockport. http://ofmadventures.blogspot.com/ I Read he's quite the character.

    Enjoy reading your blog.

    Safe Travels and Enjoy!

    It's about time.
    http://ricknkathyrousseau.blogspot.com/

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  2. What a good time! The food looks like a fun. I'd love to be there pickin' and eatin' too.

    Glad to hear about the trash pickers. These are the good deeds I wish were more in the news than all the bad stuff.

    Sure would like to hug that grand old tree!!

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  3. What a great way to spend time with your sister. Pickin' and Grinin' ... Keep having fun!!!

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  4. Yep. I can tell that she's your sister. :-) Sounds like a nice day to enjoy a visit.
    Syl

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  5. That tree is amazing! Enjoy your time with your sister!

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  6. hopefully that was really blue crab you had in your boiling pot... :)

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  7. Fun with the family! We've told friends and family that after we're on the road, they can pick where they want to go in the US, and we'll visit them there :-))

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