Sunday, March 31, 2024


Another Farley Boat that I somehow missed. 

the occurrence of meaningful coincidences that cannot be explained by cause and effect alone. Were they just coincidences or was the universe trying to tell me something?

Staying in a small RV Park in Port Aransas, TX and finding out your next door neighbor was actually your neighbor in the town in Iowa where you grew up, but hadn't seen in 50 years. Later finding out you both spent a month together in another small RV Park in Galveston two years ago but didn't meet.  Another person knew your college roommates. And yet another is in a quilt guild with a friend from a Missouri town where you raised your family.  3 coincidences from 3 different times of your life, all in one park. Certainly food for thought! 

It certainly took me back to my youth. Brent and I both agreed we had the idealistic childhood. A time when things were different, simpler, and safer. Your days were spent outside. I could go to the pool or library (on my bike, alone), go out in the morning and play till lunch or the bell hanging in the garage rang for supper.  You and your parents knew your neighbors and everyone looked out for one another. We could play various versions of hide 'n seek or tag after dark, hiding in neighbors yards, without fear of being kidnapped, shot at, or chased away. We were cared for, loved, and guided, yet responsible for our own entertainment and our actions. 

We seem to have made it through Covid and isolation. Our final week at Port Aransas.

I just can't get over this house. 

Dylan's Coal Fired Pizzaria is located within its own community in Port Aransas, Cinnamon Shores North.   

As well as restaurants, Cinnamon Shores has a full line-up of activities and events.

We picked our Easter menu and headed to Robert's Point Park to watch the Dolphins, ships in the Channel, and lots of fishermen (and women).

No longer, we leave Monday!
Where are the Piepers now? Port Aransas, TX

Sunday, March 24, 2024

In an RV we share---EVERYTHING!

Brown Pelican

Last week we visited the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Inside the Patton Center to the right were aquariums with local sea life and to the left displays and interactive activities.

Sheepshead have several rows of powerful teeth. Someone here at the park said they look like human teeth. 

Oyster Reef

Trash turtle

Maybe a whale bone???

The Aransas Pass Lydia Ann lighthouse, near the Lydia Ann Channel, was a ferry ride away in Aransas Pass. Located on Harbor Island, the only way to get closer is by boat. It is privately owned and not generally open to visitors however.

Completed in 1857 the Confederate and Union forces battled for it's control. In 1862 Confederate troops, under General Magruder, blew up the upper portion. After the war, like many other Texas lighthouses, it was rebuilt but often suffered damage from Hurricanes. It was deactivated in 1952 when a new light was established at the Port Aransas Coast Guard Station. It was purchased by Charles Butts, CEO of the H-E-B grocery store chain, in 1973. He restored it and in 1988 it was relit. Today it still has live-in caretakers and is the only manned lighthouse on the Texas coast.

On a clear night the light from the Lydia Ann Lighthouse can be seen 15 miles away.

We've had some beautiful weather this past week. 

A busy week in the park. On Weds. our rv park treated us to The Hot Dog Lady. Friday night was a Mexican carry-in.

We always knew that if one of us gets sick with anything it's likely the other one would too, 1 bathroom, maybe 300 sq. ft. We have been pretty lucky.  My son said that statistics indicate that a very large part of the population has had Covid whether they know it or not. I guess I've bragged one too many times that we've not had it, to my knowledge anyway.

Well, the tides have changed. Covid hit both of us Sat. and we're stuck in that 300 square foot space together, but at least we don't have to worry about infecting each other, lol. 
Where are the Piepers now? Port Aransas, TX

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." ~~Maya Angelou

Pat told me to stick my head in. I had no idea what was on the other side.  Do I need to fear for my life?

Just a side note. We were told there are two weeks of spring break, this being week #2. I don't know if it's the cooler and damp weather or there aren't as many visitors but so far this week is a lot quieter.

It was a beautiful, although breezy and chilly, day to check out the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas. Well, ok, chilly for here, 65°. We're used to visiting bird sanctuaries and seeing one bird, if we're lucky. At the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX we saw maybe TWO butterflies. What  a delight to see so many birds on Monday. It was a beautiful preserve. 

The Birding Center has a pollinator garden and large trees in the front followed by two boardwalks with viewing platforms. At the end of the longer boardwalk there was a trail connected to the Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture South Trail (1 1/2 miles). We didn't have time today but I hope we can go back and follow the trail. There were so many birds including a Green-Winged Teal, Great Heron, American White Pelican, Stilt, and more. We even saw their one alligator. Wooly worms were populous.

Lots of wooly worms.

If I had this lens I would get some really cool pictures. 

This house was soooo PURPLE!

I have found approximately 153 Farley Boats. I'm not searching any more but occasionally I come across another one. 
Where are the Piepers now? Port Aransus, TX