Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Monday, March 10, 2014

Goose Island

It’s a State Park just this side of Fulton/Rockport. We went down Friday after the kids got out of school. I picked this park mostly because we had never been there before but it has a 1,500 year old Live Oak that really had me intrigued. There are lots of options for a campsite. We choose the bay front. In retrospect I may have chosen poorly. Neighbor Jan told me last week that it was one of the windiest parks she had ever been to. Where we camped was on Aransas Bay so yes, it's windy 24/7. Might as well be at the beach. Makes for some great sleeping weather. Friday night at least. Saturday promised rain all day but it had managed to go around us till some time after we retired. Saturday we went to visit the Big Tree and we were all duly impressed. Truly. The Park folks had a GeoCacheing class in the afternoon and some went to that while others napped and generally lazed about. Jim had figured out how to make personal pizzas in our Big Easy fryers so it was personal pan pizzas for dinner. How many times had you seen a rolling pin on a camping trip? The first tent collapsed a little after midnight followed almost immediately by the second. Collapse isn’t the right word. It was blown down in to a pile of fabric and tents poles. This new configuration could have been made to work if it wasn’t followed by 30 + degrees and a blowing rain. The experienced sailors in the group put the winds at 20 to 25 knots gusting to 40. Did I mention the wind was not coming off the bay anymore it had reversed direction and was now coming from due north. There were several houses in the neighborhood that had all manor of camping gear slung over patio furniture and deck rails most of yesterday. They went Camping at Goose Island. Standing water inside the tent is rarely a good thing. And when it’s ice cold standing water someone is having a bad day. It was the quickest campsite breakdown in the history of the Island Guides camping company. Yes, we knew there was a chance of rain. Yes, we pay attention to the weather. We took our chances and this time we lost. But as we tell the stories and remember the problems the winds will get higher and the thermometer will go lower. Making memories is whats it’s all about. And we have some great ones from this trip. If you get a chance got check out this magnificent tree. Prepare to be awed.

                                                    You do NOT want to miss this.

Soup Cook-Off is Saturday, March 22
Noon - 2 p.m.
$15 for the first soup entry, $5 for each additional entry
Tasters are $5 each
Toni Randall will be our judge.
Prizes will be awarded for first and second place, as well as people's choice and presentation.
I need members to start thinking about July 4th silent auction donation items. That will be our next big fundraiser.

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


1 comment:

Bryan said...

It was a great time Allan, tropical storm and all. Like you said - we were making memories, and it was with great friends. How can you beat that?

And we also discovered how good your kite launching skills are.

Let's get the next one planned ASAP, non-coastal though.