A couple with a young teenage son sat in the Aransas Pass café waiting for their order to be served. During their conversation, the wife asked her husband, “What do you think they do for fun around here?” Without hesitation, the husband replied, “Go fishing!”
Act I Boy meets girl then disaster
A young blonde woman from England, named Suzy, was a front desk manager at the Tres Rios Resort in Glen Rose, Texas. Russ Walker was providing internet technology services and Tres Rios was one of the companies he serviced. She kept breaking the internet, computers and phones and things so Russ had to visit the resort and repair them.
The sun was just coming up when Mike Ley stepped off the 7:00 a.m. ferry boat that carried him from Port Aransas across the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to the north jetty on San Jose Island. He took a picture of the sunrise then started walking south close to the dunes along the hurricane wrack line.
Spring wildflowers, spring equinox, spring break…all reasons to visit my coastal world, the North Bay of the Texas Coastal Bend. The Gulf beaches may be a final destination for the first day of spring, but the varied colored carpets of flowers scattered along the highways and streets as you make your way will brighten the day.
Spring Break, warm weather and St. Patrick’s Day means North Bay visitors and residents are looking for something to do. My Coastal World is a one-stop internet location for finding what you are looking for.
The Whooping Crane Festival is over and the 30th Annual Whooping Crane Strut will be happening Saturday, March 10. These are two signs the whooping cranes will soon be leaving to begin their spring migration in late March or early April as they return to their summer home in Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada. If you have not yet seen this large majestic crane, there are a few weeks left to make it happen.
Today, March 1, 2018, Goose Island State Park is open again for camping. The storms of Harvey produced damage so extensive, the park was closed to the public on August 26, 2017.
The rocking chairs on the front porch of the Aransas County History Center bring to mind prior days when people strolled along the sidewalks while greeting neighbors on pleasant evenings. This is the kind of friendly welcome visitors can expect as they enter the front door of the frame house which withstood Harvey and other hurricanes including the one in 1919. Used as a temporary courtroom following the destruction of the Aransas County Courthouse on August 25, 2017, the History Center reopened on February 24, 2018, with a special Living History Exhibit, “Aransas County Strong: From Debris to Creativity & Hope”.
Hurricane Harvey’s track went through Fulton Harbor, tossing small boats and loose gear but MV Skimmer rode out the winds safely with minor damage. Known for birding tours each winter since 1987, this favorite excursion boat is continuing to welcome guests aboard.
Hit hard…run fast…turn left!
The Major League Baseball Grapefruit and Cactus League play officially begins on February 23 for the thirty MLB teams but in South Texas, youth baseball is played year-round and Portland is welcoming tournament teams to the North Bay area.
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.
Driving over the Harbor Bridge on Hwy 181, the “Blue Ghost” is a constant reminder of the Pacific Theater events of World War II. On Thursday, February 8, the USS Lexington Museum will welcome aboard Don Graves, a US Marine Corps veteran who was one of the thousands of Marines to land on Iwo Jima in 1945.
August 24, 4:34 p.m.(daughter) “What have you decided to do? It’s headed right for you!” 6:12 p.m. (mom) “I’ve been packing. We are going to ride it out in Gary’s house in Ingleside on the Bay.” 6:14 p.m. (daughter) “K, let us know when you are there.”
August 25, 12:36 p.m. (mom) “We are in IOB. First rain bands have reached us.”
As the Winter Texans pulled their rigs through the front gate of the Palms RV Park, there were sighs of relief. There were no piles of debris, no overturned trailers or fifth=wheels and the palm trees stood straight and tall. Their winter home looked the same as it did when they left in the spring.
If you are still considering where to go and what to do New Year’s weekend, My Coastal World is here. You can check the Calendar of events, list of Attractions links, and find the latest fishing reports on Outdoors.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day many families will be missing someone during their holiday celebrations.
Saturday, December 16, Wreaths Across America Ceremonies were held throughout all fifty states to – Remember. Honor. Teach. The Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery hosted the local one sponsored by Veterans Band of Corpus Christi, Texas.
The communities in My Coastal World continue struggling with the effects of Hurricane Harvey but businesses, cities’ staff and organizations are persevering to find the resources and time to hold holiday events enjoyed by young and old.
Three months ago, residents of My Coastal World ventured out to see the destruction left behind by Hurricane Harvey. Today they spent the last day of a Thanksgiving weekend under sunny skies with a mild breeze. Some were fishing. Some were shopping. Some were saying goodbye to family and friends. Many had much to be thankful for while some continue to make hard decisions.
The bays in My Coastal World bring fishermen to the area throughout the year. Weather variations and even hurricanes do not empty the waters. Redfish, trout, black drum and, flounder continue […]
In “my coastal world”, Harvey interfered with many special events planned for September and October but coastal residents are resilient. They have joined forces, rescheduled, and adapted affairs for new […]
Coastal Bend Troop Support is most known for the care boxes sent to troops stationed in combat areas. A fall fundraiser had been planned for 2017 but Harvey changed many […]
“I am writing to you from Hamid Kobzar International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The yard of Diane Loyd and Dovie Howard was featured in the post “Rockport Prepares for Hummingbirds“ on August 12. They were ready for Rockport’s Hummer Celebration and the hummingbird migration.
Hurricane Harvey changed everything except …
Hurricane Harvey brought tremendous winds, rain and storm surge which destroyed infrastructure, homes and businesses, both large and small. Life as we knew it in My Coastal World changed overnight. As residents were still reeling from the shock of the devastation around them, they were also amazed as assistance and relief from throughout the State of Texas and beyond began arriving.
The devastation by Hurricane Harvey touched all My Coastal World, the North Bay area, even if unequally. Portland and Gregory, at the southern end, received less wind and storm surge than the communities slightly to their north. Rockport and Fulton experienced the eye wall of Harvey with Category 4 winds on August 25.
At first light on Saturday, August 26, 2017, my feet hit the floor carrying me to the closest window. Our “safe refuge” had allowed me to sleep through the worst of Hurricane Harvey as it slowly moved inland.
Hurricane Harvey may have carried away the hanger doors, but members of the Third Coast Squadron will still honor four Coastal Bend veterans during a Hall of Fame Awards ceremony this Saturday, September 23, 2017 beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m., the National Weather Service Corpus Christi announced hurricane force winds were to begin in less than two hours.
Hurricane Harvey has come and left his mark on the communities we love. As the skies darkened on August 25 …
Texas Gulf coast residents are aware of the increase in tropical weather systems which begins during the month of August each year. Visitors to our coastal communities also need to be aware of the weather conditions so they can make their vacation and weekend plans and be prepared for changes.
For Mike Ley, it was just another walk on the beach on January 16, 2015, when one of the many bottles littering the sand caught his eye. This one was sealed and had a rolled piece of paper inside. Ley immediately knew he had found another Message in a Bottle (MIB) but he did not realize his life and a young lady’s life would become linked through technology for a never-ending story.
Identifying himself only as Alin from London, this visitor to the Aransas Pass community has been seen for the past few weeks along the streets leading to and around Conn Brown Harbor as he picks up trash.
Diane Loyd’s Hummer Home is one of 25 which will be part of the Hummer Homes Tour during Rockport’s HummerBird Celebration for 2017. This is the first year the Loyd home has been part of this event but this property has been part of the hummingbird migration for many years.
Anyone who goes to Conn Brown Harbor this weekend may be surprised to see the large number of Gulf shrimp boats which are now docked. During the Texas Shrimp Season, these boats visit the harbor regularly to bring their catch to Erickson & Jenson Shrimp Packers but usually only two or three will be docked at the same time. On Wednesday, August 9, 15 shrimpers were counted with some tied alongside another boat.
Towanda Martin dreamed of having a coffee shop thirty years ago. As a little girl, her mother would have several young women sitting around the kitchen table. There was the smell of fresh coffee and a baked treat to enjoy as the group shared conversation and laughter.
“When I became an adult, I thought I want that – a place where people can come and feel safe and encourage people …
At the corner of Live Oak and Laurel in Rockport is an unassuming, wood sided house with large red, white and blue wreaths along the side facing Live Oak. The center of the wreaths identifies this as the Veterans’ Outreach Center
Walking in the door of the Fruit Barn, a friendly voice immediately greets you. Then, the cool air surrounds you as you walk to the counter. The display case has so many choices of Mexican candies but save one of those to enjoy when you leave.
Holly Dunn walked in the front door of the Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center holding a large yellow “lost dog” poster with photos of her Kimmie. As she showed it to volunteer Patty Heard, Holly said someone told her that her dog was in the shelter.
Day in and day out, there are men and women deployed in combat zones who open a “care package” from home. Week in and week out volunteers for Coastal Bend Troop Support, Inc, sort items, fill boxes and send these packages from home to let the troops know we care.
I guess I’m getting older, but I don’t wade fish much anymore. When I was younger, I used to surf and wade fish all the time. Sometimes, I would do both activities on the same day.
A weekend or vacation to the coast usually includes time on the beach but if you are heading to Mustang Island or North Padre Island during the summer months or over a holiday, you can expect spending one to two hours sitting in slow-moving traffic to reach a Gulf of Mexico beach.
On the First Saturday of July, the table on the veranda of the Beacon House at McCampbell-Porter Airport was filled with visitors and members of the Third Coast Squadron of the CAF.
It is now the middle of summer and the fishing locally is hotter than the weather!
A new retail store in Aransas Pass has brought another alternative to the area