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At Rockport, Texas

February 2, 2013

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Rockport & Fulton, Texas

Rockport and Fulton sit shoulder to shoulder on Aransas Bay.  Across Aransas Bay lies St. Joseph Island, and beyond that, the Gulf of Mexico.  We came here for the mild weather (daytime temps in the 70s with sunshine), and this will be home until mid-April.

Unfortunately, Nell has been suffereing from an apparent pinched nerve since just before New Year’s Day, and has been severely limited in what she can do.  After some unsuccessful chiropractor visits, she finally saw a doctor here in Rockport who referred her to a Neurologist.  As I write this on Saturday, we are waiting to hear results from tests and xrays done Wednesday.

She can’t stand just sitting inside, however, so we have been out a few times, to drive around the area, and to spend some time with family and friends who came down to nearby Port Aransas for a week.

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Boats, of course are a visual staple here, ranging from large luxury sailboats and motor yachts to small fishing boats.

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As an artist, my faborites are the shrimp and oyster boats that work the Gulf of Mexico.  There’s a sizeable fleet in both Rockport and Fulton.  Those above are docked right behind Charlotte Plummer’s, a restaurnat in Fulton.

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Nell and I had dinner at Charlotte Plummer’s a couple of days after we arrived, and we have since had lunch there with my brother and sister-in-law and ohers who came down for a week.  This is a place where people come as sort of a Rockport tradition.  Don’t expect fancy, although the service we’ve had both times was very good.  It is what it is: a seafood restaurant in a coastal tourist town with a view looking out at working docks, and prices that range from around $12 on up.

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One day, to keep Nell from going stir-crazy, we got her into the Jeep using a little stepstool, then drove around Rockport and along the waterfront past Fulton.  Our first stop was Rockport Beach.  Designated a Blue Wave Beach, this is a mile-long park on Aransas Bay with plenty of parking, a great beach, and lots of picnic and shade shelters.  There is a daily charge of $5, but we opted for a one-year pass for $15.   Since we’ll be here for three months, we figure we’ll spend some time here.
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There may be a certain quaintness to this place, but there is no shortage of expensive homes.  These places, some of which might be hotels, are just across a little cut that runs past the park.
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We also drove over and took the ferry to Port Aransas, about 19 miles.  The drive time varies, depending on how busy the ferry traffic is.  For true Gulf waves and long sandy beaches, this is where we’ll go.  Port Aransas is on Mustang Island, which lies at the southwesterly end of St. Joseph Island.  Continuing southwest will take one to Padre Island.
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In our case, the drive was longer because we continued west to Mustang Towers, where our family and friends were staying for the week.  This is a view on an overcast day from their sixth floor balcony, looking out at the Gulf of Mexico.  On a clear day, one can see ship traffic lined up to the left, heading into the Port of Corpus Christi, and oil and gas rigs dotting the horizon.
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While we do expect to venture out occasionally,  There won’t be a lot of it until the doctors get Nell comfortably back on her feet.  When we do get out, I’ll post more about our Gulf Coast adventures.
Meanwhile, whatever you do, try not to sit under any Pelicans.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2013 4:44 pm

    sure makes me home sick. Hope your wife is al-right. My husband is experiencing the same sort problem except at he hip. Waiting for a replacement now. I look at the pictures of the beach and drool. Good luck.

    • February 15, 2013 3:07 pm

      Thanks, Syd. Hopefully we’ll know more in about a week. Best of luck to your husband.

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