A Big Foot footnote

Ingleside on the Bay is a very small, quiet community on the La Quinta Channel in My Coastal World. Residents enjoy a waterfront view and a laid-back lifestyle. The panorama includes fishing boats searching for a trout, kayaks paddling through quiet water, a bay shrimper heading out for the day and the outline of the Corpus Christi shoreline. Ships often move past but the journey of large off-shore oil and gas production rigs from the fabrication facility Kiewit Offshore Services captivates everyone.


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On January 30, 2018, Ingleside on the Bay residents, including Michelle (Micky) Morlan, were ready for the long-anticipated trek of Big Foot which began before dawn from Kiewit Offshore Services. Micky had relocated from Ohio to Ingleside on the Bay two years before Big Foot arrived from South Korea in 2013.

The hull of Big Foot was fabricated in South Korea before it was shipped to Kiewit Offshore Services in Ingleside where the topsides were completed. Big Foot was taken out to Gulf in 2015 then returned before this 2018 journey.

Micky used her phone camera to capture her photos. She said, “I’m no photographer. My late husband was very accomplished and published worldwide having won multiple awards. I like to think I paid attention to him.”

Mark E. Morlan, passed away on July 4, 2009, at the age of 48 after a courageous one-year fight with acute myelogenous leukemia. Photography was his passion and Micky said her husband took photos with her assistance even as he was battling leukemia. She would push him in his wheelchair into the woods so he could continue doing what he loved.

Mickey is now sharing her sights of Ingleside on the Bay as she recalls her husband’s Mapledale Photography. Being able to capture the images of the massive Big Foot as it was towed along La Quinta Channel on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, she is able to use her observations of her husband’s talents.