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Port Aransas Texas...


I won't be going back to three of my favorite birding hotspots, to Port Aransas, for a long, long, time! I hopped in the car yesterday at 6 a.m. to take a drive to see what lies in store at the tiny fishing village and see first-hand, the marked, well televised, coverage of the 'war-torn' path from HARVEY. Upon arriving, after driving past, and seeing the power companies' campground filled with HUNDREDS of utility trucks where they are headquartered...at Mustang Island Campground, I figured I was in for something quite devastating. Down the road, getting closer, I was... I was speechless!


My first stop...Leonabelle Wildlife Refuge [Birding Center]. I couldn't get into where the pond was because of fallen trees. I walked as far as I could, documenting what I saw. Even the two picnic tables under the trees [once a pretty area, quiet, and always filled with bird migration] was obliberated:


See the picnic table?




...I then drove a short distance to Paradise Pond and just kept going down the road to Charlie's Pasture Salt Flats Refuge. From the street, there was no use stopping at Paradise Pond. I didn't want to be more traumatized from any of the scenes I knew I would find there. "Paradise" is even more wooded than Leonabelle's.

I turned off the main street onto the winding road along the Ship Channel. By the way, the ship channel was closed several days after Harvey made landfall...even the ferry boats had a lot of damage!! The only way to get to Aransas Pass [another small town on the OTHER side of the channel] was to go the long way around through Corpus Christi, Portland and Ingleside Texas to Aransas Pass!!

Anyway, near the end of the paved road, the Park's gate was closed; barricaded from any thru traffic! I pulled off on the shoulder, parked, and went into the area on foot. Oh the upheaval tore at my heartstrings!! Even the road itself was buckled and torn from the water's force. The paved walking trail at the channel's edge was uplifted and broken. Piers that once stood were totally GONE. Roadside picnic tables were topsy-turvy; one even took a 'trip' of about a football field length from there into the park and lodged at the entrance's kiosk...



The pavilion was still erect and whole. Then...the path from there onto the salt flats. As I made my way on foot around the first curve, I had to stop. I could go no further! The first wooden boardwalk foot-bridge was gone!! The cement 'barrier' walkway that once was there, holding back the channel water was washed out and the force of the gulf water tore away the foot-bridge....there was no way to cross. The salt flats were not accessible...




Mother Nature's cruel twist on this area brought me to such a humble state, I left, walking back to the car in deep thought. I had one more stop. The beach and ship channel jetty...
-to be continued-

34 comments :

  1. I feel cold... the devastation... I am just very happy you and Bud are okay. But, on the other hand, sometimes, starting from scratch can be a blessing... Lotsa Luv, V

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    1. My sweet friend, Ms. V, your words of kindness and friendship mean so much. Thank you dear one.

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  2. It is devastating to see. My heart goes out to all who are suffering. I think of the birds and other wildlife and hope that some of them found a way to survive. And now Irma is slamming into the islands and Florida. :-(

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    1. I think pretty much that wild animals know when to leave the area....at least for the most part. They have that 'sense' that is much stronger than we humans have.

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  3. Oh Anni, how heartrending! I don't think people realize the power of these storms to utterly destroy an area. So glad you and Bud are safe. And thank goodness for the linemen from the power company in that campground.

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    1. Only those that actually live thru storms and see first hand can realize the force. You got that right!!!

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  4. Hello, the devastation is terrible. The strength is Hurricane Harvey is definitely shown in your photos. I am glad you were safe! Now we are seeing damage in the islands from Irma, such a sad sight to see. Prayers for all the Hurricane victims.

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    1. Yes...Irma, Jose, and Katia. Tho two are really not predicted to make landfall, they can still play havoc with the shores and surrounding areas with mega-loads of rain, etc.

      I pray for us all who are in their paths.

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  5. Thank you for showing us what you saw. It is sobering. praying for Irma to change her course......
    Thankful for you and Bob being safe. My daughter is in Puerto Rico and I'm grateful Irma nudged to the north and just left them with high winds and heavy rain.

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    1. High winds are the worst for me.

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  6. How terrible to see so much destruction. And the floods have been even worse in Asia.

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    1. So engrossed I am with TX's situation, I have completely ignored and neglected watching much news...I didn't know about Asia.

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  7. You saw very sad sights and the destruction is terrible. The horrors of such storms had hardly be described even in photos. I'm so sorry for the current losses and have great anxiety for the ones to come.

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    1. The photos, in my opinion, do not show the heartbreak of this catastrophe close enough to the truth...it was silent...that was the eerie part. Like a ghost town. Spooky, scary, and humbling.

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  8. Your pictures of this massive devastation are just heartbreaking. And how scary that it came THIS close to your house!! Praising god that you are both alright!

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    1. It WAS mighty close and could've been disastrous for us all at C C. Someone was looking over us and protecting us...of that I am VERY thankful.

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  9. Such devastation! It will take a long time to get things back to normal, that's for sure. Poor animals and birds!

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    1. I'm hoping that the animals all got to safety by instincts!!
      And yes, a long long time back to normal.

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  10. Seeing such devastation is heartbreaking.

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  11. this devestation is hurtful to my heart... and now we wait to see if this will happen to us or when and where. I did find the table but it was hard. our nation is suffereing in every part of the land

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    1. I know...I'm thinking positive thoughts that FLORIDA and all its bloggers and citizens will be spared!!!

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  12. How horrible. The power behind these storms is just unbelievable. It's got to scary too having this hit so close. Glad you came through it safe

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    1. One more series of photos to come...hopefully tomorrow.

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  13. It seems there are no words to express the sadness. Thank goodness you and Bud are okay. We have been able to talk to some staying here from different towns near the coast and as a whole they have a good attitude. I guess they think it is worth it to live where they do.

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    1. For the most part, when it comes to disasters, the human race is a strong lot!! Attitude is good here too...I saw this past weekend hundreds of volunteers from around the country coming in to help.

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  14. Oh Anni - this is so sad! I'm so thankful you guys are ok after seeing this devastation.

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    1. Thanks Mari...there is more shared, but since you're gonna be on a break/vacation, you'll miss it. But your thoughts are always so much appreciated.

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  15. Oh dear there is so much damage! So sad to see it. Glad yall are safe! As we watch Irma heading this way maybe even to us in Atlanta, winds rains anyways

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    1. Batten down the hatches! This Irma looks to be a rough ride ahead! Praying you will be safe.

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  16. Oh my goodness, I cannot imagine what you must have felt...and I know it was worse to see it all rather than parts of it in photos.

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    1. True...it just hit me with complete awe of what Mother Nature can do...it truly kept me without words all along.

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  17. Such a horrible and sad time for so many people. Here in Minnesota there are many of us pooling supplies together and shipping them out. Our company is sending money, but it really could spare more money then they are sending, but some is better than none. So very happy that you and family are good and safe.

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  18. Thanks for the pics. It was hard to tell from the news how much damage there was. And my idiot brother just told me that things didn't seem to be that bad.

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