Friday, February 27, 2009
Get Ready, Get Set....
But time marches on, and now we're looking forward to new places, new sights, new things to do and people to see. On Sunday morning, we'll load 'em up and head 'em out to Kerrville, where we'll spend just over a week before moving on. We'll be at Buckhorn RV Resort with several other RV'ing friends we've met through the RV-Dreams community. Both Jim and I are definitely looking forward to reconnecting with these folks, and meeting some of them for the first time.
Getting ready to go involves making sure everything is working order and set just right. After these six weeks sitting here, Jim has checked the tires and will finalize all the rest of the checks tomorrow. Today, we spent the day washing and drying The Castle till it sparkles. We have a little bit left to finish tomorrow, and I need to finish my window washing and get the inside ready to travel.
Karen and Donnie prepared a great dinner tonight - grilled burgers and grilled chicken, a yummy pineapple banana salad, fresh veggies, and Dortha brought the most wonderful apple dessert. Yes, we counted the points and ate sensibly. We have agreed to eat out tomorrow night so there will be no dish washing or clean up our last night here.
We will miss Rockport, but we know we'll be back here again, so we're ready to move on to our new adventures!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A Visit to Port Aransas
Our activities have centered around our morning walks, and the planning and cooking of meals. Just the usual, wonderful activities. We have also had several discussions about whether to go ahead and reserve a spot here for next winter. We have talked about going to Yuma, Arizona as well. I still have a really hard time making a firm decision about where I want to be in 3 months, much less a year from now. However, this is a really nice area, and we have loved being in this park. We can have a spot held for us, and then cancel if we change our minds. So, we have put our names on the list for January, February, and March of next year. We'll see!
Today we'd decided to go out to lunch and then do a little geocaching. Karen and Donnie had not yet been introduced to this fun activity. The plan was to go to The Big Fisherman for their Tuesday "all you can eat" special, but it was so busy with a long, long line that we changed that part of the plan and went to The Diner instead. It was pretty good, and we enjoyed it.
After lunch, we went to Port Aransas. Dortha and I had downloaded 4 geocaches located in the Roberts Point Park area, just across the Aransas Channel. The first cache took us quite a while to find, but Jim was the most persistent and had success. The next one was pretty easy, and Mark spotted it first, but didn't "claim" it, instead, he helped Donnie find it.
This is a view of the marina from the location of the first cache in Roberts Point Park:
While we were in the area, we were treated to the delightful view of these dolphins, surfing in front of a big freighter:
The third cache, unfortunately, totally eluded us. This one was marked as a "3 star" level of difficulty. Maybe it should be labeled a "5 star"!
This is the general location of the missing cache:
The last one was also very tricky. I kept walking around the general area with my GPS, which didn't want to settle on a specific location. After about 10 minutes, it finally settled. Dortha was the finder on this one.
A little shopping at the Islander rounded out the day's activities. Jim got one more T-shirt, but this time, I went after some jewelry.
We headed back home and got settled in to get some rest so we can be ready for whatever tomorrow brings.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
A Rockport Saturday
When we stopped the car to get out and take pictures, these two dock kitties thought we might have some food for them. Sorry, guys!
We went on to the store and made it past the Dairy Queen on the way home with no whining! Jim's also doing really well; he's lost about 20 pounds now. He's walking most mornings and is eating much the same way I am. Great job!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Friday, So Soon?
Wednesday morning, Mark took the Jeep in to have the oil leak fixed. Jim followed him in our car, and they went to breakfast before coming back home. I dug around in my stored stuff while he was gone and found my old MP3 player. I wanted to see if it still worked after being neglected for about 2 years. I put it on the charger and turned it on, found that it seemed to be working ok, so I left it to charge. When Jim and Mark got back from breakfast, Jim took the laundry off to get it done. He got back from the laundry and soon Mark got the call to pick up the Jeep.
After Jim came back once again, we talked about getting him an MP3 player. We went to Walmart to see what they had. He found a Sony Walkman MP3 that he liked, so we got that one for him. He asked if I wanted to get a new one, but I told him I'd just as soon see how the old one held up before we spent any more money.
He spent most of the rest of the day messing around with it. Dortha came over to help him, since he was using iTunes to download his music to it, and I use Windows Media Player. By then, my player had charged, so I was trying to load some new music to it. Uh-Oh. It seems that planned obsolescence struck! The new version of Windows Media Player would not allow me to load new music onto the old player. I got a message that the old player is no longer compatible. When I checked around online to see if I could find new drivers, I found nothing. I asked if the offer was still open for a new player, so now I have the same model Jim does.
Fast forward to Thursday morning, when once again, Jim got up early. This time, though, it was to go on a fishing trip on the bay with Mark and Rod. They'd found a place that would take them out and furnish everything from poles to bait. They had a fun time, all except for the part where Mark's fishing pole somehow jumped out of his hands and landed in the bay. Unfortunately, they did not catch any keepers on their adventure:
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Visiting With Spoonbills, and Marathon Shopping
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I also got my Valentine's day present to myself - a map program for my Garmin eTrex Legend GPS. I use this GPS mainly for geocaching, but it didn't come with pre-loaded maps so it has been fairly limited in it's usefulness. I ordered the North American Maps, which came on a mini-SD card about the size of my little fingernail. I spent some time playing with the new features, and I think this is going to be really handy when we're out on day trips, as well as making getting to geocaches a lot easier.
That brings us up to today. It was still cleaning time, only today, I got all the bed linens together, including the dog's beds, and piled it all in the car to take to the little laundry here at the rv park. While that was in the washer, I walked a couple of laps around the park. Then I got the laundry into the dryer and walked another loop. When all of that got finished and I was back at home, I was still in cleaning mode and got both dogs washed, then got my shower.
Mark and Dortha were heading out to Walmart, so we joined them for a quick shopping trip. Jim and Mark also wanted to check out the location for their planned fishing trip this week, so we rode the ferry over to Port Aransas and located the place they need to be on Thursday morning.
We got back home and relaxed for a little while before we met Janna and Mike at The Big Fisherman for dinner this evening. They are heading out tomorrow, so we wanted to see them one more time. We hope to get up to Montana for a visit with them this summer, if our jello plans work out. We had a nice dinner and visit, and wished them safe travels. It was great getting to visit with them.
It was time to head back home and feed our dogs and get settled in for the night. Tomorrow is another day!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Just a Short Drive!
Jim and I decided to board the dogs in a kennel while we were gone, because we didn't know how late we might get back. We visited 2 kennels in the area beforehand, and picked the one we felt most comfortable with, even though it was a more costly option. I took them over to the kennel early in the morning, and we were all ready to go by 8:45. It was hard to leave them, knowing they were most likely going to be there overnight! But, I felt a little better knowing they were in good hands in a clean, professionally run kennel with plenty of room and lots of play and running time.
We arrived in Progresso just about noon, got the cars parked and walked across the bridge into Mexico. That has to be the most crowded street I've ever been on! We walked through the crowds for a couple of blocks to the restaurant, Arturo's, and had a delicious lunch with great service. Mark and Dortha had eaten here before and knew it was a good choice. Then we all walked around and looked in several stores. Dortha got some ampicillan and we got some omeprazol capsules at about 1/4 of the cost we pay at Walmart. I also bought a pair of silver earrings and Jim got a bottle of Crown Royal. That was it for our puchases.
The sign on the bridge, indicating the border between the U.S. and Mexico:
Arturo's, where we ate lunch:
Rod and Deb enjoy their beer:
And a beautiful sunset on the way home:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
When I got back home, it was time for a little breakfast and my 2 mile walk. Jim had already gone for his walk, but I was able to catch up to Mark and Dortha while they finished their last lap. Jim went to town then to fill up the car, check the oil and tires and get it washed. I stayed home and did my routine cleaning up and then read a few blogs.
This afternoon, Dortha, Mark, and Jim collaborated on a wonderful meal of grilled chicken, carrots, cabbage and cheesy potatoes. Dortha also made a delicious dessert of angel food cake and pudding with pineapple. Yum! We decided then to take a ride around town and see if we could find anything interesting to photograph.
A big truck caught a ride on a barge:
Great blue heron with an itchy spot on its neck:
A windy, but warm and wonderful day!
Monday, February 9, 2009
And the Days Go By...
Saturday, we needed to go into Corpus Christi to pick up the ring Jim bought me for my birthday. It needed to be resized. We also wanted to take Dortha and Mark to Applebees for a late lunch. While we were at the mall picking up the ring, we shopped in a few stores. But it was pretty crowded and we ended up not buying much of anything.
I really like to go to Applebees because they have Weight Watcher's meal choices with the points already calculated. We'd been given a gift card for Christmas and still hadn't used it, so that was a good chance to do so. I thought our meals were pretty good.
We then drove over to Padre Island and down to the National Seashore to look around.
The Gulf of Mexico from the deck of the visitor's center at the National Seashore:
From the end of the road:
We then came back across on the ferry:
It was close to sunset as we came into the rv park. This is one of the palm trees at the entrance to our park:
Yesteryday (Sunday) was a stay-at-home and get caught up with things day. We all went for our 2 mile walks in the morning, then I got a crazy idea and ironed a bunch of clothes. I also made a batch of chocolate muffins and a bowl of caramel apple salad.
Terry and Randy Guiler (Guiler Travels) arrived in Rockport yesterday, and we met them at - where else? - The Big Fisherman for dinner. The food was not as good as it usually is, but we really enjoyed the company! They came with Deb and Rod as they're all staying at Big D.
Today was almost rainy. It actually sprinkled a little this morning during our walk. I took my time doing my Wii workout this morning and tried some of the more challenging strength exercises. I also worked on doing the shoulder stand in the Yoga section, which I've only been able to do within the last few sessions. I still can't hold it very well, but at least I can get into the position now, that's quite an accomplishment for me.
By the time I finished my workout and regular cleaning, it was time for lunch. We had an appointment to take the dogs to get their distemper and parvo booster shots this afternoon. When we got back, Mark and Jim once again talked us into going out to dinner and we went to Alice Fay's. The food there tonight was actually better than The Big Fisherman was last night. One thing about Rockport - there is a limited choice of good restaurants! After dinner, we stopped by Walmart to check out their selection of capris. Dortha mentioned that she'd seen some new capris there earlier today, and we wanted to see about them. I found a pair that will work for me, but Dortha didn't see anything she couldn't live without. After a little shopping, we headed back home.
Yes, we've been having fun, and the time has flown by!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Girls Gone Geocaching!
We then met Sandra at the Bealls store. While we were waiting, I noticed they were having a big sale and spied some T-shirts that were under $10 and a style I like to wear. I quickly picked out 2 and paid for them, then we got on to the business of the day.
Today was Deb's first day of geocaching, and we'd picked out 6 caches to find. Sandra, Dortha and Deb all have Garmin navigation GPS units, and I have one that I use only for geocaching, as it doesn't have street maps loaded in. It was pretty entertaining riding around with 3 GPS's talking at once!
We got to the first location and Deb was the designated finder, with a little help from Dortha. This one is part of a series; and Dortha and I found one of these the last time we were out geocaching in Rockport. So we knew right off where we'd find the cache, once we got close.
Below are Sandra and Dortha looking on as Deb gets ready to sign the log:
Dortha found this one, it was a pretty clever hide! Deb and Sandra record the moment with their cameras:
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Just Enjoying Life
Then we drove over to the Rockport harbor area and took a couple of pictures.
This is one of my favorite places, and I think this picture expresses the things I love about this area - the birds, the water, the clear blue sky, palm trees - well, you get the idea:
For supper Dortha made vegetable beef soup with some of our leftovers from the Shrimp Boil on Sunday, and I made a pan of cornbread. She baked a crustless pumpkin pie and we had a great meal!
Today was our Weight Watcher's meeting at noon. We like this meeting, there are lots of people attending, and the leader is a very energetic, fun woman. We both had a good week, showing a continued, steady loss. I will be back to the point where I can attend meetings for free again when I lose 4 more pounds. I still want to lose a little more than that, but I am getting closer to where I want to be.
After our meeting, we went to lunch at The Big Fisherman with Dortha and Mark. I had Cajun Grilled Shrimp, yum! Then we all took a drive back over to the Corpus Christi area to take some more pictures. When we were there a few days ago, we saw a few Roseate Spoonbills, but it was very late in the day, so we wanted to go back and see if we could find them again. We also wanted to try to get some better pictures of the replica ship, the Nina.
We saw this fellow and several of his friends while we were at the harbor:
We then visited a couple of shops, and Jim was able to find a gift for one more grandchild. It was time to see if we could find the Roseate Spoonbills. We'd seen them near the bridge, in the marshland around Indian Point Park. Sure enough, there were 8 or 10 of them, huddled in the bushes, staying out of the wind, taking their afternoon naps. We were quite a distance from them, so it was hard to get good pictures. This is the best of the ones Jim and I took:
I got this picture of the Corpus Christi Skyline:
We then headed back home to a quick supper of leftover soup and sandwiches with Dortha and Mark. Did I say we're really enjoying our time here?