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Flowers, Rockport, Texas

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.

6 comments:

  1. Good thing somebody thought about the wake that the barge would cause! Else you might still be out there on the ferry. Hope to see some of those pictures and read the stories this week. Then we will share the fun.

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    1. This retirement stuff has gotten incredibly busy around here for the last couple of weeks.

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  2. WoW!! Now that w as tooo much fun,i think.

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  3. My dogs always watch the Dolphins jumping along the ferry when I take it between Port Aransas and Aransas Pass.

    Great adventure!

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  4. That would have been an exciting ferry ride, we have been across there a few times and twice with our motorhome.

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  5. If that barge had not come along when it did the Captain might have had to loose some of his cargo in order to have tooooo much fun.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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