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~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day



Day Trippin'

A new title: My blog is now Hootin' Anni's DAY TRIPPIN'. 90% or more of my postings is about my walks and the scenery I see, so instead of recording by chronicles ... I am now trippin'....


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I couldn't take the absence away from Port Aransas and my curiosity was building, so yesterday I headed to see what has been done with their clean-up efforts. Of course I wasn't expecting to do any birding, I just wanted to see for my own eyes instead of relying on the "fake" news. [lol]

When I arrived, I was flabbergasted!! Just outside the town I witnessed mountains [literally] of trash in an open field. Along the residential streets, still piles of debris. I think more than last month when I was last there. AEP [American Electric Power] fleet trucks were still out and about restoring downed wires/power poles, etc. Most of what I witnessed was new roofing and then tearing down of damaged sections of homes and businesses and the beginning of rebuilding. Maybe 30 percent was re-opening, but still a long long way to go.

The two parks I frequent were still closed. I pulled into the town's Community Park since there was no warning signs "Closed". I got out and started to walk the path only to find power lines and poles ripped from the ground and lying on the turf. I stopped to take a photo of this ball park lighting fixture...



No sense in stickin' around here. The wires were strung over the path...too dangerous. I left for the beach. At least there I can walk...

The jetty is inaccessible these days...unless you have waders or don't mind getting wet traipsing through the sea. This area USED to BE a beach parking lot. But now-a-days, the landscaping has drastically changed...the sea near the jetty is now up to the dunes. And this was low tide. So I imagine the beach access road is water at HIGH tide.

I walked along the beach and continued until I reached the Magee Beach Pier and then some. The seaweed was scarce, but when I turned around to go back to the car, I walked along the washed-up sargassum in search for any sea beans.  A few weeks after large storms out to sea, the buoyant seeds will wash ashore and get lodged in the seaweed.  It's always a good chance of finding several kinds of seeds.  I've made jewelry out of some I have found!!   I found a couple of sea hearts! These particular two really weren't shaped like hearts, but I DO HAVE SOME that are!! Shown previously, HERE.



Under the pier pilings a lone Great Blue Heron was anticipating the biggest catch. But, alas, that one got away!!



Back at the jetty a lone Brown Pelican dreamed of better days when life was filled with fishermen lined up on the jetty with free hand-outs!



My morning wasn't complete until I sat and watched the ships come in and go out. It was quite busy; tankers and cargo ships lined up, waiting for channel pilots to board and guide them through. Perhaps I can spot a dolphin or two at the ships' bows!
While I sit and unwind I will wait for any more 'action' along the channel. I'll catch up with you later....


32 comments :

  1. Hi Anni, I couldn't read your post because of the big owl that keeps scrolling through the text. :-(

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    1. Perhaps you came before I finished writing the html script. Try it now if you have time.

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  2. Love the new format.... yes, the MSM has moved on but the devastation remains as well as the heartbreak of the damage. Hope to hear that the birding hasn't been too badly impacted.

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    1. The birds don't seem to mind much...but I'm sure there IS an impact we humans don't notice.
      Thanks Mr. B

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  3. Hello, I like your new blog look and title. Love the heron and pelican, I am wondering how the trash and damage will affect the birds and wildlife? It take a while to get back to normal. Enjoy your day and walk.

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    1. Thanks Eileen....yep, Day trippin'....one way ticket, ya. LOL

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  4. With over 25 years of walking the beach in SC I only ever found one sea bean. I really like your heart-shaped one. The repairs and regeneration will take more time and effort in your area and it WILL be changed. I guess dealing with it is still a challenge for all of nature.

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    1. That one linked was the BEST one. And Bud found it!

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  5. I have never heard of sea beans. Learn something new every day. Like your new look. Hugs, lj

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  6. We still have piles of trash and stacks of sawed up trees on the side of the road here from Irma. My neighborhood lost a lot of pretty old trees, but thankfully none fell on houses. Your photos from your walk on the beach are lovely Anni and I really like the new name of your blog!

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    1. I definitely wouldn't wish a storm like we've had in USA this season on ANYone!! Thanks Lois

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  7. I love the name you gave to your blog it since it perfectly and so sorry to hear of all the damage that is still there and that they're still working on and it will probably be years before it's all cleaned up and back to where it was or maybe never back to where it was. These three hurricanes that ran back to back have done an unimaginable damage and many of our states

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    1. Indeed! The storms just didn't want to give up either!

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  8. I love your new Owl and your name change! What a surprise when I visited! The owl is very artistic, and I am glad that you stuck with the owl theme. Day Trippin' is the perfect name!! It really does suit what this blog is all about. Your pictures of the downed light are stunning, and so sad. And they are so overwhelmed that they have not even been able to take it down yet. What a beautiful picture of the heron. I did go to your link, and found that the heats are a type of sea bean. I was shocked to find out their history and all the things that are made from them.

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    1. I'm still hootin'...so owls will be 'it'. Those sea hearts are like mahogany...VERY hard wood!

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  9. Such devastation! That has to be shocking! Love the heron, and the name change. Hope you have a wonderful day and that the Texas coast gets back to normal soon.

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  10. Sad to see so much damage.Clean-up takes so long, it seems.

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  11. wow this brings tears to my eyes, PORT A was my favorite place in the world next to the National Seashore. WOW, I found several sea beans while there and not one person could identify what they were.

    Thanks for stopping by Love the new look and title (BTW How do you change the title?

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    1. I left you a comment on the 'how to'

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  12. I like new name. Incredible how that pole for the stadium lights is bent over.

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  13. I love sharing your day trips! That's quite the damage. Love the other pics though!

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  14. Lovely shots. I like the pelican!

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    1. For me, pelicans are so photogenic. Thanks Fi

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  15. I wish I had some of your energy. Most of it is my own problem for not getting more exercise. Some days just do not have the get up and go.Also, wish I had your computer smarts.

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    1. Well, there is a time in life when a 'slow down' is called for....I think so, anyway. There are many days I have no get up and go, so most times it's a FORCED habit for me.

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  16. I know I cannot even begin to imagine what it is really like after Harvey! It is bad enough around here when we get terrible winds that just hit here and there.

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    1. Wind damage is bad no matter being inland or along the coast.

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