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3/18/19

Small Progress But Progress

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX

One step closer to rolling today. We had the Castle SCRUBBED clean outside for the first time in months. The fiberglas shine went away after about ten years of western mountains, desert and Texas coastal salt erosion but at 13 years old the Castle is still hanging in there. The campground owner did the job and did an excellent job. He was probably tired of the worn dirty old Castle cluttering up the campground.

We have seven more nights until we roll westerly. Some time in the second week of April we plan to be in central New Mexico. Hopefully we will meet a couple of bloggers in that area. Then, of course, Decatur Alabama on April 29.

The OFM has had a physically down day today so we have not had much adventures. That means we will be early to bed and late to rise. That alone sounds like a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

3/17/19

Friends

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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This was a very not normal day for the Teams. We spent MANY hours today visiting individually with friends here in town. It was nice to see they were all doing well.

In the midst of the visiting a stop by the harbor allowed the OFM to catch his first fish in many days. It was a legal size trout and in very good shape and fatness. 



We did have to fight off a heron to get the fish back into the water.

Now it is past 2200 and the OFM is tired from all the trying to have tooooo much fun. Goodnight.

3/16/19

Jello Plans

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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It is finally decided on some travel times. Lots of things have happened, broke, been fixed, sickness and healing and on and on but determination is winning. The new camera needs to do some romping and stomping and the OFM needs a change in scenery (fog, wet and gray) to some SCENERY (dry, flowers and sunshine).

After a lot of deliberation a rolling date has been chosen. We took into consideration the massive restocking the Castle needs. We have been making a point of using up things in the Castle to move older stuff on out. Now it is time for the new things to move in.

Due to the knuckleheadness of the OFM, it has been proven to be wise to “clear the decks of consumables” at least twice a year so our traveling supply will be reasonably fresh. We are sorry to report that our stock of bandaids is still very fresh.

Now on to the travel plans. The main plan is to be in Decatur Alabama on April 29 to report in for grandkid tickling duty for the summer. This gives us a few days to spare when we roll out on March 25. We have a grand plan for a route from Rockport Texas to Decatur, Alabama. It includes a few other possible intermediate locations like 
Datil Well Campground, Datil NM

South Monticello Campground, Elephant Butte NM
Bottomless Lakes State Park, Roswell, NM
San Mateo Mountains, NM
Abilene SP, TX
and maybe some roadside park near Marfa TX that has odd lights at night

Who knows what the actual travels will look like but you can be certain we will be WORKING HARD at trying to have tooooo much fun.


3/15/19

Supper Time

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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We will do the blog backwards tonight. First tonight is from the last thing done tonight. Supper. We walked into the restaurant knowing what the special was. A quick stop to verify it was the special tonight and the waiter took our order before the Teams even sat down.

Here is the special menu for Friday night.




We chose the Chicken Fried Chicken plate and water. It takes a few minutes to prepare because the chicken has to be coated then cooked. The potato has to be hand smashed to a lumpy texture of perfection. Then it arrives to an anxious to get busy eating OFM.




Lots of carbs and really good as far as we are concerned. YUM YUM YUM.

We have two more proofing pictures from yesterday. This was a 1 inch flower taken from waist high and hand held camera. We think it came out pretty well.




This next one was taken from about a hundred feet while standing on a slightly wiggly stub dock in the harbor. The bird was spearing small fish for its supper last evening. We found the image sharp enough for the conditions.




The nice meal tonight was a celebration of finding another camera that does the job as we want it done. ALL CONDITIONS BUT STILL GET THE PICTURE.

Now we need to download the full manual and choose which features we want to learn to use. Then it is full speed ahead toward trying to have tooooo much fun.

3/14/19

New Canon Camera

Adventure Location: Fulton, TX
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A new camera replaced the last one today. It is a Canon ELPH180 PowerShot. Most of the afternoon was spent shooting pictures to give the camera a chance to earn a spot on the Teams. It passed with ease just like all the previous PowerShot cameras we have worn out. We will be presenting a few of the pictures that convinced to Teams to unanimously vote to accept the new camera into the OFM Team tonight and tomorrow night.

Distances are numbers we got from Google Earth and are reasonably decent guesses. No, even the OFM was not dumb enough to try to pull a tape measure on all these pictures taken.

This shot is of some foot high waves from about 75 yards away. For all the pictures the camera was hand held. We were well pleased with the clarity of such a shot.

Foot High Splash

Next we tried for the spray thrust up from the bulkhead we were standing near for the first shots. This spray was actually taken with the first attempt. The OFM got lucky because he was way to slow on the next three attempts.

Bulkhead Spray


Back over in another area some small 1/4“ flowers were just starting to bloom. The OFM stood near and hand held about six shots. Four of them were good enough to work with and this one won the face off to be in tonight’s blog. Here is the cute small yellow flowers. The rock was about the size of a tennis ball.

Cute Flowers


At the Fulton docks were lots of boats today since it was later in the day when we got there. This  group of shrimp boats were all cleaned up and resupplied for a fresh early start in the morning.

Fulton Tx Shrimp Boats

The OFM was really happy to have a good camera in hand again. It certainly helps the Teams efforts at trying to have tooooo much fun.

3/13/19

Frustration UPDATED

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The endeavor to learn how to operate the new camera is not going well. Tonight is the results of a couple of days of attempted learning. Three pictures out of dozens is all we have to present.

First is some bluebonnets near the Rockport Harbor. The OFM must have taken thirty shots to get this one and it required manipulation. 




Another location was tried when the sun was bright and again multiple shots were taken with most of them somewhere between total failure and abject disaster. These flowers were near the shrimp boat channel.




Back at the Rockport Beach facility today considerable effort went into taking more close up flower and other things pictures. So far the camera does well for snapshots of folks at usual distances.  But you get just a little too close and the focal point seems uncontrollable.

This picture was not great but we like the ant fooling around inside the flower.




We hope to get in some time on the internet to find out what it is about this camera that the OFM does not seem to be able to figure out. Taking nice pictures is a good way of having fun. Taking bad pictures is a horrible way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

UPDATE:
Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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This picture was supposed to have the new growth in focus but many pictures later it was only this good.



This camera has not met the minimum requirement for a Team member.



3/10/19

Heart String Tugging

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The day was very laggard and so what until late tonight when the Alabama pictures came it. Now the OFM has some serious Alabama tugging going on his heart. Plans need to be reconsidered we think. 

Grandson Gavin got busy showing the Teams what having tooooo much fun looks like.



Sure enough Grand daughter Piper is following in the family foot steps. She is not yet 2 years old and already pounding the computer keys.



The OFM really needs to be in Alabama getting lessons on trying to have tooooo much fun we think.

3/9/19

Busy Police

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The crowds arrived with a vengeance.  For the most part the folks have been decent. Oysterfest and Spring Break started this weekend. The police were busy today blocking off parts of the town for festivities. Then they had to change the blocked sections for a different festivity. They were a busy bunch for sure.

The OFM Teams for the most part just stayed out of the way and let the folks have their fun. The fishing pier at the harbor was well populated.



Then we went by a part of the Rockport Beach to check the number of folks. There was a lot more later in the day but this was plenty to start things out.



As always there is lots of feather leg feeders out and about. Sometimes, ok most of the time, a big pile of feather legs like this leaves behind a major amount of “white residue” that takes a few rains to clean off the concrete.



As to if the water is warm enough for swimming. Yep there was quite a few folks out playing in the water. This is a telephoto of a couple of folks out in the water messing around.



Of course lots of fishing boats had launched. The cleaning table in the afternoon had lots of business and the pelicans were doing their usual obnoxious pelicaning around. They really are very ugly birds personality wise.



The OFM felt previliged to feel good enough to be out and around taking pictures of the adventures of the tourists from all over North America. The picture taking this afternoon was a nice way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

3/8/19

Iowa Folks

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The morning was not wonderful nice, then by noon it was beautiful but by evening it was dreary again. But the real kicker is that the mosquitos have hatched and are extremely hungry now.

We did get in several hours of fishing. But all we caught is nice conversations with folks from Iowa. It seemed like many folks from Iowa arrived in town today and were all walking the beach park area needing answers. At least they were very polite.

Pictures that were attempted came out really badly so it is time for the OFM to find some online instructions for the new camera to get decent pictures. It was fun visiting with all the new to the area folks today. In fact it came close to trying to have tooooo much fun.

3/7/19

Toe Nail Eyelids

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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A fuzzy headed OFM awoke this morning after long hours yesterday trying to understand the Tax forms. After breakfast we headed down to the beach park to gain thinking ability to finish the tax mess. Now how is this for a picture to keep you disoriented. Where is the horizon? 



With a fuzzy start to the day like this, the taxes should be an interesting endeavor. And they were. However the OFM finished his best guess a bit before noon. Considering that SSA is our only significant income, taxes should be easy we would think. Any way the forms went into the mail and the Teams went fishing. The really calm conditions lasted the whole day. It was amazing.

This is a big weekend here in town. It starts Spring Break with the Fulton Oyster Festival opening tomorrow. The OFM Teams plan to hide out somewhere the whole weekend. The area maintenance folks have been sprucing up the beach park for the influx of folks.



We had lots of folks ask us questions today as the OFM fished. They were already in town for the big events and were wanting to know all sorts of interesting answers to questions like What lure do I need to catch record size large mouth bass at the beach? When the OFM answered that the beach water is salt water from the Gulf of Mexico and does not have freshwater fish, they looked at him like he just grew five more heads with toe nails for eyelids. And so the fun begins.

Late in the evening we headed out to Aransas Pass and a nice pinkish sunset entertained us.



We don’t get many wild sunsets like the west so we really enjoy it when we do get a nice one. It was an interesting day of trying to have tooooo much fun especially with all the extra heads flopping around on the OFM’s shoulders.

3/5/19

S and S

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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COLD was in capital letters to start the day. It went to smaller letters by mid morning. The Teams were on patrol at the beach park for something for a feel good feeling when the explosion happened. In a short amount of time we went from dreary to sunshine and shadows. It has been forever since we had sunshine and shadows and it was SUPER WOW FEELING. 

Sun Shine and Shadows


It stayed fairly bright all day but still cool. 

Everyone is hoping that we are finished with the miserable cold dreary weather for a few months. Sunshine and shadows is a lot better for trying to have tooooo much fun.


3/4/19

Soundly Defeated

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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COLD and dreary is today. At least it was until a decent thought came into the OFM head for a change. The name of the restaurant is NGO’s. It is on the farrrrrr side of Rockport nearly five minutes away. The food is usually very good. Today it was even better. So we made the monster drive for lunch.

The mountain of food bigger than Mount Everest arrived to the onset of fragrances to make you ravenously hungry. Since the OFM was the representative for the Teams he set to work to make us proud. The task was just tooooo much. In the end we requested a to go box.

The box arrived and the OFM went to work with a shovel filling the box. OH NO the box is full but the serving plate is still well occupied. So now we have an OFM tummy bulging with food, a to go box overrunning with food and good food still waiting. UNCLE we cried. The togo box was grabbed and we went to settle the bill. $12 including tip. And we headed to the Castle head hung low in defeat. Little did we realize how defeated until tonight.

Evening gets here and the togo box comes out of the refrigerator, a large bowl from the cabinet and a big meal of food is piled into the bowl to be reheated in the microwave oven. 
The OFM is looking at the open togo box and realizes there is at least two more meals of food left in the togo box.



OK now that is one at the restaurant, one in the microwave, one left on the serving plate at the restaurant and two more in the togo box waiting for enjoying. In our book that adds up to five meals of food for $12.

The microwave dings us and it is chow down time. Nope the OFM could not go back to the togo box for any more. We are soundly defeated. However there is tomorrow for round three. You know, eating well prepared food could be considered a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

3/2/19

Still Weak

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The OFM tried to get to active too soon today. As usual he failed miserably. Sierra’s computer had been screaming at the OFM for a few days now to get the oil changed. The OFM hit Walmart about right this morning and only had one vehicle in line ahead of Sierra for an oil change. So we left the keys with the clerk and went wandering inside the store. 

It did not take long for the OFM to start to understand the reality that he 1) was not well yet, 2) he was very weak and 3) we definitely would be headed back to the Castle when the oil was changed to gain on horizontal time.

The Walmart folks worked well and Sierra was delivered ready to Roll after a bit over an hour. The Castle soon rolled into view and shortly the OFM rolled into bed worn out. About three hours of good sleep later he awoke feeling decent again.

A little lunch was eaten. The weather seemed like it would let us do a bit of gentle fishing so it was off to the fishing pier. In short order the OFM landed an 18“ speckled trout. The camera was back in Sierra at the parking spot WAY over there. So no picture but it was a nice fish.

About four minutes later the OFM could feel something hitting his windbreaker. He glanced around and there was a full blown rain line about twenty feet from him moving quickly. OK reel in fast and head for Sierra. We made it with only dampness. However there was only about a minut to spare, then this is what you could see through the windshield.



We headed for the Castle again. Yep the bed did provide some more horizontal again. The drizzle rain went on for a good time before it quit. After verifying that it was not raining at the harbor four minutes away, we headed out to catch some more trout we thought.

Wrong again as usual. The seafog had socked in the harbor area. If you walked around in it you would be soaked quickly. Here is the scenery.



Back at the Castle the OFM piddled with this and that until nearly dark. We headed back to see if we could find a nice picture hiding somewhere. The best we could get is this one of the saltwater pool in the beach park. The camera made it look a LOT brighter than it was. This is a very lonesome looking scene to us.



At least we were finally able to have the OFM out running around a little bit again. Catching that fish  was the peak of the day for trying to have tooooo much fun,

2/28/19

Camera Report

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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Time for a camera report of sorts. The sickly OFM did not do well with his foggy brain from this virus when he tried to read the camera instructions. So what you see tonight is all we have. There is four on location pictures.The same subject from the same spot from inside Sierra out of the cold wet breeze about 1730 this evening.

The first one is a non-zoom picture of a bird that wishes it had flown on down to Acapulco for the winter. A red arrow points at the bird. All four pictures are straight auto everything except the zoom. That was done manually. 




Then the zoom of the bird really not pleased with the local weather. The Teams have the same feelings.



Then we moved Sierra around the corner to take a pair of pictures of a closer subject. According to Google Earth the piling was about 30 yards away.

Here is the non-zoom picture that shows basically what your eye shows.



Then we manually zoomed full in and let the auto features of the camera do their job and here is the result.


Finally we grabbed a picture of the box showing the features of the camera. 



The camera joined the Teams for a cost of under $120. The main feature the OFM wanted was the image stabilization. He fidgits so much it really helps him.

As he slowly gets better he can now get out for photos while trying to have tooooo much fun.

2/27/19

Crumpled Home

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The OFM is definitely not doing fantastic but maybe a little less rough. He did get out to the BBQ meal until at the last of it so he contaminated the minimal number of folks.

Here is a picture of the front yard where the event was held. At the peak there was standing room only.



The OFM is still not near healed but seems to be less miserable for now.

We got a picture of a house a couple of streets over from the campground. It was a two story with a pergola on top of the second story.  A few weeks ago it imploded somewhat and is definitely not a place to wander around. It is just one of MANY wrecked houses that are not getting cleaned up in Rockport. 


The OFM has really sore torso muscles that cause lots of trouble if coughing is needed. And plenty of coughing is needed still. We are still looking for some way of trying to have tooooo much fun without so much pain,

2/26/19

Healing We hope.

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX


Today was not worse or better than yesterday. Still fever with aches and pains. The good news came in today that the campground owner is putting on a catered BBQ lunch for us all tomorrow. We hope we will be able to attend it.

We guess it is good that the slop the OFM is coughing up now does not have streaks of blood in the slop anymore. Research on the Internet points to an ordinary cold virus with about three more days to run. YUK.

That is about the sum total of things for the OFM Teams. We are hoping to be able to get out and around in the search of someplace for trying to have tooooo much fun.

2/25/19

Good Luck Continues

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The consensus is that the OFM has acquired a viral infection to keep him occupied for a while. We hope all of you will get out trying to have tooooo much fun.

2/24/19

Lot of Fussing

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The somewhat cool morning led to a taquito breakfast and some riding around the area just looking for a lonesome picture. Inside the Beach Park we found one. The seagulls are starting to gather in the nesting area and pair up. The pairing up is not going perfectly from all the squabbles we witnessed. They will work it out soon. 

The migratory birds are not setting up housekeeping yet and do not seem to be pairing up yet. They are more like wandering around wondering what all the fuss is about.



After thinking about the tax mess some the OFM decided to wait until Monday to get going on it. We had two visits from friends today that would have been interrupting the smooth flow of things when he gets started. (Ed. note: yea right!) Any way Monday morning is the get busy start.

Late evening in the less cold air the Teams sneaked off to the harbor to wet some lures. Thats all it worked out to be was a lure wetting. The evening scene was pretty nice as the new camera shows in this picture.



And so ends another great day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

2/23/19

Flowers and Taxes

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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There were a few flowers blooming well today so we practiced with the camera. The bluebonnets were looking pretty good.



Nearby the Indian Firewheel (we think) flowers were not at peak but this one was what we could capture.



Then this yellow blossom we seem to see every year down by the harbor was looking pretty good.



The other good news is that the mail the OFM needed arrived in good shape. So now he can get busy on the income tax and get that over with. It is such a reporting nuisance. We seem to have as many forms for a few hundred dollars of outside income as millionaires do for their earnings. The OFM says we should be happy to have income that needs a tax filing. He is likely right.

For the next couple of days we will be making a serious effort at taking care of required business instead of trying to have tooooo much fun.

2/22/19

Flopping Critters

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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Yes Sir that is some nasty foggy wet air we had today. It was chilly too. But the OFM braved the elements to fight with fish this morning. All told he landed four speckled trout that were 1/2“ too short each to be legal.



Since they all came from the same school it was expected that they would be nearly identical in size. 

After an hour or so a drizzly rain fog moved in and we went back to the Castle to hibernate.

Along about 1500 the weather abated a little bit so the OFM went back out to pier at the harbor and tried a new lure.  It worked. A 17“ legal speckled trout hit it with vigor. It was considerably  more of a fighter since it was a good bit heavier than the previous fish had been.



About the same time it went back into the water the dolphins moved into the area. That put an end to the fish catching for a little while. When the dolphins moved out the drizzly cold fog moved in. We gave up and headed to the Castle.

These two fish pictures were the first two taken with the new camera. We still have to read and study the instructions to learn how to properly operate the camera. It is much lighter than the last camera since it uses a much smaller battery pack. More details will be given when we understand what the camera is capable of doing.

In the mean time, we noticed that some of the flowers at the harbor are breaking open their buds so we hope for fresh flower pictures pretty soon.

Catching fish and taking pictures of spring flowers is really a nice way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

2/21/19

Piling Gull

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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Excitement took the winter off. It was another cool wet day AGAIN here in Rockport. The OFM hired this  piling seagull to show you all the fun and frolicking in the area. It never left the piling so we did not need to make a video to see everything.



Yep having tooooo much fun around here is hard work lately.

2/20/19

Dingaling

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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The day started cold and wet but by noon it was upper 60‘s and bright sunshine. By evening it was overcast and a bit chilly. During all this weather the OFM Teams managed to have some fun.

A nice chunk of time was spent fishing at the Harbor. The Teams did not catch any fish but they did have lots of visiting with new to the area Winter Texans.

As the shadows grew long in the evening three moochers (birds) came to visit the lone fisherman left at the harbor wall. He was catching small perch and chunking them out onto the pavement for the birds to eat. Those birds were keeping careful eye on things.

One on top of the nearby building  could leap into the air and swoop down to grab a fish. It was very diligent about its job.



Two others roamed around on the ground awaiting their chance to grab a fish. They even tried to get the fisherman’s bait.



It was Dingaling’s job to keep the birds away from the fisherman’s the bait. Who is Dingaling you might ask? Well we are happy to present to you Dingaling.



Dingaling is about 7 pounds of delightful small puppy. She is very friendly and considers it her job to gather all the polite pettings she can while she is at the fishing area. Her owner has a bell attached to the bottom of her halter that dings as she walks or runs. We do not know her official name but she does answer to Dingaling when the OFM calls her. She understands that when you are reeling in or fighting a fish that she stands back until you are ready for her. She waits for you to indicate to come on over for a petting. She is a really neat puppy.

As the evening came to a close the OFM grabbed the camera and went to a short pier to get a picture of sunset. Well sunset was not so spectacular but we did get a late evening picture with the Parks and Wildlife Research boats in their moorings. 

We topped the day off taking pictures, fishing, watching moochers fight each other and getting a nice evening picture of the harbor. That made it a pretty decent day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

2/18/19

Cleaning Time

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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BUSY was the day. But the outcome was very good in spite of a migraine attack that would have crumbled the head of a granite statue. However it was over and the OFM up and limping in about four hours. 

We were out supplying for the Castle when the migraine hit. But about 1300 the OFM rolled out to get some lunch and finish the supply run. The supply run was highly successful. And WOW of WOW the OFM finished the electrical repair/updates today. So now the Castle is ready to roll again. The weather is too nasty so we will wait it out with full hookups.

The Teams told the OFM that he had failed to record our nest for this visit to The Quiet One. So here we are in our somewhat shaded double size site.



A couple of other chores on the chore list have been crossed off. Income Tax is all that is left. We have to wait for papers from our mailing service to arrive before we can tackle the IRS. Then the OFM will have fun figuring out the new forms. It is always such a joy.

Since things sort of went well (remember the migraine) today, the OFM decided it was time for Chicken Stoup tonight. So into the bucket went some cooked chicken breast, celery, onion, honey baked beans, garlic powder and sesame seeds. 

Bring to a boil and simmer for ten minutes and it is ready to eat. Yep it was very good. It was a surprise how strong flavored the sesame seeds were. There was enough left for a warm bowl tomorrow with some crispy flour tortillas. 

With a little luck we will get the Castle vacuumed and dusted, the laundry done and put away in between the predicted rain showers. At least the rain does rinse the salt off the rig.

By Wednesday we are planning on having nothing to do for a while except try to have tooooo much fun.

2/17/19

Lots of Questions

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
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Time to do some catching up in OFM Land. This is the trip back to Rockport, Tx. It got off to a very late start. Traffic was light in general until we turned south at Hondo Texas.  Then there was three sets of road construction that had us wait about ten minutes each. We are not griping because the road was needing the repairs quite badly.

We followed the road on around to Jourdanton where there is a fantastic truck stop with competitive gas prices and easy maneuvering for a travel trailer. We stopped there for a few minutes of food and rest and hit the road rolling onward.

Soon we merged onto I-37 headed towards Corpus Christi, Texas. The plan was to get to the Texas Travel Stop at about mile marker 82 and shut down for the night. We arrived safe but tired. The spot we got was the same one we have occupied a few other times.


The OFM slithered out like a sore back lazy snake. After a few minutes of slithering he was able to get fully upright and walk like a fat human. He grabbed the camera to see what needed to have its picture taken. Yea look at that rose. You know he has to take a picture of a flower if one is around. Check out this rose center. We think they are simplicity roses.



As he meandered like a goooood meanderthall he noticed that a picture available was screaming SOUTH TEXAS. So he grabbed the picture.



Now we ask you does anything scream SOUTH TEXAS more than a picture of a Yucca in bloom with oil wells in the background?

Any way after a bit of meandering the OFM was feeling rested and perky. (Can a heavily overweight Old Fat Man actually feel perky?) So he chose to try our luck at making it the two hours to the Rockport Walmart to try our luck at our first Walmart dry camping. As you already know we made it after dark and had a wonderful night.

Forward to tonight. Check out this eerie night picture of a nearby tree and the lighting. All it needs is a witch on a broom flying by.

Say that brings up another question for tonight. Would riding a flying broom at night be a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun?