E-mail took a lot of my morning. A few folks from Washington emailed me and some from in Houston. My old friend Pete ( and former near perfect boss) sent me an email updating on him and his family status. They were one of the wonderful families I met up there. Several of the families had extremely neat pets so a big PETTING goes out to Harry, Spaz and Popeye.
A little statistics in response to an email question. It normally takes me between an hour and two hours to write up a blog entry if pics are in it. Since I hit the road 10-7-07 I have taken over 600 pictures and towed about 4000 miles. This mileage rate is going down since I am not having to run from imminent snow and ice like the first couple of weeks.
Later today, I went down to check out the fish catching at the local pier. No one was catching anything, but the small bait fish were back along the rocks. Apparently the tidal movement has gotten most of the fresh water from the rains out of the bay. I imagine the fish will return in a day or two. Then my freezer will get restocked. There was a motor home parked at the bulkhead enjoying a day at the water.
They had fishing lines out in the water and were sitting at the dining table drinking coffee while waiting for a bite. Now that is the way to go. This evening I took my equipment down to the pier to try my luck. No luck fishing, but good luck in meeting a very nice man, Don, to visit with. He is retired to the area. Some of his youth was spent in the area and he filled me in on a lot of history of the fishing in the area. With a little luck I will be able to use that information to help me stock the freezer. He said that the catching will not really get started good until mid February. I will be gone to do some desert hiking by then. But I will be back.
Speaking of hiking, this website http://www.bigbendchat.com/ has beautiful pictures of west Texas and lots of hiking tips. I am tooooo excited for my own good. Backpacking has got my interest after getting some answers from the folks at the forum. A lot of the nice areas of the west Texas parks are within a one night backpack trip, but virtually inaccessible by day hike.
So now I am seeing about a tent and backpack for me to use for overnight trips into the wilds (and I do mean wild) of Big Bend, Guadalupe mountains, Black Gap WMA, Big Bend Ranch State Park and any other target of opportunity. According to several resources it is a tossup as to which is the most remote park in the USA, Denali in Alaska or Guadalupe Mountains in Texas/New Mexico. There are so many places to visit and so many things to do that I am afraid I may have started too late in my quest to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM