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Harbor Guards, Rockport, Texas

5/25/17

Staying Low

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The OFM wanted to do a bit of golf ball hitting with his new to him golf clubs he got months ago. So Sierra took us to a nice large field near Sinton Texas to hack around for a little while. As it turns out the OFM was able to remember how to hit some decent shots after a little practice. That made the practice more fun and less involvment for the trees around us. No trees were injured in this practice session. It was fun.

Back in Rockport we have getting ready for the lay low weekend, party time for others called Memorial weekend. We will be very glad when Tuesday morning dawns on the area.

The OFM went and talked to a couple of local artists about having time to paint. They all said the same thing, you have to schedule the time and let something else slide. After some serious consideration the OFM has decided that a schedule written in chalk will be developed tomorrow so that each of our hobbies and chores will get their fair share of time.

Naps will continue to be a high priority. The blog, art, house cleaning, fishing, golf etc will be given reasonable chunks of time to allow the Teams to have fun doing lots of different things. Right now we are extremely low on things to write about in the blog but with a bit of luck that will change as our style gets lined out. Never to be forgotten is that our motto is “trying to have tooooo much fun.”

5/23/17

Submarine Race

Adventure Location: Rockport Beach Park, Texas


The OFM wanted to do a bit of fishing and the day was pretty beautiful so the Teams headed to the wooden pier at the Rockport Beach Park. The fishing there has been decent for the last few mornings and it was today. The catching was not great but there were regular hookups at ten minute intervals. Nothing was a great catch but the fish were mostly skipjacks and very active. Most of them were in the 18 inch range so the fun was good.

About every 45 minutes the dadgum dolphin would make a patrol through the area and cause the other fish to go hide for a few minutes.

Our big excitement for the morning was when a small skipjack got hooked and we were reeling it in pretty fast. About 15 feet from the pier a fast moving submarine (dolphin) surfaced a few feet behind the hooked skipjack and the race was on.

The OFM was creating a hurricane force wind from reeling the fish in so fast but the submarine was gaining quickly. The OFM gave a hard jerk on the line and the fish fell free into the water and the submarine gave chase to the fish as it dove out of sight. The OFM gave a huge sigh of relief. He definitely did not want to have a hook with his fishing line stuck in the mouth of the submarine. Those critters are huge, strong and fast. They can strip the $20 of fishing line from your reel in less than 2 seconds and leave you with smoking reel bearings.

Just after dark tonight we had a very nasty storm pass through. It immediately killed the electricity for the area so this is being written in “boondocking” mode. There have been several times when we were in “full hookups’ sites that having all the boon docking abilities has come in very handy. It is 2130 right now on Tuesday night. This will publish when the Wifi comes on again. In the meantime the OFM is planning his tomorrow to enhance his chances of having tooooo much fun after the storm.




5/21/17

Bird Convention

Adventure Location: Packery Channel, Texas


The OFM wanted to do a bit of fishing and the day was pretty beautiful so the Teams headed to Packery Channel Overlook for some fun. The camera was taken just in case we wanted some pictures. As Sierra took us into the parking area we noticed the hordes of pelicans, seagulls and terns that were occupying about a half mile of the channel. There were hundreds of them. Something was in the water that all the birds thought was good eating. We walked along the walkway to see what might be in the fast moving tidal exchange going through the pass. We never found out what it was but here is a small part of the massive bird congestion.

 

We chose not to try to fish in that mess. Getting a bird tangled in your fishing line is never pleasant and frequently injures the bird. Nope the Teams would just meander around looking for lost pictures we needed to take home with us.

Well goodness gracious there is a lost picture right there.

 

This was some sort of plant part that had been mutilated to look like a spear head. It was lying loose on some debris and the OFM was not about to hop over the rocks to pick it up. Therefore all we get is a picture. The “spear head” was about 7 inches long and 5 inches wide. Maybe some reader will recognize it and give us an identity.

The vines were showing a lot of flowers on this day. We had bright yellow, brilliant white and this purple flower. All of them were nice to see but this was the only one not flapping in the wind. It sat still for one picture and then got busy flapping in the breeze.

 

There was a good number of sea turtles feeding in the area along the rocks lining the channel. They were quick little devils on this day. The sluggish OFM used thousands of electrons up to finally get this head shot. Usually the turtles will piddle around on the surface for a few seconds when they come up for air. But on this day it was a quick grab air and head on back under every time. Maybe they were afraid of all the pelicans?

 

There was a lot of seaweed being washed into the bays through this channel. It piled up on the rocks and would have clogged up your fishing line with pounds of troubles. We have never tried eating this sea weed but some other we tried years ago was quite acceptable.

 

It was on the way back from this adventure that the ferry boat got stuck from overloading. It was all part of trying to have tooooo much fun.



5/20/17

Ferry Fun

Adventure Location: Port Aransas, Texas


The Teams have had a good time gathering pictures and stories for the blog and are heading back across the ferry to roll home. We get to the ferry lanes and it is not backed up but there are several large trucks and one huge motorhome with a large pickup truck in tow all waiting for a ferry. As luck would have it the next ferry to unload is one of the extra large ones.

We get loaded about third and are situated right up front. Then they loaded three large delivery type trucks, then some more pickup trucks and finally the motorhome and the toad. This is all taking longer than normal but the Teams are enjoying watching the boat traffic in the ship channel so we are content.

The all clear is given and the ferry engines start to rev up. The ferry stays there. The engines reverse and the ferry still does not move. Obviously we are sitting on the bottom. Hmmm Now What.

The captain revs the engines in reverse and apparently wiggles the rudders back and forth trying to wiggle us free. The he hits forward with great vigor and the ferry is enjoying sitting still in the same spot.

The captain goes through the reverse, wiggle, forward routine a couple of times more. Still nothing moving. Everything is quiet for a minute. The props start trying to move us out gently.

About now I realize a large barge tow is about to pass and send a big wake our way. Just as the wake get to us the captain revs up the engine and the wake slides under us lifting us a few inches AND THE FERRY SLOWLY STARTS TO MOVE. We halfway expected to hear cheers from the deck crew.

Finally we clear into the channel and the ferry is riding a bit front down and seems to be trying to cut off to the right. The captain handles it well until we get close to the new landing. As we are coming into the landing we are wondering how shallow it is. Remember the OFM and Sierra are at the front of the ferry now getting a first view of any exciting events.

Well the captain brings the ferry a bit “HOT” in case we hit bottom a little bit. We didn’t. The deck hands started grabbing things to hold on to. So it was a nice bump against the landing dock.

It was nice we got to be second off that ferry as we had had enough of that way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

5/19/17

Doggie Picture

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

How about a cute picture of a man and his pup trying to have tooooo much fun?



5/18/17

Great Results On The WDH.

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


It was hot this afternoon after this mornings adventure to Packery Channel but that story will wait for the exciting news to the Teams. The OFM actually got busy after lunch and finished assembly and tuning of the weight distributing hitch (WDH).

First he had to measure the heights of the trailer and truck before the weight distribution things got going to set the rig RIGHT. Without spring assist, Sierra had 3 inches of rear sag when coupled. That is a bit too much. A WDH has several criteria that have to be balanced between each of the requirements. We were able to get all of the criteria to be well into the preferred settings.

We ended up with 1/8“ of rear sag and 1/4“ of front squat. That is well within the class of excellent for a WDH.

The only real trouble was that about half way through with all the cranking of the Castle up and down with the jack stand in the hot sun, the OFM got a bit weak and shut down for a cold Root Beer and some significant AC time. After about a half hour he was doing ok again and we got back to work. Here is the ready to travel equipment.




It should make our traveling a bit easier in the future. And anything that makes trying to have tooooo much fun easier is a great thing.


5/17/17

Towing Safety


Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas



The OFM noticed during the last time on the road that Sierra was being pushed to its limits by Comfort Castle when towed with a simple ball mount like we used with the previous truck. It was looked into carefully and a weight distributing hitch was ordered to make a much better balanced rig. Running equipment right at the upper limit is not the Teams style.

The new hitch arrived today as the rain came down gently. So the OFM ripped the instructions from the box, took a quick picture and headed into the Castle to get educated again about installing this type of hitch.

 

The OFM was surprised that he recalled nearly all the details of the assembly and tuning of the hitch. However it is not a bad thing to refresh your memory after 9 years of not doing something. So he did.

After lunch the OFM and friend Ed went to work on putting the hitch together and adjusted just right. The box of hitch weighed 83 pounds according to the shipping label. The OFM grabbed it and chunked it onto the picnic table and went to work. At first there are lots of guesses to make to get started. Usually after the hitch is assembled somewhat and the vehicle and trailer measured some, other changes (tuning) has to be made. The big difference is that the OFM has done this with the Castle for a very similar truck before so the first guess should be pretty close to the final need.

This next picture is of the hitch head mounted into the receiver socket just before we found out the OFM did not have the right size wrench to tighten it completely.


The OFM decided to knock off work, rest a bit and then go to Lowes to get the right tool for the job. A couple of neighbors offered the tool. However the OFM wants a tool that necessary to travel with the Teams. He also wants the tool to have proven it is the right one for the job before we travel with it.

The 1 1/16“ combination wrench set us back about $25 but is a necessity for peach of mind for the Teams.

Tomorrow we plan to finish the head assembly, mount the spring bar clamps, install the spring bars and tune the rig for travel. It will be nice to have better piece of mind while we are meandering the country trying to have tooooo much fun.

5/16/17

Waves

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The OFM is not over the migraine attack. The best we can think of it is that it makes great waves for photography. Tonight we chose two of them to show. Both were taken down at Packery Channel from the north jetty.

The first we found unusual since the breaking tops of the wave were breaking toward each other.

 

The second picture is a double wave that was basically one wave right behind and nearly on top of the other. We are guessing that one is the result of a boat wake and the other one is the result of the wind.

 

On to less pleasant things. We are once again having major trouble with Phorid flies. They are a nasty prolific little fly. The size is barely larger than a sharpie dot. Some folks call them sewer flies and they can come from sewers but we keep the sewers closed to the interior of the Castle now. The flies come in the door of the Castle every time we open it to go in or out or check on anything. Usually it is about twenty flies and about thirty minutes of killing to get control again. They seem to be living in all the dead vegetation in this campground.
It is getting so bad we are thinking of changing locations to get away from them if we cannot get them under control. We have stayed at this campsite a few times in the past and always had trouble with the Phorid flies. Here is a site to tell you about them PhoridFly.


Those devils definitely get in the way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

5/14/17

Crazy Lights

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The OFM was slowly gaining awareness of his surroundings. His nice sleep was being destroyed by the multicolored bright lights flashing inside the Castle. His sleep fogged small brain could not seem to grasp why all the police car flashing lights were inside the Castle. His hands were groping around in delirium as he tried to get awake to handle the crazy emergency whatever it was. Surely the earth was ending or something as bad.

He finally got his glasses on and was enough awake to realize he was half blind and it was the aura of a major migraine in the making. The migraine was a sort of welcome revelation as opposed to the first thought of a campground full of emergency vehicles. OK time to calm down and just hurt for a while.

The medicine was taken to help keep the brain pain minimized. Then some breakfast of cereal and soy milk settled his stomach quiet a bit. After an hour or so the OFM decided he would live to regret it again and the day began.

By 1300 hours the OFM was starving and knew exactly what he wanted to eat. A trip to the City of Aransas Pass and the San Juan restaurant. Sierra got him there safely. There was even lots of room inside for his massive bulk to pull up a few chairs and sit down.

Looking at the menu for the exact item he wanted to order gave him a chance to notice a forgotten item that he also likes. Chicken Fajita Salad was what caught his eye. And it was very delicious. We wanted him to go back out to Sierra to get the camera and take a picture of it, but he had a third of it inhaled before we could get his attention to suggest the camera. You will just have to take our word for it that it is a great meal.

On the way back to Rockport the OFM decided it would do him good to hit the harbor area and sit around in the shade and watch the tourists be tourists. When we got there, the fishing pier was being well used.

 

After a little sitting in the shade, the OFM noticed something weird moving through the choppy water a good ways from the bulkhead. Naturally he had to get nosey and check it out. It at first looked like a long critter making its way through the choppy water. BUT when it got closer it turned out to be a duck family meandering around in an area they normally are not habitating.

 

They were moving along nicely going to who knows where. This was water with no normal suck habitat close by. There are things in that water that would be happy to chomp a duckling. Some of the sharks would handle the adult ducks easily also. When we left the ducks were still meandering around the area. Our hope is they figured out where they needed to be and went there safely.

By now it was time for the OFM to get in some more horizontal time with hopes of this evening feeling good enough to try having tooooo much fun.


 


5/12/17

Obnoxious Pelicans Club

Adventure Location: Fulton, Texas

At the north end of this peninsula is the cute town of Fulton, Texas. It is not very big but is a fun location to mess around in. At the northern most end is the causeway going over to Lamar Texas. The original causeway was turned into a fishing pier many years ago. It is at times a very popular place to fish. In the cooler months the winter Texans catch a lot of black drum and sheepshead from this pier. Here is the view from the south end of the pier.

 

On this day there was a special convention called by the Obnoxious Pelicans Club. They are the pelicans that try to steal your catch while you are cleaning the fish at the nearby cleaning table. They were just sitting around trying to be cute for photographs it seemed. What they are really doing is being careful to let you think they will not bother your catch. BUT throw a fish onto the cleaning table and the whole mob mobilizes to relieve you of all your catch immediately.

 

Very nearby is the boat launch for the area. This is the water front next to the launch point and it is shallow water like over at Goose Island.

 

We have launched at the ramp and paddled around a lot of this area. Folks do wade fish this area and sometimes really catch a lot of fish. When the winds are from the south east this is a well protected area for trying to have tooooo much fun.



 

5/11/17

New Reefs

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The OFM fought the waves and wind and between 1100 and noon he found some fish that would bite his lure. He caught four speckled trout from 16“ to 18“ and they were fat and strong fighters. Since he did not think that the whitecapping waves would allow for any catching, there was no camera along with the Teams. He was in fear of the camera getting saltwater soaked.

A couple of pictures were taken of Little Bay and the reefs that were built a couple of years ago. The reefs get in the way of the rough waves that were eroding the shoreline and road along Little Bay. They seem to be doing a good job too. Here is the explanation sign.


The effect that the reefs have had on fish catching is large. Lots more catching goes on along that shoreline now that the reefs are maturing. They are located about a 150 feet from the shore and the water is shallow enough to wade fish the area. We have one friend that had an undesirable encounter with a jelly fish a week or so ago. The OFM is not planning on doing any wading in that area in shorts.

Here is a picture to show how close the reefs are to the shore. The dark spots in the water are the reefs.

 

The OFM is still trying to makeup his mind about what type of wading equipment to add to the teams so it may be a while until we can give a personal report on the wade fishing there. We are wanting to be really careful with this decision. We need to be sure we are not fighting jelly fish instead of trying to have tooooo much fun.




5/9/17

Reef Fishing


Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The mouth of St. Charles bay is only a couple of miles wide but paddles like it is an eternity across it. This picture is from Goose Island SP pier parking lot. In lots of places in this body of water it is only inches deep. Lots of fish run around in that area but not lots of folks chase them due to the reefs.

 

Very close to the state park pier is several reefs that can be reached easily by the steps that lead down to them from the pier. Most folks fish from the pier when it is a lot more productive to wade the knee deep water on the reefs. Here is a yakker out there with his pet pelican working the reef over with a vengeance.

 

It was a fine day of taking pictures and the OFM used up a lot of electrons in his efforts. One of the pictures caught a yakker and the water/reef at a nice moment.

 

This is typical of the area and gives a sense of the navigation hazards for a power boat. We like the idea that you do not have to work yourself to death just to get to fishable water.

Over the years the OFM has visited Goose Island SP many times because the area is a nice area for trying to have tooooo much fun.

5/6/17

Running On Water

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

Goose Island SP sticks out into the mouth of St. Charles Bay. St. Charles bay has a lot of shallow fish infested water in it. The down side is that as you get well into the bay near the inflow creeks there are alligators to keep you company at times. Most locals do not do any wade fishing up in that area.

The scaredy cat OFM has never waded in that upper area. During this visit to the area the OFM took Sierra down to the Big Tree area. Sierra pulled over on the grass to allow two pictures to be taken to show the style of the area.

This picture was taken looking to the left of Sierra at the cattle pasture near the water.

Cattle waiting for excitement
Without moving Sierra, the OFM turned to his right and took this picture through the windshield of a brave man. He was about a quarter mile out there.

 

The OFM has a friend that quit wade fishing this area about three years ago after years of wade fishing there. He was out there in waist deep water when a alligator of about six feet came swimming along and grabbed his stringer of fish. My friend quickly released the stringer and ran across the tops of the waves back to shore to never get his feet wet in the area again.

The OFM does occasionally fish along this shoreline but never enters the water. Playing with alligators in their home waters is not our idea of a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

5/5/17

Oyster Bags

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas



The OFM knew he wanted to go somewhere this morning when he got up but the usual place was slopping over with Nautical Garage Sale junk vendors. After a few minutes of painful thinking he decided to head on over to Goose Island State Park for a refresher course on what is over there. As it turned out the Park is undergoing a major revamp on the part of the park known as Stinky Beach. From what the worker told me it will be quite a nice place when it is all finished. That will be a wonderful improvement.

After we made it through the construction and down to the fishing pier we knew we were in for a nice time. The day was beautiful and the breeze very pleasant.

The first thing we noticed was the new “reefs” in the water. Old oyster shells had been used to fill mesh bags and then they were strategically placed in the water to protect the shoreline from erosion. In time more oysters should make their home on these bags. Eventually they should become a permanent nice oyster reef.


The OFM had to hop, or is that a flop, down near the water for the oyster bags picture. Now he had to find a way to get his massive bulk hoisted back up the bulkhead. As he was standing there dreaming of stairs or at least a ladder he noticed that the vertical posts holding the bulkhead in place were nearly rotted away. The odd part was the post had rotted a rectangular hole down from the top.

 

How come and why is beyond us tonight.

At another place a lot of sea growths of some sort had lined the shoreline. It was a couple of different colors and at times seemed to almost glow in the sunlight.

 

Flowers were not in great abundance but we did find a pretty quarter sized purple one hidden in the shade by the road. It was very pretty and the only one in sight. The OFM felt fortunate to have noticed it to photograph it for his readers to enjoy.

With a camera full of pictures he decided it was time to head back to the Castle for some lunch. The morning was a pretty good one for trying to have tooooo much fun.


5/4/17

Fuzzy Piling

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

The last few days have be reasonably busy but not really adventuresome. Cleaning desert dust out by the buckets full gets old quickly.

After nearly a month back here in Rockport, the OFM is getting some serious hitchitch. We are trying to get him to calm down since the HOT summer is soon to slam down on us.

As you know very well the OFM can find the darndest things interesting and tonight he proves it AGAIN.

While meandering around the boat docks the OFM noticed the fuzzy pilings and went to investigate. but first he had to check out the oysters at the end of the dock. After closer examination he realized that the oysters were growing on a water hose that had been in the harbor water way too long.

 

Oysters this size growing on your fresh water hose means that the hose has been down in the harbor water for a few years at least. Hmmmm.

Now on out to the other end of the dock to see the fuzzy piling.

 

It turns out the fuzzies are lichens growing on the piling. We have never seen lichens growing on a treated piling in a saltwater environment before. Here is a closer view. If we are wrong about this growth being lichens please comment and correct us.

 

Tomorrow starts a major garage sale at the harbor so the Teams will not be down at the harbor again until Monday most likely. Maybe that is ok since the OFM did not catch any fish today and the fish may need the rest. It has been an easy couple of days without much effort put into trying to have tooooo much fun.



5/2/17

Dirty Business

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas



The OFM got busy fishing early this morning and the result was a worthless fish known as a skipjack. It was about twenty inches long.

 

They are fun to catch since they are very active fighters. However they are not a fish for eating. We have it on poor authority that they make great cut bait for some good eating fishes. We have never found out in person.

Upon return to the campground we were caught in the renovations that were going on. Several campsites were getting improvements on the parking pads. This maintenance will be a welcome change. Here is some of the rock being unloaded.

 

The tractor operator got busy and in a little while we had several pads that looked like this.

 

Now all they need is a good rain to compact the dirt and rock so the heavy trailers will not rut the pad very badly. Badly rutted pads can be a nightmare for leveling your rig. And we do not need nightmares when we are trying to have tooooo much fun.



5/1/17

Flapping Jaws

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The bulkhead near the Rockport Harbor can be a major hazard if you fall from it into the water. It is high enough that the OFM would not be able to climb back up to the walking surface. Wisely there are some steps cast into the bulkhead that, while not an easy climb, would allow a clumsy fool to get back up out of the water.

On Saturday the winds were blowing water into the bay and flooding many places with sea water. These steps would have been a real trouble to use with the waves breaking onto them.

 

The palm trees were also fighting for their lives in the brisk breeze. Most of the palm trees got a serious pruning from the winds. There was dead limbs and limbs in good health being blown off the trees. Check out these two palms getting an extra bit of breeze.

 

On around the bend and to the north end of the Rockport Beach Park is a section of land that is designated a bird area. It is mainly to give the shore birds a relatively safe area for breeding and raising young’uns. However the influx of the wind driven sea water has flooded a big chunk of the nesting area. Most of the water you see in the next picture is covering dirt that had nesting birds on it. We could not get close enough to see if eggs were present yet. It could be a bad year for seagulls.

 

It has been a slow time for adventures so there is not much to report. Last night the OFM was on the pier until after 2100 flapping his jaws with a couple of other folks and he had a great time of trying to have tooooo much fun.



4/29/17

A Little Tipsy

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The OFM has an old friend of a fishing rod that he has used for several years. It is an Ugly Stik Elite and has been an excellent performer and handled many fish of all sizes without fail.

The OFM is also a fan of using braid fishing line for his fishing. He started using braid about five years ago and fell in love with it. Braid is made by weaving many small strands of material into a larger line. What that does is reduce the ability of braid to withstand abrasion.

A few weeks ago the OFM noticed that his braid line was getting badly abraded quickly. This water around Rockport has lots of things in it to abrade line, like oysters, old pilings, barnacles and who knows what else. Normally the braid would start getting fuzzy from abrasion in about a dozen fishing episodes and the last ten feet of braid would be cut off and discarded in the trash.

About two weeks ago The OFM Fishing Team noticed that the fuzziness happened within a two or three trip time. WOW he needs to be more careful we told him. So he was more careful and the fuzziness showed up after the next trip. That is way too soon.

Research began and nothing could be found to cause the wear on the braid. Until the daylight hit the rod tip from a certain angle as the OFM was trimming yet another few feet of braid off the spool. What is that he thought? However he could not see any trouble with the rod tip.

That night the OFM got out his magnifying glass to help his trifocal glasses do their job. Examination of the rod tip revealed a set of grooves in it!

A fresh piece of braid was used to run around inside of the rod tip sort of like flossing teeth. Lo and Behold it was like running the braid over the teeth of a hacksaw. The tip had very fine and very sharp grooves on the inside of the tip where the line rubs with every cast.

We guess all the miles of line reeled over that tip in the years had slowly worn the ceramic tip ring to the point of needing replacement. This led to an examination of all the rod eyes on both rods. The Ugly Stik rod tip was the only rough rod eye.

A trip to Tackle Town to get a new rod tip to replace the worn tip led to finding out that Tackle Town would replace the rod tip as I waited with a new Fuji Ceramic Ring Tip for the ridiculous high price of $4 plus tax. So in about five minutes our trouble was solved and the rod is now back in service and the braid is not fuzzy after a few trips.

 

The OFM learned a lesson that 1. He cannot see well enough anymore to check the rod line guides with out a magnifying glass assistant. And 2. he needs to check all the rod line guides at least once a year. They are very important when fishing while trying to have tooooo much fun.



 

 

4/27/17

Backwards Eyes

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

It was about time for something to work out right for a change. When the new backwards eyes came in the Teams expected them to not work. As you know the OFM is not real smart and he ordered them all by himself without supervision. Wow that is scary!

Any way they came in and were in good shape. Even the box looked just fine.

 

Now if we can figure out how to assemble them and then install them it will be a miracle. Here are the factory backwards eyes that came on Sierra. They are not really adequate for towing so some additional eyes were ordered to make the towing easier.

 

After reading the instructions several times and looking at the pictures of the assembly, we decided the instructions did not match our mirrors exactly so the OFM put his miraculous powers of mechanical design experience to work. Sure enough he was able to figure out what the instructions meant to say. From that point on things went much more smoothly.

The new mirrors actually fit rather well and the secure attachment gadget seems to hold them on very well. Even when the idiot OFM jerked on them really hard, they stayed in place. Here they are installed.

 

About this moment was when the OFM remembered that the factory mirrors on Sierra fold when a switch inside the cab is pushed. So with lots of fear and worry the switch was pushed to see what would break first. LO AND BEHOLD the mirrors INCLUDING the towing extensions folded right up against the cab like they were meant to do it. WOW that was a nice surprise.

 

We spent some time playing with them and checking the backwards viewing. It looks like they will help tremendously for our towing needs.

The OFM thinks these new additions to Sierra will make a lot of difference when the Castle is rolling down the road in search of having tooooo much fun.



 

4/25/17

Crusty Eyeballs


Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas


The OFM awoke to crusted over eyes and sinus misery. It seemed like it was allergy related to the weather front that came through. The whole day was not his best ever so when evening came he went to the beach park to sit on a waterfront bench and supervise the wave action.

However the prevailing 30 mph winds made the normal bench very undesirable for resting.

 

Notice the water that was getting blown all the way across the thirty feet of grass to the parking lot. This would have been a great place to take a saltwater bath.

So we parked Sierra across the parking lot and grabbed a rod to use for fishing. Then we headed to bench alternative number two. It had the wind to our back and no wave spray made it across the 200 feet to bench no. 2.

 
At this location the OFM sat on the bench for a good while as the perch ate his bait over and over. He finally decided he was wind burned enough and we headed home. Sierra had collected a large layer of salt crust that will need to be flushed away tomorrow.

Perhaps washing Sierra will turn out to be a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

4/24/17

Cloud Acrobatics

Adventure Location: Mustang Island, Texas


We had a nice cool couple of days and the OFM went out to play at Mustang Island. We did a lot of checking things out. As expected with all the “progressive development” the area is very over populated and even more visitors than last year.

We found this camping mess at the base of the Packery Channel north jetty. They looked like they had been there for a long time and were not moving anytime soon.


The winds have been very strong lately and generally not pleasant. We found a white flower in a protected part of a sand dune to get this picture.

 

All the yellow flowers were getting shredded by the winds. This one poor little flower was showing its toughness so we got a decent picture in spite of the winds.

 

Quite a few pictures were taken of sand dunes but they have not yet been processed for presentation. If any of them come out nice we will put them in a later blog entry. Part of the trip effort was aimed at inspiration for more paintings. The OFM keeps wanting to do more paintings for the garbage can but he cannot seem to choose a topic yet.

Back down in Rockport this afternoon the fish were not biting but the clouds were showing off. It was a beautiful day with gorgeous water and fantastic blue skies. The clouds got all excited and started doing all sorts of acrobatics for us mere mortals fascination. Here is one of the acts.


It was the sand castle competition last weekend down at Port Aransas and the town was still very crowded today. In spite of the huge number of tourists in the town we managed to do pretty well at trying to have tooooo much fun.



4/22/17

Slithering Again

Adventure Location: Rockport, Tex

WOW what an exciting day it was today! NOT. It was so exciting that the OFM cannot recall what we did this morning. We think he went to Walmart and did a bit of fishing down at the marina. It was definitely not an adventure filled day.

The sailboat that was on the rocks is still there. We have no idea what is going on with it.

The town of Port Aransas is having the big sand castle event this weekend to the south of us. To the north of us is Fulton with some big event keeping the Fulton Harbor full of cars and folks. It would seem Rockport should be empty but NOPE it is plenty crowded. Here is a picture of the Rockport Beach about 1830 this evening.

 
There was still a lot of folks out there at dark.

Late this evening the OFM did go down to the pier to fish. That is when he took the above picture. This time he managed to catch a legal size speckled trout------sort of.

When he was lifting the Trout over the hand rail, the trout put up a strong and active flopping session and fell from the hook down into the rocks lining the pier. The OFM has no business down on/in those loose rocks but he was not about to let the trout die without trying to save it. Here is the trout buried down in the rocks.

 

The OFM got all the fishing paraphernalia off his body and slithered (that was for you Tom) under the hand rail on his backside and onto the rocks. Then it was a simple matter of balancing like a gymnast on a balance beam that is not fixed in place as he squatted down to retrieve the fish way down there below his feet. Finally he had to lay down on the rocks to reach the fish. The long nosed pliers grabbed the fish tail and flipped the fish back into the water. The fish swam slowly away but at least it seemed to be on its way to recovery. It was out of the water way to long.

Now the OFM had the fun of getting up while standing on the loose rocks and crawling back onto the walking surface. At least when he rolled onto the walking surface through the old bird droppings and other nice things on the concrete, the hand rail was there for him to hold as he got his knees back under himself. A video of all that would likely have won a lot of money in a funny fat man contest.

Running around on loose boulders used to be fun but now the OFM does not consider it a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.




4/20/17

Pier Pooch

Adventure Location: Rockport, Tex

We have here at the fishing pier a pier pooch named Sheba. She is a very friendly pup and a great help to everyone that comes on the pier. Mostly she gets to roam on the pier without restraint until new folks show up. They usually want her on the leash until she gets to show them her real worth.

Sheba is a first class asset to the fishing community. Any time a rod is bent, she announces that the rod needs attention NOW. If you are fishing natural bait, you get to cast out and put your rod against a railing and Sheba keeps a sharp eye out on it for activity while you visit others.

When you hook a fish and your rod bends, Sheba lets everyone know that you have a fish on and might need help landing it. She even moves back and forth to where the fish will be coming out of the water to be landed on the pier.

If a fish gets loose on the pier, Sheba is right there to keep it under control and make sure it stays on the pier until you can grab it.

But her most important job, and she takes it very seriously, is to make sure the birds do not crowd the fishermen or their stringers of fish. We have many large birds like pelicans, egrets and herons that will sneak behind your back and grab fish on a stringer or bait out of your bait bucket or from your ice chest. Sheba is always on guard to prevent the bird from stealing your had won fish.

When Sheba is on the pier you can relax because she is very diligent at watching everything and making sure everyone is trying to have tooooo much fun.