Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A bit of a sunburn....in the shade.

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.


  1. Beautiful dragonfly. It looks lovely there. Is that a ruddy turnstone in picture 7?

    1. Hi Lisa. Not sure what those are, I haven't looked them up yet. I'm still having fun just watching them along the beach and watching them dive for food.

  2. Your blog posts remind me of my time at Magnolia Beach. Same types of photos, same weather conditions, in a Class C going solo. I trveled with 3 cats and a dog, at the time. Makes me want to hit the road again. I enjoy your blog.

  3. Thank you. :) It is nice to know that people find my thoughts and comments interesting. The photos help too. :)