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Thursday, December 13, 2007

This has proved to be a perfect spot, we did drive through some of the other RV sites on the island, but in choosing this one we made the right choice. The beach is just a hundred yards or so away and is very similar to Daytona in that you can drive along it! 
You can also actually camp on the beach if you buy the relevant permit - but although it's tempting, it's not something we would want to subject Bree to. The sand is extremely fine and compacts well, but the drier portions nearer the dunes do blow about. Yesterday the wind was stronger than usual and it was rather blustery as we tried to find a sheltered spot to sit. However the two pelicans that flew just over our heads were compensation enough.
Bird life abounds, the lake just in front of our pad is a bit like Clapham Junction at times, The Coots who have impossible huge feet, are busy all day long with occasional visits from a large Egret and a Blue Heron. Grackles outnumber everything else; they seem to like the palm tree just behind us where they congregate at about 7am, telling everyone rather loudly, that it's time to get up! Their call is like a squeaky door opening so as you can imagine it's not that welcome early in the morning. At dusk it's Alfred Hitchcock.

The site has a busy social programme, so if you want to: Sew, quilt, compute, rubber stamp, get fit, carve wood or play a multitude of card games this is the place for you!!  Malc says he's not sure what 'Ladies Hold'em' is. Well actually he is sure, but thinks the picture in his mind doesn't fit this game!  There are also two pools and a hot tub. Breakfast is served Fri-Sun if you can't be bothered to get your own.
It does seem that you really need a golf trolley as everyone appears to have one, xmas decorations on them are optional though!

We have put up our Xmas lights, (red chillis) and our little tree on the dashboard, we also have the Union Jack hanging across the windscreen - well everyone's got either the Texas flag and the Stars n Stripes or their home state flag flying, so you have to join in don't you? Port Aransas is a smashing little community ( pop 3700) a bit like Sanibel in Florida, new builds all around look like it probably won't be little for ever. As well as the inevitable condos, there are 'posher' developments with 'slips'(moorings) available too at anything up to $1000000. When we called at the visitors centre, the very helpful lady there invited us to watch their Community theatre production on Sunday afternoon. PACT (Port Aransas Community Theatre) were giving a 'free' performance that centred on a Stressed family Xmas.

 All they asked for was a donation of food /money. We did go and it was brill, all rounded off with carol singing. I can't quite get my head round that fact that its Xmas soon, festive lights in palm trees don't seem right somehow! But some of these homes on wheels are treated just as that...

We also went to watch a Xmas boat parade, lights, carols and some boats with sticks...

Staying put has given us a chance to catch up on a few jobs; Malc has had his engineering head on and looked at the bedroom slide today. It was so hot that he had to have a fan on whilst he did! Oh poor thing I hear you mock...well if it's any consolation it's now 7.12pm and raining! Forecast for tomorrow isn't good, but the week end is looking great.
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