Thursday, February 18, 2010

The First 18 Days in Rockport

Tuesday, February 2 - It’s cloudy and overcast so our “adventure” has been to go to the grocery store, H E B. It’s a new store, big, clean and a great selection. We have been looking for homemade tortillas and they had them at this store.

Wednesday, February 3 - This morning, we went into the rec room and watched “Imus in the Morning”, so that was a plus. Still cloudy and light rain. Today’s adventure is Wal*Mart.

Thursday, February 4 - We are ready for sun, but it is still warmer than at home.

Friday, February 5 - We have checked out some of the other campgrounds and they are not up to our standards. We went to the campground where we are supposed to move next. It’s is way below our standards. The sun has come out - yea!!

Saturday, February 6 - The sun is shining. We sat outside and had morning coffee. We drove to the bay to see if we can find a place to paddle. I cancelled our reservations at the campground where we were going. We probably won’t get our deposit back, but it’s worth the $29 not to have to stay there. Life is still good in Retirement Land.

Enough of the day-by-day. Not much is going on, so there is no sense of writing something everyday. We have had a few days of sun, the rest of the time, it’s been cool and windy or cool and windy with light rain. Maybe next month the weather will return to normal. We see that Dallas is getting sleet and at home is 20 degrees cooler.

We are amusing ourselves reading and watching TV and DVD’s.

We finally got the catalytic heater installed. On a warm day, I repaired the tow lights cable and replaced the turn signal indicator with one that can be heard. I have more projects I will get around to when the weather improves.

I think that there are more species of birds wintering here than in Florida. In Florida, birds hang out in large segregated flocks. Here the groups are much smaller and made up of several species.

South Texas is poor. The homes look a lot like panhandle Florida. OK, maybe not that good. I think there are more sailboats here than in Florida. The coastal homes range from really sad looking to Texas size mansions.

At home, we were waking up at 5 or so. Now we are sleeping until 8. It’s getting difficult to get dressed before lunch.

We found a good restaurant, Los Comales. We have driven by it many times and decided to stop in today. Their special today was fajitas for two for $12.99. When we told the owner we had not been there before, he brought a sample of the beef used in the fajitas. By sample, I mean about half of an order. He also brought an excellent dipping sauce. It was so good we decided to have that for lunch. It was accompanied by bean soup, rice, and guacamole. The tortillas are homemade. We will definitely go back.

Here's some pictures from a cloudy day on the north end of Padre Island.
The pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.

You can drive on the beach - at low tide!

Dorothy liked the bird with the odd hairdo.

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