Seems like only yesterday we were enjoying this panorama of the Gulf of Mexico from the condo at Port Aransas. It was, in fact, not quite a month ago. It was much more humid than usual for some reason, and Mr. B. got stung by a jellyfish, so he was less than enthused about the beach part of it. But, there’s always next year. So far. Still thinking of rare reader Snoopy’le, who is recovering from a heart attack. Wishing him well. And his wife and children, too.
We ride these things every summer when we go to Port Aransas but I never remember to photograph them. Fortunately, Barry of Barry’s Photo Blog does. He also has many other good shots, some of them intriguing composites. Explore them here.
Our annual jaunt to the beach begins Monday and will increase by one day and night this year, as the condo adds a free day to three paid. Sign of the economic times, no doubt—though Texas isn’t suffering near the 22 percent unemployment indicated by some measures.
Hardly in Michelle Obama’s class, of course (“Michelle’s $375,000 Spanish vacation — with the Daily Mail dubbing her a ‘modern-day Marie Antoinette’—closing Mediterranean beaches while booking 60-plus rooms in a five star Marbella hotel for her entourage…”), but, then, we’re spending our own money, not yours.
But give it time. Fresh tar balls have already been found on Bolivar Peninsula, northeast of Galveston.
With any luck, the beaches at Port A should be safe from the BP oil spill, unless there’s a big Gulf hurricane next month to drive it west to us.
Off to Port Aransas today through Wednesday, where the National Weather Service forecasts highs in the eighties and twenty percent chance of showers through the period. Sure hope they’re right.
What a nice break it would be from the triple digits here. On the other hand, the humidity is above ninety percent which will push the heat index above one hundred. Port A cam aimed at part of the beach will tell the tale.
UPDATE: The humidity was high, but it felt cool nevertheless, especially at night. Didn’t rain once. We got the rain coming home on the 12th, just outside of Austin.
This time of year, lots of inland Texans are thinking of the coast and the surf and the Gulf breezes. Course the latter come to us when there’s a good low-pressure area off to our west-northwest, sometimes bringing us the only summer rain we get. Anyhow, when we go we stay at the condo. Never have stayed at the little Tarpon Inn, at PortA, with its cavalry-barracks architecture, but lion tamer Clyde Beatty did, and cake-mix magnate Duncan Hines, etc., way back when. FDR caught a tarpon offshore, as many still do, but he slept somewhere else.
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