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11/12/19

Drying Out

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 12, 2019

That was a nasty storm last night and this morning the condensation was heavy on the walls and windows of the Castle. Cooking breakfast over the open flame really added to the water in the air. Well Ok it is time to buy a dehumidifier to make the interior decent again. 

So it was off to Walmart where we were able to get a small dehumidifier.




We got it back to the Castle and put it to work immediately. Within an hour it had the Castle comfortable again.  About an hour later we did not have any condensation on any surface the OFM checked on.

 Well while you are all worked up OFM, you might as well do the laundry also. To our surprise he got right to that task. He even carried the laundry to the laundry room in a light sprinkle and 35F temperature. WOW What a man!

By the time the laundry was finished and put away it was after 1300 so the Teams headed out for lunch and see if any pictures needed taking.  Nope they didn’t.

Back home the OFM decided to get to work on a new painting.  Water lilies are the subject. Several hours later the painting was called a total failure. The main trouble is he worked in colored pencil which is a medium he is a complete flop at using. We think the picture is a good subject.

Since tomorrow is another nasty day, the plan is to work on the same scene but to do it in watercolor pencil. We will see what happens.

OK lets see. 
Laundry done.  
Dehumidifier purchased and put to use. 
Warm comfortable home (Castle).
A painting that failed but was fun to attempt.
Good food.
Yep it seems that it was a great day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/11/19

So Many Fish

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 11, 2019

We meandered all over the area today. Everywhere we went we caught fish. Lots of fish. They were all speckled trout. Most were right at the minimum length of 15“ but a few were well over the minimum length. No pictures were taken but if they had been taken it would run for several pages of the blog. Our known count is 41 fish with a good amount caught late in the afternoon after we stopped counting. Sorry you missed the fun Don C.

The nasty cold front was due at 1800 hours so we shut down the fishing and headed home about 1630. It is good we did.

The computer was connecting us with the rest of the world and at 1732 the front arrived with a blast of wind. The door and windows were quickly closed to retain the heat already in the Castle. It is predicted that we will have about 36 hours of cold and then things warm up nicely again.

The Teams had given a lot of consideration to staying in Grandkid land for the winter. It is a good thing we did not. They are having a really cold winter already with some twentyish temps during the next few days. NOPE NO THANKS TO THAT.

So for a couple of days it will be inside stuff for trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/10/19

New Opportunity

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 10, 2019

The OFM realized he had not checked the second set of buildings in the Rockport Beach to see if they were finished and ready for use. So off to the Beach to see what the story is.

As we approached the buildings they were looking finished from the hurricane repairs. Sierra took us into the parking lot and got us close to the buildings. Good truck, good truck we patted Sierra on the hood and headed for the buildings. 

There are two buildings with a  wide wooden walkway between them. The necessities rooms are in one and a meeting room in the other. Both of them have a very nice open air covered room on the second floor that looks out over the beach and out into the bay area.



We spent a good bit of time up on the open air room looking at things our there in the warm sun. The beach view is very good. We need to have binoculars with us for future trips here.



The OFM spent a good bit of time standing around in a trance it seemed. We finally asked what he was doing. He said that he was trying to decide if it would be nice up here sitting at a table painting a picture or ten. The Teams all agreed that it would be an event worth trying out for size.

We had come up from the beach side and when we meandered over to the opposite side there was a wonderful surprise waiting for the Teams. The handicapped access ramp was perfect for the OFM to work on rehab of his knees and legs. Check out his nice surprise.



Now we have another reason to return here often. There are pretty flowers near the ramp that will soon be in the blog making the day more cheerful. WOW we could even bring a nice sandwich and drink for lunch. This is sounding better and better isn’t it.

It looks like we have a great area for doing some trying to have tooooo much fun waiting for us.

11/9/19

Entry Door Thermal Assistance

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 9, 2019

A lot of heat transfer occurs at the entry door of RVs. The doors are thinner than the walls so more heat goes through them. That is heat going out in the winter and heat coming in during the summer. Here is the entry door of the Castle.



We have seen several very elaborate ways folks have tried to cut the heat transfer down. Old feeble brain OFM naturally had to go for something really simple or it would have overwhelmed him completely. While in colder climates one year and the outside temps got on down to the 13F range the Teams realized that the door needed help fighting the cold.

Several ideas were considered and they were all complicated or expensive or required to much modification to the Castle. Then suddenly the simple solution fell on the OFM’s foot. A sleeping bag thermal liner in a cabinet fell out of the cabinet onto the OFM’s toes. YAHOO the answer had arrived. Just hang a blanket over the door when it was needed.

So we did and it worked wonderfully. Here it is in action from last night.


And it is easy to leave in place and go in and out the door as needed. It has been wonderful.

So now you have the solution in mind, how do you support it? With binder clips of course. A cup hook was installed at each upper corner of the doorway. The binder clip is attached to the door covering and the wire “legs” slipped over the cup hook. 


The cover then just hangs freely against the door. The slight excess length is pushed against the door bottom to complete the installation. 

When it is not needed, the cover is then folded and put back in the cabinet for storage. 

Having a comfortable inside temperature is very good for trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/8/19

Christmas Shopping

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 8, 2019


It was slightly before sunrise when the OFM rolled out of bed to start the day. More Christmas shopping was on the agenda. The weather said Cold and wet so we waited a bit for the wet to quit coming down.

Then we hit the road to shopping.  After a good bit of effort we came back to the Castle to consider the next move. As he sat there puzzling over the next move he suddenly recalled he had stoop to make today. Great.  It would give him a chance to calm down about the Christmas shopping.

Today the ingredients were
a can of Bush’s beans
a can of salt free whole corn
a large bell pepper chopped
a big slice from a yellow onion chopped
A serious dollop of BBQ sauce
Fresh ground black pepper
Some Lil Smokies sausage cut into bite size pieces
The 3 liter pot was topped off with water. This produced a thinner mixture than in the past. Thirty minutes of slow simmer until the vegetables were cooked. Thirty minutes of steeping time as it cooled resulted in an excellent lunch.



Then the afternoon was more shopping. When it was all done there was no new presents purchased. That symptom is also known as frustration.

So it looks like we have some more shopping days ahead of us for trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/7/19

Waste Land

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 7, 2019

There is not a lot exciting happening lately in OFM territory.  Mostly he just meanders around and visits targets of opportunity as they pass by him. Today started with a bit of fishing and then talking with some tourists about the area. Later is was more fishing and talking with folks. Repeat Repeat Repeat. It makes for a nice day but not for exciting adventures.

At one point in the day the OFM took off for a walk again. He has restricted himself from serious walking since he twisted an ankle and knee in the desert outside Alamogordo NM. This morning it did not hurt when he rolled out of bed, so we gave it a gentle try on smooth pavement and sand. 

After about a mile of easy walking, the knee said enough for today. We immediately headed for Sierra that happened to be close by. The great news is that it is not sore tonight. Tomorrow we will again walk gently and see what happens.

At least on today’s walk we got three pictures to show. The first is some purple flowers in a weed patch next to the road in the bird safety area. They actually seemed to glow with the strong morning sun.



In another spot was some bushes with glowing red flowers. Is it the bright sun of the coast that seems to make the flowers glow so often?




And finally the OFM took a picture of the wasteland in the bird sanctuary.  It is a barren stretch for sure but the migratory shore birds really like nesting in it. Check out this barren plain.




The cold front with rain and wind did make it here late today so who knows what we will be doing tomorrow. We do know we will be working hard at trying to have tooooo much fun again.

11/6/19

Fishus Interruptus

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 6, 2019

An early start got us a few pictures of the morning sun over the bay. The OFM was raring to go so we even had time for some fishing during the picture taking episode of his life. The lighting was much more dramatic than we anticipated.



From the end of this morning fishing/photography session until evening we were busy with car insurance paper work, Christmas shopping, grocery shopping and who knows what else but it was a bunch.  

Finally it was resting time and watching a bobber can be very restful as the OFM proved this evening.



The resting was going fabulous and the Teams were in a mellow groove when a huge monster of a fish had to interrupt the feeling. The fight lasted forever but the fish was finally landed, subdued and photographed before returning it to the saltwater.



It was a great way of finishing a day of work and trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/5/19

Safely Home

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 5, 2019

ROCKPORT TX  HARBOR

It looks as if the boats made it back in after a day of trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/4/19

Busy, Busy, Busy

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 4, 2019

The day was incredibly busy. The Castle was dusted and vacuumed to get all the New Mexico desert sand out. Two new throw rugs were put into service and two old throw rugs got throwed into the dumpster. And it was steady all day and into the night.

Since Texas allowed the vehicle insurance rates to increase 30% in September we went insurance shopping  to see if we could cut the $775 increase down some. We did get new insurance for $350 less increase.

But the best part is we got in three fishing events. The morning one the OFM caught nothing. Then we did a chore. Then a bit after noon some more fishing for a little while. Then some longer time chores were done. Finally about an hour before dark we hit the jackpot. All the fish were trout and all were 1-2 inches to short to be legal. All in all we landed about 15 fish. All were caught on the same jig. Here the first three are.








and a close up of the jig in a fish mouth.



So the day was closed out with a few fish caught and thrown back. Then a Whatachicken sandwich for supper.

When we opened the mail today, there was mostly junk but there is a couple of things to take care of tomorrow. When those are finished we can get excessively busy trying to have tooooo much fun in the hot weather.

11/3/19

Fishermans Sunset

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 3, 2019

A G ROCK ADVENTURE

We agreed to take G Rock back to the pier this evening if he was a good rock. He promised to behave so he would not fall off the pier and get lost in the ocean. The good news is G Rock did behave very well.

First G Rock had to examine the fishing gear. Keep in mind this is G Rock’s first time out pier fishing.  The fishing gear was put on Sierra and G Rock checked it all out and asked a hundred polite questions.



Then we started out on the pier. After we passed through the sand dunes there is a stair down to the beach. However the tide was very high today so the stairs ran down into the water to get to the sand. Here is G Rock checking it out while being careful to not fall in.



When G Rock was ready we headed on out to sea on the pier. We came to a spot where the wood of the pier needed a hair cut and G Rock politely asked to be put down to see it up close. G Rock though that was really neat but the OFM could not recall what that fuzzy wood event was called.



 After a couple of minutes we meandered on down to the turn in the pier. We saw old friend Ray out nearer the end of the pier fishing. The OFM had not seen Ray since last April when the Teams left for Alabama. We paused here at the turn so G Rock could watch the evening sun on the water for a few minutes. G Rock was fascinated by the way the waves changed the light with their actions.



We moved on to visit with Ray and do a little fishing. Ray did all the catching and that really had G Rock amazed. During the conversation we found out that during the summer he and his wife had moved to Rockport from some frozen north state to be warm and near good fishing.

As the sunset started to develop the OFM put down his rod and concentrated on photographing the sunset. Ray gathered his gear and started the long walk back to the parking lot. G Rock stayed out on the end of the pier with the OFM and visited until it was dark. The OFM took 27 pictures of the sunset and discussed which one to put in the blog tonight. We happened to agree on this one we named Fisherman’s Sunset.

Fisherman's Sunset


By the time we made it back to Sierra the mosquitoes were starting swarm the OFM but that did not stop us from considering this a great adventure of trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/2/19

Rockport Beach Tour

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 2, 2019

A G ROCK ADVENTURE

Rockport Beach Park has an entrance fee. $5 a day per car load or $20 for the calendar year per car load. The OFM decided he had enough fun in the Beach Park that the $20 for the last two months of the year was still a good deal. Then  the thought came up that G Rock had never been in the park before. So we decided to give it a tour of the place. We did not make it all over the place but we did get to the fishing pier area and the salt water pool area.

We are happy to report that it looks like all the Hurricane Harvey repairs have been completed.

Our first stop was the Saltwater Pool. G Rock hopped up on the sign to survey the offerings. This is just a pool of water roped off from boats etc and for swimming only. It can contain all the normal critters the bay does including porpoises, crabs, redfish, jellyfish and many other critters. Here is G Rock surveying the pool.



The two public building near provide restrooms and meeting rooms for special events like the wedding that was planned for tonight. One of the buildings has a nice big “patio” on the second floor that is pleasant to sit on.



G Rock just had to try out the water in the SW Pool. Here it is getting all wet playing in the wavelets. It is a good thing the OFM had a rag along to dry it off.



Next we went up on the building staircase to look across the parking lot toward the fishing pier and bulkhead.



G Rock wanted to go over to the water to see what was over there so off we went. The first thing G Rock saw from the bulkhead is a pretty jellyfish pulsing along. G Rock was fasinated with the jelly fish until the OFM mentioned it could sting him if it was touched. OK time to move on G Rock said.



So G Rock scrooched its way on down the walk until it got to the Big Rock. G Rock was trying to get Big Rock to talk but all Big Rock said was Gurgle, Splash and Sploosh.  Then G Rock noticed the different style of jelly fish. G Rock liked the looks of the first one best.



We had more adventures but that story will have to wait for another night. We have many more days here of trying to have tooooo much fun.

11/1/19

CFS Tonight

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: November 1, 2019

The OFM jolted to serious attention when the suddenly remembered thought hit him between the eyes like a 31 pound sledge hammer wielded by a huge gorilla.

We are back in Rockport. The Mexican restaurant near Tackle Town has their CFS (chicken fried steak) special on Friday nights. YIKES WE NEED TO GET ROLLING. And roll we did. The OFM hasn’t moved that fast in over two years.

We arrived in good time with no tickets or wrecks. The special menu was in the usual place on the paper napkins box. Right there on the bottom #22.

The Menu


Sweet tea and special #22 was ordered. Then the OFM set back to slurp good salsa, chomp good chips and relax. 

Before long the feast arrived. Can you believe it the OFM waited long enough to get a picture of the meal.

The Meal


The OFM is historically one of the fastest scarfer downers of CFS in the universe.  And sure enough he was in good form tonight. We estimated that it took him about 18.6397 seconds to get it to the cleaned plate stage shown in this picture of the aftermath carnage.

The Carnage


As soon as this gets published the OFM is headed for the horizontal and complete and total oblivion as he slowly floats on off to wonderful dreams of white gravy and mashed potatoes. Yep good CFS will take you very close to having tooooo much fun. 

10/31/19

Cold Clear Morning

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: October 31, 2019

The morning was cold as in miserable cold at 43F. But the bad weather had moved on. The day became brighter and more beautiful as it progressed.

The bright sunshine made a great view of the fishing pier first thing this morning. How is this for a nice wakeup call?



Sure enough the OFM had to go out on the pier to check for fish. Sure enough the fish were there and hungry. This was the first fish at a barely legal 15 inches.



The next fish was another speckled trout that was very fat and 17 inches long. This one was very active as a fighter.



The flowers in the area are still blooming. This cold will slow them a little but they usually bloom to some extent all winter long. Keep in mind that today was 2 degrees F colder than the average low for the winter at 45 F. 

As the OFM was finishing a nice walk on his twisted left knee we came by some oleanders with blooms. The wind was whipping them around so it was tough to get a shot in focus. This one was close. 



Tonight the OFM is worn to a frazzle again. We are going to have to make him slow down a bit but he sure hates to waste clear blue skies and nice conditions on resting but he is an old fart and needs to do it. His attitude is resting is a waste of good trying to have tooooo much fun time.

10/30/19

Dark Gray Day Fun

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: October 30, 2019

The morning was cool but it was a gray damp day to make up for it.  The migraine residual was doing nothing to help the situation either. We made it out to the fishing pier to see what was what. It was not a day for fishing for sure.

As Good As it Got


Who ever that was at the end of the pier was a lot tougher than any of the Teams members. The OFM made it down to Tackle Town to pick up some new 14# Trilene for one spinning rod. It was an experiment. All the articles we could find said the reel will not handle stronger line than 10/12# test. It would be too stiff.

So the reel got spooled with the new line and we went back to the waterfront to see how bad it was. The reel listed up to 10# test on the reel.  The first cast was a cautious cast and everything went very nicely. We progressed with the intensity of each cast increasing. Finally the OFM gave up and went for the hero cast and it worked just fine. Casting distances seemed to be the same and accuracy was still decent.

So the big event for the day was proving the reel could handle 14# test monofilament  fishing line. That works out really well because the rod is rated for 8-14 pound test line.  The OFM has landed a 9 pound fish before and that is larger than he wants to catch these days. The 14# breaking strength line is plenty for our fishing efforts.  

The wind is blowing well outside the Castle now. The light rains so far have been mild but persistent. The Castle is chilling down somewhat from the cold rain. We are supposed to get down to 44F tonight and cool again tomorrow night. Then we will be much nice warm for the next several days.

Even though it has been a gray cold day we did get the rod and reel fixed up with new line and tested. Then late this afternoon and evening the OFM Art Teams were looking at inspirations for some oil pastel paintings. The OFM is getting  itchy fingers for smearing some oil pastels all over some paper to make a mess. For some silly reason he thinks that is a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.  

10/29/19

Ray Wrestling

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: October 29, 2019

As the OFM Fishing Team meandered onto the pier this morning we noticed a full time rver headed out to sea. It was all packed up and ready for adventures. It was definitely making tracks.



Since we were there for fishing and the weather was very nice naturally there is a few fish pictures. We went back and forth all day and had fish action most of the day. Here are the first three fish caught.

 

This was first and very vigorous in its efforts to reel the OFM in. 



A few minutes later this 18“ skipjack hit a surface hard plastic fishing plug and the big fight was on. A lot of jumping and aerial acrobatics ensued before the fish was landed. Getting a picture was hard because the fish never stopped jumping around. Finally it was deposited back into the bay.




Then the last fish photographed was the third for the morning. It was another speckled trout. 

A little later the OFM had a major hit on his lure.  Drag pulled out for a long ways and the fight lasted several minutes before the OFM found out he was hooked to a ray of some sort. After looking on Google we think is was a manta ray due to the “horns" on its head.The ray was not giving up and the OFM did not want to attempt to manhandle a 24“ across ray with his bare hands while balanced on loose, wet, mossy boulders while unhooking the ray. So a mighty tug was made to break the line and the ray swam off to tell its kids about the big fight. The OFM did not get a picture. He was too busy handling the rod and staying upright.

On the way onto the pier the OFM stopped to get this picture of a rock and grasses in the water at the Rockport Beach. We think it makes a nice scene.




After a full day of fishing, manta ray wrestling and hot temperatures the OFM is pretty sure he came close again to having tooooo much fun.

10/28/19

Stomach Punch

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: October 28, 2019

The OFM Fishing Team did not make it to the pier first thing this morning but it was still doing the sunrise thing when we did get there.



Then the OFM went to work trying to catch fish. After about an hour he managed to catch a nice 17“ speckled trout and get its picture.



A few minutes later trout 2 hit the pier deck for its picture. It was only 15 1/2“ long but still fat and legal.



Both of them went back into the bay. Several other fishermen managed a fish or two on the deck before the school moved away. It was a fun few minutes.

For the rest of the day the OFM Teams either shopped or fished as the mood struck us. A wonderful horizontal event even happened. Things were going great until the OFM stepped crooked on something in the yard and got a twist in his left knee.  We will have to carefully let that heal a bit.

A gentle trudge out onto the pier in later evening resulted in a punch in the stomach for the OFM.  He had attached a silver spoon to the fishing line. A cast into the water was made and the but of the rod placed in its usual place right below his rib cage. Ok all comfortable now. KAPOW WHAMMM the rod butt slammed into his stomach knocking a bit of air out of him.

The rod has 20# test braid line on it and something BIG and FAST hit the lure and let go. The resulting jerk on the rod tip is what slammed the rod butt into the OFM.  That was certainly not expected. Worst of all we have no idea what it was that hit the lure. The OFM took a look at his stomach and there was a nice bright red circle where the rod butt poked him. WOW that was exciting.

The rest of the evening was nice a pleasant.  The sun cooperated and presented us with a nice harbor sunset.



It was a great day of hot nice weather and lots of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/27/19

Beach, Birds and Fish

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas
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Adventure Report Date: October 27, 2019

That fool the OFM is going to kill himself if he doesn’t slack off a bit on the running around.

First thing this morning was fishing and more fishing. Then in the evening more fishing. Let us start with the morning effort. We managed two fish. They are not good food fish but do make great cut bait for other good food fish. Both of them were ladyfish. They make a pissed pit bull look mild by comparison. Both were about 12-14 inches long and excruciatingly active. Here they are in a moment of calmness. This is all that was caught all day but they were exciting.






These were caught near the Fulton harbor. Then we went on back to Rockport to hit the fishing pier. As you can see the weather was not doing to badly. Tonight it is supposed to get down to 71F. The Sunday weekenders were having fun on the pier when this picture was taken.



We have no idea why there are no people in the next picture. For the whole time we were in the area there were lots of folks enjoying the beach and water.  We were surprised that no folks were on the beach when the picture was taken. May be was all the bad weather at the beach.  Sierra’s thermometer was showing 81F at this time. The birds were definitely enjoying the weather.



We met up with another old friend as the shadows were starting to form for evening. Good grief did we have a lot of catching up to do.  So you can probably tell we are working really hard at trying to have tooooo much fun.