Morning Walk

10/31/21

Air Resistance Rules The Casting Distance Again

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-31-2021

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Most of the day was an illness day with a bit of fever. Twice the OFM hit the bed and passed out for about three hours each. So the exciting activities were all put on the back burner and the fire turned out.

The afternoon awakening brought out the gotta get up a bit from the OFM. So we did a planned re-test of the casting difference between a 6'-6” rod and an identical except length 7'-0” rod with the most used lure in our tackle box being the weight.

The distance they cast was not the question. Which cast the farthermost and how much difference?

We pulled Sierra onto the large sandy area by the Salt Water Swimming Pool. First was the longer rod. The landing average of the lure was marked with the OFM water bottle.

Then the line, reel and lure were changed to the shorter rod. The test casts were made and marked in the sand. No tape measure was required. There was less than 2 feet of distance difference in the average between the two rods. In fact a couple of the shorter rod casts were a little farther than a couple of the longer rod casts.

So this test came up with the same results as the previous test. Our guess is still that the air resistance of the bulky lure in the air sets the basic distance of the casts.

And that tired the OFM out and it was back to the bed for the best way of trying to have tooooo much fun today.

10/30/21

Sting Ray

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-30-2021

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Incredibly busy day again. In fact the OFM ran out of go about 1530 and had an hour nap and it felt really good.

But back to the excitement at the beach park.

We noticed an extremely low tide today as we pulled into the park. As in from about a foot too much last night to about three fee low this morning. Looks like the north wind and the strong outgoing tide got together to make a special event of the day. It is usually about three feet deep where the bird is standing.





As we walked out onto the wooden pier a very unusual event was taking place. The OFM had never seen this event in all his decades of saltwater fishing.



The stingray was eating on a dead mullet in the very shallow water. A couple of other folks stopped to see what the OFM was taking pictures of. It was a new sight to all of us.

After a nice time we headed on out to the end of the pier where a large group of extremely friendly folks were busy catching all sorts of fishes.

This young man was learning how to catch pinfish to use for bait. By the time the OFM left, the young'un had the technique under control as you can see from this picture.



Suddenly the excitement got really wild. Randy had a major hookup get started. The fight was wild and strong. After twenty minutes he was getting the fish close to the pier. So the pier net was brought into play. It was still a good while before the net could be employed to finish of the fight.



The fish could finally be identified as a bull redfish. Randy finally got started on tagging the fish and measuring. 39 inches long. Gonna be some red fish grilling going on tonight.



And that is a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.



10/29/21

Wobble Walk

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-29-2021

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Morning found the OFM with a warm head and a warm dog bite area. More antibiotic was applied to the bite location and a bit of inflammation relief drug was taken. From this point on the wound area has gotten better all day.

Since the OFM was not walking well but wobbling rather well, we chose to wobble down at the beach park this morning. The wind was about 20+ mph so mosquitoes were not a bother.

Speed of the walking was not fast due to some aches so we moved over to the channel ”dike” to meander and wobble out it at a slow pace.



Usually most folks try to walk this way to fast but fast was not in the OFM ability this morning so it made a nice wobble along in the cool wind. The walking is treacherous so a slower pace is the best pace. Usually we will have a fishing rod and lure with us but today we took a camera to find flowers. Nope no flower pictures came home with us. But we did get a close picture of this very colorful succulent of some sort. It was actually much brighter to the point of glowing in the morning sunlight.





That was all we got for pictures this morning. A couple of very fuzzy ones were in the camera from the afternoon non-adventures and now reside in DELETE world.

On the way back to Sierra we ran into old friend Mac from New Mexico and we chatted about things for over an hour. It was a pleasant time there next to the water with a cool breeze keeping the mosquitoes at bay.



The bite spot looks very good this evening and does not even have any redness to it at all.

We know for certain now that having a dog bite make the turn to full healing is a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/28/21

Good Truck News

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-28-2021

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It was the day of a new experience for the OFM. But we will get to that later. The first thing on the agenda was new foam insoles. For a change Walmart had a good stock of inserts for all sorts of purposes. We made our choice and got them home for the trimming to fit. Surprise, the trimming went really well and the new inserts seemed to be a good choice.

Another thing that went very well was the truck appointment at the garage went really well. After Rex got the engine compartment partially opened up, it was obvious that the wear on two of the three belts was insignificant. The wear on the serpentine belt was determinable but not really bad. So we chose to replace the serpentine belt and move the worn one to limp home service in case of a failure out in the middle of nowhere.



As you can see there is lots of room to get in there to work, and this picture is with two large plenums removed to get access. Rex handled the belt replacement in quick fashion after we discussed a few judgment calls to be made in the foreseeable few months.



And now for the new experience. We headed over to the Memorial Park to wear out the paths breaking in the new inserts. Things were going well and we were nearing a lady with two dogs pulling her along. Her name turned out to be Tracy. Her dogs were showing all sorts of please pet me signs like tales wagging so hard they were wobbling around on the path.



The black and white dog was especially excited to get a petting it seemed. Tracy was doing her best to hold them back until I told her it was OK for friendly dogs to visit me on the trail. So she still held them back somewhat and let the black and white approach the OFM. As is usual the OFM did not approach the dogs and waited for them to get to him. The OFM held his hand down as usual for the dog to get a big sniff. Then the black and white dog did the usual friendly dog trick of sticking his nose under the OFM's hand to get petted.

As it was getting petted the tail was still wagging like crazy. Black and white then went to sniffing the OFM's leg as usually happens. Tracy and the OFM continued to talk. Suddenly, as the black and white sniffed the back of the OFMs pants, it went hysterical with growling and biting attempts. The OFM jumped back and checked his pants that now had tooth marks in it.



B&W kept on but Tracey pulled him back to get him away from the OFM. The OFM checked his leg and found where the teeth had removed about 2 inches skin from the back of his knee and blood was gently running down his leg. This was the first time in his life a dog had bitten him in anger.


After Cleaning

We did all the right things of exchanging names etc. The Dog was all up to date on its shots etc. It was really odd that the dog was acting so extremely friendly until it smelled the back of the OFM's pants. Then it was a nasty hound all the way back and into the car. The OFM gave the skin missing area a good soapy scrubbing. Close examination showed that no meat was damaged. The skin had been ripped off cleanly. The triple antibiotic seems to have the redness of the wound in good retreat.

We definitely do not recommend getting bitten by a dog as something special and different in your chasing trying to have tooooo much fun.



10/27/21

Acrobatic Grasshopper

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-27-2021

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Very active and busy describes today. Tonight we will tell the tale of the Community Park walk.

We pulled Sierra into the parking lot in Mid afternoon and got settled in. The wind was howling like a love struck coyote. Check out these flags and Halloween decorations.



The flags were about to come apart it seemed as we started our walk. The mosquitoes did not have a chance in the 25 + mph winds we were glad of that.

We started on the walk and quickly noticed the contorted clusters of live oak trees swaying heavily in the breeze.



Live oak trees always grow in clusters of weird shaped trees.

We noticed a medium size grasshopper land on the path near us while getting the tree picture. As we watched the grasshopper, it gathered its legs and launched itself up into the wind. The next thing we noticed was the air born hopper flipping end over end in the wind for a few feet. It finally landed on the path and flopped around for a few seconds while it got back on its feet. This time it walked over to the grass to get off the pathway. Yep the wind was strong.



This is an attack stick from the trees. This was about the average size that was getting naturally pruned from the trees. They did not hit us hard enough to hurt or scratch our skin. But there was a lot of them for the whole walk of 1.5 miles.

The trees had another trick in their branches. The .45 caliber acorns were getting knocked out of the trees and attacking the walkers. They did not damage anyone we saw but you could definitely get a nice bonk on your head.



On the far end of the pond we noticed a 24 inch gar just meandering along like an OFM at the beach.



It just piddled around and slowly swam off into the main part of the pond.

By the time we got back to the start point for this 1.5 mile walk the OFM's feet were demanding new foam liners for the shoes. So we guess we will be at Walmart in the morning before we take Sierra to the repair place for the serpentine belts operation. Tomorrow looks like another busy day but will be expensive we are sure. And that is not a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.





10/26/21

Under Painting

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-26-2021

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It has been a very full day to say the least. A good bit of the day was spent learning about and practicing a painting technique for colored pencil art named “under painting”. It is showing great promise but the OFM will need a lot of practice to get decent results from it. The concept is to do fundamental water color painting on the paper before doing the colored pencil.

It is definitely a big chore to us. The color of the under painting has to be carefully chosen as far as hue and value to properly complement the colored pencil work that goes on top of it. It is a lot for an old brain cavity to find place to store but the OFM is lucky to have lots of room up there.

Late after supper we hit the beach park to try for a photo or eight for the blog. We were successful. Our first picture is of the beach park cleaning table at the boat ramp. It is a pretty first class set up and heavily used. If you look carefully you can see the three dedicated pelican guards on duty. They take their job seriously.



The lead pelican is very serious about keeping an eye on it all. Good luck trying to out-stare that professional.





While we were there we shot SEVERAL sunset pictures from the cleaning station pier. It was not a particularly spectacular sunset tonight. However the wind was bad enough to keep the hordes of mosquitoes blown away. But the wind was also bad enough the OFM had to lean against pilings or the cleaning shack to get steady enough for a photograph.




The OFM almost forgot. We had enough wind this morning to keep the mosquitoes at bay that we got in a great 2 plus miles of walking on a warm but not hot morning. Having enough wind to keep the mosquitoes at bay makes it a lot better for trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/25/21

Got Shot Again

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-25-2021

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Breakfast was at Whataburger in Aransas Pass with a couple of old friends. We covered a lot of discussion on many subjects. Sure enough we got wore out jawing and finally the younger guys headed on out.

The OFM headed next door to the Walmart to see about getting himself a Moderna Covid Booster shot. The pharmacy group was diligent and prompt in the responses to the OFM questions and soon it was time to sit in the stabbing chair.

The GENTLEman who gave the shot was very nice and to our surprise there was not even the feeling of a prick of the needle. It was the least noticeable shot we can recall ever getting.

We left the shot area and headed to the grocery for soy milk and bananas. We were soon out into Sierra and rolling to the Castle.

When we entered the Castle the bedroom clock said 0923. Good grief we were being efficient today.

Just to verify what the symptoms of the booster shot might be we logged into the computer and quickly found the normal folks reactions. Sure enough by 1000 the OFM had the head ache, aching and slight fever that was common. So we nursed the OFM all day and even let him nap a couple of hours in the afternoon. By supper time, he was all recovered and planning his next misadventure for trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/24/21

Hot and Humid Day

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-24-2021

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We got an early start at the Memorial Park this morning. Here is the view at the start of the 1.5 miles of HOT and HUMID brisk walking. It was a nice bright morning but very sweaty with no breeze in the area.



When we finished we headed over to the Beach Park in hopes of some breezes to help cool off the Teams. There was practically none. The sun was so bright it made this picture seem like it was black and white.



But we pushed on and put in some more time sweating on the handicapped access ramps to simulate up and down hill walking.



About a half hour of that hot sweaty work was all the OFM could handle. So we sat on the upper open air pavilion to cool off some and watched the birds hunting breakfast.



Later in the day the OFM decided he needed a new belt hole in his belt. So out came the drill and drill bit to punch a fresh new hole in his belt. Now he can snug it up to fit his enormous waist line better.



We spent the hottest parts of the day messing with art stuff and trying to have tooooo much fun in the AC.







10/23/21

Big Ugly

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-23-2021

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Our after Rockport plans got blown to smithereens this morning. The RV park in Del Rio we planned to spend a month or so in has been sold and closed now. It is the only RV park with services we stayed in out there in the past. Now we have to rework our winter and spring plans to see what we can come up with. Broke Mill Rv Park was a first class competitively priced campground we really liked. The other campgrounds in Del Rio are definitely at least second best in our opinion.



The Amistad NRA boondocking campgrounds are still open for use and are pretty good for sure. We have used them for camping several times for one to two months at a time.

Onward to Rockport reports. We wondered what this fellow had on the line while he was fighting the fish. Form the bend in his heavy pole we knew it would be a fair sized catch. And it was.



The OFM fishing equipment will not handle a fish that large. We shot the picture with zoom but guess the fish to be in the twenty pound range. It is a large black drum also known as a Big Ugly. And yes they are decent eating.

We circled back by the harbor to see what was going on and found this work barge and tug at work pulling old pilings out of the water.



It is probably a continuation of the rework that was going on the last time we were in the area. And nope we do not know what the plans are for the future here.



This is what the folks who feed the birds do. They park and either get out like this lady or sit in the vehicle and throw edibles to the birds. As the birds crowd the folks, the folks tend to retreat into the vehicle and throw food out the windows. We have seen the birds get excited enough to try to enter the vehicle even while a person sits at the window. The birds like the free easy food and get very aggressive about going after it. Thus our recommendation to not leave windows down when you are not in the vehicle while around seagulls.

We had a good afternoon at the community park taking pictures of natural things in general. We gathered a lot of pictures for our our art references files to help the OFM do better with his drawing.



This bench pic is taken nearly every year and shown so our readers show how nice it can be just five blocks from the beach sand. We have sat on that bench several times in the last fourteen years when the old body needed rest during a walk or meander. It makes a great respite location when out walking trying to have tooooo much fun.



10/22/21

ZOOM

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-22-2021

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The day had a great morning walk at a brisk speed for a mile and a half, but shortly after that something put the OFM in a sickly like a flu feeling that lasted until after dark. Don't worry he still had to run his fingers and produce a blog entry.

The first important event was when we went to get Sierra repaired. As the OFM discussed what he had found out on the internet, Craig the owner, listened politely and went to check with one of his senior mechanics. He reported back that with the new information , they wanted to schedule it for a better time in case they ran into some bigger mess that we expect at this moment. So the job is now scheduled on Thursday at 1300 to allow for “some maybe worse mess”. We appreciate him being upfront and honest about the situation. Then immediately taking action to minimize the mess at hand.



We have had a few questions about the zoom range of our team camera. So today we stood at a concrete column in the Beach Park to rest against and hand held the camera for two pictures. The first is at the normal focus amount.



The arrow is pointing at a structure one mile away from our position leaning against the column.

This next picture of the structure is at maximum zoom while leaning against the same concrete column. So this gives you an idea of the zoom ability of this little cheap Canon pocket camera.



The last one of these cameras we purchased about a month ago was a bit under $200 drive out at Walmart.

It also has a macro mode that we use for a lot of the flower and bug pictures. Over all we like this model camera and are on our third one. One of them was even dropped in salt water, rinsed in fresh water then dried out with the hair dryer we use for drying art work.



More good news is that the OFM is now authorized to get his Covid booster shot to supplement his original shot from last March. We will be chasing that immediately.

The OFM is doing better tonight so we expect to be in full swing tomorrow trying to have tooooo much fun.

10/21/21

Time For A Diaper Bag!

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-21-2021

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The only thing we caught today was a ribbon fish. Then we lost the lure to another one that bit the line in two.

It was just a well because we had chores to accomplish today and they ate up a lot of daylight.

We were on a mission to find the right bag to carry the art stuff in so we could do more of the coloring on location that is so much fun. The local Walmart was severely searched with minor not just right luck until we finally gave up and started out of the store. The OFM took a short cut through the baby stuff and guess what showed up a nearly perfect for the job.

Those baby bags for infants built to carry bottles, diapers and half the world so a person can get out of the house now and then even with an infant along.



The pockets seemed to be just right and the padding is a good asset to protect the breakable art items. The more the OFM looked at them the better they got. So tomorrow the chore is to put together the art supplies we would like to take on these excursions and see how well it matches with the bag. We had no idea a 75 year old fat man might need a baby diaper bag again.

Tomorrow is a serious maintenance time for Sierra. Sierra has 111xxx miles on it and the serpentine belt is still the original one. According to the manual it needs to be changed no later than at 100,000 miles. We will be getting that taken care of as well as an inspection of all the pulleys and etc that needs to be evaluated.

The OFM did take a look at doing it himself but the belt is noticeably worn and WAY down in the depths of the engine compartment. There is also several air ducts running around over the area of access. Then to top it off Sierra is tall enough that the OFM would have to work off the tall ladder head down in the engine compartment. It is just too much for the OFM to safely do by himself much less alongside a road in the Texas desert. We are sure it will not be a ten minute job for $23.87.



At least we have a very good and fair priced shop here in Rockport, TX by the name of Craig's that has repeatedly proven for 14 years to be reliable, thorough and fair priced.



So now we will sleep well tonight knowing that we will NOT be on our heads inside the engine compartment in the morning trying to have tooooo much fun.



10/20/21

Door Window

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-20-2021

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We caught two types of fish today. One small speckled trout grabbed a lure early.





Then during the day of off and on fishing we caught several more of the ribbon fishes. They are all about the same size with mean teeth and not any significant fight in them.



Check out this picture.



When we were across the parking lot from the saltwater pool, we heard a guy scream bloody murder. Glancing around we saw this guy headed at full speed to his truck. Sure enough he jerked the driver door open and about six gulls flew out of the interior of the vehicle. He got the driver side window closed before we got the camera in action. He was on the way to the passenger side to close that window also. He seemed to be irritated for several minutes afterward!!!


In the later afternoon we took some art supplies and went to the second floor of the open air gazebo at the saltwater pool to do a little art work up there.



We had a bunch of COOOOing pigeons in the rafters and flying around to keep up company for a while. Then a couple of groups of folks with kids came to the pool down below to play. 




Overall it was a wonderful afternoon of gentle pigeon interaction and listening to happy folks running around in the water having a great time. Top that off with about two hours of art effort on a painting. It will be hard to beat for a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.



10/19/21

Ribbon Fish

 

Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 10-19-2021

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An excruciatingly busy day again with all the fun to attempt to use up. We failed. The flu shot left overs is pretty well finished after a short nap that was required about 1400 this afternoon.

Here is a few of the high spots of the day for your enjoyment and amusement.





The morning water at the rock pier was pretty and pleasant. The early sun was sparkling off the water as we meandered out to see if there were any fish biting.

There was this ribbon fish that hit the lure. They do not fight very hard but they are vigorous in the water splashing department.



Check out the teeth in that mouth. It is another fish where your fingers do not belong anywhere near the mouth.





While getting a puppy pet over by the harbor art garden this picture opportunity came up. That is an art sculpture on the left. It is pretty neat when you can see it closely. We liked the sun, clouds and boats in the picture also.



Then after supper we caught the moon showing off over the Rockport Beach. It was another nice photo. 



We watched it for a few minutes then the OFM got a wild hair. We headed on down the beach to get away from the area lighting. The OFM stopped Sierra and got it turned the right direction to prop the camera on the door to help stop the shaking for a long telephoto picture. This cheap little pocket camera did a decent job of getting this picture of the moon we think.



We actually shot five frames of the moon and they all came out just about alike.

We had a pile of other pictures left from yesterday to add to today's unpublished pictures and events but they will have to wait.

We are wondering if there will be anything else for us to do tomorrow for trying to have tooooo much fun. What do you think????