Comfort Castle Location: Rockport, Texas
Adventure Location: Mustang Island State Park, Texas
Since my eyes do not like to read or work on the computer and stay in focus, my day is filled with adventures. Of several today with the first starting at 0630 and running until 1430 one had to be chosen. The others are in a folder on my computer labeled SPARES.
About 1400, that is computer time for 2 pm, a wild hair hit me between the eyes and the Team headed for Mustang Island. The State Park was the most distance away destination. When we turned in the attendant warned the Truck that the beach sand was soft and to be careful. She warned me the wind was severe. She was very correct on both counts.
Because the Truck is not really set up with the proper tires for running the beach, it was parked in the paved parking lot. Stiff wall higher pressure trailering tires are not good beach tires. You need soft wall “balloon” tires on the beach. The front heavy diesel is not a great choice either.
In the parking lot the extremely fine sand was blowing up a storm. It actually looked like a fine dense mist as it fluttered across the parking lot. The Truck was left shut up very tightly. The portacan facilities had about a quarter inch of fine sand on everything inside them. It is good to shut you vehicle up when you leave it for several reasons, one of which you will see at the end of this blog.
Walking on the beach was a challenge. My guess is the wind was steady thirty plus gusting to well over forty miles per hour. Seashells were blowing along the beach with the sea grasses and other debris. Some of it hurt when it hits you. At least the mosquitoes did not have a chance. Wind sculpture pictures were hard to come by. You could actually stand and watch one being formed but before a picture could be taken POOF it was blown away. It was odd to be watching a sand mound about the size of a gallon jug suddenly explode into a cloud and disappear down the beach.
One small sculpture held together long enough for a quick picture. The dark stuff holding the sand together is left over seaweed from the summer. This one actually lasted about two minutes before it evaporated. It was about three inches tall.
All over near the water was a new phenomenon to me. The wet sand was even being sculpted and moved along. These little points are in the order of a half inch tall and formed up and blew away in the time of about five minutes.
This is one of the picnic shade shelters near the parking lot. It clears the sand by less than three feet now. It was the site of a lunch for me last summer but now it is not usable.
Skip forward a couple of hours now. More happened at the beach but my eyes are starting to get really bad. Come on new glasses!!!!!
On the way back to the Castle, a chocolate malt molested me in Port Aransas. So the local paper was read while the wonderful delicious decadent chocolate malt was thoroughly enjoyed. When I was back in the Truck this bird was noticed in the open window of the vehicle next to the Truck.
It was rummaging around in the vehicle and now and then hopped on the window with something it found to eat. I bet it left some deposits inside the vehicle for the owner to appreciate. That bird was definitely trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.