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

November 3, 2014

Nov. 2 - Rockport, TX

“It’s better to sit in a boat thinking about God than to sit in church thinking about fishing” – Kevin McGarr

We made it! 1707 miles from Jacksonville, FL to Rockport, TX in 25 straight travel days. We had fantastic weather...mostly clear blue skies and light winds. The last two days were the windiest, but still very comfortable and we only had rain one evening after we docked. We couldn’t have asked or dreamed for better. Now that it is over it seems like a blur of activity and it's hard to remember where we've been…that's one reason I keep this blog.

We pulled into our new home marina about 1:30 and there was a little confusion where we were going to dock. There is no dock help or dockmaster here on the weekend, but Stan had talked to him on Friday about a slip. The two slips we were told were available were obviously taken. There were several others available but only one had 50-amp power. It wasn't the best choice for docking in strong southeastern winds but with the help of our son we finally had her securely tied into her slip by 2:00. We've been told they'll equip a better slip with power for us, but we don't plan to move for at least a week since the weather and winds are expected to worsen.

It felt wonderful to be "home" and even better to see family. We spent the rest of the day visiting with our son Eric and his wife Courtney and playing with our grand daughter Mayven. She loved playing on all the stairs we have...up and down all evening. I'm sure she will sleep great tonight. The only thing that could have made the evening better is if our other son and his family could have been here. But we plan to catch up with them soon and collect more grand wonder hugs.

We'll relax a little tomorrow and then start the projects that will make Texas Pearl feel more like our boat. Stan has a long list of improvements he wants to work on and I have a lot of decorating to do. As the improvements are made I will update the blog, but it may not be daily again until we return to The Pearl after Christmas.

Still a lot of barge traffic on the ICW
Oystering boats heading into San Antonio Bay.
Rockport Harbor 
Our new home
Our view from the aft deck
Family onboard 

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear you had a quick passage!

    Can't wait to hear about the improvements and the travels to come.