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A Dose of Vitamin SEA

Several days ago I read on my ebird connection that a couple of frigatebirds were sighted along the ship channel at Port Aransas. Of course, I had to drive over to SEA if I could spot them since they are water birds that rarely come ashore, preferring to stay out on the gulf. I didn't find any, but I enjoyed the time outdoors, walking. I stopped at the bird reserves first. Not much going on there bird-wise, and I enjoyed the quietness...no one else around birding. I had the area all to myself.  For about half an hour, I watched the sky for those frigatebirds soaring [they're nicknamed the Pirates of the Caribbean since they're robbers of fish caught by the sport's enthusiasts...sometimes  stealing the catch right out of the tern's mouth].  Afterwards, I got back in the car and drove to the area that has a small city park near the ferry docks. I then walked to bring my step count up to my goal before the summer heat made it unbearable to be out exercising, as I watched those that were fishing along the channel banks, and the ferries taking cars, trucks, semi trucks, and RV campers across the water to the town, Aransas Pass,  side or visa-versa...bringing them back to Port Aransas. First, I'll take you along the highway at sunrise...as I drive across Mustang Island to Port A. Some areas along the 15 mile trip you find motels, condominiums, RV parks, residential areas, park access roads to the beaches, churches, and golf courses. It was a beautiful morning...



I've mentioned on another blog post the fact that small boats, called the Farley Boat, were first made in Port Aransas, Texas. Historical data prides in stating that FDR [US president] made a special trip to fish for tarpon here, sailing in a Farley Boat.  And when you drive around the fishing village, you can see replicas [most all painted with seaworthy scenes -some are patriotic, and quite individualistic] on just about every property; on private residences to hotels, restaurants, and businesses. Along the park entrance, several Farley Boats are lined up along the car lanes at the yacht club. Here are two:



Also, found docked nearby is a Pirate Ship replica [also photographed and shared before]...you can go on a harbor cruise and dine aboard. I believe there is also entertainment while dining, making an evening of thrills, chills, and good food...



My next post will be ferries and scenes around the yacht club...

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  1. Is this last ship the Pirate one? Can't be, it is too pretty for pirates. I love how the Farley Boats are decorated!

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    1. Yes...that is the pirate ship slash diner.

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  2. I searched the Google for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ... They are great! How big they are ... wingspan of 241 cm! Wow! The red throat of the males is so special!
    The pirate boat is very nice!
    Have a great day, Anni!

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    1. They are huge for sure. The male's red throat is during breeding season.

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  3. I love the scene painted on the farley boat on the right. That pirate ship is pretty impressive

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    1. They are most all decorative. I've often thought of taking a walking tour around town & just photographing these boats!

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  4. Cute boat with the mermaid!

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  5. Tampa Bay has one of the pirate ships that you can Charter it or just go for rides with it with strangers. Several of my friends have used it for birthday parties it looks a lot like that one. That goes out of Tampa into the bay. I've seen those type boats but did not know the name of them. Always just called them old wooden boats. The sky was just as beautiful as that's been here. I don't get to see the sunrise like I used to when I'm walking because they move the time of the YMCA opening at 6 instead of 5:30 and it's messing up my walking plus the heat of killer. About the talking mouth on my post today it makes no sound at all and you will never find any loud noise on my blog I don't like blogs that play music or have anything that comes on when you go there I don't mind if it has something you can play if you want to but the kind that makes noise I don't like and I quit following one a long time ago that always had loud music playing every time you clicked on it and I couldn't figure out how to turn it off. I think Ella was joking about the loudness because there is no sound at all

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    1. Oh, that's good to know. I too don't like music or one embedded without option to turn off!

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  6. That is what I am missing, Vitamin Sea. Not even a glimpse here in the Ozarks. Thanks for the dose. I would love to spend some time on that pirate ship.

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  7. I'm glad you got your Vitamin Sea, even if you didn't see the birds you were after. Time out in nature is never wasted though is it, it is good for the soul and more so after the year we/ve all had.
    Wren x

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  8. It looks like it was a good time outdoors, even if you didn't get your bird sighting. It's an interesting place, and your pictures took me right there with you. :-)

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    1. This town on the shore is one of my favorites!

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  9. You sure do get around and see wonderful things! This post was not just interesting it was fun!

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    1. I love being out and about. Cooped up indoors is truly not my style...that I've known for years, but more so since this pandemic.

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  10. I have missed vitamin sea this summer. I went to visit my parents in Florida, but didn't venture out anywhere at all. I watched a lot of Judge Judy with my mom. Her favorite.

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    1. Oh my. Well, at least you had some quality time with her.

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  11. You really live in a lovely area. I love all the things you can do and see on your early morning out and abouts.
    Vitamin Sea is perfect. I lived a mile from the Pacific Ocean for 41 years...don't miss the fog but do miss the beautiful colors and photo opportunities.

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    1. I love everything about the Pacific. From north to south along the coast.

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  12. Such interesting scenes. Thanks for your visits and comments on my blog.

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  13. beautiful views of morning......
    waw....photo of a Pirate Ship replica is awesome.

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  14. Your walk sounds lovely and it sure would be nice to walk along there with you! :)

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  15. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it's been years since I had a dose of Vitamin Sea. You made me miss it, but I'm not about to go to CA now.

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    1. California, like Texas & Florida are covid hotspots

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  16. I wish you had got to see the Frigate Bird, but at least you got to be out and about a bit.

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  17. Oh, that Pirate Ship looks like a fun place to visit! And your ride to the 'sea' was lovely. I hope you can see those birds some time and share them with us when you do "sea" them. Delightful morning for you anyway! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Hello,

    The Pirate Ship and painted boats are fun! A view of the sea is always great, a wonderful outing. Take care and stay safe! Enjoy your day!

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    1. The ship is great and quite picturesque.

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  19. I'm thinking an evening of dining and entertainment aboard the pirate ship might be great fun. Thank you for sharing and have a grand day!

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    1. If I remember correctly the entertainment deals with piracy.

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