Saturday, March 9, 2024

"At the beach -- time you enjoyed wasting, is not wasted." ~~T. S. Eliot

San Josè Island is a barrier island on the gulf coast of Texas. It is 21 miles long and 5 miles wide. It is privately owned by the Bass family of Fort Worth. The family has a home and compound, runway, cattle herd, horses and game animals. The beaches, up to the high tide line, are open to the public but no vehicles are allowed. You can go swimming, surfing, shelling and it is known for its great fishing. The ferry is only a 5 minute ride from Port Aransas. 

We boarded the ferry Weds. Now, we went Weds. because it was supposed to be cloud covered most of the day. There are no trees or other respite from the sun on St. Josè Island. It turned out to be sunny most of the time! We were given advice before leaving on finding shells about 4 miles in. 

We arrived at 9:05 and began our 4 mile walk down the beach. Sure enough there weren't hardly any shells until we hit that 4 mile mark. The beach had a little more depth here with some tide pools that were dry but some shells could be found there. I didn't find anything exciting, it just wasn't a great shell day, but all I wanted were a few shells from the island. Just ask Pat, I DO NOT NEED ANY MORE SHELLS. We saw some interesting things on our walk. It wasn't Pat's thing but so glad he was there to share it with me. We were back at the dock around 1 to catch the 2:10 ferry back to Port Aransas. I told Pat maybe when we go back we could take our bikes. He said, "We're going back?", lol! Walk along with us below. 

Speckled Swimming Crab

Several coconuts 

Lots of shoes and sandals only they were singletons. 

Well if we got stranded...

Pat found a chair buried in the sand. 

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Bingo tonight and I won the early bird game.  Taking Pat out tomorrow to a neat coffee house in Corpus Christi.
Where are the Piepers now? Port Aransas, TX

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