"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

October 30, 2014

Oct. 29 - Port Arthur, TX

Taylor Bayou - Anchorage
Miles to Rockport, TX - 231

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ―Albert Einstein

We're home...well almost. Just being back in Texas feels like home. We could be in Rockport by Saturday, but may take an extra day depending on the wind coming in with another cold front. We have quite a few large bays to cross before docking in Rockport.

We left the bayous of Louisiana today and entered the VERY industrial waters of the northeastern coast of Texas. Orange, Port Arthur, Houston, Texas City and Freeport are full of petrochemical production facilities and boat traffic is substantial. Now in addition to the heavy barge traffic, we have large sea going tankers to deal with. It's definitely not a cruisers paradise. Although there are petrochemical plants all along the Texas coast the scenery will improve once we get closer to Matagorda Bay, where shrimping, crabbing and oystering are big industries. The scenery will also improve as we pass through five national refuges on our way to Rockport.

Our morning began with heavy fog, so Stan had a chance to put the radar to the test
We saw this BBQ in the ICW this morning. Just bring your own meat or maybe kill it in the woods, tie off and barbecue. No telling what you'll find in the bayous of Louisiana.
This was typical barge traffic today.
Our first view of Texas, not the prettiest, but typical of this part of the coast...it will get better.
A few of the ships we past this afternoon
This ship looked like he was pulling a dinghy. Not sure why it was pulling the tug.

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    1. The boat is running great and we are getting very comfortable handling her. Even doing great docking alone. She is very comfortable. We're getting a little spoiled.

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  2. Sorry to have missed you folks in Houma,(maybe next time) but glad to see you had no problems going through N.O.
    Steve

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    1. We're sorry we missed you too, but it was a long day. We've been lucky all the way home with weather...couldn't have asked for better. Are you still cruising on the Monk?

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