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Bored Pelican, Port Aransas, TX

11/30/16

Big Red

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

Down at the Fulton Harbor park area is a very nice Christmas Tree waiting for your eyes to enjoy it. Early this morning the Teams saw it with the lights still on and in the dim morning light it was even nicer than this picture shows it.



Later in the morning the OFM took himself and a fishing rod to the Rockport Harbor area to have some fun. The wind was strong so he was trying to hide from the cold wind by snuggling up to a power pole. From there he was able to cast into the water hoping for a nice fish. It did not happen. Instead a big powerful fish grabbed the lure and the battle was on.

The fishing equipment is rated up to about a 14 pound fish. This sucker took off for parts unknown. Line was quickly stripping from the reel. The drag was set at 11 pound which is the maximum rating for this small reel. Most of our fish in this area are under three pounds so it makes a nice rod set up, normally. The fish took lots of line several times before we finally saw that it was a bull red. The OFM though it was close to 30 inches long which is a pretty good sized red. The legal size to keep is 20 to 28 inches long.

After the fish was identified the OFM knew he did not want it. It was too big. The roadbed is about 6 feet above the water. The Teams do not own a decent landing net. There was no humans in sight to help so landing this big was was not likely. By now the fight had been going on for many sessions of pulling line out and working the fish back. The OFM’s fingers were cramping. His belly was getting sore from the rod butt hitting him in the stomach.

The fish sort of tired a bit and was floating near us. The OFM decided to try for a photo and reach into his pocket for the camera. About then the fish decided to get serious. It put itself into GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE gear and pow the 20# Windtamer braid snapped and the fish quickly swam away and the OFM was tired. So he gathered himself and his gear and we headed for the Castle and some rest.

Here is a bad picture of the frayed end of the line.



As far as the OFM is concerned he hopes that he will never hook up to a fish that size again. It was the largest red drum he has ever had a fight with.

11/29/16

Team Member Moved On

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

Some of the good news tonight is that the OFM’s new glasses were ready this morning. The Teams were very excited for the OFM. We headed right on down to Bay Optical (Jack’s business) in Aransas Pass to pick them up. Jack is a fantastic glasses builder. He is good enough that it is not uncommon to see an eye doctor of one sort or the other picking up their glasses from Jack.

As is proper when you pick up new glasses that are correct, the new glasses were immediately a significant improvement. When a prescription is right and the lenses are built right, there is no “wear them a few days and you will get used to them” garbage. When the OFM walked outside it was immediately obvious the new lenses were perfect.

The new glasses do have a failing though. They do not manage to make the OFM handsome or even marginally acceptable. He still scares kids when they see him. Here is a picture to prove it.

Mugshot

There is a funny story to go with this new glasses event. when the Teams got the OFM to the TexMex place for lunch, he chose a seat and placed his order. A couple of fellows were sitting two booths away. The OFM kept staring at the fellow facing him. Finally he realized what was so interesting. He could actually see the fellows eye lashes. WOW that is a major change in his vision.

Speaking of changes, the OFM has been trying to decide if he needs to simplify the Teams roster some more. Today the choice was made because a worthy fellow accepted the offer of free golf clubs. The golf clubs the OFM has carefully, for the last few years, put together was given away to a fellow who will use them. About a year ago the OFM played one 9 hole round of golf and nearly did not get through it because of his knees.

He had decided he might use a golf cart and still get to play. Well, even using a cart you have about two miles of walking when you play a round of golf. The OFM has been frequently walking the Rockport Beach Park. The result is that we now know that a bit over a mile on flat level ground is his maximum before his knees start to object. A golf course has a lot of up and down and unlevel that you have to navigate without a cart. Thus the decision to trim the load in the front storage bin by giving the golf clubs away. We hate to see good items go to waste sitting around not being used.

Supper tonight was really special to the OFM. He decided to do a stir fry. Into the pot went some olive oil. We like olive oil much better than canola oil. Then 1/3 of a chopped bell pepper went in. Next was a chopped carrot. Then finally was a 3“ long piece of sausage that had been sliced thinly. Then a couple of spoons of water was added along with some pepper and garlic powder. These items were steamed for 5 minutes. When the water was gone the stir fry part started.

One stalk of celery sliced thinly was added. We had purchased some onions with a bulb at the bottom about 1 1/2 inches in diameter with long gree tops. They smell wonderful in the store. One full onion was chopped up and added. The stir fry started and about 3 minutes later it was ready to eat and enjoy.



It was really great eating and will be done again in the near future.
 

11/27/16

Old Fat and Short

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

One little important task was accomplished today. Somebody in the Teams is too Old, Fat and Short to reach the tie down brackets in Sierra’s bed from outside the truck bed. This makes it very hard to tie Sneaky into the bed for travel. The OFM went over every site he could find looking for a cheap good solution without drilling Sierra. All the solutions involved hundred dollar bills so the OFM finally chose the simplest remedy but it did involve drilling Sierra’s bed.

Our choice was to mount an eye bolt near the top rail of the bed for restraints to be attached. A 1/4“ diameter eye bolt was chosen. A lot of examining for the best location was done. Finally a hole was drilled through the inside wall of Sierra’s bed.

A locking nut was chosen for the attachment of the eye bolt so vibration would not loosen the tie down. Some electrical tape rated for outdoor service was used as a thin paint protector. The whole assembly was tightened pretty tight and came out well. Here is the tie down mounted in the bed of Sierra.



The location was carefully chosen to attempt to have the eye back toward the wall enough to stay out of the way of loads like Sneaky. In this next photo you can see the bed wall sticking out to nearly the head of the eye bolt.



We are planning on using these tie points to keep Sneaky from sliding back and forth across the tailgate of Sierra while traveling. We did a similar thing with the previous yaks while we had the Truck in our older travels.

We feel that with the new tie downs and the extended ball mount we are ready and able for taking the Castle out for extra fun with Sneaky.



 

11/25/16

Great Eye News

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

The OFM has had a rough day. Early this morning we were at a fishing location and a chill wind was blowing and then a dense fog rolled in on the Team and chilled the OFM to the bone. The OFM finished his conversation with his friend Clyde and headed for the Castle to get ready for the eye doctor appointment. Clyde had three very nice large speckled trout in his carry bag.

We got to the doctor’s office with a couple of minutes to spare. We were expecting to get good results from the testing last week. The results were excellent and very accurate. The OFM has glaucoma starting in his left eye. This is actually good news sort of. The doctor did some more testing to reverify the results. We now know what path of treatment is probably needed and will be going to an ophthalmologist as soon as an appointment is available for more verification and recommendations.

The good news is that the disease is seldom caught this soon before significant irreparable damage is done to the optic nerve. The bad news is that the OFM has the disease. Glaucoma is not reversible or curable but it is easily stopped right where it is with proper treatment. WOW this really makes the OFM glad he has been diligent in seeing the eye doctor once a year to catch trouble while it is still in the infant stage. Most folks do not get the disease diagnosed until their eyesight gets pretty bad. Then they are stuck with that damage the rest of their life.

In the afternoon, the OFM went back to the harbor to fish some more. Two hours of fishing yielded two speckled trout about 12 inches each in length.



At least he caught something for a change.

An unusual event is the pod of five dolphin that have been feeding in the harbor area for a few days. They are very active feeders and really put on a show for us. Often they are jumping out of the water doing acrobatics. Lots of twisting and turning and splashing causing lots of waves and excitement for us spectators on the shore. This afternoon they put on a couple of really good shows. It was a fun afternoon.

11/24/16

Turkey Time

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX



Hey where is the turkey? We are all here waiting!



11/23/16

Ham Bone

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

The Teams have been not doing much lately. A little fishing this morning resulted in a speckled trout that was too small to keep. About 1400 the OFM went over to the BBQ place that smoked a turkey and a ham for the campground Thanksgiving meal and picked up the meat.

Along with the ham came the ham bone. One of the campground dogs is an old lab that is not doing very well. The ham bone was especially for Butter. She latched onto it like a bear trap and limped away with a big smile.

The next few days will be rather busy but we will return as soon as we can. Have a great holiday. Enjoy the sunset.



11/21/16

Ransom Road Launch

Adventure Location: Aransas Pass, TX

The Teams were looking for some fishing places for us and Sneaky to visit. This location tonight is at Ransom Road Boat Launch area. There is a decent yak launch beach next to the power boat launch. When you leave the yak launch and head out toward the bay there is a nice big marsh on your left and an old mooring facility of some sort.

This is only about five minutes of easy paddling from the launch point.



These old pilings should be home to lots of tasty sheepshead fish. Many folks like to catch and eat them even though they are pretty hard to catch. The OFM is not good at catching them at all.

A good point is that right across the channel to the left is a great patch of marsh,grass and flats that in the past held good quantities of very good tasting red fish, flounder and assorted other delicacies. Being a very short paddle from the launch point is attractive too. We have added this location to our “try it out” list of places to fish soon.

11/20/16

NASA Rocket

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

It has been a very busy day. It started out cold and windy and finished bright blue skies, cool and a light breeze. In between the OFM ran around like a chicken with its head cut off as the saying goes. He needs to learn to get “some time off” now and then.

Any way the morning was interesting. As he drove Sierra to a nice fishing spot for flounder, he noticed that the local ducks did not like the weather any more than he did. They were hunkered down trying to get out of the wind.



Then the OFM went to work fishing and soon had his only catch of the day. It was a 12 inch flounder with a King Kong attitude. 14" is the minimum legal size to keep. At first the OFM thought his lure was caught on some sea grass. Then the line pulled back against the rod. Next the line took out like a runaway freight train. The fight was on and the OFM had dreams of a doormat sized flounder or at worst another sting ray.

When the small flounder showed at the surface, the OFM could not believe his eyes at the small size of this big attitude flounder.

We got it landed on the beach sand to pose for this picture.



Notice that even out of the water they blend in pretty well. It was fairly easy to unhook with minimal damage. When it was placed in the water, the afterburners kicked in and the flounder took off like NASA rocket leaving sandy swirls in the water. Go fish Go.

The OFM says he is worn and is going to bed early tonight. Sweet dreams everyone.

11/19/16

Calmer Days Maybe

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

We are in great hopes that all the high intensity stress inducing events are pretty much over with for now. It has been a fierce run for the last few weeks. Now we can concentrate on being the OFM Teams.

Let us get back to outfitting Sneaky. We needed an easy way for moving Sneaky around on land. It seemed that the best thing to do was purchase a yak cart to carry Sneaky upon. We searched high and low (prices that is) for what to get. Then one day in Academy they had a scupper hole mounted cart on clearance. It was a good brand, so the OFM scarfed it up to join the Teams. We are not sure that was a good idea. After we got it put together, the cart was installed into the scupper holes as shown in the picture below.



For some reason Sneaky is no easier to move around the area than before. We think the OFM must have done something wrong. Maybe the wheels are on the wrong side of the axle or something???

We know that the OFM will be using Sneaky for at least some fishing. He purchased this rod holder to be installed in Sneaky.



He really needs that holder because he is so clumsy he could easily drop the rod over the side and lose it. Now all we have to do is convince the OFM that it is OK to go ahead and install the rod holder. He is a bit nervous since the kayak cart fiasco. Installation involves drilling holes in the floor of Sneaky. Can you imagine the mess he could make of a plastic yak with a power drill and sharp bits. OOOOOh that is not a pretty picture.

We do not forsee having to have a really secure anchor for Sneaky because we will not allow the OFM to go out into BIG WATER. We will be picture taking, fishing and joy riding only in fairly safe and shallow water. Most of the Teams kayak fishing is not done anchored for very long. So we have chosen an anchor that will restrain Sneaky somewhat for a few minutes of casting or picture taking. It is a five pound exercise weight with a foam covering. The foam is important for when the OFM hits his shinbone with the anchor. If the OFM was to try something stupid for him like fishing past the breakers at the beach, a much more substantial anchor would be needed and a whole different set of team members. Here is our anchor of choice. Isn’t it pretty?



A blue bladed kayak paddle and a tether to tie it to Sneaky have been purchased also. With a little luck, next week it will be warm enough for the first of the sea trials for Sneaky to commence. That could be a bit of an adventure itself. The location for the sea trials is Little Bay in Rockport if you want to have some really good belly laughs.

11/17/16

No Crying Here

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
My friend Scott has punched the OFM’s hitch itch button again. Scott published a report on his latest trip at Lake Amistad going up the spectacular Devils River. When you see the second photograph which is of their first campsite that trip, please remember it.Their adventure is viewable at this link.

The OFM has stood at the same campsite in Rough Canyon campground several times over the last 40+ years. He has dreamed of going up the river for all that time. Recall the wisdom at the top of our blog. Don’t wait. Do it now. It is too late for the OFM to make the whole trip now. He is not physically fit enough and cannot get that way. We really appreciate Scott reporting on the trip and furnishing all the wonderful pictures too. At least the OFM now has a good idea of what is upstream to enjoy.

The OFM is not crying over not doing the trip as he should have years ago. The OFM has done MANY great adventures in his life. However it is a good point that even now he can launch Sneaky below the campsite and do great day trips in that area. So as any adventurer/meanderthall knows, when the body starts to have less resilience we have to chose our adventures more carefully. BUT NEVER STOP ADVENTURING. Thank you Scott.

11/16/16

The Dark Gray Area

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

The eye exam started early and went to late morning. When it was all done the OFM came away with a new prescription for new lenses. He also came away with appointments for more testing for glaucoma. It seems that he is at the top of the gray area of when you may have glaucoma and the optometrist is wanting to be extra careful since damage from glaucoma is not reversible.

So the effort is to determine if preventive treatment is a wise next step or not. The optometrist, of course, did not make the choice. He provided the facts and opinions and the OFM chose to have the next step of tests. Friday is the day of the tests. After that a meeting is scheduled with the optometrist to discuss the findings of the test. At that time we plan to have a clear path to hike toward many more years of good eyesight.

11/15/16

Escaped

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

Sierra finally made it out of the truck hospital late this afternoon or early evening. It had two new horns, one new main fuse box, a new wiring harness and some minor do hickey we do not recall. Apparently the rat managed to nearly cause a fire in the gnawed wiring to the horns. When it was all said and done the final bill was only $168.50.

When the OFM went under the hood to inspect the work, the OFM got aggravated with what he saw. He was ready to have a big gripe session and there was nothing about the workmanship to complain about. We were afraid he was going to bust a blood vessel since he had nothing to complain about.

So tomorrow we get to go to the OFM eye doctor for a complete exam. The list of things we needed to take care of here in Rockport is getting very small finally.

Comfort Castle is finished with its maintenance and repairs.

Sierra is finished with its maintenance and repairs.

The OFM has gotten a good start on his repairs and maintenance.

Even Christmas shopping has gotten off to a good start.

Now all we have to do is find some fish to catch and beaches to comb.

11/14/16

RATZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

The truck hospital called very late this evening with the news that Sierra has a trouble. The service writer asked if the OFM had cut the horn wires. After talking a bit we agreed that it must have been that RAT in New Mexico that chewed the wires apart. Now it is an out of the Teams pocket repair, not a warranty repair. What a wonderful present that rat gave us!

They have a tech ready to get busy on it first thing in the morning. A recall reprogramming of one of the computers is also to be done. It is expected that the repair and reprogramming will be done before lunch. With a little luck this will be the last repair on Sierra for a long time.

11/13/16

Required Equipment

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

It is time to outfit Sneaky for the yakking duties required by the Teams for adventuring. Tonight we will talk of the USCG REQUIRED items that we will be carrying aboard Sneaky.

The absolute most important item that must be on board is a USCG APPROVED PFD of the right size for the paddler. Yes PFD’s come in sizes. A child will slide right out of an adult sized PFD. Likewise a child sized PFD will not have enough bouyancy for an adult. So getting the right size is critical. Wearing your PFD is absolutely required at all times you are in/on your yak. That is an OFM rule and is not available for discussion.

The OFM had to purchase the Obese Old Man size 2XL to get a proper fit. Blue was the only color available at that store so we took it. Now he will blend in with Sneaky and everyone will think Sneaky has run away and is all by itself.




The next item we purchased is also USCG required. It is a USCG Approved whistle or other sound making device. We chose the whistle. All too many paddle sports folks do not carry the required whistle. The OFM Teams are big fans of having the loudest whistle we can get. It must be ready for use at all times. He likes his whistle attached to his PFD so there is no “where is my whistle” when things get nasty. The good news is that in 60 years of water sports the OFM has never needed his whistle. His PFD has been needed a couple of times and he was really glad to be wearing it.

 



That is all the USCG Required equipment for Sneaky. Sneaky does not need lights because Sneaky is afraid of the dark and will always be back home and tucked into bed by nightfall. Lighting is only required when you are out at night.

If Sneaky was to get a trolling motor put on it, then Sneaky becomes a motorboat and is subject to a lot more required equipment and rules. Registration as a motorboat would then be required also.

Now all we need is for the OFM to get Sneaky out for fun.



11/12/16

Early Mount

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

It was a major surprise when the new ball mount for the trailer hitch came in today. It was due next Wednesday. The OFM even ordered the right part and the right part got shipped. Seems like things are going too well. When is the grenade going to explode on us?

The part was unpacked and change over to the new part for towing was started. Here is the two ball mounts together.

 


 The hitch ball was a bit tough to remove. A large wrench was applied to the nut and the OFM and all his excessive weight was applied to the end of the wrench. Nothing happened. So the OFM jumped up and down on the wrench handle and that caused the nut to turn. After that it was a simple matter of unscrewing the nut and moving the hitch ball over to the new ball mount.

The ball was attached to the new mount and the nut tightened pretty tight. Then the wrench was positioned so the OFM could jump up and down on the end of the wrench handle enough to get the nut tightened to the required 250 ft-lbs of torque. When a 220 pound blob hits the end of a 16“ long wrench things get tight. Now the ball mount can tow the Castle to new places for adventure. In this picture you can see that the ball mount sticks out a noticeable amount more than the previous ball mount.





 

11/10/16

4 Inches More

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

Good grief that stoup is much better now that it has aged for a day. The OFM really chowed into his bowl of stoup. Even licked it double clean.

After a bunch more worry and concern and measuring and other nonsense, the OFM finally made a decision. We do have to give him credit that when he makes a choice, he gets right busy implementing that choice.

The choice was to purchase an extended ball mount. The new ball mount will spread the Castle away from Sierra by four inches. Here is a picture showing where the changes will show up in the towing.




This will give the Teams plenty of room to jump ditches and climb over humps in the road without having Sneaky hit the Castle. That is a very important point.

The ball mount is a Curt model 45260 rated at 7500 pounds towing and 750 pounds of tongue weight. The Castle is about 6000 pounds gross weight and 600 pounds tongue weight. That means we are way under the allowable for this new ball mount. In fact it is stronger than the ball mount we have been using for several years.

On another good note, the parts for Sierra came in at the dealer and we have an appointment to get the repairs done nest Monday. We knew the tech had found a bad fuse block. We did not know he had ordered new horns also. Hopefully Monday we will find out what all the trouble was and how to prevent it in the future.

The big plan for tomorrow is to finish getting all the items to make Sneaky seaworthy and legal on the water. Then we will be getting out and about on the newest Team member.

11/9/16

Intimate Event

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

The big political statement from all the Teams members. Yahoo the election is over. End of statement.

For some unknown reason the OFM decided to prepare some stoup (stew/soup) from all the whatever we had on board the Castle.

First was a sliced thinly horse collar of great Slovacek’s Sausage.

A double hand full of chopped celery.

Coarse black pepper.

A lot of powdered garlic.

A handful of green onions including the dark green tops.

A can of white beans for the salt content.

1/2 a bottle of BBQ sauce

Four large carrots sliced thinly.

A cup of roasted garlic and powdered potatoes.

One large bell pepper chopped coarsely.

Put the sausage in the pot and sear it in a bit of olive oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and enough water to cover it all. Start it gently toward a boil. Stir often until the powdered potatoes are dissolved.



Increase the heat lightly and cover with a good fitting lid. After the ingredients reach boiling, simmer for 20 minutes and turn off the heat. About 15 minutes later it is time to chow down. After lunch there was five containers put into the freezer for future meals. It was good enough that a nap was taken after lunch to celebrate another great pot of stoup.

This afternoon the OFM spent a lot of time trying different ways of carrying Sneaky when we are towing. In this picture you get to see the least bad position for towing.



As you can see it is a tight fit if the rig has to cross a ditch or significant hump in the road. The Castle’s window guard and Sneaky could get a bit too intimate. That would not be good for either of them. For the moment the OFM is leaning to just replacing the ball mount with one that has a longer extension. That idea has the detriment of increasing the moment arm length on Sierra and might cause some squat on Sierra’s back springs and axle. We think some more research is in order on this trouble.

Stay tuned for version 2 of the solution search.

11/8/16

Sneaky III

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

The event is finally here. The new Team Member arrived in good shape. We are pleased to have Sneaky III join the Teams. Sneaky III arrived in a cardboard box about 1500 today from Virginia. We have been having trouble keeping the OFM calmed down over this new Team member for some time now.



 

Sneaky fell in immediately with the rest of the Team members and they all posed for a great picture. Now they are ready for new adventures.



For you kayak nuts, here are the specifications on Sneaky III.



Sneaky is another Tribe 9.5 similar to the previous three that have been team members. Sneaky III is a 2017 model with the latest interior and the usual excellent outer hull. We have gotten the OFM’s promise to be much more careful when yakking now since he is so OLD and has Gavin to teach yet. The last Tribe 9.5 is now owned by Grandson Gavin and lives in north Alabama.

As it works out Sneaky will be able to sleep out of the sun and rain under the Castle. That should also cut down on the amount of tree and grass debris that collects in Sneaky between uses.



A big difference in OFM attitude has accompanied this purchase of Sneaky. As you may recall the OFM has taken himself out of biking, mountain hiking and a couple of other adventuring items due to physical decline. He plans on using Sneaky mostly for day touring by kayak in safe places and fishing in places he used to wade fish. That also means Sneaky will be a floating photography tool. The original Sneaky was used like that sometimes and it was fun. Do not expect to see photographs of breaking waves, roaring rapids of wild rivers or stories of long arduous paddles by the Teams.

Now we have more assembly of gear to take care of so Sneaky can show the OFM how to have adventure again but more SAFELY with less body damage.



 

 

11/6/16

Pier Scene

Adventure Location: Fulton, Texas

It was a nice morning for walking and taking pictures. Then some storms rolled in and not much else happened.

11/5/16

Shrimp Boat Captain

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

There was a nice young man at the harbor pier this morning. He caught some nice fish before the OFM got there. He was nice enough to let the OFM take a picture of his flounder, speckled trout and mangrove snappers.



The OFM put in a lot of time exercise walking this morning down at the Fulton Harbor. At one spot he found the captain of a shrimp boat who was doing nothing. we had some nice conversation to pass the time.



Then as the Teams made their way around the Paws and Taws Center we spied the treasure left by some other folks.



A fresh new fish hook, a brand new 1 oz sinker, an unopened can of Bud Light and a dirty old knife was in the dirt waiting for us. Since the OFM does not drink alcohol, the beer was left for another lucky person. the rest of the treasure came home with the Teams. It was cleaned up and will soon be put to use.

It was a surprise to us that the OFM got in about three miles of walking today. It was at a slow comfortable pace (2 MPH) but at least his knees only pained him a little bit. Maybe there is hope for the Teams on this issue after all.

11/3/16

Plans and Changes

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX


Things are happening in the life of the OFM Teams. Changes are coming as the OFM analyzes what he can do and cannot do safely. The two months of August and September gave us the opportunity to examine the extent of the OFM’s decline in abilities. Most importantly it allowed us to learn what can be worked around and/or what can be modified to continue the adventures.
 
 Most things needed have been ordered. Some have been received and are being tested. All will be revealed when the final decisions are made and the OFM is confident our decisions are really safe. We are not planning on letting him sit around on his fat backside and quit meandering. He says we need to stay out of his way or get run down.

Meanwhile today was a lot of fishing. We caught three slightly too short to keep them trout. Three different lures did the work. Three different techniques caught the fish. Three different locations furnished the fish. Here are the fish in the order caught.



The really important part of this is that these are the first predator fish the OFM has caught in nearly two weeks. It appears that it is time for the fall fish catching and we are ready.
 
 
The really important part of this is that these are the first predator fish the OFM has caught in nearly two weeks. It appears that it is time for the fall fish catching and we are ready.

11/2/16

SSA Gone

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

Boy that was an unpleasant night, but along about 0400 the fever broke and the OFM got to sleep until almost 0800. He had to get up and take Sierra to the truck doctors for repairs.

We made it there on time and Sierra was taken right on back for diagnostics. The good news is a damaged fuse panel was found. The less good news is that a new panel is ordered and will be installed soon. After that more testing is planned. We have Sierra home and Sierra is running just fine but without any horn available. They will be checking for why the battery was run down when the horn quit out in New Mexico.



We got that note in the rent statement yesterday. The SSA is getting a .3% raise this year. Medicare is going up more than SSA and the rent is an 11.1% raise. Looks like us SSA folks are going to be watching our quarters more closely next year. Time for watching pennies and dimes came and went long ago.

Today was a pretty good day after the OFM got in his first nap of the day. Tonight he feels like he may be back in full strength tomorrow. At least while hanging loose waiting to heal he has been spending some time making a list of possible blog topics. Be prepared because he can get wild in his imagination.

11/1/16

Time Out

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

After a few days of feeling yuk the OFM took his temperature this afternoon and it was 101 deg F. Maybe he has a bug of some sort and maybe he is just cranky. No matter what tonight is a no blog night. Fun will return.