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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Port Aransas

We haven't been here for vacation in about 15 years or so.
I forgot how hot and humid it was and the daily rain showers that turn it into a 94 degree sauna.
 The city workers were cleaning the seaweed and taking it back to the sand burm to enforce the sand dunes, kind of a stinky mess.
The people here are all friendly, and believe me, it IS ISLAND TIME. No one is in a hurry, and I guess if you live on an island, you set the rules, and that's ok.
We rented a house on the ground for a few days, so the dogs wouldn't have to climb stairs, because most homes here are about 12 feet off the ground.
We found this adventurous soul and his dog camped on the beach last night, and he was cooking breakfast for him and the dog about 8:00 this morning. His bed was under that tarp, and his dog slept with him there. I guess I'm getting soft, I don't want to sleep on the ground with rattlesnakes any more, just doesn't seem right to me, I've done it, but I don't want to invite trouble, as they are here, we saw one as we were driving down the beach this morning.

Went to a bank here in town this morning to get some quarters as the car wash I found did not have a working change machine. I was a good boy, and left my sidearm in the truck when I went in, and ask for 5 dollars in quarters.
The staff was very pleasant as I walked in, and greeted me.
The lady at the counter ask if I had an account with them, and I told her no, unless your owned by a bigger bank. She said she could not make transactions for people that don't have accounts with this bank. I ask her to get her boss, and she did, and it was another very nice lady, and after a few exchanges, she instructed the teller to make change for a 5 dollar bill,
The very nice boss lady took my info and found that yes, indeed I do have a sizable account with their parent company, and she would be HAPPY to help me with the change order.
Now, how in the hell do you think you could get into a hassle in a bank when all you want is 20 quarters? I can't see that situation being something that they have to fight to control. Rampant change orders?

I was just trying to get some money to start the vacuum cleaner at the car wash to get some of the sand that the dogs got in the truck at the beach, and what a mess, 4 dogs in the sand and water,... this truck now officially has 4400 miles on it, time for an oil change

It has been as far west as Pinto Canyon south of Marfa, and here in Port A.
Terlingua is next on Thursday if all goes well.

Ya'll have a great week, thanks for stopping by, more when we get home I hope.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thankful Sunday

Just cleaning guns and thinking of how blessed I am.
We have our health, that's most important, we have each other, and a good relationship with the Lord, great friends, all we can eat, and great family and job.
One death in the family, and one friend as well last week, both unexpected, live your life like that, and take every opportunity you have to let your family, and friends know how important they are to you.
Cloudy day here today, and glad to see it, I'm tired of 100 plus and ready for October.
Have a vacation planned in Port Aransas in about a week, looking forward to some time off with Patti and the dogs, then a couple of Dove hunts locally, and then off to the ranch.

Thanks for stopping in.


Saturday, August 30, 2014


Just found these from last deer season at the ranch.
With thousands of photo's to edit, it has taken me this long to get to this memory card, and was I glad I did. Looks to be an adult black bear trying to get a meal.
Ya'll have a great holiday and thanks for dropping in.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Night Hawk

Decided it was time for some night vision for the ranch.
I have a motion sensor system that I use at night, but have needed something like this in the past when I wasn't sure if it was Border Patrol, or bad guy's watching me. That still bothers me......never could determine who it was that night, but it WAS someone. I went out about 200 feet from camp and parked myself in the brush, and spent the night there, and never saw or heard anything. ( but varmits ).
This thing works great in an urban environment, we'll see about how it works in the brush at the ranch, good I expect.

Ya'll have a great Sunday, and thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Yes, that's how I feel right now.
I want you to read this, I could go on but I think it speaks for itself on immigration into this country, and the folks who are SUPPOSED to be enforcing the law.