A Little Vacay and other Happenings

Back again to posting. I started to create a post back on the 29th of April but was overcome by preparations for a short vacation we were going on. So I decided to post on that excursion and the current happenings. I guess I am paranoid and don’t drop vacation plans here on the Internet before the fact.

Mrs. BillB and I needed a little time away from the home station and all the goings-on here like laundry, house cleaning, yard work, etc. etc.. We decided a little beach time on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi would be in order. This was a couple of months ago that we made that decision but booking a place to stay had to be done that early. We wanted to miss Spring Break for certain, and we scheduled for the 1st through the 4th of May. We stayed in some condos that we had stayed in before that were about 1/4 mile from the Whitecap Beach. Now we are back.

It was an enjoyable time. I got to fish. Mrs BillB got herself some time on the beach. And we got to eat some good food. We found a neat restaurant just a mile or so from where we stayed the previous time we were there. It is named “The Angry Marlin” with accompanying decor such as full size marlin sculptures and a sailfish sculpture that looks a taxidermy mount. On the second day, ae had lunch there noshing on their mahi-mahi fish tacos.

Mahi-mahi fish tacos at The Angry Marlin in North Padre Island.
Mahi-mahi fish tacos at The Angry Marlin in North Padre Island.

Those were huge. I had my two and had to finish 1/2 of one of Mrs. BillB’s tacos. They are a little exotic with dried banana breading and chipotli aoli.

And beach time was great with seeing the shore birds and enjoying the sunshine. There were numerous “squadrons” of brown pelicans flying up and down the beach with an occasional loner diving into the water a 100 yards off shore to catch something. I have seen 10, 20 or more pelicans in this “in-trail” formation at other times.

A squadron (flight) of brown pelicans at Whitecap beach.
A squadron of Pelicans.

And then there were the Laughing Gulls. There call is really that close to some human laughs.

Laughing Gulls on Whitecap Beach, North Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Texas
Laughing Gulls

And I got to surf fish! Five years ago, I went surf fishing at Sea Isle Beach on Galveston Island and the only thing I caught was an infection in my big toe. This time was more productive but all I caught was some Hardhead Catfish. And the last slimy little booger finned me as I released it. They have a toxin in their mucus coating that probably won’t kill you but it hurts and makes it swell up. My best catch was two at once.

Two Hardhead Catfish
My double catch of Hardhead Catfish.

After we got back it was catch-up time at The Last Frontier.: laundry, house cleaning, lawn mowing, cleaning up in the shop and the ham shack. The night I got home, after we picked up the doggies at the kennel where they vacationed, I ran off to the Hill Country Amateur Radio Club May meeting. I am secretary for the club and needed to get into that mode. But the best thing was all of the rain that came. As of 16 May we had around 4″ of rain in the last 10 days. I hope that moves us out of the Exceptional Drought condition we have been in for months now. The Last Frontier is located about where that little dot the arrow is pointing at is.

Ten Day Radar Rainfall estimate at 7 AM, May 16th, 2023
10 Day Radar Rainfall Estimate

Best wishes to all!


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2 Responses to A Little Vacay and other Happenings

  1. Old NFO says:

    Yep, we’re getting rain up here too! A little over 3 inches in the last week. And you did better than I EVER did surf fishing… Snort… Never caught a cotton picking thing.

    • BillB says:

      I’ve been watching North Central Texas as my son and family live over in Forney and you guys have been getting a fair amount of rain. I watch the Texas Drought Map weekly when it updates on Thursday and we have moved from Exceptional to Extreme Drought.

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