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A Day on the Coastal Bend

February 10, 2014

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North of Rockport/Fulton, Texas, just over the causeway that crosses Copano Bay, one finds Lamar, Texas.   The visible part of Lamar consists of a gas station, a cluster of pink cabins, and a county road that leads to Goose Island State Park.  A short drive through coastal oaks and some dense undergrowth leads to an intersection.  A sign points to the state park to the right.  There is also an arrow pointing to the left that simply says “Big Tree”.  According to Wikipedia, “during the Civil War, the town of Lamar was bombarded and destroyed by the union navy.  All that remained were the ruins of a few old shellcrete (oyster shell concrete) homes, a Catholic chapel, and the Big Tree.  The Texas Forest Service estimates this Virginia Live Oak to be over 1,000 years old, other recent estimates place it nearer to 2,000 years old.”

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It’s hard to resist having a photo taken under these great old trees.

There will be more about this area in the future.  We plan to spend the last two weeks of our stay on the Texas Coastal Bend in April at Goose Island State Park.

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Back at Fulton, lunch at Charlotte Plumber’s seafood restaurant affords a view out at the docks in back.  If your timing is right, you can watch the oyster boats come in and unload.  It takes two men to offload and stack those bags of oysters.  We were told that each bag goes for $55 US and yields about two gallons of shelled oysters.  The shelled oysters then sell for $54 per gallon.

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.I love the variety of the oyster boats.  Although the original African Queen from Bogart and Bacall fame didn’t have a wheelhouse, this one reminded me of it.

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,I have a painting on display in the Members Gallery at the Rockport Center for the Arts.

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Paintings these days are mostly about boats and birds.  Imagine that.  Here’s a little 8×10 gouache painting of one of the car ferries at Port Aransas.

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.And a seagull.

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And another seagull.

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.Walks on the beach include the sound of the surf and the squeal and squawk of sea birds.

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Lots of sea birds.

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.Of course, sometimes, if you pull your car onto the beach near a flock of skimmers and seagulls trying to stay out of the wind, it can get a little creepy when they all turn and face you.

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.And, if you sit beside the channel at Port Aransas… and if you’re lucky…  you might see a pilot boat  pull alongside a huge ship, and watch the pilot come down the side gangway, step onto a rope ladder, and drop down onto the small boat, all while the ship continues under way down the channel.

We’ll be in the Rockport/Aransas Pass area for almost 3 more months.  If the weather will cooperate, we plan to see more of the surrounding area and share the excursions with you.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. pc50 permalink
    February 10, 2014 8:26 pm

    LOL at the photo of the birds all facing you! Love your blog–very entertaining!

    Paula Campbell

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. February 10, 2014 9:57 pm

    Some nice work there!

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