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We Call it the Redneck Riviera!!

Port A....you've read so much of me going in that direction, weekly, sometimes more than one time in a week. I love this area. Guess you could call me a redneck then [listen to the you tube video below and you'll understand]. I love driving the island highway just before sunrise...just to watch the sun come up over the dunes or be on the beach watching the colors of the sky change to a new day. Of course, I was there on the road again on Tuesday morning! This time instead of driving off onto an access road to the beach, I kept going with the camera on the dash, taking photos with the camera remote...of the horizon as I headed to the Port.

I hit my favorite hotspots, ended up on the beach in hopes of seeing a super tanker leave. [ On Monday another supertanker came in. But this time there was ALMOST a disaster.] The tanker nearly hit the ferry that carries passengers/vehicles across the channel to Aransas Pass [another town on the OTHER side]. No ship leaving the time I was there, just fishermen, birds and people jogging/walking along the beach.

Here's what I saw while driving and walking [in two parts].

Oh ya, I also thought I'd give you a bit of trivial history of Port Aransas. All about Shorty's Bar....the oldest bar on the island. It has withstood many, many hurricanes with only minor repairs. One legend goes that Shorty's was washed out during a strong hurricane, but it was washed back onto its foundation...musta been a drunken sailor telling THAT story!!

On with the show part 1:


Of course, 1st is Shorty's. [I'm  a redneck, remember?   We rednecks have priorities!!!]  Opened in 1946. Original owner was murdered there by a 16 year old. Been in the family and in Port A for over 70 years!


shorty's place 1
shorty's place 2

...as mentioned in the above articles, there is a song about Port A...



called REDNECK RIVIERA [it's a fun song if you listen to the lyrics]


My post of the first maiden trip for a super tanker ship on Corpus Christi's Ship Channel...the Ship ANNE


Part 2 will follow in next post when I get it pre-scheduled to publish.

27 comments :

  1. LOL love the story about Shorty's being washed out and then being washed back on to it's foundation.

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  2. I love the song and have heard it before... did not know it was about your Port A though...the look of shorty's building is appealing to me. I love vintage old buildings like this

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    1. Yep...it's port a (and surrounding areas)

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  3. Interesting story about Shorty's being washed out and then being washed back on to it's foundation. Well, miracles do happen!

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    1. I think it's just a lot of blabbering. Lol

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  4. Hello Anni,

    Port A sounds like a great place, to see the birds and sunrise. I would not want to see an accident with the ferry boat, sounds scary. Interesting story about Shorty's bar. Wishing you a happy day!

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  5. I will have to listen to the song a bit later so I won't wake my hubby to the sounds of the Redneck Riviera. I laughed at the story of Shorty's Bar. :-)

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    1. Hope you return to play the song...fun song.

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  6. It's been many years since I've been to South Texas and didn't know Port A was the Redneck Rivera! Enjoyed your post! Have a wonderful day!

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  7. Shorty's sounds like a fun place. By the way, your link referring to the almost disaster of super tanker and ferry won't work for me. I sure did enjoy reading about the super tanker ANNE! That is awesome.

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    1. It didn't open for me today, either. The news station must've taken it off their website. I deleted the link.

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  8. Such a cool song! I love how you love Port A! It’s been 29 years since I’ve been there......

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  9. Really enjoyed the song and the story about the magical return of Shorty's Bar from the hurricane. Love those local tales. Key West was full of them.

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    1. How stories like that get going is a hoot all by itself

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  10. Anne is enormous, and must be a real thrill to see. So is Shorty's a safe place for families? It really looks like something from the old west!

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    1. I don't know about Shorty's ... port a, for the most part, is a family village...but as far as a bar? Dunno.

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  11. I really enjoyed the song...

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  12. There a lot of cool unknown place in world.
    Coffee is on

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  13. Relieved to hear that disaster was averted. Shorty's Bar, that's a great story. Thanks for another great post.

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    1. From what I read the next day, the tanker was within ONE FOOT of the ferry!

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  14. That sounds like a beautiful drive--with some adventure thrown in. Glad to hear the almost disaster between tanker and ferry was averted.

    I've never heard of a camera remote so you can leave the camera on your dashboard and take pictures while driving. I'd love to have one of those for the times I've seen something I wished I could take a picture of but there was nowhere to pull over, and I was afraid to take my eyes off the road. I'll have to check it out on Google.

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