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Elephant Butte, NM

11/12/18

Losing Weight Fast

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
Adventure Date: 11/12/18
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It was some really wonderful chicken stoup for supper after a cold wet nasty wind day. Things got a lot better after the first bite. YUMMITY YUM YUM.

Then when we sat down to start composing this blog entry, the OFM brought a mug of Hot Chocolate with him to warm his innerds.




The day had several different things happen. Probably the most important is the OFM got busy filing important papers that had been lying around for a couple of weeks. The 784 pound file box was man handled down from an upper cabinet. We managed to get him to do something that has been needed for a lifetime it seems. 

He went through that box and eliminated about 486 pounds of un-needed paperwork. Heck we even had to borrow the owners wheel barrow to haul it all to the dumpster. We hope the dumpster truck can lift the bin tomorrow.

The new lightweight file box was lifted up into the cabinet this time with only two arms and one leg. That is real progress. Now when we need one of those papers we know it is in the box probably filed in the wrong folder. But that will be easier to find than the ones filed under a pot in the back of the kitchen cabinets. Besides we can loosen the equalizing hitch a notch with all that weight taken out of the front cabinet in the Castle.

The art studies got a bump forward today thanks to the miserable outside conditions. We decided to try using watercolor pencils for the preliminary sketch to the next painting. That made for some interesting efforts since we had always used Prismacolor Colored Pencils in the past.

The water color pencils are softer and handled much differently. They are the Caran D’Ache Supracolor Soft Watercolor Pencils. Say all that real fast twice if you can. Anyway it was an interesting experiment. We stopped before the background was started to consider what we were seeing. Here is what we were up to at this point.




After letting it sit for a few hours while the OFM tried to understand what he had experienced, he decided to try adding water to the picture and see what new experience we were in for.




Well that was exciting. Now all we need to know is what to do with all this new knowledge. For now we have decided the best thing is just relax and enjoy this style of trying to have tooooo much fun.






11/11/18

Taking A Bath

Adventure Location: Rockport Beach Park, TX
Adventure Date: 11/11/18
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And the magic computer brings us back from the past to today and the cold, wet, windy, nasty day. We got out with the camera to find anything that might be interesting.

The first thing we found was that the nesting area for the migrating birds at the Rockport Beach Park is being prepared for the arrival of all the squawkers. Hundreds of them arrive and pair up to produce the next generation of feather legs. It lasts for a few months and that part of the beach area temporarily closes to regular humans.



These sea gulls appeared to be getting all bathed and prettied up for the courting effort. They were taking turns in the freshwater pool bathing and flapping wings scattering water everywhere.



And then there was the egret? at the rock jetty trying to find some food in this miserable weather. It was moving back and forth along the lee side of the jetty searching for a minnow or three. We watched for about five minutes and the bird never took a strike at any bait fish.  The cold front must have sent the bait fish to Cuba to play at the beach.


The Teams have spent some time working on our preliminary plan for escaping Rockport by December 1.  However we did not come up with a plan acceptable to all the team members yet. The trouble is that there is more places than there is time. Prioritizing is a difficulty for this bunch of travelers. In the mean time we are trying to have tooooo much fun in the cold drizzling rain and wind.







11/10/18

DAM

Adventure Location: Elephant Butte, NM.
Adventure Date: 10/17/07
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About 11 years ago before the OFM existed letters with pictures were written to family members about what we were seeing. Tonight we have three pictures from one of those adventures. Notice the location and date of the adventure at the top of the page.

The OFM Teams were exploring the Rio Grande River up in New Mexico. On this day we checked out the area around the dam that formed Elephant Butte Lake. It is a large lake and was not full during this visit. It turned out to be a great adventure.

First we drove around the area below the dam and found a very nice boondocking camping area along the Rio Grande River. We have never made it back to camp there because there are LOTS of free boondocking sites in the area that we did use.

The road goes along and up to the top of the dam. From that view point we looked north upstream across the lake. Notice the VERY desert terrain around the area once you get a few feet from the lake/river.



From the point we were standing on the edge of a small cliff, you could look right down on top of the dam. It was a bit treacherous with all the loose little balls called rocks but the OFM was young and foolish then. This is looking right down on the dam top with the river flow right to left. It was fun.



Then the OFM turned and waddled a few feet over and took this picture of the downstream Rio Grande River.  The campground that we found is on the left side where the trees begin and stretches a good ways down the riverside. This campground is less than 10 miles to the T or C/ Elephant Butte Walmart. In other words very convenient to supplies. If we recall correctly they do have water and restrooms at the campground.



This area is on our travel list to return to for more exploring. There is lots of things to do and see in the area so it is a really prime place for trying to have tooooo much fun.





11/9/18

Rice Paddy

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 11/09/18
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It was a cold start to the day when the OFM woke up. He is not a cold weather type of guy. Out came the electric heater and in a few minutes the world got to looking and feeling a lot better. The Teams preferred inside temp is about 70F.

Soon the dreary rain started and not soon after we were once again camped in a rice paddy.



So the OFM piddled a little here and there. Then he went to work cleaning the Castle. Washing desert dust off lots of the cabinets and appliances was the first effort. Then the shop vac came out and removed more dirt from the floor and upholstered parts of the Castle. The tools were put back in storage.

He sat down at the dining room table next to the big window and noticed the MUD in the sliding window channel. Good Grief! A damp sponge wiped the channel sort of. The mud took several times of wiping and rinsing the sponge. The more he cleaned the more that showed up to be cleaned. About 78 hours later (20 minutes) it was all clean. It was amazing how much desert dust the same color as the window frame could accumulate. But it is all gone now.

And that was about it for a day of trying to have tooooo much fun on a COLD and raining day.





11/8/18

New Art Toys

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 11/08/18
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The OFM says he is so old he does not do anything anymore. And he does not start on that until after noon.

It was a Christmas present shopping morning and it was a little bit successful. Then the mail came in with another bit of art supplies and the OFM was excited again. It was a bad knees day so he did not even attempt dancing a jig. Thank goodness.

The day stayed full but not over running. A bit of beach time to think about how things are going was taken this evening. The weather is supposed to be a lot colder by morning along with frequent rains. So we captured this nice picture of the beach this evening for memories of the hot weather we have been having.



 Yep some fishing with a gold spoon, Johnson Silver Minnow model, for anything that would bite but the spoon was too big for the mosquitoes to get it into their mouth. But the water was nice to look into and watch the little bait fish swim around.

Next the Teams went to visit a friend going through a personally tough time and not having a good mental time of it. But we think we have him on the right track now and headed into personal recovery. He will be alright in the future but for now it is one day at a time.

Then the OFM got busy on a painting that has been getting a bit of work now and then as he got around to it. It did not work out just right. The main object is a blackbrush limb with thorns he photographed last September at Lake Amistad. The background is way to busy in our opinion and needs to be less intrusive. But it certainly was fun making the painting.



We think that was a fairly full day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/7/18

Odd Election Result

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 11/07/18
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The OFM says he is so forgetful now that when he gets up in the morning he meets a new fellow in the mirror every day.

We guess the elections went well since only one dead candidate was elected.

It was a Christmas present shopping morning and it was a little bit successful. However there is a lot left to accomplish in the next four weeks.

This afternoon was two fishing sessions around Rockport Beach. The first session brought in three more half inch to short speckled trout. They all went back swimming. Then near sunset we had another short session and one half inch short speckled trout was landed. It went back to swimming also.

We would like to have exciting news but it was a nothing special day except the OFM is still upright and breathing regular while waiting to find his having tooooo much fun moment.

11/5/18

Here Fishy, Fishy

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 11/05/18
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The OFM behaved and went Christmas shopping first today. This is very hard work for him. But we went through the toys section looking for 2 year old size toys and stumbled across an excellent present for the Grand daughter. Her parents will likely put out a contract on the OFM’s head for doing it, but that is a chance he is willing to take.

That effort wore the OFM out so he stopped at the harbor to rest by fishing. The 1 inch too short (14“) speckled trout were hungry and in great supply. The OFM carries seven different lures. Today he tried six of them with no luck at all. The last lure is a mullet colored and shaped swim bait. Those trout went nuts over it. The fun must have lasted for over an hour. Eventually the school of fish moved on out of the area. Then it was lunch time and back to planning time.

The net result of all the planning  was to set a departure time for the Teams. A short e-mail was composed to tell the campground owner our planned rolling time. We try to give the owners as much time as we can to rent the spot we are vacating. Our rolling date is Nov.30, 2018. That should be plenty of time to get all things in order before we head west again where the places for having tooooo much fun are in huge quantity.

11/4/18

Restful Day

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 11/04/18
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The fishing has been wonderful. The catching has been NONE. But the OFM has been having plenty of fishing time as he considers his travel options.

He hit the wooden pier in Rockport Beach Park a couple of times today. The first time was in decent weather about an hour after the sun came up. It was a good thing he saw the sun then because it was the last of the sun for the rest of the day.

We got our usual spot at the foot of the pier and got ready for fishing while keeping a careful eye on the dark cloud back behind us. 



The pier looked very inviting so out we went. This is the view we had as we went out on the pier. 



Back behind us the front was headed toward us and the skies were getting very dark. After a few minutes out on the pier another fisherman exclaimed “ Look at that cloud front!” Everyone looked up and we all packed it in and headed for out vehicles. ZOOM ZOOM. You could smell the fresh rain a few hundred yards from us.

The Teams got settled in Sierra and waited a minute or two to choose what to do next. We were astounded to have the rain split around us and head on south. We did not get a drop of rain at the pier but the temperature dropped about 12 degrees in  30 seconds. The OFM Fishing Team waited a few minutes more and them headed back out onto the pier. No fish were caught.

We gave up and hit up the stores for Christmas shopping and other nonsense. The rest of the day was filled with chores and decision making.

Late in the evening after the sun was below the horizon this next picture was taken of the sky and the wooden pier. It has been a day of interesting skies and shopping to go with the fishing.



Now this evening as the OFM reminisces, he decided he had a nice restful day and a pretty good chunk of trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/2/18

Great Service

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 11/02/18
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Making up his mind is very hard work for the OFM. He is trying to figure out what to do starting in December 2018. November is Christmas present shopping month and December is present shipping month. But what is next after the present shipping. There are so many opportunities that it overloads his pea brain.

To help him, he ordered some stuff at 1209am yesterday morning and it arrived today at 1400 this afternoon. WOW that is called SERVICE. What did we get?



Planning aids for 2019 travels is what. The OFM was trying to dance a jig but it was not pretty.  The up to date books should help us and him to make some decent decisions for a change.

Now all we need to do is plot out all the great places for trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/1/18

Painting Spoons

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 11/01/18
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The OFM was sitting around being his usual worthless self thinking about fishing. He has been using fishing spoons since we got here with good success. All but one of the fish were caught on a gold spoon. The other fish was caught on a silver spoon. That makes the gold spoon a clear winner in the catching contest.

Since that is working well, we might as well experiment some more. So we took the silver spoon and painted one side white and the other side chartreuse.  After letting it dry all afternoon, this evening it was given a try at the harbor.

Well we were surprised when the spoon caught a nice speckled trout. The cool weather had the trout very frisky.  It took a couple of minutes to land the fish and then get it unhooked and returned to the water to grow up. So the OFM can proudly proclaim that he knows how to paint a fishing spoon to attract fish.

We call it luck but painting the spoon and trying it apparently, for him, was a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/31/18

Rough Slippery Rocks

Adventure Location: MISP, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/31/18
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Sierra did an excellent job of getting us on down the beach without any special excitement like getting stuck or flooded with sea water. The parking spot that Sierra chose was well up from the tide line so as the tide came in the parking spot would not flood.



It was also at the foot of the jetties and the OFM wasted not time in getting onto the jetty to prove he is still the fool of old. But it only took a small slip to remind him that even if he is morbidly fat he would not bounce right back up from a fall. So he quickly switched into OLD FAT MAN with bad joints mode of moving around on the slippery rocks. Here is a picture of the wet rocks he was playing FOOL upon.



If you go out to the end of most jetties on the Gulf Coast the waves can be spectacular and dangerous as they break onto the rocks. Even thought the waves were running small at 3 feet, they could easily wash your rock and barnacle shredded body  out to sea for special adventures with the sharks.



We meandered around on the two jetties and the little sand beach between them without finding much of special interest. We guessed that the super high tides of the last few days must have taken the “good stuff” home with them when they left the area.

We forced the OFM to get off the jetty and meander the main beach a bit. At least on the main beach we found a few things of interest. Shells were in short supply but we did see a few areas of crushed shells, broken sand dollars and other things. Here is the picture.



The part that really caught the Teams fascination was these critter holes.



We have no idea what made them but there was lots of the holes along the high water line of the beach. If anyone knows, please let us all know what lives down there.

After some good meandering on the beach the OFM was starting to hurt a bit from the jetty silliness so we headed back to Sierra. We took the long way back to the Castle so we traveled a loop on this adventure. The total miles was right at 150. This is Texas so the distances seem to always be at least triple digits. But some days like today the trying to have tooooo much fun can also triple up.

10/30/18

Salty Sand

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/30/18
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Rummaging around on the beach sounded good this morning so off we went. A fresh full tank of gasoline was first on the agenda, then on to the ferry. The marsh flats we passed through seemed to be getting pretty close to back to normal after all the rain floods. Then the proclaimed 15 minute wait at the ferry came and went as we sat enjoying the sun and screeching seagulls for 25 minutes.



Our target for today was Mustang Island State Park beach to the north. It has been the location of many a wonderful beach combing in the past. The park is in serious disarray from Hurricane Harvey. They seem to have dismantled all the infrastructure and are doing a total revamp of the facilities. We guess they are at least a year from completion.

However the beaches are open for playing and we did some major playing. The roads are still a little rough as this picture of the entry to north beach shows.



Once you hit the beach a left turn is required and here is the playground in front of you.



The beach runs down to Fish Pass Jetties. Fish Pass filled in many years ago but the jetties make great fish attractors. They are also a great place to lose some skin when you fall. Here is a picture of the dunes behind the beach. They are fun to run around in and check for hidden treasures.



When we arrived at the Fish Pass jetties, Sierra got parked. Then the OFM climbed up on a dune to get a picture of Port Aransas on the other side of the pass.



The beach was somewhat barren but the OFM still found lots of ways to entertain himself. To our surprise he came away with all the same skin he arrived with. Tomorrow we will go into details because he is very sleepy from all the exercise he got trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/29/18

TEETH

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/29/18
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Most of the day was spent fishing. Until noon 30 and it was catching time. a 26 inch Spanish Mackerel managed to get hooked on the OFM’s spoon and could not get away. After about ten minutes of good effort the fish was landed. Of course no camera was available to get a picture of the fish. The Spanish Mackerel has a formidable set of teeth. reaching into its mouth to unhook it is not recommended. See the picture below for the explanation.

Spanish Mackerel Teeth


Late in the evening the OFM went back to catch more fish. However there was no fish to catch it seemed. So he caught a picture of one of the flowers at the Harbor District Office. It was very pretty.




Probably the biggest event of the day was getting to eat supper with the Rockport Police Chief and his brother. The OFM Teams are really moving up in the local social groups. He is a nice fellow and we had some great conversation. We are looking forward to the next time.

Catching the Spanish Mackerel was a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/28/18

The Watcher

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/28/18
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We had the AC on for most of the day. It was in the mid 80s and the OFM was sweating. Fishing was accomplished but catching was not. The few folks we talked to had not even had a bite most of the day.

Late evening the OFM Fishing Team was at the harbor bulkhead not catching fish when the OFM turned to the Team and asked “Do you get the feeling we are being watched?”.

We all looked around very carefully and could not find a watcher. The OFM said “It is really odd that there are no seagulls even in the area.” And we agreed. So he went back to not catching and we relaxed.

In a few minutes the OFM turned to us and said “I KNOW we are being watched.” So the Teams started a serious search. After a few minutes the watcher was found.



The only bird in the area was watching in hopes of a morsel coming its way. It must be new to the area because the local birds know better than to wait for the OFM to catch a fish for them to eat.

Once the watcher was located and identified we all relaxed as the OFM kept on not catching fish. Finally he gave up and took us home for supper. It was a beautiful day for trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/27/18

Long Day/ Late Night

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/27/18
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It was cool enough to run a heater this morning and hot enough to run the AC this afternoon. It seems mosquitoes have made a come back starting today.  We do get too many mosquitoes for the Teams liking. 

An early morning walk was taken in hopes of getting some pictures for the blog. We were successful. It was a very calm morning and many folks were out and about at the beach. Some were walking the beach sand. That gives them a lot of extra effort to help stay fit.




Others choose a different way of enjoying the morning. Not much walking is involved but it probably gives one a great feeling of soaring with the birds.



When the Teams headed out onto the pier to check out on the fish catching we did not expect to find spiders fishing.



That spider web went from the pier hand rail down into the water. Several of the webs along the pier did the same fishing. We cannot imagine what kind of fish spiders fish for. Any suggestions?

There was lots of spider strands stringing out from vertical things. Those webs kept on getting tangled on the OFM and he was not fond of it.

The best part of the morning was the three different couples that recognized the OFM from this blog. That gave us some more great conversations with wonderful readers. And that is a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/26/18

Just Busy

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/26/18
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Not a lot happening. Undersize fish are being caught. Old and new acquaintances are being visited. The Castle’s license sticker came in the mail today. That means we can roll at the drop of a trailer coupler. The OFM’s new Medicare card also arrived and the OFM has already had his preventative shots for the winter so we can roll without fear of flu or pneumonia.  The campground is going up 10% on the camping rate and has cut out the cable TV. The OFM is actively trying to decide on a course of action for the near future. And Christmas shopping is needed to become a high priority item.

So you can see that not a lot of fun items for the blog are happening but the Teams are very busy. We are hoping that the slowly receding super tides will let us get out to do some beach combing in the first of next week. Maybe by then we will have something exciting to report for trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/24/18

G and P Construction

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/24/18
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It is with great pleasure that the OFM Teams announce the worlds greatest construction team. They are located in north Alabama near Huntsville. The company is G and P Construction.  Gavin and Piper are the main owners and employees. There are no peers to their abilities. Here is two examples of the stupendous jobs that they are capable of erecting.





They seem to have solved the age old question of how to have tooooo much fun.

10/23/18

Naps are Miracle Healers

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/23/18
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The OFM was doing better after the fitful nights sleep. So we started the day off gently. Things were happening but we took it easy and rolled around the area just watching the high winds and rain fall. Then about 1000 the OFM just had to take a nap. And a solid two hours of sleep it was.

 But an empty stomach was calling so we went off to lunchland for a belly filling. A little shopping at Walmart went well. Then back at the Castle the bed talked the OFM into another nap. This nap went extremely well for 2 1/2 hours. When the OFM woke up he was doing about 97%. The fishing pier called and away we went. He caught one undersize speckled trout and visited with a nice fellow from Michigan.

Supper time came around and it was stoup time, pork chop stoup that is.

Pork Chop Stoup


And wow was it excellent. Here it is 2000 in the evening and the OFM is doing great. Two long naps and a big bowl of stoup certainly was a nice cure for what ailed him.

Now tomorrow we can work harder at trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/22/18

OK He Warned

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/22/18
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Upon awakening today we knew it would be a minor day. The OFM had a scratchy throat and a mild fever to go with his mucus filled eyes. “OK “ he warned the illness “you want a piece of me, we go to battle right now.” And the day was also dreary and with a little chill in the air. The Teams voted on a serious meandering as maximum activity. The OFM said no. That would be too much. So we got going with the goal of minor meandering as our ultimate objective. We succeeded.

Easy fishing ended when the OFM lost the second new lure on yet another bottom dwelling murky water mud monster. So we meandered and found a little pile of shells left over from the waves of a day or so ago.



Some seemed occupied and some available for occupancy. But none of the critters were in a hurry to be moving about. So we moved on to chase other pictures. None came. Insignificant energy was flowing into the OFM from the battle. We eventually headed back to the Castle for more rest after a slow day of almost trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/21/18

Huge Attitude

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/21/18
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Huge attitudes are abundant in Chihuahua dogs and some fish as you will see. The day was very cool in the morning so other chores were attacked. The last campground to check was checked and deemed OK. So that chore is over. Then a few other things were done and right after lunch  the Teams hit the wooden Beach pier.

Not much was happening. But the OFM got in a lot of casting practice. Then just before leaving with no action, something hit the 1/4 oz gold spoon. It turned out to be a small croaker. Croaker are great eating when they are large enough to have some serious meat on them. This foolish fish was only about seven inches long. They are pretty fish in our opinion.



It swims with its relatives again. Notice it is not much bigger than the lure.

We started on back on the pier with the OFM casting now and them. Suddenly we had another fish on and this one was putting on a spectacular show of activity. However it was incredibly small. That lure is about 3 inches long.



These pinfish make good bait for larger fish but we just wanted to leave. It went back  into the water also.

The fishing was fun since we caught two fish and got to spend time visiting with two other fishermen on the pier.

After this we stopped at a friend’s place and had another good visit. The net result was a good day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/20/18

Fox Tales

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/20/18
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The rain that was not supposed to happen, happened after the OFM Fishing Team was WAY out on the pier this morning. We made it back to Sierra with only minimal dampness. The rest of the day was spent in worthless piddling.

However a valuable bit of prose about RVing was written by Mr. Boondork in his blog today. Click on his site here.

Fox Tales

He is leaving the Denver Colorado area tomorrow and starting his yearly winter travels. He is a really nice fellow who is a lot younger than the OFM with a sometimes unique outlook on things and the best way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/19/18

Rain and Flooding

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/19/18
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The OFM rolled out of the bed from a restless sleep and looked out the door of the Castle to check the weather. He thought we had been washed over to the harbor.



There was about three inches of water around the picnic table and getting to Sierra required wading. Good grief what a mess AGAIN. But there was very little rain the rest of the morning and laundry was accomplished.

Then in the afternoon the OFM went fishing under bright sunny skies. There was a man at the far end of the pier. We wanted to fish the beach guts so we were about a hundred feet onto the pier having a good time.

The man at the end caught a stingray and was having trouble handling it when the first few huge rain drops hit the Teams. A glance back behind the Teams was a genuine NUTS trouble. The OFM reeled in as fast as he could. The sting ray guy was still having a fight. We hit the pier deck moving as fast as the OFM could move. The rain was heavy and COLD. The OFM got about 70% soaked before we got into Sierra. BRRRRR.

As we were pulling away the sting ray man was nearly back to shore. We have no idea what happened with the stingray. Here is the unfortunate man.



As we rolled out of the Beach Park we grabbed this picture of the vendors trying to set up in their assigned area. That does not look like a pleasant experience.



Back at the Castle, the OFM set the truck seat back and took a long nap in Sierra lulled by the continuous “music” of the cold rain pounding on Sierra’s cab roof. He awakened a good while later to a much lighter rainfall and we splashed quickly into the Castle. Here is the picture we got of the door mat floating in the yard.



We are here to guarantee you that playing in the cold rain is not a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/18/18

Great Area For New Adventures

Adventure Location: Utah
Adventure Date: 10/18/18
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If you would like to see some of the most wonderful country in the western USA, go on over to
Jim and Gale's site

This is part of the country the Teams ran around in when the OFM could still hike and bike all over the place. Jim and Gayle are bringing us back to some wonderful memories of times trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/17/18

YIKES

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/17/18
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The migraine hit as we were on the way to have breakfast, so the OFM had to rethink the goals of the day. Back at the Castle he began to gently research the local campgrounds to see what is available now days. Between Hurricane Harvey a year and a half ago and new construction, the campground scene had really changed around here. The prices had gone from prices to PRICES. $400 a month and up is very common now. Over on the island at Port Aransas the sites run from $600-$1100 a month. YIKES.

We took Sierra out to look at most of the new or repaired places and we got an eyeful. This area is no longer the nice fairly priced fishing area. It is now the high prices low value of a TOURIST TRAP. 2019 should be an interesting year, the OFM says again.

After all that it was back to the Castle and a surprise visit from some old friends. That was a very welcome change.

Later in the late afternoon when it warmed up to blizzard cold of 60 the Teams hit up the fishing pier at the Rockport Beach. It was redfish time it turned out. The 1/4 oz gold Johnson Silver Minnow fishing spoon did a great job of getting the fish to hit it. The situation was that they were all 12 -14 inch redfish and way to far below the minimum size allowed of 20 inches long. They are a pretty fish in our opinion and definitely have the idea they are big enough to handle anything that comes their way. We landed three. They are labeled as smallest, biggest and floppiest since one of them would not hold still for a good picture. They are all back with the rest of the fishes growing up.

Largest


Smallest

Floppiest


Tonight the migraine tiredness is pounding hard on the OFM so he is planning an early horizontal position as the best way of trying to have tooooo much fun tonight.

10/16/18

Spine Tingles

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/16/18
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The warm bay water interacted with the cold wet north wind to gives us some serious fog banks. This is a view from Rockport Beach out to a oil platform in the bay a couple of miles out. Notice the fog bank right on the water. It was neat to look at the different “scenes” it created as the light varied during the time.



The OFM decided it was time to bring the de-humidifier into the game. It was retrieved from the closet and put in place. The cord was plugged in the the dehumidifier went right to work.



The OFM went down to the bay to fish a little. He caught a small lady fish. The wind and temps were too much this morning so he headed back to the Castle. When he stepped into the Castle, his feet splashed a little. What now? The knuckle head had forgotten to put the drain plug in place so the water removed from the air had been deposited on the floor and floor mats. It was a small mess and everything is in order with the floor mats drying.

Late morning found the OFM busy putting together a big pot of pork chop stoop. He changed the recipe a little this time and WOW it is good. Enough was made that he had a bowl for supper tonight and these containers had a meal size amount each. They are cooling while waiting to be put into the Castle’s freezer for future feasts.



Now for the important news. The OFM has been piddling around trying figure what the Teams will be doing for winter fun and where the fun will be. He finally went over to the owners house and talked with them. No longer considered  a possibility is to stay at Anglers this winter. They are totally booked solid from Jan 1 through March. 

Well that helps because the OFM now does not need to consider staying here on the coast during the first months of the year. So now we know we will be meandering around Texas from no later than January 1 until sometime in March staying in the warmer weather. This means we will have a lot of chances for using the free and really cheap camping available in Texas. Some of the known places we have never been before and that thought gives the OFM tingles up his spine.

The thought just popped up....What happens after mid March? That might turn out pretty exciting also. Hmmmmm.

Seems like 2019 will start out an excellent year for trying to have tooooo much fun doesn’t it.

10/15/18

BRRRRRRRRRRRR

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX.
Adventure Date: 10/15/18
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The cold front was due in Rockport at 0900 this morning. The OFM wanted to get in a bit of fishing before the front hit so we left the Castle about 0815 for the Beach fishing pier.

On the way to the pier we saw a shrimp boat on the way back to the harbor.



Apparently it was a very successful morning of dragging a shrimp trawl. All those birds indicate a lot of catch is being culled and that usually means shrimp on board.

After grabbing that picture Sierra got us down to the pier and parked. A bit of rod rigging and away we went with the OFM in his standard fishing clothing, shorts and a tee shirt. We made it about twenty feet out onto the pier when one of the Team mentioned the black cloud to our south.



YIKES. The OFM made a cast and just as the lure hit the water, the wind shifted to northerly, the temperature dropped about 20 degrees from the 83 it had been and a lite freezing cold rain began. That OFM can move fast when he needs to. He got the lure reeled in and the Fishing Team back to Sierra in about 2 seconds. Thirty seconds later we were all safe in Sierra and the outside temperature was showing 58 on Sierra’s dash.

We took a bit of a ride to check out the park and saw these seagulls hunkered down weathering the first few blasts of the cold air arriving.



They did not seem to be having tooooo much fun.