Feathers, ferries and Fulton

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It's funny this life we have temporarily chosen, every now and then we remind each other that we don't have to go out and 'do' something every day. It must seem like a long holiday to those of you who are reading this - but - it's much like home, except in an ever changing place. There is still washing; though I do draw the line at ironing, and I have to use the tumble driers in the laundries, there still cleaning albeit a much smaller space to clean! We still have to shop for food, but this is usually an interesting experience. One good thing is that every time we move on we do have a clear out - brochures etc that we don't need anymore. Maintenance is a little different, the drains don't get chance to block and tyre pressures are probably checked more often, but there is still just day to day living. So for several days here, now that we have put down temporary roots, we have been 'in'.
All that said it's nice then when we do go off and do something... today we began by joining local birdwatchers on the boardwalk, not at dawn this time but at 9am. They provide the knowledge and the 'scopes' for viewing; however the fact that we were the only ones in shorts soon became apparent when the local mozzies arrived for a juicy breakfast!
That said it was brill; although I love the wildlife I've no idea what a lot of what I'm observing is! Well I now know I've seen green winged teals, blue winged teals, neotropical cormorants, American Avocet's etc etc Malc watched a harrier skim over the reeds looking for his breakfast. At the end they thanked us for coming, only in America!
This turtle spent his time shuffling through the mud, dredging for whatever it is he eats, just like one of those wooden toys whose head bobs up and down as it walks.
So after a relatively early start we were on the road heading for the Fulton Mansion just 30 or so miles to the north of where we're staying. 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/parkguide/rgn_gc_01 2.phtml
This means we got to use the ferry that connects the north end of the island with the mainland at Aransas Pass. 
These little ferries, four of them, run 24/7 carrying anything up to 18 wheelers across the narrow channel, FREE can you imagine that! We have used it a couple of times now and we've never had to wait.
We arrived a little early for the tour so ate our lunch on the lawn overlooking Aransas Bay, watching the pelican parade. 

The Fulton beach area had some wonderful houses, would we live here? Yes if it wasn't so vulnerable, low and exposed.
Our tour was delightful, our very well informed docent had no one to impress but us! Malc was suitably intrigued by the structure of this wooden house, it helps to explain why it has managed to withstand hurricanes and floods and even a spell as an RV park would you believe! Cleverly after spending millions of dollars on reclaiming the property, they left one room untouched so you can see exactly what's underneath. 

From here we continued north to Goose Island - don't you just love the name? More causeways and bridges. A state park where you can camp right beside the oyster shell beach. (we might well do this when we move on ) We like the area very much; it's a bit more interesting than the bland beach at Mustang. Have you ever seen a pier with a 'hump'? 

We rounded of the day with a visit to a big tree, well we couldn't resist the sign, turned out to be a corker...

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