Was a beautiful beach day yesterday. Fairly early I set up my blue umbrella that I got in Falmouth, and used the screw in base I paid a buck for at Hudson’s ages ago. I knew that thing would be useful. I sat in the shade all day, mostly reading and enjoying being at the beach. Took a few photos, and even in the shade, got a sunburn. Of course, I have the truckers tan going on and wanted to even it out a bit, so put on a sleeveless shirt to allow my upper arms and shoulders to get a little sun. Today if I stay out, I will wear sleeves to prevent a bad sunburn, and will have to dig out the sunscreen. I guess it hit 90 degrees, but sitting outside in the shade was very comfortable.
While I was reading yesterday, something wet hit my leg. When I looked down, it was a huge dragonfly. I started snapping pics, then coaxed it off my leg and onto my hand and got some more pics. The little fella never left. After a while, I put him in a basket in the shade where he expired. I will add him to my collection. But am happy I got some pics while he was still breathing and hanging on to my hand. I was very sad when he died, but grateful that he chose to do it with me.
A couple of guys came in with a pickup truck and setup camp and fished yesterday. They stayed the night. Apparently it is better fishing at night. This morning I went over and talked to them. I also wanted to see if they could hear my generator, and I couldn’t hear it over there. I asked them what they were catching and they said something to the effect of gastop. After looking it up, it is actually gafftop. A salt water catfish. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/gafftop/ Supposedly good eating. The fish are huge in comparison to what we would catch in VT. The guys come down here from San Antonio about once a month to fish over night. I may see them again if I come back.
The sun is out this morning and I already have the umbrella up. Supposed to have showers again today. It is also the last day of the month, so I think it will be a good day to assess my financial situation and pay bills. Do any billing that needs to be done. I will need to use my big computer for that, and I will also have to cough up another $75 for additional internet. Gotta be a better deal out there. Of course, uploading photos uses a lot.
I’m reaching the point where I am running out of drinking water, the tanks are about half full, and I will need to gas up if I want to run the generator every day. So it might be time to start thinking about moving on. Although, NM has been getting some nasty weather. I could just go to Port Lavaca and deal with the drinking water and tanks, fill the propane and then come back. Just not sure what I would do with my time. Especially if it is raining. But it is supposed to be much cooler by the weekend. That would be nice. I did wake up a couple of times last night because the breeze wan’t making it inside and I was quite warm. Ended up plugging a small fan into my solar gen and running that dry. Will take longer to charge it up today. I should actually drag it outside and charge it up with the solar panel. Right now I have the generator running with the AC going to try and disperse some of the dampness. I can get another day or two out of what I have left, and I have the filter on the kitchen sink, so I can get drinking water from my tank. I could also fill my bottles at the bath house for “other” water, just not drinking water.
I also spent some time cleaning again yesterday. Vacuuming, etc. Today I need to take out the trash. And will probably vacuum again. Other than that, not a lot going on here. The rig that was here when I got here on Thursday is still here, everyone else has come and gone.
The rest of yesterday's pics can be seen here... https://plus.google.com/photos/118406578374225960662/albums/6064617296078910913?banner=pwa