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

August 12, 2015

Aug. 10 - Aransas Bay Cruise

Rockport Harbor

"The waves of the sea help me get back to me." —Jill Davis

Believe it or not the weather has been slightly cooler...at least here in Rockport. Maybe it's just the lower humidity or maybe we’re adjusting to the Texas heat. Either way the wind was down and we felt it was comfortable enough to take the boat out for a ride. It felt AMAZING to be on the move with the breeze keeping us cool. The water was gorgeous...ok maybe not on Abaco standards, but on south Texas standards it was wonderful. It was a beautiful clear blue green and the bay was full of dolphins. We had as many as nine dolphins at one time playing off the bow of the boat. I think they were as happy to see us on the water, as we were to be there.

We traveled south through Aransas Bay until we got to the Aransas Pass (Lydia Ann) Lighthouse. The lighthouse is about a mile from the Aransas Pass Inlet from the Gulf of Mexico. Ferries carry cars across the bay from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas just past the inlet and it can be a very hectic place. Six or seven ferries maneuver in this area and with lots of barge and ship traffic. We decided we didn't want to be a part of that scene today, so we turned around and headed back to Rockport. One day when we go to Corpus Christi we will deal with that traffic.

Our morning visitors...he comes by almost everyday.
Rockport Harbor
Aransas Pas (Lydia Ann) Lighthouse is the second oldest on the Texas coast and the only light station on the Texas coast to have an on-site caretaker.
Port Aransas, TX
The Captain enjoying the day
Texas Pearl
One of the dolphins coming to play
Port Aransas, TX
Dolphins, dolphins, dolphins
Port Aransas, TX
Port Aransas, TX
Here's a fixer upper that comes with a boat...all it needs is a little work!
Port Aransas, TX
Barges...one after the other. The coast of Texas is a busy place. 
Port Aransas, TX
Port Aransas, TX
A tanker heading for the jetties at the Aransas Pass Inlet
Port Aransas, TX
Oil platforms are assembled in the area and then taken out into the Gulf.
Port Aransas, TX
Rockport Harbor
Rockport, TX

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